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06-10-11, 11:10 PM
I've been on here a few days now and I'm really liking the community and forum layout, so I figured I'd throw up a build thread detailing all of the ridiculous stuff that I've done with my cars over the years. The Supra and S13 have been around for a bit, but the others I don't think have ever been on the net.

I'll do my best to keep it in chronological order. Pretty much contains my life story! :)

My first car was back in 2001. A brown 1981 KE70, 4 speed manual, 1.3 4K-C. Loved that little car, but I was young and stupid(er). After watching videos of the white 4AGE KE70 on the net (via dialup at that point!), I decided I wanted my car to be white as well.
Being the thrifty (read: stupid) person that I am, I decided to paint it myself in the backyard. Needless to say the end result was just awful!! I ended up selling it for $500 to a guy who was pretty drunk and very likely not in Australia legally.

The next car was a white VH SL with a horrible, horrible 186/traumatic 3 speed combination, purchased in 2004. I didn't do much with this one, thankfully, due to it catching fire in a friends driveway and burning to the ground!


After the loss of my first VH (I really hated that thing :P), I wanted something a bit newer that was a little less likely to catch on fire. Enter a nice, stock, maroon auto VR V6 on LPG. I purchased it early in 2005 after the loss of my VH from a spraypainter.

The advantage of buying from a spraypainter was that I got him to respray it for me as part of the sale! Silver was on the cards. After that was done, I threw a cat back exhaust on it and I was happy as Larry... for a while.


I started really getting into electronics and car audio at that point. Of course, I didn't have the cash behind me to do it properly and as stated earlier, I'm a bit of an idiot with the decisions I make when it comes to cars!
One night after a few too many beers, I looked at the modded first generation Xbox's I had sitting around the house and decided it was time to put one in the VR! At the time, such ICE was unheard of in my part of the world. (A backwater yokel town out west of Melbourne). After nowhere near enough research and a weekends work, it was in!


I had two really cheap 12" subs in the rear powered by an amplifier from the early 1600's, but I was 18, stupid and proud as a bawssss! Also I could play Xbox games in my car, which was a pretty cool novelty.

This is where things started going a bit too stupid. Every month I was going to the old CCC cruises in a stock VR Commodore with absolutely nothing interesting about it, apart from a shoddy Xbox install. In my mind, a car was good for one of three reasons; it was fast, or it was blingy, or it was loowwww! Still being a first year apprentice roof tiler with no financial backing, I did the one thing I could afford. To my credit, I bought proper springs and had them reset, no choppies here!


Then I bought some fully sick VY GTS knock off rims. But only two of them, because I couldn't afford all four. A major facepalm, I know. But I was still young, stupid, and hectic azzz bro!


Not long after, I rightfully got a few of these;


This resulted in the car finding a home in my garage. This is where my mod-bug went into overdrive. Rather than just putting proper suspension in (I did that as well), I decided that there wasn't enough 5 speed manual supercharged V6 in my car. So it was chop chop time!! Courtesy of a CRS kit and cheap 5 speed conversion.


Please note the LPG tags, for extra sleeperness!!


I punished a LOT of stockies with this setup at around 130rwkw and eleventy billion torques. It was 2005 and there were no hoon laws yet. Life was great.

But it was not to last!!!

I wanted more power, so I threw a set of Group A injectors in (aka blue top injectors from a TR Magna 4 cylinder) and upped the boost from 3psi to 8 psi. The thing was terrifying. I could roll on third gear at 60kph and light up the rears. It was great... for a week. Then the supercharger overheated and lunched itself, claiming the motor. Who would have thought teflon and and valve seats wouldn't mix well?

At this point I put the VR aside, preparing for;

VH Commodore #2

On the side, I bought a 5 speed VH Commodore with a 202 3.3 6 cyl motor. The intention was to drop a turbo Buick V6 in. I got as far as getting the V6 into the car. :(


Some other bits and pieces happened as well, but I was drunk a lot at this point in my life and I didn't take many photos.. I certainly can't remember anything!

I like to think that I finished it, but then lost it in a race for pink slips against Vin Diesel. Seems like a plausible scenario to me!

Anyway, back to the VR!

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of this era, but basically the VR ended up with a 4.2 litre V6 with two eBay T3's bolted to it. Unfortunately, I was still poor and pretty stupid, so the motor was built with a COME Racing crank, rods and pistons from a stripped GNX motor I bought from the states for the princely sum of $1500. Yep.. it lasted about as long as you're thinking :(

On the side, I built a single turbo VR auto. Green one.. made decent power.. did awesome skids;


After that exploded, I bought a busted VN Calais with a 5 litre, ripped that out and threw it in the VR. I could never get the bastard started due to a BCM issue. The annoying thing is I now know EXACTLY what was wrong with it.. hindsight is a cruel mistress :(

At some point along the line, I also bought a blue,5 speed KE70 wagon. I drove it for a little bit, but never bothered to get a roadworthy to transfer it into my name. No, a much better idea was to strip it bare and turn it into a racecar!!


In my defence, you can get the things damn light!


This was near the end of 2005. Between then and late 2007, I had a few other cars, none of which I have pics of or anything that I remember about;

- VH SL/E with a 253 V8
- VH SL/E with a 308 V8
- A couple of KE70's
- An ST162 Celica
- I'm sure there are more, but I've forgotten.

Anyway, fast forward to late 2007. I was a few months off getting my full licence and I'd had enough of motorbikes and cars that lasted a few months at the most. I decided to go out and get the car I'd always wanted! A 6 speed manual, twin turbo Supra. After lots of searching, I found a nice 1993 alpine silver example, of which I was able to track the history back to as early as 1996. It had a few well thought out mods, as well as being tuned by JUN!

The latest owner had not been kind to it, so it was a little bit rough on the outside.


For the first month, I just cleaned the car up and drove it around on my p's. I only got pulled up once for driving an overpowered vehicle and it was the day after I received my full licence! Even though I was still technically on my p's, I was able to sweet talk the (rather attractive) police lady into thinking that her system was wrong. I also threw in a stereo, just for some extra attention-whoring. :)

This was how it was in early January, 2008.


The only thing I did at this point was put the bigger 4 pot brakes back on the front and switch back to stock wheels, as the Veilside Racing Evolution wheels it had on did not clear.

I did a few car shows and dyno comps, even winning a few trophies!!


Jumping forward to June 2008, this is where the nightmare started. A family member "borrowed" the Supra, resulting in a blown headgasket. Devastated, and with a fresh tax return burning in my pocket, I started to rebuild in the only way I knew how - the wrong, poorly researched, stupid, and expensive way.

From here I'll just quote my build threads from other forums. If you've made it this far, congratulations and thank you!

06-10-11, 11:16 PM
The Supra sat for a few months whilst I saved up a bit more cash.


The plan;


Complete blueprint and balance
Knife edged crank
ARP main bolts
ARP rod bolts
Standard rods
CP Pistons @ 20 thou over
ACL race series bearings and rings
Ported head
Custom 264 exhaust cam
Custom 272 intake cam
Brian Crower springs
Titanium retainers
5 angle valve grind

JNT Performance bellmouth
Sock filter
2.5" cooler piping
Some big fuck off front mount that came with the car
Port matched stock inlet manifold

Custom T6 turbo manifold (Treated and wrapped)
4" dump pipe
4" cat (Haven't sourced one yet)
Kakimoto 3.5" cat back
HKS internalled 50mm wastegate

Titan motorsport hanger
3 x Walbro GSS-341 550hp pumps
Proflow fittings
1/2" hardline under the car
Braided line between pump hanger and undercarriage
Braided lines in bay
Modified stock fuel rail - twin feed with centre return (all -6 AN)
Aeromotive A1000-6 Fuel Pressure reg with guage
SARD 850CC injectors
Standard return lines

12V fuel mod
3 x relay pack with fuses to run the fuel pumps
E-Manage Ultimate (To be replaced by a Haltech Platinum 2000 or Vipec V88 when funds allow)
Basic stereo crap
Two piece loom with some wiring hidden

Fidanza lightened flywheel
RPS blue twin plate clutch
C's short shifter

Whiteline front and rear sway bars
Some generic strut brace
Koni shocks
Whiteline springs

That's all I can remember right now. I'm doing the porting of the head myself - I'm not expecting it will be as fantastic as a professionals work, but I've done a couple of Commodore cast iron heads in the past with decent enough results. I'm focussing mostly on getting some good shape into the exhaust ports to reduce heat soak, rather than the usual "make ports big and shiny" job. Inlets will be opened very slightly and left relatively rough to aid in fuel atomisation. I'll get flow results regardless, which should show what an amateur can do with a 2J head :tongue:

The turbo I'm running has too big of a rear housing, but due to time constraints I won't have a chance to change it at this point - it's a 1.15 AR.

I'm just going to be happy to drive it again - it's been off the road since June/July last year.

Most of my pics are dodgy, so I'll get some new ones when I can be bothered. As the project has to be finished by the first week of May, this should be a very quickly concluded Project thread.

The car;


Random parts;


I'll get a bunch more photos tonight.

Motor is currently down at the builders being balanced and the crank machined/knife edged etc. The head is at home on my bench getting the port work done. Fuel system is all prepared and waiting to go in, with the exception of the fuel rail which is still being modified with a return date of this coming Monday.


Ok, did some more work last night. The majority of it was detailing the engine bay - I tell you what, removing 15 years of build up is tough work! Luckily I had a helping hand to do it for me whilst I sorted out the fuel system.

After months of searching, I finally located submergible fuel hose that could handle C16 and similar race fuels. So, after putting this in and wiring up the hanger I ended up with the following;


It was a real pain to fit the hanger into the tank with the filters connected, and I found I had to remove the fuel guage float until after the hanger was in the tank itself.
After some serious tetris business;


I also pulled out the factory fuel line from the car, as I'm upgrading to 1/2 inch lines. A comparative - new on the left, old on the right;


After getting dirty under the car, I measured the length of hardline that I'm going to need. It will be running in the same spot as the old line under the plastic shielding, however will be held in with rubber circlet clips. Below is a picture of the length with the very cool ProFlow fittings attached.


And that's it so far - I didn't take any pictures of the bay, because I want to take the loom out first and rewire it.


Update: So I was thinking to myself last night that I really hate the jungle of wiring that makes up these bloody cars, so I'm now going to make up my own wiring loom and hide the majority of kit in the guards.

I don't have a picture of the bay with the loom in it to show just how much crap there is, but here's a pic I took to prove to my mate that you can remove a 2JZ and transmission in an hour and a half on the first attempt. :tongue:


Edit: I'm also thinking of smoothing my bay. Does anyone know a good painter that can spray my bay at short notice?


Started pulling the wiring out last night so that I could hide it. The bay will then be getting shaved and sprayed.
I have a rough idea of what colour I want, but I'm not set on it yet. The battery and fuse box will be relocated into the boot behind the rear seat and sealed off from the cabin.

The cruise, booster, ABS and alarm will be hidded with alloy panels, and the pillars forward will be smoothed out.

The start of the nightmare.


I'll definitely be sticking with the stock body. The colour I'll be going is Lexus' "Platinum Silver". It has a white/blue tinge that comes through in the sun which works with my cold/metal/shiny theme.

Anyway, progress pics. Started the wiring delete and the engine bay shave over the weekend.

Reusing my old pic, but this is what I started with;


The point of no return (removing the body harness). I've done it this way for one reason - I want to use a segmented loom for all aspects of the car to make cleaning/removal/fitting easier. It will be put back together with loom plugs. For what it's worth, there are 37 wires on the drivers side loom and 20 on the passenger side, not including the airbag wires, which I haven't touched. I also haven't touched the ABS sensors.


Body harness deleted. This will be rerun under the headlights and guards. The TRAC/ABS/etc relays will be hidden under the guards, and the fuse box and battery will be rerouted behind the rear seat.


There sure are a lot of holes, terrible welds, random rubber bond stuff and plastic mounting clips!


I'm using a material similar to fibreglass, except that the fibres are metal. This is what's used by the vast majority of panel beaters for this sort of work.

Blocking off a lot of the holes and filling some of the horrible "canyon" things that Toyota left in;


For anyone else doing this, all I can say is sand sand sand and sand some more! The smoother you get it between each application, the easier it is to high fill later.

Sprayed some of the flat black guide coat to ensure that there was no pitting in the metal fibre;


My dad hard at work (for once :tongue:)


To smooth everything off, and also remove all of the hard edges, I used a K&H stop putty high fill. It's important to note that this can't be used for anything more than 3mm worth of build up, otherwise it's not sound, and may drop out after spraying. It's easier to build up with the metal fibre anyway.

