For most of us, it’s a phrase we heard countless times as a kid: “When you grow up, you could be anything you wish to be.” All through grade school as well as during college, we’re constantly reminded that people should be pursuing a career we don’t dread getting out of bed for each morning. But what number of us actually see that dream become a reality? Philip Yeung of Spoolin’ Performance has succeeded in taking the leap and building a career from what he enjoys doing most: making cars go fast.
With a very early age, Philip got his start turning wrenches in the driveway with his brother. Acting being an unofficial apprentice of sorts, he spent as much time as possible working alongside his older brother, learning the tricks of the trade. Eventually, a good friend of Philip’s inherited a Honda Civic from a relative. Naturally, his first response to this news was to come to Philip for inspiration and advice. They decided to turbocharge the car, even though they had very little cash to use. With the support and help of his friend’s father, Philip managed to borrow a welder and start fabricating, because of this. To say he was hooked would be a massive understatement.
It absolutely was the experience of creating and modifying this inherited Honda that eventually triggered Philip fabricating turbo kits, exhaust manifolds, and other items for friends on the weekend in his leisure time. Despite the long and often inconvenient hours, Philip was bringing in more cash than nearly all of his friends working regular jobs, and best of all, he was doing something he loved.
1995 toyota supra nardi deep corn steering wheeltrial and error working odd jobs, Philip decided to pursue his desire for automotive fabrication and opened his own shop called Spoolin’ Performance. Although the company focuses on Acura and Honda turbo kits, Spoolin’ has expanded throughout the years, becoming more than familiar with Toyota Supras and V8-swapped RX7s.
This brings us to the beautiful example of the MKIV Supra you see before you decide to. You might be asking yourself, How could a young driveway mechanic move from piecing together homemade turbo kits to owning just about the most expensive and sought after Japanese platforms in the ’90s? The solution? A massive amount of dedication and years ofsweat and blood, and tears. When Philip made a decision to purchase this specific Supra from the friend, the automobile was essentially in shambles. It had made its way from shop to shop over the years, plus it seemed how the more people who tried their hand at perfecting the automobile, the worse off it had been. Hacked up body panels, botched wiring, and a number of less-than-quality paintjobs had left this Supra in bad shape. It would have been easy to walk away and most people would have-but Philip saw the potential.
Not long after he bought the auto, a cracked oil pan resulted in engine failure. Keen to begin righting the wrongs that had been committed, Philip had an entire bottom end assembled using the best components available. Unfortunately, the store that assembled the engine made some critical mistakes, and the complete forged bottom end that had just been built let go lower than 10 miles after it absolutely was completed. Frustrated, Philip understandably decided to take a rest from the car. Being placed in a corner of the warehouse for more than a year before it was finally revisited, the Supra took a back seat to other builds at the shop.
With motivation to tackle the project restored, Philip removed the blown motor and sent the chassis over to his father’s shop, Almaden Collision, in SanCalifornia and Jose, where he convinced his dad to re-spray the car’s exterior and engine bay whilst the motor was out. After countless hours of sanding and bodywork to remove remnants of other body shops’ failed attempts at a paintjob, the automobile was sprayed a vivid hue of red borrowed from the Yamaha R1. “At first, the paint was actually a bit loud for me, but in the sun colour pops. From the shade colour settles down, and that’s how I such as the car. It’s kind of like my personality: When I want to keep to myself, I can-but when I want to be loud, I’m within your face,” Philip explains. In addition to the color change, several subtle exterior components were added to toughen things up without going too within the top. The Modelista Designs front bumper flows well with the Stillen side skirts and Do-Luck cowl hood. Out back, the factory spoiler was ditched in favor of a much more subtle carbon-fiber lip spoiler, also from Modelista designs. These simple but effective changes give the perfect amount of balance to the flashy red paint, maintaining a clean but menacing appearance.
Though it had been a bit less painful to think about, Philip continued to grow fed up with seeing the car sitting around. Still disheartened by the previous engine failures, he made a decision to try a different approach. At this moment, he just wanted to enjoy driving the auto without working with reliability issues. Keeping things simple, Philip picked up a used 2JZ with a factory bottom end. After removing the head and taking it to Dave’s Engine and Machine for any performance valve job, the engine was reassembled together with the factory bottom end left intact. To his delight, the compression numbers were good all over the board. One might suspect that things stayed tame from this point forward, but that couldn’t be farther away from the truth. Philip fabricated a number of custom parts for the 2JZ through Spoolin’ Performance, such as a unique twin scroll bottom mount turbo manifold-something that had previously not been noticed in the Supra community. A BorgWarner S366 turbocharger was installed, in addition to ato ensure the car to deal with turbo power. A TRD LSD was installed, housed within a complete six-speed rear end from your turbo model fed by way of a custom South Bay Driveline driveshaft. Naturally, a Getrag V160 six-speed transmission mated to the 2JZ via an RPS billet carbon twin disc clutch allows for smooth and reliable transfer of power. Lawrence Shipman tuned the vehicle via an AEM EMS, and also on E85, the Supra spun the rollers to the tune of 750 whp at 26 psi. The setup has remained reliable for more than 3 years while being abused constantly at both dragstrip and throughout daily use, proving how reliable and robust factory 2JZ engines are.
No Supra would be complete without a meaty wheel and tire setup, and Philip’s car does not disappoint. For street duty, a set of massive 18×10- and 18×11-inch staggered CCW classics wrapped in wide Toyo R888 rubber ensure that as much power as possible is delivered to the pavement. At the dragstrip, a pair of Weld racing wheels with Hoosier slicks are swapped onto the car. To fit this setup, the stock NA Supra rear brakes were left in position, allowing the small-diameter wheels to remove the calipers.
In the end, Philip’s decision to adopt a leap of faith and follow his passion for fabrication has paid off. He’s got a beautiful demonstration of a Toyota Supra that proudly showcases some of his company’s innovation and fabrication skill, though not only has Spoolin’ Performance taken off.