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Hi all,
I'm new here.
I received a 1987 Mk3 Supra 3.0i from my uncle today and I've got to say its not looking good.
Pros:
The interior was spotless apart from a small amount of mould on the rear seats.
The car still had a good level of engine oil.
Cons:
The entire nearside A pillar has rusted right the way through.
The near side fender has a lot of rust although may be surface.
The engine is extremely rusty.
Overall the car has a lot of surface rust.
The paint is peeling.
The car was taken off the road 20 years ago due to it breaking down and no one knows/can remember what's wrong with it.

I'm based in the UK and was wondering if anyone knew of any UK based sites or sites that ship to the UK that sell parts for the 7M-GE.
I haven't tried cranking the engine yet or moving the car all I did was pop the hood and look around for awhile.
The original reason the car was put away 20 years ago was because it had a mechanical problem however the problem was either never diagnosed or my grandfather (who's car it was at the time) can't remember the original reason or events leading up to it breaking down.
Has anyone here ever been able to revive an engine as bad looking as this and for what cost?
I love this car and don't want to let it go but if its going to cost thousands to just get it running then I may not be able to (I'm in college).
Thanks.
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Best of luck to you! That would be an amazing car to rescue. It does look a little rough, but I'm hoping it works out!
 

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Best of luck to you! That would be an amazing car to rescue. It does look a little rough, but I'm hoping it works out!
Thank you 🙏, same here just sourcing parts in the UK is extremely hard but I have a lot of time as I won’t be able to get insured on the car for awhile anyway due to my age.
 

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Honestly, i've seen supra's in way worse condition still driving. Check out the MK3 supra section of the fourm, especially the Techinical section, those guys are 7M wizards.
 

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Make sure you check the rear of the car over very well. The rear rubber seals on the glass are crappy and water gets in the spare tire well. Also pull off the plastic access panels and look around real good. Both are very common places for rust. All that white on the aluminium is from road salt. So check the belly real good too. And areas where the subframe attaches. To much extreme rust and it may not be worth saving. So I would try to figure that out first.
 

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Make sure you check the rear of the car over very well. The rear rubber seals on the glass are crappy and water gets in the spare tire well. Also pull off the plastic access panels and look around real good. Both are very common places for rust. All that white on the aluminium is from road salt. So check the belly real good too. And areas where the subframe attaches. To much extreme rust and it may not be worth saving. So I would try to figure that out first.
I’ve got a body specialist coming to look at it sometime in the next few weeks to see how much it would cost to get the car clear of rust completely. The project is a few years long so even if it’s not exactly ‘worth saving’ over time I’m just planning to do little bits and bobs here and there when people sell specific parts and the shells. That way I can cut parts off the shell to use to repair rust.
 

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Well im not trying to stop you just making sure your being realistic and it sounds like you are...... I know about a rusty rear. Didnt stop me.
Since I’m not planning to have a spare rear wheel surely I could just cut it out and replace it with some sheet metal and weld it in?
 

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Im not sure how that works with getting an MOT in the UK? Im sure that would work. Where at in the US there are almost no laws for cars....
 

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Im not sure how that works with getting an MOT in the UK? Im sure that would work. Where at in the US there are almost no laws for cars....
hahaha you guys are lucky, to fix the a pillar I literally legally cant do it myself I have to pay a certified body repair shop to do it $$$$$
 

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Without seeing more of the car it's hard to assess its condition. Is it rough? From the description, yes. Is it advisable to take on such a project at such an age? Not generally. I'd say focus on your education or training, figure out a way to get into a career you're interested in that has some promise, THEN start taking on the projects.

Even when you have disposable income, these cars are a handful to maintain... and where I live, as pointed out, regulations are pretty much non existent. The only standards I HAVE to meet are my own. Fortunately for everyone else out there... I have high standards. Downside to this, it can be difficult to find myself satisfied with my work on the car at times.

Keep us posted though, would be curious to see how far gone the body specialist thinks the car is. ANYTHING can be restored in the right hands... ever hear about that Bentley that was sunk to the bottom of a lake, on purpose? It's being restored...
 
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20 years ago was one thing, but now I fear you're going to have to pull the engine and have it rebuilt. More than likely its a blown head gasket as that is common, but also over the years simple things like airflow meters, brittle and shredded rubber vacuum lines, oil, coolant, leaks, rust, lack of motion, corrosion, the list goes on. Every Supra can be revived, but how deep are your pockets?

Every time I see one in a parts yard, I want to buy the whole car. That's just not feasible. (for me any way). I focus on the one I have and even that is difficult.
 
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