First coat of high fill to cover the obvious "canyoning";


Second application to smooth out all of the recessed and blend in raised areas;


As it stands at the moment;


Had a few extra hands on deck to help out, so had some time spent cleaning up various "under car" parts - I'll be stripping all the sound deadening from under the car, smoothing the underside back, and then applying new deadener.

Gearbox crossmember;


I'm considering having the gearbox hand polished for shits and giggles. It came up quite well just with the wire wheel and degreaser :D


Did some more last night. Let's just say I hate whomever designed the interior of the Supra :(

Removing the brake booster;


Booster out as well as most of the hardlines

Not too bad of a job in retrospect, but all I can say is: REMOVE YOUR INTERIOR PLASTICS FIRST BEFORE DROPPING THE STEERING COLUMN!!!
Yep, I tried to do it the other way around. Made it a lot harder than it needed to be.

Also received a package yesterday.. the first of a few to come.

Mystery box


Brian Crower?

A Brian Crower Christmas tree sticker!

It's actually valve springs and retainers. :/

Engine bay is booked in to be sprayed on Thursday - looks like I won't be sleeping much over the next few days.
Going Lexus "Platinum Silver".



nice, i went je. if ur only going to use race fuel ive got some high comp pistons brand new still

also getting the booster out first time is an absolute bitch.

u dont need to drop the steering either, just do some ducking and weaving with the right tools and u can get that prick of a bolt that goes up into the steering column

The objective of the car is to be a clean, powerful streeter. That means keeping the ABS, keeping the air con etc. So unfortunately no race fuel only :(

I saw a way of getting the prick bolt that holds that stupid fuckin bracket on (which wasn't connected on the booster side for me anyway), but decided to do it the long way just for ease of reassembly later.

Ok, got a lot more done last night.

More smoothing of the bay going on, featuring Belinda. It's worth noting that she was far better at both the metal fibre application AND the high fill than Richard or I. Apparently it had something to do with the fact it's like icing a cake, and apparently girls are good at cooking. :tongue:


Richard, helping me supervise Belindas efforts;


Stock cooler/wiring loom hole welded and metal fibreglassed;


The other side wiring loom -> battery hole welded and filled;


Hole for cruise control and wiper motor wiring welded and filled;


It was then decided that we were going to smooth the tops of the strut towers, because that recess looks awful.



After the first filler coat;


And on the passenger side.



After first filler coat;


As it stands now;


The finalisation of all the smoothing will be finished off today (highlighted in blue permanent marker). Tonight the guide coat goes on, ready to be painted tomorrow.

Also I got the colour name wrong - it's Milennium Silver Metallic (Code 1C0)


Here's a few pics from the last 24 hours.


A couple of my dogs that were supervising haha



To prove that I did actually do something, and not just take photos;



AAAAAAANNNNNDDDDDDDDDD... It doesn't actually really look like these pics. The gloss is so shiny it reflects everything in the bay and in the garage :/







Didn't get a great deal done on the car over the weekend, but I wasn't really expecting to. I wanted to test out my colour scheme of Silver vs Black vs Chrome to see if it worked.

So I started off by repainting my brake booster in a high temp gloss black;


And fit it up in the bay with the polished strut brace;


The strut brace mounts and the booster will need to be repainted as I'm not happy with the finish on them, but overall I'm happy with the scheme.

Also did some work on the manifold. As some would know, I bought the manifold as a second hand "turbonetics". Fuck knows what it actually was, but all the welds were good after an xray and I was chopping it up anyway so I stuck with it. A closer analysis showed the following in the wastegate ports;


You can see the weld pentration where the pipe meets up - there was at least 50% of the port covered up still!
Nothing 10 minutes with a dremel couldn't fix though;


Working the clearances for the T6 flange, which has also been tapped with M12 threads;


The manifold is being designed to use the Sound Performance spool improver, so the flange has been dropped around an inch lower than is required for the turbo to clear the head. I'll be using another flange in the mean time to make up the difference.

I've also started the work on the wiring loom. The body harness is fairly simple, and will only require slight extensions around the nose cone of the car, as well as a few sensors lengthened. The relocation of the fusebox is proving to not be too big of a deal. It's ony around 30 wires, which will easily build into a conduit. No pictures of that at this stage, but I'll have plenty more over the next few days.

06-10-11, 11:18 PM

Haven't had a lot of updates for the past few days because my net was capped and I've been sorting out a lot of stuff in the background.

Final specs on the motor;

Knife edged crank
Blueprint and balanced
Carrillo rods
JE pistons
ACL race series bearings and gaskets
JE rings
ACL race series headgasket (standard size)
Brian Crower +1mm oversize stainless valves
Brian Crower springs and titanium retainers
Ported head
264 exhaust cam
272 intake cam

The build of the motor kicked off last Thursday - I don't have any pictures at this stage.
A lot of other random shit has been happening too, so I'll just throw up various pictures and try and work out what's happened thus far.

Richard stripping back the brake booster to be repainted. We had to do this 4 times all up until we got it perfect :(


After the strip back;


Stripping back the strut brace mount;


Painting up the various bolts and mounts. The bolts and nuts did strip back after being torqued up, however we then coated it with a hard acrylic to make it come up spot on.


Stripped and high temp coated the brake master cylinder - I'm not completely sure I like this, but it wouldn't come up to a polished finish, and dull raw metal looks shithouse.


The overall scheme for the car is black/chrome/dark silver. I'm not keen on chrome on the outside of the car, so to help this theme flow outward, I did this to the headlights;


We then continued work on the manifold.

With thanks to Craig, my resident welding extraordinaire. Seen in this picture with his nicknamed "oxy spanner" shaping up the base of the manifold ready for the new collector to be made up;


New collector welded on, with flange tacked on to get the correct angle and clearance;


And the final product;


Fitted to the head with the turbo on;


The manifold still has to have the decorative finishing welding done (this was a strength/penetration run) as well as HPC coating and wrap.

Also used the opportunity to do some more port work.

3 inlet ports on the right have been opened, reshaped and finished with a 400 grit to promote laminar flow;


A view of the inlets from the valve side - 6 ports on the bottom right;


A lot more has happened, but I was up all night drinking last night so I can't think. I don't have pictures of the progress anyway hahaha




Yay for speedflow addictions!

Wiring is kind of a pet hatred for me. Toyota managed to colour code every wire, so finding continuity in the conduit is easy.



Twin feed single return (-6 fittings) fuel rail courtesy of Di Fillipo Engineering. Still have to have it polished up obviously.


Sneak peak of some stuff that has happened tonight.



Polishing is a prick. I decided to do my cooler because I hate the flat silver look. Of course, it wasn't really possible to take too much meat out to make it mirror like without potentially compromising the wall thickness. Given that it's behind the bar anyway, I did this.



After with bad lighting;



Seeing as it's been far too long since an update, here are some pics of bits and pieces. Motor will be completed Friday.

I'll probably take the car into the workshop over the weekend to get the motor in and do the stuff that I meant to do to the underside of the car.

Balanced crank prepped to put back into the block


Block after the final clean ready to be assembled


Carrillo rods


JE Pistons


I'll be assembling the bottom end tomorrow morning, hopefully whilst my mate preps the seats for the oversize valves and finalises the head. With any luck it will all be together Friday ready to go in on Saturday/Sunday.

06-10-11, 11:21 PM


That's all I have for today. Unfortunately I could only put a few hours in. Motor will be finished tomorrow though.


Thanks mate.

Got a bit more done today - we're doing things really slowly to make sure everything is perfect.

ARP main studs;


Crank mounted for the final time with studs;


JE pistons and Carillo rods;


Assembled pistons;


JE pistons & Carrillo rods vs stock


The rings have been checked for clearance and hopefully we should have the bottom end together tomorrow.


I don't really have any progress updates as such, but I did decide to drag the car out to give it a wash. 12 months worth of dirt is awful!


Oh, also got some Fidanza cam gears courtesy of SUPRAKIMMY;


And the assembled bottom end. The oil pump is together and on now, but I didn't grab any pics of that.



Ok, took a quick snap or two tonight. I'll get some better ones tomorrow that touch more into what's actually been done. haha

I've been distracted because of these;


Of the car, the interior is now out thanks to Danny (TRD88) and Leon (supa)


Started stripping the sound deadener as well. It's gonna be a fun week organising that. After I'm finished, I want to make up new conduits to run the wiring through, rather than the usual tuck it in with the amp wire bro! job.

Oh, and as I live with my parents (yeah, great investment I'm making here, huh?) I've had to be resourceful with where I keep everything. I had to make room at the start of the project, which involved binning every piece of furniture in my bedroom and filling it with car and bike parts.

Few "my bedroom is better than your bedroom" pics;



Continuing the engine bay design. Not going to say what's being planned (some people know what I'm trying) just in case I fuck it up :(




Fuck braided line..


Not going to say what's being planned (some people know what I'm trying) just in case I fuck it up :(

It fucked up.

Going a different path now. I'm redoing the engine bay as I wasn't happy with it, and will be doing a different colour. Looking at Lexus Graphite, or the F430 Grey (Thanks Dan ;))

Rest of the bolts turned up for the motor;


Bought all the gear to convert my lower intake runner to 12 injector (6 x 850cc primary, 6 x 1000cc+ secondary)


Oh, and the cam workshop fucked my cams. Shit picture quality;


There's 5-7mm clearance between the cam lobe and the bucket, even when the valve is closed. The valve seats have been cut as deep as they can be as well. Not gonna name and shame yet, dependant upon how they deal with the muck up.

I have BC 272's coming from MVP for both intake and exhaust now.

06-10-11, 11:25 PM

Some stuff arrived this morning;



I always fear seeing this thread pop back to the top. Things are happening, albeit slowly :tongue:

Also my cake culinary skills are awesome, despite what everyone else says damnit!!

This is a relatively current picture;


I may have the motor back today, I just need to chase it up with the builder.


I'm about to go on leave so I thought it was time to start bringing this thread back on track.

Whiteline blue is good and all, but it doesn't really work with the detail of the car that I'm going for;


So a quick strip back, prime and coat in flat black was in order. I've since glossed it to give the paint some strength.


Some people may have seen the concept exhaust design I'm going for. Purple section is 4", green section is 3" and cannon is whatever looks good. A big thanks to Ed and Supra|Boy| for their input on the design, and Hellangel, who I stole the basic premise from (:tongue:)


And last but not least, a current pic of the motor. Only requires a front main seal and the timing to be done before it's ready for the next stage of modification.


I'm trying to bribe someone from the VSC to loan me a non-VVTi TT Soop for a day or two to aid with the creation of the custom engine loom as well (hint, hint.. slab is on offer ;))

Either way, updates should be coming thick and fast now.


Here's a little thingy I picked up this morning. All going to plan there will be something much cooler posted this afternoon;


8 months and 29 days later, it's finally back!


I swear it wants to eat me.


Thanks guys! Well as some may know, I decided to redo the engine bay. Basically the fill job I did last time I wasn't too happy with, and wanted to make it a lot stronger by welding steel into the body rather than simply using a fibrous metal.

Leon (supa) was kind enough to remove the vast majority of the metalfibre filler for me, so I started welding the steel into the bay today. Now, keep in mind I'm not a pro welder by any means, but the welds are incredibly strong, flat and have perfect penetration. They just look like a dogs breakfast!

This is the first hole that had to be filled.


Some sheet steel was cut to shape to fill the hole and held in place using welding magnets.


Sheet steel welded into place, and the welds grinded back.


I'll still use the metal fibre for filling and smoothing, but there will be a lot of strength in the bay now.
It's just a matter of deciding if I'm going to stick with Alpine Silver, or go with a new colour now.



High fill now that the panels are welded in. Before sanding;


The bay as it is as of right now.


The wiring needed to be done, and it's a bit of a mess, so a big thankyou to Mars for the loan of his car;


Very early start in the morning to continue with the bay prep. Will hopefully see paint in the next 48 hours, dependant upon whether my painter is busy or not.


Thanks to Danny (TRD88) and Evon, there has been a lot of progress lately;

Marking out focus areas;

Spraying on primer filler;

Prepped primer filler;

First primer coat;

Final primer coat;

Alpine silver is some crazy looking stuff!;

Paint and clear laid;

Motor in;

All of the prep and paint work has now been performed DIY, meaning this whole car has been handbuilt by myself and friends. No professionals involved.

06-10-11, 11:32 PM

Artsy picture that Evon likes;


Drivers side wiring completed and hidden (look where the drivers side headlight goes, compared to the passenger side);


Radiator and thermofans in;


Series 2 taillights;


Just because;


More pics to come as soon as I get them off my phone.

PS: For those that know where I live, I've employed sharpshooters to keep watch from nearby hills.


Ok, first of all a big thankyou to Danny (TRD88), Dave (iwantablackrz), Marcel (mars) and Evon for their help this weekend. A lot of progress was made, making me feel optimistic about the February deadline!

