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02-15-2010, 05:59 PM
I've had a project thread at AllTrac.net for some time now and was thinking I'd make one here too. I'm just going to copy and paste the majority of my posts in that thread to simplify things and get up to date.

I got my GT-Four in September last year and have taken pictures of almost all the work I've done but never started a project thread. I'm just going to do a quick follow up with a lot of pictures to get up to date.

1990(89') ST 185
Super Red
Nearly 250,000Km

The previous owner babied this car and only drove it on evenings and weekends. He put about $20,000 into it and kept it stock, everything was professionally done including a complete frame rust restoration. These are all pictures he gave to me. The owners before him were not so meticulous.


Right after I got the car it lost power and smoke started pouring out the exhaust. I thought the head gasket had blown and stored it in my backyard for six months. One day I got sick of just looking at it every day and started asking questions and poking around. My mechanical knowledge at that point was extremely basic, and still is in a lot of ways, but I managed to figure out one of the fuel injectors was dumping fuel into the cylinder. After swapping it for a new one it ran fine, pretty much.

Lawn ornament.

Now for all the nasty pictures.


Here's a bunch of pictures of crap I've done thus far. Random order.

I replaced the front rotors with NAPA blanks and pads with Akebono Ceramic's.


I found one of my pad support plates was completely missing. I had to make one out of sheet metal and its worked well until recently but the squeek has come back.

I have new support plates for both the front and back on the way from 1stToyota. NAPA has been having a real hard time finding me the right rotors for the rear and I only have one at the moment. I also have some Hawk HPS pads waiting to go in. I'm going to track down a second rotor, wait for the support plates to come in and I'll do the back along with the brake fluid.

Home Depot oil catch.

Home Depot MBC.

Now, this thing has never really worked properly. First I installed a boost gauge and I found I was only going up to about 7psi max. I found a lot of conflicting answers about this, some say 7 is normal and others were saying it should be at 10 and that it was in a 'safe mode'. After making the MBC and installing it, my max boost went right up to 10 psi, right where I wanted it. But turning the bolt all the way in or out makes no difference, it sticks at 10 psi. I haven't really tried to figure it out too much since 10 is where I want it to be but it would be nice if I could actually adjust it. Taking it out brought it back to 7psi. :shrug:

HKS SSQV. Found this for sale locally for $160 Can.

Speed Source brass cable bushings, half installed. This was weird, my Celica is a 1990 but I still needed the one big bushing. After sending the little one back and getting the big one, the damn thing wouldn't fit. I had to take of around 0.7mm on a lathe for it to fit.

Some post-accident shots.

Apparently the cars been in a fender bender before, as the crash bar has an auto body replacement part sticker on it.


Painted a few things under the hood black.


Also painted the scoop and vents black.

This was my first attempt at ridding the vibration problems I've been having with my prop shaft. I replaced the hanger bearings and found the U joints were toast, if I was smart I would have ordered new spider bearings along with the support bearings. I'm hoping they should be here tomorrow or Tuesday and I'm really hoping it fixes this problem.

Video of loose drive shaft.

One of my bent support rods. I hear these things are really fun to change. :roll:

Me and my uncle heated and bent it back. I know your not really supposed to but its been fine so far.

My super-awesome, super-cheap steering wheel cover.

Home made BGB.

I started making a metal cooling panel but haven't touched it in a while. Made it at work using the plastic piece as a template and it fit well for the most part but not perfect. Lacking the proper tools to work on it at home I've kinda given up on it for now.

Few random pictures of my 'shop'.

Still missing a lot of little things but that sums up quite a bit of what I've done. I'll add more eventually but for now I'm just happy to be half-ass up to date.


I'm just going to do a random update of some stuff I've done lately and then I'll just go from here.

- I finally got my Samco T hose in the mail and installed my SSQV. Its working great, no problems what so ever. Very happy about that. This is the only recent engine bay shot since I put it in.


- Received ATS EGR block off plates.


-Currently have two sets of sway bar end links from Two's R Us for the front and back on the way.

-Got in a car accident a while ago, damaging my front bumper and crash bar. Finally got a settlement cheque so I placed two orders at 1stToyota including an RC bumper.

-Bought an 88' Celica GTS as a second car so I can do some real work on the Four. The interior was filthy and missing nearly all its screws. There is an audible vacuum leak causing the engine to run really rich that I have to track down. No deck installed.

This has taken up a lot of my time lately. Aside from taking the whole intake manifold off trying to hunt down the leak I've been doing some body work and lots of cleaning.




Shiny intake manifold.

I'm waiting on 1stToyota for gaskets and interior screws. My plan is to get it running well so I can drive it this winter and get some real work done on the Rust Rocket. Never mind the Bud Light, it was the only beer in the house.

Shiny new end links. Your not supposed to lubricate them or anything right?

Finally got my 1stToyota order.

Dragon Emblem. :D I think I'll put it on the GTS.

Really nice sunrise this morning too. This was the best picture I could get, being in a hurry. The traffic and shop across the street kind of ruin it.


I really kinda want to go and work on the cars but its already 5 and I have tomorrow off so I'll just wait and make a day of it, or two. :shrug:

:x This is killing me.

So I get the intake manifold on and everything back together, start the car, it runs like a champ and I couldn't be happier.

Until I notice gas leaking all over the floor. It's this damn fuel rail, it just wont sit right. I replaced one of the grommets because it was cracked in half but otherwise everything looked okay. It's now a total pain in the ass to do anything with the fuel rail or injectors with the manifold back on and I'm getting really frustrated. Been playing with it for hours trying to rid this little bit of free play some of the injectors have.

Any advice?

Is there something missing here? Should this spacer have a plastic piece?

Insulator grommets.

Went to the flea market yesterday and got a torque wrench for $20. Not 100% sure how to use it though. I understand spinning the handle to set it to different amounts of torque but not how to line up the numbers on the handle. Anyone give me a lesson on this?

Also found some TRD stickers for cheap. I'm not sure about putting them on one of the Celica's but maybe something else.

Installed my end links. Haven't actually driven the car though so I'm not sure if its helped with my clunky suspension yet.


And last but not least, I'm screwed.

Decided to change the rear diff fluid while the car was on stands. First thing I notice is the oil comes out very slowly on two sides of the drain hole, taking a good 20 minutes.

Then I see all the metal shavings on the magnet end of the drain plug. :|


I go to look inside the diff, start wiping away some old gear oil when a little piece of metal the size of a penny in diameter plops into my oil tray. After fishing it out and cleaning it off this is what it looks like. Can anyone tell me what this is?:doh:


I'm thinking this might be why the bottom/back end of my car feels like it flopping around on hard pulls. Either the way the car is no longer drivable so I'm starting to think I should maybe just leave it in the garage and insure the white Celica. I've been meaning to work on it this winter but why not start now? :shrug:

I'll have to;

-Get the GTS running better, it's still pretty choppy and in need of some work.
-Clear out all the bullshit sitting in the garage.
-Grab an engine stand/hoist, more tools in general.

So while I'm kind of upset about my rear diff needing to be either replaced or fixed I'm kind of happy I have an excuse to start tearing everything else apart and really getting this car fixed up. :D

On another note, my diff is an LSD at least.

Insured and registered the GTS today, its now my daily ride. Also ordered a half shaft for it as the CV joints on the driver side are horrible, going to pick up and install that after work tomorrow. The starter is starting to go too. I had to push start it myself earlier today in a parking lot, why the hell did Toyota put it behind the exhaust manifold? Burned my hand nicely on that.

Bought an 8 gal, 2.5 HP air compressor for $60. Will damn sure come in handy.

I also cleaned out a bunch of crap from the garage, three full car loads went to straight to the garbage and furniture is mostly all that's left. A lot more space now.


So I'm pretty happy right now. I've been waiting to get another ride, clear out the garage and properly work on my Alltrac for so long now it feels really good to start. :D

Started taking a few things off, so far the radiator, hood, bumper, left fender, intercooler and air intake assembly all came out. I want to do a compression test before I take anything else out of the engine bay because I think it would be good to know.

Rear differential will be coming out soon.


More to come.

Well I just did a compression test and these are the results, keep in mind this was done on a cold engine so their a little low.

Cylinder PSI
1 149
2 150
3 130 :|
4 149

I put a little oil in cylinder 3 and did a wet test, it then jumped to 173psi meaning my rings are bad. This makes sense because the car sat for several months with petrol in that particular cylinder, it must of weakened the seals.

Aside from that I got both drive shafts out of the rear. It wasn't easy but I got er' done.

Parking brake is weak so I had to rig this up to hold the shafts tight.

And here's the engine hoist and stand my uncle has loaned me.

Got the rear diff out, it wasn't all that fun.


Then I cracked it open and found where that piece came from. I think I might need a new one. :(





What do you guys think? Any way to fix it?

As far as I can see everything else looks okay still its just that one spot where the piece broke off.

Today I spent a few hours on the car, mostly freeing up the wiring harness and prepping the engine pull. Pacing myself, labeling and taking pictures of everything. Hopefully putting it back together (god knows how long that will take) will go smooth.

I'm actually really glad the electrical harness is nearly dealt with because I f****** hate electrical clips! I don't know what it is, I just have a hard time with nearly each and every one.

Still debating whether to drop or lift it out. My uncles telling me to use the engine hoist/leveler and just pull it out the top but I'm not sure if he understands how crammed these engine bays are. Just by looking at it I think it would be easier to just drop it, what do you guys think? If you had an engine leveler would you use it, or just drop it?

Here's a couple pictures of my progress.



Since I didn't have anyone around to help me with a few things around the engine I decided to start stripping the interior. What I found, was bullshit.

At first, I see rust free, newly painted floor panels. Courtesy of the previous owner.


I then notice a hole right next to the floor panel and it doesn't seem too bad, because its just the inside rocker panel which will need to be replaced anyways. But after 'digging in' a little bit its looking worse than I thought. Looks like the body shop stripped the car down, replaced the floor panels and got the frame up to par. Then proceeded to weld the useless, shitty, outside panels back on to the car. Now the rust has spread from the cancerous rocker to the floor panel.


Outside view.


Rocker panel by wheel well.


I took off the plastic cover by the gas tank, saw some surface rust, gave it a smack with my hammer and it went clean through.


After that I decided I hadn't had quite enough disappointment for one night and started looking at the other side of the car. Taking off the fender (which is also garbage) I found this fun little guy.


So as it turns out, the frame restorers didn't do as good of a job as I'd thought. This sucks but its better find this crap now then later. I'm going to take out some more interior panels, the rear bumper and gas tank next.

I was actually toying with the idea of fixing all the rust myself, but the more I find the more daunting it is. Either way I think it would be better to strip the car down my self in my garage, then send the chassis to a body shop. That way I still have my engine to rebuild and I know every panel and part has been properly stored. The problem is paying for both the body shop, replacement panels and parts for the engine. I might have to completely reconsider how I go about doing this.

Soo I've been running around like a madman trying to figure out how the hell to replace all these body panels on my own and I'm making progress! Now, the sheet metal shop I work in is actually useless since they deal with thinner gauge material and don't have the necessary tools. But I just found a metal fabrication shop willing to do it for me. :D

A 4'x10' sheet is about $50 and they charge an hourly rate of about $100. The hard part is my car is immobile and I can't actually bring it to their shop. So I'm going to take as many measurements as possible and make a bunch of cardboard templates for them to use. I'd actually like to do most of the forming myself, but for the concave shape of the rocker panels I'll need an industrial roller, which they have. I think it will only take a couple hours to get them formed at the most.

At this point, I'm looking at $250 to fabricate the panels, much better than the thousands of dollars I was planning to spend. Then I just have to get them welded on, cleaned up and painted. :twisted:

Anyways, here's some pictures of me screwing around trying to figure this out. The lines I've marked on the panels is where I plan on making my cuts. I took the time to make sure these lines are a good inch or two away from the rust on the inside of the panel.





I've also been playing around with cardboard templates. None have come out perfect yet but its good practice and I'm getting my technique down.




An inside view of the rust on the quarter panels.



This is my plan of action, feel free to comment/make suggestions.

1. Fabricate the panels. I want them to fit well and I want them to fit well the first time. I'll have to add tabs to each piece so they can either be welded or screwed down since some parts of the car these panels are meant to attach to are rusted through also.

2. Cut the old panels off. Then while their off I'd like to sand, wire brush and treat with chemicals as much rust as possible.

3. Find a welder to weld the panels on.

4. Apply Por-15 or some other rust stopper to the backside new panels. (Could I do this to the rockers before welding them on?)

5. Clean up welds, make sure everything is set right and maybe give the whole car a cheap paint job.

Keep in mind that while I'm not pumping the car full of bondo, I'm not really properly fixing the rust either, just what's showing on the outside. It doesn't have to come out perfect, but I don't want to drive around with obvious, shotty body work.

