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Thanks Virus, yeah I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out too!

 

 

 

Thanks Rog, but the time I've finished it would have made sense to buy a TT6 but that's all a long way off, the NA go me into Supra ownership sooner and hey, I'm having fun!

 

Yes mate I did, new owner did a good job polishing it up, cutting it open and reppadding the back box etc, something I considered as the exhaust was better made than my new one but the roadtrip meant I couldn't wait

 

 

 

Yeah man! will be doing the TT swap hopefully by the end of the year or by the end of next year, depending on how it all goes financially wise. Gonna start getting all maintenace parts for the car (like breaks etc) starting next month. After that will be starting to look for engines & trannys & doing loads of research :D

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Part 9 - Lack of updates!

 

So I'm updating this but there's not a lot to show.

 

Sadly things have gone pear shaped, I've had A LOT of trouble with the bodyshop, the paint has many defects that I was assured would be sorted with flatting and polishing (they weren't), there are areas without paint and there are areas that they've flatted away all the lacquer. They have one last chance to rectify the issues this week and then things will no doubt get messy. They've had the car 3 months now!

 

In addition to all this they lost a load of bolts from the car and stuff like the front badge. Doesn't seem they'll be contributing so I got in contact with Steve Manley again.

 

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I needed to keep bust though and do something Supra related so I've just been cleaning up a few bits and more part accumulation

 

Got some new gauges, they're Depo and there's a 52mm Oil pressure and 60mm Boost. These will go in the clock and heater vent

 

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I managed to get an A01B LSD after months of searching, my diff was not only an open diff but also made one hell of a racket.

I got a few hours to paint this over the bank holiday weekend to tidy it up as the case was very rusty. It's by no means perfect but is much better and will protect it from the elements to some extent.

 

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Cleaned my leather seats, cleaned them many, many times. They looked clean but I just kept removing more dirt. I used AutoGlym cleaner and then treated with their leather care product

 

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I also decided to prep and paint my plate holder. Just gone for a satin black which looks fairly tidy. Much better than it was before and should freshen up the front end somewhat.

 

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I've also acquired a TT spark plug cover, on hindsight I'm going to stick with the NA inlet for now until everything's up and running but it'll come in useful at some stage when I swap to a front facing inlet.

I decided to shave the Twin Turbo lettering off and lay some primer down but that's as far as I've got now. I'll probably paint it Purple as that's the colour I'd like to go with for small details in the bay.

 

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The one BIG update is really just a promise, but that is to get the NA-T conversion done ASAP. I'm talking to my chosen tuner about ECU choices, injectors and the couple of small bits and bobs I need.

 

I am trying to find a cheap NA engine to refresh and to fit TT head gasket and ARP head bolts. This will mean that once I've got the last few parts I can pull the old engine, fit the new one with turbo etc and clutch all in one weekend (that's the plan anyway)

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Part 10 - Hometime

 

Well today was the day, I finally got to pick the car up.

 

I'm not happy at all, there are defects everywhere but I was out of options. I've paid for the job and will now look at small claims proceedings. It'll no doubt be a long process so I'm going to carry on with fitting everything up.

 

I've tried to photograph a few issues but it's difficult, they are littering the car though. Runs, lack of coverage, primer showing through, general terrible finish.

 

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Some parts looked better though, I do love this touch on my carbon fibre boot :D

 

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I fitted one of my facelift rear lights on the left side

 

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Decided I loved them as much as I thought I would so fitted both

 

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Thanks to 'supra steveo' I received my s2000 conversion kit so fitted that all up

 

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Also managed to fit up my facelift indicators, I might have to drill the bumper to fit the 3rd bolt on them, it doesn't seem too solid with only the rear 2 but it's good for now.

 

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In other bad news some parts I've ordered are not as they should be:

 

I opened up my HKS Kansai lip, I knew it was fibreglass but it's unbelievably flimsy and already has 4 cracks like the one pictured, sinking and dents. Not happy but not sure what the supplier will do as I bought it so long ago. Either way I doubt it'll last long before it splits in half

 

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Also bought a radiator from a reputable supplier and unfortunately the lower hose is severely damaged, it didn't seem to happen in transit either as box and packing looks intact

 

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Looks like a great build you've got going on.

 

Sorry to hear about thebpaint situation... My mates had a lot of trouble with his sprayer as well.

But onwards and upwards bud.

 

I too am going for a NA-T build using the XS Power kit. Unfortunately haven't started as had knee surgery and been unable to work on it.

 

But will be watching your progress bud.

 

Keep us updated ;)

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Sad to see they've messed up the paint, hope your claim goes through quickly! Where did you get it done?

Cars looking good though, the rear lights look great!

 

It was a bodyshop in the Midlands, I won't post their name on a public forum at the moment until it's all sorted but safe to say I won't be using them again.

