View Full Version : 1990 Celica Alltrac (Project Phoenix) 56k danger!!

07-08-2010, 08:45 PM
So here is day 1 (5-23-09) of project phoenix. This car belonged to a couple of members before I purchased it. It has 109k on the clock, and now that we have the positive out of the way :laugh::laugh::laugh: lets talk about it in detail shall we. The car was the victim of a very unfortunate engine fire :11doh::sad2: . Before that it was a great example of a clean trac with all the extras. CS/RC Hood and Bumper very clean interior and low miles. Right now as the car sits it need everything under the hood replaced, and I do mean everything :sadcry::sadcry:. The wiring is completely fried :devil: all of it except for the interior wiring :biggrin: it survived the accident. So far I have removed the dash, and I will be replacing it with a fairly new one in the morning :redxdance: . I have a ton of parts, but very little experience working on alltracs :rolleyes::screwy: . It will be a huge job, but I just couldn't let this former beautiful trac just die and fade away. Some might say why not, why not just buy a fairly decent trac to start with? Well the answer is pretty simple, I enjoy a challenge and this will be my biggest project challenge by far.

Thank you for viewing my project thread. I will update as project phoenix progresses. Please be advised!!!! The following photos are for mature audiences and may contain scenes of Alltrac violence :furious::furious::furious:


















Well its day 2 (5-24-09), and I decided to take some engine pics. This is a JDM engine not sure exactly what year :no::dunno: . If anyone can tell from ecu pics please let me know. In the next few days I will try to gut out the engine compartment, probably will take me a little longer :cussing::cussing: , but I'll get it done. I do have lots of other parts I will be posting soon. I have also decided to sandblast the entire front end, and have it repainted before I get it up and running, just seems to make more sense that way.

















07-08-2010, 08:58 PM
wow good luck with that one... that car is going to need one hell of a prayer!

07-08-2010, 09:24 PM
Well it's day 3 (6-7-09) and I have removed a few more parts. I just wanted to add a few pics as I go along. Pics 4-6 are a HKS super sequential bov :lmfao::lmfao::lmfao::lmfao: . Some parts are easy to recognize others are not. I'm planning on removing the engine next, I just need to buy an engine hoist.




















So its day 4 (6-21-09) and I've done a few things, since the rain let up for a day. It's been raining almost every weekend it seems :sad::sadcry: , but today was nice so I put in some quality time on Project Phoenix. I started by dropping the engine, which is easier said than done. Even on my engine where I had no wiring to worry about, it still took me the better part of day 4 to get it out. First I had trouble with the passenger side engine mount. You have to have the smallest hands in the world to get the mount off :bananachair: . So after I realized that my sausage fingers just were not going to get in there to disconnect the mount from the engine, because of the small working area coupled with the fact that the entire top timing belt cover melted right over the bolt locations, I decided to try to drop the engine with the mount still in place. It was a little more difficult than it had to be, but my hand is grown-up size and that space is rather small :wtf::wtf: . Now the shifter cables started their crap :thinking::rant::rant::mad: ,those clips and pins are straight from hell :lildevil::lildevil::lildevil: . I have the busted knuckles to prove it :furious:, but a small pair of pliers and a claw hammer got the job done. So the engine is out, but still under the car, I really have no place to store it, until I get a small pallet from work and another tarp I'll just leave it. Oh on a side note, I have just realized that someone has removed both the front and rear brake calipers :gay::dunno::dunno: idk why, but I will be needing them, so I'll post on parts wanted with a laundry list of other things :sadcry::sadcry::sadcry: . The rust in the engine bay is not as bad as I thought it would be, only surface rust, no pitting, but it still will need some sanding, and primer and paint to get it in decent shape. I was thinking of painting the engine bay flat black too :dunno::dunno: just seeing what you guys think of that idea. So enough chatting here are some pics. Thanks for following my project guys :hehe::smile1::hehe::smile1:






















07-08-2010, 10:14 PM
Glad to see you are showing your work over here now.

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Really amazing how you...............

07-09-2010, 03:15 PM
LOL UtahSleeper AKA 3tcpower, :ooo::ooo: don't spoil the surprise:clumsy: I felt that it was appropriate that I started a project thread here also. I've been a member for a little while now, but just never got around to starting a project post. So I hope you guys enjoy this one :bigthumbu . I'm including the original dates so everyone has an idea of just how long it took to get where I'm at today.

07-09-2010, 06:39 PM
Hey guys, I picked up my parts car today (6-28-09). It's a 90 GT-S automatic. The car has a terrible rod knock and the transmission is shot :bash::11doh: . I got a really good price on it so I can't complain too much, but I did have quite a tough time getting it back to my place. Started yesterday when I decided to go and pickup the car. My friend agreed to help by taking me there, and following behind on the way back, just in case something went wrong :suspicious::notrust: . It started out fine, I topped off the oil, checked the coolant level, also checked the transmission fluid level :Cool Dude::dunno: all looked up to par and ready to go. So I fired it up :ar: started a little rough with a little puff of blue smoke from the tailpipe :crackhead3: . I though nothing of it :runaway::headshake::ooo: . So we started on our way. The car shifted a little rough and while it was shifting the rod knock got loud for just a second then it went away. Ten miles later I here a pretty loud thud come from under the hood :wtf_yellow: I had no idea what it was, my first guess was I ran over something, or maybe the front strut was just that bad and I hit a pothole :embarrest::embarrest::unsure:. So we make our way to a nice covered bridge, everything is still going smoothly, until we stop at a traffic light facing a pretty steep hill :evillaugh::evillaugh: . Now I'm a little concerned about that little thud I heard 2 miles back :ohnoes::ohnoes: . The light turns green, and I start my way up the hill with my friend following close behind, and then all hell broke loose :lildevil::devil::devil::evil: . The rod knock get so loud it sounded like the rod is facing the wrong way and was trying to burst through the oil pan :lmfao::lmfao::lmfao::lmfao: . To make things worse it starts overheating and smoking pretty bad, but I got my buddy behind me and a long line of cars behind him, and there is no place to pull off :chair::fire::awais: , and to make matters worse it cuts off because it's running way too hot :scared::scared::scared: . Now I'm just coasting along, fighting to steer this thing down a pretty twisty stretch of road, and I finally get to an area where there is enough space to get this loud, smoking, P.O.S. off the road. After letting it cool down for around 10 minutes I checked the coolant, it looked OK, so we decided just to let it cool off for a little while longer, and try to drive it a little closer to home before it ran hot and cutoff again :headshake::rolleyes: . So after doing this 3 more times :ouch::ouch::ouch: me and my buddy decided it was getting way too late, and we would never get it back to my place at the rate we were going :bs::bs::bs: . Luckily 1 car passing by, now there was close to around 75-100 cars that drove past us including a state trooper :police::police: , and nobody stopped, or even asked if we needed help, but luckily 1 guy stopped, and told us where we could park the car off the main road overnight, or until we could get a tow. So we took his advice and stashed the car down this little road, and this morning my local towing company delivered the car to my house :Cool Dude::Cool Dude::waveycool: . So here are some pics of my parts car. Oh before I forget, If the previous owner of the car told me that it overheated, I would have never attempted to drive it back to my place :sneaky::sneaky: , but sadly I was not informed and had to find out the hard way :goodjob::jerkit::lolwtf:



















Alright its day 5 (7-19-09), and I haven't posted any updates in a while, but I have been busy. I made my second trip out to Pittsburgh for parts. This time I picked up the throttle cable, the cruise control cable + control unit, the clutch master cylinder, the shift knob, rear view mirror, and the front and rear brake calipers with all the mounting brackets and hardware. I practically spent the day in the salvage yard getting all this :bash::bash::clumsy: , and of course it starts to rain. So it pouring and I'm almost done, I started to loosen the last bolt holding on the driver side rear brake caliper on. Did I mention this was the last bolt I had to take off, then I would be on my home :rant::rant::rant: . When it happens :eek::evillaugh::bananachair::biggun1: the breaker bar slips off ever so slightly, and strips the bolt head :wtf_yellow::chair::awais: . By now I'm soaked, and the entire yard is turning into one giant muddy pit :furious::furious::furious: . So I'm a little upset, but I just had to suck it up to get the last bolt off. I had to get down on one knee and strip the head enough to wedge on a 13mm socket, and by wedge I mean apply with a very large hammer :fuckoff::fuckoff::bash: , the bolt is 14mm as you all know ;);):haha: . So now my 13mm socket is trash, but the bolt finally gives up and comes off :amuse::amuse: . By then the rain had stopped, and the sun made a cameo appearance for the 5 1/2hr ride home :nautjerk: .

I also removed everything from the engine bay finally :bigsmile::bigthumbu , and sanded and scraped all the rust off, then painted it with the semi gloss black finish from Eastwood. The kit I used ran me $99 and came with 2 cans of Eastwood Rust Converter, 2 cans of Eastwood Rust Encapsulator, and 2 cans of Eastwood Extreme Chassis Black satin finish. It's a pretty straight forward kit, and was quite easy to use :cheer_2::eek4dance::banana: . Here are some pictures of the painted engine bay :bigsmile::bigsmile: . Please feel free to do a before and after. Thanks for following my project guys.








