I wasn't ready to show anyone this car yet, 'cause it isn't done and my progress is slow. But someone asked, so I don't mind showing you guys what I've done so far...
I bought an '89 Supra. Blown headgasket, of course. It was automatic, so I was planning on converting it to manual.
I traded this German piece of shit (1995 VW GTI VR6)...
For this full R-154 swap. Pedals and everything (was supposed to come with a decent CT-26 as well, but the guy "forgot," to bring it). -__-
At the time I had an EG Civic hatch I was daily driving while I was working on the Supra. But some dumbass wanted to trade his '91 white package Turbo five-speed for it. I liked the Civic and all... It was five-speed with a D16, and cold A/C. But, how the hell could I say no? I've always wanted a clean Supra; ever since the beginning. Even though I had one I was working on, and the Civic was much more reliable than this white Supra, I had to make the trade. So, I traded my perfectly running, smooth, reliable EG hatch for the '91 White Package Turbo Supra I drive today.
Here's the Supra I'm currently driving today. This was not too long after I made the trade. Stock height, stock turbo, stock exhaust, stock EVERYTHING. About 260k on the odometer. It had a blown turbo, a bunch of boost leaks, no A/C, blah blah blah. A bunch of problems that I fixed(minus the A/C). Anyway, this thread isn't about my white Supra.
I had a dilemma now, because I just traded my daily driver for a better version of what I was basically trying to build with the blue Supra. I didn't want to build two of the same car, and I didn't want to sell one of them.
I had to take action, so I pulled the 7M and sold it to some dude who has a long ass build thread on Supramania (he just got his car running with my motor at the beginning of this month, by the way).
I met the guys at Quantum Auto. The owner, Jake Breyck, lives like two minutes from me. I got super familiar with his 1UZ/W58 Supra, and he let me drive it a few times. I was sold as soon as I touched the pedal. The instant torque felt awesome. He was in the middle of making his design for the 1UZ-R154 adapter kit, and we decided that my car would be perfect to test it.
So, I got lucky with first dibs at a '96 SC400 at my local junk yard. Paid next to nothing for the FULL MOTOR; ecu, wiring harness, igniters, MAF sensor, auto bellhousing, etc. (less than I sold my 7M for).
Loaded it up into a friend's truck and left.
Illegally pressure washed the shit out of it at one of the self-car wash places.
Dropped the motor off at the shop and called it a night.
I used Jake's dummy motor to fabricate my own motor mount brackets.
I'm still learning fabrication, so... After FOUR failed sets of motor mounts, I finally made a design that worked.