Today I continued getting the engine ready to drop. I'm trying to disconnect the wishbone thing from the hub so I can pull out the front drive shafts and its such a bitch. This one, stupid f****** nut wont come off. The whole thing just spins, including the bolt. You think this f****** bolt would be welded down and in a fixed position but no. The one on the other side did the same shit and I managed to get some vice grips on the back end tight enough to shock the nut loose, didn't take too long. The one on the other side is a whole other story, I've spent hours trying different methods of taking this one god damn bolt off and Its starting to really grind my gears. I'm gonna have to get a welder to come to my garage and weld the top side of it or something, just so I can get the nut off. :bangshead:


Then I tried focusing on something else for a while to relax and take my mind off it, so I start disconnecting the down pipe from the rest of the exhaust just to have one of the nuts strip. I can't believe this car sometimes.


I guess I'm just venting. If anyone has any ideas on getting the nut off the wish bone I'd be happy to hear them.

I ended up hacking that last bolt of with this little piece of crap, took forever but its off. I probably need new ball joints anyways.



Other than that I haven't made too much progress lately. The engine is nearly ready to come out, just a few more things to take care off. My main issue right now is the stripped bolt between the down and mid pipe. I tried taking the downpipe off from up top but holy hell, how do you guys pull that off? The two bolts closest to the oil filter are nearly impossible to reach.

I'd like to buy a set of those sockets that are specifically for stripped bolts but I'm really short on funds so it'll have to wait.

Oh yeah my RC bumper is here.


Its out!

Wasn't as hard as I'd thought it would be. Actually went smooth considering I did it alone and I've never dropped an engine before. Nothing was damaged.




I was in a 'get as much done as ****ing possible for no reason' kinda mood so I just kept tearing into it.






God damn tranny fluid.


I started trying to get the tranny off and decided I was having waay too much fun and called it a night. :roll:

Today I'm gonna do a good clean up and pace myself.

Got the transmission off. I missed a bolt on the very bottom by the oil pan and was yanking on it for a couple hours before I noticed. After that it wasn't too bad, still a bitch since the thing weighs as much as I do, I think.

Slowly but surely.



After that ordeal I started taking apart the clutch. Went smooth until the flywheel bolts, I had to do this in order to get them off. There's gotta be a better way.


Then I tried to put the engine on the stand and it didn't go so well. There's two short arms and two long arms but I can't get them to line up with the main four holes on the block. There's just no way its happening. Maybe if all four arms were short but otherwise I have no idea how I'm going to put it on the stand. Any idea's?


Got my uncle to make me a metal plate for the mount stand so its off the hoist.



Finally got the down pipe off. Noticed the waste gate looked kind of funny. Is this normal?




I already miss driving my Trac. :|

Pulled a bunch more crap out of the garage, feels much better working in there now.






I want to pull the head off tomorrow. Going to grab a T-55 Torx bit in the morning and get to work. Main problem right now is not having enough money to buy parts, so I'm just gonna clean everything I've pulled out so far.

Took off the valve cover out of curiosity, looks okay to me.


My friend works for NAPA in the paint section, he's getting a high quality spray gun and having an experienced painter teach him. So I have a painter lined up once the body work is done. We were thinking about making a makeshift spray booth around the car using a 2x4 frame and poly wrap. Anyone ever done something like that?

I didn't find any scratches, pitting or any damage really but the carbon build up on the pistons doesn't look completely healthy. On cylinder #1 its actually kinda gray, charred and burned looking.

I'll take some better pictures.










So how anal should I be about scratches on the cylinder walls? I mean if I look really hard with a bright light I can see some really small scratches. There pretty much the same size as the cross thatching except they run parallel with the cylinder. Can't feel them or anything.

You can't even see them in the pictures. I'm probably just worrying too much.




Yesterday I took the oil pan off. Whoever put it on did a good job of sealing it up so it was kinda difficult. I was happy to find it was clean and sludge free.


Crankshaft, rods etc all look fine.


I did find this on the oil sucking filter unit. Looks like a little piece of cardboard.

Before I heard what garbage Fram oil filters are I used one or two. I wonder if this came out of one? :shrug:


Then today I dropped the fuel tank.



The GTS's fuel rail has been leaking for a while and I've been putting off fixing it since since its such a pain in the ass. After swapping the o-ring and insulator on the leaky third injector I put everything back together to find that the first injector looked to be leaking. :x

I guess I'll find out tomorrow morning if its okay. Rigged a switch up to the diagnostic box to make things easier.


Also found some more rust to deal with under the fuel tank. Its not too bad.


Lack of funds has slowed my project down. Need some more tools and parts for the car to really make more progress.

In the down time I've just been trying to clean up and get as much manual labor out of the way.

Valve cover. This bitch is hard to get shiny and clean, any tips?


For kicks I went over my old turbo. Turned out much better than the valve cover, is there a reason?


Intake manifold. It's going pretty well but not as clean as I'd like it.



Surprisingly the exhaust manifold is coming out a little better. I'm thinking about getting it coated with some heat-resistant crap.


That's my lame ass update for now. Should be more interesting once I get my hands on some air tools for body work and parts.

Any tips for cleaning up this stuff? I've been using a wire disc brush and drill.

Right after my last update I resealed the fuel rail, replaced the slave cylinder, took off the front fender and pounded out the big dent on the 4th Gen. The day after I posted it for sale and it was gone within an hour. I paid $700 for it and sold it for $1300. Just got sick of having to fix something new every week.

Immediately after selling it I went and picked up a 1990 4Runner SR5 for $1500. Its a 5 speed with 4x4 and I love it. Had the biggest snowfall in six years this winter ironically.

I've been doing a bunch of maintenance work to it over the last few weeks which has been taking up my time and money but I'm pretty much done now.

Here are some pictures when I first got it.


On Thursday I replaced the tires with 33x10.5" BFG All Terrains. :D





I've also started cleaning up some engine parts from the Four with my uncles sandblaster. They came out really well.

Though I think I'll be picking up a 3SGE intake manifold from the wrecker to use instead. It will be easier to route my FMIC piping with a side feed manifold.


More to come.

Lately I've been stocking up on tools. Bought a micrometer, dial indicator, straight edge, another feeler gauge and my first toolbox.

I'd like to disassemble the head and block and send them to a machine shop. Been reading up and trying to get a better idea of what I should for my rebuild.

My plan as of right now:

-Have the cylinder walls honed.
-Replace piston rings.
-Replace main bearings.
-Replace rod bearings.
-Replace valve springs.
-Have the block and head decked. (Is it really necessary to do this? I'd like to use a metal head gasket.)
-Replace head gasket.
-Possible shimless bucket conversion.
-Have crank inspected.

Is that a reasonable list for a moderate engine rebuild? Is there anything else I should do or anything on here I shouldn't bother doing?

Today I sandblasted a bunch of small parts and painted my exhaust manifold flat black.


Bought a valve spring compressor, piston ring compressor, ring remover/installer and some blue nitrite gloves after work today.

Just finished tearing down my head except for the oil seals.

Head, nearly dismantled.


Made this valve train organizer tray at work the other day. You can't see but it says front, back, intake and exhaust on the sides. I was surprised the measurements I chose worked so well, everything fit perfectly.


Random exhaust valve.


Random intake valve.


Saturday I'm gonna do more sandblasting and I may start tearing down the block this weekend. Need to grab some plastigage.

I've decided to simply have the head and valve train cleaned by the machinist, possibly decked, then do a valve lap and reassemble. Considering going shimless and grabbing new springs.

Started cleaning up the engine bay a couple weeks ago, its coming along okay.


Today I finished stripping down the head, which included the oil seals and bottom spring retainers.


Then I manhandled the block off the stand by myself and took out the rear oil seal retainer.


I don't have a dial indicator stand so I had to fabricate one with what I had lying around. It looks ghetto but its functional.


Managed to get the block torn down also. Thrust and bearing clearance's were all nearly the same and within spec. The only problem might be the #5, main bottom bearing may be slightly tight and I forgot to check the crankshaft thrust clearance. Made a note to for sure check while reassembling.


Tomorrow I'll mic all the bearings and maybe clean parts or something. Gotta wait till I have cash for the machine shop then I'll slowly start ordering parts.

Painted valve cover flat black today. Came out well except for a few spots around the 'Toyota'.


02-15-2010, 07:27 PM
awesome work, keep going!

02-15-2010, 09:26 PM
respect for all that work dude!

02-24-2010, 06:08 PM
Wow, quite the project. Did you ever get a replacement diff? Ive got one from my jdm parts car, I'm sure we could figure a way to get it to you without hassling with expensive shipping.

03-01-2010, 04:52 PM
Thanks for the comments! I'm hoping to have the car done by august so there should be a lot of updates over the next few months.

Repainted the heat shield flat black to match the valve cover a couple weeks ago.


Also finally got around to taking the rear bumper off. Half the bolts were rusty and snapped so I'll be putting my tap and die set to good use when that's reinstalled.


Last week I saw this MIG/Flux Core welder on sale for half price and bought it, was really hoping to get a 220 unit but this one will do for now. Plus I'm sure I can get my money back out of it if I ever decide to upgrade.


Luckily I work in a sheet metal shop (yay) so finding scrap metal to practice on is easy.


These are some of the first welds I made. Now keep in mind it was my first time welding, the flux core wire that comes with welder is really shitty, I have no gas (yet?) and its hard to hold the gun steady with one hand.


I've been practicing about an hour a day all week and on Friday I bought a better mask and some Lincoln flux core wire. After that its been much easier and I've been putting down some much nicer welds. Forgot to take some pictures though.


Yesterday it was really nice out so I decided to do some work to the fenders outside.


My favorite, rust.


After some grinding.


After laying them side by side in the sun I started seeing deformations I'd never noticed before.




I started to sand one but didn't feel completely confident and sure of myself so I decided to stop. Need to do more reading up on sanding and paintwork. But I did manage to bang out a few dents and straighten a few places, its hard to tell which one is deformed.

Today or tomorrow I'm supposed to pick up everything from the machine shop.

And lastly I have another problem to overcome. I thought I could simply cut off my rocker panels and weld new ones on but I've realized its not that simple. Because our cars are unibody the rocker panels are actually a key component of the cars structural integrity. This means I have to take extra steps to make sure the car is completely level and straight during this whole operation or it could possibly warp.

As of now, the shell is not nearly level. There are several large cracks on the concrete pad of my garage, some of which run directly under my jack stands. These are a big problem since it will be hard to level the car when the ground its sitting on isn't level itself!

I'm thinking I may have to move the car over, then lay some square beams of steel over the jack stands and the car onto the beams. That way the middle of the car has some support and doesn't want to slouch once the rockers are removed. I may even have to buy two more jack stands so there are six underneath.

Since the inner rocker panel is also rotted away, I'll be welding in steel beams along the inside of the rocker panel before putting the outer skins on. This will stiffen the chassis and make up up for the inner panels no longer being there.

03-02-2010, 12:46 AM
awesome stuff man. love the hard work your putting in will be well worth it by the looks of it.

btw you have like the best username ever lol

03-06-2010, 06:39 PM
Thank you sir, I try.

The other day I spent some time going over the chassis and looking at all the major rust areas.

I'm actually starting to think about just trying to fix all of it again. Outer rocker panels can be bought from 1stToyota for less than $400 shipped and the rest of the panels shouldn't be too hard to fabricate. I've been playing around with making body panels at work and practicing welding in my garage and I'm starting to get some decent results.

After going over some of the rust more thoroughly its looking a little less daunting then before. For example, this rust spot next to the gas tank has always really bugged me since finding it. I thought a large part of sheet metal was rusted through but after looking at it from the other side its actually just a small piece.

(Nevermind the undercoat over spray.)

Tore off this top layer of sheet metal under the pedals to see how far it had spread.


And one more of the driver side door area.


Inner panel will have to be hacked off along with the lip of the floor boards I think.

Otherwise everything is ready to be picked up at the machine shop but I have to wait until next friday because it cost more than I thought it would.

-Head degreased.
-Block degreased.
-5 angle valve job.
-Cylinders honed.
-Crank measured and inspected.
-Head and block assembly washed.

= $600 Cad

Unfortunately I only put away $500 since I didn't think the head would have to be milled.

03-08-2010, 02:50 AM
progress is coming quick, keep it up

03-08-2010, 03:48 AM
Wow you have put a great deal of work into. Great progress.

joe's gt
03-09-2010, 06:33 AM
Great work man. Keep it up.

03-20-2010, 09:31 PM
Thanks everyone, the support is really encouraging.

The other day I picked up everything from the machine shop.

Nice, clean head. Still debating if I should try to port and polish it.


Crank, cleaned and inspected at no charge.


Valves, freshly cut with a 5 angle valve job.


Block, honed and cleaned.


I've been dieing to paint my block for so long now I just couldn't wait. Got some Dupli Color Bright Red Engine Enamel and its a pretty close match to Toyota's Super Red II.

Intake side.


Then on the exhaust side I tried cleaning it a bit more and sprayed some degreaser on it. Well the crap soaked right into the block and I had to wait nearly a week for it to dry, so I just did the other side an hour ago.

Exhaust side.


I'm happy with how it came out for the most part. Its a real pain in the ass to get every nook and cranny since its such an odd shape but using several layers helped that. Your supposed to actually bake this paint on at 400*F for a couple hours, I'd rather not put my block in the oven though. What do you think I should do?

Lastly, my insurance went from $170 a month to $245 (nearly $3,000 a year) and I also found out I owe $4200 in backtaxes, yay.:idb:

So I really doubt the car will be done by August but oh well. That's life right?

