my thoughts exactly... that's a time consuming project stripping the interior but hope everything goes well - good luck with it
once you do it a few times it's not all that hard. lol
looks nice! so, lets here about the important stuff
whats under the Hood
, track times etc... and if you need a host for your vids still let me know
Its a 2nd gen 3S-GTE.. no internal work at this time. Its already fast enough, but I have gone to an upgraded stock Turbo known as a 60-1. Where the stock Turbo use to die at around 6400rpm.. the car pulls widly fast now up to redline at 7250. I planned on cams and such and eventually maybe even a stand alone, but I realize I don't need faster and I honestly don't want to go faster. It holds its own with even modded Supra's and LT1's. I've spanked my fair share of C5's, M3's, 240 SR20's, MR2's, 350Z's.. etc.
The front mount intercooler helped quite a bit, the stock unit was a top mount which would heat soak (i.e. the scoop was functional but not anymore). This gave me a great bit more pep in the lower RPM's before boost kicked in. Though with the upgraded Turbo the power characteristics changed drastically. Now where there is a feeling of even and gradual increase in power over the RPM band with it eventually topping max hp in the upper RPM bands on the 60-1. With the stock CT26 it had great mid RPM range power but died off drastically in the upper RPM's. I did sacrifice lower RPM hp, but if I wanted low end power I would have gone with an AWD alltrac.
loads of other goodies.. oil cooler, Oil Filter
relocator, 3" downpipe to 2.5" exhaust, straight 3" Turbo inlet. So many little things I've done its hard to even remember lol.
EDIT: oh ya.. someone asked. I ran a 13.6 on the stock Turbo and top mount intercooler at Gainesville 1/4 mile track with a 106mph trap. This was after 3 tries all in the mid to upper 13's on a cool winter night. This was off of a horrible 0-60ft time which is to be expected with FWD. I consider 1/4 mile running a waste personally though.. I'm going to a real track and I don't care to keep putting it on the 1/4 mile track because its extreme abuse on the FWD tranny. I do wonder what kind of time I could pull with the 60-1 and the front mount in similar conditions, but not interested enough because things break and I've had enough problems already with things breaking without hitting the 1/4 mile.