Time to Revive - 7Mbuild-up

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What's up fellas?? my name is Mike, and I own a supra! I figured it was about time I make a build thread! this is my first build/startup so I have many questions, and I am sure I came to the right place. I've had the car for 5 years....... but we'll get into the history later.

right now, the goal is to have her up and running in a month(hopefully less)... that is, if I get all the hardware/parts needed in order(you know how that sh go). but yea hasn't been running in 5 years so I'm a bit disorganized.. :aigo:

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as you can see the reason why its getting rebuilt.. in short, it was my old bosses car, within family since new I think. got it for cheap, mainly because a few parts were stolen from the car while in his driveway a while back and he knew I had an 87 supra also. bought the parts needed to start her up and voila white smoke everywhere. not 100% sure why a piston detonated, but I think it had something to do with the aftermarket parts that were installed without a tune up?

so here we are now. I've moved around a bit but always kept the car home and covered. regaining my motivation to finish this baby up! I had the motor rebuilt early fall 2016 stock internals and gasket. everything torqued down right in intervals(forget the ending # now but I believe it was 90-100). long block is done, will have more pics

things left to install: oil dipstick housing, exhaust manifold/turbo/mounts(turbo can go after motor install), coolant bypass line/hoses, oil filter relocation housing, thermostat housing, upper air intake and hoses

things still needed: oil filter relocation gasket(cannot find), exhaust manifold nuts(believe driftmotion sells them)
I'm sure there is more because I'm getting down to the nitty gritty...

PLEASE! Any suggestions, tips, criticism.. whatever. I'm open to all of it! all of ur minds together could lead to something great or just bring about the monster under the hood :icon_evil

goals for the week to come: prep car, check gas tank, maybe order walbro fuel pump, install all that's left.. get ready to install!
I have more pics comin for y'all so hold tight!
 
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Jeez.
Over 70 views, and nobody comments.

Good for you and good luck!
As far as the oil filter relocation gasket, do you mean the stock filter housing? If so, get it AND the exhaust nuts from your local dealer. It should be pretty close to the price that you'd pay Driftmotion, since you'd have to add shipping with DM.

Also, remember to put a new O-ring on the base of the dipstick tube.

Post pics with your updates and progress.
 

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Right!? I'm sayin'.... thanks for the love Supraguy! And thanks! Haven't touched oil dipstick yet, so I will be sure to do that! And yes! I realized the stock housing and the oil reloc. are the same lol.. that gasket should be coming in any day now!

As far as ex nuts, I already ordered them with the fuel pump.. it was all there so figured why not..

I've been waiting for some gaskets from my but over at Toyota in Mamaraneck, which should be in my hands today. So in the meantime, I removed the fuel tank and BOY is that thing a mess... Glad I ordered that fuel pump, but may have to drop some more $$$


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Got some pics for ya! The fuel pump looks totally shot.. you can literally swipe away gunk and debris off of it. The sender and fuel pump bracket are just rusted to all hell. And as for the fuel tank.. IDK! I may look into replacing that too.. As for the last picture, I'm not sure what I'm missing, hoping it all comes to me when I install more parts. I've been on the TSRM almost daily, to try and get everything refreshed in my mind.. but this part is still a bit confusing for me. I think once I install full intake and vsv and all it will all come to me again.

Didn't get much work done on the weekend.. I work at a restaurant and got hit with a double on sat and sun. Monday I was able to move car, cleaned a part of garage out real thorough since it was a beautiful day in the tristate area. Tuesday removed fuel tank. Hopefully it doesn't rain much this week. Still have a lot of prepping left to do.

Planning to have motor in car by next weekend if all my parts are here!!! I'll keep yall posted!
 

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So I haven't been able to do much on motor.. Just been cleaning engine bay, garage, looking for nuts and bolts I will need in the near future. I should have bypass line gasket, oil filter housing gasket and turbo oil line to block gasket in my hands tonight. Fuel pump should be in by Tuesday. Still unsure what to do with the fuel tank.. looks pretty shot...
 

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Ehh not the best..

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It's a bit rusty on the inside and I'm sure there are pieces of the fuel pump lying around at the bottom..

Do y'all have any suggestions? If this was your car, what would you do?
 

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Ah! Yes found it lying around somewhere! It looks right, just a little off. I'll get that sorted out later, Thanks!
 

