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Chris Dickens
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Last night the Supra went under the knife for what was supposed to be the last time. The weekly SoCal meet was at my house, so that we could get finished and caravan to the usual spot. We got her running nice and strong, and even though I couldn't caravan (radiator leak, and intake leak) I was gonna take her around the block to AutoZone for her maiden voyage. Only, I couldn't get her in gear. We experimented and tested and it turns out the tranny is no good. So now we have to swap the damned transmission. I am sooo frustrated. It's like having successful heart surgery, but finding out you have cancer. Supra Surgery... But instead of a scalpel I'm calling for a deep 14.

Before this I had never worked on cars before. I have learned a lot. I feel like I have an associate's degree in N/As. I guess the hardest part was me and SupraNick fumbling our way through it all. Neither of us have done an engine swap before but with minimal help from SoCal as a whole, (Maximum help from key members) we set out to do it ourselves. It's a Supra so there were a lot of setbacks, but we suceeded! We pulled it, we dropped it, we connected everything except for some vacuum lines and a lot of the electrical (Thanx Mike!) Hey, it runs.

It's nothing special really. I bought a blown N/A and I've swapped in a new N/A engine until I am ready to go turbo. You'd think that N/A to N/A swap would be easy right? Especially considering that the engines are the same year and everything? I was told it'd take 4 hours. Here we are damn near 3 weeks later.

Ahhh the frustration. The only thing keping me sane is hearing her start up. And knowing that I can go start her up whenever I feel like it. If only I could get into 1st...
 

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Chris Dickens
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Somebody in the "U know u drive a MKIII when..." thread said something like: "When you look at your car and feel love, hate, frustration, and hope all at the same time." That shit is sooo true.
 

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dont worry, once you get through this swap, the next should be cake. When i started i though it was risky to take the air filter off... what happens if i couldnt get it back together? no car?
lol

now i can remove a lot more stuff.. eg radiator, alt, cruise, just about everything. on my own easily
 

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now that im almost done with my n/a -> turbo conversion i see that n/a -> n/a motor swap is a peaice of cake....i never touched a car in my life, and im doing this all myself! Im not trying to be arrogant or anything, but I think i enjoy working on the car soo much its not reall "work"....just thinking about turning the key the first time with the new engine makes me soo freegin excited! :D
 

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a70 said:
dont worry, once you get through this swap, the next should be cake. When i started i though it was risky to take the air filter off... what happens if i couldnt get it back together? no car?
lol

now i can remove a lot more stuff.. eg radiator, alt, cruise, just about everything. on my own easily

man taking that ALT off is hard work... :rolleyes:


anyway Jag, sounds like fun, in a way that only a Supra can supply it
 
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