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VikingJZ
05-15-2009, 05:49 AM
After several months of deliberation as to sell my 1992 Lexus SC300, I came to the conclusion that the SC would need more work than I was willing to put into it.


So, I started hunting. I spent months deciding what to buy. Another Volvo? Some sort of Celica? I didn't know.


Then, I found a first gen Celica. I had been wanting another since I had to part out my 72 due to rust and an electrical fire. The guy that had it told me up and down everything that was wrong with it (which isn't much).


On the day I was originally supposed to go get it, he said it wasn't getting power. So, as a recommendation from Andy, we figured out it was the fusible link.

Then, the car wouldn't start. The guy put a new starter in it, and it ran.




I picked it up tonight; May 14, 2009. When I met the guy, I checked the car over pretty well. The underside of the car has no rust to speak of. And, overall, the car only has a few spots of easy to fix surface rust.


It isn't a Lexus by any means, but its fun to drive and suits my tastes.

So far, the car needs:

---Minor rust work
---Carb tuning
---Headliner reinstalled
---Valve cover gasket
---Dash pad
---A few minor things


It rides smoothly, shifts great, and is overall a nice car.


I will have pictures this weekend.

Grot
05-15-2009, 05:55 AM
:worthless

andy
05-15-2009, 06:38 AM
told you it would work out

ciento44
05-15-2009, 11:41 AM
Aaron... keep an eye out for a 1g shell for me, would you? Would prefer a notch.

PICS!!!

k.beaty
05-15-2009, 12:59 PM
Pics Nao!!!!

tuner4life
05-15-2009, 05:54 PM
It is in great shape. condition > 9000

celica1990gts
05-15-2009, 08:21 PM
:worthless
:stupid:

andy
05-15-2009, 08:26 PM
Im sittinf in the dmv trying to get a tag for mine!

VikingJZ
05-16-2009, 03:19 PM
Aaron... keep an eye out for a 1g shell for me, would you? Would prefer a notch.

PICS!!!


You must be joking.....

Do you realize how rare a first gen is east of the Rockies? Especially in the Mighty Midwest!

But check out these classic Toyotas:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/cto/1172916571.html

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/1162630606.html

I'm uploading pics nao

VikingJZ
05-16-2009, 03:19 PM
http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/7834/ (http://img30.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1003413.jpg)
http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/339/ (http://img268.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1003414c.jpg)
http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/1830/ (http://img199.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1003415.jpg)
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/1355/ (http://img195.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1003416.jpg)
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/862/ (http://img194.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1003417.jpg)http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/7834/1003413.jpg


http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/339/1003414c.jpg


http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/1830/1003415.jpg





http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/1355/1003416.jpg



After wash and wax:


http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/1876/1003418.jpg


http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/2358/1003419.jpg


http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/1876/ (http://img41.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1003418.jpg)
http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/2358/ (http://img40.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1003419.jpg)
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/3195/ (http://img38.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1003420.jpg)

Ryan
05-16-2009, 03:47 PM
Needs moar slamage.

VikingJZ
05-16-2009, 04:23 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/16-8-XXR-513-rims-wheels-Gun-Metal-Scion-Xb-Miata-E30_W0QQitemZ290316021549QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors _Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item43982eef2d&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A1171|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318


Those are the rims I want.

I think they'd look sick.

I have to figure out if they'll fit.

I don't want 15's. Its only an inch bigger than stock.

GT4SOM
05-16-2009, 05:42 PM
Thats a pretty good find!

VikingJZ
05-16-2009, 05:43 PM
Anyone got any ideas if a 0 offset will fit the car?

What tire size will fit the car well enough?

85gtsblackman
05-16-2009, 07:08 PM
should

3rd gen gts/supra wheels are 8 offset to give u an idea and my sportmaxx wheels on my gts are 0 offset

VikingJZ
05-16-2009, 07:34 PM
Think I'll have to roll the fenders?

Shadowlife25
05-16-2009, 07:42 PM
Seems like you lucked out on this car Aaron.:) Take care of her.

VikingJZ
05-16-2009, 08:18 PM
oh you have no idea Mario.

I'm absolutely in love with the damn thing.

I mean, like I've said before, it isn't all bling bling like the SC was, but its worth it.

I had it parked out in front of the store today, and there were kids taking pictures of it on their phones.

Some older people were peeking in the windows too.

Makes me feel good.


I think the 0 offsets are going to fit.

I mean, what I've gathered is that with a +15 you need like a 5mm spacer and longer studs.

Then, there are guys running -8 offsets and you have to roll the fenders.

Addtionally, there are guys running pulled and rolled fenders with -20 offsets.

I think the rim itself will fit fine, I just can't decide on 15's or 16's.

15's are only an inch larger than stock.

hmm...idk.

Slider
05-16-2009, 08:31 PM
Hot, looks good man :bigthumbu

VikingJZ
05-16-2009, 08:33 PM
Thanks bro!



I'm just waiting on someone with a first gen to confirm my wheel specs so I don't order something and go "Oh shit..."

cbarett251
05-16-2009, 09:48 PM
Sweet, that is teh secks right there!
On the wheels: You will definitely have more tire choices with a 15. I like the look of the third gen wheels on the 1st gens though. As far as changing to longer studs and using spacers. The studs were a pain in teh azz on the 3rd gen front. don't know on the first gens but the 3rd gen involved removing the whole hub.
Anyways, CONGRATULATIONS! Classic Celica FTW!!!! :bigthumbu

VikingJZ
05-17-2009, 05:41 PM
Sweet, that is teh secks right there!
On the wheels: You will definitely have more tire choices with a 15. I like the look of the third gen wheels on the 1st gens though. As far as changing to longer studs and using spacers. The studs were a pain in teh azz on the 3rd gen front. don't know on the first gens but the 3rd gen involved removing the whole hub.
Anyways, CONGRATULATIONS! Classic Celica FTW!!!! :bigthumbu

I hear that.

I found the rims I want though, and that's the 16x8.

Such as the way this car looks here, but I think they're 16X7 judging by the tire size


I think the 8's will fit though

VikingJZ
05-23-2009, 04:53 PM
I have confirmed that a 0 offset will fit the car flush.

The only issue is tire size now.

There's a guy running 205/55/16 on a 16" wheel but I do not know the offset or rim width.

How much of an issue do you all think this is going to present?

I'm trying to go unique with this and not just get third gen GTS rims like most first gen owners.

VikingJZ
05-30-2009, 10:37 PM
UPDATE:

So, I have waxed the car, then used a clay bar, and then waxed immediately after.

But, the hood, roof, and hatch wouldn't come completely clean.

I found this stuff by Meguiar's (name not remembered). Its basically like a color back. I did a few sections and they all came back the same.

It looks HOT

Anyway, here are a few updated shots after the clay bar (not color backed yet).

I am using the rims from Tuner4Life's 85 GTS vert.


http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/2393/2011491.jpg



http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/1460/2011493.jpg



http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/227/2011494.jpg




http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/264/2011484.jpg



http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/7884/2011481.jpg




I know a few of the pics are similar, but I was messing around with the settings on my mom's camera to see what I liked better.


Enjoy!

Shadowlife25
05-31-2009, 01:59 AM
Looking good sir! :D

CriScO
05-31-2009, 09:13 AM
Looking good sir! :D
X2. Nice job man.

VikingJZ
06-01-2009, 06:13 AM
Tenx guise.

I'm really pleased and amazed at how good of condition the paint is on this car.

goretro77
06-02-2009, 12:11 AM
have you noticed that little click you hear when you apply the brakes? Love it.

Personally I would keep it at 15" max for the rims and I have run 215/60s and 205/55s before without rubbing.

RedRkt01
06-02-2009, 12:52 AM
Hey Aaron.....check out the thread on Whiteline stuff in my forum. I have all kinds of neat stuff for your car that is about to go bye-bye. Still working on those springs for ya.....kinda hard to get stuff done when we share 3 days of the work week with Oz.

Cavanagh
06-02-2009, 02:34 AM
I love the car! and i think those rims 85 GTS rims looks good on it!

goretro77
06-02-2009, 02:45 AM
I love the car! and i think those rims 85 GTS rims looks good on it!

Used to have those rims/tires on it but hated that the 225s would rub on the strut housings.

andy
06-02-2009, 03:02 AM
i love my brake relay click!

goretro77
06-02-2009, 03:37 AM
I used to hide my braking points using this click. Ae86 would try to hang with me but when you hide your true braking point by using your left foot to brake, you hear/feel the click to activate the rear brake lights but your not actually applying real braking pressure (yet), keep giving it throttle with the right foot as your setting up a false indication of where your braking zone begins. This causes havoc with your opponent behind you since he does not see your true braking point. Then deeper into the braking zone you apply real brake pressure but the car in the rear cannot see where you did this. Just something I did with the brake pedal relay click.

importrcr13
06-02-2009, 05:24 AM
ohh peanut butter guts :)

vip09
06-02-2009, 05:53 AM
Damn, that's one nice 1st gen!


I hear they are good at pushing Alltracs!

