Project: Git'R driving...a VERY short build

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Hey guys,

Some of you may have looked over my other build thread- "Project Get'R done", a build that is now going on 3+ years that covers every single part of the vehicle, for restoration and modification of my '88.

This won't be that.

I hope to finish that car by this fall, but in the meantime, I have been looking for another car as a daily driver. The more changes and upgrades that I did to my '88, the more I decided that I won't want to
put it through the wear and tear of daily life, but rather, keep it as a weekend and show car. Also, I wanted a nearly stock DD to act as a counterpoint to this garage queen. A Yin to the Yang.
So I came across this, a 1989 Supra turbo 5speed targa, thankfully, in the same color as my '88.








This car was purchased from a guy who was in the middle of a bhg rebuild, but hadn't completed it. The car has about 197,000 miles, no rust, minimal dings, and a redone interior.
I was very pleased with the overall condition, but now I have to get to work on the motor. The HG was replaced, and the head itself was reworked and installed, but that's as far as the build got.
Thankfully, the previous owner saved every single nut and bolt, and had purchased a PILE of parts, new from Toyota, including belts, hoses, gaskets, etc.
But the pile of new stuff continued, to include:

Fluidyne radiator
Flex-A-Lite 410 fans
HKS Super dragger exhaust
stainless T4 manifold
Cusco rear strut bar
OEM center armrest
OEM shift boot
Lexus AFM

Current motor status:





Some of this stuff will be used, but some I will sell off, as I'm not looking to make this car any more than a stock daily. As I said, I want one car to be mild, one to be wild.
I will add a few pics of the interior as well, but for now, I have to get down there and start putting it back together.
 

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Interesting note:

The previous owner purchased the car from a young woman. When he got it, the glovebox latch was broken in the locked position, and he had never been able to open it.
After about 10 minutes of trying to pry the latch, I finally ended up just using a hacksaw blade to slice through the little metal latch bar that bolts to the dashboard.
Found these, in nearly perfect shape:

 
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Ordered:
Silicone hose kit
new fan shroud
Today I will work under the car, and install the braided brake lines and ST bars.
 

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Looks good, its getting hard to find these clean stockers for a fair price anymore.
 

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Agreed, Unless you're willing to pay crazy prices. I was getting ready to try and talk a guy DOWN to $6,000 from $7,000 on a '90 na.
And that car had bad AC, leaking power steering, crack in the front bumper, and ruined drivers' side carpet!

Got this car for nearly 1/3 that asking price.
Working on the front brakes today. So far, I've swapped in the Earl's front stainless lines, and painted the rusty calipers.
Next I will install the front ST sway bar. I'll do the rear lines and bar on my next free day.

While waiting for the paint to dry, I swapped out the old shift boot for the new oem one:



 
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Also, I went ahead and replaced the armrest cover. The original is actually in really good shape, with just the barest hint of one seam pulling a bit.
But I figured that I may as well go with the new one.

 
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Ya I dig it, had to stare at it for a minute with so much going on. Definitely an interesting interior.


So you plan on selling the old center console lid?
 

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Wasnt planning to, but if you want, ill take a pic of it when i get home from my trip, and you can see if you like it.
 

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ya, I'll take another look at mine but if I remember right it was somewhat worn in the middle.
 

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Slowly, the motor is coming togther, but i'm very short on free time these days.
Yesterday, i installed new plugs and wires. Next, reinstall the igniter, upper ic pipes, and the afm.
Hope to have it running very soon.

 
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Getting closer...and farther away at the same time.
You guys know how it is; You fix one thing, you find something else wrong.
Here's the motor, entirely complete, with the exception of the rad/ fan/ shroud, which has to be swapped out of my '88.


Also, I finally rebuilt my glovebox door latch, and the glovebox now opens, closes and locks for the first time in 10+ years.
Then, I decided to install the HKS Drager exhaust. Went pretty smooth for the most part:





Unfortunately, when I tried to test the fuel system, I found that I had a dead pump, so out came the fuel tank, after draining all the bad gas.



So, I'm now waiting on a new fuel pump. Also, I noticed that the previous owner hadn't connected the abs sensor or the reverse light switch. I connected the abs, but can't reach the reverse light plug.
So it looks like I'll have to lower the tranny a bit so that I can reach it. Not looking forward to that.
 
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The 89 and 90 models had this. I don't think its for a tweeter, but rather for air to flow for the 4" speaker.
 

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Yeah no tweeter. It's for air flow as mentioned. With the stock 4" speaker pods you could feel the bass through those holes on your knees when driving. The earlier models just had holes drilled in the panel. It looks a tad bit cleaner I think.
 

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Looking good, going to be a super clean dd. Im actually looking to sell my truck to get cheaper dd with no payment on the moment. This thread was my first thought but unfortunately I need a 4dr in case I have to take a car seat........:(

Leaning towards an 328i or 330i e46 or a subaru.
 

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Small update:
Just got home from a 3 day trip, and the fuel pump was waiting for me. If the weather is good tomorrow,
I'll reinstall the tank, and see if I can crank the motor. I'm not even sure how long it's been since it last ran.
 

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So I just installed the new fuel pump...
MAN, is it small.


Here's a pic of the oem pump, a TRE performance pump(old), and the Keyshan pump(255lph) that I just got. The pen I've had for a long time, and is just there for reference.



And here it is, on the bracket.




The fuel filter looked pretty new, and I saw the receipt from when it was installed. But, since there was a brand new oem filter in the pile of parts I had received with this car,
there was no reason not to replace it.