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So I did some research and asking around... my ex coworker says I should go the fuel cell route. so that's what I have y mind stuck on right now.. seen some setups and they can look real nice! I figure its the easiest and quickest fix for my problem.. Let me know what yall think! Have any of you guys done this before? any tips/suggestions!???
 

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Looks like a car that's been sitting a while.
How deep into a restoration are you planning to go?
As in- do you plan to remove and recondition suspension subframes, etc?
 

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Looks like a car that's been sitting a while.
How deep into a restoration are you planning to go?
As in- do you plan to remove and recondition suspension subframes, etc?
Yeaaa you can really see it too.. Not exactly sure how long it sat before me, but it was pretty dirty when I got her. Some jerks came by the previous owners nice neighborhood and managed to steal some parts out of the car and he lost interest..

But I do plan to clean her up pretty good! I'd like to get a paintjob in the winter if I can set aside enough money for a nice one. And while that is getting done I will thoroughly clean this baby up! We get pretty bad winters here in CT(or used to) so that would be the project for the winter time. And surprisingly the front subframe is very clean!
 

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Some Progress!

Haven't been on this much, but I have been putting some hours in on the car.. I ordered an intank walbro 255 before tanking the tank out lol.. Ordered a fuel cell also. I'm sure I can still use the intank pump, just have to set it up differently. I have not installed it yet, since I've been prepping motor and tranny for install. I had planned to install today but totally forgot about the hub release :/

Ordered that last night so hopefully it arrives before Saturday.. its supposed to be 81 degrees so that would be the perfect day!

So while I wait I'll start installing fuel cell and cleaning other stuff..

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I'll be back with more pics for yall!
 

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currently..... stuck..... cant get it fully mated. cant remember if it fully mates by itself or if the engine/tranny bolts help..

any tips would be greatly appreciated.. tryna get this motor in today..
 

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sike.. got the motor in Sunday am before my double w my pops.. I forgot how tight of a fit it was haha! but in smooth no problems. now I have to hook everything up and order a few things.

such as
clutch hose
fuel filter
o ring for oil reloc. housing
an lines for fuel cell
exhaust flange and weld
driveshaft cleanup

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When you said fuel cell the first thing that came to mind was a whole bunch of cutting and welding lol. I had never seen or thought of installing a fuel cell like that, tbh I didn't even think it was possible. What do you plan to do with the space below it, the spare tire area?

I've always been a fan of the NA mkiv on the MKIII. I was trying to figure what wheels were on the car from how little I can see in the first couple of posts lol.

What part of CT are you at? How far are you from Danbury or Bridgeport?
 

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Yea that's what I thought of first.. I kind of didn't want to go that way.. I accepted it and did some measurements but I still never cut anything or installed it. Deep down I never really did want to cut, so now I am thinking of just laying down some metal over spare tire well and drill it down with the fuel cell secured on top.

And yeaaaa I need to throw more pics up on this haha. And I'm a town away from Danbury actually hah, where are you from?

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Thought it was about time I went into detail about the car.. Received it 5 years ago from my old boss, who knew I had an 87 NA at the time.. He pretty much ended up giving it to me after some punks came by his house when everyone happened to be away and stole parts out of the car. He sat on it for a little and then I came in. Took it home cleaned it up restored a few of the stolen parts and it started right up. Something wasn't quite right because white smoke was coming from everywhere it seemed. I bought a compression tester and went to work. Realized piston 5 or 6 had barely any compression at all. So then began the tear down, mind you it took me awhile(early 20s, school, fun, living arrangements, etc) anyways found love for her recently after visiting a couple countries and basically realizing I had something nice and I truly have a love for driving.

I went with stock pistons overbored .50 over and stock hg, arp head studs, wasn't looking for crazy hp goals at the time and still the same approach.. I'd be very happy with around 300hp for awhile so lets see how that goes.. previous owner had bought some nice bolt-ons help to bring us to that number, such as..

-3in full RSR exhaust
-550cc RC injectors
-lexus AFM
-AFPR
-wideband 02 sensor
- apexi intake

oh stolen parts were as follows
-stock ECU
-AFPR
-other side of wideband(non exhaust side)

parts I've bought along the way
-spec st2 clutch(originally for the 87 but didn't quite catch the r154 only, stoked I can use it now lol)
-BOV
-fuel cell(ebay)
-upgraded oil pump
-waterpump
-new belts
-walbro 255 intank(before I realized my tank was shot.. pretty sure I can make something up for that)

All day today was spent doing research and searching up future parts and expenses.. boy I never truly did understand what money pit truly meant!

