Just over a year ago, we met Ray Abeleda through his R32 GT-R build, which we featured and highlighted as sort of a break from the norm, given Abeleda’s well-thought-out and patient approach. As content as he was with that Skyline build (who could blame him?), something was pushing him to move on to another project. After mulling it over, the legendary Nissan was put up for sale in order to make room for this 1993 toyota supra RZ.

Letting Go

It’s never an easy decision when it comes to parting ways with a project car, especially with a rolling icon like the R32, but after an influx of similar builds began popping up on local streets and various events, Abeleda was ready to let go. Truth be told, even before the car went up for sale, he’d already reached out to Chris Driver of Driver Motorsports, the same company that found his Skyline. He added, “I asked Chris to help me source an unfinished, ‘needs-a-good-amount-of work’ type of project where I could change everything myself, with my own vision. I’m a firm believer in built-not-bought, so finding a completed car built by someone else was not an option.”

Driver Motorsports tracked down this RZ through another dealer located in Oregon, and the moment the paperwork was signed for the sale of the GT-R, the Supra was on its way home. Once it arrived, Abeleda took inventory of the car and noted a lengthy list of shortcomings.

“It was originally silver but was poorly fitted with a Bomex kit and Wangan style spoiler, then resprayed with a single-stage gunmetal off a Mitsubishi Lancer,” he recalled. “The engine had great compression but had multiple leaks. It was a factory six-speed, converted to single turbo but on an old, tired HKS kit running a bit funky on a badly tuned Link ECU. It had multiple inoperable gauges and sensors and broken solders on several interior electronics—it was the perfect canvas for a project.”

Total Tune Up

The non-operable gauges and sensors were replaced with fresh AEM and STACK versions and some intricate solder-work was done to repair some of the accompanying electronics. Under the hood, those pesky leaks were completely cured with fresh factory gaskets and seals, and while in surgery, a new water pump, timing belt, and thermostat were installed in the name of reliability. Further upgrades included a new Koyorad radiator with PHR radiator hose kit and an ETS intercooler with custom four-inch piping to make sure proper temps were maintained. The turbo that came with the car was retired and replaced with a much younger Precision 6766 turbo. The brand’s blow-off valve was also added. Abeleda’s friend, Ben of Freed Engineering, worked the keyboard on the dyno and found the new build put down a healthy 500 horses at the wheels on pump gas.

Getting the Supra to run safely without any leaks while the electronics onboard relayed vitals correctly was the first major hurdle of the build. Feeling like he’d completed his initial checklist, Abeleda decided the car’s aesthetic was next to be addressed. The Bomex kit the car arrived wearing was on its last leg and was pulled off in favor of a Ridox-style front bumper, fender panels that sit atop Twin Z Designs side skirts, and Bomex rear spats. A TRD rear spoiler completes the back with a Seibon TS carbon fiber hood capping off the front. Like his R32, Abeleda doesn’t reach for the same wheels that every other builder does and instead opted for a set of 19-inch K-Break Hybreed Fivestas wrapped in sticky Toyo Proxes R888R.

That’s a Wrap

That single-stage paint applied by a previous owner wasn’t worth trying to save, so Abeleda dedicated some time to sanding the entire car down in order to prep the body for a complete vinyl wrap. Prestige Auto Design applied Avery Dennison’s new Mysterious Indigo Metallic to tie the car’s new exterior look together.

Not wanting to leave out the cabin, a set of Recaro Tomcats were bolted in place and the factory wheel ditched for a yellow-stitched suede Personal unit. That touch of yellow carries over to the custom shifter and parking brake boots, and it plays off of the yellow and black pattern on the seats. Not unlike his approach to the Skyline, Abeleda’s upgrades both inside and out are calculated and tie into one another seamlessly.

Would you ever give up Nissan’s early 1990s flagship in lieu of Toyota’s perennial hero car? For Abeleda, the trade-off has certainly been worth it.

Photos Courtesy of Dan DeGuzman

1993 toyota supra RZ

Owner: Ray Abeleda

Instagram: @kyddo112

Engine: Precision T4 6766, 50mm blow-off valve; HKS turbo manifold, downpipe, 50mm wastegate, Hi-Power exhaust system; carbon fiber 4.0-inch intake; ETS intercooler, 4.0-inch intercooler piping; Freed Engineering catch can kit; DEI heat wrap; Walbro 450 lph fuel pump; ID1050 injectors; Titan fuel rail; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; Dress-up Bolts titanium hardware; Koyo radiator, cap; Retrospec carbon cooling plate

Power: 550 whp

Drivetrain: V160 six-speed trans; OS Giken clutch

Suspension: Tein Flex Z coilovers; Garage Whiftbitz shock tower cover

Braking: OEM LS400 calipers; R1 Concepts slotted discs; EBC “Red” pads

Wheels and Tires: K-Break Hybreed Fivesta 19 x 9 +32 front, 19 x 10 +23 rear; Toyo Proxes R888R 245/35 front, 285/35 rear

Exterior: Avery Dennison Mysterious Indigo Metallic wrap by Prestige Auto Design; Shine Auto front bumper, splitter; Twin Z Designs side skirts, splitter; Ridox style fender panel; Bomex rear spats; TRD rear spoiler; Seibon TS carbon fiber hood; Aerocatch hood pins; Dress Up Bolts titanium hood pin kit; custom rear diffuser

Interior: Recaro Tomcats; Nardi Personal 350 mm; Dress Up Bolts titanium steering wheel kit; yellow stitched shift boot, parking brake boot

Thank You: Thank you to my understanding and supportive wife Joyce and our two sons, Devin and Landon. Thank you to Dan DeGuzman (@autolista) for always taking amazing photos of the car, even on short notice. Thank you to the Snyder Family, Tony Nguyen, and our Garage Special Crew. Thank you to Ben Freed at Freed Engineering, Jamie Sherin from On the Road Tires, Affy and Fernando from Prestige Auto Design, Chris Driver from Driver Motorsports for sourcing the car for me, Seth and all of the Dress Up Bolts family, and Matt and Super Street for the opportunity for a feature.

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