TobyCat's winter buildup

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Well, only a month left of class before December holidays and that's when I get some free time to work on the supra for a bit. I don't have any crazy goals to accomplish before next spring, just to beat my last dyno (309hp/308tq) and to fix some things. So here we go!

Currently, I have completed a few basic modifications:

3" Downpipe from Cooleeze
3" test pipe from Cooleeze
HKS Super Drager cat back
Apexi SAFC
K&N homebrew intake
Custco repainted black strut bar
17" ADR Fuel rims w/ Kumho ectsa tires
Shimmed wastegate ;)

Before winter is out, I've made a promise to finish at least the following:
New Clutch - still undecided on brand/type
Valve stem seals
Valve cover gasket

And the wish list if money/time permits:
Upgraded turbo - 57 or 60 trim upgraded ct
Walbro fuel pump
550cc injectors
Aeromotive AFPR
Intercooler and piping
HKS MHG

Things waiting to be used:
HKS SSQV
ARP Studs
MBC
Lexus AFM

I've got some pics of the car in its current state in this thread
 

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Yup, got some higher res pictures in the other thread linked at the bottom. But here are some pics the day I bought it - 2 years ago on the 13th of November! And a decent side shot with my buddy's 3000gt.
 

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Yeah...I think ;) I bought the car off and older guy who had the head gasket done at the dealership in about '98. So, I would imagine it's a stocker with the new torque specs? Either way, I'm planning on a new HG soon =)

Fuel pumps are way better than math...heh.
 

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Finally got my clutch in - 3 weeks of shipping...gotta love cross border fun!

ACT HD00.

Now all I need is for Nashman to sell me his fidanza flywheel (and suspension!)
 

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TobyCat said:
Well, after an unsuccessful PS3 attempt, I decided to treat myself to some new parts.
That's ok, Supras are more fun than PS3s, lol... Lookin good man!
 

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Finally got some work done on White Rice (my car's name :p ). Had Nashman (Ryan) and MrBaboon (Alex) come by and give me a hand. Was a good time ripping apart a whole bunch of stuff (again!) like the exhaust which I just put on, and starter which I just replaced :) Ahh good times.

I've been slowly collecting tools, and rarely get a chance to use them as I don't have a garage. Well, as you can see lots of 'em are still shiney and in their wrapping!



Here's Alex taking off some downpipe bolts...the studs even came with =)



Ryan got a chance to fix his AFM (throwing codes) and replace headlights/fogs.



Oh what's this? Never use an HKS intake! They suck...look at that grit.



You'd think that HKS would put out a better product.


Another supra?! Looks like next year's project or DD :) Would sure beat the rusted out Tercel I'm using now as my DD...


Still working on those exhaust bolts...I know I know, I can hear what you're saying. "WTF aren't YOU in there..." Well, somebody's gotta take some pictures every once in a while.


Alright, time to bring in the big guns. Nashman rockin' out the removal of anything/everything in a tenth the time it takes me =)



Check out that sweet hat!


LOL!


Tomorrow's time to get'r done!
 

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Well, Sunday went a bit better than Saturday. Got everything off and were ready to put the new clutch, flywheel, PP but appearently the zip I downloaded with the TSRM didn't have the torque specs.

Cleaned up the tranny a bit. It was pretty caked in oil/dirt from what I thought was a leaky rear main seal.
Before:

After:


Old flywheel looked OK. There were some burn marks (whoops!) but nothing a good surfacing wouldn't take out. The new fidanza looks way better!



And a successful grease pilot bearing trick removal. This is appearently a rare occurance - so I figured a good picture was in order!


And as part of the deal, I had to detail Nashman's new 92. He knows the mechanics part (I'm learning slowly), and I know the keepen' it pretty part. Washed, full clay bar, polished and waxed. Check out the attachments and tell me what you think.
 

