View Full Version : New to Celica Tech!

08-27-2009, 01:26 AM
Hi kids!

After meeting a few of you at the Run of the Ogopogo in Vernon, BC, I figured it was time to jump on here.

At present, I rock an '85 Celica GT. I'm in the middle of fixing the rust and re-painting the car panel by panel. The engine is still running. This is impressive when you realize that the stupid thing (yes, the 22R) was swapped backwards, and is running an early block and head with '85 accessories and electronics.

It's never not started (except for those couple of times while the alternator was on the way out... and those couple of months with the front timing cover off...), and seems to be pretty reliable, though impressively underpowered. Once I can afford to, I'll be procuring a 2rz to drop in.

In addition to the '85, I have an '84 Supra awaiting a heart transplant and a great deal of work. It'll be beautiful (and fast!) when finished, but it's a long term project.

Here's a shot of Delilah - one that's rather complimentary and doesn't show much rust! Also, I may have tweaked the colour a little... she's a little more faded than that. (Not for long though!) And no comments on the parking job - it was just for a quick photo!!


08-27-2009, 01:43 AM
Nice ride! Good to see these cars on the road.

08-27-2009, 01:56 AM

08-27-2009, 02:08 AM
Sweet car! Welcome to the boards :D

08-27-2009, 02:44 AM
Ahhh i had one just like that!!!!!!!!!!!! super awesome car!! let me see if i can find a pic!

08-27-2009, 03:00 AM

08-27-2009, 03:00 AM
Oooh heard all about it at the meet, but now I get to see it!

Nice :)

08-27-2009, 03:39 AM
See! It exists!! :P

Thanks - the photo is rather complimentary for the car - it's from a couple winters ago, before the rust got a little worse. That doesn't matter though, as all the rust is slowly disappearing, and the paint is going to be a lovely bright red.

08-27-2009, 03:55 AM
My exact same reaction too!

08-27-2009, 03:57 AM
I'm not quite sure how to take that. :P

08-27-2009, 04:07 AM
Welcome! Does that plug by your passenger headlight to go a battery charger? hehe

08-27-2009, 04:22 AM
thats a nice looking Celica, Im wondering aswell as what that plug is for?

08-27-2009, 04:30 AM
block heater probably

08-27-2009, 04:31 AM
I could beleive it is for a block warmer for those long cold winters. At least i think thats what its called or at least thats what i was told.

08-27-2009, 04:43 AM
Yep, block heater. The cord is currently tucked away for the summer. I forget that you crazy warm weather people won't know what it's for!

This car lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It gets COLD in the winter. Even with -35 C weather, she's never failed to start. As a side note, solid rear axel + RWD + light car = some pretty interesting winter driving! Good winter tires are a must.

08-27-2009, 05:10 AM
LOL yeah, that's the last thing I would have guessed! It hasn't snowed here since 1993...

08-27-2009, 05:44 AM

Now stop being a coward with the photoshop. :D

08-27-2009, 06:53 AM
Ha ha - this photo was messed with a couple of years ago. I don't have the original anymore. I should find and post a current photo of the driver's side... not so pretty.

The door is perfect and rust free, with lovely new red paint. The rear quarter is patchy and in the middle of rust work, and the front quarter has a nice bright red patch where I've finished reconstructing the the fender. Now that I'm back in town, I'll get to finish what I've started.

08-27-2009, 07:39 AM
Nice car!

08-27-2009, 02:34 PM
Very nice! Welcome aboard!

08-27-2009, 04:13 PM
Looking good! And welcome to C-tech!

08-27-2009, 05:06 PM
LOL - funny americans and no block heaters. :hehe:

Welcome Tara!

08-28-2009, 12:05 AM
welcome.. is that a power cord sticking out of the front grille?

08-28-2009, 12:39 AM
LOL - funny americans and no block heaters. :hehe:

Are you kidding? We used one on both cars when I lived in Minnesota.. there was no other way.

08-28-2009, 03:34 AM
Nice looking car and welcome!

08-28-2009, 03:39 AM
LOL - funny americans and no block heaters. :hehe:

Welcome Tara!
My New Yorker has a block heater.

Kansas winters and a 440ci don't get along.

08-29-2009, 08:26 PM
Yeah, they're not as uncommon as a lot of people seem to think - they're just used to living where it doesn't get cold enough to need one. Personally, if it's colder than about -12, I use mine, just to be friendly to the engine of unknown origin that live under the hood of my car.

08-30-2009, 04:23 AM
yea, i never even see snow :(

08-30-2009, 07:35 PM
yea, i never even see snow :(

That is a concept that I just don't understand.