Some pictures of the progress...

AAP Motorsports Dual Fan Kit mounted to a PWR radiator;


Free plug for 7-11's new 1.2 litre slurpies. They make the pending diabetes worthwhile;


6AM Saturday morning. Getting ready for a big day;


The boot and interior as of 6AM;


The AAP fan kit clears up a LOT of space;


Getting ready for the wiring fun;


Placeholder early model headlights courtesy of Dave (will be replaced with late models when I order them!);


Mars stripping the paint off the brake booster again;


Evon untangling the fuse box loom extension;


Dave reinstalling the dash;


Lunch break!!!


Dave made and is modelling an awesome race seat;


Testing wiring. Notice the low beams aren't working? Yeah, they work much better when the earth is connected.


Danny organised to have the turbo manifold modified to clear the bonnet. Thanks to Chasers Motorsports;


Front bar back on with lights. It's just stuck on, not bolted at this point;


Main earth, main live and fuse box extension loom run;


More electronics testing!!!


Oh, and the interior is in (this is what I was doing before taking the pics hahhaa)


Ok, that's it for now. More to come tomorrow.


Exhaust anyone?



All I bought was a 4" v-band clamp set and an oil drain flange!!

I also decided to redo my wiring loom for a third time. Originally I wanted it removable, and then I decided I didn't like the look of it.

Welcome to my office;



Ok, so I finished redoing the fusebox side of the loom tonight. Much cleaner. I just have two wires to work out - one of which apparently runs the little thermo fan (solid blue with single silver dot) and the other is meant to run the fog lights. Whenever I hardwire it though, it flicks the parkers on! Ironically the parkers work even when this wire is disconnected. :/

The only systems that are not working at this point are the indicators and the fog lights. I'm also yet to wire the thermo fans in. The wiring has actually been surprisingly easy so far, so I should have it done by the end of the weekend.

Some pics as proof!

Door ajar and odometer (which doesn't work without an ECU, funnily enough!). I would have sworn I had less k's than this;


Stereo, demisters, heater controls. It's funny, I still had a CD in there from two years ago when the car came off the road. Track 1 was Miley Cyrus. I'm such a raging faggot.


Power antenna;


Originally the brake lights were stuck on. I didn't realise I had disconnected the brake light switch. Plugged it back in and now I have normal rear lights;


The interior dome light. Funnily enough, this is actually the hardest system to get going in my opinion!


Power windows (they both work, but I did the passenger side last)


Windscreen wipers. I had to turn them on with the arms up a the risk of destroying my windscreen and wiper blades;


3 inch intercooler piping to be;


Started mocking up the engine wiring harness;



Thermos wired in;

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My fuel pumps are actually very quiet. You can't hear them at all with any kind of music on (3 x GSS341's)

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Accidentally discovered that the fuel pumps work;


Fuse box wired in and in place;


Series 1 vs Series 1 delined with black inserts. Still need a bit of polishing to get them clear;



Another big day, with thanks to Evon, Sarah, Jason (major), Danny (TRD88) and Marcel (mars). I don't have all of the pics because my uncle nicked off with the SLR, but here are some iPhone pics;



Putting the last clutch c-clip on is a three person job. I diligently watched on with the camera;


Mounting the flywheel;




Turbo oil feed and return made;


Tapped into the block;


Running cooler piping;


Turbine outlet vs a 4" vband. Reducer is being made up at the moment;


Heaps more happened, but it's all on the SLR. :(


Ok, updates in no particular order.

Danny, Elin and Evon cleaned the carport whilst I was at work;


Major and Sarah making a false floor;


Clutch & gearbox;


The pipe out of the back of the waterpump that runs to the heater core and oil cooler was missing, so I opted to convert them to braided.
This is the conversion flange I knocked up in about half an hour;


Converting the coolant lines, power steering lines and vacuum lines to braided;


Dump pipe, wastegate outlet, waterneck, IAC valve, front tailshaft and Mars;


Fluids - getting ready to start it up;


Intercooler piping, welded compressor housing and Evon;


How the intercooler piping is run - I didn't want to cut the chassis at any point;


Plumbed back wastegate;


Braided coolant lines in the background, and the oil feed line in the foreground;


Braided coolant lines and starting to fit the fuel system;


As it stands at the moment;


The cam timing and everything is sorted, it's just a matter of reassembling the engine, wiring it in and putting the fuel system in before it can be started.

Thanks mate :)

Unfortunately I had to spend today painting my uncles house, but we did get some of the fuel system done, oh and this little gem;


Handpainted, but not by me! I drink far too many energy drinks to have that stable of a hand :tongue:



Motor is back together;


The gearbox had to come back out because the centre hub broke whilst bleeding the clutch in. Such is life.

Also it has fuel pressure;


06-10-11, 11:36 PM
what just happened?

06-10-11, 11:38 PM

Cam timing is set the same as standard, on stock ECU and stock injectors and straight out of the dump pipe. I'm surprised it ran.
Had to shut it down at the end because the oil return had a slow leak.

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Haha, of course I want to drive it! But as they say, you don't miss what you don't know.

Anyway, I planned to just use the 3 inch Kakimoto exhaust until I can book the car in with Di Filipo to get the full 4 inch system done. The downside to that is I needed to join the dump pipe to the cat back.. which meant making up a front and mid pipe.

Keep in mind this has been done entirely using a $10 grinder and $99 arc welder, so it's INCREDIBLY ghetto and not quite finished yet.



Had a long, sleepless weekend this weekend.

Finished the midpipe;


Painted the midpipe;


It was all too much for Leon (supa) and he had to have a nap :tongue: (Admittedly this was around 6:30AM Sunday morning after an all nighter working on the car)


Oil return kept leaking (proper Proflow one from VPW) so I decided to make my own;


Despite how ghetto it looks, it doesn't leak and works perfectly.

Oh, and this was the end result of our efforts;


So an absolutely epic thankyou to Mars, Danny, Leon, and Evon for their gargantuan efforts on Saturday night. Oh, and thanks to their partners for not stabbing them or I because they didn't go home until nearly 10AM Sunday :tongue:

Boost came on hard at 4000rpm the one time I did rev it that far. Few clunks and rattles from parts that have been sitting around for far too long, but for the most part it's pretty well solid. Had a bit of a mishap with the powersteering pump bracket which means it will be later this week before it hits the dyno, but with the exception of an angry idle the car is running well.

The motor is brilliant as well. For those that say there is no point building a motor and keeping it at 3 litres, you've got it all wrong. The lightweight internals mean the motor spins up incredibly quickly. I'd liken it to the electric motor in my RC car. It just spins up unbelievably quickly.

Still a lot to go before the car is finished, but it's been good to get it out there.

Oh, and I still want to redo a lot of stuff to make it look neater/cleaner.

Quick video of how it sounds.

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I'll be at work on Friday :(

Here's some more pictures;



Ended up doing another all nighter last night to get the car ready for the dyno today.

Loaded the car onto the trailer at 5 o'clock this morning;


After rewiring in the eManage, the cam timing was adjusted and the idle was set. The car was then loaded up on the dyno;


Mars was overjoyed;


Dyno courtesy of Michael;


Tuning began;


The manifold got a little warm;


Leon (supa) was not impressed by the shenanigans;


Anyway, the end result was 322rwkw at 14psi. Couldn't make power past 6000rpm because the injectors were maxed out.

And a video;



Quick aesthetic update. More stuff is going on under the bonnet, but I'll put pics up of that stuff later. Oh, and the CCW's aren't mine, they're VVTi's and he won't sell them to me. Everyone should PM him and tell him he should... hahaha

Series 2 indicators from the group buy


Varex exhaust because the 3" Kakimoto was incredibly loud. Varex is 3.5" piping as well.


Varex installed. Fuck I can't wait to get rid of that JUN badge.


CCW's. It's also dirty as hell from being in the rain :(


Series 2 indicators and MVP lip


06-10-11, 11:40 PM
what just happened?

A massive thread dump :P

I have to go and do real life stuff now so I'll finish posting later haha!

06-10-11, 11:46 PM
jelly !! managing to get chicks to work on the car *thumbs up*

progress seems good, great to see you have quite a large support group helping out

07-10-11, 12:30 AM

No power today due to some work being performed on the grid, so I felt it was appropriate to do some wiring malarky.

LS2 coils come with wiring looms in two sets of four. I decided to properly remove them so that there are two lots of three. I probably should have just cut them out, but meh...


Trying to make LS2 coils look remotely ok is fucking tough work, but this is probably what I'll go with. The leads will run down through holes drilled in the cover surrounded by a grommet.


Oh yeah, and my headlights didn't work, so I decided to fix them.



Haltech patch loom suit JZA80

Haltech Platinum Sport 2000

Innovate Wideband


Sneak peek of what's coming.




I bought a TPS? Other than that it's basically being parted out.


...and pics of manifold & tb :)

Sorry mate, will likely be taking the manifold off again this weekend so I'll jump on it.

Edit: Just realised I hadn't posted this;


Will get better ones though.


Started stripping the motor down last night for chroming/coating/welding/respraying/etc.


Can anyone guess what's going on here?


Hopefully I'll have the SLR back tonight for better pics.


I feel safe in saying that my car will be ready before Boyds, because Boyds will never be done :tongue:
I've pulled it apart because I wanted to redo some things, paint some things and have some things chromed. Oh, and it wasn't running because the ignitor died!

Some more and (slightly) better pics from the SLR last night.

Wiring an R31 RB30DE TPS into the 2JZ loom using an S13 Silvia TPS loom;


Checking that it's a potentiometer type TPS and not a switch type as some Nissan ones are;


Big bucket of parts to have chromed;


The car now;


07-10-11, 12:32 AM
So, at this point I bought an S13 and an VE SS-V Redline


I wanted to hit the track, and since the Supra is never going to see the light of day and the Corolla wasn't going to be competitive, I decided to get a cheap thrash about that had plenty of parts around for the inevitable prangs I'm going to have.

Ended up picking up a black, completely stock (except for the shitty Wanli tyres and Cusco intercooler piping) CA18DET 5 speed S13 for just shy of $4k.

Picked it up at 7PM Monday night, and drove it to Winton at 5AM Tuesday morning.

I've never done any track work, I'm a crappy driver and I didn't know the car very well, but managed to do a 2:07.553 for the first session, and 2:00.014 in the final session. I'd say it had a sub 2 minute in it, but the brakes were fried by that point and I had a 2.5 hour drive home to do.

Was a good day, apart from some old **** coming up to me and telling me that I "should be at home checking the oil and learning the car, not coming to the track and racing".

Anyway, some pics.

Scrutineering at Winton;

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So stock (and slow) that it hurts;

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With my nopics friends E30. She did a best of 2:21.something.

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Anyway, so I decided that everything about the car was shit and had to be changed.

So I picked up;

35mm Whiteline front and rear swaybars
5 stud conversion
S14 4 pot brake conversion with slotted rotors and Nismo pads (front and rear)
Autometer boost and oil pressure guages
GFB Boost Tee
BM (or BN?) 38 Brake master cylinder
18 x 7.5 and 18 x 8.5 Advan racing rims with Nitto NT05 up front and Duranza semis in the rear
Racing Logic coilovers

I want to do a sub 1:55 at Winton before the end of the year. This setup should do it, assuming I learn to drive a bit better.

I haven't been able to install the rear 5 pot conversion as I don't have a 36mm socket to remove the axles, and the coilovers haven't arrived yet (the ones in the picture I was trial fitting - they don't fit S13s)

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Swede spec :(

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Coilovers arrive tomorrow, with any luck.

If anyone has raced one of these before and has any suggestions for setting them up for the track, I'm all ears. I'm flying blind as it stands!


These arrived today and are currently being fitted;






5 stud conversion done and coilovers fitted. It's like a different car.

Just have to get a wheel alignment and fit the bigger brake master now.

Aiming to go to winton on the 27th.

07-10-11, 12:35 AM
Wow, i'm glad i read that, epic car build thread. While it makes me want to do my own, it also makes me realise how long it can take...Mad respect to those who see it through though. Loving your work!

07-10-11, 12:38 AM
Then, back into the Supra!


I can't help but feel like I've been here before. Taking it quite slowly this time. Fill, sand, smooth, paint, sand, fill, sand, smooth, paint, sand, fill, sand.. repeat x 10.

I'll only put a couple of pics, because we've seen them several times before...


Bought these off Corosive tonight (and stole his pics);


Ordering some shit from MVP tonight, like ID2000 2200cc injectors, wastegate, AAP fanshroud, Titek cover, Boost Logic fuel rail, Fidanza flywheel, PHR hard radiator hose, PE timing belt, PHR solid engine mounts and a Gates drive belt.
Then I have to call CCW to order in some 19" SP500's to go over the XYZ Racing 400mm 8 pot front/6 pot rears.... which I also have to order. Ugh, sounds like a wish list :(


Anyway, continued smoothing the bay tonight. After messing around on the passenger side a bit, some strange dark lines became apparent. When we pressed down on them water from the wet sanding process came out so, of course, we had to tear it all back up again.

