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Old 02-24-2006, 09:31 PM   #1  
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Heres a few pics of my project. Its a 1989 Toyota Tercel Coupe as the title would sugest.

Ive got a Mitsubishi turbo off an 80's Caravan, a 1bbl Carter carb from a 1986 F150 and fuel pump from an old fuelie Volvo, so its going to be bastardized to the max.

The plan is to go with an old shool blow through setup, its crude, but should work OK. I picked up a fuel pump for free off a friend of mine and got a Mallory rising rate fuel regulator (1/1). Im going to run all new 3/8" fuel lines for this too. I figure the carter will be fine for lower boost applications (since it has brass floats) but hopefully Il be able to find a 1bbl holley at some point and upgrade that. I originally bought a set of quad Keihins off a street bike, but finding somone to make thr manifold proved to be a bit of an issue. The last bit of actual fabrication if going to be to make a new downpipe, since the turbo is normaly wounted on the rear of the chrysler, and there like NO clearance at all in there. If everyting go's well hopefully there will be a fuelie version 2.0 for next year, but for now Il just be happy to have it up and running.





In those pics it is the final mock up for the manifold, I have to pick it up from the welder monday. Its not really the way I would have liked to do it but it was a space issue, I still have to get a narrow rad for it too (scrap yard special). Hopefully it will be functional next weekend, but Im sure theres going to be some kind of unforseen issues, and Im sure tuning the carb is going to be a pain in the ***. Luckily a friend of mine has ALOT of BWM's for parts so we might be able so salvage an old school mechanical bosch fuel injection deal for the next upgrade.
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Old 02-24-2006, 10:13 PM   #2  
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Does that wastegate still work all rusted up like that? i like it, i would never expect it in that car
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Old 02-24-2006, 10:27 PM   #3  
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Awesome toyota. Good luck.
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:26 AM   #4  
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Cool will make a good sleeper and I would leave it all rusty so it looks like it has been that way from the factory.There was another guy on here with a turbo Tercel not to long ago he was running MegaSquirt I believe but none the less if you search maybe it will help with your build.Good luck
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Old 02-25-2006, 03:06 AM   #5  
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I do need to repair the rod for the wastegate, I'm jout going to weld somthing up for it. I think the gouy your talking about that was running the megasquirt is probably Quadir, he has a pretty nice setup. That thing takes some abuse too, running 10psi daily, and has been doing so since he built it. I bought some new beefier rods and a re ring kit for mine too to handle a little extra abuse.
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That would be a nice sleeper. I think you should get another turbo in better condition. Check the For Sale Forum. Customcoach has a sale on some used turbos.

Good luck with your project.
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your turbo and car look liek deuce.
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:50 AM   #8  
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Yeah, the turbo looks pretty tough (and so does the car for what its worth) but it dosent have any shaft play, so it will do for now. A friend of mine has a few old chrysler turbos at his place too, so if I need one I can get it.

I will probably upgrade everything as soon as I get this version working well.

Ive got new springs, struts, wheels & tires that will be going on too.



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Old 02-25-2006, 09:05 AM   #9  
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BTW, my car actually looks better than it is in that pic. Winter, salt, and 17 year old Toyotas dont mix, ha ha. A friend of mine works at a shop that has a media blaster, so I wonder how much car I will even have left after that. I was thinking about mabey picking up another coupe from "down south" at the end of the summer, if I cant fix this one.
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:32 PM   #10  
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mmmmm...........interresting maybe there still is hope for me after all
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