VikingJZ
06-02-2009, 06:51 AM
I had to give those rims back to Turner because he sold the third gen. :(

I really liked the way those looked over stock.


I'm eying a set of third gen GTS rims in Indy for $80 with tires:

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/pts/1192006646.html

They look clean. My problem now is that I don't have the funds to get them, but I really want them for temporary rims until I can get my good wheels.

I'm not opposed to having three sets of wheels. Essentially I am keeping the stock rims for the sole fact that they are in nice shape and original to the car, which is a nice nostalgic bit. I'd want to immediately make those rims polished to look like chrome, so I'd have to read into doing that and techniques involved. (But hey if anyone wants to donate to the cause that would rock!!) lol

There's a minty fresh set of Conquest/Starion rims at the local junk yard in their wheel barn for about $80 too, no tires. Shame, they're 5x114.3.

I may go with the 15's like some of you have said. Some of the cars I see with 16's do look oversized, and I think I wouldn't be able to lower the car. But, I do like the look of the 16's. Its a tough choice to me.

We'll see where this pans out over the next few weeks. If I can come across some cash I will probably pick up those GTS wheels and get them looking really nice.

This car deserves a nice, new set of shoes.

VikingJZ
06-02-2009, 06:51 AM
Oh and yes, I dig the brake relay click.

Over9000 year old technology!

VikingJZ
06-02-2009, 06:52 AM
Hey Aaron.....check out the thread on Whiteline stuff in my forum. I have all kinds of neat stuff for your car that is about to go bye-bye. Still working on those springs for ya.....kinda hard to get stuff done when we share 3 days of the work week with Oz.


Yeah, I know. I wish I had cash to buy stuff. I mean, if you have it in the fall when my financial aid kick-back from Purdue comes in, I'll be all over it, but I can't make promises really.

VikingJZ
06-02-2009, 07:04 AM
Jesus.

I wish I would have found this thread over on 1stGC earlier.

You have to register to see it, but this RA29 looks HOT.

15x7 Konig rewinds with a ZERO offset! So, yeah one inch less in the width department from the XXR rims.

Hmm...If I can get that guy's tire size, we'll be in business!

This car, with 8" wide wheels....will be hilariously awesome.

http://www.1stgencelica.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2525


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v28/Dickiesbike1/2009Celica001.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v28/Dickiesbike1/2009Celica003.jpg

He did what he called "sinking" the front bumper into the car more.

"Sinking the bumper requires taking the mounts off and drilling into the shock part right behind the 4-holed mount that the bumper itself attached too. Then you compress it in a vice and a bunch of white powdery stuff will come out. I'm not sure what it was but I was sure to wear a mask, gloves, and goggles just in case. The shock was pretty loose still so I covered the slider in rubber cement and slid it back in to keep it from coming back out. If it comes loose again I'm just going to run a screw into it to secure it. The fronts look way better compressed than the rears but it's just a temporary thing till we can afford some fiberglass http://www.1stgencelica.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_e_smile.gifys and shed the weight. I'm pretty proud of my mesh job over the blinker holes, they are incredible sturdy as they are held in by 4 bolts each side. I'm either going to route the blinker wires to the parking lights on either side of the headlight or put a generic blinker in behind the mesh"


I now want to do this to my car. I will be taking the rubber bumper things in the middle off this week once I figure out how to safely do it.

I want to do a rear smiley bumper and stock front bumper.

But I'm digging this sinking bumper dealio

goretro77
06-02-2009, 10:39 AM
Then there is the shark mod...
:sneak:


Jesus.

I wish I would have found this thread over on 1stGC earlier.

You have to register to see it, but this RA29 looks HOT.

15x7 Konig rewinds with a ZERO offset! So, yeah one inch less in the width department from the XXR rims.

Hmm...If I can get that guy's tire size, we'll be in business!

This car, with 8" wide wheels....will be hilariously awesome.

http://www.1stgencelica.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2525


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v28/Dickiesbike1/2009Celica001.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v28/Dickiesbike1/2009Celica003.jpg

He did what he called "sinking" the front bumper into the car more.

"Sinking the bumper requires taking the mounts off and drilling into the shock part right behind the 4-holed mount that the bumper itself attached too. Then you compress it in a vice and a bunch of white powdery stuff will come out. I'm not sure what it was but I was sure to wear a mask, gloves, and goggles just in case. The shock was pretty loose still so I covered the slider in rubber cement and slid it back in to keep it from coming back out. If it comes loose again I'm just going to run a screw into it to secure it. The fronts look way better compressed than the rears but it's just a temporary thing till we can afford some fiberglass http://www.1stgencelica.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_e_smile.gifys and shed the weight. I'm pretty proud of my mesh job over the blinker holes, they are incredible sturdy as they are held in by 4 bolts each side. I'm either going to route the blinker wires to the parking lights on either side of the headlight or put a generic blinker in behind the mesh"


I now want to do this to my car. I will be taking the rubber bumper things in the middle off this week once I figure out how to safely do it.

I want to do a rear smiley bumper and stock front bumper.

But I'm digging this sinking bumper dealio

RedRkt01
06-02-2009, 01:38 PM
Yeah, I know. I wish I had cash to buy stuff. I mean, if you have it in the fall when my financial aid kick-back from Purdue comes in, I'll be all over it, but I can't make promises really.

No worries and no promises needed. It'll probably be around in the fall. I'll figure out what is left in the US inventory and buy up bits that are running low. I already did that for some ST165 stuff.

VikingJZ
06-06-2009, 04:30 PM
I decided to smoked the front turn signal lenses and front side marker lights.

The side markers didn't turn out that well, so I'll be looking for a new set of lenses soon.

I like the way the turn signal lenses turned out.

I used NightShades on the inside of the lenses, that way I could polish the outside and have them look great.

After I get off of work today, I will be removing the middle bumper pads and license plate bracket from the front of the car to see what it looks like.

The back will get done as well.


<save for pics>

Ryan
06-07-2009, 03:50 AM
Is there any left in the can at all?

85gtsblackman
06-07-2009, 08:22 AM
u should get 3rd gen gts seats or mk2 seats.

btw i have a set of nice 14x7 factory gts rims, but im currently using them to help hold down a concrete slab so no wheels for u :wiggle:

VikingJZ
06-07-2009, 04:18 PM
Is there any left in the can at all?



I didn't really use much Lyan.

Ryan
06-08-2009, 02:30 AM
Well, I was just wondering diock. Take pics jew.

cbarett251
06-08-2009, 04:06 PM
I have an extra set of 14 x7's myself now. Of course I'm thing about painting one set, then I might get rid of the other, though I'm considering a set of comp Kumho's for autocross. 195/60R14.

85gtsblackman
06-08-2009, 06:07 PM
eh get 205/60/14s on the 14x7s

Cavanagh
06-08-2009, 08:23 PM
Errg! Should have left it stock looking!

VikingJZ
06-24-2009, 06:57 PM
Okay!


So, since I don't really have a camera right now, here is what has been done since the last batch:


--Smoked turn signals
--Smoked front and rear side marker lights.
--Breather filter
--Repainted oil cap bronze


I also took the wheels off and repainted them black. It makes the chrome stand out more I think.

Passenger side wheel wells are also black.

Front calipers are silver. Rear drums are black (I hate when people paint drums to match the calipers.)

CD player mounted under the dash.

I'm going to try and get pics today.

I don't reallly want to go outside much because its like 96 out and I'm not feeling that great anyway.

<Save for pics>

Ryan
06-24-2009, 08:35 PM
Okay!


So, since I don't really have a camera right now, here is what has been done since the last batch:


--Smoked turn signals
--Smoked front and rear side marker lights.
--Breather filter
--Repainted oil cap bronze


I also took the wheels off and repainted them black. It makes the chrome stand out more I think.

Passenger side wheel wells are also black.

Front calipers are silver. Rear drums are black (I hate when people paint drums to match the calipers.)

CD player mounted under the dash.

I'm going to try and get pics today.

I don't reallly want to go outside much because its like 96 out and I'm not feeling that great anyway.

<Save for pics>


I worked outside, in the sun, without shade, all day. Pansy.

Dont be hatin on my silver drums biotch.

I like the /b/lack wheels though.

VikingJZ
06-24-2009, 10:01 PM
I am waiting on my mom to email me pictures that I took of the car up town.

VikingJZ
07-25-2009, 07:34 AM
MOAR PICS:

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/429/2011962.jpg (http://img32.imageshack.us/i/2011962.jpg/) http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/2011962.jpg/1/w640.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img32/2011962.jpg/1/)


http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/7140/2011963.jpg (http://img20.imageshack.us/i/2011963.jpg/) http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/2011963.jpg/1/w640.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img20/2011963.jpg/1/)

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/827/2011965.jpg (http://img228.imageshack.us/i/2011965.jpg/)

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/535/2011966.jpg (http://img22.imageshack.us/i/2011966.jpg/) http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/2011966.jpg/1/w640.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img22/2011966.jpg/1/)

http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/8720/2011967.jpg (http://img188.imageshack.us/i/2011967.jpg/) http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/2011967.jpg/1/w640.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img188/2011967.jpg/1/)

http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/151/2011968.jpg (http://img505.imageshack.us/i/2011968.jpg/) http://img505.imageshack.us/img505/2011968.jpg/1/w640.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img505/2011968.jpg/1/)

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9876/2011969.jpg (http://img33.imageshack.us/i/2011969.jpg/) http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/2011969.jpg/1/w640.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img33/2011969.jpg/1/)



These were taken today at the Advance Auto cruise-in in town. Tuner4Life's 92 GT next to mine in some of the shots.