The cracks were caused by the joins between some of the plates in the engine bay. I'll wire wheel it back tomorrow, weld the plates together and then use a flapping wheel to get it smooth before filling it up again.


As I couldn't be bothered doing any more on the engine bay, we started focussing on the boot install. As there are two Rockford T2D412 subs, a T20001 and T8004 amp and a 40 farad cap to go in, there will be some pretty tricky engineering to get it all done.

This is a pic from earlier in the thread when I didn't mind eliminating the back seat. The back seat will now be retained, so we have to try and fit it all in the boot.


To make the absolute most of the volume left after moving the battery and fusebox in there, I'm going to make the base of the box out of fibreglass with a metal cage welded in to support the weight of the gear.
Started off by putting a dropsheet in to allow the (easier) creation of a papier mache base;


After putting down the first layer;


The joys of papier mache is that I can cut shapes out of it later to remold it how I'd like it to sit.


Another productive weekend.

Jay (VHSL/E308) turned up, ready to go with his handy-dandy "easy access" hole.


Wire wheeled and welded the engine bay. Yes, my welds are terrible :P


It's going to take a few layers of filler to get everything smooth again, but at the very least it won't crack!


Also received the Virtualworks manifold and GT47-88R from Corosive. Naturally I need to put in some "my-turbo-is-unnecessarily-large" photos;


GT47 vs T88-34D


Unlike with the GT42, I'm going to run a filter on the GT47. Finding a BMC air filter with a 6" inlet was easy enough, as Autobarn in Sunbury have had one on the shelf for years. For some reason it's not a popular item??


Apparently it's not a good idea to mount a filter directly on a turbo, and it also looks shit, so after some hunting we managed to scrape up a mandrel bent 45 degree intake pipe;


If anyone remembers the engine photos from earlier in the thread, the engine was originally painted a matte silver, which looked terrible. I did a quick black spray over in my haste to get the car back together, but seeing as we have a bit more time up our sleeves, it's been redone;



I've also bought a UR pulley kit, which will be fitted. It should look quite good with the gloss black motor;

The plan to make a fibreglass enclosure for the subs has been scrapped. It just didn't turn out unfortunately. It also potentially risked all of the fuel system and electronics, so we've gone another way.

A box will be built to point the subs forward, with the amps mounted on the top, effectively dividing by zero.

Designing the "cage" to protect the crap in the boot;

Welded up and bolted in;

It will be painted, either black or silver. I'll decide once the box is finished.

40% done;

Oh, and a hint about the aesthetics;


Oh and Jay wanted me to include this to put the intake pipe into perspective;



Ok, did some shopping this weekend.

Had some issues getting my fuel pressure down with the last build, so figured I'd upgrade my return lines to -6 (half inch). I normally use braided, but the guys at VPW recommended using some new fandangled rubber hose which is easier to work with. The other reason for this is that I wanted a single piece return, rather than the several joiners that I was using on the stock one.

I also needed to change away from the -4 lines used for the journal bearing GT42-94 to create the restriction required for the dual ball bearing GT47-88R. I purchased some -3 braided with fittings.
The Virtualworks large frame manifold sits very far forward in the bay, impacting the upper and lower waternecks. You can buy Virtualworks replacements, but upon trying to order I was told by Joe from PHR to simply use an NA lower waterneck.

Here are the bits;


When trying to fit the NA lower waterneck, it became apparent that the bolt sizing was different and it wouldn't fit.


It was a matter of drilling out the holes with a 9mm drill bit;


And voila... I did paint it black to match after, but didn't get a snap of that;


Does anyone remember this rushed wiring abomination?


So I decided to slow my roll and actually redo this bit properly and not rushed. Queue lopping out the shitty earth I was using previously and putting in a distro block with earth and live plugs. They're not finished yet but here's what's done so far, which also shows the new return line;


Proper black conduit will be used on the car this time to make sure everything is looking as clean as possible;


Then there was making the new -3 oil feed;


While we're here, might as well have a snap of how the raw motor looks. This will all be chromed and anodized as required before installation;


To help make the driveline suffer as much as possible courtesy of VVTi, a RPS carbon triple plate;


And some fun games with the ignition;




Bolted the diff back in, and the driveshafts. Here's a photo for the sake of a photo;


To handle the targetted 1000rwhp, only a stock exhaust would do;




And fitting the rear diffuser.

Jay working on determining the central point.


Working out the preferred look for the vortex generators;




Got the first of a few expected deliveries from PHR tonight.

Magic box;


Injector Dynamic ID2200 injectors, because I have a vendetta against fossils;


Somehow my stock timing belt got a massive chunk taken out of it on the dyno. So a Power Enterprise belt was ordered;


I remember how ugly my top radiator hose was, so this was pretty well a must have;


Switching to the Unorthodox Racing pulleys meant a replacement drive belt, courtesy of Gates;


The amount of torques this thing will hopefully produce should throw the motor around the bay a bit.. enter PHR solid engine mounts;


Before realising the RPS clutch has a built in flywheel, I ordered this - I'll be putting it up for sale soon;



Third (and hopefully final for a while) shipment arrived from PHR today.

This one contained;

Tial MV-R

PHR Fuel Rail to suit the ID2000's

PHR mount for the Aeromotive A1000 Fuel Pressure Reg

VirtualWorks Upper Radiator Pipe

And the part that hopefully holds the key to a relatively quiet (then loud) 1000rwhp, a 4" Sound Performance Exhaust Cutout

All the parts from first glance look like amazing quality, except for the VirtualWorks upper rad pipe. Considering how much it cost, I was expecting a little bit more than this when I looked inside it;


I'll have to hit it with a die grinder to clean up the burrs that look like they would otherwise just break loose.

This should be all that I need to get the car to the point that I can get the wiring sorted, the motor in and the pipework mocked up. After that, I need to disassemble and have the remaining bits and bobs plated. With any luck the weather over the next few months won't be too bad and I can get this bad boy back on the road for Summer 2011.


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07-10-11, 12:41 AM
The Supra was getting the cooler piping and exhaust made up, so it was time for MOAR SILVEEYAARR!!


Sorry, it should help with what? I don't use the brakes enough to overheat them.

Took the car down to the workshop today to swap the turbo, found a few other issues all of which should be easy to fix.




Couldn't undo these;


And my tyres are looking a bit sad;


Anyway, problem: Clutch slave is BUSTED;



I'm not going to play with gearing until I have the suspension and motor set up at this stage.

I've picked up another CA18DET for a couple of six packs. Stripped down and hot tanked and the thing is pretty well perfect on the inside. Bores don't even need to be re-bored. I'll just run a hone through them and rebuild it.

The specs I'm looking at building are pretty budget because this thing is a track pig after all.

Ported and polished head
Standard valves
CA16 inlet cam
Stock exhaust cam
Stock valve springs
Hypatec forged pistons
Shot peened rods
Knife edged crank
SC14 supercharger with a 77mm pulley (Should see somewhere near 16 psi)

Limiter will be set somewhere between 7500-8000rpm. I've chosen the SC14 rather than a GT28RS because I feel even the T25 is a bit too laggy for my driving style and I've had good experiences with the SC14's before on my 206rwkw @ 11psi VR V6 Commodore.

I still have to research what injectors I'll need and I'll just run an SAF-C or something to manage the tune.

Things on the list that I want to finish before the next track day (likely the next Winton drift practice);

- New tyres on my S15 stockies
- Paint S15 stockies electric blue (coz blue is baller, yo)
- Fit the rebuilt T25 to the current motor
- Fit JAZ Turbo Pro seats
- Weld up and fit harness bar
- Fit 5 point Proforce harnesses
- Finish servicing diff and gearbox (I'm part way through, haha!)
- Figure out what I need to do with my wheel alignment. Everything is set at basically 0 at the moment
- Remove electric windows and lock the glass in place
- Strip sound deadening
- Fit bigger brake master and change to DOT5 fluid
- Coolant flush
- Replace clutch slave

I'll get some pics up tonight.


lol CA18 lol



Any ideas how I could remove all the electric window shit out of the car, but keep the windows in place on these things? Not having a frame I'm a bit uncertain.


Ripped the blown turbo off;


Did a compression test on the motor and found that my coil packs are fucked and arcing on the head, which could be contributing to the power dropping off in the top end.

Compression results were 120-120-118-118. The numbers seem low to me, but they're consistant so I hope the thing won't explode before I build the new donk.

Stupid bloody thing :(


I'm considering porting and rebuilding the spare head that I have here and running the extra CA18DET exhaust cam in the intake for a touch more power. I found a whole heap of extra braided line and fittings that I had, so I'll probably convert the car to top mount as well.


The long term plan will be to go for an SR20. However with the Supra still deep into its build, garage space is at a premium so I need to do things quickly, cheaply and effectively.

I have another two CA18-DET's that I can get for a six pack or less, so that is my path for now.

Speaking of garage space, I'm about half way through a massive clean up. I've already filled a large skip. When I first started you couldn't walk around the car.


Normally the Supra lives in there, but it's been getting the cooler and exhaust piping made up for the last 6 weeks or so.

07-10-11, 12:44 AM
Das Supras
















A huge thanks to Danny (TRD88) for arranging all of the piping and everything else that he's helped with on this build.



Back home and the fun begins. I'd like to have this thing ready for Cruise for Charity (Oct 2nd)

Tomorrow I'm ordering;

11302-46031 Timing Belt Cover 1
11328-46041 Gasket for 46031
11303-46011 Timing Belt Cover 2
11329-46011 Gasket for 46011
90110-06009 Timing belt cover bolts (x9)
90105-06166 Cam Cover bolts (x12)
90210-07001 Cam cover bolt washers (x12)
13505-46041 Timing belt idler assembly
90910-02115 Flywheel bolt set
47371-14050 Brake line mounts (x2)


Small update. I'm going on annual leave next week for 11 days, so I'm hoping to make a real dent in the work to be done on the car.

I'll be making an entirely new engine loom for the car so that I can eliminate all the unnecessary crap and keep as much wiring hidden as humanly possible. Here are a few diagrams;

Stock engine bay (US spec)


Bits that matter;

I1 - Idle Air Control Valve (Eliminated)
I2 and I3 - Igniter (Eliminated)
I6 to I11 - Ignition Coils (Eliminated, sort of)
I12 to I17 - Injectors
K1 and K2 - Knock Sensors
M1 - MAF Sensor (Never had)
O2 - Oil Pressure Switch
S2 and S3 - Starter Motor
S5 - Sub Throttle Position Sensor (Eliminated)
S18 - Sub Throttle Valve Motor (Eliminated)
T2 - Throttle Position Sensor
W1 - Washer Motor (Eliminated)

Oh, and without all the labels to give an idea of how ridiculous the loom is on these things;


This is how I'm planning on building my loom. Of the sections I've added, grey is hidden/under the engine, black is visible from the top.




I'm using a patch harness with the Platinum Sport, which unfortunately does not seem to follow the Haltech diagrams. I've started piecing together a wiring diagram with the aid of a multimeter. This is what I have so far;


Also putting together the required bits and pieces to build the new loom;

EGR Gas Temp Sensor: Have an aftermarket one, so it will just be a matter of splicing the plug in.
Brake Fluid Level Warning Switch: Toyota Part Number 90980-11207
Wideband Oxygen Sensor: Have an aftermarket one, so it will just be a matter of splicing the plug in.
Generator (Alternator): For the output this is just a matter of using the correct circlet. The reg is Toyota Part Number 90980-11349
Crankshaft Position Sensor: Toyota Part Number 90980-10947
Knock Sensor (Front): Toyota Part Number ??
Coolant Temp Sensor: Toyota Part Number ??
Oil Pressure Switch: Toyota Part Number ??
A/C Magnetic Clutch: Toyota Part Number
Throttle Position Sensor: Using a Nissan item, so I've spliced in the loom section from an R31 Skyline.
Yukon LS2 Coils: Modified Chev loom to support a straight 6 rather than a V8.
Engine Oil Level Sensor: Toyota Part Number ??
Mass Air Pressure Sensor: Can be spliced directly into the loom, however I'm thinking of using Toyota Part Number 90980-11294 (3P Waterproof Female) and Toyota Part Number 90980-11293 (3P Waterproof Male)
Starter: Toyota Part Number ??
Injectors: Came with the ID2000's, so it will be spliced into the loom directly.
Knock Sensor (Rear): Toyota Part Number ??
Cam Position Sensor: Toyota Part Number 90980-10947


I'm on annual leave now until the 26th, so I'm getting as much work done on the car as I possibly can. Today started at 5:30 with me calling around metal finishing places to see if there is any chance of me getting my chrome work done in the next week. There isn't unfortunately, so I'm just going to focus on getting the car running and I'll strip it down again after it's tuned to get everything chromed/coated.