Alright so it's day 6 (8-9-09) and I've been pretty busy reassembling the engine bay, or maybe its better to just say assembling, because there wasn't anything there originally that's there now :lmfao::lmao::lmfao: . So I have most of the engine bay done, I have also swapped the jdm 92-93 harness with the 90-91 usdm harness and made some alterations to a few of the plugs to make them match-up.

I forgot to mention the toad I found under Project Phoenix while I was removing the engine from underneath the car. So I dropped the old engine from the engine bay, and left it under the car for about a week before I decided to completely remove it from the car. When I finally wrestled the engine out of the way there was so much debris under the car that I decided it would be best to pick-up the big pieces and wash down the rest with some soap and water. There was also a large amount of heavy gear oil that ran out of the tranny when I pulled the drive shaft and the axles off the transmission :ohnoes::11doh: . So I reach down to pick up a handful of trash and there it was a small toad sitting perfectly still covered in gear oil. I quick scooped him into a 5 gallon bucket and rinsed the gear oil off until he was clean. Now he's doubled in size, been 3 weeks now, and his name is Fred. I named him Fred after a noisy co-worker who would just yell random stuff out for no reason :lmao::lmao: . Fred the toad would croak at crickets when I 1st tried to feed them to him, so I thought the name fit :hehe::hehe::hehe: . Now he eats about 5-7 crickets a day, he's so greedy :amazed::amazed:

OK back to project Phoenix, so here's some pics of the progress, and of course my toad :D :D . Thanks for following my project guys, and I'll try to update sooner :devil::devil: .















07-09-2010, 07:05 PM
Hey again so day 7 (8-16-09) and I have the engine in :yay::yay::yay: . It took me a my neighbor the better part of an afternoon to do in 90+ degree heat :banghead::banghead::screwy: but we got it done. I have to say it was harder than I thought it would be, and me being a noob :P:loco::P I probably did it the hard way :lmao::lmao: . So here are some pics, and thanks for following Project Phoenix guys.







07-09-2010, 07:19 PM
holy shiet braaaaa!!!! So where at in PA might you be located?

07-09-2010, 08:24 PM
(11-9-09) So it's been forever since my last post, and I do apologize. Been pretty busy adjusting to a new job, and keeping up with all that I have on my plate has been a little hectic.

So it is official Project Phoenix is alive and kicking :blink1: . I got Phoenix running a month or so ago, and now I'm just saving up for parts I need to make it road worthy :wiggle: . Right now itís running really rich, to the point where carbon builds up on the spark plugs after idling for about 20 mins, and just completely kills any spark :sadcry::sadcry: . I have been having a really tough time figuring out exactly where the problem is. I was hoping for some forum help on this one. I will be swapping the AFM, and if that doesnít work I will start with the fuel system at the injectors first then work my way down the line until I can find what is causing it to run so rich.

If it helps hereís my set-up. I have a JDM 92-93 Engine, 90-91 Engine Harness, and a 90-91 JDM ECU. With fresh spark plugs it fires up 1st time and runs pretty good (bellowing out black smoke, killing all plant life within a 20ft radius) :lmfao::lmfao: , but pretty good other than that. Then it will slowly start to wind down, and you can tell right away that itís fading. It starts sputtering out on a downward spiral to nothingness :ohnoes::unsure: until it stops. After this happened the 1st time I took out the spark plugs and all of them were completely covered in a thick layer of carbon residue :Help::Help: . I was thinking of grabbing my tools and a couple sets of new plugs and taking it out onto the highway to see if I can blow it out a little, after I get a front windshield installed this week of course.

Well thatís all I have for right now, if you guys have any helpful hints or suggestion please feel free to drop me a PM or to just post comments here. I need all the help I can get :11doh: . I will see if I can get some new pics posted as well after I get the windshield installed :P:loco: .

Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys :cheesy::cheesy:

holy shiet braaaaa!!!! So where at in PA might you be located?

I'm in eastern PA near MD & DE

07-10-2010, 03:02 PM
Holy crap I thats impressive considering what you started with and what you ended with. Looks great, good job!

07-10-2010, 05:09 PM
Holy crap I thats impressive considering what you started with and what you ended with. Looks great, good job!

Thanks so much 88st165, it still has a long way to go though :waveycool::waveycool:

07-11-2010, 06:53 AM
(11-15-09) Hey guys, so I finally have a new windshield, and I just wanted to update the status so far. The car is 85% assembled and I have most of the other parts, but I am waiting until I purchase an Alltrac front bumper to put the remaining parts on. I should be able to get one in a couple weeks, if I can get the funds together ;):good luck: , I hate being poor :cry: :cry: :cry: . I have been doing this entire project on a very strict budget. It is truly a labor of love :push::push::lmao: and a pain in the @$$ :wedgie::wedgie: sometimes, but as a true enthusiast I wouldn't have it any other way :bigsmile::bigsmile: . So I took a few pictures of my progress to date, and remember guys this is done on a very strict budget. P.S. I'm not one of the guys whoís got more money than brains, kind of the exact opposite :lmfao::lmfao: . There is still plenty to be done, and I want to change the fenders as well, the paint is not that great and I have a spare set from my parts car. I have not taken the maiden voyage yet, I'm a little hesitant because itís running so rich. I don't want to get 2 miles from my house and have the thing die on me, and have to change spark plugs to get back on my way :ohnoes::ohnoes::unsure: . So enough chat hereís some pics.
Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys :biggrin::biggrin:











(1-25-10) Hey guys, I know it's been forever since I have posted an update, nearly 2 1/2 months :sad::sad2: . Sorry, I have been pretty busy with a new job, and Project Phoenix has been put on the back burner for a while :hsughno: :cry: . I have been low on funds, but I have still been piecing things together, like the antennae is now operational, and I also have found the source of the heavy smoke pouring from my exhaust. It turns out that my turbo has bad seals, and it's spewing oil into the intake manifold, and the car is just belching smoke out of the tailpipe. It is ironically idling much better than it has been, until the plugs get saturated in oil then it idles rough. I have another ct-26 coming in from Canada since I cannot afford to send mine off for a rebuild right now. I have also upgraded to 92-93 tail lights, and swapped all the seatbelts :fire::fire::banghead: what a pain. I pretty much would not recommend doing this unless it is absolutely necessary. The only reason I did it was because the seatbelts that were originally in the car were severely sun-bleached, and were almost white :lolwtf: . It's not terribly hard but everything has to be removed from you're interior except your front seats and your carpet. Every interior panel and the rear seats have to be removed to gain access to the seatbelt mounting points :biggun1::biggun1: .In hindsight I should have just purchased some gray interior vinyl spray paint and just masked off the belt itself and saved myself the headache :lol_hitting: . I have a much newer 92 Alltrac steering wheel installed now, and the car does have an Alltrac front bumper installed, and I have also swapped out the rear bumper as well. While changing out the rear bumper I noticed that the car has had some repair work done to the drivers side rear quarter panel, and not very professional work :cry: :cry: . The bondo is around 1 1/4" thick, and the body panel itself is severely mangled :furious::mad::furious: . To make matters even worse I had a friend come down to check the car out for me so that he could give me an estimate on a complete re-spray. While he was inspecting the car he noticed that the front radiator support was bent and that the car showed other accident damage :chair: . On the other hand he told me all the damage could most likely be fixed with parts from my GT-S parts car and that he could fix everything and re-spray the car any color for about $2800 which I think is a pretty good price considering the current state of the car. Now I just need to decide on a color :thinking::thinking::thinking: . I'll get some new pictures posted sometime this week. It's coming along slowly, but I'm just going to keep plugging away at it as funds become available. Thanks to Brandontoyota for the Tail Lights, and FWD-3SGTE for the front fenders which I will use on my 90 GT, and thanks to Cozmic512 for the front bumper, fog lights, and the steering wheel :biggthumpup::bigthumbu . P.S. if anyone is swapping out a 90-91 steering wheel for a 92 the cruise control and airbag/horn braces are different, and the holes don't match up. Nothing a dremel and a little modification can't fix :lmao::lmao: .

Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys :biggrin::biggrin:

(1-27-10) Hey guys I finally had a little time to take some up to date pics of Project Phoenix. The picture of the drivers rear quarter panel is not bad panel fitment, it's almost 2" of Bondo :shiftyninja::shiftyninja: . I guess someone was practicing to become the worst auto body repairman in history :nono::nono::smackass: . I most likely will have the rear quarter cut from my GT-S and welded on. It is in much better condition and the Alltrac has major rust on the rear wheel arches also, so both sides will need some minor surgery. I also took pictures of the upper and lower radiator support to show the damage there. It is bent just enough to have to be replaced, and is the major reason why nothing in the front of the car lines up properly. Notice the minty 92 steering wheel :bigsmile::bigsmile: compliments of cozmic512, he threw it in at no charge when I drove up Thanksgiving weekend to pick up the front bumper and fog lights :eek4dance::eek4dance::awais: . I have all the trim pieces I'm just a little scared to put them on with all the mechanical work that still needs to be done like swapping out the turbo, and a full tune-up soon after that. I also have a nice set of JDM clear corners I will be installing as well :luvywiggle::luvywiggle: , I picked them up for $60 shipped from Japan.

Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys......Feel free to suggest the new color Red is not an option :nono::nono::nono:



















(2-21-10) Hey guys, time for an update. I have swapped out the turbo, and completed a full tune-up, and the car runs much better, and no longer belches smoke, but I don't think the turbo was the problem in the first place. I'm not sure why, but I'm getting oil from the breather tube in the head, and that's where the oil problem is not the turbo like I originally thought. So I'm back to square one, with a real big decision to make. I'm not sure whether to just buy the parts from Toyota to do a legitimate rebuild, or to just buy a used JDM 3SGTE and go from there. On one hand, purchasing all new Toyota parts while being the more expensive way to go, I'll end up with a 0 mile motor. On the other hand JDM 3SGTE motors are very common, and I could even grab a MR2 long block and swap over all the alltrac specific parts for a fraction of the cost of OEM parts and a rebuild at a shop. Not really sure which route I will take at this point, funds will play the major roll in the end :banghead::banghead: .

I also attempted to drive the car for the first time with pretty much the results I expected. I took all my tools, and a replacement set of spark plugs with me because I knew the engine would blow oil into the intake and foul up the plugs, but before that happened I did drive it 500ft. :lmfao::lmfao::lmfao: a new record. The old record was 3ft. so I'm going in the right direction :evil: :evil: . After the 500ft. maiden voyage the car just slowly sputtered out so I let it cool down, and just swapped the plugs and reversed it back 500ft. before it died again. I'm not really sure how to fix the current engine problems. It's no longer belching smoke, but when I took out the plugs they were all covered in heavy black soot, and plug 2 & 4 had oil on them 1 & 3 were just black. So as I said earlier I have a decision to make; rebuild or replace. Let me know what you guys think.

Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys. I will update once I know my next step.

Thanks again

07-11-2010, 07:58 AM
(3-1-10) Hello again guys, so today I did a compression test and the compression is between 170-180 across all four cylinders. When I pulled the plugs they were all covered in heavy carbon as I expected they would be, and all had what looked like oil on them. I'm not so sure it's oil I think it's dirty fuel, and hereís why. Not satisfied with the compression #'s because they are all within spec. I cleaned up the spark plugs and placed them back into the cylinder they were removed from, and I started the engine. It fired right up first time and while it was running I removed the breather hose from the head and held my finger over the whole going into the intake. At first nothing was happening, then what looked like oil started to come from the breather hose very little at first then more, and every time the engine fired in one of the cylinders the fluid pulsed from the breather pipe. I think it's fuel because I held my hand in it while it was spraying out to see exactly what I was dealing with, and after a few seconds it started to evaporate. So I assume it's not oil but dirty fuel. Why it's dirty, I'm not too sure, but due to the fact that this is a car that had extensive fire damage, my guess is maybe there was some soot left in the fuel lines or even rubber that melted and is now clogging the line completely :sad::dunno::sad2: . Let me know what you guys think, I could use all the help I can get, please feel free to post solutions here or drop me a PM with possible fixes. I also took the time to take a look down into each cylinder before the test just to see if there was oil present inside the cylinders, and I didn't see any. I was also told to not release the cylinder pressure right away to get a more accurate reading, so these #'s are about 1 minute after I initially cranked the motor to start the compression test. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys. Here are the compression test results:

Cylinder one

Cylinder two

Cylinder three

Cylinder four

(3-7-10) Well guys after some really frustrating days, and throwing money at my over fueling problems, I am officially waving the white flag :surrender::surrender: and sending the car to the shop. This issue took another strange turn earlier this week. I removed the question mark shaped hose that runs from just under the throttle body and connects to the valve cover, and gave it a little gas to see what would happen, and gas shot up from the nipple in the valve cover about 8" into the air :ohnoes::ohnoes: . Needless to say I ran to shut the car off and disconnected the battery to keep a spark from once again bathing the car in fire. So I've been wrong about exactly whatís been causing the problem, and I'm finally to the point where I need a little help figuring this one out :confused::confused: . If I had to guess what's going on, I would say that somewhere in the fuel system there is a blockage keeping the fuel from circulating properly. The car is getting fuel without a problem, but I'm guessing somewhere in the return system there is a blockage, maybe a rusted fuel return line, or even clogged with something. The car has sat for quite some time, so anything is possible after sitting in the elements for a few years :unsure::waveysad: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, I will update once I receive word on exactly what the problem is :banghead::banghead::banghead: .

Thanks again

(3-25-10) I spoke with my mechanic yesterday, and he got the car to stop smoking so badly, he told me fuel is mixing with my oil, and at the same time the turbo was spraying this oil and fuel mixture into the intake causing the heavy smoke and over fueling the engine. He's going to do a few more tests to see exactly where the oil and fuel are mixing. He did tell me that he drained the oil, and flushed the engine out to get rid of any trace of fuel, and after putting fresh oil in the engine he started the car and it stopped smoking, so he took it out of the garage to turn it around on the lift. He actually drove the car which pisses me off a little :bash::bash: after all the work I put into getting the car back together he steals my maiden voyage drive from me :evillaugh::evillaugh::evillaugh: . I guess it's cool as long as the car is headed in the right direction; it still has a long way to go. He did another compression test and was satisfied with the numbers. He did say after flushing the engine and putting fresh oil in that the turbo didn't seem to be spewing oil. I actually hope the seals are bad, that would be a cheaper fix than having the valve seals replaced, but I should have a better idea later on today. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys. I will update when I get more news from my mechanic :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Thanks again

(4-27-10) I should have the car back at my place tomorrow, and I should be back to work on it really soon. Lesson learned, I paid a total of $215 for towing and parts and labor, and all I have to show for it is receipts and an oil change :smackass::smackass: . I'm not angry because it's my fault. I should have just diagnosed the problem myself or reached out to the Alltrac community for help. Honestly you guys are the ones that keep these cars on the road. Most mechanics today don't know what to do with a car that doesn't have an OBDII port :lmfao::lmfao::lmfao: , just kidding :hehe::hehe: . So I have some serious plans to put into motion soon, I'll keep them under wraps for now, just in case they change or don't fit into the budget :shush::shush: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and maybe just maybe I'll have some new pics to post soon :waveycool::woot::waveycool:

Thanks again

07-11-2010, 08:48 AM
OK, Project Phoenix is back under construction :D :D :D :D . I ripped the turbo out today, and cleaned out the oil lines. I also broke off two bolts on the exhaust downpipe elbow :sad2::sad: . I also managed to go through all the trouble of reassembling the turbo/downpipe, just to find out while I was cleaning up that the gasket from the turbo to downpipe was not on the car :lolwtf::11doh::11doh::11doh: true Homer moment folks, but tomorrow I should have it all back together and ready to be fired up. I will most likely have to change the valve stem seals, because I didn't find any blockages in the turbo oil lines that could be causing oil to leak from the turbo into the intercooler and down through the intake :dunno::dunno: . I guess I will have to bite the bullet and get the Valvemaster valve keeper tool (had my eye on it for a while now, just needed an excuse to buy it :lmao::lmao::lmao: , seems like a well made tool. I think I either had a light case of food poisoning or had heat exhaustion/heat stroke today. I was fine while I was working on the car a little fatigued, but I thought it was from the diet I started a few weeks ago, but once I was done I became very lightheaded and actually vomited :sicks::sicks::puke: . I forgot how painful that actually can be :evillaugh::evillaugh::evillaugh: , but I will be back up and running in the AM, and I will most likely take a few pics as well. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and fingers crossed the valve seals do the trick.

Thanks again

(5-3-10) Hey guys, I felt a little better Sunday so I got up early and tried my best to get the turbo back in the car before it got too hot :sunshine::flamethrow: and of course I didn't :flameme::flameme: the sun was so intense by 11:45 I had to take an hour break to make sure I didn't have another episode :no::no: . So after my siesta I finally get the whole thing reassembled and everything wired, double and triple checked everything, and when I turned the key it just cranked and wouldnít fire up. It just cranked and cranked until it killed the battery. I ran to the store and purchased 3 gallons of gas and some spark plugs too. I replaced the plugs and fueled her up, and had the same result it just cranks but won't fire. I can see the timing is where I had it before the car went to the shop, and the only thing they did was change the oil. So I'll jump the FP and B+ today to see if the fuel pump is still working or if it's toast. While I was trying to start the car I didn't smell fuel at all, which I thought was odd being as I was cranking it for a while thinking maybe the fuel lines where bone dry, and giving it time to prime the fuel system. Well yet another hurdle and my neighbor came over with fresh salt to rub in my wounds hearing the car just crank and not fire. He comes over and says, wow now it won't even start huh....guess it might be time to get something else :bs: :bs: :bs: :bs: . I kindly smiled and told him just because I'm having trouble doesn't mean it's time to quit. I love the way people just try to smash you into the ground to someway prove that they were right all along, but I won't quit. I might get pissed and chant a few choice sailor poems :rant::rant::rant: and get quite frustrated :fire::fire: , but that is to be expected. Any ideas as to what could be the problem with the car not starting :worried::waveysad: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and I'll update later on Monday after the FP/B+ jump.