Please excuse the dirty spots....I just wiped the car off with a microfiber cloth and some spray detailer :hehe::hehe:

VikingJZ
07-25-2009, 07:38 AM
Stock rims are back on and painted black. The old gunmetal paint was chipped and had some minor surface rust. The black makes the chrome pop out much nicer than before and makes the car look a little nicer

CriScO
07-25-2009, 07:42 AM
Michigan? WTF?

VikingJZ
07-25-2009, 07:48 AM
That's where I got the car from.

Its had that plate on it since 76. Original bicentennial plate FTW. I'd like to find an Oregon 76 plate, but that's tough.

Still a tight ass plate though.

CriScO
07-25-2009, 07:52 AM
Ah, I see. I take it IN has no front plate provision. Damn Colorado and their front plate requirement...

VikingJZ
07-25-2009, 07:56 AM
No, IN does not have a front plate. They barely have a rear plate law...lol


They do have a Vanity plate thing where if you have a front plate from any state and it still has its reg. stickers on it, you can be ticketed for improper plating.

goretro77
07-25-2009, 11:32 AM
F___ing front plate ruins a beautiful '76 Celica. It would look better without the 'Toyota' on the front grill IMHO.
Damn plate. I like to take that front plate out to the shooting range and group a few shots into it.

VikingJZ
07-25-2009, 06:01 PM
I actually don't mind the plate.

But, when I get a chance I am removing the front bumper black pads and plate holder/plate itself; and then sinking the bumpers back for a flush fitment.

usp45
07-27-2009, 06:32 PM
I stick my front plate in the passenger corner of the windshield. Haven't caught any flak for it yet.

Nice 1st gen sir!

VikingJZ
07-27-2009, 09:39 PM
Tenks!

Tomorrow I am putting my Sirius in.

I need to get another car kit for my Volvo

Slider
07-28-2009, 04:44 PM
Sexy :bowdown:

You Indiana guys should come up to the Tire Rack on August 22nd. There's an autox there, I'll be there. :burn:

alwayzsidewayz
07-28-2009, 05:11 PM
very nice, love it, very cool looking!

presure2
07-28-2009, 06:13 PM
this fucking car is SEX on wheels.
i love it.

Ryan
07-30-2009, 04:10 PM
Sexy :bowdown:

You Indiana guys should come up to the Tire Rack on August 22nd. There's an autox there, I'll be there. :burn:


I might swing up there to chillax.

VikingJZ
08-03-2009, 06:40 AM
this fucking car is SEX on wheels.
i love it.

Donkey Shane kind sir!


Its a joy to drive. Compliments everywhere. I miss those rims, but the stock ones have grown on me since I painted them black. Just missing that one center cap....


And Slider...I'll try to come up there. Its a Saturday, and I usually work, but I'll see what I can do.



I just installed my Sirius receiver today after not having it in my cars since the Lexus was sold. I missed it! I'll post pics later today. Also got a set of seat covers to keep my back sweat free on hot days.

cbarett251
08-04-2009, 02:27 PM
Wow! The stock rims painted black win hard!

VikingJZ
08-12-2009, 07:22 AM
Sexy :bowdown:

You Indiana guys should come up to the Tire Rack on August 22nd. There's an autox there, I'll be there. :burn:


Unfortunately I will have to skip this one. I am moving into an apartment after work.

Slider
08-14-2009, 05:31 PM
Unfortunately I will have to skip this one. I am moving into an apartment after work.

That's cool, maybe some other time. Some issues have come up with the car last night anyways :brick: I'm not sure if I'm going to have the parts to get it ready by next Saturday.

VikingJZ
08-16-2009, 07:23 AM
Okay...I have decided on 15X8" rims.

Would a 205/50/15 tire fit on them okay? That's really the only size that can work with my car AND being able to find them

Slider
08-17-2009, 04:03 AM
Yeah they will be fine. A little bit of this will depend on the tire, not all 205 have the same width.

VikingJZ
08-17-2009, 05:59 AM
See one guy on the classic board says go with a 195/50/15

Just seems too skinny for an 8" wide wheel. But I know next to nothing about wheel and tire dimensions.


Right now, what I know, is that my model Celica is running a stock ride height with 15x7 Konig Rewinds with a 0 offset.

So my rims will be one inch wider, which won't make a huge difference.

Slider
08-17-2009, 01:27 PM
The 195 will probably look a little bit stretched, if you're into that sort of look then go for it. 205mm is roughly 8 inches so they would look perfect IMO. Not sure on your fender clearance, some people run smaller tires since bigger ones will rub on the fender. What offset are you going with?

Here's a Kumho XS 205/50/15 on a 8 inch rim.
http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p288/ej815/2.jpg

http://www.travisharrell.com/gallery/d/181289-2/P6214383.jpg

Again not all 205 tires will look exactly the same as they all have different widths.

VikingJZ
08-18-2009, 05:50 AM
Its going to be a 15X8 with a 0 offset.

This is my model car for my wheel set-up


http://www.1stgencelica.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2525&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=sink+bumpers


This guy has a 15X7 with a 0 offset.


So, I'd be one inch wider. he is running a 205/50/15 on a 7" rim, and it looks good!

gamerkiller3000
08-20-2009, 07:52 PM
WOW nice car man! I love the smoked lenses!!!! And you kept it clean! I love that part the most!!!!

VikingJZ
10-02-2009, 07:08 AM
I went ahead and ordered the XXR 513's in 15x8 with zero offset. I will be running 195/50/15 tires. 195 is about 7.65mm, which won't be too stretched at all.

Tonight I made some progress cleaning up the engine bay. It is not done by any means but is on its way.

I used bug and tar remover for the walls of the bay, only about half done though.

I painted the valve cover a dark emerald green metallic and polished the two lines and TOYOTA on the cover.

Additionally, I made use of an old 5th gen hatch cover. Ryan came up with the idea while we were just sitting in my garage. I wrapped the strings around a screw for an interior panel, and wedged the back lip in between part of the back seat. Not as convenient as in the 5th gen, but it covers my back area and allows me to put things underneath it without people seeing them. It looks great in the car. Not completely covering everything, but the cutouts are well enough to look like it could have been factory. To me anyway...

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/847/2012409.jpg


http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/5511/2012411.jpg


http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/3404/2012414.jpg


http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/8141/2012415.jpg

car
10-02-2009, 05:17 PM
I'm impressed at how well the hatch cover fits, but it's just the wrong color...

VikingJZ
10-03-2009, 06:04 AM
Yep...doesn't match the best.

My girlfriend's dad owns an upholstery business in Chicago.

He'll do anything I want for interior work as long as I buy the material and a six pack of beer...lol

VikingJZ
10-06-2009, 05:28 AM
Saturday I woke up early and got to the tire shop to have my rims and tires mounted and balanced.

My tires are a 195/50/15 Kumho Ecsta AST. They are a performance all season. Obviously not as grippy as my RE01-R's I had on my SC, but for this car, they work very well. Not to mention the price was very reasonable at $53 per tire. I picked them up at Tire Rack, which has their world headquarters in South Bend, IN about 30 minutes from my house. If you have never seen this building, it is AMAZING. If you stand in their shop and look down a row of tires on the shelf, you cannot see the opposite end of the building. Rumor has it that the building is roughly a quarter mile long.

My rims are the XXR 513 model in 15x8 with a zero offset. Gunmetal spokes with a polished lip. The fronts stick out a little more than I wanted, but the backs look great and overall are very nice on the car. I have received tons of nice compliments on them.

Fortunately, I could still lower it. It really does need to due to wheel gap. The seized front struts probably do not help either.

Here are a few pics (Cell phone pics):

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/9684/1003091910.jpg





http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9875/1003091911.jpg





http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/1553/1003091912.jpg



And the "money" shot to illustrate the amazing deepness of the lip:

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/7053/1003091853.jpg

Enjoy!

Freshnicity
10-06-2009, 05:39 AM
Man those rims are nice. I like the look of the deep dish rims on your car. Car is clean as well. Youve put some good work into this thing.

Grot
10-06-2009, 05:42 AM
love your car man. I think lowering her would only make it better.

VikingJZ
10-06-2009, 06:01 AM
Thanks guise.

Yeah I want to lower it now that they are on there.

The issue with the first gens is the lack for widespread support for aftermarket products.

Lowering springs are anywhere from $400-$700, the higher end being ToyHead who is the only person state-side selling them. Might be able to get a custom set rolled for me, but its too much of a hassle. As much as I don't want to, cutting springs is a viable option.