It was around this point that the reality of what I had ahead of me set in;


Before the motor came out, I had to work out how much of my patch loom was going to be used just getting from the ECU to the motor. I will be making the loom out of the car and putting it in afterward, so this step was fairly important!!


Then it was time to pull the motor out again so I could get stuck into painting the bay. I've gotten pretty good at this, it only takes me about half an hour by myself to get the motor in and out.


The RPS triple carbon clutch that is going into the car has its own built in flywheel, so I removed the old flywheel. This also meant that I could mock the motor up on my engine stand to make life easier later.


It's a heavy bastard!


Then it was time to sand back and re-fill the bay where necessary. It was already pretty smooth before it went to get the intercooler piping done, but the months of sitting around meant that surface rust had started to form and the primer filler had started to settle.


After a couple of hours set time, the bay was sanded back and prepsoled, ready for the next primer filler coat.


Primer filler;


Trying to show the smoothness this time around;


Then it was time to start assembling the engine outside of the car, ready for me to make the LS2 mounts, wiring loom and check for anything that might be missing;


Whilst I was running around, I also had time to put together the fuel filter mount;


Tomorrow I'm planning on sanding back the primer filler, smoothing out a few remaining odds and ends and finally getting it into primer grey. The bay won't see colour until Saturday most likely, unless we get a nice and warm day tomorrow or I have another 5:30AM start.


Painting continues...

High fill sanded (yeah, looks like every other pic, oh well)


Grey primer going on, with a semi-shot of me (both hands above the desk please ladies..)


Colour down;


Motor assembly;


Mounted up the alternator and discovered that the output terminal is a little too long and impacts the cooler piping. I'll chop it down tomorrow and put on a new insulator ring so that it clears.


The Virtualworks upper rad pipe does not clear the tin guard thing behind the cam gears;


Nothing a die grinder couldn't fit;


Wiring time;


I'll put up a more detailed overview of the boring wiring shit later, but here's something that helped me a lot and doesn't seem to be posted enough!


07-10-11, 12:46 AM

Thanks :) It's far from perfect, but for something built under a carport over 4 years by a guy who works in IT, I think it's ok!

I had to put this pic up. 325 wide Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials. Hopefully this will hold the power this thing will eventually make.


Ok, so I did a weight comparison of the stock flywheel vs the RPS billet flywheel.

Stock (2.4 stone/15.2kg);


RPS (1.2 stone/7.6kg);


I also did some shopping today, so I've tracked down most of the stuff that I need to finish the car off with the exception of the chrome plating and the like. But first, more pictures of the tyres;




I also ordered a set of Weld Prostars in 15x10 with a 7.5 backspace. They never used to make the Prostars with that backspace, so when I found out I was over the moon!


I started bolting in some of the chrome bits and pieces;


And started making up the wiring loom on the engine.

Draped everywhere;


Routed where the wiring needs to go, more or less!


I also converted to an NA power steering pump to help clean up the bay a little more;


A huge thanks also needs to go to Danny/TRD88 and JAK Motorworks. If you need anything done to your Supra, or obscure parts sourced, he's your man. He's also ridiculously good looking.

The plan for tomorrow is to solder up the loom, make the LS2 mounts, make the oil return, fit the clutch and install the motor back into the bay.


Ok, ran out of light so I didn't manage to get the engine back into the bay. I'm going to get up early tomorrow morning and finish off the last few bits of wiring and throw everything back together.

I managed to modify the alternator output so that it could clear the cooler piping;


Also made up the oil return off the turbo;


Made up the mount for the LS2 coils;


Wired in the injectors and ignition;


Wired in the TPS, engine coolant temp sensor and knock sensors;


Ran the LS2 coil looms;


Then wired them in;


I did heaps of other stuff as well, but never took photos. It'll be a big day tomorrow because I want to have the car ready to turn key pending a base map.
I'm intending to spend Thursday and Friday doing the boot install and cleaning up wiring in the rear of the car.


Another day down and I'm now slightly behind where I wanted to be. Had some issues with the oil return not fitting because of the power steering rack as well as the fuel line from the rail to the pressure regulator being a huge pain and not connecting as it should. On the bright side (lol pun) Stu came by and installed some additional lighting so I can see what I'm doing at night.

Finished up the wiring loom;


Mounted the fuel pressure regulator;


Motor stripped back down ready to go into the car;


Bolted on the RPS flywheel;


Prepared the car for fitment of the motor;


Fitted the motor;


Ran the wiring loom;


Wrapped the dump pipe (this is only temporary, it will be coated)


Bolted up the hot side;


Mounted the radiator;


Discovered my hardpipe does not fit (that's what she said);


Mounted up the cooler;


I have to do some more shopping tomorrow morning, but I'm still hoping against hope that it will be turn key before Friday. I have a base map from Haltech now, so it should hopefully start up if all goes to plan. It rarely does...

07-10-11, 01:23 AM
Largest picture dump i've ever seen. Besides that. SHAT LOOKS GOOD !

Snoop G
07-10-11, 01:33 AM
spent a good part a few hours watch tv and inbetween ad breaks and things reading this thread.
Unbelieve effort.

The Destroyer
07-10-11, 02:03 AM
Holy shit! Awesome write mate read all of it...It's now 1am so much for an 11pm bed time :( haha.. Definitely keeping my eye on this

Edit: The videos require a password to watch? Am I the only one getting this?

07-10-11, 03:59 AM
...... woah!

one hell of a thread

07-10-11, 08:23 AM
Holeee Crap.

Nice stuff!

How many rebuilds did you want to go through?

07-10-11, 09:24 AM
wow longest read i've done in this forum - impressive and a lot of dedication put on to this car

07-10-11, 11:09 AM
Thanks everyone, for taking the time to read my rambling!

Edit: The videos require a password to watch? Am I the only one getting this?

Which ones mate? They all work for me, but then I'm logged into Photobucket/Youtube, so that could be why.

How many rebuilds did you want to go through?

I actually only wanted to do the one rebuild. The long story short is that I started, got carried away with what people around me thought the car should have, lost the vision of what I really wanted to build, then started again to get it back on track.

I certainly couldn't have gotten it to this point without huge amounts of effort from friends and family, that's for damn sure!

07-10-11, 05:20 PM
wow! Amazing amount of pics and detail, hats off to you sir :D

Keep up the good work!

07-10-11, 07:04 PM
Struggling to fathom the amount of win this thread is producing. Jesus.

07-10-11, 07:49 PM
Three letters WTF

08-10-11, 03:07 AM
I think I need to migrate all of my pics over to my website.. somehow I've maxed out Photobucket. Ah well, a years worth of unlimited transfers only runs $25 :)

I sold off my old AAP fan shroud at some point last year, so I had to come up with a new design. The AAP's had some bad reviews, so the way I did this was to order in some Wiseco 12" fans.
After some umm'ing and ahh'ing about making up my own shroud, I decided to feed my newly discovered eBay addiction and order one of the polished fan kits.

As it arrived;


The eBay fan (right) vs the Wiseco fan (left);


The Wiseco fans didn't have the mounts required to connect it to the shroud, but they were the same size so I decided to do some modification to fit the motor and blades from the Wiseco fans into the frame of the eBay fans.

First I stripped the fans down;


The eBay fan frame was pretty poorly made to say the least. There were lots of built up areas in the frame due to hot plastic dags in the molds. Nothing that couldn't be fixed quickly with a die grinder though;


Wiseco motor and blades in the eBay frame;


And all done, ready to go!


I also needed something to measure boost pressure. The guages I had all only went to 30psi. Hopefully I'll be running more than that one day, so I bought a Stewart Warner Max Performance 100psi guage;


And fitted it into the stock clock location. Originally I had an EGT guage in there, but it wasn't useful at the best of times so I certainly won't miss it.


One of the weakest points of the Supra driveline is the tailshaft. To try and prevent any pole vault action in the case that the tailshaft explodes, I bought a big, angry tailshaft loop to replace the flimsy bit of tin Toyota fitted from factory;


Getting back to my roots as a horrible ricer, some more bling was needed. Enter a chrome brake booster and master cylinder, with billet filler cap!


As CF was starting to feature more and more prominently in the build, I finally managed to track down a piece I'd always wanted;


Arse end should look good, combined with the carbon fibre Top Secret diffuser and the 325 tyres.

RC Power
08-10-11, 03:16 AM
I think the rear will look great now with these upgrades.
What I personally would do also is clean the boot and maybe tint the 3th brake light.

08-10-11, 11:18 PM
hehe 3th

Wow good read, looking forward to more.

09-10-11, 12:33 AM
after realising how long this thread is............ I read it anyway because it was that damn interesting.

keep it up :)

10-10-11, 12:29 AM
after realising how long this thread is............ I read it anyway because it was that damn interesting.


You tell it like it is, and its enjoyable reading.

11-10-11, 07:45 PM
Agree'd. Toooook so long but was well worth it. Top job dude.

11-10-11, 11:36 PM
Epic. great work

Snoop G
12-10-11, 08:55 AM
where did u get the booster chromed?

12-10-11, 10:28 PM
Thanks everyone.

Snoop G, the booster and master I actually bought chromed. The majority of stuff I had chromed through a mate who is a major tapware supplier, and the stuff I had chromed later was through a guy who is now closed down on the Nepean Highway. I'll be getting the remaining things plated by Nunawading platers as they're one of the few places in Melbourne that can chrome large alloy items.

More updates to come soon, including hopefully a startup video.

04-11-11, 12:16 AM
So there have been a few delays with the build on the Supra, the main being that I went out and bought a house!
I've had a fairly unique opportunity which should allow me to get a few houses in my portfolio over the next twelve months so as a result I've decided to hold off on any further racing and sold the S13 to a friend of mine to use as a daily.

The Supra however, continues!

Series 2 headlights and series 2 indicators mock fitted with the front bar and quarter panels, just to check fitment (yes, the bonnet is popped!);


Couldn't find a way to make the battery look half decent, so I stole a friends idea and used a PHR Optima battery mount;


This will be the Supras new home by Christmas. Just need to tear down the middle wall and make the low life, wife-beating piece of shit former owner get all his crap out of the way;


Still need to get the gearbox in, which is a matter of borrowing a clutch alignment tool.

It's so close I can taste it!

On a side note, it occurs to me that I don't think I put up any details on my horrific domestic daily. It's a late 2010 VE SS-V Redline. 6 speed manual, V8, Brembos and plenty of room for parts/wheels/etc... what more could anyone want in a daily? :P


04-11-11, 03:17 AM
Damn. If only my dads car had those specs behind it.. his has the standard v6.. it's the 60th anniversary edition. has HSV mags on it, greeny blue colour.. but yeah, very nice daily, and loving the supra :D

04-11-11, 04:43 PM
bro teach me how you get this $$$$ please :(

07-11-11, 02:56 PM
holy shit, massively epic adventure!
props man, GO sunbury autobarn LOL they would have had it cause all we need in sunbury is UNIT stickers and pairs of commo mags

Snoop G
09-11-11, 12:18 AM
is it hard to stay motivated when u got a daily like that :P

09-11-11, 01:11 AM
Nice write up man! looking forward to the next update bomb!

09-11-11, 06:06 PM
Damn. If only my dads car had those specs behind it.. his has the standard v6.. it's the 60th anniversary edition. has HSV mags on it, greeny blue colour.. but yeah, very nice daily, and loving the supra :D

They make a great daily. I really like the look of the blue/green and alto grey VE's.

bro teach me how you get this $$$$ please :(

My approach to saving has always been; earn more than you're capable of spending. Eventually you'll have decent coin behind you!*

*don't do this. If I was wiser with my money before I bought the Supra I'd be busy right now trying to work out which cafe in St Kilda to drive my GT2 to. :D

holy shit, massively epic adventure!
props man, GO sunbury autobarn LOL they would have had it cause all we need in sunbury is UNIT stickers and pairs of commo mags

When I went in and asked for a 6" filter to suit a GT47 on my street car, the owner (the one with the silver Audi) turns around and goes "Are you pulling my dick?". First time I've ever heard that expression...

is it hard to stay motivated when u got a daily like that :P

A lot of the time it is, but there have been so many situations where I've been out and about and thought "Fark I wish I had the Supra right now!!"

Nice write up man! looking forward to the next update bomb!

Thanks mate!!

09-11-11, 06:07 PM
So due to a 28 hour work day yesterday leading into today, my manager saw fit to send me home before lunch time today!

