ABEWD’S ALL STREET SUPRA// APRIL FEATURE

Photos by: Ricky Rigutto | Words by: Ian Lee

A car and an engine that needs no introduction, the Toyota Supra and infamous 2JZ engine are engrained with JDM tuning and car culture. Ridiculously over engineered from factory, the kind folk from Toyota created a 90’s engine platform that even today can easily hold its own against most if not any modern day performance car. A huge boost to the Supra and 2JZ notoriety can be attributed to the Fast and Furious series which as most car people would know, was where Brian rebuilt from the ashes his famous orange aerotop. While for many this kickstarted their fascination and interest in the car, Abewd may have been that rare exception to the case.

See when Abewd picked up his first Baltic blue non-turbo supra, looks were what compelled him to buy the car. Having never watched the series at that point in time, the idea of a 2JZ was foreign to him – in fact, his original assumption was that since his car was a non-turbo it was a 1JZ! All he knew though was that the car looked amazing, sporting the aero lip spoiler and finished in a rather unique colour, this was all that mattered to him at the time.

When the search for his first Supra started, the car that caught his eye was a green, single turbo’d aerotop being sold for $27,000 (Abewd even remembers the seller’s full name) – talk about remembering your first love. The car had all the mods on it that he was after but the only problem as the cost was well over the price Abewd was willing to fork out. The car eventually sold and for years it remained off the radar while Abewd moved on to other Supra’s; still always wondering ‘what if’ and whether he’d have a chance to get the one that got away. Four years later, the car resurfaced and was again quickly sold before Abewd could get his hands on it but this time, he paid close attention to the car and its progression with the new owner. In its new home of Melbourne, the car underwent some big changes which included thousands being spent on the car to make it drag ready. A short while after these changes and with the right timing, Abewd made an offer to buy the car of his dreams or so he thought.

When the car made it to Sydney, the long-awaited feeling of anticipation and excitement quickly disappeared as on closer inspection, the car was not at all in line with the expectations he’d set for himself. This is perhaps partly because this was a long time coming in terms of ownership and also partly because he knew how much money had been spent in the previous owner’s hands, whatever the reason, Abewd felt he’d bought a lemon. A knocking, low compression motor, worn interior and paint, and to cap it off a notchy shifting on a virtually unbreakable gearbox gave the first few months of ownership a rocky start.

Not wanting to let this buying experience sour his romanticised view of the car, Abewd pulled up his socks and decided he’d make this car a platform and homage to the first Baltic Blue Supra he owned. Kass Bodyworks got started with the body whereby the car underwent a complete respray in and out to get rid of the original green paint and bring it to Baltic Blue. This wasn’t just a respray though as a number of body parts were added or replaced with near new (sometimes new) OEM parts such as the active lip spoiler, UK spec bonnet scoop, brand new body kit (front and read bumper + side skirts and mouldings), rare factory mudflaps and series 2 headlights. With the exception of the wide aftermarket CCW Classics wheels, the car presents itself as a clean, factory Supra – the exact look Abewd was going for. But for fellow Supra enthusiasts, he says that they’d know the subtle additions that have been put onto the car which make his particular Supra all that more unique.

As for the interior, you won’t find too many aftermarket parts and like the exterior, rare factory option parts were sourced such as the carbon steering wheel, TRD dash, knee rests, aluminium pedals, funky confetti floor mats and a pretty neat device called a conlight. After some Googling, it’s basically an optional light sensor that would turn the headlights on and off depending on the darkness outside – the things you learn! The doorcards, dash, roof and dashboard also got retrimmed during the interior rework for good measure.

Now I’m sure you’re not reading this post to know what was done to the exterior or interior of a Supra because let’s be honest, as far as iconic JDM cars go, there is very little to improve on from the factory finish that Toyota bestowed onto this car. You’re here to gush over the 2JZ in all its high boost glory. To cut to the chase, the car produces a whopping 750hp on its current low boost setting of 23psi however the turbo and supporting mods are rated to over 40psi. Now a days, 1000hp Supra’s are not uncommon and seem to be the bare minimum expectation as far as the internet is concerned. The reality is that even with strong foundations, there still needs to be appropriate levels of mechanical and engineering planning required to produce the power in a safe and reliable manner.

Calling on Motorsport Mechanical, 4mance Automotive and JEM, the direction of the build was to retain the factory 3 litre displacement and work on strengthening both the bottom and top end as well as the addition of a massive Precision 6870 turbo. The final build included (starting from the bottom end); ACL bearings, Spool rods, CP pistons, ARP studs, BC stage 3 cams, 6 boost manifold, an assortment of replacement OEM parts (such as tensioners, pumps and gaskets) and much more. For fuelling, the car is running three e85 compatible Walbro 460 pumps and X-purt 1550cc injectors. Haltech hardware throughout was used for engine management to orchestrate the entire package and get the most out of the engine and supporting mods. As for that pesky gearbox, Abewd opted for a brand new v161 along with an RPS twin plate clutch that should see the power get to the wheels for years to come.

The finished car is something that spurs mixed emotions for Abewd given the initial disappointment but every time he gets behind the wheel, he knows the pain was worth it in the end. As far as plans for the car goes, Abewd says he’s happy to enjoy dailying it for a while and potentially export it to the US through his export business “All Street” that specialise in Supra exportation to make way for other project cars.