CriScO
10-06-2009, 09:29 AM
I've never been a fan of that style of rims, but they do go with that car pretty well.

Shadowlife25
10-06-2009, 11:15 AM
You're making great progress Aaron. :)

Very nice.

VikingJZ
10-06-2009, 06:23 PM
Yeah Its coming together nicely. Once I get the new dash pad I'm having it appraised.

Ryan
10-06-2009, 10:02 PM
Now give me my $20 back biotch. lol

VikingJZ
10-07-2009, 04:57 AM
Now give me my $20 back biotch. lol

lolwat

andy
10-07-2009, 05:30 AM
shit those look awesome. lower it dood! also you need fender mirrors like a bitch!
Im catching up to you son!
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs259.snc1/10632_560029125493_51204193_32783876_1335214_n.jpg


im going with these babies.

http://pics.realmofexcursion.com/albums/userpics/10001/sportmax1.jpg

with as big of tires that will fit on those honkies. (1jz needs rubber)

cbarett251
10-07-2009, 01:49 PM
I love those wheels!

VikingJZ
10-07-2009, 03:27 PM
I almost went with those too, Andy.

I haven't seen a first gen to date with the 513's in gunmetal.

Did you paint your car yet? And buy the rims?

VikingJZ
10-09-2009, 06:24 AM
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/7838/1008090104.jpg


http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/4354/1008090104a.jpg



Andykins knows what to do with these.

andy
10-09-2009, 06:38 AM
okay, based on your pics, (i really need close ups in good light of the wires and where they go. heres what you need to do. Just follow the write up dood its the same jizz.

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs201.snc1/6828_561093806863_51204265_32815636_1653764_n.jpg

VikingJZ
10-09-2009, 03:24 PM
Ryan and I tried to.

Since it looks different from yours it was a little difficult.

I am HORRIBLE with wiring things. Even small shit. Another reason I dumped my 72!

I'm waiting until I get my Volvo back from my girlfriend to do it...just in case something goes wrong.

I'll get better pics with the DSLR tonight. Those were from my dare.

andy
10-09-2009, 04:41 PM
aight dawg. take pics of them close and stuff, and your car wires after you removed the old crap. ill connect the lines for you.

VikingJZ
10-10-2009, 07:34 AM
I didn't get a chance tonight.

Been a stressful day.

VikingJZ
10-14-2009, 12:12 AM
http://img260.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=1000912.jpg


For andy

VikingJZ
10-14-2009, 12:43 AM
http://img106.imageshack.us/img106/351/1000923o.jpg




For andy...will be deleted when finished

andy
10-14-2009, 12:59 AM
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs222.snc1/6921_561515506773_51204265_32829195_1473187_n.jpg

http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs222.snc1/6921_561515511763_51204265_32829196_7217291_n.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs222.snc1/6921_561515516753_51204265_32829197_165911_n.jpg

look here for lots more photos

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?page=2&aid=2083266&id=51204265#/photo.php?pid=32389096&id=51204265

VikingJZ
10-14-2009, 01:26 AM
I can't read it! Font too small

VikingJZ
10-14-2009, 04:58 AM
Win!

Installed and going.

Ryan put my cap and rotor on upside down, so I chewed through a new Toyota cap and rotor....grr.

andy
10-16-2009, 03:36 AM
fail.

ST1LLz82
11-20-2009, 01:58 PM
DUde thats a beauty!! it looks so nice and clean. And and and , kick ass rim choice those look real nice on there. I'd like to offer some kind of help but i'm not to helpful unless i have whatever in my hands,even then i just do and dont really explain i dont know how my brain works :slap: :hehe:

i did help someone with my headliner vid i posted on youtube apparently s theres a plus?

VikingJZ
11-24-2009, 05:37 AM
Thanks for the compliment.

The car truly is amazing. I'm really glad I bought it now that I've had it for a few months. The SC300 is just a footnote in history as far as I am concerned.

I will be washing and waxing it once more for the winter before putting into storage for the winter.

Over the winter, I hope to have new shocks installed along with new suspension bushings if time prevails. I will also have a new window regulator and dash pad installed. My stereo will be finished as well, adding speakers to the back and front along with a small bass tube mounted in the trunk.

Come spring, I will hopefully have a header and new carb put on.

After that it is touching up the rust and redoing the seats. Hopefully I will have tinted windows before the Dragon.

VikingJZ
12-16-2009, 08:40 PM
This will be a good winter for the Celica.

My goals before the Dragon are to have new shocks, a header, Weber 32/36 carb, and a few bushings installed.

Then after that I'll just be enjoying driving it and doing maintenance on the del Sol.

Win!

car
12-16-2009, 08:48 PM
This will be a good winter for the Celica.

My goals before the Dragon are to have new shocks, a header, Weber 32/36 carb, and a few bushings installed.

Then after that I'll just be enjoying driving it and doing maintenance on the del Sol.

Win!

I'm on break now, I'll be bored as hell, lemme know if you need any help.
As a matter of fact, I'm bored right now.

VikingJZ
12-16-2009, 09:13 PM
When do you go back to Bloomingfail for spring term?

Most of this stuff will happen after the first of the year.

car
12-16-2009, 09:21 PM
When do you go back to Bloomingfail for spring term?

Most of this stuff will happen after the first of the year.

I think the 8th? Maybe? Just give me a call or text me sometime.

VikingJZ
12-19-2009, 05:06 PM
I decided to get KYB GR-2 shocks for the car.

I know the quality is good and they're a wee bit better than stock.

May have a lead on lowering springs!

celica1990gts
12-27-2009, 07:48 PM
lookin good bro good find keep up the good work

91Yota
12-28-2009, 01:36 AM
This car is SICK! I would love to be able to go that old school!

VikingJZ
12-29-2009, 10:50 PM
I hate not driving it, but I'm glad it is out of the snow/salt/cold for the winter.

I have also decided to add power locks if my installer deems there is enough room for actuators.


The car will have keyless entry with power lock actuators wired to the alarm system.

The only way one will know there's something done to the car is the red flashing light.

VikingJZ
12-29-2009, 11:10 PM
PRE DRAGON TO-DO LIST:

--Weber 32/36 carb

--Pace Setter header

--New shocks

--Stereo finished

--New front brake pads/rear shoes

--Various suspension bushings

--All fluids changed

--Some steering parts

--Driver side window regulator


Those are all musts!


Cheap extras that will get done but not important:

--Electric radiator fan

--H4 headlights with HID conversion



Maybe's include:

--Dash pad

--New carpet

--Supra TT tan leather seats

VikingJZ
01-07-2010, 05:52 AM
Header has been ordered.

I am getting an OBX model for it that features a polished finish. Win!

I am looking at these as well:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/5-3-4-BLUE-DOT-TRI-BAR-HOT-ROD-HEADLIGHTS-Set-of-4_W0QQitemZ140371543785QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_C ar_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item20aecbc6e9



Then I'll be getting HID low beams and Nokya yellow high beam bulbs.

andy
01-07-2010, 09:36 PM
mine win.

VikingJZ
01-07-2010, 11:36 PM
Moar?

Not sure what I am doing about the lights yet.

VikingJZ
01-08-2010, 01:28 AM
I ordered my carb tonight too!

Weber 32/36 with an electric choke!

Excited!

The header will be here on Wednesday of this next week/

Ryan
01-08-2010, 02:06 AM
Somebody is big ballin!!!

Let me know when the stuff comes in, and we can all chill like old times and work on it.

VikingJZ
01-08-2010, 05:36 AM
Werd.

The header's coming on Wednesday, but I am not sure when the carb will be in. I have to email the company to get a tracking number for the carb.

I just had to email the company that I ordered the header from because the made UPS require a signature for delivery. I asked the guy NOT to because I won't be home all day on Wednesday (classes). So, all he has to do is contact UPS and have them change it.

Hopefully our driver leaves it. He has done that in the past for us.

85gtsblackman
01-08-2010, 01:57 PM
sweet keep it up

im still trying to fathom how he put a cap and rotor on upside down

andy
01-08-2010, 06:36 PM
the rotor wont go upside down, but the cap certainly will and it tells 4 fire where 1 is and such. makes for a fun time.

VikingJZ
01-08-2010, 07:31 PM
It was fail!

Ryan
01-08-2010, 11:09 PM
Screw you guys.

85gtsblackman
01-09-2010, 07:51 AM
shut up nissan guy


oh i got it now, i thought literarlly it was upsidedown

VikingJZ
01-09-2010, 08:16 AM
Its okay though it was an honest mistake.



Tonight I was up at Jason's fucking around with it and decided to remove the header.

So. Fucking. Easy.

One would think that the bolts would be rusted to hell and back and completely get fucked up upon removal.

None of the bolts posed any challenge during the removal process. I will admit that I ripped one of the nuts and studs off of the head shield, but that's not important anyway.

That side of the block is soaking down in Purple Power and will be repainted.

I'll be ripping many other components out of the car and cleaning/repainting them.

It will be a gorgeous engine bay.

VikingJZ
01-13-2010, 05:28 AM
The header is due to arrive tomorrow afternoon via UPS, provided the driver leaves it without a signature, or if someone is home for me.