Not being one to succumb to wasteful activities like sleep, I spent the day moving the Supra back out of the garage and piecing bits and pieces of it back together. It was also a great opportunity to check out how filthy it's become!!

Anyway, random pic time!


Also I installed the PHR battery mount in the boot, blatantly stealing TRD88's idea;


I might throw in the brake booster and master later, but I'm starting to get tired. :(

18-02-12, 03:55 PM
Update time!

So after 6 months of waiting, my custom ordered 7.5" BS 15x10 Weld ProStars arrived!


Last few bits and pieces, courtesy of Danny (TRD88)

Stock 2/1 brakes. The 1 pot rears will be staying on the back due to the need to clear the ProStars.

Stock rear rotors are 308mm-ish

Sitting the rotor in the ProStar to check clearance

With the caliper & pads mounted

Wheel mounted, clearances shown

Measuring up the length of leads required for the LS2 coils (30cm)

Apart from a few bolt odds and ends, I have everything needed to finish the car.

Yesterday, I had the ET Street Radials fitted onto the ProStars. 325/50/15 look nice and fat, and should support the car well into the 9's with any luck!


This afternoon I'll be shifting the car over to my mates place so we can get it up on the hoist and fit the gearbox. I've entered the North Melbourne Tyrepower/Chasers Motorworks dyno comp on March the 17th, so I need to get cracking!

I've also found myself the new owner of a (previously) 1 owner 1971 HQ Kingswood with full service history, all papers and 70,000km's. I'll put a few pics of that up later today as well!

18-02-12, 08:13 PM
hey are you from sunbury area? im sure i mixed that paint up for you at autobarn? I had the burgandy r33

18-02-12, 08:47 PM
Yep, I had all my paint mixed up at Sunbury Autobarn :P

18-02-12, 09:23 PM
yeah i remember you used to come in like everyday for shit lol!

19-02-12, 12:50 AM


19-02-12, 09:56 AM
i have been reading this on and off since last night and love it, NEED MOAR UPDATES!!! =D

21-02-12, 01:14 AM
Well, after a bit of work tonight we may have actually gone backwards. Oh well!!

Mounted up the rear wheels.

To get them to fit, I will need to put the longer wheel studs in, roll the guards and trim the plastics at the front of the wheel arch.

Considering they're 325's they don't look too wide :P


Getting the gearbox to fit in the car was proving to be a little too difficult and in the process I found a few more things I wasn't happy with, so this happened;


This is my to do list for the next few days;

- Fit the brakes
- Fit the tailshaft loop
- Fit the suspension (support mounts, sway bars, etc)
- Complete the rear end setup to allow the 325's to fit.
- Finish the stereo install
- Replace the PHR Optima battery mount bolts with high tensile items

Once the Supra comes back to my place, it will be straight into the shed for;

- Re-weld, smooth and paint the bay (again)
- Mount brake booster and lines
- Paint the motor and peripherals
- Mount the loom on the motor with the new segmented plugs
- Mount the power steering lines
- Bolt up the bodywork
- Wire in thermo fans
- Put the interior back in
- Test the Haltech and load the base map
- Paint and fit the exhaust
- Buy the leads for the LS2 coils
- Fit the wipers
- Fit the mirrors
- Clean up the intercooler, paint and mount

Shouldn't take too long...

21-02-12, 10:58 PM
Didn't get many photos tonight, but basically managed to do everything on the list except for the boot install, which I've decided to do at home.

Stock 2 pot front brakes are teeny. These need to go asap!!


Tailshaft loop made up


Tailshaft in place, but not bolted in


Car comes back tomorrow night, then the fun begins!

01-03-12, 12:04 AM
Here's a few more pics from when the car was at Stu's.


Ok, so as I mentioned a little bit before, I've bought a house. One of the upsides of this, is that it has a nice shed out the back.
This is how the shed looked after I moved in;


Not that great for a car enthusiast. So this is what I did this afternoon;


The car needs to be running this weekend, so I'm dosed up on free Deakin University energy drinks and Southern Comfort. Seriously, I've had half a bottle straight, and I still type this well. I'm fuckin amazing or someshit.

There was some cracking in the paintwork where I hadn't stitch welded, so we cleaned that all up, as per below;


Wow Stu is a sexy, sexy man;


Once more, we have metal bondo covering the fresh weld job. We'll grind it back tomorrow night and get this section of the bay painted again before the weekend. It must run on Sunday!!!!


On a side note, goddamnit Skrillex and Nero are awesome "artists". I mean, I know they don't play guitar or anything, but there music just gets me through the day. Fark yeahh!!!

01-03-12, 12:46 AM
Wow! such a long read! i read the first page and was like F**k it scrolled the rest hahah, so many times pulling out the engine and redoing the loom, i would i had a power aim and do it in one hit, or source a 2nd engine and accessories and do it that way but hey good build thread :) Built NOT BROUGHT; Owned not Loaned

Bronald McDonald
01-03-12, 12:57 AM
Weld prostars, you sick ****.

01-03-12, 01:19 PM
Wow! such a long read! i read the first page and was like F**k it scrolled the rest hahah, so many times pulling out the engine and redoing the loom, i would i had a power aim and do it in one hit, or source a 2nd engine and accessories and do it that way but hey good build thread :) Built NOT BROUGHT; Owned not Loaned

All the numbers match on the car. I know that doesn't really matter for 90% of people, particularly when talking about something modified to this extent, but I'm a little bit weird and everything has to be perfect.
Unfortunately, as I'm doing it myself things are rarely perfect so I find myself doing them over and over again!!!

Weld prostars, you sick ****.

Yeah, not really JDM, but when you can put down 1000rwhp you need something that will stick.

02-03-12, 01:07 AM
All the numbers match on the car. I know that doesn't really matter for 90% of people, particularly when talking about something modified to this extent, but I'm a little bit weird and everything has to be perfect.
Unfortunately, as I'm doing it myself things are rarely perfect so I find myself doing them over and over again!!!

I kinda see where you are coming from, done the same thing with my wiring loom i have modded and pulled it out way too many time :( to add extra lengths or add a switch in, its frustrating but hey all fun and games when its your own car

03-03-12, 11:11 AM
Awesome you're crazy man!!!!!!!!!!

which I could do that kind of stuff by myself!!!!!!!

03-03-12, 03:47 PM
Thanks guys.

We got stuck into it again this morning only to discover the hardener ratio wasn't good enough so we had to strip it all back out.

So this morning we repainted the windscreen wiper cowl in bumper wrinkle black, refilled the bay, finished the engine loom properly (thanks Stu), cleared out the boot and got the motor ready for the box to bolt onto.
I'm going to sand the bay down tonight and get it in high fill, then the motor will go in tomorrow morning and we'll put it in colour in the afternoon with the motor shielded.

I'll spend a few hours late evening finalising the wiring and hopefully cranking her over. Then it's just interior and underside/brakes/suspension before it can hit the road. I go on leave as of Wednesday, so that will make life even easier. I'm also planning on taking it for a nice long roadtrip next weekend to get some k's on the motor before it goes back to Cihan for tuning.

08-03-12, 03:08 PM
Alright, little bit of an update. There will be another big update tonight but I don't have time for it yet.

Gearbox on;

Hammered stock gearbox mount vs TRD mount

Starter motor mounted with clearance to the FPR;

I had some leads custom made to suit the LS2 coils and the BKR7E plugs. Of course they didn't fit. Time to customise!

Take a "custom made to suit" lead;

Trim down the end to allow it to insert into the Yukon coil;

Remove the shape holding circlip;

Insert a 5/32 hex key bit, as it's the same size as the point inside the Yukon coil;

Carefully squish the electrode over the hex key bit;

Fit to the Yukon coil;

Ugly, ugly success!!


Snoop G
08-03-12, 03:39 PM
the motor is lookin in great shape with all the bling bits.
on ya dude.

08-03-12, 11:49 PM

Just wiring to do now. Oh and hydraulics.
I'm exhausted. Also the small army that helped me out tonight are absolute legends.

10-03-12, 07:33 PM
Cool build

11-03-12, 07:51 PM
fuck me dead.....

11-03-12, 10:15 PM
I killed 1 hour reading and admiring your "perfectionism"
I'm not the biggest fan of supras but I am a fan of "Build from scratch" kind of things.

Any ways Props for the dedication and hard work!


12-03-12, 01:48 AM
daaamn, that's one huge ass turbo

12-03-12, 02:34 AM

14-03-12, 04:24 PM
Thanks all. I'll copy a few of the "live" updates I've been doing on Supraforums.

Had some issues with the Haltech and then the crappy Nissan TPS after that so I haven't actually cranked it over yet. Everything is going oddly smooth though, and I'm feeling more positive about this build than I ever have.

Haltech issue is resolved and I'm getting a replacement TPS at 4PM today. Base map is all loaded in and ready to go, all the sensors bar the TPS are responding as they should (using the onboard MAP for now, but will try and switch to the 5 bar before it hits the dyno)

I haven't really taken many current photos because I've been flat out on it all day, but here are some that are a bit out of date, just for something to look at.




I'm not worrying about the bay at this stage, I'll finish cleaning it up after the dyno.

Cihan, picking up a barrel of e85 on Thursday.. hope you're ready :P


I have a boxfull of Nissan TPS' should you need another replacement :)

I will definitely take you up on that! I stole one off Stu's S13 and it turns out the TPS was faulty.
Edit: On a side note, I haven't run back up to JAK to drop off your tools yet because MVP are taking forever to get the rear wheel studs and wheelnuts out to me so I haven't set up the rear end yet. If you need them, give me a yell and I'll jump straight on the road to get them back to you.

How much clearance do you have from compressor cover to strut tower?


"Glorified lawn ornament". I'm stealing that, exactly how I felt about mine, how pleasing is it in that moment when the windows move before you get over it and just want the bloody thing to run.

Yep, it's always a good feeling seeing things start to happen. :)

Also I had a really awkward moment, had mates over that haven't figured out if I'm straight or gay yet and then this song is track one of the CD on my stereo after nearly 5 years of laying dormant;



Anyway, dropped the oil and car is almost ready to start, but it's dark outside so I'm going to wait until tomorrow morning before putting oil in it and cranking it over. Assuming nothing explodes I'll be driving to Adelaide tomorrow night.

I'll throw up some pics when I remember to stop for 2 minutes to take some.

(Yes I'm listening to Miley on repeat at the moment, don't judge me)


Got it all together, fixed some fuel leaks, wired in the starter AAAAAAAND

dead starter motor. :(

Luckily I have a spare so I'm in the middle of fitting it now.

Here's a pic of the bay, because why not.



Starter motor replaced, now the battery is too flat to turn it over. Tried another battery and jumping it with my HQ and neither seems to pull enough power. Starter motor just clicks and does nothing :(
Leaving a spare battery on the trickle charger for a bit, hopefully it'll get enough charge to turn the pig over.


Managed to get it turning over, slowly, by jury rigging two cars and 3 batteries together. The limitation is my crappy jumper cables.
I've dropped the Optima off at my mates workshop so it will be charged this evening. I'm going to doublecheck all of my wiring now and turn the car over on the battery bank I used earlier.

29-03-12, 10:12 PM
I've given up troubleshooting this thing and have decided to strip it down to a bare shell. Windows out, crossmembers out, etc etc and build it again from the ground up.

It will mostly be based on the previous build with a few changes;


Lexus Glacier Frost Mica with carbon and matte black highlights
Ridler 695 front in matte black, 18x8.5 wrapped in 245/40/18 ET Street Radials
Weld Pro Star rear in matte black, 15x10 wrapped in 325/50/15 ET Street Radials
Carbon Top Secret rear diffuser with vortex generators
Carbon TRD Wing
MVP lip in Glacier Frost Mica
Matte black insert Series 2 headlights
Series 2 front indicators
Series 2 side repeaters front & rear
Series 2 tail lights
Dark window tint
4 pot front brakes painted matte black
1 pot rear brakes painted matte black
Carbon rear number plate shroud

Engine bay

Smoothed engine bay, painted Lexus Glacier Frost Mica
Motor done with matte black and gold highlights
Carbon fibre coil pack cover
Hidden LS2 coils (under wiper cowl)
V-band cooler piping
Matte black radiator
Matte black hardpipe kit
Matte black fan shroud
Completely hidden wiring loom (seeing as I have to make a new one)


Stock interior with Lexus Glacier Frost highlights
Rear seat delete
Rockford Fosgate system
Battery in boot
Fusebox in centre console

I'll have it back in the shed tonight to begin the tear down process. If anyone has a cheap aero shell, now is the time to put it up for sale :P

29-03-12, 10:13 PM
Figured I'd put this update in as well.


And then assemble again. No pics.


29-03-12, 10:18 PM
I've given up troubleshooting this thing and have decided to strip it down to a bare shell. Windows out, crossmembers out, etc etc and build it again from the ground up.

