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... No matter how old you are, the disease stays with you. Had a 1984 Supra delivered to my house yesterday. Last Toyota I had was an FJ60 (until gas hit $4.00/gal).

A friend had owned it since new - and then she had an argument with a guardrail - and lost.Try as she might, she could not sell it. So, with some arm-twisting I took it off her hands...

Nothing special about it, except no kid has ever driven in it (let alone sat in it). Not one thing has been modified. Her "adult" son did remove the louvers (and chucked them out! - "it came loose"). A plain-jane 'L' model without a sunroof or 5-speed. White over Blue-cloth interior. But, the sweet thing is that it has 69,650 original miles.

Sixty-Nine-Thousand, Six-Hundred-Fifty Original Miles. No way should this car end up in a wrecking yard.

Going to get a front-clip (just the bolt-on parts (no frame damage at all), have a new quarter-panel installed, repaint it, and drive it. Purrs like a kitten. Tight as a virgin on Sunday.

Glad to have found this site, as it appears to be the best one dedicated to the early Supras. I'll keep all up to date when I track down the parts (junkyards are waiting). Hope to see others on the road in the near future.

Thanks for looking,

- William
 

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definitely worth saving. low mileage MKII ftw. keep us updated once you start working on her...
 

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looks like a handful of a project judging from your avatar.

good luck

Naw, that'll buff right out! ;) Glad to know another one is being saved.
 

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looks like a handful of a project judging from your avatar. good luck
He can fix it. Maybe his dad is a television repair man.

Excellent find and score, dude!
 

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hey welcome, what part of southern California are you in?
 

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If I can figure out how to post pics, I will put up a few - but that is the actual car in the avatar. All damage occurred above the bumper. Swiped a guardrail, without damaging the frame or driveline. However, she wasn't happy enough to stop there, as she whacked the quarter panel as well (damn).

Dad was a "Zipper Head" (IBM'er) - and is useless when it comes to cars. Well, actually he did wrench on them a lot when we were younger (and much poorer). Today, he's past 80, and thinks it should be less than $10/hr. to work on his Cadillac - by others. Lastly, he would prefer to golf (over 200 days this year) than fart around with a "piece of s*#@" that I think is a diamond in the rough.

We're in the glorious city of Bell Gardens, by way of Redondo Beach. Just off the wonderful 710 parking lot. It ain't pretty, but it sure is cheap.

Slowly tracking down parts, and hope to be on the road by November...
 

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He can fix it. Maybe his dad is a television repair man.

Excellent find and score, dude!
But I am a TV repairman, LOL. Yes yes I am and I do have a awesome set of tools
 

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Okay, let's try and post some pics...

It really does look worse than it is...

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Wow, that does look like quite a bit of work! Thank you for wanting to save a low-mileage MK2!!

If you're willing to come to Phoenix (Tempe more specifically), there's a guy here with a red MK2 parts car. It's a '85 P-type, so the driver's front fender wouldn't be correct for an L-type, but the following parts would be useful to rebuild yours...

Hood
front header panel
front bumper (needs slight repair work)
hatch
driver's door
rear quarter panel
side moldings
rear side marker light
and the front end framework

Send me a PM if you're interested and I'll give you his contact info. He's wanting to sell the whole car as-is, and soon!!
 

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Oddly enough, I'm finding plenty of 'P' models - and many that I can drive home for around $500. I am pretty much decided on flipping the panels to 'P'-mode (since I would only have to do the other quarter panel - already replacing 3 corners).

As far as it appearing quite damaged, we lucked out. The damage was over the bumper - and did no frame damage. Yes, the front corner is whacked - and we'll just cut it out and replace. But there is no damage to the suspension, no need to put it on a frame machine. Just some tedious details that have to be dealt with.

Again, since it is has such low mileage and is pristine otherwise, I cannot bear to see it scrapped. Honestly, the interior appears brand new - not a mark, stain, rip, or tear anywhere on the blue-cloth interior. Original stereo and EQ (horrible sounding) still in its place, AC blowing cold.

If we can get rid of one of our other vehicles this week then we will be buying the donor asap. I'm sure I will be offering up many other parts when I'm done - before the donor car gets sent to the crusher.

I won't personally be doing any cutting or welding, but will be wrenching and sanding as much as I can - this is designed to be low-budget. A - hopefully - simple job designed to bring a nice MkII back to the streets. No tricking it out, no engine mods or such. Just a clean cruiser.

Thanks for all of the offers, but I really want to keep my purchase as close to home as possible. We'll see what the next week brings. Then again, I've never refused a roadtrip if it ended up with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...
 

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I also think you started a faily large restauration.
g/l !
 

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Okay, so we're trying to unload another vehicle while I bide my time finding the donor. I'm still finding plenty of cars around (from Sacramento to San Diego). Plenty are in the $500 range.

While the rear quarter and front-left corner will require a torch, the rest of it is all bolt-off and bolt-on. I've got my guy waiting to weld up the new panels. As I said, 69k original miles and no damage to the frame are the clinchers.

I suspect we will be underway within the next few weeks, if not sooner. If the cops wouldn't be so uptight about missing some lights I would be driving it to the store right now...

Really, when I get in it I love knowing that the interior appears as new as the day it come out of the dealership. Yay, nothing to straighten out inside. A bunch of bolts, a bit of welding, and some scraped knuckles.

It could be worse...

... it could be a bunch of rust staring back at me.

(we'll keep all informed on the progress)
 
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