04-06-2010, 02:07 AM
Just read through the whole thread.
Sweet project, but it is intimidating for a guy who might be trying somthing similar here soon.

04-07-2010, 05:09 AM
Wow, you are putting a ton of great work into your car. Looks great and about what I am about to be doing to my new engine. Keep up the good work and keep us updated with info and pics.

04-11-2010, 04:33 AM
Just read through the whole thread.
Sweet project, but it is intimidating for a guy who might be trying somthing similar here soon.

Wow, you are putting a ton of great work into your car. Looks great and about what I am about to be doing to my new engine. Keep up the good work and keep us updated with info and pics.

Thank you!

When I first got this car a few years ago I didn't know how to change the oil. So you don't have to be a master mechanic or anything just take your time and be confident in yourself.

It's not nearly as daunting once you get into it.

Anyways, I'm balls deep now.:biggthumpup:







04-11-2010, 01:19 PM
Great stuff, lovely clean engine!

04-15-2010, 04:20 AM
Thanks! Can't wait to see it all in one piece. I think flat black, Toyota red and aluminum/silver will go very well together.

Since I'm so broke lately and unable to order parts for my engine as I'd like to, I've decided to start on the body work.

Holy hell this is going to be a lot of work...

Started grinding this area by the gas tank, total pain in the ass to get to.


Yes, that's a manican. No, he doesn't help... I guess he's a manicant....:loser:


Got sick of grinding in such an awkward place and went to the other side. Didn't take me long to find some previous body work which was actually a surprise since I didn't think the body shop did anything but the floors. I'm starting to realize they did MUCH more than that.



Finally cut out that top layer of sheet metal under my pedals, revealing everything.


And lastly, after looking at the driver side rocker panel for a few minutes I decided it couldn't hurt to cut off also. Structurally, I think it was doing very little for the car as is since so much was already missing. So I'm not too worried about the frame tweaking but I'll finish welding in all the new metal before cutting the other side off.


There was a shitbrick of rusty crap inside.


Few pictures of where I left off.




04-15-2010, 02:58 PM
Wow, lots of work on her! great job taking and posting all these photos

04-15-2010, 03:56 PM
too bad you are soooooo far away i have good rockers and quarter panels, Good work!

04-19-2010, 04:19 AM
Wow, lots of work on her! great job taking and posting all these photos

Thanks man!

A lot of the time I have to slow down and remind myself to take some pictures but its always worth it.

Project threads with no pictures are just boring anyways.:thumbsdown:

Great weather all weekend, the only time I was inside was to sleep.

Unfortunately its kinda slow going on the body work. The learning curve of this level of body work is steep so I have to really take my time to get good results. But with that said I'm starting to get faster as I go along and I feel like I have a clearer idea of what needs to be done.

Cut out the most rusted part of the inside rocker panel. At first I thought it was a bad idea and that I should of just welded new metal over it but I'm actually doing pretty well at completely replacing it.



I've been using the cracks in my backyard deck to bend the patch panels into shape.


Yours truly, at work.




In this picture you can see how I'm starting to get my technique down for welding in the patch panels comparing the first to the second. I only burnt through on 3 or 4 spots and I'm getting good penetration on my welds.


Went wheeling for a few hours again yesterday. Managed to get stuck twice, once in sand and once in mud. You can see my buddies Mazda MPV in the background, it actually did really well for a van. Even has a electronic-locking differential I'm jealous of.


Stuck in the sand.


33" tire tucking nicely in the rear.


This is cool.

Found a 3" OD exhaust from an old truck while we were off roading. There's a bunch of destroyed and burned vehicles laying around the area for some reason.


I figure if I buy a 3" flex section, cat, muffler/tip, a few 90* or 45* bends from an exhaust shop and I can build my own custom 3" exhaust for $300 or less.


The metal is in surprisingly good shape after a quick clean up.


Mostly done, bit more sanding and it will look like new.


More to come.

04-21-2010, 07:04 AM
Wow that's some nasty rust, huge props on the repairs man

04-23-2010, 12:30 AM
Wow that's some nasty rust, huge props on the repairs man

Thanks man.

If I could take it all back... I would, lol. Fuck rust. All in all though, I'm learning quite a bit and its actually fun fabricating the new panels and welding them in. Very satisfying.

Good news and bad.

At work yesterday I was calling around trying to find a sheet metal distributor with good prices. A supervisor overheard me and says he'll get me a pass so I can take a bunch home free or cheap. It's 18 gauge satin coat, kinda hard to form because its so thick but way easier to weld.

My plan is to find a sheet metal shop with an english wheel and pay them to roll my rockers. Shouldn't cost much since it should only take a few minutes.

I took a bunch of rough measurements of the panels I need and cut them with a slitter today, hopefully that makes life easier down the road.


Then the bad news. While I was taking said measurements I noticed that the part of the chassis the rear sub frame bolts onto is rotting out.

I considered scrapping the whole project again but I'm pretty sure I can find a way to patch it up safely. I'm too far in to turn back, there's no giving up now.

All I want is maybe 3-5 years out of this car before I find a less rusted one to swap all my goodies to anyway.

The other side is completely solid still, its just the driver side, mostly the part closest to the wheel well. Hopefully I can patch it up without having to drop the rear subframe. I was considering dropping them both just for a clean up but I would really rather get this car back on the road and enjoy it.


Hopefully tomorrow I can take all those pieces home and make some progress this weekend.

I've also decided to take apart all my brake calipers, sandblast, paint and rebuild them at some point. Might look into SS brake lines while I'm at it.

05-26-2010, 03:30 AM
Haven't really touched the car lately.

Been busy with just about everything else... Yard work, my 4Runner, camping/wheeling, meeting a girl etc.

Found a driver side fender and a few other things for my truck at the wrecker.


My buddy bought this Integra for $200. He took the seats, Konig rims and had me pull the engine for $50 and a case of beer. The spoiler is two soup cans, duct tape and a piece of wood.


We managed to stuff everything in his Civic DX, lol.


I cut off the rusting muffler of the 4Runner and put in a piece of 2" straight pipe. Its a bit more peppy now and its not even much louder, I'm still not completely happy with the sound though. Eventually I want to delete the cat with another piece of straight pipe and put in a Magnaflow muffler or something.


I cut off the rusty tip, welded on a new one that angles backwards and painted it with high heat flat black paint. Cost me $30 total.



Flat black Toyota symbol, to put on my wall. :)


Other than that I hurt my hand at work on Friday and cant do much until it heals. I'm hoping to start working on the car again soon, I miss it so damn much now that its nice out.

05-26-2010, 07:06 AM
great work man. and if you need any tips on welding ask away. Im an AWS (American Welding Society) Certified welder. got certifications in stick mig and tig welding. if you didnt live in canada and close to me id do all your welding for ya for nothin really since i love to weld. im getting off topic great work

05-30-2010, 04:28 PM
Thank you sir!

I would just be happy to have someone teach me in person, I've been watching youtube videos and did a lot of reading up on MIG but it doesn't compare to being taught by hand.

My equipment is whats really holding me back. The welder is a 110 V unit, I have no gas tank so I'm using flux core and I need to buy an auto-darkening mask.

Haven't touched the car still... Been sick, injured and its snowing right now...

Oh and when the hell is this thread going to page 2!?

05-30-2010, 09:42 PM
Maybe now? I don't know, but I was wondering the same thing.

Good work though. I need to learn to weld to take on tasks like this.

05-30-2010, 10:09 PM
Wow, AMAZING work Dudeman, quite inspirational. I still can not get over how much rust is on that car! I didnt even think that was possible! But, regardless, TOP work.

05-30-2010, 10:27 PM
The Dude abides... lol :)

Nice work sir, be proud of your efforts!

06-03-2010, 05:18 AM
Seriously amazing work man! It's so cool to see that kind of dedication to not only work on your project to this extent, but to push yourself to learn new things along the way. It's quite impressive.

06-05-2010, 06:17 PM
Very good jobs guy.
My English is bad. Please try to under stand me.
I wish to rebuilt one ST185 calos sainz. Under neglotiate the owner to sell me his beloved car. Not sure the body's condition. May be better than yours. But the original engine and hareness was gone by fire. And current owner was decided to swap with ST215 A/T but convert it to M/T. and convert A/C system from manual to auto control.
Unfortunately, maybe he trust the wrong mechanics. 3 years was passed but his car still in that repair shop.
If he sell me his CS. I will post my project in this forum.

07-03-2010, 06:07 PM
Maybe now? I don't know, but I was wondering the same thing.

Good work though. I need to learn to weld to take on tasks like this.

Thanks man. :)

I highly recommend a small welding unit for any DIY, weekend warrior types.

There's just so much you can do.

Wow, AMAZING work Dudeman, quite inspirational. I still can not get over how much rust is on that car! I didnt even think that was possible! But, regardless, TOP work.

Thank you very much sir.

I'm still surprised myself, I have a feeling it was driven through a few winters without being washed or cared for. That's enough to rust anything out around here.

The Dude abides... lol :)

Nice work sir, be proud of your efforts!

Thank you!

I'm very proud actually, I've never put this much time and effort into anything before.

Jumping into a project like this with nearly no knowledge of mechanics or body work really goes to show what you can do if you apply yourself.

Seriously amazing work man! It's so cool to see that kind of dedication to not only work on your project to this extent, but to push yourself to learn new things along the way. It's quite impressive.

Thank you sir!

Its nice to see there's people out there who really understand and appreciate the work I'm doing.

Very good jobs guy.
My English is bad. Please try to under stand me.
I wish to rebuilt one ST185 calos sainz. Under neglotiate the owner to sell me his beloved car. Not sure the body's condition. May be better than yours. But the original engine and hareness was gone by fire. And current owner was decided to swap with ST215 A/T but convert it to M/T. and convert A/C system from manual to auto control.
Unfortunately, maybe he trust the wrong mechanics. 3 years was passed but his car still in that repair shop.
If he sell me his CS. I will post my project in this forum.

Thanks man, hope to see your project soon.

I'd just like to say, I really appreciate the compliments.

My friends and family are always a bit impressed, some more than others, but I don't think anyone really understands the amount of work/dedication/commitment that goes into a project like you guys.

At times its really hard to stick with it and keep working on such a daunting task and your support really makes a difference.

Anyways, here's a small update.

Been playing around with the rear quarter a bit lately, put a patch panel on the back so now i just have to do the wheel well, outer panel and flange.


Finally thought of a way to roll my rocker panels. I simply cut a large pipe down to the same size as the panel, clamped each end down and then used my hands to slowly bend it down. I had to take my time and clamp the ends in a few different spots but it worked pretty well.



I then took the panels to work and used a brake to put a few bends in them. One of the bends isn't angled right so I have take them back and unbend them slightly but otherwise they look like a good fit.


This made me happy, the stock mud guards will make things so much easier for me as they can hide my work. You can see what I mean in this pic.


Picked up a 3SGE side feed manifold the other day. It has a few broken bolts and didn't include the throttle body or anything but I should be able to get it to work. I'll be sandblasting this and possibly my brake calipers next weekend.


I've also ordered a 3" Berk downpipe and everything to put my block back together. Should be some good updates in the next few weeks.

07-11-2010, 11:12 PM
Finished welding in the inside rocker panel and sealed it with poly.


Sealed everything with a rust primer, just have to paint it and that's pretty much it for the interior/floor boards.


Went to Calgary yesterday and got an RC tranny. It's the super clean one. :)




There's a few subtle differences between the two. According the the stamp date my old one was made in 89' and the RC was made in 91'.





The guy I bought it off was into high HP builds, showed me some crazy stuff. Check out this mount he was going to use, the thing is solid fucking steel. I don't even think I'll use it, worried it will rattle.


Bad news.

This body work is really bringing me down. I can't even describe how difficult it is to get decent results. It's getting to the point where I really don't want to bother with this chassis anymore.

I'm thinking I might strip the body down completely, hack it up, send it the scrapper, save money for a year or so and buy a clean example.

Seriously, fuck rust. :(

07-12-2010, 03:41 AM
no way man youv put way to much work and the results have been great. i say stick with it

Irish Lover
07-12-2010, 05:11 AM
Yeah,man. Don't give up. I am about to start doing body work for the first time as well. My 92 GT is as rusted as yours if not worst. I didnt think my GT would be worth the effort but I have fallen in love with her and have put so much time in mechanics that I may as well make her look as good as she runs. I know its not an all-trac or G4 or anything special like that but for me I love her and will continue to work her out to something I can be proud of and say " look what I did !!! ". I hope you continue your adventure and be proud...

07-12-2010, 04:22 PM
Did you get the trans from Steve? I'm starting to wonder if his car will ever run...haha.

Super clean though!!

I'm going to think about your question....right now I'm not sure what I'd do.

07-12-2010, 05:31 PM
^ lol, yep.

He's a cool dude, if his Trac ever does run again it should be a monster. I manged to pick it up for $600 so I think it was a pretty good deal, he said he paid $1400 with shipping a few years ago.

In regards to my car, my plan was to just make it look decent (ie. no gaping holes/rust and a quick paint job) but lately Ive been thinking it will just look like crap when its done.

The 5th gen has such a curvy body I think any body guy would have a hard time hand fabricating these panels. Another option would be buying the panels or a parts car to take them off but I can't justify putting any more money into a chassis I plan to scrap one day.

