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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
This thread covers my 1989 Supra Turbo since day 1, July 7th, 2014.

My projects include:

1994 Supra TT Auto Targa - Backwards build, back to stock.

1999 4Runner 3RZ-FE 2WD Auto - 4WD conversion, R150F 5-speed manual swap. Supercharged, lifted, armored, an LSD rear end.

1987 4Runner Turbo SR5 - Bought for $900 from a junkyard parking lot. 7k miles on rebuilt 22R-TE, CT-26 turbo, W56 5-speed manual swap, BFG Mud Terrain KM1's.


This was the first MKIII in my life. 2004 - It was the first car I had ever driven. I was not of age to drive at the time.
This 1990 N/A Targa Auto was purchased for only $500, since it had been run into a short pole in a parking garage. $500 for the car, then around $1200 for repair (hence the wrong year front bumper). Sold shortly after.




10 years later, I've got my very own MKIII.

89 Supra Turbo - 130,000 miles, one owner, garaged. Targa top, white package, blue cloth interior.
Car is automatic - it will be 5-speed swapped. Blown head gasket is the reason for sale. The price was right.


My 99 4Runner


My 87 Turbo 4Runner
 

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Day 1
July 7, 2014


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Photos from the seller
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I started the day off by stopping at a local paint store, while I was there, I had them mix me up some Super White touch up paint. I also bought some SEM Trim Black for later.
Later on, I replaced the completely defunct battery in the car. I had an extra that just happened to be the right size.





Note the scratch on the left portion of the front bumper, near the signal lamp.



Touch up paint applied. Trickle charger also hooked up to keep her charged up.



Damaged rear bumper


Will buff the rest out later, otherwise it's looking better with some touch up.



My Toyotas!



This oughta help me get things rolling... this suckers BIG!

Also got a 1 ton engine stand and 4 jackstands on order...

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Found this sucker in the glovebox. First time I've ever had a factory window sticker for one of my cars.
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Targa top tool and caps are all present
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Gave my garage a thorough cleaning, then put the hardtop back on my turbo truck. It hasn't had a top on it since January. Currently rocking my 31"s to keep the miles off the mud tires.
Yeah you wish you had a sweet microfiber windshield wiper, too, admit it.
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Finally got it registered to my name, let the work (slowly) take place! Learning about the MKIII and 7M as I go. Fortunately Toyotas are very well built and relatively similar.


Garage will have some new scenery for a while.
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Featuring harbor freight moving blankets
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Before picture.
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Airbox, accordion, charge piping, etc...
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Unfortunately, the CT-26 has some shaft play and a chewed up compressor wheel... Don't know what I'll be putting in it's place.
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Looks like someone used some garden hose between the intake pipe and valve covers... some fishy things going on.
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Rad out.
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Side note: Glad the Supra does not require firewall drilling to 5-speed swap!! My trucks did not have such convenience.
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Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)
Engine stand, harbor freight 1 ton.
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Working at night like usual.
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A/C unbolted, alternator out, power steering disconnected, etc...
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Popped the spark plug wires out to find the entire galley was flooded with oil, all 6 plugs submerged
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Current:
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Made some 5-speed swap progress...

Bought a used R154
Matching driveshaft
Driftmotion R154 Rebuild kit
Driftmotion Full length clutch hose softline
Marlin crawler polyurethane shifter bushings
New pressure plate bolts
1st gear thrust washer, OEM
Shifter retainer gasket, OEM
Redline MT-90, 3qts.
New pilot bearing
ARP flywheel bolts for 7M



R154
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R154 rebuild kit from Driftmotion
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Full length softline for clutch master
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Til next time...
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4Runner near Santiago Peak, Main Divide Rd. Southern California.
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87 Turbo, San Clemente, from the top of a 5 story building
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I posted a wanted ad for some MKIII parts... The prices some people ask just blows my mind.

Anyway, among the things I've purchased recently (from those who ask reasonable prices), still waiting for delivery:

- Blue driver's side seatbelt guide
- Clutch pedal (still looking for M/T brake pedal, PM me if you're selling one)
- Beech performance short shifter, used in good shape
- Folding mirrors. Not going to wire the folding functions right away.
- Power mirror switch (nonfolding)
- Power window master switch - AUTO lettering is good, still has UP switch. Got two, one for a spare.


