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#41 SFBMX88

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:12 PM

March 2012 - all caught up :)

Relocated the battery to behind the driver seat.  Picked up a Taylor battery box off craigslist, pulled some battery cable out of storage, along with a battery junction from a Chevrolet Caprice(or Buick or Cadillac, I dont really remember), and a fuse block from a Mazda 929.  The Optima battery was provided my my girlfriend :wub:

Hold down that was included with the box was a bit too wide...


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Soldered the battery terminal onto the cable using a heat gun.  Cable sunk right in.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:19 PM

March 2012 continued

Temporary battery finally getting pulled and reinstalled into the Toyota..

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Cable entering the engine bay..
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Almost done

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This end was done...

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Connectors from the Mazda fuse box were used for the MSD and the electric radiator fans.

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Solder and shrink wrap...

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Tidy.

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Im sure this is gonna be it for this month, so hope to update soon!  :)

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:52 PM

The sweeping tach needle is so sick. I like what you are doing with this car!

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:38 AM

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I keep forgetting you have widebody front suspension. original flatty front suspension, I bet the 9's up front would look GOOD.  But then you'd be rubbing at full lock on the front inner fender (why I tubbed the DTHSTAR) I kept meaning to try a rear 9 on my car, but never got around to it. May have to try it still.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:23 PM

Hey i just bought that red junction box you have there for the main battery fuse link.  I lost mine somehow when I went rear battery and I need a new one now that I put the battery up front again.  I think Dad wanted $75 for stock one and got this one for $35.  I really want to paint it black though with some plastic paint.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 04:48 AM

I can totally relate to all that wiring work. Its all worth it though. I like the car, I'd like to see it in person sometime too.


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I keep forgetting you have widebody front suspension. original flatty front suspension, I bet the 9's up front would look GOOD.  But then you'd be rubbing at full lock on the front inner fender (why I tubbed the DTHSTAR) I kept meaning to try a rear 9 on my car, but never got around to it. May have to try it still.

wouldnt you also be running a 5 lug wheel on a 4 lug car if you put shp 9s on a flatty?
proof it did run at one point...
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:25 PM

Swap hubs and caliper brackets and your in business. Yes the front is that easy to convert.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:28 PM

Didn't get much done in April as I've been focusing on getting the Toyota back on the road for May...  Just swapped the 65 amp 86 alternator to the 75 amp unit from 87s and up.

The alternator pulley had to be swapped out to the 86 as the v-belts are slightly different.  Also, the harness had to be rewired and a resistor added.  Luckily I had many parts left over from my departed 88.

Combined the 86 and 88 charge harness diagrams to make sense of everything:

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Added an additional ground from the alternator to the block

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Old connector to the new connector:

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Doubled up on the 12ga wire for the alternator output:

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Connector for the resistor that needs to be added to the harness:

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Resistor mounted next to the coil:

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Mounted and grounded:

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I think at this point my camera battery went dead, but I had to add another fuse to the charge harness based on the diagram in the first picture.  It fit in nicely where I had previously installed the Mazda fuse box.  Good thing about this swap is now that I can upgrade to the higher amperage Hyundai or Montero alternators if the need ever arises.  Thats all for April, see you soon for May.....hopefully....

Edited by SFBMX88, 11 May 2012 - 03:33 PM.


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:55 AM

I just read through this entire thread.  Very interesting and good work!  I like!

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:13 PM

Damn Andrew, all of the wiring work is so sick. I would LOVE to pull the entire harness and eliminate the stuff I don't need,...but I don't think I can handle it. Did you just use the FSM's as a reference of what wires power what?

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 06:44 PM

July 2015

So life happened, and the car has been pretty low on the priority list.  Not much done with the car, but it still runs and drives thankfully. To keep my interest in the car up, I picked up a set of Truck-lite LED 27450C headlights from http://www.drivetrai...-yj-headlights/ (lowest price per pair Ive found @$350).  These are basically the same as the GE Nighthawk LED headlights,  probably come out of the same factory too.  Didnt want to buy from Ebay or Amazon for fear of receiving knockoffs.  Install was super easy as these are plug-and-play.  The pictures of the light output do them no justice!  Excellent visibility, but I still need to aim them.  Fitment with the plastics installed is perfect.  Lights turn on instantly being LED.  There is no warm up time as normally associated with HID.

Construction details - these are put together very well.  They're also slightly heavier than standard 6054 halogens.
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The lense is a bit thicker then a normal 6054 sealed beam, but it does not affect fitment/headlight opening/closing.
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Halogen sealed beam on left, LED on right:
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Sorry for the cell phone pics :lol:
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Low beam:
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High beam:
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High beam:
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If you've been considering these, then do it!  LED has come a long way.  No need to deal with projector retrofits, "projector" housings on ebay, mounting ballasts, or losing your high beam trying to switch to HID.  Just be sure to get  a set from a QUALITY manufacturer and legit vendor.  So many knock-offs these days....http://betterautomot...m/tag/knockoff/  Also, stay away from the LED retrofit bulbs that fit into H4 housings.  Light output and focus isnt gonna be anywhere near that of a properly designed LED light assembly.

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 08:10 PM

LED's look great!!!!
Like to post that up in the FAQ...

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 09:19 AM

I like them a lot!

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 01:28 PM

awesomeness... i know all about life getting in the way
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:39 PM

Feb 2017:

Been selling off alot of my old parts for the last 4 years, then started a Copart account at the end of 2016....

2006 GTO, 6 liter LS2, T-56 6 speed.  Gonna try to keep power output stock and stick to reliability mods.

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Parted most of the car out and as of July, Im in about $1200 for the drivetrain parts.  Kept the motor, trans, all wiring/modules, complete exhaust, front brakes and some other random bits.  Still have a couple things to sell off like the spoiler, axles, and some interior panels.

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Sold the rear quarters to a former Conquest owner...

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Finally dumped the remains in June.  Scrap metal guy picked it up at no charge

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Since I last posted, I Became a father, so this swap is gonna take some time!

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 02:00 AM

July 2017:

Picked up a GTO cluster with 85k on the odometer on Ebay about a month ago.  Gonna try to run up the odometer 3000 more miles to match my current mileage.  Finished the cluster swap since I cant start on the motor swap yet.

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Just the beginning of the mess...

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Traced the GTO bezel out on a sheet of 1/8" lexan and lined up the rough cut of the Starion bezel over it

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Started cutting, then later realized I didnt leave enough room at the bottom for mounting holes

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Retraced!

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Still much to cut out of the cluster "frame"

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Mounting pads were trimmed down so lexan can sit flush

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Lexan was trimmed down further

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 02:03 AM

July 2017 continued:

Test fitting

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Final lexan cut fits within Starion bezel.  Super glue and screws hold them together.

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Cut a little into the bezel overlap

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Time for paint.  Home Depot didnt have regular flat black in stock, so I just got some BBQ grill paint.  Didnt like the look at first, but when assembled it looked good.  The color seems to match the finish of the original plastic(at least to my eye)

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Indexed all the needles before removing them.  All are back in their proper positions.

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Looks good from 2 feet away!  Would be nicer with a CNC cut but not too bad for being done by hand.  Still some polishing to do though.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 07:43 AM

Nice work!  The cluster turned out great!  I love the look.
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Posted 13 July 2017 - 02:03 PM

Wow man that is Bad A!!!  Love it. A little envious but happy for you. Keep up the great work.

Also congrats on becoming a dad.

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 11:52 PM

Very, very cool.
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