Understood by Few, Respected by All

Craig Higa

With dedication and perseverance, anything is possible.

1988 Toyota Supra (MKIII)

I decided to buy this Supra in 12/1996. As a second car, I was not planning on spending a lot of money. At the time, I really wanted a second generation SW20, MR2; these were out of my price range. I never looked into a turbo MA70, Supra, I just figured the turbo would make the cost of insurance way too high. Looking back, I wish I did now. I guess you can call it fate, but I ended up with a N/A, MA70, Supra.

I started this project in May of 2008. It had been in garage storage for the past 9 years. I would only take it out for a smog check every two years. We’ll with “Free Storage”, there is a price. This is when I discovered a family member was using the Supra’s roof as a step ladder. At the top of the windshield, there was a series of dents, (looks like from a knee) about 2 feet across. I was in shock. Before this, I would have to say the body was in excellent condition. This is when I decided to bring it home and start working on it. I was planning on doing routine maintenance. Just spark plugs, wires, belts, and hoses. I have to say, “I really strayed off of that path”.

Why Non- Turbo?
“Who would invest all of the time and money into a non-turbo Supra?”
Short answer, “My Supra was born without a turbo.” While I do desire for more horsepower, I’m good with the car the way it is. I hope my build inspires others that you don’t need “hundreds” of horsepower to have a great car.
In the end, this is why I left my Supra non-turbo, “It’s a one of a kind build.”

Special thanks’ to the following.
Karen, my wife, she has supported me through this build, and for the countless hours of sitting around at meets, and shows. My Dad, for teaching me to take pride in my work. The guys in the machine shop, you know who you are.

Driftmotion, Aaron and Mary Kahn. (
Work Wheels USA, Allen Hsu. (
Meguiar’s Automotive Products. (

Bored 0.50 mm oversize
Eagle connecting rods
NPR pistons
ARP head and main studs
Clevite 77 bearings
Driftmotion 7MGTE upgraded oil pump
Head, ported and polished, by Port Flow Designs
BC valve springs and titanium retainers
Fidanza timing gears
Gates Racing timing belt
clear ATI timing belt cover.
Polished intake manifolds
custom intake pipe with silicon couplers
Jet Hot ceramic coated.
Fuel lines updated with braided stainless steel lines, from BMRS, and Earl’s Supply.
Beech Performance power steering reservoir with BMRS, SS lines, and Earl’s cooler. Custom PCV filter and machined aluminum mount with BMRS, SS lines.
Gates Racing belts and hoses.
ARP, 12 point stainless steel fasteners, original stressed fasteners re-plated with silver cadmium.
Non stressed fasteners replaced with stainless steel.

Drive Train:
Fidanza aluminum flywheel
ACT clutch
Shaftmasters one piece aluminum drive shaft.

Ported exhaust manifold
Jet Hot ceramic coated, 2.5″ cat back exhaust
Magna Flow muffler

Wheels and tires:
Work Wheels, VS-XX. Front 18 x 8.5″, +40, Rear 18 x 9.5″, +39. Continental Tire, ExtremeContact DW, Front-245/40, Rear-275/35. Project Kics, Caliber 24 lug nuts, ARP wheel studs.

Front, Arizona Performance BBK, Wilwood 4 piston caliper, 13.0″ rotor. Rear, Power Slot rotors, Stop Tech pads, Goodrich SS brake lines.

Tein Flex coil overs with Electronic Damping Force Controller.
Rebuilt front and rear “A” arms with Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings, and powder coated. Suspension Techniques sway bars
Suprasport stainless steel traction arms
Cusco, rear strut tower brace.

Custom leather and suede interior, seats, and door panels. Autometer Elite oil pressure, and temp gauges.
Momo steering wheel and shift knob, custom aluminum pedals by Ultimate Pedals. Pioneer AVH-6300BT, head unit with GPS.
HalGuard, clean agent fire extinguisher.

Stock body, repainted in the original 1988 Toyota color, 8E3.
New Toyota window trim, and seals.
Headlights updated to Truck-Lite, LED.