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Old 09-13-2009, 04:46 AM   #1
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Default First time Supra buyer. Tips/Advice. See setup inside plz


OK I have some good reason to think this car is legit. I have not finalized the deal yet. I went through Ebay and I am going to go check out the car and hopefully purchase it. Please look at the setup and let me know what you think because I am new to this scene although I am an amateur mechanic I drive my dad's old 1995 Ford Ranger.

Please don't rip me on the price I'm paying here. I think I'm getting a good deal as long as the car is as described. I know i'm gonna have to put some work into it but that's part of the fun for me. Anyway, this is my first car purchase. Ya, i could've done it better but friends....I love this body style and this car just seems like a great buy.

What should I look for on this car? How can I tell if it was rebuilt properly? What tell tale signs should I look for of things going wrong? The mods he has put into it seem pretty standard after looking on this forum for awhile. He has a Lexus 400 MAF but did not list any 550ci injectors. Will this be a problem? Oh...the car has 250k miles on it but the motor and trans were rebuilt at 220k...new clutch, new dash, new windshield...etc just look.

Check it out:


USED: 1989 Toyota Supra Turbo with Targa Top

I purchased this car at the beginning of May 08, with the intention of restoring. Here is what was stated in the E-Bay ad from which I purchased ( Istill have the original listing for those interested

Engine was rebuilt at Approximately 220,000 miles
Transmission was rebuilt at same time
LSD equipped
Upgraded Lexus 400 M.A.F. & Sensor
Shimmed wastegate on Turbo
HKS exhaust wheel on turbo
Custom 3 inch downpipe
Full 3 1/2 inch HKS Super Dragger exhaust routed around transmission
HKS Metal Head Gasket - Bead Type
ARP Headstuds
New Alternator
Custom made solid Engine mounts
New Rack & Pinion, Ball Joints & Tie-Rods installed at 220,000 miles
New Brake pads & Rotors installed at 230,000 moles
New Polk-Momo full 6 speaker surround
5 % Tint all around
Wal-Bro 255 Fuel Pump
No A/C - compressor removed ( all other equipment there )
Driver Side rear quarter panel has small dent - see pic
Since I purchased - I have :

Installed New Carpet (Black) - not a great job - nicer than what was there
New Faux Leather seat covers (Black) - totally new skins
New 3/4 Steering wheel
New 17 inch two-tone rims and tires - less than 100 miles on them
New Aluminum Air hose with HKS BOV from body connection to intake
New Spark Plugs and upgraded wires
Replaced coil pack
New BOSS 814CA MP3, CD & Cassette double din stereo with Front panel AUX input and Remote (see pic)
New AAMCO installed Clutch at 251,180 miles (see pic)
New Supra Floor Mats
New Electric Antenna
New Front Bra
New Carbon Fiber Hood with Keyed Locking pins
New HKS Turbo 0 timer
New front Engine bay support bar
New Parking Brake Cover
New Arm Rest Cover
Installed White Instrument Gauge covers
New Blue Silicon Upper Radiator hose - will include new lower Blue Silicon hose
Installed New Rain-X Wiper Blades - front & back
New Windshield
Replaced dash - old one cracked
Replaced old Targa Top - old one leaked and was "ratty"
Note - the Power Steering leaks - I am including a new Hose and have replaced the pump - including another pump. I just haven't had time to complete this project.

The car needs a new "Cold Start Injector" due to hard initial starting. But after a couple turns, the car fires up great ! Has LOTS of power and sounds good ! This is a great car with LOTS of potential and FUN !

Car needs a paint job as you note in the pics.

The car is being sold to start my next project - a 1990 corvette.

You will be obtaining a Great car - at MY LOSS !


I will be with my mechanic. We are going to drive the car and show up early to see if he ran it that day to cover any leaks potentially. We will check the heads for leaks. Check the turbo for leaks etc. Look for smoke. Things like that... Your thoughts??


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Old 09-13-2009, 02:28 PM   #2
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oops i just saw the sticky up top
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