Spent a little more time, I'm only doing about a couple hours per week so far.

Mainly I'm spending my time reading up on forums, looking parts, etc. I have plenty of time to build the car when I know what I want.

Got it up on jackstands so I could fit under.
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All fluids are drained - transmission, motor oil, power steering, all associated lines and coolers
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Sway bar removed, removed PS pump, removed charge piping between turbo/intercooler.
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First ordered part to arrive for the car... oh, what a feeling.
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My neighbors must think I'm insane... there are 2 more 4Runners in the street this photo doesn't show
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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
Seat belt guide
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Power window switch with functional UP button
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Beech performance short shifter with marlin crawler shifter ball bushing
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Clutch pedal. Pedal cover going in the trash, I'll be replacing clutch and manual brake (when I get one) with new OEM rubber pedal pads.
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Fluidyne aluminum radiator. Older model, so you know it's good quality.
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Flex-a-lite 220's on the other side... not sure how much I like FAL's reputation, CFM is lower than I like. Worth a shot.
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Got the car up on 4 stands, removed the catalytic converter and exhaust. The undercarriage is in good shape all around, no rust of any kind whatsoever. Soon the trans will be disconnected, etc.
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A little test of dirt cleanup. Detail work will be done when the motor is out.
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The car had been accumulating dirt in the paint. It is in too good of shape to leave unprotected. 10 years sitting means no wax, etc. Gave it a little bit of a wax job, by hand.
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Looking great James!
 

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Thanks patrick!

More touch up. Not perfect, but better.
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Compared to:
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A couple more pics after wax. I need to buy an orbital buffer.
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I forgot to update this thread... here come a ton of posts


Bought a new impact gun to go with my compressor. Took the wheels off.
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Also pulled the rest of the exhaust off




Borrowed an orbital buffer and went to town... spotless.
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Tail lights too - they look great.
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Vacuumed the inside.
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Under the spoiler was pretty dirty. Had to get under there to remove the antenna, which has a bent mast. Already appears someone broke one of the clips and tried to glue it back.
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Don't have a new antenna yet, but I wanted to test fit a cover I picked up.
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Photos from when you can't help but stare...
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Discussion Starter · #16 · (Edited)
Unfortunately, an item was dropped on my targa top which scratched it.

Parts gone to paint: targa top, rear bumper. Mirrors went along because I have a set of RHD mirrors I want matched.





















 

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Bumper is back from paint. It was painted by an acquaintance of mine who owns a body shop.

They've reported that my top has been damaged further and the headliner ruined. He has since agreed to replace everything.





Before:


After... not really too happy with the result... the color is off. This guy said it would be perfect, that he has good guys working for him... doesn't seem so.






Pulled the dash from my donor car




 

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Discussion Starter · #19 · (Edited)
Found a manual brake pedal - just need a clutch master and slave and the hydraulic system is ready.

I found a really good deal on craigslist for a couple of the wheels I have been thinking of running - Enkei RPF1 18x8, +35. Two for the price of one pretty much.

I only have two so far, but it should be enough to gauge how they look on the car.














The rear bumper paint seems a bit more yellow than the rest
 

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Traded a few parts from the parts car. Got:

Front strut tower bar
ARP head studs for 7MGTE, brand new



Latest photos of my parts car... gradually taking it apart. Took the headlights out.





Top came back, wrong color. I understand this is panel painting but this was just an awful match. The people who destroyed the headliner were also responsible for mixing the paint, another mistake letting a body shop do the work. They've taken it back to respray it, if they fuck it up again, I'm going elsewhere.





Here's the absolute JOKE of a headliner they installed... not having any of this... no.


Went on craigslist and found a Targa part out. Bought the headliner. I sent it out today to get rewrapped.





Replacement Targa top seals from Toyota. Made the moron at the body shop pay for them.



Sunvisors already rewrapped... I like them. The headliner is getting done with the same fabric.





No mirrors. I realized how much I hate vanity mirrors once I met my girlfriend.





Folding mirrors are expected next week... I'm thinking they'll be destroyed if anything else is a sign.
 
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