Even if I found new rockers and the quarter sections I need, the rear floor boards that the sub frame bolts to is rotting out also. I was planning to drop the rear sub frame and add extra bracing for the mounts but as time goes on I'd really rather not bother.

Honestly, I wish I could go back and just fill everything with bondo and repaint it over a weekend. Then it would look half decent and I could just throw my engine back in and drive the thing.

The main reason I'm having these thoughts is my parents are sick of me hogging the garage. My mom has a new car and would like to park it there this winter so I'm being rushed to finish everything by October. Having a deadline really changes the game since I have to take my time to get somewhat quality results.

07-15-2010, 03:33 AM
Unfortunately I've decided to part this car out.

I'll have another Four some day I'm sure, I just cant deal with the headache of restoring this one.

All in all this car has been a huge loss from day 1 but I learned a lot and I know not to make the same mistakes again.

I'm gonna hold on to my engine and continue building it, I'll probly continue to document that here.

Anyone interested in parts please take a look in the part out section.

07-30-2010, 02:17 PM
Sad to see, your work in this thread was really inspiring. I guess the bottom line really IS F rust :(

09-28-2010, 03:08 AM
...So the project continues.

I met a guy experienced with this type of body work and he's willing to give me some guidance. Parents agreed to give me some more time too.

I sold a few parts that I'll have to now track down but in the end I'm happy to be finishing the car.

Anyways, I now have a huge bottle of argon so I'm actually MIG welding, no more flux-core crap.


Bought some sheet metal shears. These are completely essential and I should of bought them a long time ago.


I've been working on the driver side rocker panel and have made some decent progress. I have a pic on my phone I'll try to upload...

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09-28-2010, 05:57 AM
my man!

09-28-2010, 06:29 AM
Man, that rocker panel looks NICE! Great job!

09-28-2010, 07:29 AM
Way to stick to it!

09-29-2010, 03:20 AM
Thanks guys, I'm impressed with how well the rocker panel is coming out.

Made a bit more progress today, though its slow-going as always.

Here's some better pictures from my camera.



I'm having a few issues getting it lined up with the door properly but hopefully its welded on by tomorrow night.

09-29-2010, 04:28 AM
A true body man you are. That is coming out amazing. I am so glad you didn't give up as I had nothing but problems with my swap since day one and I am doing it right this time thinking to my self is it worth it? I now know it is, inspiration man. Keep up the good work. It will look amazing in the end and no one can take that feeling you're going to have away.

Irish Lover
09-29-2010, 12:10 PM
awesome dudeman!!! glad you decided to finish her. ill have to get some pics up of my work and maybe we can help each other out. i dont have all the tools you have but wish i did. im riveting mine ad doing a lot of grinding and sanding...

09-30-2010, 04:42 AM
A true body man you are. That is coming out amazing. I am so glad you didn't give up as I had nothing but problems with my swap since day one and I am doing it right this time thinking to my self is it worth it? I now know it is, inspiration man. Keep up the good work. It will look amazing in the end and no one can take that feeling you're going to have away.

lol I'm no body man, just a kid with a hard on for his car. :P

Thanks though! I really appreciate everyone's encouragement. My friends seem to think this shit is easy or something..

awesome dudeman!!! glad you decided to finish her. ill have to get some pics up of my work and maybe we can help each other out. i dont have all the tools you have but wish i did. im riveting mine ad doing a lot of grinding and sanding...

Get your pictures up for sure!

I've invested a lot of money into my tools, but that's exactly what it is, an investment. Try and buy one every time your paid or set aside some money for more expensive stuff. I'll do my best to help you out, just shoot me a PM or post here.

Got my rocker welded on tonight.

I still have to finish welding in a few spots and get it perfectly straight, though it nearly is. Obviously the gap between the door and rocker is a bit wider than stock but there was nothing I could really do about it. The good part is the drip rail is still at the stock height and the gap is completely even the whole way through.


09-30-2010, 05:10 AM
That rocker looks good. Get her painted up, and you will never know its not factory

09-30-2010, 05:57 AM
With the car on the ground the only person that won't notice that until you point it out is you.

10-04-2010, 01:22 AM
^ Yeah, I hope so!

Yesterday I patched up the small area where the rocker panel ends and the bottom of the fender bolts to. I put on the fender a few times to make sure everything would line up and got to it. I still have to drill two holes and then weld a couple nuts on it so the fender can be bolted on.

This is kinda cool. I took a picture from roughly the same spot every time I took a break and you can see how it went together.


This is what I'll be tackling next.


Today I decided to take a break from the body work and assemble my short block.


Hopefully next weekend I can start ordering gaskets, head studs, HG etc.

Irish Lover
10-04-2010, 05:52 AM
Looking good Bro!!!

10-04-2010, 06:16 AM
Glad to see this one back alive. Hope you didn't sell too much of her.

10-04-2010, 05:22 PM
I cant wait to see it in person, this project is intense bro.

10-04-2010, 05:49 PM
Great to see the car being brought back to life. :) Some nice work Chase!

10-05-2010, 04:47 AM
Oh I'm sure you'll see it one day. Give me a call if your ever in Edmonton and wanna check it out.

Thanks Chris, its coming together very well!

I haven't been happy with the way my engine parts are laid out for a while now so I decided to start by cleaning a few pieces and organizing everything.


Then I got the other half of the rocker panel, beside the quarter, welded on.


Tomorrow I'll be working on this area in the wheel well.


I started playing around with this small spot by the door but I'm not too happy with this piece. I think tomorrow I'll cut it off and do it a little differently, a little closer to stock. Its nice and flush with the door though.


Lastly, every night when I close up and come inside this is the last thing I see. Managed to get a half-decent pic of it so here ya go.


10-06-2010, 04:08 AM
Got most of the wheel well filled in today. It looks kinda ugly right now and I have to finish welding it in but most will be hidden by undercoating and the exterior panel.

The outside quarter panel will be challenging so I'd like to take my time with it.

My goal is to have the driver side of the car all welded up by Sunday night.


10-07-2010, 04:24 AM
Sad I won't be buying any of your parts, but super happy you're continuing with the repair!

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10-09-2010, 06:14 AM
Really nice work man and don't even think about giving up!!!:)I thought that my car is rusty and not worth even try to repair, but compared to your it is clean without rust!:D
Respect for you not giving up and your project is really inspiring!
Good luck man and keep up good work!;)

10-09-2010, 06:24 AM
Your fab work is amazing.

10-10-2010, 03:51 AM
Hey, thanks a lot guys.

I'm surprised myself with how well its coming together.

Got my quarter panel mostly welded on and I've started working on the flange of the wheel well. The only thing I'm not happy about is its not completely flush with the door, about an eighth of an inch off. I'm gonna try and pull it out a bit more tomorrow and if that doesn't work, Bondo will.





Started working on the area the sub frame bolts to. I'll be adding another layer of sheet metal and doubling up my welds to beef it up.



My uncle stops by to see how I'm doing every now and then. He has two convertible Firebirds, a 67' and a 68', fully restored by himself. I can't remember which one this is but I took a quick pic of it today.


Tomorrow I'll finish up the sub frame mount and try to make some progress on the wheel well flange.

ARP head studs, a Cometic HG and a Toyota overhaul gasket kit are all on the way.

10-10-2010, 11:13 PM
Nice and clean Firebird!;)
I've just noticed one thing in your project so far.Look at this picture to whole rear part of that rusty panel:
see that small plastic piece?If you are going to put those plastic panels back you should rebuild rear part, because it goes in, but in your project it is in one level with front part. If you are not going to install those plastics back, than it is ok.But with those plastics rear body looks wider.By the way maybe you know where to get all those small plastic pieces?Because i was welding that rear panel of my celica too and noticed that some of them missing.

10-11-2010, 02:55 AM
The plastic mud guards will be put back on eventually. I'll simply drill a few holes, install the tabs and slap it on. Every now and then I put it up to the panel to make sure it will go on smoothly.

You should be able to find the small plastic tabs at most auto stores. I would go to my local NAPA but I'm not sure about Latvia.

10-11-2010, 02:36 PM
Ok, sounds that it will work!:)

I mean those pieces which comes from outside and holds that panel they are specific and I haven't succeed to find them. I am in the USA now, that's why I was asking you:D

10-11-2010, 06:00 PM
Oh I get what you mean now.

There's two different tabs, male and female. The female's go on the cars body panel and the male's go on the backside of the mudguard.

I wouldn't be too worried about grabbing the exact same tabs.. Just go to your local NAPA with one of the mud gaurds and show it to them, they should be able to help you out.

If you want I can take pictures of the backside of my mudguards, so you know what your looking for.

10-11-2010, 06:13 PM
Quick update.

Got the lip of the wheel well put on, still needs quite a bit of work but its coming along.


10-12-2010, 12:24 AM
Oh I get what you mean now.

There's two different tabs, male and female. The female's go on the cars body panel and the male's go on the backside of the mudguard.

I wouldn't be too worried about grabbing the exact same tabs.. Just go to your local NAPA with one of the mud gaurds and show it to them, they should be able to help you out.

If you want I can take pictures of the backside of my mudguards, so you know what your looking for.

Thanks man!I know how they look, but the problem, that my car is in Latvia, but I am in USA:D But I will look for some local parts shop and try to find those pieces:)

10-12-2010, 01:15 AM
Dude thats coming out awesome! the panels match the shape of the body really well, how did you form the curves in the quarter panel piece behind the door? btw when your welding that thicker structural stuff like the subframe mount it might help to either lower your wire speed a tad or increase the amperage a tad to keep it from "blobbing up" and penetrate better. But good work bro keep it up!

10-12-2010, 02:46 AM
Its kind of hard to describe but I'll try.

First I welded in a small piece that made the quarter flush with the door. You can see it in some of the pictures near the top of this page.

Then I welded a flat sheet along the top of the rocker panel, pushed it tight against the quarter so it followed the shape of the body, traced and cut off the excess metal. Pushed it back up against the quarter and tacked the top part in.

After that its just a matter of grinding and welding until it starts to look right. Crude, but it works.

Thanks for the welding advice. I've been having trouble getting it dialed in properly..

The other half of the problem is I'm welding to rusty metal in awkward spaces. Sometimes I just pile the welds up cause its such a difficult place to reach.

10-13-2010, 03:08 AM
Started on the other side of the quarter panel by the bumper. Hoping to have the exterior of the car welded up by next Friday..





More to come...

10-13-2010, 04:19 PM
Damn, you are cruising along! Wish I could have stopped in on the weekend when I was in Edmonton, but it was a whirlwind trip and had to visit all the family I could in 24 hrs. Next time. ;)

10-13-2010, 11:11 PM
Never been more motivated to get this project done.

Plus winters right around the corner so I wanna get as much grinding, sanding, welding, cutting etc. done while I can keep the doors open.

I know what you mean man, whenever I go to Calgary I'm usually in and out.

10-14-2010, 07:19 PM
every time u post a new picture, i get warm feeling in my pants.

10-15-2010, 05:34 AM

Made some more progress on the rear quarter panel.

Its funny, the whole time I was working on this piece I kept thinking to myself 'no, its gonna look like shit, its not right, I'll have to cut it all out'. But after getting the last piece on and doing a bit of grinding, I couldn't be happier!

It sits perfectly flush with the bumper on and will require minimal Bondo. This weekend I'll finish up the flange in the wheel well and then there's only three more spots to do. :wiggle:





10-15-2010, 06:56 AM
OMG that feeling again, looks very good u should go into the business

10-15-2010, 11:09 PM
I've actually been considering it.. I'll be 21 in a couple months and I'm still not sure what to do with myself.

I forgot to mention my ARP head studs and Cometic head gasket came in yesterday.



10-16-2010, 01:56 AM
Looking good :) Can you make me one so I can cut off the rusted rear quarter panel? that little piece u have right before the bumper.

10-16-2010, 05:52 AM
excellent job so far. you are very crafty with a welder. I love making stuff for my car but i HATE body work. prob wouldnt hate it so much if i didnt suck at it.

10-16-2010, 06:01 PM
Looking good :) Can you make me one so I can cut off the rusted rear quarter panel? that little piece u have right before the bumper.

Sorry, it doesn't really work like that. If you wanna drive over here and leave me your car for a few weeks we could work something out. ;)

excellent job so far. you are very crafty with a welder. I love making stuff for my car but i HATE body work. prob wouldnt hate it so much if i didnt suck at it.

Thanks man. I know exactly what you mean, I've always hated body work but lately I've been enjoying it more. It's tedious and frustrating at times though.

The last piece isn't as perfect as I thought it was. After trimming a bit off yesterday the distance between the tire and lip is accurate to the 1/16th but I foolishly eyeballed the curve of the wheel well itself and it sticks out too much.

I'm kinda disappointed about it and there's no way to fix it without tearing the whole thing apart..

10-16-2010, 11:26 PM
I wish I could leave it there for a few weeks but it's a long drive hehe. cut yours off and make another :) that would be the easiest thing hehe

10-17-2010, 01:18 AM
So the other day my buddy got in an accident and I'm helping him fix his front end. We went to pick n pull today, grabbed pretty much a whole new front end for his MPV and just as we were leaving I decided to take a quick peek at the import cars section.