 

Thanks mate, I love the lights :D

 

Not having much luck mate. Keep at it, will be worth it in the end.

 

Haha I know mate, I never do when it comes to cars but then it would be boring if it all went to plan. You're not wrong there mate, it'll be well worth it :)

 

Looks like a great build you've got going on.

 

Sorry to hear about thebpaint situation... My mates had a lot of trouble with his sprayer as well.

But onwards and upwards bud.

 

I too am going for a NA-T build using the XS Power kit. Unfortunately haven't started as had knee surgery and been unable to work on it.

 

But will be watching your progress bud.

 

Keep us updated ;)

 

Thanks, it's getting there and despite the ups and downs I'm having fun. Isn't that what it's all about haha.

 

It seems really hard to find a good one, a few friends have had paint done recently and not one is 100% happy.

 

Ahh brilliant, I'm using the XS turbo, mani and downpipes but that's about it. Accumulating everything else as we speak.

 

Hope you have a speedy recovery.

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Part 11 - The fun part!

 

Spent today working on the car today, rain kept stopping play and as a result it wasn't as productive as I'd have liked but a few things got done.

Firstly I spent some time cleaning a few things up and cleaning the interior. The interior was caked in dust and overspray so it took a while.

 

Then, something I've wanted to do for quite a while, started to fit my coilovers.

 

First thing, out came the angle grinder (tracksuits aren't my usual attire but for car work they're perfect.

 

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This was a necessary evil due to the knackered drop links, then removed the old suspension. As you can see here it was WELL past it's best.

 

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I was also joined by a good friend of mine and fellow Supra owner, Rob_sri. Supra's are special cars but when there's more than one it's a great sight to behold.

 

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Once the coilovers were on I decided to fit my new wheels, the rears anyway. That's as far as I got. I LOVE them.

They seem to fit perfectly and I'm so glad I went through the extra cost and hassle to import a silver set with polished lip.

 

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Unfortunately I'm not a fan of the wheel nuts, they're neochome and on some alloys look great but on these there's far too much exposed. I'll swap them to some silver or black ones soon.

 

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Rob then gave me a hand putting my headlights back together after I 'facelifted' them.

(I say gave me a hand but in fact he did them for me, not because he's a nice guy but because doing headlights indoors next to an oven appealed to him more than fitting coilovers in the rain, no idea why)

 

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Sadly I also had an issue with more parts that were supplied! We went to fit the brake discs, all was well...the pads however aren't even remotely right so that's another company I have to chase tomorrow.

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Agree with you on the wheel nuts.. A black nut would look so much cleaner.

 

Those wheels look great... I've just moved away from multi spoke wheels to a 5 spoke... Your car is clawing me back to them... What wheels are they??

 

I'm using the XS Power manifold down pipe and screamer pipe.

 

Then managed to pick up a CX Racing 50mm wastegate with a 10psi spring... Perfect for my build, plus it look proper beasty.

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Agree with you on the wheel nuts.. A black nut would look so much cleaner.

 

Those wheels look great... I've just moved away from multi spoke wheels to a 5 spoke... Your car is clawing me back to them... What wheels are they??

 

I'm using the XS Power manifold down pipe and screamer pipe.

 

Then managed to pick up a CX Racing 50mm wastegate with a 10psi spring... Perfect for my build, plus it look proper beasty.

 

Yeah I'll see if any of my friends have black and silver ones lying about and test both :)

 

I'm really happy with the wheels, they do look great in person. They're XXR 521's. I had to order from the states though as UK suppliers only stock Gold and Anthracite ones.

 

Ahh great, I think I've sorted a Tial MVR 44mm, should do the job :)

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Loving the project so far. :)

 

About the paint, if there is some orange peeling, wet sand it with 2000 grit paper and use a buffer to polish it out.

 

Here's the same that I did to a front bumper:

 

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Part 12 - Enjoy it for a while!

 

It's still NA, it still needs a lot of work BUT I've had a chance the last couple of weeks to enjoy it :)

 

Firstly I had insurance renewal time a few weeks ago, they asked about security on the car and I then realised that not only did I have a terrible (discontinued) alarm but no immobiliser function or anything.

 

A few calls around and ended up with a reasonably priced Toad Ai606, seems like a good unit for the cost. (nice to have the fob on my keyring though instead of carrying a taped up knackered unit, I feel more comfortable having a spare too)

 

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I've also been out for a couple of drives with another friend of mine, owner of a white Evo running 600bhp, I definitely need NA-T so I don't fall behind too much haha...more on the NA-T progress at the end

 

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Also been to a mkivsupra West Midlands meet, was good to meet some other members and of course see some good friends (rich.2211 and josh42).

