Over the next few years there were a few more mods I completed on the supra. These include replacing all the bushes in the suspension, solid diff ear mounts, a front mount intercooler, upgrading to the Supra big brakes and chucking in a Defi boost gauge.

It sounds so easy in a list like that, however the suspension bushes took over a month of weekends by itself. For someone more mechanically experienced it would have been a lot quicker, but I was learning as I was going. Adding to the time was that we was unable to press the bushes out. They had corroded themselves in there so tight that we had to hand cut the metal rings for almost all of them. Then we had to heat and peel them out. It was a very labor intensive task, however it was definitely worth it. It had almost completely removed the axle tramp.

The other major mod in the list being the front mount intercooler. It would have been quite an easy installation if it wasn’t for one thing. I wanted a sleeper spec installation. Putting a front mount intercooler into a Supra basically means that a lot of the plastics have to go as well as the front active spoiler. It was a shame to see the spoiler go, but not a great loss aesthetically when I finally get a front lip installed. I have yet to remake all the plastic duct work that removed, so technically I still have not finished this install.

 

By Ryan Sevelj

 

Using the Supra as my daily driver had been great. It was comfortable, good on fuel if I was responsible and a pleasure to drive. Of course, using your car daily has its drawbacks. It was parked up in a mates front yard for his birthday party. During the night, someone from the party had backed into the front passengers quarter panel and decided to leave without telling me. The quoted repairs from the panel beaters was around $1200AUD. A significant figure to say the least. There had to be a better way!

Luckily I had another car that I could use to drive around in while repairs were underway. This left me the option of repairing it myself. After all it was a project car and I had bought it to learn about cars. This wasn’t what i had in mind originally, but I figured I would give it a go anyway. So borrowing a hammer and dolly from a friend, the panel got ripped off and I put my panel beaters hat on.

As it turns out this was a much bigger task than I had imagined. It was far more time consuming that I had expected much to my frustration. Fortunately for me, my old man was always helping me out and was a voice of reason, stopping me from rushing it. We started out by pushing the dent out so it was at least close to the shape it should be. Then using the hammer and dolly, we work out any creases and slowly shaped the panel back to original. You can see in the photo below all the tiny pock marks from the hammer. In real life it didn’t look anywhere near that bad.

In order to find any high and low points in the panel, we gave it a light coat with spray putty and gently sanded it back. This made it very easy to identify the high and low spots. It was then a matter of continuing to work the panel, using a combination of hammer and dolly as well as flat bars to get the shape we were after. By repeating this process over and over we were able to get a very good result in the final shape.

Once we had the shape right, we stripped the original paint work off. Then using spray on putty to remove the small marks from the hammer it was sanded down and prepped for priming. We didn’t have a spray booth at hand, so making the most of a few still days, we hid ourselves in the shed and started spraying. I am not certain what we did wrong but the paint ended up with an odd texture too it. Luckily it isn’t too noticeable, so I was happy to put the panel back on and get the old girl back on the road!

 

By Ryan Sevelj

 

One of the things that initially drew me into the Supra was the sequential twin turbo system. It seemed like a brilliant idea and I was very keen on trying it out. Unfortunately, the previous owner had modified the turbo system to run True Twin Conversion (TTC) mode. Through my reading on how to reverse the changes I found that it was possible to flick between the sequential system and TTC mode with the flick of a switch. Of course this seemed the best way forward for me, providing the best of both worlds. Looking around at the dash I couldn’t find a suitable place to hide the switch. That’s when I had the idea to put a false wall in an under radio pocket.

With the plan set, I went around purchasing the required parts and got working. First I painted the under radio pocket and cut a slit into it ready for the false wall. Then it was a matter of install the pocket into the radio cradle and wiring it all up. For an excellent write up on completing the ETTC mod read here.

 

By Ryan Sevelj

 

Quite a few years ago when I was not long out of school, I wanted a performance car. I was an apprentice at the time, earning apprentice wages and wanting an expensive car. So I saved like mad (Read: Mum and Dad paid for everything I needed) saving most of the cash over a 12 month period. The goal? A stock Toyota Supra MKIV so I could make the modifications I wanted and learn about cars along the way.

It took a few months for what I wanted to come along. I was reaching the point where I was considering going interstate, but it didn’t quite get that far. A supra had gone up for sale in Perth and I went and checked it out the following weekend. I knew before I had finished the test drive that this was the car for me. It was far from perfect but it was exactly what I was looking for. You really shouldn’t buy the first car you look at, but when you know, you know.

There was nothing major wrong with the car from what i could tell, but she needed some work. It had some severe axle tramp, which is not uncommon for the MKIV’s, as well as needing some aesthetic work on the inside. I was not overly concerned about the inside though, as she was going to become a dedicated track car in the future.

Finally I was able to pick her up. This is how she stood when I got her. Most of these photos are from the previous owner.

 

By Ryan Sevelj