For the first time ever, I found a 5th gen Celica at a wrecker. Flat black with a body kit no less.. lol.

When I was parting my car out I sold the trunk carpet, side mirrors, steering column covers and the driver's seat belt. Today I managed to get the seat belt and column covers so I'm half way to recovering my parts. :D

Also grabbed a passenger side fender for the 4Runner, which will be nearly rust free once its on... Joy.

I still need some 5th gen side mirrors, if anyone knows where to find some let me know.


10-17-2010, 05:16 AM
i got some mirrors in my parts car, wouldn't mind giving them away as long as you pay shipping.

10-20-2010, 04:17 AM
Got the new fender for the 4Runner on. I decided to delete the antenna for now since I never listen to the radio and its an eye sore.

Had to patch up a few places with new metal and bondo but it turned out alright and the Runner is nearly rust free now!

I kinda rushed to get it on though and ended up scratching the paint.. Oh well. I'll touch it up later.






Other side.


The quarter panel by the bumper is nearly finished. Sorry for the shitty pictures, I'll get better ones later.



Which only leaves two more spots to do.. Maybe 3 If I decide to cut out the top of the wheel well on the driver side.



I started buttoning up the dash, since I now have my column covers, when I realized how close I was to having the gauge cluster out.

Something I've wanted to do for a while is paint the bezel silver. I saw this on Dennis Heath's site a long time ago and IMO it does wonders for making the gauges look more modern.

So, here it is. Pretty slick.



Another mod I've wanted to do for a while is swap in LED bulbs.

Unfortunately I have no wiring harness or battery in my car so I'll wait until its up and running.. In the mean time I stripped the 'green condoms' off the backlighting bulbs, hoping for a clean white look.


10-20-2010, 07:16 AM
the pics arent loading for me. :(

10-21-2010, 05:13 AM
Good call on the green condoms! ill have to try that sense mine will be out soon. This is helping me to get motivated to work on mine and finish it up! i will probably update my build soon. Keep at it dude your getting close! It will all be worth it the first time you go mob it.

10-21-2010, 03:26 PM
pulling them off does not give you a clean white look. Its more of a yellow pink look, i have tried that did not like it.

10-24-2010, 03:11 AM
Good call on the green condoms! ill have to try that sense mine will be out soon. This is helping me to get motivated to work on mine and finish it up! i will probably update my build soon. Keep at it dude your getting close! It will all be worth it the first time you go mob it.

I literally day-dream about pulling this car out of the garage.. I just hope everything goes smooth on the first start up and break in.

pulling them off does not give you a clean white look. Its more of a yellow pink look, i have tried that did not like it.

Ah, thanks for the heads up. No big deal though since the condoms are cheap and like I said I plan on going LED some day.

Haven't made as much progress on the body as I'd like to, tomorrow I'll be going hard on the passenger side.

Got my gasket kit finally though.

Today I was hung over so I just watched TV and assembled my valvetrain on my bed.. :P

Been dying to see the head on the block for a long time now so here it is!



10-25-2010, 08:38 PM
Love seeing this car being re-assembled. The welding looks to be coming along nicely!

10-26-2010, 12:50 AM
Nice and clean engine!;)

10-31-2010, 05:13 PM
Love seeing this car being re-assembled. The welding looks to be coming along nicely!

Thank you sir! I'd like to get a better welder some day, a Lincoln or something.

Nice and clean engine!;)

It sure is perty. I don't recommend doing body work and an engine rebuild in the same area.. Keeping contaminants out is a bitch.

Quick update, haven't done much lately but I've been blessed with another week of decent weather so hopefully I can make some progress.

Buttoned up part of the dash yesterday to see how the silver bezel looks and I'm happy with it.


My boost gauge is almost a perfect match, which I never even noticed before, bonus.

I've been debating how I should mount it lately. First I had it under the head unit but I didn't like having to take my eyes off the road to see it so I simply jammed it between the A pillar and dash.

I like the idea of molding it into the black trim behind the steering wheel with fibreglass, but I'll have to find another trim piece in case I screw it up.


Making a little progress on the passenger side.


11-01-2010, 12:19 AM
Haven't been very productive lately.. Just been feeling kinda lazy for some reason.

Got a few odd jobs done today but nothing crazy. Gave the car a bit of a wash for the first time in year, looks good.

Painted the area by the pedals and the inside rocker panel.


I know some won't like this but personally I love the look of mud flaps.. And it will hide some of the imperfections in my body work. Mainly the rear part of the wheel well which sticks out too much, problem solved.

Not sure if I'll be going with these particular flaps but they were laying around the garage so I thought I'd try them on. Fit pretty well but of course their not completely straight or anything.

Just to get an idea.



11-02-2010, 02:26 AM
Got most of the wheel well filled in today.


This panel is gonna be a bitch, check out the 1/4" of body filler..


Started cleaning up a few little spots I've been meaning to grind down. The top of the wheel well isn't nearly as bad as I'd thought so I'll just be cutting the lip out.



Then I had to chip some of the sound deadening out to grind at some surface rust inside the car, which led to me chipping it all out.. I never really intended to do this but oh well.

The rest of the deadening was gone already since the floor panels were replaced so this is all that was left. Gonna let the primer dry over night and paint it tomorrow.






I've decided to grab one of these cheap eBay gauge pods eventually for my boost gauge.

It will be temporary mounting solution until I purchase more gauges.


Hopefully tomorrow I can get most of the quarter panel done and paint the interior. I really want to move onto sealing and bondoing everything.. Once that's done I can primer and do a quick rattle can paint job so its drivable.

At that point I'm home free, just a matter of purchasing parts and reassembling everything.

11-04-2010, 03:08 AM
Passenger side quarter panel is nearly done.



Also the small area the front fender bolts to. Looks ugly but it doesn't really matter since the fender covers it.


Tomorrow I'll be going over all my metal work and touching it up. Hopefully I can also start applying body filler.

I didn't get to finish painting the inside since my paint can exploded on me.

On another note, it's been 443 days since I parked this car..

11-04-2010, 04:04 AM
Hahaha YES!! those mud flaps are awesome! i have been strongly considering putting some on mine along with aggressive snow tires and a roof rack and go rally status for the winter since it sits so high. Anyway the thing is really coming together i had my car sitting for years too until i finally got it going this summer. so sense you recently had your gauge cluster out can you tell me are those ones cable driven speedos or electronic? i wanna convert mine to electronic so if so would you know where to find another one up there? Thanks dude..

11-04-2010, 10:25 PM
Their just cheap ones I picked up a while ago, Rally Armour would be nice but expensive as shit.

The Subaru guys have been making them out of Ikea cutting boards for quite a while, just Google 'Ikea mud flap' or something.

Canadian models have a mechanical speedo, you'll need to track down a JDM unit, their the only ones that had them as far as I know.

11-07-2010, 05:40 PM
Got most of the car sealed up yesterday.





Tore off the crash bar and hacked off the mounts. I'll be fabricating a new one once I have my new intercooler.


Also tore the side brackets off the old bumper. I didn't even realize I would need them until a few days ago.. Good thing I hadn't chucked it or anything.


Old bumper is thrashed and getting in my way so I cut it in half and chucked it.


RC bumper waiting patiently..


I also patched this lip the other day.


To be continued.. And continued...

11-07-2010, 05:46 PM
what did you use to seal it ? pur-15 ?

11-07-2010, 05:59 PM
Pro Form Seam Sealer, got it from NAPA.

The area's in the wheel wells will have undercoating or POR15 put on top of the sealer.

11-08-2010, 03:09 AM
Took the car off the jackstands for the first time in over a year today. Got me a little excited to be honest.

I did this to keep dust out of the garage now that I'm starting to do the body filler.




Bought a bunch of sandpaper to get started.


Started on a small area on the passenger quarter. Shit is taking forever to cure because its getting chilly so I couldn't sand it.


Then I cleaned the garage and pushed the car back in. It took everything I fuckin' had to move that thing.. Getting too skinny..


So the plan is to keep pulling it outside and finish the body filler this week. Then hopefully this weekend I can put it back on jack stands and prime.

I just hope the weather holds out a little longer..

11-10-2010, 03:26 AM
Making decent progress on the body filler.

I've always sucked at this shit but I've never taken it that seriously before. Usually when I put Bondo on a car its a 'quick-fix, get it fuckin' done' kinda thing.

Now its a different story.. I'm improving but no where near as good as I'd like to be.



Painted the interior where I chipped out the sound deadening.

Not that exciting. But I did it. So I'm posting it.


Its supposed to start snowing and raining on Friday so I really need to get this done..

11-10-2010, 04:29 AM
She is coming along nicely! Looks very good so far.

11-10-2010, 05:41 AM
i like the colors on the last pick. the red/black/orange came out nice.

11-14-2010, 03:09 AM
She is coming along nicely! Looks very good so far.

Thanks man, its starting to look like a car again!

i like the colors on the last pick. the red/black/orange came out nice.

The interior colours are a bit mismatched but I don't care since the carpet will cover it.

Body filler is finished, got it primed today.

I might go back and touch up a few spots but for now I'm done with the body work.. Getting sick of working long hours cutting, welding, sanding, etc. on the ground.

Lots of shit to keep me busy though. Engine rebuild, assembling the interior, drivetrain, etc.

Anyways, here's a bunch of pics.















After that I didn't really feel like working hard so I loosely threw the front end of the car back together, just to see. :)






More to come..

11-14-2010, 04:58 AM
you should keep her gutted :D best way to drive a celica, only 1 seat for this ride.

ps. awesome body work.

11-29-2010, 08:51 PM
Wow, wicked progress! Your updates seem to have stopped since the snow and deep freeze came in. :D

11-30-2010, 05:08 PM
Thanks you sir!

I was mostly concerned with getting the majority of the body work done before the temps dropped.

Once I'm caught up on bills I can start buying parts and get the ball rollin' again.

11-30-2010, 08:00 PM
great job on the bodywork.....are you gonna work on that door jam some more....looks like the spacing is off a little.

but overall way better than i could do.

now hurry up and get this painted....lol

12-01-2010, 03:15 AM
wow thats great work u did on your celica. can u do my for me? j/k i give u 2 thums up

12-01-2010, 04:07 AM
I just wish I could afford a project like this. Keep going man, its like watching my dream come true!

05-09-2011, 05:27 AM
Well I'm back at it.

Finished sanding today, tomorrow after work I'm shooting it with paint.

After that I'll undercoat, assemble the rear end, put the interior back in and then focus on finishing the engine.

The body could really use more work but I've decided its not worth trying to perfect since the other 75% of the car is far from showroom quality. For now, I just need it back on the road, which is also why I'm just using rattle cans.

Should have some good updates in the next few weeks.

05-11-2011, 02:11 AM
Finished painting and clearcoating today.

It's still fresh in the pics and I know there will be orange peel but after it hardens for a couple weeks I can wetsand, polish, buff, etc. and it should look a lot better.


05-11-2011, 02:22 AM
Oh yeah, I was washing my truck the other day and I ended up hacking off the rust in the rear end so its pretty much rust free now.

I'm grabbing some 1.25" wheel spacers from my buddy in the next week hopefully, should improve the stance and give a more aggressive look.

Its still going strong, no problems at all.


And this is a bumper I fixed for my mom..

Could of been better but she was rushing me.


05-11-2011, 07:33 PM
Looking good!

05-11-2011, 09:21 PM
Dudeman, this is amazing! Props to you! I would love to do something similar with my RC , but find it so daunting. Good on you for pushing through. Great work; can't wait to see it finished.

05-12-2011, 04:47 AM
Thanks guys.

Today I was going to assemble the rear end but I forgot my crash bar was a rusty piece of shit with a bunch of broken bolts in it..


So I pounded out the bolts, cleaned up most of the rust and welded on a few small pieces of threaded rod over the broken bolt holes.


Hung up and primed.


Tomorrow I'll shoot it with black paint and either clean the interior or undercoat.

Here's a few better pictures of the paint I sprayed yesterday. Its clearly orangepeeled but as I said it still needs to be colorsanded and buffed.


05-13-2011, 03:20 AM
Got a bit more done today..

Mounted the brake/fuel lines along the driver side.


Undercoated the rear end.


And finally got the rear bumper and tail lights back on. This was a bit of a pain in the ass since I didn't take any pictures or bag or tag anything when I took it apart.. Ran into quite a few broken bolts too so I ended up using mostly new hardware to install everything.


Couldn't quite get this side to line up for some reason. I'll have to come back and play around with it some time.


This weekend I think I'll clean the interior and put it back in.

05-13-2011, 06:35 AM
Looking good!!! Glad you reconsidered scrapping her out.

05-17-2011, 05:18 AM
Before I say anything I just want to mention that my camera screen is broken and I can only see about 1/4 of what I'm shooting. Around the end of the month I should be getting a new one but until then I'm doing my best to work with this piece of shit..

Anyways, I've gotten quite a bit done lately.

Pulled the interior out and cleaned everything. This is the carpet before I washed it.

Six jugs of this black shit later I gave up.


Here's a bit of an after shot. I forgot to take one out of the car.


Rear seats in.


