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Finally went out and took the time to wash, wax, and photograph the Supra. First time since it went down with rod knock.

I've got two albums up, one for general pictures, and one for the Defcon pipes, but I'll start at the beginning.

I bought the car in June of 2004 from a private party in Portland Oregon. It wasn't anything fancy interior or paint wise, but it seemed very mechanically sound. (hint: seemed)


First thing on the car was a 3" exhaust to compliment the HKS downpipe that came with it. I now know of course that the HKS is one of the worst downpipes, but it didn't really matter then. I went with a system put together locally with 3" piping and a Flowmaster 40 series muffler. This will be swapped out for something Carbon/Ti soon.


Then, since the wheels happened to be the same pattern/offset as my maxima I swapped those over as well, and ended up with this:


I then went with an Autometer boost gauge, and installed my Kenwood Excelon KDC-X915 deck. The P.O had botched the stereo area up pretty well so I had to do a not-so-pretty-but-functional custom job using all pre-outs and direct lines to the speakers from external amps.


I'll just continue to add to this when I have time, since I'm being so long-winded.

After taking out the POS double-din unit that came installed in the spot but not actually hooked up (WTF?) and installing my trusty excelon, I of course realized that someone had hacked up the deck area, and I was stuck having a crappy looking console:


Anyway, with that and the down payment I was pretty much broke so I left the car alone for a while.

The car had a couple basic mods done to it before I picked it up (JBLMK3 style hardpipes, shimmed wastegate @ 10psi, crappy ractive cone filter, and HKS DP) and otherwise looked very sound. I didn't hear any strange noises, no milkshake in the oil cap, and it started very well, and pulled very hard. Well, it wasn't 2 months later that I started hearing a light knocking on startup, and occasionally while cruising. Another two weeks after that I had some awesome rod knock: Hear It Here

I got some friends from work (luckily I work at an auto dealer so we had lifts and all the tools) and we ripped the whole thing out in a few hours.

From this:


To this:


To this:
 

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After getting the drivetrain out and hauled home to a friends garage, we ripped into it again and found the source of my rod knock:

A well-spun bearing on #3 cylinder and #1, and #5 also getting ready to do the same thing.


Of course the bearing shards in the oil pump pickup screen should have been good clues too :icon_mrgr


There were several scorched journals, but the worst were on #3.


Surprisingly there was still a good amount of crosshatch left on the bores and not too much wear. The project stopped here for about a month.


After saving some money up I sent off the block to the machine shop to have it inspected. After their inspection I ended up going .030 over on the cylinders, new pistons, new rings, all new bearings, and a crank regrind. This wasn't cheap, even WITH my discount.


I had them assemble the rods onto the pistons, but I put the rings and bearings and caps on with the help of friends. Though the machine work wasn't cheap the quality was top-notch. About a week later I had everything back in super-sweet condition:


The crank had a 10/10 regrind done on it.


We labeled all the pistons, and placed them where they belonged with their respective rod caps and rings.


After getting all the block items back it was time to install everything and mic it out.

We installed all the bearings with plenty of lube, checked all the specs, and laid the crank in after painting the block. I wish I had used a different color, but it was handy.


Lucky #3 was the first piston installed and the others followed suit.


Once everything was lubed up and installed we were done for the time being.


A couple days later my new/rebuilt oil pump showed up and we went to put it in. My stupid self over torqued the anchor bolt for the pickup tube and then made the mistake of pulling it back out to check it. This ended up needing to be drilled out and retapped to a larger thread. D'Oh!
 

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After finally tapping the block out and getting that damn anchor bolt installed the bottom end was all put together.


On to the head:


The trouble really hit when I sent the head in. They called me back not 20 minutes later and said that the head I gave them was already 25 thousands below minimum thickness and was non-rebuildable. Now I'm starting to wonder how many miles the engine REALLY had on it, and how many head gaskets it had eaten. Plus, I'm sure the guy I bought it from was fully aware; despite my explicit questions regarding the head gasket. :asshole:

Well, that being the case, I had to then purchase a new/used rebuildable head and I found one for $450 on ebay that was already rebuilt. I purchased it and some ARP head studs.


