My name is Pawin. I am currently a student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
This blog is going to revolve around my 1984 Toyota Celica Supra, aka the MkII Supra. I have already gone ahead and named her Shan, based on the surname of the previous owner.
Before I say any more, here's a picture:
Mostly in good working condition!
If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me! I'm open to inquiry :)
I will kick off this blog with some of the specs that I have gathered:
- The Supra had around 129,600 miles on the odometer when purchased.
- It is a left hand drive car.
- I was told to run her on 93 gas.
- I purchased her on October 17, 2015 for 2,300 USD.
Engine Bay & Stuff:
- The engine is an inline 6 with EFI and DOHC. I'm guessing it's the 5M-GE engine with 2.8L.
- There is a garden hose valve attached to the coolant hose leading into the engine block. <PICTURE BELOW>
- There was a pair of old men's underwear and a funnel sitting at opposite sides of the engine bay. The funnel is useful at times but the underwear is just there for giggles.
- One of the previous owners installed a front and rear tower braces. The front one is thin as a toothpick but the rear one is very solid.
- One of the previous owners removed the AC compressor. The fan still works, but it blows in hot air from the engine bay.
- There is a 5 speed manual transmission. Supposedly the previous owner recently swapped the transmission and clutch, so I am unclear what brands they are and how old they are.
- She shoots flames when upshifting or when letting off the throttle at high rpms.
- The engine likes to overheat when sitting still or moving at slow speeds. There are too many potential reasons for this.
- I'm not sure if there is power steering or not.
- The steering wheel has been replaced with a smaller aftermarket wheel, which blocks me from reading the speedometer while driving.
- She has very good alignment. Your hands can be off the wheel and she will keep going straight.
- The shift stick is quite loose and it will wobble a lot even when in gear.
- The handbrake is good. It will hold the car even on a hill.
- The clutch is quite heavy.
- You can get moving in reverse gear by just letting go of the clutch.
- The steering wheel vibrates when travelling at 70-80 mph. I have yet to take her faster than that.
- The redline is at 6,500, but the fuel cut is closer to 7,000.
- The powerband really kicks in at around 3,500. My friends and I call it SketchTec, since it feels and sounds like V-Tec but there were no such systems in place when the car was made.
- She oversteers very easily.
- She sounds very loud and feels fast but isn't actually very fast.
- The Supra is a lot of fun for what she is.
- There is no ABS or ESC or airbags or anything.
- The horn works!
- One of the previous owners removed the radio antenna. However, she still picks up radio stations, surprisingly.
- The head unit works. I have yet to test the cassette player.
- The fog lights have been replaced by dim purple light bulbs. They are nice aesthetically but serve no functional purpose.
- The pop-up headlights work well and are very satisfactory.
- The power windows are working.
- The left side rear-view mirror's motor just be malfunctioning. It tries to move but then jumps back to its initial position.
- The windshield wipers work. The back wiper's rubber will need to be replaced soon.
- All of the fuses that I checked are in tact.
- The internal electronics were still mostly functional when I bought her. The 12V power outlet is unreliable, however. I will check the wiring to see what is wrong, since sometimes it works and other times it doesn't.
- A speaker might be blown, I'm not sure.
- The internal door locks on the driver's side door doesn't work, so the driver's side door has to be locked and unlocked by a key from the outside.
Bodywork & Rust:
- She looked accident-free (knock on wood). All of the doors and hatches open and close well.
- There are some bits of surface rust in the corners. There is a large rusted hole behind the rear right wheel which exposes some hoses going to the rear of the car.
- The engine bay is quite rusty and dusty. It will look quite nice when cleaned.
- There is quite a bit of surface rust on the exterior.
- The exhaust is quite rusted. However, she idles very loudly and will scream when you open up the throttle.
- I'm very certain that the catalytic converter has been removed.
- She came with two blind spot mirrors, one on each side mirror.
- The trim along the driver's side door is gone, and there is a line of rust where the trim should be.
- The trim along the passenger's side door has been replaced by a stick of wood painted black.
- There are disc brakes in both the front and back.
- The wheels are the OEM 14 inch rims with 225/60R14 tires.
- There is considerably less tread in the rear wheels than in the front.
- There is a spare wheel in the boot that also has the OEM rims.
Sketch DIY fix is sketch.
And here are the modifications that I have made to-date:
Oct. 17, 2015
- The coolant hose leading into the engine block ripped apart and sprayed coolant all over the engine after my friend hooned around in her. I have since removed the ripped portion by shortening the hose and reattached it to the engine. I haven't had problems from the hose since.
- When I first got her, she idled at 500 rpm, and there was a lot of slack in the throttle cable. Both of these issues have been addressed. She now idles closer to 800rpm, and the throttle is much more responsive.
- I changed the oil to Mobil 1 and replaced the oil filter as well. I topped up the coolant with water for now.
I will get the horsepower and torque readings soon. There is a dyno day coming up and I hope to be able to bring Shan along.
Thanks for visiting my page! Expect many updates in the near future.
UPDATE: The dyno day fell through.