The old one is off and that side of the block is painted using DupliColor's Cast Iron paint. I also spent a little bit of time cleaning the head up and it is now pretty clean and silver.


Additionally, my carb kit came today! Weber 32/36 with an electric choke and all the goodies needed to bolt it up to a 20R.

Installation will begin hopefully tomorrow evening.

I will have moar pics this weekend of the parts and progress.

VikingJZ
01-16-2010, 04:39 PM
The header won't fit the rest of the exhaust, so a custom job is in order.

I believe I will be making some sort of side pipe with a muffler and then a glasspack or something.

The challenge after that will be how to hang it from the car.

Ryan
01-16-2010, 07:20 PM
Weld on hangers.

85gtsblackman
01-16-2010, 08:16 PM
duh

VikingJZ
01-17-2010, 08:26 PM
I may have figured out a different way

andy
01-17-2010, 08:39 PM
hose clamps!

VikingJZ
01-18-2010, 05:01 AM
hose clamps!

QuackTape!

VikingJZ
02-06-2010, 10:23 PM
No more pictures will be uploaded until after the Dragon.

The rest of the project progress will be kept in secret until after I return from Tennessee.

Sorry to those who care!

VikingJZ
03-25-2010, 05:00 PM
I brought the Celica back home on Tuesday afternoon

I'll continue with updates and have pics this weekend.


Updated Pre-Dragon List:

--Install volt meter and oil pressure gauge
--Front shocks
--All fluids changed
--Rear brake shoes/drums resurfaced
--Final carb tune
--New cap and rotor.
--Stereo install
--Heavy interior cleaning and sound deadening.

walter34
04-08-2010, 05:35 PM
I actually don't mind the plate.

But, when I get a chance I am removing the front bumper black pads and plate holder/plate itself; and then sinking the bumpers back for a flush fitment.


That front plate (mount) holder are your plans on keeping it? I'm asking for a friend of mine.

And I do have an old OREGON plate hanging in my garage. It used to be on my baha...I think I've writin this to you before. I have no problem letting you have it. If this is up your ally let me know and I'll send a pic.:yes:

cbarett251
04-09-2010, 01:30 PM
No more pictures will be uploaded until after the Dragon.

The rest of the project progress will be kept in secret until after I return from Tennessee.

Sorry to those who care!

OOOOHHHH!!!!! I can't wait!!!!

VikingJZ
04-21-2010, 02:05 AM
MOAR PICS!!!! Just taken today!

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/3563/1000137n.jpg


http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/8549/1000148r.jpg

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/9373/1000151z.jpg


http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/6005/1000150.jpg

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/1218/1000149r.jpg


http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/8551/1000146l.jpg


http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/9413/1000145z.jpg


http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/6426/1000144p.jpg

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/3653/1000143d.jpg


http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/8623/1000142z.jpg


http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/7919/1000141gk.jpg


http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/271/1000139i.jpg

http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/6295/1000138m.jpg

car
04-21-2010, 02:37 AM
Very nice!

andy
04-21-2010, 03:20 AM
get rid of those american bumpers, they are hideous

darthripley
04-21-2010, 04:10 AM
the car is clean & nice - i really like the color a lot.

once it's lowered & if you get some tasteful fender flares for it + jdm bumpers that would really really look amazing!

VikingJZ
04-21-2010, 05:18 AM
get rid of those american bumpers, they are hideous

Would you like to buy me some JDM ones? Free bro job


the car is clean & nice - i really like the color a lot.

once it's lowered & if you get some tasteful fender flares for it + jdm bumpers that would really really look amazing!


One day it will get lowered. I may cut the springs, but I may not. Cutting one coil out of most cars won't do damage.

No fender flares; not a fan.

JDM bumpers: Gotta find a true set so they're chrome unless I get fiberglass reproduction ones and have them sprayed to match the car.

Slider
04-21-2010, 06:54 AM
Lookin good :biggthumpup:

VikingJZ
05-17-2010, 07:26 PM
Well, back from the Dragon now and on to summer. I have a short list of plans that I'd like to accomplish before I head back to Purdue in the fall.

--Engine refresh: Full gasket set with my main focus on redoing the timing cover seal, head gasket, and oil pan gasket. If I can, I want to remove the engine and spray the block gold/bronze with high temp paint and the head repainted silver.

--Rear wheel bearings and U-joints

--Front wheel bearings, drilled/slotted rotors, new brake pads

--MKI MR2 seats. I found a mint set at a local junk yard, so I'll be getting those soon. Currently, they're blue, so I'll have to reupholster them.

--New dash pad

--Finish stereo installation

--New fuel pump and seal

VikingJZ
05-29-2010, 05:04 PM
I decided to pass on the MKI MR2 seats in favor of a different route.

The interior is going to go two tone. I'm planning on having black carpet and seats with some other black accessories, and the rest tan


The new engine plan is to go with a 22RE and eventually slap a turbo on it and run roughly eight pounds of boost. Just something to wake it up a little bit but not be an overly hard swap.

Or I may do a 22R block with a different 20R head for a slight bit of more power.

I'd like to keep it close to original. Maybe I'll build up the block and head for a little bit better of an engine.

Sifu
05-29-2010, 09:13 PM
Awesome find man, you have NO idea how envious I am...


I stick my front plate in the passenger corner of the windshield. Haven't caught any flak for it yet.

Nice 1st gen sir!
Every time I hear about members putting plates in between the dash and windshield I always try to mention that in an event of a crash that plate will make a nice missile. Esp. with it's nice sharp corners.

VikingJZ
05-29-2010, 09:24 PM
Thanks.

I'm glad Indiana doesn't have a front plate law.

I'm wanting to take my bumperettes and front plate off, but finding the time to do it has proved to be a pain.

Demz
05-30-2010, 02:08 AM
Such a sexy, sexy car.

I'd say a (1985+) 22R-E would be a good swap to keep it factory-like, and gain a quick 20hp. Plus it's not that hard to mod it for 130hp before dropping her in. An 18R-G would be an even better choice, if you could even find one.

I'll have to say thanks for bringing up XXR. I took a look at their rims and found some nice ones that actually fit my car. would be nice to be able to order tires again.

And fwiw, I'd personally rather have a full stock coil than a cut coil. This is what happens when you take out a whole coil:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/Supracress/sup-fin4.jpg

VikingJZ
06-01-2010, 06:10 PM
I've been really happy with my wheels.

And for cut springs...no. I've never been a fan of that. My thoughts have always been that if a reputable company has spent time in R&D and developed a respected product that is within your price range, then buy it. Springs for my car will be hard to find for a decent price, but worth my troubles.

Why?

Because I live in Indiana. We have no curvy roads. I know I will probably never autoX or take a car to a drag strip. I don't need a six cylinder in it. I don't need coilovers.

VikingJZ
07-19-2010, 05:52 PM
New dash pad will be here on Thursday of this week.

Oh, and I rolled over to 10,000 miles last night. Pic to follow!

Facime
09-29-2010, 10:34 PM
First off, nice looking 1GLB!


Ive run cut springs and Kings in my first gens and to be honest they both worked pretty well with one caveat...buy a set of T3 RCA's! (http://www.technotoytuning.com/productdetail.php?p=805) otherwise the bumpsteer problem will rear its ugly head. For cut springs 1 coil will make it stiffer but wont doo much in the way of lowering it. Through trial and error and several sets of salvage springs to test on, I found 1.5 - 1.75 coils to be acceptable and provided a nice ride height.

One other problem I found on more than one occasion with cut springs was the bearing plate tended to bind on the strut tower and cause the spring to bind, then unbind, dangerously. Several failed attemps to correct this through grinding revealed a simple solution. A single washer on the studs between the bearing plate and the strut tower provided the clearance to cure the binding.

here is what my 75 setup looked like with the King Springs and T3 RCA's on it:
http://home.comcast.net/~theweezl//Celica/restore/DSCF2807.jpg


I also sunk my bumpers and removed the bumperettes and I liked the look. Short of a set of a chrome smileys I thought it was a good looking option. When I did mine I trimmed the rubber endcaps to get a little better fit on the fenders as well. I wish I had some better pictures, but here is one of each end for reference:
http://home.comcast.net/~theweezl//Celica/restore/DSCF3128.JPG

http://home.comcast.net/~theweezl//Celica/restore/DSCF3126.JPG

VikingJZ
11-06-2010, 02:44 PM
Thanks!

How do you install (and where) the RCA's?


I actually have a set of springs from a 1987 Volvo 740 DL wagon that I'm going to cut and install for the back.

Front's I'll cut. Over the winter I'm going to install new ball joints, tie rods, pitman arm, and idler arm. They don't need to be changed, but I figure why not?

back wheel bearings are fresh as of about a month ago. I can't believe how much quieter that car is now. Too bad I didn't have that done BEFORE the Dragon. It would have made that trip down and back much more enjoyable.


As of last night, I have the front JDM fiberglass bumper installed. Still needs some tweaking on fastening to the car, but it looks AWESOME. The rear will hopefully be on tonight as well.