The head I bought was also from the 7MGE so I got the N/A cams with it.


The car went down in august, it's now January. Now that I've got a head, all my gaskets and my bottom end the project really takes off.
We used an OEM toyota head gasket and ARP studs torqued to 90 pounds.


Once we got the head on, the rest of it came together in about a week.


Unfortunately I did most of the work from here on and I didn't take any time whatsoever to take pictures. (eat, drink, sleep, or go to the bathroom either. :icon_neut)

Whew. Almost done with the saga.

A couple weeks ago with 3000 miles on my successful (so far) rebuild I went up to Horsepower/Torque Freaks and did a couple runs on the dyno. I did fairly well, but not as well as I should have. The best numbers I recieved were 236.4RWHP and 265.6RWTQ.


The car ran inexplicably rich and cost me several horsepower I'm sure. I think the culprits were some loose clamps on the accordion hose between the AFM and the turbo inlet. There are some videos in this gallery here: http://ghettomods.net/gallery/dynovids

It was an awesome chance to leaktest my new Defcon hardpipes as well.


The stupid turbo-intercooler pipe took me about 4 hours to install since it was such a good fit. I had to take out the intercooler, lower rad hose, accordion hose, AFM, wastegate and PS resivoir to cram it up in there.

Don't mind my leaking PS rack :rolleyes:
 

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Anyway, so now we're up to today. (Well yesterday) and I've taken some pics of the car after washing and waxing it. Mothers wax can make even Maaco paint look passable. (Thanks again P.O)

I even had my girlfriends mother drive the car and she loves it. She was afraid of it, but still liked how it felt.

Here's a link to the gallery with the new pics: http://ghettomods.net/gallery/newsuprapics

Some highlights. If you want REALLY big versions of them, find the pic in the gallery above and click on it a couple times.

I'm using this one as my desktop right now:


$$$ Battery and engine. Exide orbital = basically an optima.








"needs to be lowered."


And that's it for now. I'll be getting pics of the HID in the next couple days when it's dark out.. Thanks for reading the epic. (if you did in fact read the epic)
 

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looks good!! and i read it all as well
 

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I am so jealous of your discount. only $187 for pistons.......any deals for an sr20 rebuild kit????? ...haha j/k.
 

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watch how high you torque the hg you can squash the stock hg and then youll mess up the entire gasket just think about what happens to play-do when you squash it too much.... thats a stock gasket
 

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nice lil story there man car is looking good should have torqued it to 75/80 the most.
 

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Awesome, I'll be going through the exact same thing within a week or two here... I'm just finishing up the polishing on a few more parts while I wait for the machine shop to finish. Good job!
 

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just a question here not trying to flame or anything, but with all the machine work you had done and new parts and what not why did you use the stock headgasket again? are your plans for a mostly stock motor or something? again not trying to flame just curious about this as metal headgaskets arent that expensive.

btw the car looks really good, very clean.
 

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Great post. It's nice to have text and graphics that describe all the work you've done. My rebuild begins in about two weeks.

Are those 0.020 over Toyota pistons? They look different to me for some reason. Seems you got a good deal on them too.
 

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i got the exact same car...color, targa, 5 spd, turbo... but it doesn't look as nice as that...i'm jelious :)
 

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I guess I didn't explain it here but I did elsewhere.

I went with a stock style HG because nobody in my area was able to finish the deck or head smooth enough for me to feel comfortable using an MHG.

Those are .030 over stock-style pistons, Rock brand. I wondered about them but I was reassured by neutral parties that they were of good quality. So far so good.
 

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good job, nice 88T engine looks top notch, as well does the car. SOme suspension will give it a great stance.
 

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Needs to be lowered ;) ;)
 

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Hey Great job on the timeline pics of the rebuild Dude! Seems like it was only last week you guys were up here in a Supra that needed a little cosmetic TLC and now she's got it..Keep up the good work!

Don. :bigthumb: .
 

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That car is beauteful, i wish i had one my self :( but i am looking. Anyone got one in cali they want to sell?
 
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