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CelicaST_CALI
06-25-2010, 06:42 AM
EDIT:August 21,2010, figure ill put some actual thought into my build thread now!!

Hey,Ive been a member on here for a while but have not posted much around. After having problems with the moderator of 6gc.net i decided to post my build thread on here :D I have been looking into cars since i was 14 and my dad told me the car would be mine.

My dad bought the car in 1997 and daily drove the crap out of it until he passed it onto me in October 2008.The car was driven almost every day on a dirt road and in the snow during the winter (3800 feet).

Early 2006- The car had a dead battery and my dad had to roll start it and it was not idling properly, so he told me to sit in the driver seat and hold the RPMs steady at around 1000 so i wouldn't die again. After holding if for a few minutes the car began to knock once and while and i at this time had no idea wtf it was doing so i just kept revving it. (i look back and think it was most likely detonation). Anyway i told my dad and w.e. who cares, 2 weeks later it over heated X_X in 70 degree weather...Keep driving up a steep incline, BOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!! Good bye 7afe....Dad asks if i really want this car, i without knowing anything else tell him YES i want this thing. Dad has the car towed to shop, 3500$ later the celica is back on the road!!!

Literally while pulling out of the shop, we hear this BANG and the exhaust gets incredibly loud,like it had no exhaust system on it...Well...it didn't, the shop HADN'T USED THE RIGHT MOUNTS...they used the wrong year mounts and the engine literally almost turned over breaking the exhaust manifold...This was just the beginning of the shit they f*cked up on.Still to this day when im tinkering around ill find small shit (fuel filter only had 1/2 bolts installed on it,they reused the mounts that came on the 250k engine after they used the wrong new ones, they kept the pre 96 exhaust even though the engine is a 97)
This is what the car looked like at this stage in its life:
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/celica006.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/celica021.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/celica002.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/celica016.jpg

Late 2007-Starter goes out" I CAN DO IT". After being on the forums for almost a year with no car i figured it could tackle my first job working on my car!!!IF you havent ever replaced a 7afe starter,well...What a b!tch it was, right under the intake manifold and right above the exhaust!! 4 hours later she started right up(to my fathers surprise). The feeling of accomplishment was incredible!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/celica044.jpg(ew)

Mid 2008-After driving the car for hours and taking a few road trip in it really getting the feeling for a clutch and the car it was finally time for her to be mine!! In August 2008 i got my license and the car was mine in October 2008 when my dad got his rav4:
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/celica054-2.jpg
This was taken a few weeks before it was mine to daily drive:

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/Celica%20pictures/DSCN0782.jpgI know haha it was bad

After cleaning it up for a few months. Wash,wax,polish, love :)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN2061.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN2064.jpg

Got an INCREDIBLE DEAL(the first of many ;) on side skirts,trd wing,3 post wing,and RARE Carbon fiber Eye lids (50$!!!!)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN4088.jpg
New 7th gen rims painted black off craigslist (125$),fog lights and CF eyebrows installed
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN4349.jpg
Pioneer head unit(20$)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN2759-1.jpg
Found a friend that needed to smog his car,so we traded exhaust systems!!!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN4367.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeMif85Df8A
Celica meet in Antioch in January 09
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/isleton%202010/DSCN4531.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/isleton%202010/DSCN4537.jpg
Black leather seats(straight trade for stockers) were next
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN4431.jpg
put on TRD wing i got with the sideskirts
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN4658.jpg
Got ss-3 sideskirts(120$) and clear turns(7$)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN4819.jpg
Coil overs installed(50$) (got tired of ppl making stupid comments about the trd wing so i took it off and replaced it with the 3 post)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN4798.jpg
Shaved EVERYTHING with new fenders and door
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN5054.jpg
Performance!!!!Aem CAI(30$)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN5032.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN5031.jpg
After driving my half sanded metal primer ghettoness paint jobed car..IT WAS TIME FOR PAINT!!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/IMG_0708.jpg
The car was painted by me and my brother in law in his 4 car garage.(neither of us had ever painted a car,but he had preped his 67 fastback before) I spent roughly 180$ on EVERYTHING(paint,primer,reducer, all from paintforcars.com) I decided on gunmetal gray to kind of mirror the old color so i wouldn't have to paint the jams or bay.

Ready to go into the booth:
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/isleton%202010/DSCN5151.jpg
I know right? :(
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/isleton%202010/DSCN5190.jpg
What i got to drive while the celica was in the booth(i was fine with it)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/isleton%202010/DSCN5146.jpg
In the booth:
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/isleton%202010/DSCN5162.jpg
Primer
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/isleton%202010/DSCN5196.jpg
Color!!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN5198.jpg

DONE!!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/IMG_0975.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/IMG_0932.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/IMG_0971.jpg

I also need to take pictures of the:
Battery relocation to the trunk
2 10" audiobahn subwoofers with kenwood amp and 2 farad capcitor
Black carpet
Blacked out engine bay(valve cover,header,alt,ect)
GT strut front bar AND full disc brake system

Soon to come:
Tint
Spacers
Cusco 2 point front strut bar(made for s13)


Besides les schwaub replacing one of my tires a few days before the celica meet in LA,under my ownership, has NEVER seen a shop,i did everything from alignments to even painting the car.

All and all ive spent less than 500$ on this car..

85gtsblackman
06-25-2010, 07:18 AM
nice keep it goin:biggthumpup:

if u wanna glance at my 94 coupe build here u go http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41383

mar_phi6
06-25-2010, 05:19 PM
looks like an integra / sc300 loving it

CelicaST_CALI
06-27-2010, 11:35 PM
On the way to a celica meet in southern california
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/IMG_1017.jpg

black_celicagti16
06-28-2010, 12:30 AM
Looks great man,nice work you done there!

Ekan
06-28-2010, 03:05 AM
Looks good man, your car looked sick at the meet, enjoy the strut bar!

CelicaST_CALI
06-28-2010, 05:19 AM
Just put it on a few hours ago,matchs great with my black engine bay,thanks again!!!

Okctrd
06-28-2010, 05:58 AM
car looks nice man! i like it

T-spoon
06-28-2010, 09:34 PM
Not bad looking, but why did you get rid of your front turns/side markers? Do you have something else that you use instead of them that we can't see... maybe your arm out the window? :hehe:

CelicaST_CALI
06-30-2010, 07:48 AM
Yea i molded white led strips onto the bumper,sorta audi like...

I did it mainly for the rarity and cleanliness..

CelicaST_CALI
08-23-2010, 06:08 AM
Updated the first post!!!

Its been 60 days since paint so now the polish and wax begins!!!Along with some spacers and tint in the near future.

(not polished)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/0811101752-02.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/0809101524-00.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN5325.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z216/celicaST_CALI/DSCN5338.jpg