It will mostly be based on the previous build with a few changes;


Lexus Glacier Frost Mica with carbon and matte black highlights
Ridler 695 front in matte black, 18x8.5 wrapped in 245/40/18 ET Street Radials
Weld Pro Star rear in matte black, 15x10 wrapped in 325/50/15 ET Street Radials
Carbon Top Secret rear diffuser with vortex generators
Carbon TRD Wing
MVP lip in Glacier Frost Mica
Matte black insert Series 2 headlights
Series 2 front indicators
Series 2 side repeaters front & rear
Series 2 tail lights
Dark window tint
4 pot front brakes painted matte black
1 pot rear brakes painted matte black
Carbon rear number plate shroud

Engine bay

Smoothed engine bay, painted Lexus Glacier Frost Mica
Motor done with matte black and gold highlights
Carbon fibre coil pack cover
Hidden LS2 coils (under wiper cowl)
V-band cooler piping
Matte black radiator
Matte black hardpipe kit
Matte black fan shroud
Completely hidden wiring loom (seeing as I have to make a new one)


Stock interior with Lexus Glacier Frost highlights
Rear seat delete
Rockford Fosgate system
Battery in boot
Fusebox in centre console

I'll have it back in the shed tonight to begin the tear down process. If anyone has a cheap aero shell, now is the time to put it up for sale :P

Far CRAZY! Rebuilding from scratch... Never ending perfectionist build. Love it <3

01-05-12, 10:41 AM
I sold my old S13 to a mate to replace his shit box S13 drift car so I could buy another house.
He threw some Recaros in it, a Cusco bolt in cage and took it to Winton Drift Matsuri;


Anyway, he also picked up a straight auto CA18DE S13 in primer that he was going to drop an RB25 into, but after doing some sums decided that he'd rather pass it on to me in exchange for me doing some cash work for him on a few Silvias and 180's.

So this POS is coming into my possession this weekend;


Plan is to strip everything out of it, lexan windows, basic switch and guage dash and bolt on a T28. It comes with a manual conversion minus box, so I'll pick up a box on the cheap and throw that in as well.
Chances are I'll just use it for skidding. I get shit tyres for essentially nothing and don't have the time nor driving ability to work on improving my lap times, so skids are a happy medium to satiate my inner bogan.

When the CA18 inevitably goes bang, I've got an RB25, R33 subframe, capri 40mm engine mounts and an RB30 bottom end sitting in my backyard so it will get a 25/30 combo.
I'm not really interested in spending too much time or money on the thing as I'm pretty well over cars after all the heartache of the massive failure that was my piece of shit Supra, compounded by the sheer number of nugget S13's that I've had to help out on recently with the owners trying to convince me that they take good care of their cars as I stare at their hammer straightened chassis rails.

Oh, and I'm going to paint it hot pink and plaster it with Hello Kitty stickers.

01-05-12, 10:42 AM
So this thing arrived over the weekend full of spares.


I have these motors sitting around;

RB25 & RB30




RB25-DET head and CA18-DET head


There was also a stock turbo manifold, T28 and CA18 FMIC kit, so I'm thinking of just rebuilding the T28 and bolting it onto the stock CA18-DE.
I have a spare Walbro GSS-341 and 1/2" fuel line so I'll put that in with some bigger injectors and run the thing on E85.

Picked up this paint as well, Ford Bright Magenta Metallic/Cinammon;


Just need Hello Kitty stickers.

01-05-12, 01:03 PM
so photo rich, kept me amused for ages!
pissed myself at the commy startoff.

03-05-12, 11:56 AM
How is the Supra build going?

06-05-12, 10:32 PM
Matt, you smart arse :P

Here's the update from SFAU.

So it was the 28th of April. The day was warm and the sun was shining. For some reason, Danny (TRD88) decided that he wanted to part out (http://www.supraforums.com.au/forum/parts-sale/77672-fs-vic-parting-out-trd88-sale.html) his awesome NA-T Supra. I still don't understand why he made that decision, as all newborn babies love boost*.

*Probably not true.

Anyway, I went down to JAK Motorworks to help him pull it apart and get everything packaged up. Before we pulled it down, he took me for a ride in it. It really was the best engineered Supra I have ever been in.
Despite my best efforts to convince him otherwise, he decided to go ahead with pulling it apart and selling it off. As we were going, I thought to myself "This car can't leave the club uleh", so after some discussion with Danny, we decided that it would be a great idea for me to buy TRD88 and rebody AFRAID into it.

That's right, I never sold AFRAID. I was just going to strip it down, send it off and have it repainted in matte silver and a whole heap of other stuff.

Anyway, for some stupid reason, we made plans to bring AFRAID to JAK and the two of us would stay back and rebody it in a week before the VSC dyno day. Thankfully it wasn't just the two of us and I must stress how great the people in my life are;

Ady, Leo, Belinda, Hayley, Elin, Vinnie - you all played a huge role in getting this done in the timeframe it was managed in. I couldn't have even considered acting on these irrational thoughts if it wasn't for you guys & gals.

Danny - holy shit man, I still can't believe what we got done. I'm going to sleep for the next week to catch up on the amount we lost. I hope the next incarnation of this car lives up to the ideals and quality that you achieved with it.

Alright, so the first step after deciding to take the plunge on Sunday was to get AFRAID from it's hiding place (locked up in my shed, lol) to JAK. Considering that it didn't drive and was hidden in an annoying corner, this was not an easy task.

Thankfully my NA auto S13 Silvia is an absolute torque monster and was more than up for the task (with Belinda sitting on the rear of the car so that it stopped doing single pegger skids in my driveway).


In the first night, with Ady's help we managed to get the driveline out of AFRAID and sitting in TRD88. There were a few niggles along the way, such as forgetting the gearbox mount bolts were still in the body and we couldn't get the solid engine mounts to align. Yep, I went full retard on that one.

Anyway, we hid the body of AFRAID under some clear plastic and made all the VSC members pick up their cars. Danny is like a magician, I swear.


On Tuesday, we got all of the bits and pieces out of AFRAID and laid them all over the place, only to have to put them back away after. The exhaust went on as well.


Also the B03B diff;


Longer wheel studs;


At this point the days became a blur. We were both running on around 4 hours sleep since Monday morning so I'm just going to photodump and try and explain what's happening;

Fitting the Welds and coil overs;


Shane doing the wiring loom integration. This man is a genius, seriously. I was all like "nah man, this is wrong" and then it worked. He's like Harry Potter.


Wiring mess;


Danny, strikes a pose!! (Also fitting the front bar reo, as TRD88 didn't have one)


AFRAID is in pieces;


JAK, both Supras pictured as well as several others :P


Brakes fitted, longer wheel studs shown;


Danny fitting the reo;


Danny fitting coilovers;


Belinda fitting the MVP lip from AFRAID onto TRD88's front bar, as the carbon fibre lip was sold;



My phone wasnt up to task;


Matt (Doink) had to know so we could get in on the dyno day;


We needed a list to keep coordinated. Thanks to Ady, it got a little out of control;



Made a heat shield for the exhaust by pass;



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Ady and Danny doing something, which required monkey business on the motor.


Danny is very sexy.



Cooler hole cut;


Workin' that list (also drop tank is not fitted yet);


Throttlebody business;




Radiator, top pipes etc on;


Fitting Meister S1's on the front;





Wiring cleaned up;


Front bar and Danny's backside;


Lights in;


Cams zero'd, found that a coil was dead and there's an issue with the firing order. Sounds tough though (for something that's broken);

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Suspension set up to clear the Welds (mostly)




At the dyno day at night;


06-05-12, 11:06 PM

What it get on dyno

06-05-12, 11:10 PM
Didn't make it onto the dyno. Needs a coolant temp sensor and an air leak fixed first. It's drivable, but needs a solid day on the dyno for tuning before we go for any figures. I have 50 litres of E85 in the back of my SSV ready to go though.

15-07-13, 01:07 PM
Haha, I haven't posted in this thread for over a year.

I ended up getting rid of the Supra with a plan to build a twin turbo V8 aerotop Supra.

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Well, it's been a while in the planning but it's finally underway. People may have seen my previous build with all it's various dramas and no real conclusion, but this one should be a very different story. It IS going to be a longer term project.

Alf from the VSC (COOLMAN on the forum) bought this aero for a project car. He learnt a lot from it, unfortunately at the cost of the paint. After checking it out a few times, we identified a few issues with the body, as well as a blown engine. Poor Alf never knew about it as 2J's are amazingly robust things. Even with a cracked head which was leaking oil into the coolilng system, it still seemed to run fine until it warmed up!

Anyway, after some talking I've taken it off his hands as the ideal candidate for what I'm going to call Project: Supradore.

Initially I will be swapping another NA motor in to it, fixing up the body for paint and getting it roadworthied and rego'd. But before that I'm going to chemiweld up the motor, weld the A01A and skid the shit out of it at Calder on Thursday until it explodes.

After that, I will be accruing parts and the build itself will begin. As per my previous build, I will be sticking with a fairly understated design cosmetically, with most of the focus being on the engine bay and supporting mods.

First off, this is the car as it sits today;



It's VERY rough! Luckily I have a lot of spare parts left over.

This is the plan;

1993 Aerotop - NA, auto, open wheel diff.

Respray in VY Commodore "Turbine"
Stock 17" wheels, polished and widened with series 1 centre caps. Aiming to run 335 or greater.
Simple lip, undecided at this stage
Re-fit standard wing
Series 2 indicators all round
Series 2 tail lights
Blackened headlights

Defi guages in top glove box mount
S2000 seats
4 point cage because aerotops are limp noodles

Driveline & Supporting Mods
4" bore LSx
408 C.O.M.E Racing low compression stroker kit (6.7 litre)
Wiseco forged pistons
H beam rods
ACL Race Series rings and bearings
Ported heads
Oversize valves
PAC valve springs
Will be working with Crow and COME to work out the best cam to run for the setup once I have head flow figures
Twin throttle manifold
300ZX side mount intercoolers
PWR radiator
Davies Craig thermofans
Twin Precision PT6266 v-band rear turbos
Twin Tial 44mm wastegates
3x denso fuel pumps in MVP hanger
1/2" fuel lines, return and feed
T56 6 speed
Jim Berry clutch
A series Cusco LSD

I'll fill in the rest of the blanks in the morning. I'm picking up the donor motor as soon as I can get up to Wagga. Should skid ok.


Went and did this tonight;


its the ca18...


Fits perfect.. lol


Ok, so we filled the motor full of chemiweld today and it "fixed" the getting-warm-then-losing-a-cylinder issue.
So an hour later we were burying arc welding rods into the noisy A01A. Turns out the whining was the spider gears, so technically we "fixed" the diff as well!


Then we did some of this;


15-07-13, 01:14 PM
And some of this;


Resulting in a lot of this;


And this;


I couldn't kill the 2J though. It would not die. I tried and tried, but it wouldn't go. The 4AGE KE70 and RB30 R31 I came with both broke, but not the car that we came to break. I'm so disappointed.
We even drove the Supra home after. Unbelievable. 2J for the win!

So now on with plans to pull it out and put a Chev in. :P


Ok, so I've done some measurements today. Thankfully I have the Supra, the spare LS1 and my daily is a VE SSV, so measurements are pretty easy to do. VE's run a different sump though, so I've had to work off the spare LS1's setup.

Supra 770mm between rails
VE 825mm between rails

Supra 1035mm firewall to upper rad support
VE 980mm firewall to upper rad support

2JZ 300mm firewall to engine mount pin
LSx with flipped mounts 300mm firewall to engine mount pin

2JZ 370mm in front of crossmember
LSx with flipped mounts 310mm in front of crossmember

requires 230 in front of mount to allow sump fitment. LSx does not even come close. will need reverse sump or dry sump. Full sump capacity can use 330mm from firewall, dependant upon gearbox. - US trucks with the LSx use a rear sump requiring 18cm of the allowable 33cm, from the very back of the engine. plenty of clearance. Capacity is 4.73 litres compared to a stock LS1 item which is pretty well identical to the Aus delivered front sump. eBay price appears to be around $350 delivered.

2JZ 450 mount spacing
LSx 560 mount spacing

LSx block width at sump 280

stock JZA80 mount allows for around 25mm play, so that is almost half of the distance made up. An E36 M3 engine mount has around 30mm displacement across the mount, which should be enough to get it in and sitting pretty with bolt in components. At worst it will be a matter of shaving a few mm on the crossmember outer. They're also 69.8mm thick, which gives about 8mm clearance to the crossmember at the sump. It's literally as low and as far back as this motor can get, I believe. Because of the lack of clearance, I'll run some Vorshlag M3 nylon mounts that won't droop.