The driver seat has two tears that have been bugging me for a long time so I decided to try and fix them.



I used a crappy tire kit I had laying around and it turned out okay.. Definitely could use more practice. The one on the bottom looks worse from the piece of tape I had over it before.



Oiled up to help with the cracks.


Interior nearly done.





Painted 1/3 of my prop shaft.


One of the bolts had broken off while trying to take out the diff mount a while ago so I decided to pull it off, fix the broken bolt and fill it with poly.


Once it was dry enough to handle I put it back in and tackled the rear diff. I filled it up with gear oil on my work bench cause its a pain in the ass to do under the car obviously..


First I tried to get the diff in with my jack but it kept catching and not lining up right so I decided to bench press it off my chest.. That thing kicked my ass but I got it in. Thanks Chris!


Tonight I was hell bent on getting the gas tank in.


This was easy to to install with my jack, everything lined up perfectly first try. Got it strapped on, hooked up the lines and then ugh..


The uh, filler thing, should really go on beforehand.. Tomorrow I'm gonna try loosening the straps and see if I can't get screw it on. Might have to drop it again.


Once the gas tank is installed properly I'll finish the front fenders and continue taking care of odds and ends.

05-18-2011, 03:52 AM
wow looks to be comming together pretty well. :) nice job man!

05-18-2011, 05:41 AM
LOL no prob Chase! Yeah that beast is heavy!

Again, awesome progress. So if you can finish any chance you'll take it out to BC when you meet up with us for Ogopogo?

05-18-2011, 06:29 PM
Thanks boys!

I'm still debating whether to take the car or truck out.. Right now I'm leaning towards the Runner since I'll be camping out there the whole week before the meet and I'm really not sure if the Celica will even be done in time.

Next year though, I'm taking the car for sure.

05-22-2011, 06:41 AM
After installing the rear end and interior I had quite a bit of shelving space left over so I decided to clean and reorganize my garage.


My mom is trying to start a furniture business and she's storing crap in the garage already.. I've been hauling these boxes outside and then back in every time I work on the car and its become a total pain in the ass. Now their mostly out of my way, joy.


My shoulder blades and spine kinda hurt after putting that rear diff in, so I decided to use my Canadian engineering skills (read; Red Green) to build a creeper composed 90% of wood and duct tape.. :downsrim:

It was actually a friends home made creeper from when he was younger. The only problem was it had no head support so I simply screwed on a piece of plywood and duct taped some foam around it.

The Toyota logo makes it worth like $600!


Front end of my toolbox is coming along.. I'm always on the lookout for new steekers.


To be honest, I did more drinking beer, smoking and staring than anything else today but I managed to get a few things done.

On AllTrac.net I saw a member paint his transmission and it looked amazingly clean so I had to try it on my RC tranny. I know, its really clean to begin with, the guy I bought if off attempted to polish it.


There was some overspray and general nastiness on the gas tank cover so I decided to undercoat it.


After seeing how well the tranny came out I thought I'd clean up the oil pan and shoot it too. Should be easy to spot oil leaks now.


Managed to get a pic of my loyal assistant.. He's my little buddy.


And lastly, for shits and giggles, here's a pic of my buddys Land Cruiser he just got a few months ago. Turbo diesel, right hand drive, JDM as fuck and a tank. I love it!


His first mod.. Massive 3" wheel spacers. There overkill, I know.

As long as he doesn't have problems with his front bearings it shouldn't be an issue. The ones on the right were on his LC when he bought it, he's giving them to me in exchange for some body work.


My rig after putting the spacers on..

They are only 1.25" but the stance is much better.


Tomorrow I'm supposed to go wheeling but Monday I will probably start on mounting the bottom of the fenders and such.

Stay tuned, more to come.

05-30-2011, 04:40 AM
Haven't been as quick to grab the camera lately since the screen is still broken.. I'm hoping to get my new one from work some time this week.

Last couple weeks the brake light in my truck kept coming on. Switch under the dash and the reservoir checked out okay so I didn't really know what to think of it.. Then on Friday the battery light came on so I checked the alternator and sure enough, it was only putting out 10.5 volts.

NAPA apparently doesn't sell alternator brushes, which I think is bullshit. Toyota wanted over 50 bucks and I'd have to wait till Tuesday.. So I went down to the wrecker and after tearing open 5 or 6 Toyota alternators I found a set of brushes in decent shape.

Problem solved.

I even found a set of nearly brand new NGK ignition wires on an old Corolla.


And mesh head light guards for my truck! I've lost two headlights in a row on the way to work because of rocks hitting them.. Been looking for a set of these for nearly 6 months now so I was ecstatic to finally find some.

I'm planning on sandblasting and painting them in a few weeks, kinda rusty right now.


Got most of the transmissions odds and ends back on.. A few things were left off to be sandblasted and painted.


Finally got the bottom half of the passenger side fender mounted. I still have to tweak it a bit to get the gap just right. You can see near the bottom its too close to the door. The fender itself needs a few dents filled in and then some paint, so it looks a bit shoddy right now.


Cleaned up the timing covers and painted them flat black..


I can only imagine how much of a pain in the ass it will be to keep all the flat black parts clean.. In hindsight, it may of not been the best colour for under the hood.

Oh well.

06-05-2011, 05:44 PM
Some of the parts I sandblasted started getting a bit of surface rust so I cleaned them up with a wire wheel and painted them with the same stuff I used on my tranny.

Sticking to my engine bay colour scheme of flat black, cast aluminum and little bit of red. I think it will look great when it all comes together..


Finally, after much deliberation, I decided to toss the A/C for now.. I rarely use it, or wish I had it, being in a North American climate and its just not worth the hassle to me. I'll keep the components so I can always put it back in if I want.

While I was doing that I also decided to start on my ABS delete.




Comparison of the two p-valves. I'll being using the one I pulled off the ABS brick, to the left. It looks to be in better shape than the old one on the firewall.


Pic of all the crap I pulled. The only thing going back in is the fan.


I weighed everything on a bathroom scale as I pulled it off; AC compressor was 15 pounds, condensor was 10 pounds, ABS brick was 15 pounds and between other miscellaneous shit I estimate nearly 50 pounds of weight removed. Nearly all of it was ahead of the front axle which is great since our cars are stupid heavy in the nose. Hopefully it improves handling a bit.

06-06-2011, 03:49 AM
Got a bit more done today.

Organized the passenger side of the engine bay and mounted the small fuse box.

Anyone know if the grey relays labeled 'A.U.S. Trac Relay' are for the ABS? I'm pretty sure I can remove them but I'd like to make sure. Its the small unit with two plugs, behind the fuse box.

I also lost my damn lid for the power steering reservoir..


Cleaned up the rad and painted the top with low glass black.

Haven't mounted the AC fan yet.



06-06-2011, 04:51 AM
Lookin' good Chase. I've gone back and forth on A/C so many times now. So far, I've kept it (even though it doesn't work). We'll see if it gets in the way of my FMIC, haha.

Do you do your own sandblasting?

06-09-2011, 04:10 PM
Oh I know all about going back and forth on the AC.. Took me forever to decide what to do with it.

In the end the engine bay is more simple and tidy, there's less weight on the front of the car, more room to work with, no parasitic loss, better airflow to the radiator and one less thing to break down.

On the flip side there might be a day or two out of the year I regret not having it, maybe if I get stuck in traffic on a hot day. But even then the shit always gives me a cold so I'm quite happy with my decision.

Haven't even started on my front mount but I'm sure that will go smoother too now that you mention it.

And yep, I do my own sand blasting. My uncle has one of those large cabinet style ones from princess auto so I usually just swing by his shop with a few parts. I'm actually planning to buy it off him soon so if you need anything done just let me know.

06-10-2011, 04:22 AM
Well I haven't gotten too much done this week but here's a small update.

Mounted the AC fan to the rad. I was going to make some metal brackets but I decided it wasn't worth it since I plan to upgrade to an aluminum ASI and slim fans.


I also decided to mold my boost gauge into the trim above the steering wheel. Still need to find some black paint that matches the interior but its nearly finished.




More to come.

06-10-2011, 04:32 AM
damn that gauge pod looks sweet. should make a mold and sell em :P lol i want

06-10-2011, 04:46 PM
I used interior panel/vinyl spray paint from the local parts store it looks factory.

06-12-2011, 06:29 AM
damn that gauge pod looks sweet. should make a mold and sell em :P lol i want

Thanks man. I could probably make another one for you but I've never tried making a mold of anything before. :P

I used interior panel/vinyl spray paint from the local parts store it looks factory.

I'm gonna take the little piece that clips in under the ignition to the store and try and match something off that.

Well I got a bit more taken care of today.

Finished my AC delete by pulling the big metal unit from under the dash.. I can't recall the name of it right now.



This is gross. Some of you might want to see if your 'thing' has accumulated this much crap as well..


As I was pulling it I was kidding with my buddy and said I would probably find a dead animal.. Sure enough.


Decided to delete the rear wiper/motor as well.

I found it was really only useful for snow, and since I wont be driving it in the winter I don't see the point.


Looks much cleaner I think.


For now I've simply put a rubber cap in the hole. One day I'll get around to fiberglassing it but at the moment its just too much of a pain in the ass since the main part of the spoiler refuses to come off because one of the mounting studs broke off inside..

Its not very noticeable and I really don't mind it.


Driver side part of the spoiler has a crack I need to fix.. I decided to delete the antenna so I'm shaving the hole right now.



Noticed for the first time that someone used a paintbrush and did a half ass job of painting the rear emblems. So I sanded the 'TOYOTA' and "Turbo4WD' till they were black again and painted the 'CELICA' on the tail light.

I'm really happy with it. Pictures kinda suck cause the sun was just going down but I'll get better ones later.



06-12-2011, 06:51 AM
I'm gonna take the little piece that clips in under the ignition to the store and try and match something off that.
Parts store options, with the dash paint, will be limited. I carry Duplicolor, and there's a black, a red, a tan, a gray, and a blue. Black is black, but the others are more geared to domestic colors. One option is to hit a hobby/model store. The paints are already made to stick to plastic surfaces and there are a lot more options. The larger ones will have rattlecans and not just bottled stuff.

06-13-2011, 04:16 AM
Parts store options, with the dash paint, will be limited. I carry Duplicolor, and there's a black, a red, a tan, a gray, and a blue. Black is black, but the others are more geared to domestic colors. One option is to hit a hobby/model store. The paints are already made to stick to plastic surfaces and there are a lot more options. The larger ones will have rattlecans and not just bottled stuff.

I already shot it with some high build primer so any paint I use should stick reasonably well.. The real question is if the primer will stick to the plastic.

Honestly I'm not too worried about it matching exactly, as long as its not noticeably out of place I'm happy.

Well today was just one of those days.. Spent nearly 8 hours in the garage and didn't really get anything accomplished. Must be that Sunday laziness setting in.

I was hoping to tear apart my alternator to get it all cleaned up.



Wasn't able to get the pulley off so I only got this far. I'm gonna take it to my uncles shop tomorrow and use an impact gun.


Continued shaving the antenna hole.


Started repairing this crack on the other side.


This is the best way I could think of fixing it.. I used my dremel to remove some material around the crack and then filled it in with fiberglass.



This is how it looks right now. Still needs a spot or two of body filler and some sanding but after that its pretty much done.


06-19-2011, 07:06 AM
Well my cameras screen is completely fucked now and doesn't show anything. Before I could at least see about 1/4 of the screen so its getting even harder to get decent pictures. I'm supposed to get my new Canon from work by the end of next week.. Fingers crossed.

Anyways, I don't have the time or money to buy or build a 3" exhaust so I'll be putting the stock one back on. The car will only be on the road for a couple months this year so its not a big deal, I'll get a 3" by next summer.

Started by cleaning up the muffler and tips, this is what I had to work with.


After some elbow grease and paint.






Much better. Ignore my booger welds.


Managed to track down a minty trunk carpet. I sold mine back when I was parting the car out..

It's really clean compared to my old one so I guess I came out ahead.



Painted the trim piece I was working on, rewired the boost gauge and got everything buttoned up.



Its kinda hard to get a decent picture from the drivers perspective since I hate using the flash and its hard to hold steady.

This was the best I could do.




Tomorrow I'm pulling the head off the block and tearing it down again. Monday I'm bringing it back to the machine shop.

I ordered $300 worth of parts from 1stToyota the other day, should be seeing that in about a week. Then at the end of the month I get my vacation pay, which I'll be dumping entirely into the car.

More to come, as always..

06-19-2011, 09:13 PM
Looks great!Love the place and job done on the boost gauge!!

06-26-2011, 05:52 PM
Looks great!Love the place and job done on the boost gauge!!

Thank you sir. I'm not that experienced with fiberglass but I'm already starting to love it.

Well I was a bit disappointed this week.

Didn't get my camera from work, didn't get my head back from the machine shop and didn't get my order from 1stToyota.

Shit timing for Canada Post to go on strike.. I really need to order a lot of parts right now. :roll:

Anyways, here's some of my progress.

Cleaned up, painted and installed a few leftover parts for the transmission.


Cleaned up the front to back crossmember. I'm going to remove the rust and paint it eventually.



Painted and installed the rear half of the prop shaft.




Spent some more time cleaning and painting various parts in the engine bay.