Thanks again

07-23-2010, 11:29 PM
(5-3-10) Today I jumped the FP & B+ in the diagnostics port and could clearly hear the fuel pump switch on and also felt the tension in the fuel line going to the rail. So seeing that I was getting fuel to the rail I decided to try and turn it over, and it fired right up. It idled pretty high and was smoking from the exhaust manifold, not sure if it's old oil burning off or not. I also removed the breather hose from the head to see if oil was pouring from there, but I saw nothing, just strong vacuum from the intake side and air from the breather pipe from the head. It didn't smoke nearly as bad from the tailpipe, and idled OK until I gave it gas, then it started to idle a little rough but was holding at around 1100RPM. The smoke and heat put me off a bit, and I want to wait for a more experienced person to look at it with me. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and I will update pretty soon fingers crossed :screwy::screwy: .

Thanks again

07-25-2010, 02:23 PM
This is just amazing to see an alltrac be brought back from such devastation. Its great to see the passion is still there to keep these cars alive.

08-02-2010, 09:24 PM
(5-9-10) LegacyofDan & 88gt4DE AT.NET members :bigthumbu::bigthumbu: made the trip out today to give me a hand, and we made some progress. We will be getting back together for another BBQ & beer soon :eek4dance::drunk: . Thanks for making the trip out guys :cheers::yay: , it was good to brainstorm with AllTrac guru's :bowdown::bowdown: . I also remembered that I do have a spare O2 sensor :ugh::cussing: and I'll try putting it on and also swapping the plugs tomorrow when I get off work to see how she responds :D :D . Let me know when you guys want to make another trip down, I didn't even get a chance to throw the brats on the grill :lmfao::lmfao: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and I'll have an update tomorrow after I swap the O2 sensor.

Thanks again

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I have a few more idea for us after talking to my Master tech this morning. 1st he said to just simply unplug the coolant temp sensor ( the one the ecu uses to get coolant temp info ) and see if it changes at all .... 2nd and this one will take more time. remove your air to air intercooler and you will need to prime the fuel pump using the diag connector per instructions in the bgb. After the line is primed you need to open the thottle plate and look in with a light and see if the cold start injector is dumping fuel out of it .... scratch that map sensor until you have checked these . I think the cold start is prol it , after talking to him I remember these going bad on numerous cars .... let me know man :D

Hello 88gt4DE, I did check the cold start injector and it wasn't dumping fuel at all, I then attempted to cycle through the 3 sensors on the coolant elbow and was only able to gain access to the sensor in the rear, and it idled and revved the same with it plugged in as unplugged. I unfortunately ran out of fuel before I could check the remaining two sensors in the front :rant::rant: . To make sure I am pulling the right sensor one is brown and the other is grey. The brown sensor is closest to the intercooler. Which one exactly is the ECU coolant temp sensor :unsure: ? I also cleaned the spark plugs with carb cleaner, swapped in my other O2 sensor, and fired her up. At first it was bellowing blue smoke idling, and black smoke when I hit the gas, but it responded quickly to me hitting the gas. I also noticed that after running for a couple minutes it started to idle pretty high and also when I hit the gas it didn't belch black smoke at all, still had the blue smoke though. I will pickup some gas tomorrow, but before I do that I may drop the fuel tank and replace the ST205 pump with the ST185 fuel pump I have to see if that makes any difference :headshake::headshake: . The blue smoke is immediate also, as soon as the car turns over. With the clean plugs and different O2 it didn't sputter that bad at all, and after hitting the throttle it also didn't idle rough at all. Any ideas guys :dunno::dunno: , the blue smoke has me a bit concerned :ohnoes::ohnoes: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, I should have another update tomorrow night.

Thanks again

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turbo seals?
when your car is running do you have a vaccum gauge? if so what is the vaccum at idle 750 to 800rpm?
did you ever get around to the ignitor ground and ecu ground on the ecu? lol

I don't have a vacuum gauge at the moment, but I'll see how much they are :dunno::headshake: , as far as the grounds they seem ok, but I do have a spool of 12 gauge wire that I will run leads to the negative terminal to test the grounds.

88gt4DE, Dan and I checked, just to make sure I tested the cold start injector properly; I jumped FP & B+ and opened the throttle body while I could hear the fuel cycling and feel the fuel running through the return line. While it was still jumped there was no fuel at all coming from the cold start injector. Is this right or should I have check after I removed the jumper :worried: . The mechanic did say that there was fuel in the oil, I will check this today after work to see if fuel is getting into the oil now.

Hello again 3tcpower, the FPR and the return line where checked while the fuel pump was jumped, but I have not tested them while the car is idling. Tonight if I get the fuel pump changed out I will check them while the car idles.

Thanks again guys :biggthumpup::biggthumpup::biggthumpup:

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(5-15-10) OK guys so I spent most of today working on Project Phoenix and I made some progress. I dropped the fuel tank to swap out the ST205 fuel pump with the stock ST185 pump, and during the swap I noticed that I had the wiring wrong on the ST205 pump. There are 3 wires two blue and one black, and in my infinite wisdom I thought the one black wire and one blue wire that went to some type of resistor or capacitor was another ground. It was a true Homer moment when I noticed that on the ST185 pump the 2 blue leads were both one the positive terminal and the black lead was on the negative terminal :smackass::embarrest::bananachair: . Now that the fuel pump is properly installed, the car isn't running nearly as rich, but it still is puffing blue smoke so I'm guessing that my turbo needs a rebuild. On a side note I picked up a very nice system10 head unit complete with CD, but something is wrong with it. It plays extremely low, but everything works CD and tape deck as well :cheesy::lame: . I like the look of it so I may see if it can be serviced or if I can pick one up from another member :hump: . If anyone has one laying around I'll buy it for the right price :cooltake::cooltake: . I also picked up an AFM extension from Gary, who I also bought the radio from :woot: , and I'm going to be running a straight intake once I get all the tubing and a bung welded on my intake tube for a MR2 BOV. I also have a few parts on the way. A set of 89-92 Supra MK3 fogs for my RC/CS bumper, I wanted to buy a set for a long time and finally found some that I could afford. $61 shipped on eBay :woot2::woot2: . I also have some custom parts inbound from the UK for the custom big brake kit I'm putting together. When my personal economy recovers from this little shopping spree I will attempt to get a new distributor cap-rotor-and leads, and a front mount intercooler kit :naughty::naughty: . That was the original plan for this week but I couldn't pass on the few parts that I did purchase. Why do I have to be so poor :cry: :cry: :cry: . I read other guys project posts and their big brake kit costs more than my entire project to date :eek_001::eek_001: , oh well you work with what you have I guess, just wish I had a little more :screwy::screwy::screwy: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys. I will keep you guys up-to-date on new parts as they arrive :biggrin::biggrin: .

Thanks again

08-05-2010, 06:27 PM
(5-19-10) Hey guys, so this weekend I decided to run ground wires to all the major engine bay locations: coil, igniter, engine block, and resistor packs. WOW :eek_001::eek_001::eek_001: what a difference, the car has come to life and is running very good. It's like night and day, the car actually has sharp throttle response and idles nicely too :D :D :D . I wasn't expecting such a huge difference, and a few guys have been saying this the whole time :lmao::lmao: , but I never in my wildest dreams thought grounds could effect the performance that drastically. I would like to apologize for not listening earlier :suspicious::chair: my noobness got the best of me again :loco::tongue_1: . The car is still smoking, but only blue/grey smoke no black smoke under heavy throttle. I was so tempted to take it around the block, but decided not to until I fixed the headlight which turned out to be a badly oxidized female plug, and the horn which was wouldn't you know it bad grounds :lolhitting: . I guess in hind sight painting the entire engine bay black looks cool, but I believe all the grounding points were painted over and now are causing all kinds of issues. I also received another fuse box from darthripley OMG I wasn't expecting such a nice fuse block for $15 shipped it even had all the fuses and relays :Cool Dude::Cool Dude::goodjob: . Thanks darthripley :you_rock::you_rock::you_rock: very nice indeed. Earlier this week I took the time to retrofit the MKIII Supra foglights to the CS/RC crash bar, and it wasn't really hard, but I think I'm going to have some issues fitting a front mount :unsure::unsure: , but it does look cool. I also fitted a straight intake and relocated the battery back like 10 inches, it's going in the trunk when I get funds for a relocation kit. So here are some pictures guys, be honest let me know what you think.














Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, I hope to have another update for this weekend :blink1::blink1: .

Thanks again

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(5-23-10) I took the time to swap out the fenders, and it made a big difference :goodjob::goodjob: . The original fenders were OK, but I had a spare set so I decided to use these instead :amuse::amuse: . Being completely broke this week :frown::frown: I decided to do some inexpensive mods, so I noticed that there was a link on how to turn off your air bag light so I decided to give it a shot. The Radio Shack parts required were about $6 so I decided it was within the budget :lmfao::lmfao: . I constructed the tool and followed the instructions and now my air bag light is no longer on :D :D . Keeping with the poor mans mod theme :hehe: I also decided to do the fog light mod and it was extremely easy literally took 2 minutes to complete :D :) . I like the idea of having the fogs on whenever you want not just when the headlights are on. I looks pretty cool with just the fogs on and nothing else :bigsquaregrin::Cool Dude: . So my spending for this weekend was $6 at Radio Shack and $1.29 at Lowes for a 6 pack of wire tap splices. So 2 mods for $7.29 now thatís a budget build :lolhitting::lmfao: . I also changed the oil this weekend, and what I found is a little disturbing :ohnoes::ohnoes::ohnoes: . I drained the oil and it was diluted heavily with fuel. When I measured it out it was almost 1 Ĺ gallons that came from my oil pan :sadcry::sadcry::sadcry: . It was nearly 60% fuel. I know the fuel pump was wired up wrong, but I'm not sure if that would have caused this problem :bash::bash: . I filled the car with Royal Purple 10w30, which I purchased last week for $50 ;) , but it did come with a K&N oil filter that has a 1" nut on the top to screw it on and off with nice :D . So no that was not part of budget build weekend :tongue_1::tongue_1: . I will see after I run it for a while I will check the oil level to see if it is rising. If it is I may have some serious problems on my hands. I will also be doing another compression test to see if my numbers are the same. Any ideas guys, I'm really confused as to what could cause so much fuel to get into the oil like that :eek::Help::ohnoes: . I took a few pictures to show my progress guys. Thanks for following Project Phoenix :D:D













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(5-24-10) Hey guys I got home today and FedEx delivered my parts from Japan :D :D :D . I picked up the vented corners and also the high sprayer nozzles to clear the hood spoiler on the CS/RC hood. Probably a little over priced on the sprayer nozzles, but I think they look good :excitedguy::excitedguy: . So here are a few PICS I took today. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys.












08-05-2010, 09:29 PM
(6-7-10) Hey guys, I have been really busy trying to figure out what is causing Project Phoenix to run so rich. So far I have changed the fuel pump, fuel rail, injectors, fuel pressure regulator, ECU, AFM, O2 sensor, rewired all grounding points, changed all the coolant temperature sensors including the fan switch :shrug: , and dozens of different spark plugs :evil: :evil: . All have had minor impact with the exception of the grounding points which woke the engine up now it runs much better, but still over fueling to the point that I'm getting tons of gas in the oil pan :banghead::banghead::furious::furious::rant::rant: . I did go for a short drive roughly 1/2 mile total up to third gear and it pulled strong through the gears no grinds at all, but due to the over fueling I knew not to take it too far because of the oil being thinned out by gas :worried::unsure::no: . So while I was placing the throttle body back on to the intake manifold I managed to completely strip out one of the bolts that holds the rubber intake flange to the throttle body :furious::lolwtf: . So it needs to be tapped out or replaced :embarrest::clumsy: . I also have more bad news on the big brake kit the guy who was selling me some parts for the kit took my money and disappeared :madfawk::madfawk: sometimes I think to myself wtf is wrong with some people it's enough to make you want commit a serious crime against their faces :ar::ar: , but you win some you lose some and the big brake kit looks like a loss for now. I may try to have some parts custom made once I have the car running properly. I am going to do another compression test today after work to see if the numbers are still good or not. I have no idea what the problem is, but if I can't figure it out soon I will just replace the entire engine :waveysad::waveysad: . I think I have thrown enough money at it for now and its not really showing any signs of improvement so maybe its fubar :cry: :cry: . If it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all :lmfao::lmfao::lmfao: . On a more positive note I did manage to rewire my 90 system 10 harness to accept the later 3 in 1 style 92-93 system 10 radio :cheer_2::cheer_2::cheer_2: looks completely stock and awesome :bigthumbu:bigthumbu . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys hopefully my luck changes soon and I'll have a positive post for a change :iorofl: :bs: :iorofl: :bs:

Thanks again

08-06-2010, 07:02 PM
(6-10-10) Hey guys, so I decided today after checking my ECU grounds and coming up with good resistance numbers that I would take another short drive. So it pulls good in 1st and 2nd but when I shift to 3rd it's like at first nothing happens as if I'm not pressing the accelerator at all. Then after a few seconds after the car slows down a bit the engine slowly sounds like its kicking back in and after that it will pull good in 3rd but repeats the same thing in 4th :rant::ohnoes: . No clue what’s happening here, but I did notice some residue on the alternator and valve cover like maybe something electrical was arching, its hard to explain but it looks like a chalky dust almost :confused::11doh: . I also watched as the gas needle went from just over a 1/4 tank to almost empty in the 1 mile round trip. So seeing as its still running super rich and the gas is definitely still filling the oil pan I thought maybe the head was warped or cracked and it didn't show on my 1st compression test because the engine was cold. So as soon as I got back home I took the intercooler off very hot after my 1 mile voyage :cussing::cussing::mad: and I did a compression test while the engine was still warm just to see the change in the results:

Cylinder 1 Cold

Cylinder 1 Hot -3psi

Cylinder 2 Cold

Cylinder 2 Hot -2psi

Cylinder 3 Cold

Cylinder 3 Hot -12psi

Cylinder 4 Cold

Cylinder 4 Hot -12psi

Notice how cylinders 1 and 2 have a relative low compression difference while cylinders 3 and 4 have much larger drops in compression :ohnoes::sad2: . I'm not sure if this test shows much, but I think its odd that the compression differences would be this significant. I'm not sure what’s the next step here. Do I continue to work on this engine or purchase a new one or another cylinder head to see if that fixes the problem :suspicious::confused::thinking: . I am at a serious cross roads because I need this car in running condition by this time next month. What do you guys take from the compression number differences and any suggestions how I should proceed. On a positive note AlltracAllday has decided to donate his Auzzie down pipe to me :D :D . I also took a pic of the 3-in-1 OEM radio as well take a look:

:D :D :D

I have to figure out my next step here guys, I'm seriously running out of time here :ar::fire: . By the way that's a functional JDM push type auto open ashtray under the radio :icon23::icon23::ooo: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, I will be swapping the throttle body this weekend and I'll be disconnecting the cold start injector to see if that does anything :unsure::unsure:

Thanks again

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(6-14-10) Hey guys, I disconnected the fuel return line and blew the line out with a 150psi air compressor. I also placed an extra long hose to the end of the return line and into an old windshield washer bottle to catch any debris that could have been clogging the line. There were tiny pieces of what looked like either black paint chips or black rubber specs not sure :confused2: . It didn't look like something that could have clogged the line so I also used the compressor to blow out the metal return line on the fuel tank as well. I did run the car afterward and its still bellowing black smoke when I hit the accelerator :cry: :waveysad:.

So you replaced the coolant temp sensor right. Have you checked the coolant sensor connector? Mine is prone to pushin the connector through the plug when you push it onto the sensor. I had to get a paper clip and push it back onto the prong once the connector was on the sensor. By this stage i had checked every possible thing for my overfueling issue and it turned out to be the stupid plug. My car ran and idled but over fueled like crazy as it thought it was always cold.