They are painted a color called Reflex Silver. It has tons of metal flake and looks amazing. I have a pic of the front on my phone. Hopefully I will get a chance to get some high res pics with my mom's camera before the car gets put away. Snow fell last night and I couldn't get it covered, but thankfully not enough to salt (only a 1/4 inch). It will melt this afternoon.

Facime
11-06-2010, 07:37 PM
The RCA's are the bright red blocks on the bottom of the strut housing in my pictures. The RCA's come with longer hardware. You just sandwich them between the strut housing and the lower control arm, and run the bolts in. very easy.

Facime
06-25-2011, 06:34 PM
this thread needs updating!

celica9303
10-21-2011, 02:36 AM
Wtf happen to aaron???

tuner4life
10-21-2011, 01:26 PM
He is still alive, but he hasn't done much with the car this year. I'll tell him to get back on here.

VikingJZ
03-22-2013, 05:09 PM
I'll post some updated pics here. These are actually from last summer, but better than nothing.

http://imageshack.us/a/img690/7746/26892542.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img217/1364/img20120524203757.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img836/943/img20120524203642.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img820/4821/img20120524203655.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img7/3500/img20120524203708.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img203/7099/img20120524203731.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img543/6673/img20120524203742.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img32/4139/10449626.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img823/299/76224905.jpg


http://imageshack.us/a/img189/8072/55312511.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img37/3559/img20120825163634.jpg


Oh and...

http://imageshack.us/a/img825/6721/img20120327204748.jpg

Facime
03-22-2013, 06:50 PM
those are the fiberglass replica bumpers right? They would look hot color matched to the car ;)

Murgatroy
03-22-2013, 07:04 PM
those are the fiberglass replica bumpers right? They would look hot color matched to the car ;)

Dammit Hippy!

I was thinking the same thing.

T-spoon
03-22-2013, 07:43 PM
Needs more tire. Yucky stretch.

The Captain
03-23-2013, 05:22 PM
Holy thread revival Batman!

VikingJZ
03-25-2013, 04:39 PM
Needs more tire. Yucky stretch.


I HATE the tires on it. Unfortunately, at the time I bought them, no one really knew what size would fit the best. Once these wear out, I'm going to get something beefier with NO stretch at all. I've never been a fan of the stretched look anyway, but the tires were a great deal at Tire Rack, and were the best known size to fit at the time.

Now I know better, because lots of people with 1st gens have figured out sizing better now.

VikingJZ
03-25-2013, 04:52 PM
those are the fiberglass replica bumpers right? They would look hot color matched to the car ;)


Dammit Hippy!

I was thinking the same thing.


Yes, these are currently the fiberglass reproductions. They work. Not permanent. Once I can land a set of Australian spec chrome smileys, the fiberglass ones are going out the window. The problem is that the AUS bumpers cost more than a cheap used car sometimes ($1,000-$2,500 after shipping and depending on condition).

A close professor friend of mine has a son that just moved to Australia and is periodically looking for junk yards there for good bumpers.. The expected price shipped here from him gave me some car wood. Some yards charge the equivalent of $25 USD per bumper. Shipping would probably be about $250-$400. I told him I don't care how pitted the chrome is, just as long as they are straight. I found a chrome shop that would do them for pretty cheap.

The car is coming together. This fall once things settle down a bit I'm pulling the engine and doing a complete seal overhaul. Well, I'm not, but the shop a friend of mine works at has been chomping at the bit to do SOMETHING for this this car. So, provided I pull the motor and bring it to them, parts and labor will be roughly $450. While I could do it myself and save a few hundred bucks, Sometimes, a slight added expense is worth it. So, out goes the motor, into the Silverado, and down to Indianapolis.

I'm preserving the paint well, and if it can last another ten years, it's getting totally stripped and repainted inside and out. So I have no plans to ditch the car. I don't really drive it much either, but hey whatever.

One day, It will get there. I just enjoy driving it around. It's paid for, in good shape, and brings a smile to my face every time I drive it. Can't ask for much more.

I know some people locally that finance cars and have big dreams the never come to fruition because life gets in the way with children, poor decisions, or other miscellaneous unexpected life altering events that cause cars to sit and rot. They wind up becoming the "I'm going to fix it up someday" guy that we all know and envy with that 68 Charger in good shape sitting beside his garage. The nice thing about this car is that I really don't have many goals for it besides keeping it clean and roadworthy, which is fairly cheap and simple to do.

Once I button down some piddly issues on the Celica, it won't get much attention outside of maintenance, cleanings, and driving for a long while.

The Jeep will be getting some attention and love this summer. Nothing crazy, but more so than the Celica.

VikingJZ
03-29-2013, 04:40 PM
Also, I am planning on converting the carburetor to run a GM 2.8L V6 TBI with MegaSquirt! The TBI can found cheap at any junk yard, but the real expense will be the MS set up and any new sensors I will need.

That project will probably start this fall after I return from Europe. My ideology is that this set up is minimally invasive for the factory set-up and I can retain all stock parts. Being that I have saved all factory parts, this car is still very simple to return to OEM form if I desired to. Which, that may be something I do many years down the road.

I sure do love this car.

4thgenceli
03-30-2013, 12:02 AM
I hate those carbs. Rebuilt/repaired my fair share of them. I really hate them.

Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Tapatalk 2

andy
04-03-2013, 04:48 PM
2jz yet?

The Captain
04-03-2013, 06:11 PM
2jz yet?
This...

VikingJZ
04-05-2013, 05:55 PM
I hate those carbs. Rebuilt/repaired my fair share of them. I really hate them.

Sent from my DROID BIONIC using Tapatalk 2


Weber's or the TBI GM pieces?

VikingJZ
04-05-2013, 05:55 PM
2jz yet?

T'aint gonna happen and you know it.


I'm going to find another one when I buy a house that's not in as nice of shape and make it it a project. Probably a 7MGTE with an R154. And that's a maybe. I'll wind up with a CJ-7 project before I tackle another Celica. I've wanted a CJ since I was a kid.

I've got the Capri to worry about for speediness right now. Not sure if I'll keep it. My dad has been wanting a "fast, cool car" for his mid-life crisis shit and wants to buy it. Not sure if I want to part with it yet.

This one's a nice cruiser.

VikingJZ
11-04-2013, 07:14 PM
I'll leave this here:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/IMAG1453.jpg


No major progress on Celiqua. I used some SEM tan to re-do the center console to match the dash better, and parts of the carpet (faded).

I'm hoping to have the seats redone this next year.

Engine is coming out as soon as we move into a house. Re-seal, re-paint, re-install.

Then it's onto putting this god forsaken LS engine into the RX7 with my dad.

andy
11-04-2013, 07:52 PM
2jz yet?

Car_Barn_Bandit
11-04-2013, 08:29 PM
The guys really want to JZ around here.

andy
11-06-2013, 03:08 PM
Id be ok with a UZ also.

VikingJZ
11-06-2013, 06:36 PM
Id be ok with a UZ also.

No J engine. If I can find another 1st gen thats in good shape for cheap inside the next year or so, THAT one will be the one I swap the engine out for.

That's all after I get this damn LS motor in our RX7

VikingJZ
11-06-2013, 06:37 PM
The guys really want to JZ around here.


It's a great engine, I just like my Celica the way it is. The RX7 is going to be the LOL mobile

Shadowlife25
11-07-2013, 05:02 PM
When did you get an Rx Aaron? :) What year?

andy
11-07-2013, 06:07 PM
If you drove my car with the JZ in it you would never look back.

Shadowlife25
11-09-2013, 05:22 PM
The UZ motor is pretty nasty too Andy. There is a shop out here in California that did a full swap into a 1st gen Celica and didn't cut into the firewall either. Thing was NASTY quick.

andy
11-11-2013, 11:35 PM
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m572/andy10889/20130223_171402_zpsb7055b1a.jpg

Oh I know, I put one in my 90' pickup with a w56 behind it :)

VikingJZ
01-21-2014, 07:41 PM
Oh V8 action.

VikingJZ
10-30-2014, 04:32 PM
So, I figured to update this page a little bit since it has been quite a while.

Stacy informed me at a meet a few weeks ago that I should be more active, so here I am. Thanks Stacy!

As for the car, nothing has changed really. I'm not sure I ever updated it, but I used an LED strip set from some auto parts store that a friend got me like a year or so ago. I placed them in the high beam bezel. You can't see the turn signals until they light up. It's pretty rad. It's only a temporary solution until I get the real-deal Aussie bumpers. But for now, they work well.

I love the RX7, but I wound up selling my $500 LS1 to help with money down on the house, and the car is painfully boring to drive with it's beastly rotary and an automatic transmission. Maybe we'll unload that. I keep wanting another 1st gen or some other old Toyota to do a 1U project in. Seems like it's a swap that's catching on. And no I don't want to swap the Celica lol.

