View Full Version : Dan's Celica overhaul (with pics)

10-21-2007, 06:08 AM
Hey all -

It's been awhile since I've been on here much. I finally graduated from college, and I now have a full time job working as a systems developer for a multi-national software company. So, I finally have some money to fix up the car. I really like the car, so I decided to put some money into fixing it up as opposed to buying a new one. I'd thought I'd share some of my progress.

First thing I wanted to do was some body work... There was some rust on my driver's side around the wheel arch and rocker panel. The rust was worse than I expected, as some of it was obscured by the mudflap. Interestingly, the passenger side of my car shows no signs of rust at all, and I have been keeping an eye on it now that I know where to look. I also had a dent in my hood from 2 winters ago from when a group of drunk people thought throwing snowballs at passing cars was a good idea. Finally, I also wanted to repaint the front bumper, as it was looking grungy from rock chips.

I took apart the interior myself, no point in paying a shop to do something I can do myself. Plus I wanted to work on some other things while the car was apart.

The usual quarter panel rust.

Rocker panel rust under the door

I went to unscrew the mudflap, but instead ended up making this big hole.

This dent is the result of someone throwing a snowball at my car while I was going 40mph. Stupid drunk people.

Rock chips on the front bumper.

The shop that did the work took some pictures for me while it was in there.




They had to weld patches in here.

And here.

New panel

Mostly finished the body work.

I got the car back from the body shop about a week ago, and then it went to my dad's friend, who is a Toyota master mechanic. Usually I would do this work myself, but I have no experience with suspension stuff, and I got a price I just couldn't turn down. He put in new struts all-around. I got KYB's in the back. I ended up having to buy Toyota struts for the front. Initially, he put the KYB inserts in the front, but they rattled around alot for whatever reason, so I opted to get pre-assembled Toyota struts for the front instead. I'm a bit disappointed in the results of the new struts. It handles better than it did before, but not as well as I'd hoped it would. That said, the ride is so much smoother than before.

Tomorrow's project is attacking some of the surface rust in my spare tire well with some POR-15. I'll post some pics of that as it progresses. In the next few weeks, I'm going to put in new brakes all around - new calipers, pads, hoses, etc. After that, new boots for the axles, as those are pretty deteriorated. Finally, a new exhaust as some of the baffles in the muffler are rattling now. The exhaust might not happen until next spring, as I don't want to put too much money into this all at once. Ah, the joys of having a 15 year old car. If only Celicas weren't so addicting...

If anybody has any suggestions or comments, please let me know.

Corey Darling
10-21-2007, 06:45 AM
Wow, thats appears to have turned out very well. I've never seen a rust repair like that before. Cool :)

+1 for resurecting a celica :)

10-21-2007, 06:57 AM
Looking good!

I wonder how much the new quarters cost.

10-21-2007, 07:00 AM
I wonder how much the new quarters cost.


$819 is the list price for the parts. They quoted me about 20 hours labor for cutting, welding and paint.

10-21-2007, 07:03 AM
nice blue Celi!

10-21-2007, 11:39 AM
damn looking really nice, great job that thing is like showroom condition. there was a guy locally selling the whole quarter like that new for 200 on craigslist.

10-21-2007, 05:01 PM

I need both quarters. I could weld in patch panels, but damn a whole quarter just looks so much easier.

I am have been pondering cutting some GT-S quarter and modifying them to fit.

10-21-2007, 05:33 PM
What did they charge you for labor? I have to get this done to my alltrac.

Looks really nice!!

10-21-2007, 05:53 PM
looks real good man!