9 Second 2JZ Capri
From The Owner
Shortly after graduating high school I acquired a 1988 Toyota Supra 7mgte 5 speed car. It wasn't long after purchasing the car. I found out the factory 235 horsepower wasn't going to be enough to satisfy my need for speed. This is when plans for a 2jzgte swap started coming together. The swap started out as a stock engine with a smaller single turbo making 420 wheel horsepower. It eventually escalated to a bigger turbo, Chevy transmission, and a full stand alone ecu on e85. My Supra went on to run a 10.3 @ 135mph in the 1/4 mile and made 635 wheel horse power. We originally started looking for Foxbody Mustangs around two years ago for my wife as a car of her own to build. We went and look at a couple different mustangs when we finally stumbled upon a local Mercury Capri for sale. At first we were very against buying the Capri not knowing all the Mustang suspension and a lot of the parts would swap right over. After being convinced by two of our very close friends to at least go and look at the car we fell in love with it. Based on business cards we found while taking the car apart it was originally from California. The previous owners before us had purchased it for a father/son project. We still keep in touch with them and they've been extremely thrilled with the work we've put into the car.
Our original plan for the car was for my wife to build it on her own and learn along the way. We had picked up a 2jzge out of a Lexus Sc300 to get her started. These plans were spoiled soon after when we made a joint decision to take the engine and transmission out of my Supra and transplant it into the Capri. This was due to all the extra goodies I already had on my car. My wife still got to learn a lot and put a ton of wrench time in with me. The engines a 190,000 mile stock short block 2jzgte. The top end has a set of GSC S2 cams and springs. Power adders on the car consist of a Garrett GT4294 turbo and a Nitrous Outlet nozzle kit used for spool only. The cars on E85 pump gas and is tuned with AEM V2 by boosted performance in Iowa. We have a built Chevy Th400 transmission moving the car. It has an ATF speed valve body and trans brake built at Brevard Discount Transmission in Florida. The rear end is just a simple 31 spline 8.8 with a 3.31 gear built by one of my close friends .
When we originally picked up the car it was a completely stock chassis 1982 Mercury Capri. The engine and transmission consisted of a stock 302 with headers and a 4 speed manual transmission. We drove the car for around a year before taking it apart and starting on the transplant. Aside from the 2jzgte and Th400 transplant into the car we made many other changes as well. The car was converted from a 4 lug wheel setup to a 5 lug wheel setup. We put a set of Dark Star drag wheels on the car with slicks. The suspension was also upgraded to a tubular k member and coilovers up front. The rear suspension received upgraded upper and lower control arms, adjustable shocks, sub frame connectors and an anti-roll bar. We spent some time also changing some of the interior pieces. We retrofitted a Racepak along with a few other misc gauges. The car also received a set of Corbeau fixed back race seats. We have a number of things were hoping to improve in the near future. The car will receive a 10 point mild steel Wolfe Race Craft cage and harnesses. We also plan on adding double adjustable upper control arms to help improve traction.
Our goal with the car was to have the ability to drive it to and from the drag strip while running a 9 second 1/4 mile pass. We have not been to the track yet. We hope to run the 9 second pass this season. I hope to be able to drive the car to and from the track in 2016.
I have so many shout outs to give I hope I don't miss anyone! No way we could of gotten the car together without everyone's help. First and foremost a big shout out to my wife Staci. For having the idea to build the car and keeping me going when times got tough. Chris Pedone at Brevard Discount Transmission and Auto Center LLC for putting us together a sick th400 transmission. Chris Johnson for putting together a stout 8.8 rear end. Graham Gaylord at boosted performance tuning for tuning the car. Eric at E-fab for all the fantastic fabrication work I couldn't do. My dad for helping me fabricate the engine mounts. All my really close friends for coming over and lending me a hand on numerous occasions. Everyone's help is greatly appreciated.