I did replace one of the connectors that had a missing clip, it was the brown connector closest to the cylinder head. I also cleaned all the connectors as well. I did pick-up another set of coolant connectors this weekend and I will swap them in tonight and see if it helps any :unsure::notrust: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and I will update later tonight with some new parts and some very nice freebies compliments of celi_wabbit :yay::you_rock::yay::you_rock:

Thanks again

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(6-17-10) Hey guys, first the bad news :cry: :cry: :cry: . I changed my throttle body, and the entire waterneck including sensors, and the car is still over fueling terribly :lolwtf::rant: . To make things worse now it only revs to about 3k RPM then just falls flat on its face :deadhorse: . So I am just about ready to throw in the towel on this engine :cussing::cussing: . Before you go feeling sorry for me there is some good news: I did purchase a ST185 RC/CS WTA intercooler from celi_wabbit for a very reasonable price :ooo::yay: , and he threw in at no extra cost a complete 91 3SGTE long block :rockon::rockon::rockon: . It did overheat before it was pulled in favor of his new engine so it will most likely need a new head gasket and/or thermostat. Celi_wabbit also donated the st185 engine splash guards/under panels & an aftermarket intake manifold spacer/gasket made from a special plastic to lower intake air temperatures :bowdown::ooo::bowdown: . Many thanks to celi_wabbit for his generosity, it's very appreciated indeed :you_rock::bowdown: . So I will be purchasing a head gasket set, and I already have a set of ARP head studs to get this engine in running condition. I might send the block and head off to the machine shop to be hot tanked, cylinders honed, and block and head decked as well. So I might need a little help breaking everything down to have it ready for machining in the coming weeks. Anyone who's up for it; food and beer/beverage of your choice are on me. I also picked up a 3" exhaust front section with flex section in good condition from Toy&LexTech for a very reasonable price :D :icon23::yay: . If you combine this with the Aussie downpipe that was donated to me from AlltracAllday I should be in pretty good shape, many thanks guys :you_rock::you_rock::bowdown: . Maybe my luck is taking a turn for the better :cooltake::cheer_2::eek4dance: . I will try to get some pics posted tonight of all the parts. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys and the great generosity of the Alltrac community :D :cry: :D :cry: (Happy Tears) :lmfao::lmfao:

Thanks again

08-06-2010, 07:34 PM
One Word:
DearGodYouPutMoreWorkIntoThatCarThenIEverWouldHave KeepUpTheGreatPost!

Two Words:
Looking Good!

08-06-2010, 08:16 PM
Thats cool you got some new goodies. That will be nice................but there has to be a way to get that motor to behave.

Just to make the troubleshooting easier for anyone who views this thread, can you recap what you have done to try and fix this?

I would just be concerned that you replace the motor, but the overfueling continues.

A quick recap:
1. I installed the motor and ST205 fuel pump (fuel pump was wired incorrectly :11doh: )
2. I changed the AFM twice
3. I changed the throttle position sensor
4. I changed the ECU
5. I did a compression test cold: 172-180 across all cylinders
6. LegacyofDan and 88gt4DE stopped by to diagnose the issue and changed the timing to 10* before Top Dead Center
7. I changed the fuel pump to a ST185 unit and wired it correctly :D
8. I installed new ground leads to the igniter, coil, starter, block, battery, horns too :sarcastic::sarcastic: they didn't work, everything had bad ground points from the chassis being painted black.
9. I replaced the fuel rail, injectors all new o-rings, and fuel pressure regulator, while this was being done I accidentally stripped out the threads from one of the throttle body coupler holes :11doh:
10. I did a compression test warm: 162-170 across all cylinders
11. I replaced all the temperature sensors on the waterneck and the radiator cooling fan, and replaced the thermostat
12. I used an air compressor to blow out the fuel return line
13. I changed the throttle body and the entire waterneck w/ sensors and another sensor harness.

Between all these changes I have replaced the spark plugs countless times using different types from platinum, iridium, and copper with no change at all. I also had to change the oil a few times, every time it's very thinned out by gas at least three times the amount of gas to oil. I wanted to verify that it was in fact gas and not coolant so I did a fire test. I poured a bit of what drained from my oil pan on the ground put a match to it and it ignited and burned very well :flamethrow: . Everyone I have told about this problem including Toyota Techs are scratching their heads, because this type of problem may happen to some degree with an engine with a bad piston or bad rings but not to the point of filling your oil pan with gas and certainly not on an engine with good compression. It is a complete mystery how this is happening :wondering::wondering: .

well i am going to hyperfest this weekend, but the coming week i should be free during the week, wakkjob is in PA for a bit and he will be paying me a visit either monday or tuesday but other than that my schedule is free all next week, i can help you out man, lemme know :)

Sounds good, I'm free all next week after work, I'm home by 5:00pm. Let me know when you’d like to stop by, we'll have a few hours of daylight :D :D

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One Word:
DearGodYouPutMoreWorkIntoThatCarThenIEverWouldHave KeepUpTheGreatPost!

Two Words:
Looking Good!

Thank you Sir, lots more to come, but my wideband connection is having trouble loading all the pics :waveybiggrin2::waveybiggrin2:

Just a few more random ideas..............

Disconnect the o2. From what I remember that puts the ecu in closed loop? (no clue on terminology). Curious if that would change the running conditions.

Along those lines, disconnect either stuff maybe (MAF).

Also, when I had a DSM, people said if the coolant sensor died or functioned incorrectly it could cause the car to dump too much fuel.

Just trying to throw more shit out.

Yeah, 3tcpower I tried disconnecting all the sensors one at a time, and really didn't have much of a change made it run a little more crappy :lolhitting: , but that's it.

The water sensors will cause it to run like crap and bog down from too much fuel, but he has replaced them. Is there a short somewhere in the wiring to the injectors?

Where is the fuel pressure regulator hooked up? Also another thought - have you had the injectors checked? Or swapped with known good ones?


I was told that the fuel rail I swapped in was from a good running Alltrac, the fuel rail was removed from a spare engine because the owner upgraded to a ST205 swap. The FPR is on the drivers side of the fuel rail standard location. It runs exactly the same with the swapped in fuel rail as it did with the original, and it still over fuels terribly :cry:

I cant believe the cold start injector isnt bad since its dumping across all the cylinders , but I know dan checked it already ... still dumb founded by this .. i think about it alot ! haha :banghead:

Hey 88gt4DE, Dan did check it with the FP & B+ jumped in the diagnostics box, but could it still be faulty under normal idle? I will replace it to see if it helps, it might :unsure::unsure: at this point it’s well worth a try at least. I will also try running the car with the cold start injector unplugged to see how it runs with it disabled as well. At this point I'm willing to try anything. I don't look forward to taking this engine out, and would like to avoid doing the swap if at all possible :ugh::ugh: .

Thanks again guys, keep the suggestions coming :blink1::Cool Dude: :D

08-06-2010, 08:17 PM

08-06-2010, 09:27 PM
(6-18-10) OK, guys here's an update. Today after work I decided to remove the throttle body to swap out the cold start injector, and to clean the throttle body as well the idle air controller spout was clogged that runs to the valve cover. So I swapped in the spare cold start injector and cleaned the throttle body up removing the clog with an air compressor and some carb cleaner. I reinstalled everything, changed the fuel injector & fuel pump resistor packs, but left the cold start injector unplugged. I also changed the oil as well. I started the car and it's still running super rich :suspicious::suspicious: . I got further proof of just how rich it's running when my neighbor lit my exhaust on fire and a huge flame extended out of the tail pipe :flamethrow::flamethrow: . Something is seriously messed up here, and I'm leaning toward faulty wiring, due to the fact that everything mechanical so far I have changed aside from the grounding points has had little to no effect on how the car runs :no::no: . Not sure how to address this problem because wiring harnesses are pretty hard to come by :( :cry: . I will see if Dr. Tweak can modify a MR2 harness for me or something :unsure::unsure: . I think it's worth a shot, running that rich to me is crazy I mean the thing shot out a 6 foot flame out of the exhaust guys :ohnoes::ohnoes: . Its almost like the pistons are pumping raw fuel out through the exhaust could it be a spark issue :thinking::thinking: ? I could invest in new plugs, cap & rotor, but at this point will that really help that much if it's running pig rich :sad2::sad2: . I'm lost here guys, I honestly have no clue what my next step should be. I'm just thinking how much of a waste it would be if I spent the money to rebuild and swap in another engine to have the same thing happen. I would seriously flip and end up in a psychiatric ward of a mental institution :loco::loco::loco: . So before I lose my remaining brain cells, any ideas guys on how I should proceed? Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys :biggrin::biggrin:

08-08-2010, 06:25 PM

A couple years ago I rebuilt a 2nd gen and put it into my 165. At the same time I extended a JDM wiring harness and put it in as well.

On start up it ran so rich, it was blowing out a white cloud of gas fumes from the exhaust. I'm sure it would have ignited and burned too.

Reason: a bad solder connection (or something) on the VS signal from the AFM to the ECU.

Fix: I used a different wire.

What I have found is: The VS signal to the ECU is 4 volts with the flapper closed (idle) it goes to about 1/2 volt when the flapper is wide open. So, as more air flows thru the AFM, the voltage signal to the ECU goes down.

In my case the bad connection (bad wire, something) made the voltage go down. The ECU therefore seen this as a lot of air passing through the AFM and calculated the fuel accordingly.

If you start testing wires, I would start with the VS from the AFM.

I would disconnect the AFM and the ECU and then test the VS wire to make sure it has NO connectivity to ground and test the resistance of the wire. Then, reconnect the AFM and ECU. With ignition on, to power up the sensor, test the voltage on the VS where it is going into the ECU (either by probing at the wire connector going into the ECU at the plug, or open the ECU and put a test clip on it from the inside). If you are seeing much less than 4 volts with the flapper closed, then the ECU will think there is notable air flowing. If you open the flapper all the way the voltage should drop to about 1/2 volt.

