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    Hi everyone. My name is Joe. I recently picked up a 1989 Turbo Supra that needed some work, thought I'd start a build log here. It's a "white edition" with burgundy interior and (unfortunately) automatic transmission.

    This is my first Supra but I'm a parts manager for a Toyota dealer so I'm very familiar with Toyotas. I also have a lowered and supercharged 2009 TRD Sport Tundra.

    The current registration and inspection stickers on the car are from 1999 so it hasn't been driven in a LONG time! The previous owner bought the car a couple years ago and I think almost immediately noticed problems. It had sat in somebody's garage for years before that. He pulled the engine due to a blown head gasket and rod knock. He rebuilt the bottom end with a new crank and bearings and installed ARP studs in the heads. Long story short, everything sat unassembled from that point until I bought it a few weeks ago.

    There was lots of cleaning to be done. I pulled the intake manifold, oil pan and valve covers off, cleaned everything up and painted it. I'll post some pictures of what I'm starting with. I'm really not looking forward to figuring out where all the vacuum, coolant and oil lines connect to so I'm sure I'll have lots of questions for you guys but hopefully it won't take too long to get this thing back on the road!

    The car as it sits now:





    Engine as it currently sits:



    1989 Turbo Supra, White Pkg - Build In Process
    7M-GTE w/stock turbo | Auto | Divorced/Recirculated Downpipe | Tanabe Touring Exhaust | DriftMotion Intercooler Kit
    Tokico Illuminas with H&R Springs | 18" CCW Knockoffs | waiting to be reassembled...

    2016 Tundra CrewMax TRD Pro
    TRD Intake | LED DRL/Fog Light Upgrade | Predator Pro Steps | Corsa Exhaust
    BFG A/TKO2 285/65R18 | OEM Audio+ | Camlocker | DIY Auto Headlights

    2009 Tundra D-Cab TRD Sport
    Lowered, supercharged and SOLD

    2004 4Runner V8 4WD - SOLD

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    Default Re: '89 Turbo Supra build

    Oh, forgot to list the parts I've started collecting already. If you guys have any recommendations please feel free to let me know. So far I've ordered...

    - Tanabe Touring exhaust
    - Divorced/recirculated downpipe
    - DriftMotion 11psi wg actuator
    - DriftMotion intercooler kit
    - Magnecor plug wires
    - OEM spark plugs
    - Lots of OEM gaskets and hardware
    - FRP mouldings from C7 carbon - wanted to just get the OEM ones but they're discontinued and apparently hard to find!
    - KYB shocks/struts with new mounts
    - H&R springs

    I think that's all for now?
    Last edited by Joe__G; January 9th, 2014 at 09:37 AM.
    1989 Turbo Supra, White Pkg - Build In Process
    7M-GTE w/stock turbo | Auto | Divorced/Recirculated Downpipe | Tanabe Touring Exhaust | DriftMotion Intercooler Kit
    Tokico Illuminas with H&R Springs | 18" CCW Knockoffs | waiting to be reassembled...

    2016 Tundra CrewMax TRD Pro
    TRD Intake | LED DRL/Fog Light Upgrade | Predator Pro Steps | Corsa Exhaust
    BFG A/TKO2 285/65R18 | OEM Audio+ | Camlocker | DIY Auto Headlights

    2009 Tundra D-Cab TRD Sport
    Lowered, supercharged and SOLD

    2004 4Runner V8 4WD - SOLD

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    Default Re: '89 Turbo Supra build

    Well it's a white package. That's a plus.lol

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    Default Re: '89 Turbo Supra build

    hey, its a clean start to really kinda say, i mean atleast its kinda of a weird blessing having to go in and make sure everything is working in good order now then finding out later.
    keep up the good work, cant wait to see more!

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    Default Re: '89 Turbo Supra build

    Quote Originally Posted by mcammarn View Post
    Well it's a white package. That's a plus.lol
    Umm.. thanks?

    Quote Originally Posted by bloodasp90 View Post
    hey, its a clean start to really kinda say, i mean atleast its kinda of a weird blessing having to go in and make sure everything is working in good order now then finding out later.
    keep up the good work, cant wait to see more!
    Yeah, it's not very pretty but the body is straight as far as I can tell. Carfax shows it was in a small accident on the left front fender back in 1994 but everything looks to have been repaired properly. It will definitely need to be painted once I get it running. It's quickly becoming a money pit but hopefully I won't have to invest much other than time from this point on... the previous owner says the transmission is in great shape so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that!

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    Default Re: '89 Turbo Supra build

    The burgundy will grow on you as well. I've got the same car but in a 5speed. I thought I'd hate it but it def. grew on me. Granted I would like shadow grey or black. But those are tuff to find.lol

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    Yeah I'd prefer gray but I'm just taking it one step at a time right now so getting it running and somewhat reliable is priority #1. Paint is definitely coming before any interior swap too!
    1989 Turbo Supra, White Pkg - Build In Process
    7M-GTE w/stock turbo | Auto | Divorced/Recirculated Downpipe | Tanabe Touring Exhaust | DriftMotion Intercooler Kit
    Tokico Illuminas with H&R Springs | 18" CCW Knockoffs | waiting to be reassembled...

    2016 Tundra CrewMax TRD Pro
    TRD Intake | LED DRL/Fog Light Upgrade | Predator Pro Steps | Corsa Exhaust
    BFG A/TKO2 285/65R18 | OEM Audio+ | Camlocker | DIY Auto Headlights

    2009 Tundra D-Cab TRD Sport
    Lowered, supercharged and SOLD

    2004 4Runner V8 4WD - SOLD

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    Default Re: '89 Turbo Supra build

    are you planning on keeping the "white package"?

    or painting the mouldings a nice grey or something?
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    Do you have any rough estimate of total build cost to this day?
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    Default Re: '89 Turbo Supra build

    I haven't really decided yet. I wasn't sure exactly how rare the white package is and if people frown upon changing any of it. I'm not opposed to painting the mouldings gray though. I know I'm definitely replacing the white wheels...
    1989 Turbo Supra, White Pkg - Build In Process
    7M-GTE w/stock turbo | Auto | Divorced/Recirculated Downpipe | Tanabe Touring Exhaust | DriftMotion Intercooler Kit
    Tokico Illuminas with H&R Springs | 18" CCW Knockoffs | waiting to be reassembled...

    2016 Tundra CrewMax TRD Pro
    TRD Intake | LED DRL/Fog Light Upgrade | Predator Pro Steps | Corsa Exhaust
    BFG A/TKO2 285/65R18 | OEM Audio+ | Camlocker | DIY Auto Headlights

    2009 Tundra D-Cab TRD Sport
    Lowered, supercharged and SOLD

    2004 4Runner V8 4WD - SOLD

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    Default Re: '89 Turbo Supra build

    Keep the white moldings! Lol

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