View Full Version : Restoring Wrecked 6th Gen

10-15-2007, 05:39 PM
Hello everyone, I'm a new owner of a 1995 Toyota Celica GT Convertible. Sadly the previous owner bounced it into a highway divider and then drove it back home on a bad rim.

The good news, I got it on the cheap, the frame damage is very minor(owner says it still drives well and the previous owner is a relative). The body Damage is isolated to just the rear quarterpanel(dents) and the Front and Rear Bumper.

The Bad News: driving it on the shelled out rim has destroyed the rear suspension. needs an entirely new strut, Sway bar, and Front Control Arm. Here's some pics of the damage that I'm focusing on to get the car drivable:

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This is the entire wheel well, doesn't look as bad in this pic but you can see the nasty gouge in the strut casing.

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Close up of the wheel area, Gouge is a little clearer.

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Here you can see the bent Sway bar below left, and the mounting nut. You can't see but half the mounting nut is missing, but there is a burr on the end of the threads on that making removal difficult.

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A picture of the Front Control Arm, as you can see it's in 2 pieces.

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Pic of the swaybar again, I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to bend like that...

so that's all the tablebreaking images of the Damage that I have. Right now I'm having some difficulty getting the control arms detached from the knuckle, it's attached with 19mm bolts, what kind of tools should I be looking at? I'm assuming Penetrating Fluid and perhaps a breaker bar, any suggestions? and good ideas on places to go for suspension parts? I'm going to be checking with local junk yards to see if there's anything they have, but I'm also worried about having to pull the parts myself especially if I'm having that much trouble with my own car.

More good news on the car: less than 75k miles, Convertible top, new sound system package installed by owner. had a valve cover gasket leak but otherwise is in great mechanical shape, no body rust except in the places that have just recently been made exposed(just need to sand and prime those and should be awesome).

More pics of the damage to come if there is interest. Input on fixing this suspension appreciated.

10-15-2007, 08:20 PM
to be honest that dosent look that bad, looks like your in the right direction to fix it though, with the fluid and the breaker bar, should come off with some good force but not to much if its really stuck, maybe some electic tools?? good luck in the junk yard! 75,000 miles awesome!

10-15-2007, 08:38 PM
heh, doesnt seem like the previous owner was that bright when it comes to cars lol still, I agree, it doesnt look too bad, but still gonna be a bit of work. They are great cars though, mines a 5th gen needin a good bit of loving but I find it worth it

10-15-2007, 09:31 PM
it's a good project at the least. it'll be worth the effort in the end. good luck!