It was back in June/July of 2017 that I decided in my mind that I was going single. Shortly thereafter things started moving pretty quickly. Originally the plan was to purchase an IPS single kit, I quickly realized coming across that kit would be a waiting game with lots of luck involved. So that plan was scrapped and I decided to get a kit from IMR and have them convert their twin kit to accommodate a single. I was initially after a kit that placed the turbo in front of the transmission. That way I could avoid all the common pitfalls of single turbo 3s cars...shifter cables melting, relocating the fuse box, having to sheath the entire wiring harness in the passenger side of the engine bay, etc...but later on I realized that equal length headers would be crucial in the sound of the car...(thanks donniekak) I didn't want to go thru the headache of doing all the work only to realize in the end that the goal wouldn't be achieved. So I was open to any 'good' single kit that I could find. With Brian's help, I was able to find what I was after.
So before I pulled the trigger on a new kit, I wanted to have the big items in my current setup accounted for. Initially the plan was to sell the turbo kit only but I ended up selling the turbo kit, my ported heads and my shortblock. Shortly thereafter I sold the FMIC kit, injectors, downpipe, intake pipes, etc..everything in my engine bay was tentatively sold aside from my clutch/trans. The reason was because I ended up finding this:
But it came with a stipulation. The car had a spun bearing. Overall the car was a gutted tincan, assembled nearly a decade ago and never really got to see the light of day, like most 3s big builds unfortunately. Worst of all, it was a hackjob. It ran, sure, but with the way it was put together, it wouldn't have lasted too long even if it would have made a few passes down the strip. It had an older PTE 6765 which would was making 7-800whp on Supra's back in 2010, so had this car been sorted out, it would have had a good shot at being in the top 10 maybe top 5 fastest 3s list, but that never happened. And the guy I bought it from didn't have the best luck with the 3s platform so he called it quits after it spun a bearing while attempting to dyno tune the car.
On the plus side, the car had some good custom bits and pieces, it had a quality custom made turbo kit(Brian approved
), the elusive no-runner intake manifold and a crazy overkill fuel system. So I ended up buying the car, selling the short block but keeping the heads(+1mm OS valves and headlift fixed) and keeping the single kit obviously. This brings us to stripping the stealth of its parts.
and finally yanked out...
When I purchased my red car, it came with the original blown 70k motor. I decided now was the time to build my spare motor which is the reason why I sold the engine that was in my car. Nothing crazy over the top though, still 3.0 with pistons, aluminum rods, stock crank and it was a 4 bolt. Fresh oil pump and gaskets. Built by donniekak. I was going to reuse my webcam 150 cams from before.