It was a great day, Red seemed to be the colour of the day though haha.

 

Oh and on the way into the meet following Josh42 I realised how much I need to crack on with my NA-T build!

(Mine's second from the right)

 

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In other news, not made a vast amount of progress on the car.

 

Got my leather seats fitted after they've been clogging up my bedroom for a couple of months, they look the part :)

 

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The HKS splitter, I sprayed with Black plastidip.

 

It's the first time I've used the stuff and for this purpose I was thoroughly impressed. The finish is resilient and looks quite oem and it was very easy to spray.

 

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I also had some braking issues...a rear caliper had been sticking but only seemed a bit. It was on the to do list.

 

Then on the day of the Supra meet the pad gave up all together (wore right down to the metal) I limped the car home with a LOT of metal on metal squealing.

 

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Josh42 travelled out of his way taking me most of the way home, he knew I was wary about only having 3 pads and even better than that he had a full set of Jap spec calipers etc that had not long had new seals etc (taken off his car due to upgrading to a UK set up) He's really gone above and beyond to help for a few reasons and I can't thank him enough!!

 

Looking much better now and unsurprisingly stopping better too

 

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My latest delivery of parts brings me very close to the building of my NA-T conversion :D

 

Spec Clutch, Stage 3+ (full face but still capable of more power than my poor W58 will be taking)

 

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Injector Dynamics 850cc Injectors (big I know, won't hurt to future proof) plus the mapper is so confident in the quality of these injectors he talked me into the larger ones as he says I won't have any downsides.

 

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Tial 44mm MV-R Wastegate (in purple, think this is the colour I'm going for throughout the bay eventually)

 

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Also awaiting the fuel pump, ECU and wideband gauge.

 

Random pic from work the other day...I can't lock it and walk away without turning back to have a look :D

 

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Oh and finally, you know you have a good group of friends when a lads night in has a driveway like this (350z, R34 Skyline and my Supra)

 

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Part 13 - Nearly there, NA-T is in sight!

 

So I'm still driving her daily, a move down south at the end of this week will be swallowing a lot of money so for the minute it will continue to be my daily until I can afford something cheap and crap.

 

Not exciting at all but the holes in the Seibon Carbon boot were too big to clip the cover in so I tried bending the small metal clips to widen them...worked a treat :D

 

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I had changed the rear brakes last week but finally got round to doing the fronts, found this under the disk...never seen anything quite like it.

 

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Explains why my brakes were squeeking...sorry that was a bit cheesy :rlol:

 

Anyway, also got the rest of my NA-T parts pretty much.

 

AEM V2 standalone ECU, plug and play :D

 

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With 3.5 bar map sensor

 

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AEM 320lph fuel pump

 

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AEM Wideband gauge

 

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Some familiar parts there, I've gone with a lot of those on the NA-T route. Going about things the right way dude :)

 

Car looks great

 

Ooohh, I'm going to have a read through your project thread then and any others that may be NA-T related :D That's certainly the intention, to do it the right way frist time :)

 

Thanks very much

 

Nice build bud.. Its all coming together...

 

Im going for the AEM FIC6 ecu.

Been told they are reliable and relatively easy to tune.

 

Thanks, it's getting close now. Seems like it's been 'coming together' for ages, doesn't help having 3 friends locally with turbo Supra's haha.

 

The FIC6 is piggyback right? Should be okay for NA/T really. I went for this standalone partly due to getting a great price and also on the basis that it's futureproofed for when I save up, buy a 6spd and want more power (long way off yet haha)

 

Nice progress mate. Can't wait to see (and hear) it once the NA-T build is complete :cool:

 

Thanks mate, think most of it's just part accumulation so doesn't seem like much progress haha.

 

I can't either, when I have settled and moved I'll make some real progress and do the conversion. Luckily I have some local mates who are quite knowledgable with NA-T conversions ;) (basically you have no choice but to help, payment in beer and domino's)

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Great thread! I am watching with interest as I will be looking to go the same route in the future, when funds allow. Car looks great! So much better than when you picked it up!

By the way I own the black one you're talking about in your first post! (Rich's)

Keep up the good work!

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Great thread! I am watching with interest as I will be looking to go the same route in the future, when funds allow. Car looks great! So much better than when you picked it up!

By the way I own the black one you're talking about in your first post! (Rich's)

Keep up the good work!

 

Thanks for the kind words, it has come along nicely since I bought it :)

 

Oh really, you just beat me too that one then haha. It's a great car that you've got there then mate! Perfect base for NA-T too

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Nice build bud.. Its all coming together...

 

Im going for the AEM FIC6 ecu.

Been told they are reliable and relatively easy to tune.

I think you need to do a bit more research. The FIC6 has been an utter pain in the ass for some GE engines. They seem to only run on 5 cylinders!

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