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So onto Monday, where I had to get to the shop first thing in the morning to roll the car out (so my bro can work!), and started assembling the snap rings etc. to the PP. All went well, cleaned up a lot of the greasy under bits and waited for Nash to show up after work.

Well dammit, it looks like they sent me the WRONG clutch disk? It doesn't fit onto the fidanza flywheel at all - not enough clearence, but fits the stock flywheel just fine. Now I'm wondering what to do...should I go order a new stock clutch disk from Toyota tomorrow or wait a few weeks (which I really don't have time to wait around) for the replacement ACT one to come in.

I've done some reading, and IJ said that ACT uses stock PP's and beefy disks, but other people say they use stock disks and upgraded PP's? According to horsepowerfreaks website, it's a beefy pressure plate with a stock disk...any ideas?
 
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Well finally finished it off today!

So the short and skinny of it is the stock clutch disk doesn't fit the Fidanza without some filing down of the some of the rivets. So I got the stocker resurfaced this morning, and by 3pm started puting the tranny back in. Got some help from an old high school friend for an hour to mount up the tranny/drive shaft, and then Alex and I finished putting all the rest back together.

Here are some finished shots:



Me throwin' up the finger at the clutch change from hell ;)


And final roll out, done!


I big thanks goes out to Nashman and MrBaboon!
 
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Well, my shine lip was damaged and I fired them off an email yesterday. They've already setup for Fedex to pickup the damaged box and filed a claim against it.

Talk about customer service!
 

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Small update, my coilovers arrived! pair of Tein HA fronts, and Cusco rears. Hopefully my sway bar kit arrives soon, so that I can install these all in one shot.

I think I'll rent a spring compressor to disassemble the coilovers, clean them up, and put new boots onto the Teins. Other than that, there isn't any oil leaking anywhere so woohoo!

-Chris
 

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Sway bars are in! I was hoping to get the suspension bits installed this weekend but I *accidently* have to go to Vancouver this weekend to talk to Greg @ cooleeze...let's see what comes out of that ;)
 

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I rented a spring compressor today to take apart the TEINs as they are in rougher shape than the Cuscos. After cleaning everything up, and checking for leaks everything looks to be in working order...just kinda ugly. There is surface rust on the tubes but they look like they should last for the summer before I ship them off to be rebuilt.

Question though, how do I check to make sure a shock is still working correctly? I just pushed it against the ground and it took a lot of effort to compress it. After that, they'd slowly come back up to the extended position by themselves.

Anyways, do the coilovers look OK enough for 1 summer?
 

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This morning the FedEx dude came and delivered a gorgeous looking, non-damaged lip from shineauto. Oh yeah, it's awesome! Big thanks to shine for the absolutely amazing customer service!

Also, I've been grinding down all the rusty bits off of the TEINs, and picked up a wirewheel for my grinder. Gonna get them totally stripped down and repainted so that they last a bit longer. I went to order a pair of dust boots from a local TEIN "reseller" today...And I use the term reseller loosely. More a long the lines of rip off artists! According to the TEIN website, they sell dust boots for 5$ each. Here is a quote from them

"Chris,

We can order the boots on thier own for you but wth all the shipping and handling fees you would be looking at about $100-$125CAD+tax. "

So umm...100$ in shipping/handling fees? Whatever.

Does anybody know where I can order these, or just plain noname brand ones online?

Back to the wire wheel I go!
 

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tien no longer makes that shock tube no more so reabluing them will eb hassle if not ahve to repalce the shock it's self



and what wiht mix match shocks


ps your in the same boat as me repalce all dammper tubes or them saying we might bebale to finx them if we still have the parts around
 
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Wow you have really changed that stock car in to something that is really going to rock this spring! Great to see man!
That poor old man that you bought it from must be rolling around in his lazy boy!
This is the first time I looked at your build thread. Man, I am getting excited!

