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I've been into 3000gts for more than half my life. Over the past few years I've been exploring other platforms just to build something different. I've always liked the Supra, but it was hard to justify the price. I joined the forum anyways just so I could read up on them and keep an eye on classifieds. I told myself that once my garage was finished I'd be more serious about buying one. I was looking for a clean white pre-96 targa in auto or standard. Last week one showed up 3 hours from my house (I live in Northern VT so it's not like we have a ton for sale up here). It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but it did have some nice mods to it that I was going to eventually do anyways. So I made an offer.

I picked it up Friday. I haven't really driven the car aside from the test drive as the rear wheel bearings are pretty bad and I still need to register it. Today I pulled the rear hubs off and fixed the fuel gauge not working. I have to wait for some parts to show up before I can put it back together. Then I'll drive it as-is until winter. Then I'll probably tear into it more. I do plan on 6 speed swapping it. I'm still reading up on the 350z transmissions, but right now I am leaning towards the T56 Magnum setup with 8.8 rear from Granas Racing. I'm hoping he will do similar discounts to what he did last year for Black Friday.

First thoughts...

Love the head room. My rx7 is tight and I'm only 5'11. Seats are super comfy too. The calipers are huge. I didn't realize the targa came off with an allen key tool. I still can't figure out how to fit it in the hatch either, but I'm sure there are instructions online or in the owners manual. My dash vents are cracked and the dash is kind of pealing up around them. Looks like they are discontinued and I couldn't find an aftermarket solution. Rx7's and 3000gts have the same problem and both have nice aftermarket solutions. I'm hoping I'm just missing something. Anyways here are some pics.

*Edit: I'll figure out why the pics don't embed right later. For now here are the links.

Picking it up in NH:

http://802projects.com/photobucket/supra/supra1.jpg


Now it's home:

http://802projects.com/photobucket/supra/supra2.jpg

http://802projects.com/photobucket/supra/supra3.jpg

http://802projects.com/photobucket/supra/supra4.jpg


This is what was wrong with the fuel pump. The needle thing on the level sensor was bent so it wasn't making contact. It probably happened from someone trying to shove the assembly in with 2 fuel pumps. I was able to bend it back and it reads perfectly now.

http://802projects.com/photobucket/supra/supra5.jpg

Whoever put the two pumps in put a cut up silicone coupler in between them. It was not really fuel safe and it started deteriorating. Fortunately it all settled in the tray directly under the pump so I was able to suck it all out. I tried to buy some submersible fuel line to cut open and use as a spacer, but none of the auto shores near me carried it. So it will be a few days before I can put this stuff back in too.

http://802projects.com/photobucket/supra/supra6.jpg
 

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Congratulations on the purchase and welcome to the owners community. :bigthumb:
 

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Congrats man! Welcome!!

That shop really is awesome!


-Rich
 

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wow beautiful car!! and that garage tho!! youll love the car!
Thanks! Ha yeah. Financially I could have bought a Supra a few years ago. But I already had a few cars and had outgrown the smaller garage attached to my house. Anytime I wanted to work on something I'd have to shuffle cars around. So I built a garage instead. I paid for the cement, the framing, door/window installation and the roofing. Basically they made it weather tight. Everything else (siding, metal wrap, soffit, insulation, wiring, sheetrock hanging, mudding/taping, painting, trim work etc...) I have done myself gradually over the last 2 years. It's been a ton of work, but it's coming to an end. I'm excited to get to some of the car projects I've been queuing up.


Keep your credit card handy!
I actually bought some new oem carpet with my card today:) I also went through the entire car and made a list of every screw/bolt/clip/panel etc... that had damage or was missing. I ordered new what I could. I'll have to browse the classifieds/ebay to source some of the discontinued items.


Also I tried searching again today and I couldn't find a defroster vent solution. I'm going to contact LRB (they make aluminum rx7 vents, https://lrbspeed.com/product/fd-defrost-vent/) and Kyle aka smokinvr4 (who made aluminum defroster vents for the 3000gt community: http://802projects.com/images/redvr4/24.jpg) to see if the supra platform would be anything they'd be interested in doing.
 

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Congrats! Clean car!

I have an extra Defroster Vent - If you're interested I'll post a picture.
 

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Very clean used condition - No cracks, broken or missing clips


 

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Nice fleet. Now you just need to trade the subi for a 300zx (for collection purposes)
My friend who lives a few houses down actually has a nice 300zx. It's on my list and will probably be my next project after I'm done building the supra. He offered to sell it to me once, but I have a thing about owning too many cars the same color. His car is red and I want a grey 300zx. My rx7 is red and I already have another 3000gt dd that is red. Honestly out of all the cars I've owned, the 2.5RS coupe subaru is hands down the most fun to drive. It's light, snappy and handles like crazy around corners. It gets even better when you sti swap it and do aftermarket suspension work to it. Someday once I've owned all the cars I want, I'll write a more thorough review of them all. They all have different good/bad qualities.

Friends 300zx:

http://802projects.com/images/garage/garage16.jpg

This is my red 1g 3000gt I bought and cleaned up last year:

http://802projects.com/redvr4.php
 

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Nice garage!!!
Thanks. It's still a work in progress, but I am gaining. Supra is out of commission for winter. I'm going to be working on the interior some and I'll probably do a timing belt job on it. I just finished putting in a T56 Magnum swap from Grannas Racing. I still haven't figured out how to get SSL on my website, so for now I'll just use my old photobucket account. Once I figure it out I'll start a build thread for further progress:)







 

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Nice! Congrats on the purchase!

I have the Grannas 8.8 in my car, easy swap, been cutting 1.4s with no issues.
 
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