A few months ago, Thomas LB808 Labanon bought a couple of Toyota 22RE engine kits from me. He was happy with the purchase, and asked what other engines I cast. I have a few completed scratchbuilt engines in my collection, and names them off. He wanted one of my Toyota 2T-C engines, but unfortunately, my molds were old and tired. He told me to hit him back up when I had some new molds made, and was ready to start casting.
Fast forward a few months, and I have my resin, and silicone, but after looking at my master, I saw a few details that I could improve on. So instead of immersing the parts in silicone, I decided to rework a few things. Then, after a few more days, I decided to finish what I started, and fab up the complete (...well, almost complete) Toyota "T" series engine line-up. This time, I would work backwards and start off with Toyota's final street incarnation...the 3T-GTE turbo engine. This engine powered the early 1980's Toyota Celica's to victory on the European ralley circuit, and was also the base for Toyota's TRD 4T-GTE engine that powered all of Toyota's group/formula cars in the early 1980's before being replaced by the 503E engine.
Here's a recap of the fab process of the 2/3T-C engine:
I started it all off by mastering three head blanks...one for each major version the the twin cam engines:
Next, I fabbed up two different valve cover blanks to represent what I need to make all of the engine versions:
Toyota used the same basic block for all of these engines, so I'll be using my original block master as the base, and making subtle changes to the cast copies for my new masters...why re-invent the wheel, f I have something that already works?
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