Lexus V8 Power: 1987 Toyota Supra

This next car comes as a tip from Johnny Bouncewell who writes: Usually when I see a V8 project car, I imagine someone’s half baked idea of shoehorning some SBC into a Cressida or something. This one looks like it was done right, done well, and has an LS400 motor. Seems strange with all that attention to detail, a washer would have found it’s way into the intake. Find this 1987 Toyota Supra offered for $8,500 in Albuquerque, NM via craigslist.

From the seller:

1987 !987 Toyota Supra
condition: fair
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 120000
odometer broken
paint color: white
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: hatchback

This Supra was built by my son, Liver Cancer took him from us last year. I’ve been tasked with selling it for his wife. The car has a Lexus 400 dual overhead cam V8 with a four speed A340E automatic transmission with lock up.. Both engine and trans are controlled by a Mega Squirt computer. The car was a daily driver for over a year, but what I think was a washer got into the intake and wound up in the number one cylinder and bent the valves in that cylinder. I’m a mechanic by trade and removed and installed a rebuilt head. The engine started right up and ran smoothly, but it had a knocking sound which it turned out to be a damaged rod bearing which I think has spun on the journal. Oil pressure went to zero. I wanted a prospective buyer to be able to drive the car even if the engine was compromised. While that’s not possible now, at least you can hear and know it runs. So it’s a project car. It has near new tires, nice mags, all new upholstery, after market gauges, a spare builder engine in pieces minus one cylinder head, engine , body, and wiring manuals, new custom exhaust, and new parts to install AC. It will require a real car Guy/mechanic to do it justice. So check out the pics and call me for details if truly interested. Body is straight and paint is so so for its age. The car was a rolling chassis when my son bought it. I have no idea what the total mileage is.

See a better way to drive a swapped Supra?