Hopefully, you can come over for some Fri nite racing @ Mission.
Nice work Toby!!:biglaugh:
 

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Yeah, I'm getting pretty excited too! The coilovers are off getting painted, and I'm waiting on some dust boots. Appearently HPF sells them and I'm waiting on them to see how quickly they can get them up here. Also, Zensport can get them in but there is a 2week wait. We'll see.

I think I may drive by the old guy's place this spring after everything is all done up...see what he has to say :)

I'd like to come out to mission sometime..we'll see.

-Chris
 

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Small update:

I sold my winter daily driver to a good friend of mine who was in the market for a beater, and put the supra back on the road. Oh what a dream it is to drive a car that works and has power. I never thought 7 months of tercel could be so hard :)

Anyways, got the coilovers back from my brother today, and he did an amazing job painting them back to TEIN green. He taped up all the threads and even the original sticker to keep the authentic look.

So now I'm waiting on a pair of dust boots to match, then on they go! I can't WAIT to lower the 4x4.
 

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Finally got some work done on the car. I rented a spring compressor again, went down to Lordco and picked up some generic dust boots, cut them to fit and put the fronts back together. They look amazing!

Also, took the original lip off and test fitted it. Looks pretty good! Only thing I could have suggest from shine was that they pre-drill the mounting holes. Two of the holes I drilled don't quite fit right, so I'm going to wait until I have the car on the hoist to do the fiddly bits. Note to self, getting head stuck under car because new lip sits lower then stocker...priceless!

Coilovers get installed tomorrow!
 

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Holy wheelgap batman!

Not for much longer though.

Woo. me need engine back now. Cometic gasket makes me so happy.
 

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Ahh yes, another trying day. I got up bright and early, skipped school and went to town installing my coilovers. All was going very smoothly, did the rears first because i wanted to flush/bleed the brake lines with new fluid. Got the entire rear interior out no probs, dropped the suspension and put the Cuscos in. Dropped the car down...man 2" drop! Definitely going to have to raise that by at least .5"...but that's cool, on to the front.

The front came off easier than the rears...no interior clips to deal with =) Pretty straight forward, and the upper control arm is a 1 bolt wonder. Everything was on their pretty damn good - 20 year old stock suspensions ftl!

So, my good friend had to go to work at this point which was AOK, I can handle re-assembly. This is where the fun started....

Trying to put the strut tower bolts through the 3 holes, I ran into problems...they didn't quite fit. No problem, nothing a dremel can't fix. Problem #2, the bolts are a different thread than the stockers...no problem I can use the TEMS cover bolts for the front. Then....

I lowered the car.

CRRAAAACK! Instant panic, wtf is wrong? why are my wheels bottomed out? What was that sound?! So it appears I have two sets of rear coilovers. Note to self, installing rears suspension up front does not work!

Anyways, there are some pics of the process, and my stockers are back up front. The thing look ridiculous with the back so low :(

Now to hunt down some front suspension.
 

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Finally got a chance to install my sway bar kit that I purchased a few months ago. All I have to say is MAN those end link bolts are a bitch to get off. Thankfully an acetylene torch was near by to heat up the nuts and crack them off with an impact gun. I kinda marred up the boots a bit, and the rear ones are ready to be replaced. Might just be that time to hit up BIC for a kit and some reenforcement tabs.
 

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Looking good! We have a mini meet this weekend and I will ask around for some front coil overs if you want!
Or..... Just call VanSupra! LOL
I like your Shine Lip.:biglaugh:
 

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Yeah, I'm gonna try and make it out. I'm still keeping an eye out on eBay for some front TEIN HAs...so if anybody sees a set don't bid please! ;)
 

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Found my Tein HAs on Rinkya. Bought the whole set of 4, none of this mix-match shenanigans! They should be here sometime in the next 2 weeks =)
 

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My rear hatch has always 'clunked' but now with a lowered car it's *really* annoying. So, down to Toyota I went and picked up some new hatch bump stops. 6 Pieces in total, so hopefully that fixed it.

80 bucks for these jimmies.
 

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