Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wheels Mounted

Well, here it is. New metal and rubber on all four corners. I'm very pleased with the results!

Glorious, no?
I have to repaint the wooden door moldings back to black so it looks better.

And from the side:
The front pokes out a tiny bit, but it looks great.
The rear is still somewhat inset.

A slightly closer shot.
Chilling with my friend Jakob's Mk3 GTI
This just in: I bad picturemaking. You can sort of see the track width from this shot.

After running on several twisty roads, I can definitely say that tires are no longer my bottleneck. Now, it will have to be the suspension. These tires grip so well that the body roll is becoming unbearable, so I will have to start finding a solution for that sooner or later.

And then later on, this happened. She's always had an idling issue where the rpms just drop very low (engine doesn't want to stutter and die though), but it hasn't reached and maintained 350 rpm before... At least if I hit the AC button, it'll jump back up!

This shouldn't happen.
I also got new floor mats to replace the aging (and missing) carpet currently in there. No pictures, I forgot...
Next up on the to-do list will be headlights. They should hopefully be in this weekend.

Monday, March 21, 2016

New Wheels!

I'll let the pictures talk.

16x8 Enkei Compes with zero offset!
I originally wanted white rims, but the specific rims had sadly been discontinued by Enkei.

Wrapped in 225/50 Toyo RA1's!
My friend originally owned these tires, but they rubbed against the wheel wells of his car. There was plenty of tread left however, so I took them.

I'll be trying them out in a couple of hours!

PS. Blogspot has changed. I don't like it.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Spring Revival

Hey guys! It's been a while.

She was in covered storage, but had to be parked outside to wait for servicing.

Shan has been waiting for a while, and every day I long to take her out more. Hopefully the wait shouldn't be too much longer!
She's currently in the shop getting general maintenance taken care of. Oh, and the rear brakes were shot apparently, so that's being replaced.

So, a quick update of what's been happening.

I checked the VIN. 1984, in a dealer in California. Fast forward 10 years to 1994, it's suddenly in Bloomington (there was literally nothing reported in between 1984 and 1994). Go to 2011, it's in Farmersburg. And in 2015, it's in West Lafayette. The history checks out!

I bought a custom turbo exhaust manifold from a person on the MkII Celica Supra Facebook page. You can expect that to be put into use in the next couple of years.

Custom manifold. I wonder how this will hold up.

I got a rear wiper motor off of EBay. Hopefully that'll make the rear wiper functional again.

EBay wiper motor + "transmission" linkage. Let's see how this holds.

I got Hella Vision Plus headlights from Summit Racing. I will drop those in very soon.

I'm assuming anything will be better than the stock headlights.

I am highly considering getting white Enkei Compes in 16x8 with 0mm offset. My friend has a spare set of Toyo RA1's in 225/50/r16, which has almost the same diameter as the stock tires.

Imagine this, but on a Supra instead.

Shan will be back and running very soon!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Snow's Here, Show's Over

So, the snow touched down on Saturday morning. 

Pretty, isn't it?

It looked pretty, but then got lame real fast.

I knew it wouldn't be optimal to drive Shan around in the snow/ice, but I wasn't ready for how bad it would be.
Had I even revved the engine a bit past idle, my rear end would slip. Motorized wheelchairs could probably beat me in a race.
But that doesn't express how fun the snow is.

Glamour shot!

I had about half an inch of tread left in the rears. Mix that with my lack of any driver assists, and you can easily see why it was so hard to control.
For that very reason, I was doing "burnouts" and "drifting" all around the neighborhood, without much difficulty! ...while near idle in 2nd. It was fun, But it's definitely not practical. Nor is it useful or safe when I'm actually going places.

Showcasing my door molding replacement. Shout out to electrical tape.

Shan's most likely going to be staying inside for the rest of the season. They salt the roads regularly here, and with how her underside is looking already, I really don't want to add another element of corrosion.

A better picture is on my Instagram. Follow me at "Dudsap".

It was fun maintaining this blog. Thanks a lot for tuning in! I'll be sure to keep updating this blog as things move along. This isn't the end; just a short break.

Until next time!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Quick Update On My Ticket

Just wanted to say that I have finally paid my ticket. Turns out "Failure to register" counts only as an infraction, which I guess is good.

Also, today marks the one-month anniversary of my ownership of Shan!!

Exciting stuff.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Drifts!

Today was exciting!

I went with some friends to a drift event about an hour away. My friend Kevin brought his Subaru BRZ and Chris brought his Toyota/Scion GT86/FRS. The place was at the US 41 Motorplex.

Anyways, here's some videos.

Fun stuff!

Yes, I stalled at the end.

Budget drift button mod.

Yep, still missing the door molding.

On the way back, my friend's car broke down, unfortunately. He was stranded on the side of the road for about an hour before the tow truck came, but then realized his car was too low to tow...

Beautiful Indiana scenery.

He's okay now, safe and sound and still equipped with his E30 project car. That Sciyota FR86 might be toast, but we're not sure.

In other news!
The Supra was idling at around 400 rpm for a while, which was kinda scary. It still ran fine, however. I did have to fill her up with more coolant, and white smoke was coming out of the exhaust. The check engine light would come on quite frequently on the highway, but once the car was under control, it would happily cruise at 90 mph.

After getting back, I decided to look around under Shan. Turns out I don't even have to jack her up to fit underneath! Aside from seeing a ton of rust, I found a random box attached to the inside of the front bumper.

Not the first place to imagine finding keys at.

They were pretty smart!

Well now that I've publicized where I keep my second spare key, I wouldn't be too surprised if I wake up one day and my Supra was gone. Which would suck.

Please don't steal my car.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Get Jacked

Yesterday, I tried jacking my car up to swap the front and rear wheels (more tread on back = more slidey fun). Things went pretty well: we were able to get seized lug nuts off, and we found the front jacking points. Aaand that about concludes the list of good things that happened.

Onto the exciting business!

My friend told me to rest the jackstands on the pinch welds on the side of the car. That didn't turn out so well. There was a loud BANG and the whole thing buckled.

 That metal part should be straight. It is not.

This happened. Wait, that exhaust...

Is that exhaust even connected? Or am I actually straight piped?!

Dear other Supra owners, if you want to jack up your cars, please use the frame itself. The frame is very visibly fine in the first photo. Don't use the pinch welds on a 30+ year old car.

If only I had contacted the Facebook engineers earlier.