Also, test the voltage into the AFM, it should be getting 5 volts. Reason: If you are not getting a full 5 volt (power supply) into the AFM, you will likely not get the proper signal out of it. Note: The TPS and vacume/boost sensor also share this 5 volt power feed.

just my $.02

(6-21-10) Hello guys, I did most of the EFI system check procedure from the BGB and here is what I found:

VOLTAGE at ECU Wiring Connectors

+B - E1 = 10.92v STD = 10 - 14v
+B1 - E1 = 10.89v STD = 10 - 14 v
BATT - E1 = 10.88v STD = 10 - 14v
IDL - E2 = .02v STD = 4.5 - 5.5v
VC - E2 = 0.00v STD = 4.5 - 5.5v
VTA - E2 = 0.02v (throttle valve open) STD = 0.1 - 1.0v
VTA - E2 = 0.00v (throttle valve open & Ignition switched off) STD = 3.2 - 4.2v
VC - E2 = 0.00v STD = 4.5 - 5.5v
VS - E2 = 0.00v (measuring plate fully closed) STD = 3.7 - 4.3v
VS - E2 = 0.00v (measuring plate fully open) STD = 0.2 - 0.5v
No.1 - E01 = 11.47v STD = 10 - 14v
No.2 - E01 = 11.43v STD = 10 - 14v
No.3 - E01 = 11.41v STD = 10 - 14v
No.4 - E01 = 11.40v STD = 10 - 14v
No.1 - E02 = 11.46v STD = 10 - 14v
No.2 - E02 = 11.42v STD = 10 - 14v
No.3 - E02 = 11.41v STD = 10 - 14v
No.4 - E02 = 11.39v STD = 10 - 14v
THA1 - E2 = 0.00v STD = 1 - 3v
THW - E2 = 0.00v STD = 0.1 - 1.1v
RSC - E1 = 8.35v STD = 8 - 14v
RSO - E1 = 8.35v STD = 8 - 14v
PIM - E2 = 0.00v STD = 2.5 - 4.5v
VC - E2 = 0.00v STD = 4.5 - 5.5V
AC1 - E1 = 0.00V Air conditioning ON STD = 8 - 14v

ECU ground resistance Ignition Switch ON

E1 - Chassis = 9.0 Ohms
E01 - Chassis = 9.0 Ohms
E02 - Chassis = 9.0 Ohms

Voltage ECU to Chassis Ground

PIM - Chassis = 4.3v
E2 - Chassis = 4.3v (this might explain why I cant get a voltage reading when using E2 as a ground. It has 4.3v running through it :wondering::wondering::thinking: .
VC - Chassis = 4.3v
VS - Chassis = 0.00v

Airflow Meter Inspection

VS - E2 = 283 Ohms flap fully closed STD = 200 - 600 Ohms
VS - E2 = 68.4 Ohms flap fully open STD = 20 - 1,200 Ohms
VC - E2 = 280 Ohms STD = 200 - 400 Ohms
THA - E2 = 1.6 K Ohms STD = Varies by temp Ambient air temp 0.9 - 3 K Ohms 68* - 104*

AFM Wiring Harness test w/ECU plugged in and Ignition Switch ON

VS - E2 = 0.00v
VC - E2 = 4.9v
THA - E2 = 4.9v

Throttle Body Position Sensor Inspection

VTA - E2 = 0.92 K Ohms (Throttle fully closed) STD = 0.2 - 0.8 K Ohms
VTA - E2 = 4.7 K Ohms (Throttle fully open) STD = 3.3 - 10.3 K Ohms
VC - E2 = 5.8 K Ohms STD = 3 - 8.3 K Ohms

Throttle Body Position Sensor Wiring Harness w/ECU plugged in and Ignition Switch ON

VTA - E2 = 0.00v
VC - E2 = 4.98v
IDL - E2 = 7.4v

So I have concluded that the VS & E2 wires need to be repaired or replaced :rant::dunno: . Also I'm no pro when it comes to wiring so if you guys see anything that I missed or any suggestion as to how to repair the wiring that would be great. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and I may be replacing the harness rather than fixing it :headshake::headshake: .

Thanks again

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Since I was not using the cruise control wiring, I just borrowed one of those wires, as a substiture VS wire.

You might want to try running a temporary patch wire(s) just to confirm that this is where the problem is.

E2 - Chassis = 4.3v (this might explain why I cant get a voltage reading when using E2 as a ground. It has 4.3v running through it .

Not sure w/o looking, but if E2 is the ground to the TPS, AFM and Vacume/boost sensor, then you might want to check the voltage with all sensors unpluged so they are not affecting the reading.


Hey Andy, according the BGB E2 is the ground for all the sensors, so could it be that with the sensors connected the circuit is complete and I can't get a reading for E2? Because on the wiring harness end with the ECU connected I can get an E2 reading in every plug :dunno::wondering: . I have no clue where to begin on fixing the VS issue though. Is it simply a matter of tracing the wire looking for a break, or just running a new lead from the ECU to the AFM plug :thinking::thinking: (forgive my noobness :embarrest::embarrest: )

good to hear your making progress
i had to the same problem with my e1 ground
came to find out...when my buddy soldered the wire together it didnt hold and broke off lol

keep up the good work...

its funny how a trained mechanic at a garage couldnt fix it but you can :laugh:

Hey Jonah, guess I'm a little more motivated, and without an OBDII port some mechanics don't want to diagnose anything because of the ballooned hourly labor rates, just to find the problem might be a couple thousand dollars :11doh: :11doh: . Then you have to actually fix it :laugh::laugh: , but seriously I'm just listening to you guys, I am just following directions :lmao::lmao: , by myself I would never have gotten this far. All Kudos should go to the Alltrac.net community :bowdown::you_rock::bowdown::you_rock:

Good job man, i can probably stop up today...but not sure what i can help with...i am at that point of like "wtf do we do next" but i can help you with the wiring and figure out a patch and try to narrow things down. :shrug:

That would be great Dan, I should be home around 5:30 today. Give me a call and I'll make sure I'm home :Cool Dude::Cool Dude:

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On the E2, the reason I suggested disconnecting the other sensors is at least the TPS (and the AFM) operate with potentiometers, aka "variable voltage dividers". Keyword, "Divider". The sensors are getting a 5 volt supply voltage. A "variable voltage divider" is taking the supply voltage (5V) and dividing it, depending on where the flapper is in the AFM, and/or how far open the TB is (the variable). Part goes to the ECU, the rest goes to the E2 ground.

With the TPS as I remember, the voltage to the ECU will be low when it's closed. It has 5 volts coming in, say 1/2 volt is going to the ECU because the TB is closed. The other 4.5 volts (or so) is getting dumped to ground through E2. I 'think' that may be what you were seeing on E2.

By disconnecting the other sensors that would be eliminated.

For E2, with TPS, AFM, and vac/boost sensors disconnected I would just make sure it has connectivity to ground, engine block or the negative bat terminal.

Disconnect the AFM and the ECU. The VS wire should now 'Not" be connected to anything. Check for connectivity between the VS wire and a ground (engine block or neg bat terminal). If you "are" getting any connectivity between VS and ground then the 4V from the AFM is going to ground before it gets to the ECU. Also test for connectivity between both ends, from AFM to ECU, if the wire is "broken" somewhere, then the ECU will not see the 4V.

Do you have a spare AFM you could swap in? maybe LegacyofDan could loan you one for a test. Don't want to hack any wiring if the problem is in the AFM.

If the AFM is good, then I would consider cutting the VS wire near the AFM and again testing the voltage. If you then see 4V with the flapper closed then the VS wire has probably shorted to a ground somewhere along the way to the ECU. (but, that should be caught by the test above) Cut the VS wire near the ECU and substitute in a good wire....

Where/how did you measure "VS - Chassis" right near the AFM or at the ECU ?

Your test results also show: "PIM - Chassis = 4.3v"
PIM is from the vac/boost sensor. When the car is not running, zero vac, zero boost, it should be giving you about 2.5 volts. At 20 inches of Hg the voltage should be very low (maybe 1/2 Volt). When in "boost", 4.3 volts is where you hit fuel cut, around 13 lbs of boost. I doubt you were boosting 13 lbs when you tested it, so you may want to retest it. Maybe it read funny if/because you were using E2 as the ground, but I 'think' that should be OK.

Note: A "Fuel Cut Defender" is a "voltage divider" where the PIM signal is the supply voltage. By "dividing" the PIM signal some of the voltage is being dumped to ground the rest goes to the ECU. So, when the PIM is 4.3 volts, but .2 volts is "divided" to ground, the ECU only sees 4.1 volts, and thus Fuel cut is raised.

Hope this helps...