ABEWD’S ALL STREET SUPRA // APRIL FEATURE

A car and an engine that needs no introduction, the Toyota Supra and infamous 2JZ engine are engrained with JDM tuning and car culture. Ridiculously over engineered from factory, the kind folk from Toyota created a 90’s engine platform that even today can easily hold its own against most if not any modern day performance car. A huge boost to the Supra and 2JZ notoriety can be attributed to the Fast and Furious series which as most car people would know, was where Brian rebuilt from the ashes his famous orange aerotop. While for many this kickstarted their fascination and interest in the car, Abewd may have been that rare exception to the case.

See when Abewd picked up his first Baltic blue non-turbo supra, looks were what compelled him to buy the car. Having never watched the series at that point in time, the idea of a 2JZ was foreign to him – in fact, his original assumption was that since his car was a non-turbo it was a 1JZ! All he knew though was that the car looked amazing, sporting the aero lip spoiler and finished in a rather unique colour, this was all that mattered to him at the time.

When the search for his first Supra started, the car that caught his eye was a green, single turbo’d aerotop being sold for $27,000 (Abewd even remembers the seller’s full name) – talk about remembering your first love. The car had all the mods on it that he was after but the only problem as the cost was well over the price Abewd was willing to fork out. The car eventually sold and for years it remained off the radar while Abewd moved on to other Supra’s; still always wondering ‘what if’ and whether he’d have a chance to get the one that got away.

Four years later, the car resurfaced and was again quickly sold before Abewd could get his hands on it but this time, he paid close attention to the car and its progression with the new owner. In its new home of Melbourne, the car underwent some big changes which included thousands being spent on the car to make it drag ready. A short while after these changes and with the right timing, Abewd made an offer to buy the car of his dreams or so he thought.

When the car made it to Sydney, the long-awaited feeling of anticipation and excitement quickly disappeared as on closer inspection, the car was not at all in line with the expectations he’d set for himself. This is perhaps partly because this was a long time coming in terms of ownership and also partly because he knew how much money had been spent in the previous owner’s hands, whatever the reason, Abewd felt he’d bought a lemon. A knocking, low compression motor, worn interior and paint, and to cap it off a notchy shifting on a virtually unbreakable gearbox gave the first few months of ownership a rocky start.

Not wanting to let this buying experience sour his romanticised view of the car, Abewd pulled up his socks and decided he’d make this car a platform and homage to the first Baltic Blue Supra he owned. Kass Bodyworks got started with the body whereby the car underwent a complete respray in and out to get rid of the original green paint and bring it to Baltic Blue. This wasn’t just a respray though as a number of body parts were added or replaced with near new (sometimes new) OEM parts such as the active lip spoiler, UK spec bonnet scoop, brand new body kit (front and read bumper + side skirts and mouldings), rare factory mudflaps and series 2 headlights. With the exception of the wide aftermarket CCW Classics wheels, the car presents itself as a clean, factory Supra – the exact look Abewd was going for.

But for fellow Supra enthusiasts, he says that they’d know the subtle additions that have been put onto the car which make his particular Supra all that more unique. As for the interior, you won’t find too many aftermarket parts and like the exterior, rare factory option parts were sourced such as the carbon steering wheel, TRD dash, knee rests, aluminium pedals, funky confetti floor mats and a pretty neat device called a conlight. After some Googling, it’s basically an optional light sensor that would turn the headlights on and off depending on the darkness outside – the things you learn! The doorcards, dash, roof and dashboard also got retrimmed during the interior rework for good measure.

Now I’m sure you’re not reading this post to know what was done to the exterior or interior of a Supra because let’s be honest, as far as iconic JDM cars go, there is very little to improve on from the factory finish that Toyota bestowed onto this car. You’re here to gush over the 2JZ in all its high boost glory. To cut to the chase, the car produces a whopping 750hp on its current low boost setting of 23psi however the turbo and supporting mods are rated to over 40psi.

Now a days, 1000hp Supra’s are not uncommon and seem to be the bare minimum expectation as far as the internet is concerned. The reality is that even with strong foundations, there still needs to be appropriate levels of mechanical and engineering planning required to produce the power in a safe and reliable manner.

Calling on Motorsport Mechanical, 4mance Automotive and JEM, the direction of the build was to retain the factory 3 litre displacement and work on strengthening both the bottom and top end as well as the addition of a massive Precision 6870 turbo. The final build included (starting from the bottom end); ACL bearings, Spool rods, CP pistons, ARP studs, BC stage 3 cams, 6 boost manifold, an assortment of replacement OEM parts (such as tensioners, pumps and gaskets) and much, much more.

For fuelling, the car is running three e85 compatible Walbro 460 pumps and X-purt 1550cc injectors. Haltech hardware throughout was used for engine management to orchestrate the entire package and get the most out of the engine and supporting mods. As for that pesky gearbox, Abewd opted for a brand new v161 along with an RPS twin plate clutch that should see the power get to the wheels for years to come.

The finished car is something that spurs mixed emotions for Abewd given the initial disappointment but every time he gets behind the wheel, he knows the pain was worth it in the end. As far as plans for the car goes, Abewd says he’s happy to enjoy dailying it for a while and potentially export it to the US through his export business “All Street” that specialise in Supra exportation to make way for other project cars.