I've been looking into tunes and such recently, and figured I'd go with a piggyback system. Today I decided to call API tuning in Yonkers, NY. Jerry is a good guy, so much info on piggybacks and standalones. I was already reading about it yesterday and today but there is just too much into it lol. He's 80% convinced me to go standalone. He gave good points as to why and I'm not opposed at all. Just kinda expensive.. but she's definitely worth it, plus I kinda owe her..

The goal is to have her up and running this month, so I have my work cut out for me. But I know I can get it done. I need to order a few parts and figure out what I'll do with oil gasket. My bud says I should hit up this pool spot he used to work at that had o rings in every imaginable size, so I'll be doing that once I get the chance.

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at new home dirty and all

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evidence

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partially at blame.. this took my mind off the supra when I should of been building it.. this car was mean as hell. b20z block w a b18 vtec head and a bunch of other goodies gave this monster 240hp and I think around 230tq. I miss the sound of that vtec
 
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Been awhile since I've been on her, but making some real progress lately. I don't have much to go. Still dealing with gas tank situation, decided to cut into trunk. So I'm working on that now and all the other little things.

Will post more but I have to get my ass to work!
 

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I missed this thread before. You're doing a nice job here. Why not just buy a used tank that is clean? Seems way less work than mounting that red box somewhere?
 

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I missed this thread before. You're doing a nice job here. Why not just buy a used tank that is clean? Seems way less work than mounting that red box somewhere?
Thanks! The car has come a long way.. And you know, I didn't quite think of that before. I just started cutting over the weekend. I was curious on the price of a used gas tank, so I searched and found one for around 350$ not bad but it was bare. This route is definitely cheaper, but a lot more work
 

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planning

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made a hole to hear exhaust better lol

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I don't want to put it too close to the exhaust so it will be a little offset.. its 20x18 and about 10in deep. 15 gal
 

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Just ordered intercooler pipes, stainless steel fuel line set, and bosch style aem wideband sensor. They should all be in by Friday!

Cut a nice chunk out of the trunk, going to see if I can get it installed tomorrow.

Things left to do:
fuel pump and lines
intercooler pipes
vacuum lines, pcv n such (car hasn't been together in awhile so all this is confusing to me right now)
all electronic connections on exhaust side
intake and afm (searching for a pipe that will cover lexus afm)

and other little things..

really coming together! Hoping for smooth sailing. A bunch of these parts have been off the car for sometime so it's taking me a little longer to piece everything back together. Lots of researching has been going down and I will head to the forums on this for a few things.

I'll throw more pictures up tomorrow
 

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Got it in today, need to fully secure it! Will do that Monday. Got some new parts in today also.

So for Monday will fully install tank. Figure out new IC pipes. Make a plan for stainless steel braided fuel lines. And route wideband O2 sensor.


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I really like the way it came out! It's really flush. I'll feel better when it is fully secured..
 

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Yea that's what I thought of first.. I kind of didn't want to go that way.. I accepted it and did some measurements but I still never cut anything or installed it. Deep down I never really did want to cut, so now I am thinking of just laying down some metal over spare tire well and drill it down with the fuel cell secured on top.

And yeaaaa I need to throw more pics up on this haha. And I'm a town away from Danbury actually hah, where are you from?

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Are those tapered lug nuts? Or Toyota ones? They look like tapered ones, if so then thats a no-no.
 

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Why not just chop it out completely, rail to rail, and build a steel box to drop in and weld?
That will definitely be the end result. But for now it's real sturdy so I can move onto other things. I will learn how to weld in the mean time and really secure it w some type of box!
 

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Awaiting for correct AN reducer for gas tank fuel lines.. thought it was an8 male on the tank it was actually an10.. and the lines I bought are an6! so that will be in by Monday.

So today I was doing the pipes on the intercooler, and removed from intercooler to turbo pipe off and found a good amount of oil in the pipe....
Does that mean the stock turbo is shot??? Because how else would oil get into the intercooler pipes?

Second picture showing the lugs, looking good here Bmettie! Good eye, it don't hurt to check things over again and again
 

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The PCV system feeds back into the intake, both pre-turbo and at the throttle body. If it's never been cleaned, you just have 25+ years of oily residue built up. Just take the pipes and IC out, rinse them with gas. This is the primary reason people put catch cans on the car.