Josh Holderer 1988 Toyota Supra
Like most guys of our era, the mk4 Supra was always the grail car. But with the prices, those cars fetch it wasn’t a possibility for me to sink over $75,000 into a weekend car. I knew I had to go another route and I distilled my goal down to “must have a JZ and must make turbo sounds''.
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1988 Toyota Supra
A geologist from PA moved to WV. I’m obsessed with any and all mechanical things. Cars are my escape from the chaos of life.
Who or what got you into cars?
My grandpa was always working on cars and I truly admired that. He sparked my interest in cars. Then from Need for Speed underground to watching Top Gear religiously my obsession with cars only grew. I had a basic understanding of how everything worked in cars but no hands-on experience. So with encouragement from a bunch of great friends I took a car that was in pieces to a car I don't think I could ever sell.
Why did you choose this Car?
Like most guys of our era, the mk4 Supra was always the grail car. But with the prices, those cars fetch it wasn’t a possibility for me to sink over $75,000 into a weekend car. I knew I had to go another route and I distilled my goal down to “must have a JZ and must make turbo sounds''. This car popped up on Facebook marketplace as a $2000 rolling chassis with a 1jz long block. I picked it up and 2 years later here we are.
Why did you Customize this Car?
Necessity, My goal was 600 whp on the stock bottom end and then see where I wanted to go from there. I went with the form follows function and spent money on quality parts that were needed but opted for the cheap route whenever possible.
What does it feel like to own your car?
I never had a unique car before. All my other cars were great but they were/ are standard off the showroom floor standard issue cars. Nothing makes me happier than a kid hanging out the back window in his mom's car asking me to rev it. Because that was me as a kid.
Don’t get bogged down in a project. Even if you have nothing to do, no shiny new parts to install. Find something small and make progress. YouTube tutorials are your best friend. Finally, don't be afraid to take on a new challenge. I had no idea what I was doing when I started this build, but I learned as I went and it adds more value to the car to me than any dollar value.
What do you think makes your car Unique?
The 1jz t56 combo is something you don’t see every day. It’s a simple but effective setup that makes great power and I can drive it every day after work.
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- 1jzgte non-vvti
- Grannas Racing T56 Magnum swap
- Borg Warner s364.5sxe
- Kelford 229d cams (272/278)
- BC springs and retainers
- ARP Head studs
- FID 1600cc injectors
- Flex-fuel Setup
- Aeromotive eliminator fuel pump
- Aeromotive FPR
- Ecumasters EMU Black
- Harness by Tweak’d performance
- Homemade 3” exhaust to 3.5” blast pipe
- NRG steering wheel
- Prosport gauges
- 3-piece wing
- 3m gloss wicked wrap
- Varrstoen es-2 wheels (18x8.5 +22 front, 18x10.5 +22 rear)
- Tein street advance coilovers
- Stop tech pads and slotted rotors
I did everything myself with the exception of making the wiring harness, (built by Tweak’d Performance) and tuning the car (tuned by Early Performance)
The car sits in between 650 to 700 whp depending on ethanol content and boost level. I’ll build a 1.5jz when this motor lets go and shoot for a reliable 750 wheel. I need to do race seats and a cage, along with refreshing the remainder of the interior. I would like to do some nicer coilovers and a big brake kit as well. Cosmetically I’d like to finish straightening the bodywork and add a lip, side skirts and a diffuser.
Legion (Morgantown WV)
What do you get from the car scene?
It’s an escape from the chaos of life. The car scene is a great way to make friends and gain knowledge that you can’t find on the internet.
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