For that, this next year will be a maintenance event. Two years ago, I attempted to take the "I'm a cheap bastard" approach to trying to get the timing cover to quit leaking. Of course, it started leaking again. So, Out will come the engine and I'll be doing a full gasket replacement with a new timing set. Might as well. I have probably 75% of the parts to do it, but I never have time. And a clutch. I think 38 years on the OEM clutch is about to end it's like. The throw-out bearing has made a little noise since I bought the car, but still engages just fine. I just figured, while I'm in there, to pull it all out and do that, too. I'll probably dust off the engine bay and wax it. Tires are starting to show their age. I put them on five years ago. While they still have some tread left, it's time to replace them. I want a thicker tire for ride comfort and to eliminate the stretched fit.

My IS300 SportCross (Which I miss dearly) was replaced with a Scion XB. I never thought I'd own one of those. I do find it's looks hideous on the outside, but it has the most headroom of any vehicle I have ever owned, save my 06 Jeep Commander. Averaging 38-41 MPG is so tough to hate though. It hauls a lot of stuff for work, too. So, that part of it is extremely nice. It came at a nice time and a super great price. It was just time to buy something I'm not tempted to modify. It needs tires, though.

Here's a pic, taken today, of ye ole Celica.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1-3.jpg

andy
10-30-2014, 08:51 PM
Weak, needs more 2jz.

VikingJZ
10-30-2014, 08:53 PM
Next Celica will get a swap. Unless I wind up growing a mullet and buying a Foxbody again. They're just so damn fun.

Shadowlife25
10-30-2014, 11:11 PM
You can swap an Rx7 from auto to manual in about 5 hours including the pedal swap if you have everything.
Dropping the transmission and swapping the clutch is 3 hours flat from drop to driving.
They are great cars, you just need to understand them a bit. :)

Oh and if you would like, I happen to have a couple specialized tools for working on rotaries still hanging about in the garage.
If it is a 1st gen Rx, I also have the full shop manual. Let me know and I can send some stuff your way bud.

VikingJZ
11-03-2014, 04:34 PM
Mario! It's a 1985 GS. It's pretty base model, but the awesome thing about the SA and FB cars is that it's pre-wired for everything. No power side mirrors? No problem. No power hatch release? No problem. It has no rust, and was resprayed from Silver to black. It's absolutely beautiful. The car has receipts for over $4,000 in just replacement parts and maintenance from over the past few years. 91k original miles!

The past few years my dad and I have picked up a "father/son" project idea. We started out with a 1976 Jag XJ6 from New Mexico that we were going to stuff the LS1 into. We got bored with the idea and sold it off. Then, we picked up a 1982 Mercury Capri RS with a burned out clutch and half of an engine, installed a South Bend Clutch, beefed up the engine significantly, painted some rubber, and then my dad convinced me into getting an RX7 (As he used to have one way back when, and then got another a few years ago but sold it off). So, we traded the Mercury for the RX7. We got the all the books, a box of Protek R premix, and the factory Mazda service book in a giant binder. We haven't done much with it except cruise around. It's a nice car for that but it's so slow. My dad can no longer drive a stick shift and has a hard time walking for too long due to his knee (I'll probably be there at some point too.) I signed off on my end of the title this weekend. With the house, I have no time to fiddle with the Mazda like I wanted.

But, he may not even get rid of it. My parents are extremely indecisive people, so if you want to rid your garage of Mazda stuff, I'm open! I am trying to get him to buy a 1st gen Celica. Finding a decent one is the issue. I'm afraid he will wind up with a Corvette like all 60 year old men that want a "sports car."

Shadowlife25
11-03-2014, 06:17 PM
Right on. :)

Yeah I have a complete FSM for the 1985 Rx-7. It mainly centers on the 13B Rotary but the 12A (Which you have) is covered also.
I also have a Flywheel removal toolset from Racing Beat. Sadly, I no longer have my Pilot bearing installation and removal tool as it got lost in my last move. (That thing was $300 at the time too, :( )
I also have a special ignition module to convert from 1st gen ignition to 2nd gen ignition. It was pretty rare and quite pricey, but since it just sitting, it does no one any good. :)

Any how, I would be glad to send the stuff out your way. I can't imagine that shipping would be more than $40 (only due to weight) I will get it all packaged up for you if you are interested.
Oh, and if you want any helpful pointers on getting a decent swap done in that thing that would make it INCREDIBLE to drive, I am glad to lend you my expertise.
Heck, just doing the suspension upgrades on that car make it an absolute MONSTER in the twisties, though I know there aren't many areas like that out your way so it may be a moot point.

Glad to see you back around!

(Oh and I just house sat for a Purdue Alum for a week. Thought you might get a chuckle out of that. (He was class of '53 or so I believe, Tom Craft)

Later! :)

VikingJZ
11-03-2014, 07:10 PM
I'll talk to the padre since it's now completely his. I think he's leaning more on selling it or just letting it sit in the garage for the occasional weekend stroll. I appreciate that offer for all of that stuff though! I just can't imagine us getting to anything unless the engine takes a dump. He wants something to cruise in, and I, for a change want to build something stupid.

But yes, our roads suck around here. It's just a giant grid of straight, bumpy roads that get paved every 300 years. I know it isn't the road crew's fault that we have shitty weather leading to the bad roads, but it doesn't mean I can't complain about them. Michigan residents know the same pain, and maybe even worse.

I don't think I had any classes with that guy! I assume he was an engineer? There was a guy that graduated in my class of 7,000-ish that was like 70 or so. He was two seats down from me at commencement and I struck up conversation with him. He went to college not to get a degree for a career, as he was already retired, but because he wanted cheaper sports tickets and a way to get away from his nagging wife of 40-something years. He was pretty funny and interesting to talk to. I specifically remember him talking about how he was probably the only straight male Purdue student that thought yoga pants were unnacceptable for women to wear in public, as they should be kept to a gym. "If they're called yoga pants, why do these young broads wear them in public?"

haha

Shadowlife25
11-04-2014, 01:11 AM
:D Nice.

I ran a 13B that I built myself and mated it to a Frankensteined 1st gen/2nd gen transmission. I still miss that car. Mine was the GSL-SE so it had a factory 13B, power everything (windows and hatch lock LOL) Cruise Control etc.
I swapped all of my electronics over to 2nd gen spec and upgraded the ignition system as well. Fully adjustable suspension with Racing Beat sways and springs made it a force to be reckoned with.
That car would absolutely annihilate cars a solid 20 years newer on the mountain roads out here.
The beauty of that machine is in it's weight distribution though. It is a mid-ship car masquerading as a FR. :D
The only thing I don't miss about it was the gods be damned pilot bearings that always failed on them. (Hence why I had the tool)
I had a lot of wonderful times and great memories in Rx-7's though. Happier times and all that.

VikingJZ
11-04-2014, 05:18 PM
LOL I'd love an SE. A lot of people don't realize there's a difference in the bolt pattern for the wheels between the lower range cars and the GSL-SE. In an SE, you get the 4x114.3 bolt pattern, which opens your options for wheels up substantially.

I'd LOVE to find a wrecked SE that I could Viking raid for the shit for the wheels and buy some XXRs like on my Celica.

VikingJZ
11-04-2014, 05:19 PM
I swapped over the power hatch release from a GSL. I have the power mirrors and switch but I'm too lazy to install it lol.


And that's how lazy I am lately with cars. I can't even find the time to spend 20 minutes doing a simple upgrade.

Shadowlife25
11-04-2014, 10:46 PM
Actually, it is kind of understandable. You just don't have the energy to do a thing. You should swap that over though, that way at least if your pop sells the car you have some of the more forward thinking amenities already installed in it to add to the resale value.

VikingJZ
11-05-2014, 05:06 PM
No kidding! We just relocated one of our businesses, so it's been a lot of work. Going on 56 days without a day off haha. Usually I get one day off per week, but it is what it is.

I might have convinced him to get an SC400. Considering I still have half of their basement closet filled with desirable SC parts I've picked up, it might work out nice if one he were to get needs something.

He of course thinks he'll be able to pick up a pristine 2000 SC400, fully loaded in black on black with less than 100k on the clock for the RX7. The FB's, while awesome cars, just don't have a super high resale value, even though ours is a really nice example.

But, me overvaluing stuff has led to some interesting trade offers that I have taken. I traded my 00 GT with TC rims and an intake for a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport (Amigo) with 88k on it and a 2000 Honda CBR600F4i with 9k miles. Based on KBB values, I got nearly $9,000 for a $3,500 car. It happens.

We'll see with that Mazder. I wouldn't mind seeing him get an SC, I kind of miss mine. They're slow, but they are fun and nice looking to cruise around in.

Shadowlife25
11-06-2014, 01:42 AM
Nice looking cars for sure. I liked yours plenty. Just make sure if you do find one, you talk him in to really nice brakes for it if he plans to drive it for fun.

VikingJZ
11-06-2014, 04:50 PM
Oddly enough, I have a set off TT front calipers and slotted rotors laying around. I was going to sell them but I forgot I had them. I found them when I was cleaning out things in my parents' basement a few weeks ago.

Shadowlife25
11-06-2014, 10:03 PM
Well there you go. :)

VikingJZ
11-07-2014, 05:11 PM
The problem is getting someone to part with a car for a car that's slow as hell. We are on the high side of the typical range, but it might be one of the cleaner ones available in the area.