Because the motors will sit in the same place, the T56 will end up with the shifter coming out of the stock location around 7.5mm further forward. Its so little that I don't think I'm really going to bother doing anything about it!

It looks like I've found all the missing conversion pieces locally as well, so it should just be a matter of ordering in the engine mounts. Oh, and I should probably get the car registered first.


Ok, so I've just spoken with the engineer. They are happy for me to drop the LSx in with the following conditions;

- Must retain factory intake manifold
- Must retain VT pollution gear (can use the Supra charcoal canister etc)
- Speedo must be within ADR's and retain electronic function
- Diff must be proven capable of taking the power (no issue there, A series are used in late model turbos)
- Box tube must be used for the gearbox mount

No brake test was required because the factory Supra brakes outperform Commodores anyway. All in all the VASS certificate will cost $750 and take one day to assess.

With this being the case, I won't register the car first, I'll simply do the swap with a low comp 6.7 LSx, get the engineers approval, rwc, rego it and then bolt the turbos on.
As long as the 6.7 makes less than 230rwkw, it will be easy.

Started stripping down the LS the other day. Turns out it had dropped compression on one cylinder because of a bound valve spring. No damage to the valve, valve guide or piston though, which means I could get this motor running for the price of a valve spring. Who wants only 5.7 litres though?


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At this point I was arrested and charged with some offences that I won't go into, and was facing 12 years gaol. After 8 months of bullshit, I've finally been acquitted, but not after losing just about all of my toys to fund my stupidly expensive barrister.

As of now I have two cars on the go other than my daily SSV. An E30 that is being built for Targa Wrest Point in February of 2014 and a skid pig Supra that I've been slapping together to drift with.
I haven't done anything to document the E30's progress, so I'll just copy pasta the Supra's build here for now. I call it the "Junkyard Drift Supra"

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I had to sell the aerotop I was using for my 427TT build for personal reasons, so I was on the hunt for another aero when all of a sudden Barry from Edge Motorworks put a smashed 6 speed RZ shell up for $300. I live with a drifter/motorsport fabricator now so the next thing I know it was purchased to turn into a shitbox drift Supra using all the various shit I had laying around.

I don't actually like drifting so I probably won't finish this one and if I do it will be a shitheap that goes against everything I like with Supras. Stupid low, half arsed fabwork and covered in Chinese shit.

But whatever, I've learnt some stuff along the way so I figured I would post it up.

This is the shell as I bought it, with rails bent quite badly to the left.

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I had to get it rolling as a first step to get it off the trailer, so had to get subframes and stuff. Unfortunately I had no 5x114.3 wheels, so I was donated a set of ugly, shit quality Rotas. I will be cutting these up with a 9" at some point.

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To make it easier to work on we cut off the front in front of the towers. There was so much weight in the chopped rails!

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Got some subframes from Danny at JAK and Barry at Edge and got the shitty, poor fitting wheels on so we could get the car off the trailer.

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It's low and will be staying stupidly low because apparently that's what drifters do. I bought a set of kei office coilovers from Jimmy and set them at this height. With Nissan offsets and the inner guard chopped out I could get a 295 tyre under the car at this height. But I won't, because this is a skid pig.

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Then it was time to do some shopping at Dannys.

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Bought some metal and a dummy LS1 block as my other LS's are complete and are too heavy to lift with one hand to check fitment.

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As it had to be retardedly low and have stupid lock I had to do some cutting and welding. I am not a welder, so my welds look shit but they held up to 100kg of my fat arse jumping on them so I think they'll be ok.
I'm going to switch to a Nissan macpherson strut front end using S13 coilovers, Supra knuckles modified with S13 upper mounts to piss off the upper control arm and R33 LCA's and castor arms. This should give it more camber too. Coilovers arrive next week so I'll go into more detail on that later.

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I welded on the tube frame base plates and cut off or hammered up any parts that would stop me going retardedly, uncomfortably and poor handling-ly low.

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Then I put the LS1 dummy block in, using flipped upper mounts and the stock engine mounts which are 80mm long. It fits, but I'm going to change to 40mm E36 mounts to make it fit better and drop lower. There is just over 50mm of clearance from the back of the block to the firewall this way.

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Then I worked out the ride height to check panel clearance.

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So yeah, this is my latest Supra. Probably won't go all the way with this one but I'm having fun anyway.

15-07-13, 01:16 PM

I'm not going to be able to touch this for a little while as I have a few engine builds and my race car to prep for the next round of the BP Midland Sprint Series at Winton in July, but for the sake of putting up some pictures I figured I'd throw up some of the bits I've been collecting.

S13 knuckles. I'll be chopping off the top mount point on these and welding them to the Supra knuckle.


A GT45, because stupid turbos are getting to be my calling card. Should be good for some proper spastic corner exits.


S13 front coilovers. Courtesy of Khudar from JAK Motorworks.


40 litre fuel cell, Carter lift pump, 5 litre surge and twin 044's.




Size comparison



Did some more on this today because I need to get it rolling and out of the way of my E30 so I can take it racing next weekend.

The guards I had were munted, so I bought Gihan's fibreglass ones to allow me to make up the top bar.


I decided to machine out the R33 LCA's a little bit to allow the Supra bottom camber bolt to be used. Hard to see, but it's there. For anyone that cares, it's a 16mm bolt. Well, 15.94mm according to my verniers.


To increase the lock, I had to modify the stock Supra knuckle to bring the tie rod mount point closer in to the knuckle. Luckily the Ackerman effect isn't changed by doing this as they're dead straight mounts, unlike Silvias & Skylines.
I did this as my first exercise in welding forged cast metal and this was the result;


The pool didn't push into the cast particularly well so I was a bit iffy about running it. I asked around and the consensus was to cut it back off and do a downhill root, uphill filler weld.
I chopped it back off and could immediately see how bad the weld was... funnily enough there are actually a ton of drifters out there that run with this kind of penetration.


So then I went away and learnt what a downhill root weld was, then did the whole chamfer thing and welded it up properly. Result seems a lot better.


Then I lopped off the upper control arm mount and welded on the S13 Macpherson strut mount. Ignore the dirt on the weld.


Then it was a matter of bolting it all up.


There is a surprising amount of room with it all bolted up. The wheels on the front are 18x8.5 + 20 or something and it looks like I could space them out another inch and go an inch wider. There's about 4" of suspension travel as well, even with how stupidly low it is. Oh, and it will take a TON of castor, which should be good for skids or something.


Have some camber. Bottom camber bolt is at 0, top camber plate is also at 0, which gives me tons of room to play.


I also started putting in the fuel system. Boot floors are a tool of Communism, and we must not tolerate the red menace.


I'm still umm'ing and ahh'ing about the rear tubs, as I can't quite tell where they get their structural strength from. It looks like they pull onto the inner chassis rail, but there is a clear press in the panelwork heading to the inner layer of the wheel arch.
I'll probably just get drunk and start hacking away at it. :/

15-07-13, 02:30 PM
Shame u gave up on silver one..

But after reading all that, I'm still stuck on what u did to get a 12yr inprisonment charge and how the fuck you got out of it..

Mokey Nagata
15-07-13, 04:11 PM
I'm not actually quite sure what you're doing with any of the cars, but in a weird sort of way I like it.
Probably because of the use of massive turbos and such.

Ditto above though, the silver car looked like it was going to be a ripper.

15-07-13, 05:00 PM
jesus christ

15-07-13, 05:08 PM
I am lost.

17-07-13, 05:45 PM
Shame u gave up on silver one..

But after reading all that, I'm still stuck on what u did to get a 12yr inprisonment charge and how the fuck you got out of it..

I didn't really give up on the silver one. Its my mates car now and he has better attention to detail and ability than I do so he will really do the car justice.

I'm not actually quite sure what you're doing with any of the cars, but in a weird sort of way I like it.
Probably because of the use of massive turbos and such.

Ditto above though, the silver car looked like it was going to be a ripper.

Umm ok, so the plan for the cars;
VE SSV Redline - daily tow pig. Just getting a full exhaust, otrcai, cam and tune
E30 - ported head, 15x7 +25's, cage, stripped, seats and harnesses, suspension, CAMS log booking and then Targa Wrest Point in February.
Black Supra - low, loud, V8 turbo, tube front and rear, cage, tubs, custom suspension and then drifted.

jesus christ

Just "Luke" is fine.

I am lost

We all are hun, we all are.

28-07-13, 11:01 PM
I've been working more and more of late, so I've been getting back home too late to be operating grinders and shit. Apparently neighbours and the council don't like the sound of grinders at 11:30PM on a Tuesday night..
So I made a deal with a FIFO worker mate to work on both of our drift cars (which I was doing anyway) in his massive shed out in the sticks with no neighbours to annoy. Means I wasn't constantly carting my tools around as well.

It went onto the trailer with surprising ease this time and fit even with the retarded camber and stupid low.


The two nuggets together. These are both pigs, my mate has an awesome Origin widebody RB26 S13 he's building as a comp car.


Splitting the welder between the two of us. Exhaust flapper on the RB30 180SX and fuel cell mounts for the pig Supra.


Welding on and testing the strength of the chassis rails. I give no fuck for the alignment so long as it will hold the V mount up.


It also made a great seat.


Then had a play with the turbo positioning.


Basically worked out that I'm going to have to relocate the power steering pump to the drivers side of the motor and then the 4" dump will fit easily. The manifolds are going to be ugly as sin, but the V mount of the radiator and intercooler should keep the intake charge piping really, really short.

... also over head welding after half a dozen Jack Daniels & cokes is pretty hard.

21-08-13, 01:42 PM
Macca working on the drivers side now that the passenger side is sorted.

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Oh, I'm building two engines at the moment as well.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/20130801_225719_zpsadf3e000.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/20130801_225719_zpsadf3e000.jpg.html)

Put the bonnet on so I could start sorting out the V-mount. Surprisingly this is the first time I've used trigonometry since uni.

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Block of wood is there to help bend the intercooler bracket into place because I just used the metal that was already on the cooler to mount it up, because honestly I couldn't be bothered getting the drill out. I'm going to pull the bolts out and move it to the top slot so that it gets a less aggro angle and a bit more surface area.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/20130801_224307_zps908eb94e.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/20130801_224307_zps908eb94e.jpg.html)
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The upper rad support is just tacked on at the moment, now that I know the position of the intercooler mounts I'm going to throw a 45 angle piece in there and chop the corner out so that I can fit the headlight lenses.

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Good times.

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Rolled the Soarer that I'm stripping for various nuts and bolts, steering intermediary shaft, etc into my backyard ready to pull down. If anyone needs any bits, let me know.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/20130806_153426_zpsf5ac5cd7.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/20130806_153426_zpsf5ac5cd7.jpg.html)

I had to make sure I knew where the seats and steering wheel were going to be so that I didn't end up with a bloody cage bar running through them.

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Bolted in the door handles and mounted the doors up properly. It's a lot easier when you don't care about the paint or panels!

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Attached the hatch and bolted the lights in

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Hood is back on now. The panel gap to the fibreglass guards is just shocking, but oh well.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/20130806_221649_zpsca6af769.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/20130806_221649_zpsca6af769.jpg.html)

Hooked the steering up. It's only 2 turns of the wheel from lock to lock, or 1 turn from center to lock. The thing is going to be twitchy as buggery.
I was concerned I'd only be able to run the dump pipe on the passenger side because of the reduction in space between the steering rack and the V8, but it looks like it will be ok.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/20130812_203911_zpseb9e81f8.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/20130812_203911_zpseb9e81f8.jpg.html)
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Should fit a 3" dump easily, or 3.5" if I take some time to do measurements. There's also the option of the passenger side too, of course.

I've been umm'ing and ahh'ing about whether I should drop the engine mounts lower and knock up some solids out of a couple of bolts and some tube steel - after doing these measurements I think I definitely will!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/f1344a86-04d8-46b1-a391-980e4f360083_zps39977ee8.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/f1344a86-04d8-46b1-a391-980e4f360083_zps39977ee8.jpg.html)

Got the back end in last night and bolted it all up so that I could check the clearance to the wheel tubs and get it rolling properly, rather than how it was before with one wheel constantly falling off because of the loose hub.

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I've also discovered that the Supra and the Soarer handbrake cables are different despite the subframe assemblies being identical. The Soarer ones are considerably longer.

lol I also did this;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/20130817_113259_zpsa8225961.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/20130817_113259_zpsa8225961.jpg.html)
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Rubbin panellzzzz

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/20130817_142657_zpsec85cc01.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/20130817_142657_zpsec85cc01.jpg.html)

Oh and I made it in Forza so I could get myself excited about crashing it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v91/deathsminion/Drift%20Supra/20130818_172453_zps6ef1d57c.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/deathsminion/media/Drift%20Supra/20130818_172453_zps6ef1d57c.jpg.html)
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