Mark @ CMB Autos, your bound to have some input to this!
Just recently brought a 96 Glanza V fully forged with a hybrid turbo running 1.2 bar boost. Had her 3 days and the turbo seals went, had the turbo rebuilt by turbo technics, put her back together and then 3 days later came of an island in 2nd changed at 4000rpm into 3rd and *BANG* crank gave way and put a nice sizeable hole in my sump and covered the A5 in bits of engine and oil wooops! Starting to wonder if ive been done over! O well I stil love her!
Haven't quite had the turnout I was expecting, for anybody who reads this and subsequently has an engine fail can you please take photos or get your mechanic to take photos during the tear down phase! This is the only way that we can really learn from other peoples failures.
Nice idea dude. I didnt get any pics of the first engine but ive got a few of the forged. You mentioned std in your first post but o well. Looking at other peoples misfortune usually makes me not feel alone when mine lets go.
Now it gets fun....and expensive.
Did you ever work out why it was torching gaskets? First one could probably be explained by a rooted injector causing a single cylinder lean out, not too sure on the issues you had down the line.. what sort of fuel pump were you running?
Were you using OEM or aftermarket head gaskets? I've heard (and seen) some pretty stunning differences in quality between OEM toyota and 'reputable' aftermarket brand names around Australasia
Just FYI - if the oil light comes on in a starlet, it's pretty much already to late. Later toyotas came equipped with a low oil level warning light which is FAR more useful, unfortunately for us, too little too late.