Restored the starter.






Forgot all about the heat shield between the muffler and gas tank. I cleaned it up and undercoated it, still have to install.



Last but not least, hockey puck engine mounts. :P

I tried filling them with polyurethane a couple years ago when the car was on the road and it didn't go so well. I only gave them a weekend to cure and one of them ended up basically exploding as soon as I drove to work. My plan was to tear out all the old poly, refill them and let them cure properly but I'm much happier with this.



After crunching some numbers the other day I'm not so sure I'll be able to complete this before September.. I've decided to buy an RC crash bar instead of fabricating what would basically be a FMIC mount.

Hell or high water it will be done this summer though.

06-26-2011, 07:14 PM
I like the hockey puck motor mounts. Did they fit right in or did you have to trim them down?

06-27-2011, 12:02 PM
They had to be trimmed.

At first I thought they would squeeze in perfectly but I ended up using a 3"hole saw to trim the edges. Basically a lot of cutting and hammering.

I believe the pucks have a shore of 87A or something, pretty close to the construction adhesive stuff. But they are HEAVY now, each one feels like it weighs 5 pounds at least, very solid.

I would of taken more pics and done a quick write up but my cameras screen is broken so its a pain in the ass to use it.. I still have one extra mount laying around though so I might grab some more pucks once I get my new camera.

07-04-2011, 02:27 AM
I got my head back, assembled it, threw it back on the block and my valve clearances are now all within spec except for one.

I've also ordered $1,500 worth of parts including an Exedy clutch, LW flywheel, TR8 intercooler, ATS oil pump, OEM water pump, SS clutch line, high output alternator, ARP flywheel bolts, hoses from hell and a few other things.

Hoping to have the engine assembled and possibly back in the car before I go to BC at the end of the month.



I've been spending a lot of time cleaning up all the engine parts lately. Nearly done, just a few more pieces to deal with and I'm planning to rebuild the distributor and power steering pump.

Unfortunately I don't have many pics since I'm really getting sick of using my broken camera. I was supposed to get my new Canon from work over a month ago but nothing still..


Once the engine starts to come together you'll see what I've been up to.

07-07-2011, 12:40 AM
Finally got my new Canon from work today.


07-07-2011, 06:25 AM
Wow thats coming together in an awesome kinda way

07-10-2011, 04:01 AM
Thanks man!

Didn't really touch the car this week since I've been a bit occupied by my new camera and this HDR software.

Here's a couple old pics of my truck I edited and then one of my buddys Land Cruiser which is a proper HDR image.




But I did get a few parts in the mail.. So far my clutch/flywheel, distributor seals and my order from 1stToyota all showed up.

Still waiting on a bunch of stuff like my oil pump, intercooler, SS clutch cable, alternator, etc. but I'm sure most of it will come by next week.

Spent today fiddling with my engine so that's all I really have to show for now.




If I had my oil pump and thermostat I could pretty much finish building the whole thing and drop it in.

07-13-2011, 03:22 AM
Making steady progress on the engine lately.

Tore apart the power steering pump and distributor, resealed them both.

I'm still not completely sure what was leaking before I took the engine out, the high pressure line or the steering pump.


Installed the 3 way valve and one of the brake lines. I still have to make three custom lines to finish up the ABS delete.

That rusty bracket has been bugging me for a while now.. Gotta pull it and clean it up.


ATS thermostat and oil pump showed up today.


Along with my knock off TRD oil cap.


A few shitty pictures of my engine to show where I'm at.. My tripod broke yesterday so I'm getting a new one at the end of the week.




Spent most of the afternoon trying to get the timing belt on. There were matchmarks already on it when I tore it down so I didn't bother adding any. But now I've realized the marks are on the camshafts and the oil pump pulley, not the crankshaft pulley.. I assume the marks are more for making the installation simpler though and the important part is getting everything lined up properly. Right now I have it set so when cylinder 1 is at TDC both the camshafts and crank are at 0*, so I'm pretty sure its right. I've turned the engine over several times by hand and they always end up back at 0*, the only odd thing I noticed is the exhaust cam gear goes slightly out of alignment with the intake cam gear whilst turning upside down, but at the top of the rotation they align perfectly again. Thinking this probably normal.

The hardlines that bolt to the back of the stock IM don't line up on the 3SGE manifold. There's two that lead to the power steering pump and then a bunch on the other side I have to figure out. Shouldn't be too hard.

Does anyone know what sensor is on the very top of the water neck? The wires on mine are coming out and the electrical clip is about to fall off so I'd like to replace it.

07-14-2011, 01:21 AM
yep the cam gears doing that is normal. in the BGB it actually specifies you have to do 2 full crank rotations to check everything comes back to where it should. sounds like you have it spot on.

That motor looks freaking hot. so much dedication in this build

07-14-2011, 11:50 AM
Thanks man. I think this is what I really wanted to do from the get go.. The body work was kind of unexpected but properly cleaning up the engine has been something I've wanted to do for a long time.

Well my high output alternator came yesterday.

It's actually really nice being able to install something without spending hours tearing it apart, cleaning and painting.


07-15-2011, 06:02 AM
Installed the oil pan, alternator, thermostat and finished up my wastegate actuator brackets.

I used two pieces of 1/8" steel for the brackets and the actuator still flexes a bit when I apply compressed air to the line. I took them off to bring to work tomorrow and clean up with a bench grinder, I'll get some better pics when I install them again.

This weekend I'm going to try and pick up my brake lines and bender to finish off the ABS delete. Then hopefully my ARP flywheel bolts and SS clutch line come in some time next week and I can drop the engine back in! :D

Unfortunately it could be as long as October before I actually start it up.. This trip to BC in a couple weeks is really gonna hurt my wallet and the FMIC will hold me up a bit.

Here's some better pics of the engine progress.









07-17-2011, 02:12 AM
Grabbed some brake lines and a bender today, along with a new tripod.


Finished off the ABS delete so the engine bay is pretty much ready.

Still planning on dropping the engine in next weekend. As long as my ARP flywheel bolts show up during the week.


07-17-2011, 03:31 AM
That is one clean engine and engine bay :)

07-23-2011, 10:54 PM
That is one clean engine and engine bay :)

Thank you sir. I assure you it was a bit of a pain in the ass getting it that way.. :)

I've been working on the rig more than the Celica lately, trying to get it ready for my trip to BC at the end of the month.

Made some mud flaps to avoid getting pulled over by the Mounties.. I didn't want to pay over $40 at the store for a pair so I welded some angle iron to the frame and bought two rubber mats for $5, cut them to size and bolted them on.


I thought they looked a bit bland so I made a stencil and painted them.

Its funny, I've never seen people stay so far behind me..


Managed to get a few small things done on the car though.

My new intercooler and flywheel bolts came in yesterday. This thing is huge compared to the stock cooler.



Found a 3SGE non-AC belt tensioner at the wrecker today. Now I just need to buy a new belt.


Grabbed a new power steering hose, looks to be in better shape than mine.


And a few missing bits from the intake manifold.


I won't be able to drop the engine in this weekend like I was hoping since I want to take care of a few more things on the truck. But I might be able to get it in before I leave on my trip..

Just have to wait and see I guess.

07-23-2011, 11:03 PM
been waiting........and still waiting....i love this build thread.

07-24-2011, 11:14 AM
hey what kind of alternator is that ? you got more info/link to it ?

07-25-2011, 02:34 AM
Its a remanufactured high output unit I got off eBay.

Here's the link to the auction, http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWAX:IT.

And here's a link to a thread I started about it a few weeks ago, http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?53430-High-Output-Alternator.

Can't really say if it will be reliable or not, as I haven't really used it at all. But the price was right and nobody else seemed to have problems with the eBay alternators.

07-25-2011, 03:45 AM
That clean aluminum and flat black combo on the engine is such a nice contrast/color combo looks factory but potient like it came from bentley or something! But I was wondering what the hdr camera is? That pic of.the land cruiser on the street is way cool almost looks 3d

07-25-2011, 05:02 AM
Yeah I'm really happy with how it came out.. Wanted to keep things subtle and clean.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. You don't need a special camera or anything, just one that allows you to change the exposure. Basically, you take 3 pictures of the same thing (a tripod is necessary, since if the camera moves the image will be distorted) at three different exposures. I usually do -2, 0 and +2. You then use software to merge the three photos into one.

The idea is you can get more detail and better lighting from three photo's, instead of one. Its useful for taking pictures in awkward lighting, say a dark room with light coming in through the window.

It also allows you to make images look painterly or surreal. People that are really into photography shy away from the surreal pics and don't care for it.. Its really a matter of personal preference whether you just make the colours brighter and the lighting better or take it further and 'cook' the image as they say.

Here's a few more HDR shots I've taken recently. If you want more info on the software PM me.


08-14-2011, 02:43 AM
Engine is in. :D

Last Wednesday I took it off the stand and installed the flywheel and clutch.




Started cleaning up the wiring harness too.


On Thursday a couple of my buddies came over and we wrestled the tranny on. Wasn't too bad.





Today me and a friend threw it back in.







Victory beer.


I spent an hour or two installing some parts and trying to remember how things went..

Its basically a big puzzle at this point but I'm really enjoying putting everything back together.




08-14-2011, 04:28 AM
Nice work. And it always feels better putting things back together :)

08-14-2011, 04:59 AM
Very nice. I love how meticulous you are and how clean everything looks. I am just way too impatient to do work that looks like that :hehe:

08-15-2011, 03:04 AM
as always man, awesome work!

08-19-2011, 12:34 PM
Thank you gentlemen, I appreciate it.

Can't sleep so I'm going to do a quick update on some of the progress I've made.

Started routing some of the vacuum lines to the 3SGE manifold.. Still needs some work.


Had to replace this coolant hose because the stock one tore as I was putting it on, probably due anyway. Its actually from NAPA, I had to cut it to size but it should do the job.

There's another one just like it on the back of the block I have to change.. Its a total pain in the ass so I'm kinda putting it off for now.


Decided the stock mount for the fuel pump solenoid/resistor unit was retarded and would not be making its way back into my car.. So I've tucked them away.

The zip ties shouldn't be very visible once everything is said and done. I might find a better spot for the one clamped between the chassis and coolant reservoir but its sturdy and out of sight.



Also found some studs at NAPA for my downpipe.


When I had the engine on the stand I spent some time making brackets for the wastegate actuator. They were kinda bulky, visible and weren't sturdy enough to hold the actuator perfectly steady under full load.. Or PSI.. Or whatever, I'm tired.

I also forgot to take the transmission into account, as it was directly in the way once it was on.

So back to the drawing board.. I decided to use one of the bolts on the transmission and it worked perfectly. Steady as a rock no matter how much air I pump into it and the brackets are mostly out of sight. It was also very easy since I just took my old brackets, cut them down and drilled a hole or two.



Started running my coolant lines for the turbo.

I figure I'll grab a small straight piece of pipe with a nipple on it and stick it between a mostly straight rad hose, kinda like TW2 did in his write up.


Threw my downpipe and the rad in to get an idea of the clearances I'll be working with for the front mount..

Was kinda surprised how tight things are down there. (That's what she said?)

I assume most of you guys with clocked turbos have a 90* coupler coming off the compressor, correct?



This made me happy.

I hooked up a battery to the harness and finally closed my windows and sunroof after two years.. Don't want my interior getting all dirty.

It was kind of nice to see my car actually do something. Even if it was just turning the headlights and playing with interior switches.


A couple wider shots of the engine bay as its coming along.



And one last pic of the car itself.. Still got some body work to do but I keep putting it off. Having too much fun in the engine bay I guess.


Should have another update after the weekend.

08-19-2011, 03:39 PM
as always looking very awesome man:)

08-20-2011, 06:34 AM
sweet. looks like you're coming along nicely ! :) hope you can make it to the ogopogo next year so i can see

08-20-2011, 06:52 AM
Looking good! As for the coupler off the turbo, you should be able to clock it further. I use a 45 degree bend off mine which shoots it straight between the gap in the DP/rad/engine mount. Just have to angle it right.

The next pipe would be ideal at 60 degrees although a 45 will work.

08-21-2011, 03:01 AM
sweet. looks like you're coming along nicely ! :) hope you can make it to the ogopogo next year so i can see

Thanks man, I'll be there for sure next year!

Looking good! As for the coupler off the turbo, you should be able to clock it further. I use a 45 degree bend off mine which shoots it straight between the gap in the DP/rad/engine mount. Just have to angle it right.

The next pipe would be ideal at 60 degrees although a 45 will work.

Yeah I had a feeling it might have to be clocked further.. Just hope the brackets I made for the actuator will still work. The engine is also angled too far back right now, when I install the crossmembers and lower engine mounts I should have more room to work with.. Been using my jack to elevate the back end of the tranny.

Cant wait to run my intercooler piping. :D

I had one of the worst hangovers of my life today (mixing booze) but I managed to get a few things done.

Made a better bracket for mounting the little fuse box, nice and sturdy.

Had to screw it on because the plastic on the back broke off a long time ago.



Then I started to look for a decent spot to mount the battery.. I'm putting a straight intake in with a cone filter so the plan was to just move it up near the driver side engine mount but after playing around with it for a while I decided it would be both easier and cleaner to mount it inside the fender.