So the tank's back in, and the pump runs from the diagnostic port, so that's an improvement.
Time for a lunch break, then we'll see what's left to connect. :)
 
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Oops, forgot to update yesterday. So some good news and bad news:

Got the fuel system primed, and checked for leaks, all good.
Removed the efi fuse, and cranked it for about 10 seconds to build up oil pressure.
Didn't see any. Stopped cranking, and started wondering how much oil was in the pan.
Checked dipstick, facepalmed myself, and drove to the autoparts store and bought 5qts of oil.
Put oil in motor, cranked again, see some oil pressure.
Reinstalled efi fuse, cranked, and after about 10 seconds, she fired up, and idled absolutely beautifully.
Turned it off, got out to check for leaks, and see that half the oil i poured into it, has poured out of it...onto the driveway.

So...i discovered that the oil appeared to be coming from the underside of the turbo, and conclude that the gasket must be bad. REALLY bad. Spend the next 45 minutes removing maf, intake, DP, shields, ic pipes, brackets and feed drain lines, and turbo.
I look at the feed connection at the turbo, and the nuts arent even finger tight! Just threaded on! Also, the feed line banjo had no crush washers on it, so it had started leaking from there too. The gaskets themselves looked okay, but i decided to order new oem ones anyway. So reassembly will have to wait till monday, at the earliest.
In the meantime, i got a start on the spring swap, and did the front pair in about an hour.





Hopefully, ill have better news after the weekend.
 
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Thanks.
I installed my CSF radiator, oem shroud and fans yesterday, but when I filled it with water to test for leaks, it started pouring out of the heater core-to-coolant pipe area, at the rear, under the egr.
Ironically, I bought an entire silicone hose kit, mainly because this particular hose was shot, and I figured at that point, I may as well get all-new hoses that would last forever.
But the ONLY hose in the kit, that didn't fit snugly on its pipe, was this one. It kinda slid on too easily, but I thought that the clamp would overcome this. I was wrong.
So now I have to get the proper hose, and this is about the most difficult to reach hose on the motor. ugh.
 

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Thanks, RHD.
Since I have to wait for the hose till tomorrow, I put out a few small fires today.

#1: Trim on this car was an issue when I got it. Namely, the smaller strip on the trim was shrunken in places, and peeling off the main trim.
So I started working on that today.

Nasty trim tape, all fouled. This section's trim strip(rear driver) wasn't even attached at all, it was in the hatch.



After cleaning it off:



A few supplies:



Tape in place:


Trim back on.



One side done, other side still to do.



Also, I replaced the missing inner splash panel, as well as the missing passenger mudflap. Looks better this way.
 
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Okay...Replacing springs on the rear of a TEMS car SUCKS.
I had to half-remove the rear seat side panel, as well as the rear hatch plastic, just to get the TEMS cover off!
So now I'm halfway done with ONE side of the rear...



Then, when I got the old spring off, I found that the oem bumpstop was crumbling in my hands, so I went to Autozone and picked up some replacements.



My goal is to get the spring work done today, then replace the leaking coolant line. Also, I have to have to go up to the tire shop to have new Toyo's put on my spare set of XXR's.
I was originally going to buy a set of TT rims, but nobody local has them, and since I had the XXR's sitting in boxes, I figured I should save money and just make use of them instead.
Pics to follow this afternoon, hopefully.
 
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Looks like a nice build! Any more pictures of the exhaust on the car? I have a superdragger sitting on the side of my house waiting to be installed.
 

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I'll get some today.
just finished installing the rear springs. I'm presently sitting at the tire shop,
waiting for them to get my wheels set up.
 
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Finally received the coolant hose I needed. I prolly won't be able to get to it till Sunday or Monday.

Also, I received my replacement deck for the car; Not stock, but looks stock and adds cd function.



Got the new Toyo's put on the old wheels, they look good enough for me.

Here's a before and after shot, showing the wheels, and height change(subtle):





 
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Got the new deck in, seems to work well.
It also got rid of all the buzz and noise of the old unit.

 
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So, things left to do to the car:

Replace one heater core hose
Connect reverse light switch at transmission
Replace tail light gaskets
Install wiper arms
 

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3 out of 4 aint bad...
Installed wiper arms, connected reverse light, and installed the heater hose.
Also filled and bled the brake system. Then took the car for its very first drive. Just to the top of my street and back.
She did just fine, no issues. At first, the idle was unstable and it would stall. Diagnosed a rusted shut idle valve, so i disassembled it and lubed it up. The only code i developed, was 31, afm. After checking it with a multimeter and seeing that it was bad, i swapped in another one that was included in the sale. I stole it from a Lexus maf, and although the part number was different (-11 vs. -10), she purred like a kitten. No more codes.
Here is the final list, of the final items necessary to make the car an ideal daily driver:

Replace drivers window switch
Add fuel/ check gauge
Fix rear head coolant leak(a dribble)
Replace tail light gaskets
Install ST sway bars
Fix antenna mast
Fix hood squirters(broken)
Fix coolant warning light(stays on)
Fix passenger seat(seatback adjustment is loose)
Clean out blower motor(leaves)
Replace fan resistor(low doesn't work)
Replace front speakers(right side blown)
Degrease underside
Repair/Replace steering wheel(leather is crummy)
Paint upper rear window trim
Paint front and rear bumpers
Evacuate and charge ac
Steam clean interior
Detail

I will register and insure it this week, hopefully.
 

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Looking good! I still really dig that interior. Now get back to work on the real build!


Did you ever get a chance to snap a pic of that console lid?