I had one guy text me offering an SC4 and sent one picture. I asked him for more pictures and he never got back to me.

VikingJZ
11-13-2014, 06:06 PM
Not sure if I mentioned this, but I was able to track down the fuel tank vapor separation bag. When I did the fuel pump a few years ago, and the carb, I threw out the part with hoses not knowing what it was. For the past few years, the car would get nasty gas fumes inside if it were hot outside.

After installing the new one, I realized it was stupid to throw that part away :P

VikingJZ
01-02-2015, 10:35 PM
Toys are all tucked away for the winter. We've been lucky around here to not have too bad of a winter so far. I took the Celica for a spin yesterday and took it out to my barn in the boonies to stash it away for the cold months.

Shadowlife25
01-05-2015, 02:44 AM
Is that a 1600 or 2000 Datsun Fairlady/Roadster next to your car? I can tell it isn't a half year model since it has the tall windshield, but what year is it? Looks like it has a nicely kept paint job.

VikingJZ
01-05-2015, 06:59 PM
That's my friend's 1970 1600 Roadster.

Most of the paint is original, but when he picked it up a few years ago, he had a shop paint a few sun-faded spots

It's really clean!

He had a 68 2000 parts car that he was keeping there. I created a CL ad for him and we got rid of it for $500 so that he could put the red one you see in the pic in the barn.

He got the red one for $2,800. The guy that had it used to work for Nissan supposedly. He threw in an entire cargo van full of parts. He's got stuff like a 1600 engine block still in the wrapper that says DATSUN on it. Same with a full set of glass, tops, etc. He has a hard top that is still in cardboard, plus one that's used but in good shape.

Shadowlife25
01-06-2015, 01:18 AM
Tell him to send me the used hard top. :)
The one I do all the work on is a fully race kitted '69 2000.
It's been featured in a couple auto mags and praised highly by a couple well respected Japanese tuners.
It gets autocrossed regularly and is a really fun car, even on the street. Loud as hell on the highway though.
Thing can pull HARD from a 30 roll in 5th gear all the way up to 80 in just a few seconds too. Crazy!

VikingJZ
01-06-2015, 08:50 PM
Nice!

He's got a ton of extra parts. Essentially, he has enough to build another Roadster from a bare shell. That was the intent with the blue one, but the firewall and trans tunnel were cut out and mounts for a SBC were put on the frame. If he found a clean roller, he'd probably build a second one and sell that, but until then, the parts collection amasses. At his house, he has a datsun dealership sign in his garage. It's pretty cool!

Shadowlife25
01-07-2015, 06:28 AM
I can hook him up with a gentleman out this way named Mike that has at least a dozen roadsters in varying condition.

You should tell him about the folks out in Australia that do up roadsters. 167ft/lb of tourque at 3500rpm is pretty saucy. ;)
191ft/lb at 5500rpm and 219hp at 5500rpm is just balls out fast.

Anyhow, I have a good amount of personal experience with them and my good friend owns the cars I work on, so if your friend needs help, I can hook them up.

VikingJZ
01-10-2015, 06:40 PM
I'm sure he has a list of things he wants to do. I'll ask!

I was tinkering in the barn last night. Took off one of my hood hinges on the Celica. I'm gonna see if I can find someone to make a new one for me and have the file for it in CAD or something so we can produce them. They're getting insanely scarce, and one of mine is busted ass.

VikingJZ
08-25-2015, 04:02 PM
Doing an update:

Last week I got new tires for Celiqua. After six years on the Ecsta's at 195/50/15, I wanted a little bit wider of a tire, so I went with 205/50/15 Dunlop Direzza's.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/unnamed%205.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/unnamed%207.jpg

I snapped a few more pics of the car, too. Some of these are from before the new tires.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/unnamed%204.jpg

Beautiful Midwest sunset.
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/unnamed%201.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/unnamed%202.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/unnamed.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/unnamed%203.jpg

I also did some interior sprucing.

At one of the local boneyards, I found a 1981 Celica GTA. I was told about the car by the employees before it came in, so I made sure I was there the day it was placed out so I could grab things.

I didn't keep much for myself, as most of the parts are not compatible with the first gen (Cosmetic stuff). I did keep the steering wheel and the OEM tan Toyota floor mats, which are a perfect fit in the 1st gen, albeit a little lighter tan color, but better than nothing! The steering wheel in this pic is off of the 2nd gen, too. It's much thicker than the 1st gen wheel, and easier for me to grip since I have big hands and really long fingers. On the original wheel, I could wrap my fingers around it all the way and it was just too small of a wheel.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/1976%20Toyota%20Celica%20GT/unnamed%206.jpg

Next on the list is to replace the hood hinges and window regulators. I have those coming soon.

After that will be a total brake system overhaul, and a new Weber carb. Mine is fine, but I'd rather go manual choke since there's a cutout for a choke on the dash.

Later this fall, I'm going to be installing a new radio, and some speakers. The pockets in the back by the rear seat have tiny speakers that blew out before I bought the car. Since I don't want to modify the housings, I'm going to use these MDF panels I made that are covered in matching tan vinyl to place over the pockets and use longer screws to secure both the pocket AND the MDF panels. I'm also trying to figure out some small speakers that I can use to mount under the dash that are kind of out of sight. Not expecting good sound at all, but something to listen to would be nice. I'm also waiting on the guy that makes reproduction parts to get his equipment back online to make the radio pocket so I can Dremel the radio holes out and use my retro AM/FM/SD/USB radio in the stock spot. It's pretty close to the factory size!

Next summer will get a suspension refresh, and hopefully if I have the space, to pull the engine and totally re-seal it with an engine bay clean up.

2017 will hopefully see a reupholstered interior.

After that, It's smooth sailing for many more years.

Facime
08-25-2015, 06:34 PM
I totally jelly of you and this car.

VikingJZ
08-25-2015, 06:49 PM
Thanks. I'm jelly of myself! haha

It's a joy to drive. A nice car to cruise around in.

It's always cool to pull next to people who have more invested in their cars than I do and get more attention just because it's weird and quirky.

Facime
08-26-2015, 04:38 AM
its more than that, its history, and its beautiful. I really am more of a coupe guy in general. To me the celica is originally a coupe, always a coupe. Having said that, I do think the 76LB is iconic and a piece of motoring history that a huge majority of people identify with. I would love to restore one with a no holds barred, no expense spared attitude. Its definitely top 3 in my dream garage.

andy
08-26-2015, 08:48 PM
needs a 1uzfe

tuner4life
08-27-2015, 12:24 PM
needs a 1uzfe

VikingJZ
08-27-2015, 03:46 PM
its more than that, its history, and its beautiful. I really am more of a coupe guy in general. To me the celica is originally a coupe, always a coupe. Having said that, I do think the 76LB is iconic and a piece of motoring history that a huge majority of people identify with. I would love to restore one with a no holds barred, no expense spared attitude. Its definitely top 3 in my dream garage.

I have always been a coupe guy, too! But, the first gen liftbacks grew on me after I bought this one. It's funny, because when I bought it, I wanted to repaint it and do all sorts of crazy stuff to it. Glad I didn't. Since the LB was only sold her in 76 and 77, it does make for a conversation piece that is sure to rise in value, but I don't care what the car is worth. It's something I won't part with. I don't need to!

VikingJZ
08-27-2015, 03:47 PM
Jason...Andy...

Consuela from Family Guy says "No....no..."

VikingJZ
08-31-2015, 06:45 PM
Very exciting news...well for me.

After three years of having a busted hood hinge (Well, the driver's side one finally snapped in 2013), I procured a set of perfect condition ones.

Green paint is drying.

Yesterday I drove up to Grand Rapids, MI to get:

--Both hood hinges
--Two window regulators
--Splash pan (For a friend)
--Throttle linkage (For a friend)
--Fuel sending unit (From a coupe, but I'll see what I can do with it.)
--Brand new: Rotors, pads, drums, shoes, spring/hardware kits, rear wheel cylinders, etc. Basically everything I need to overhaul the brake system except for a brake master cylinder, calipers, and front hoses. Everything I got was from Napa, so it's better stuff for stock replacement. And everything was new in the box.

Paid $350 for everything, which is great because I almost dropped $300 on this other guy's hinges. Sometimes, it pays to think about these things for a few days.

VikingJZ
09-05-2015, 05:02 PM
I took the car on an 80 mile (ish) cruise last night. First time taking it on an interstate grade highway in I can't remember how long. I'm glad to see things coming along, albeit slowly.

I didn't think I'd be able to touch the car this year, with me leaving my ex and adjusting to things, but so far so good.

I can't even explain how nice it was just to cruise around and enjoy the pleasant evening. No whiny significant other, kids, or other annoying stopping me from just enjoying the ride.

VikingJZ
01-11-2016, 08:51 PM
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/audstuen/10423661_10206762084868286_8685457504264600263_n.j pg

It's a sad day when it goes into winter mode. Fortunately it is in a brand new, alarmed, heated barn with security cameras :)

With the way the weather has been around here, I might have it back out in two months!