I still have to run the wiring and make another bracket so its a bit more sturdy but its coming along.

Using a Honda battery to save on space.



My little buddy keeping me company.. :)


I also installed the front axles yesterday but forgot to take pictures.. Not that interesting anyway.

Tomorrow the plan is to finish up the battery, mount the large fuse box and probably upgrade the big 3.

All I really need to finish the car is the RC crash bar, intercooler piping/couplers, ball joints, mirrors, some more paint and a few small things..

08-21-2011, 04:33 AM
Nice work.

Isn't that battery location going to effect the mounting of the fender?

08-21-2011, 04:50 AM
Nope. I put both the fender and undercover on before I even started and neither really got in the way.

Worst case scenario I have to bend the undercover slightly.

08-22-2011, 01:29 AM
I've decided to buy an Odyssey battery and one of these mounts from Summit..


I'll be mounting it in the same spot except horizontally, then putting remote leads in the engine bay.

The setup above has a few safety issues..

Anyone know where I can get an Odyssey for a decent price?

08-22-2011, 01:53 AM
Im running a similar battery off ebay for $124 shipped.

08-22-2011, 04:03 AM
Which battery would that be?

08-22-2011, 04:18 AM
will it be hard to get to the battery mounted there? or will it be fairly open?

Mr. Babb
08-22-2011, 05:06 AM
looks awesome. good job thus far

08-22-2011, 10:29 AM
Its the PC680 had it over a year now no problems.

08-22-2011, 02:51 PM
will it be hard to get to the battery mounted there? or will it be fairly open?

Its a fairly large, open space. The Honda battery I was going to use fits just fine and an Odyssey is even smaller so i don't see it being an issue.

The only thing I'm really concerned about is getting in a fender-bender and getting battery acid everywhere or a fire or something, which is why I want to use a dry cell.

Remote terminals and a kill switch will make it much more practical.

looks awesome. good job thus far

Thanks man, I can't wait to see it done.

Its the PC680 had it over a year now no problems.

Awesome, that's the exact one I was planning on using. I think Chris is putting one in his car too.

09-08-2011, 05:52 AM
Alright, update time.

Still working on the engine bay mostly.. Decided to do a mild wire tuck so I placed the wiring harness behind the intake manifold.

Had to extend the fuel injector plugs but otherwise it was easy.

Looks much cleaner.


Mounted the large fuse box and moved the ignitor, fuel pump resistor and pressure sensor.



Engine bay is close to being complete. The intake and intercooler piping are the only major things left, then a few odds and ends.




Was planning on ordering the RC crash bar but decided to build my own.. It's made of 1/8" steel, completely boxed, gusseted and free!

It's very strong, light and allowed me to easily position the intercooler exactly as I want it.

Should of taken some better pictures of the crash bar itself but I was too excited to mount the intercooler and get my first look.




A few pics with the bumper skin.




I decided to withdraw my RRSP's in order to catch up on bills and order the remaining parts I need. (Yes, the car is already leaching off my retirement..)

So far I've ordered an Odessey battery, 1" wheel spacers, MAF adapter and a K&N filter.

Only other things I really need are my intercooler/intake piping and ball joints.

As soon as I'm done working out a few more small details in the engine bay I'm going to move on to prepping the remaining body parts so my buddy can paint them.

Hoping to start it up in early October.

09-08-2011, 05:59 AM
Nice work so far. And that wire tuck turned out nice.

09-12-2011, 01:26 AM
Nice work so far. And that wire tuck turned out nice.

Yeah I think it looks much cleaner, just trying to keep things neat and simple.

Made a bit more progress over the last few days.

Mounted the AC fan to the front of the rad and wired it up.


Plugged the cold start injector on the fuel rail. It was a pain in the ass finding the right sized bolt, I still had to cut it down.


Forgot to mention I pulled the cruise control last week. Its right in the way of the throttle body and I don't have time to mess around with it right now.


Installed a custom rad hose and got the other water line to the turbo hooked up. I still have to clean it up, looks a bit hacked right now.

Had to make a little T piece, kinda like the stock setup.



Bought a non-ac accessory belt and installed it.


Since my oil level sensor is broken and was never hooked up in the first place I decided to make a little plate to block it off.

Sealed it with a bunch of FIPG.


Started prepping some parts for paint.


Still have to add a few layers of primer on the bumper, finish the front fenders and the one spoiler piece then everything will be ready. Hoping to pick up paint next Saturday and then have everything done by the end of the weekend.

Decided not to bother with the rear mud flaps for now since I don't have time to mount them.


Have a whole bunch of crap coming in the mail right now.. Odessey battery, wheel spacers, ball joints, new faux CF trim piece, MAF adapter, K&N filter, ATS throttle body inlet, aluminum piping for my intercooler/intake and all the couplers to go with them.

My goal right now is to start it up October 1st. :D

09-21-2011, 06:15 PM
Haven't really touched the car over the last few days.. I got jumped by a few guys on Saturday night and my right hand is broken.

Not sure if I'll be able to start it up by October 1st now, kinda sucks.

Anyways, my RC bumper, fenders and various trim pieces (shown above) are all now at my friends shop waiting to be painted.

I also made a bit more progress last week and over the weekend before my hand got mangled.

Wheel spacers came in. I'll admit these were a bit of an impulse buy but I just can't stand the whole 'sunken battleship' thing..


I put one on the passenger side to compare. Still kinda sunken in with the stock rims but a huge improvement none the less.





Cut up my old, rusty, shitty tranny oil cooler lines and ran some rubber fuel lines.


Intercooler/intake piping showed up. Haven't really touched them since I kinda need the couplers to do anything.


My Odessey battery also came in.

Made a slick little mount for it using some 1/8" steel I had laying around, also wired it up.




Lastly, my MAF adapter and K&N filter arrived last night.

Something I noticed right away is the plastic gasket that was included is significantly more restrictive compared to the stock piece.

Maybe it would fit properly on an NA Celica? Either way, I won't be using it.



The filter itself is a good size, allows me to put the MAF exactly where I had planned.


That's all for now folks.. Hopefully my hand heals quickly and I can make some actual progress.

09-21-2011, 11:53 PM
Lookin good. Sorry to hear you got jumped. Hope you're allright . A co-worker got jumped by 3 guys last weekend too. Crazy world

09-22-2011, 04:14 AM
I'll be alright, shit happens.

The only thing that really bugs me is I was so close to finishing the car before winter hits but now I'm not so sure.

09-22-2011, 07:18 AM
Hopefully your hand broke while you were breaking someones jaw.

Sorry to hear about it man. Car looks good.

09-28-2011, 06:25 PM
Haven't had any time to update lately but here's a quick teaser pic. :P


09-28-2011, 07:55 PM
Nice!!! From dismantle to part out to reassemble. Glad she is almost there.

01-09-2012, 04:37 AM
Should probably get this up to date..

I started the car on October 2nd, it ran very well for 50km before loosing oil pressure.

At that point I decided to take a break and parked it in the garage, where its sat untouched for the last three months. Yesterday I pulled the oil pan and discovered the pickup tube wasn't properly bolted down..

After buttoning everything back up its now alive again and running very well!

Tomorrow I'm going to deal with insurance and registration. Here's a few crappy pics I just took.







01-09-2012, 04:48 AM
Engine bay is toooo clean! Lol I'm jealous . She's looking good man. Didn't know you had a stang :p

01-09-2012, 05:32 AM
holy hell on the engine bay man, and awesome job over the last 2 years big congrats on getting her up and running:)

joe's gt
01-09-2012, 07:54 AM
I commend your patience, dedication to "doing it right", and overall professional appearance. I am thoroughly impressed with the finished product. Congrats on compiling one of the best build threads from start to finish on this site. I am glad to see it ended with a fully running, pristine looking car.

01-13-2012, 06:14 PM
Wow! What a lot of stress caused by something seemingly so simple! I've seen a few people install the oil pickup wrong before and it has caused them a tonne of issues.

So do you think you made it without sustaining any major damage?

01-14-2012, 04:44 PM
Wow, clean, sweet job man!

01-14-2012, 07:10 PM
So next time i'm in Edmonton I get a ride? :D

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01-14-2012, 07:18 PM
Engine bay is toooo clean! Lol I'm jealous . She's looking good man. Didn't know you had a stang :p

lol, I love popping my hood! :P

The Mustang is actually my moms.. She calls it 'Mystang'. It's only got the V6 but its surprisingly fast, I still wanna race her.

holy hell on the engine bay man, and awesome job over the last 2 years big congrats on getting her up and running:)

Thanks bud. :)

I commend your patience, dedication to "doing it right", and overall professional appearance. I am thoroughly impressed with the finished product. Congrats on compiling one of the best build threads from start to finish on this site. I am glad to see it ended with a fully running, pristine looking car.

Thank you sir. I doubted both the project and myself at times but I'm so glad I stuck with it. Its a great feeling to have two years of work pay off suddenly.

Wow! What a lot of stress caused by something seemingly so simple! I've seen a few people install the oil pickup before and it has caused them a tonne of issues.

So do you think you made it without sustaining any major damage?

Pretty damn sure. I pulled a few of the main/rod caps while the pan was off and they looked fine to me.

I didn't run it very long back in October. Something I should clarify is the oil pressure light didn't come on steady until I literally pulled into my driveway and shut it down.

If I had been maybe 5 minutes further from home it could have ended in catastrophe.. but it wasn't meant to be I guess.

Looks like I'll be taking it to Ogopogo this year! :)

Wow, clean, sweet job man!

Thanks, good luck on yours!

So the Celica is now insured and registered, I've been driving it as weather permits.

On Tuesday I pulled it into the shop and it took all of 30 seconds before a crowd of salesman, techs and managers gathered around. Not to mention the looks I get on the road, the 4Runner turns heads sometimes but the car definitely gets a lot of attention. Guess I'm just not used to it.

There's a few things I really wanna take care of; the exhaust is clunking on the rear subframe and you wouldn't believe how loud/annoying it is, the orange peel in the back needs to be sanded and buffed so I can install the rest of my mouldings/trim pieces, the hockey puck engine mounts are very stiff and there's some vibration in the cabin I have to deal with, amp needs to be wired up so I have bass, etc.

I've determined my tranny is NOT an RC unit. In 5th gear, doing 100km/h I'm at about 2500 RPM or higher so it can't be. But its still way better than my old one, every shift is buttery smooth except downshifting from fourth to third, bit of a crunch if you slam that one.

My fuel gauge is also not working properly. I filled the tank yesterday and the gauge read just over half full, so that will have to be addressed.

Here's a shitty cell phone pic I took last night at the mall.. Sticks out like a sore thumb.


01-14-2012, 07:22 PM
So next time i'm in Edmonton I get a ride? :D

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As long as I get a ride in the 205! ;)

03-12-2012, 03:11 AM
Finally got around to sanding and buffing the rear quarters today, still needs quite a bit of work but its a good start.

I'm going to do the entire body, install the side moldings and then wax.

Just under 600km on it now and still running great. If I can pull it into the shop this week I'll retorque the head studs, check valve clearances, do an oil change and then up the boost from 6 to 15 pounds.

Pics aren't the greatest and the car is dusty from sitting but you get the idea.









03-13-2012, 12:52 AM
Amazing looking car, sooo clean I hope can get my car that badass. Where did you get the 3sge manifold?

03-25-2012, 01:23 AM
I bought it off some guy for $20. There was one or two at the wrecker last time I went, that was quite a while ago though.

Last weekend I spent some more time hand buffing.. basically just trying to get the old, faded paint to match the new.

My cameras battery was dead so I had to make due with the cellphone camera, shitty pics but you can definitely see the difference.



Couple pics I managed to take with my actual camera. Quarter panel side moldings are now installed.



Engine bay shot in the sunlight.


About a week ago I installed my MBC, pushing about 14 pounds right now. Its pretty damn quick compared to before. :D

Saw a GT Four at the shop for the first time ever the other day. It was having issues with the AFM.

Poor car is pretty beat up, there were a bunch of aftermarket parts in the back so hopefully the owner intends to fix it up a bit.

Anyone know this car?



03-25-2012, 03:13 AM
Lookin good. Planning on making it to the ogopogo this year?

03-25-2012, 03:44 AM
Damn wish I could find one, I can't even find one in my state9

03-25-2012, 05:24 AM
i see a ralley hood on the black celica, so i do hope the owner is planning on working on it, good job yet again bro :)

03-25-2012, 11:51 PM
Lookin good. Planning on making it to the ogopogo this year?

Well my friends all have the first week of August booked off for our BC trip so I'm not sure what to do now.. I gotta figure it out soon though.

Damn wish I could find one, I can't even find one in my state9

I was actually at the wrecker today but I didn't see a single Celica.. sorry man.

i see a ralley hood on the black celica, so i do hope the owner is planning on working on it, good job yet again bro :)

I think pretty much any All Trac/GT Four is a work in progress. :P

09-26-2012, 11:21 PM
well ya didn't make the ogopgo :P... and no update in a while... hows it going??

06-22-2013, 07:56 AM
hows the Celica running? long time no update haha

06-22-2013, 01:48 PM
I think pretty much any All Trac/GT Four is a work in progress. :P

Princess, she is done.