Fresh's 1988 Toyota Mark II Grande
Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:16 PM
Acquired this a month or so ago. Thought id share it. Got it from a mate who was in need of some money. In rather good condition. 200,000ks.
1GGEU with a W55, factory manual. Good fun in the wet, no real plans for it at the moment until next year when im out of study and get a decent job. First thing will be an LSD and get the wheels tidied up also they need some lower profile tyres. Then I guess in the long run a 1GGTE would be the way to go.
Got the spare on at the moment as popped a tyre at the week end.
Posted 05 July 2009 - 11:41 AM
Car is going to go back to standard height till I can get some strait answers on height and suspension.
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Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:12 PM
1GGEU is out, cam covers are off and are in getting polished. All swapable parts have come off the 1GGEU and are now on the 1GGTE. Sourced AFM from TradeMe.
1GGTE has fresh seals, cam belt, idler, water pump etc. And is now sitting complete and ready to drop in.
Clutch is out and getting pimped at Clutch Systems as we speak, likely to be a 4 puck brass button set-up. Clutch fork was rooted and a new one is on its way from Toyota, also replaced gearbox shaft seal as it was leaking.
Have issues with strange mount set-up on my factory 1GGEU, it uses the front mount points on the exhaust side, which happens to be exactly where the oil line goes on the 1GGTE, = lame. So am getting a couple of friends to cut and weld a mount from a Supra that goes over the oil line and will match up to the mounts on my car. So far this looks likely to be the only fabrication needed for the conversion and was unlucky due to it being 1GGEU factory, it appears vehicles with 1GEU uses the wide steel mounts and can be bolted straight onto the 1GGTE, crazy I know.
As it is now we are waiting for clutch to be completed and then the 1GGTE can be dropped in, cam covers should be back next week and can go on, and wiring and accessories can start being completed. Will probably put engine in with or without the suspect mount and put it in later when its complete, so we can continue with other stuff.
Here you can see the oil line position on a dummy block, exactly where my mount needs to go.
Here is the 1GGTE with some initial loom mods done, ready to drop in.
Naked engine bay.
1GGEU cam covers before polish, will be using these as way more porno than the bulbus 1GGTE ones.
Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:34 PM
All water and intercooler piping is under-way. front part of exhaust is on and fits, will get rear half custom made or perhaps just a full custom, depending on what's easiest.
Wiring is now under-way, aiming to be up and running in 1-2 weeks at current rate.
Forgot to mention that I have scored the ultimately rare winged front sump version of the 1GGTEU. Looks pretty epic and should keep the oil flowing at all angles
EDIT: Who wants a 1GGEU?!
Posted 30 November 2011 - 04:20 PM
Very happy with intercooler piping, my friend is a genius for making it as tidy as it is. Here are some more pictures, should be firing it up soon.
Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:11 PM
1GGTE fired first pop, runs perfectly. Has a slight oil leak from the oil return on the outside of the headgasket, just going to patch it from the outside as its nothing critical and not worth changing a whole headgasket for!
Going in on Wednesday for a full 2.5 inch exhaust. Lined up some wheels to try on to see if they are worth buying, and getting suspension mods under way.
Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:24 PM
Engine is in and 100% complete, been driving around for a while now with no issues. Have had a custom 2.5 inch exhaust installed all the way through with some sweet twin pipes out the back.
Purchased some SSR Longchamps in 7.5s and 8s and have had them professionally polished and replaced all the bolts etc. Got new tyres for them and as of today have rolled the rear guards and the wheels are now on with no rub at all.
Heres some random pictures since last post:
Wheels before polish with not so ideal tyres.
Wheels after polish:
Andy rolling the guards:
Fully rolling with new wheels, no rub:
Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:47 PM
Front shocks needed factory hubs cut off and welded to the bottoms. Then crack tested. All passed fine thanks to awesome welding by SurFab. Only issue I have now is that it doesn't go low enough! Have body adjusted as low as they go and its still about 40mm too high. Looking into getting softer springs to try and droop it down a bit. The pictures below are with the spring hats adjusted right down which gives an OK height but means they are uncaptive.
Once I have the height sorted on suspension its back to SurFab for some drive shaft loops and then off for cert.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:31 PM
Im leaning more towards getting these redone as it will probably cost me about the same to get springs etc. Bit of a bummer but ahh well.
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:34 PM
Failed on tyre stretch (195/45/15 on 8s, and 175/50/15 on 7s). Too much rear camber. And car below scrub line (chassis is 50mm off the ground). Basically I have to raise the car up until I can get rid of the camber in order to pass as my car doesn't have any camber adjustment at all. Most probably have to bring it up to almost factory height. Retarded but there's nothing I can do about it.
Pretty pissed off to be fair, the camber is all natural and doing exactly what Toyota intended it to do from factory yet in NZ it is now illegal. I guess I just enjoy the pictures of it at its current height and get used to it looking like a factory Mark II!
Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:20 PM
Andy has loaned me his BOV, need to put my boost tap on and wind up the boost and see how it runs.
After my experience with Cert all I can say is good fucking luck. If I was to do it again I would probably get a Log Book and go down that path. All the new rules make it pretty much impossible to have a low car in any way.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:25 AM
Did a road tip to Dunedin towing a trailer in the weekend and it loved it. Suspension is amazing. Really surprised by how smooth the ride is. Is pretty low and hardly hits the ground. Perfect all round really.
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