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Fresh's 1988 Toyota Mark II Grande

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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. :lol:
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Pink stickered last night for uncertified rear suspension causing irregular/excessive wear to the tyres. Because of the camber they are wearing way harder on the inside. Sounds like bullshit. Springs are captive and car is over 100mm. Cop was telling me that the distance between the guard and centre of the hub was too small? The tyres def are rooted but that's all I could see would be wrong?

Car is going to go back to standard height till I can get some strait answers on height and suspension.

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Took some more photos the other day, only changes are more stretch on the back tyres. Front has been jacked because of a pink sticker.

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The adjustables are in. Need to wind it up a bit to = rears. Getting new springs and shorter shocks for rear, then wind back down. Then LSD, then engine, then cert.

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Long time with no updates. LSD is in. Wheels have been polished up. Had 1 side resprayed as the clear coat was rooted. Have 2x 1GGTEs getting made into 1 as I speak. Conversion hopefully done by the end of the year. Will throw more pictures up soon.

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Engine is ready to go in, just need a AFM, don't suppose you know where to find one? Also I have a friend doing all the work, including the wiring, hes a bit of a genius with that sort of thing.

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Ok, big updates...

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.

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Here is the 1GGTE with some initial loom mods done, ready to drop in.

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Naked engine bay.

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1GGEU cam covers before polish, will be using these as way more porno than the bulbus 1GGTE ones.

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More progress, engine is now in with custom engine mount complete and installed. Have polished cam covers back and are now on (weren't on when pictures were taken).

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?!

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Everything is now complete bar wiring and accessory belts.

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.

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Its alive!

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.

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Right, been lazy, alot more has happened.

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.

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Wheels after polish:

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Andy rolling the guards:

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Fully rolling with new wheels, no rub:

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Have got new BC Adjustables installed. Pretty awesome bolt in mod that gives huge adjustment. Rear gets adjustable height shocks and adjustable height springs. Front gets full coilovers with body adjustment spring height adjustment and camber adjustment. Front and back shocks get 30 point adjustment from hard to soft.

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.

Pics... :D

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Here is a pic of the actual welding. As you can see they have been welded at the bottom of the silver part. There is 15mm of the original strut exposed and I imagine some of this is going up into the silver part (friend did the welding). So If I cut most of the silver part off and get friend to weld to the bottom of the black part where the silver begins then I can potentially gain 35-45mm off my cars height...

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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So I have had the shocks cut and re-welded, allowing me to go about 40mm lower at the front and keep the springs captive. Going to get some spacers for the front this week. Last big mod left is sorting out my exhaust. It sits too low as it comes under the rear subframe, going to either cut a hole in the subframe on the opposite side and route the exhaust through that or get the factory notch extended so I can slip it up into that.

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Subframe has been notched and exhaust sits nice and high now. Spacers are on the front and wheel fitment is good. May have to roll the front guards but will see what happens. Car is booked in for Cert tomorrow morning!

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As mentioned in the cert thread:

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!

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Car is now finally certed and fully road legal. Have put it back to how it looks above on the grass :D

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.

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Went for a drive today and got a wet shot...

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Got tacho working again now with new engine. So I guess you could say the conversion is 100% complete now. Got it groomed and everything came up pretty nice. Gathering up some interior parts that are missing or broken.

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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