08-09-2010, 12:03 AM
(6-22-10) Hey guys, well today started rather slowly due to a nasty thunderstorm :wtf_yellow: , but after the 20 min downpour the sun came back out :sunshine::rockon: so I decided to take advantage of the break in the weather to look over the wiring some more. Taking Andyís advice about the VS wire I decided to do some further tests. I tried to pin point exactly where the problem was. So I retested my AFM and found that the resistance between the VS - E2 terminals was within spec so theoretically when current ran through the AFM the VS would send a voltage signal back to the ECU. I continued my search by testing the continuity of the VS wire from the ECU side and I couldnít get a reading even with the AFM connected I couldn't pull any type of resistance at all. I assumed there was a break in the line, but where :thinking::thinking: I had no clue. I then decided to test the voltage at the AFM with the ECU connected and the Ignition switch turned ON. I tested the voltage between the VS - E2 terminals on the AFM harness pulling back the rubber cover to gain access and was getting a 4.04v reading STD = 3.7 - 4.3v with the AFM measuring plate fully closed. Happy with that reading :D :D I decided to connect a temporary wire to the VS terminal and run it to the ECU. I spliced into the VS wire and ran a 12 gauge wire into the passenger cabin. I was ready to connect the wire, but there was a ton of electrical tape that had to be removed first so that I could have room to splice into the VS wire near the ECU. So I started removing the outer layer of electrical tape and noticed that the VS wire and three other wires were also wrapped in electrical tape. So while removing the tape from the VS wire it just separated :facesjump::facesjump::facesjump: the wire was not even connected :11doh: :11doh: :11doh: . I was so excited I could barely contain myself :mj::mj::mj::mj: . I ran into the house to get my soldering kit so that I could properly repair the wires, well semi properly it was starting to get dark so I didn't have time to put heat shrink wrap on the wires :sneaky::sneaky: , but I will tomorrow :) . So I repaired all the wires, reconnected the battery and started the car. My neighbor was standing there watching, the RPM's shot way up so I cut the ignition and ran in the house to grab my 12mm wrench to adjust the throttle cable. Now OMFG :yay::eek4dance::redxdance::woot2::cheer_2::cheer_ 2: it's like a different car all together. It doesn't smoke and it runs strong and sounds great :bananarider::bananarider: .I can't believe it, I'm still trying to calm down and get my thoughts together :screwy::lmfao::screwy::lmfao::ohsnap: . Props to Andy for putting me on the right track :you_rock::you_rock::you_rock::bowdown: , you hit the nail on the head with the VS wire :amuse::amuse: . I'm terrified of wiring so trust me I would have been working on everything but the harness forever :embarrest::embarrest::bananachair: . Props to all you guys :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown: for bearing with my noobness and dumb questions :laugh::laugh: , and all the advice :woot::you_rock: . I snapped a couple pics of the wiring and the repairs. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and thanks for all the help :D :D :D :D :beerchug::beerchug:













08-09-2010, 03:38 PM
Dewd mad props on the find ! to think I swapped ecus and was that close to the issue ... :roll: Now mines acting up , I think you should roll to DE and check it out :twisted: hehehe j/k :)

:laugh: I wouldn't mind taking a trip, but you and I both know I would be an assistant at best :embarrest::embarrest: I can help you swap ratchets and stuff :lmao::lmao: .

OMFG! that's crazy, not really. Andy steered you correctly. i am very happy for you man. maybe now you can get a vid of it running :wink: . Good to see everything worked out so far, helps me if any of my solders don't hold what to look for. Not that I think they will. good work, remember to hold the iron under the wires and let the solder melt into the wire, maybe twist 'em up a little tighter/cleaner, not hating, just saying. :D
Good work again... :notworthy:

I accept all advice & criticism, and frankly I need it. I will clean the wires up today, and heat shrink wrap them also for a permanent fix. I was just in a hurry because I was losing daylight fast :11doh: .

let us know how your test drive goes

Sure thing Jonah :blink1::blink1:

Thanks guys,

I'm glad you found it. I was concerned I was sending you down a rabbit hole, but the "White Cloud" just sounded so familiar... I could almost smell the gas from here.


:lmfao::lmfao::lmfao: Thanks man that was like the call of the century, you just saved me from a nervous breakdown because if I would have swapped in another engine and it did the same thing to me I would have lost it :loco::loco: . On par with Doug Fluties Hail Mary, or Michael Jordanís buzzer beater :Cool Dude::bandito::Cool Dude::bandito: .

Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys & for all the help :bowdown: :D :bowdown: :D

08-09-2010, 06:04 PM
(6-29-10) Hey guys, just wanted to give a brief update. The car is up and running so I decided to take a test drive :D :D . To my surprise the brakes have renewed life and seem to bite very well. I guess the pads just needed to knock off the years of rust on the rotors :waveycool::waveycool: . I didn't really plan on test driving it because of the air to air top mount intercooler and the CS/RC hood :nono: :nono: :nono: , but I was kind of talked into it by my neighbor :rolleyes::rolleyes: . OK OK, he only twisted my arm a little :laugh::laugh: . I was out putting some gas in the tank around 9:30pm and he asked how everything was coming along. I explained that I fixed the wiring and now the car ran fine, so he said "well let's go for a ride then" and at first I said nah, but then I thought hey if it breaks down I'll have help to push it, so I agreed to go for a little spin. We took a nice leisurely lap around the block at around 40mph not boosting much really. I was a little afraid because the brakes needed to be broken in. So I did the routine 10mph increments to a full stop up till 40mph then the brakes seemed to work fine, so we both agreed on a second lap around the block :amuse::blink1: . This time with some confidence that the brakes would stop the car at speed. So I punch it and get her up to around 80mph and it got there pretty quickly I might add :D :D . So after doing a check on all the blinkers and other lights I just parked it for the night and haven't driven it since.

I have however done a little more mechanical work to it that needed to be addressed. First I replaced a couple wheel studs, one was completely broken as you can see in the pictures below and the other had flattened threads that stripped out any lug that you put on it :11doh: :11doh: . Second I decided to replace the drivers axle, you can see in the pictures that the inner boot was torn, and I had a spare axle so replacing it was cheaper than buying a boot kit. Lastly I replaced the drivers side door lock mechanism because when I would lock the door the motor would just grind like it had a stripped gear. Also if I tried to lock the passenger side lock the drivers side would remain unlocked, so it had to be replaced. This by far was the hardest of the three, not only because of the finicky plastic clips that hold all the levers in place, but because it was like 100 degrees and I think my brain was cooking because I was making all sorts of mistakes :embarrest: :11doh: :embarrest: . First mistake was I put the new door lock in, and installed all the clips then noticed that I didn't remove the three bolts from the lock before I installed all the clips. So with everything connected I couldn't take the bolts off so I had to remove the lock and start over :cry: :sad: . Second mistake was after removing the lock to get the three mounting bolts off I reinstalled the lock, then put the access panel back in place only to find out that I didn't replace the two bolts that hold the door latch in place :bash: :embarrest: . Last mistake was that after I removed the access panel and installed the two bolts to hold the handle in place, I reinstalled the door panel only to find out that my inner latch handle was sticking up like 2 inches because the latch was from a car that had a busted drivers window and a small piece of glass was lodged inside the lock holding the lever from sitting properly :11doh: :11doh: . So off with the entire door panel, and the lock, and the door handle again, this time to jiggle out a 1/4" piece of glass from the inside of the lock :smackass::smackass: . By this time my brain is sizzling from the intense heat, and I'm pretty sure that played a major roll in me being so confused by what should have been a simple lock swap :unsure::thinking::screwy: . My doors now lock normally without that annoying gear grind, and I can lock the doors from either side without any issues :bandito::cheesy: :D. So here are a few pics of what I was working on this weekend. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, and fingers crossed I will be working on getting Phoenix tagged and on the road soon :blink1::blink1:











Thanks again

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wow man, great great progress!! its been a while since i was last on here, so all i knew about was from what you told me through texts, good man! seriously good job!

Thanks Dan, I've been pretty busy :blink1::blink1: . The car runs and drives great, but because of the ATA top mount intercooler I've been pretty limited to short runs. I did go for a fill-up at the Sunoco and noticed that all the way home I smelled gas :scared::scared: :( :11doh: . So once I got back to my house I checked the tank for leaks. I couldn't find any, but there was gas pooled on the lip of the tank near the filler neck. I also recalled when I put the tank back together, it was disassembled by the previous owner, that either the filler neck or the plate for the fuel send and return line had a very small bend that I thought sealed once I tightened all the screws. Well I guess it didn't :clumsy::headshake: now I have to drop the tank while it's full of gas to try and fix the seal :11doh: :11doh: :cussing: . I'm really not looking forward to it at all. On a more positive note, I received my WTA intercooler setup yesterday :Cool Dude::Cool Dude: , I will attempt to install everything this weekend :woot: . I also have been busy cleaning up a few other things as well. I cleaned out my ST185RC WTA intercooler :yes::yes: and it was pretty dirty. I sanded, primed, and painted the windshield wiper arms and installed new blades :laugh::laugh: . I know that's not much of an upgrade, but wait until you see the before and after shots :Cool Dude::goodjob: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys, I will take plenty of pics of the WTA intercooler install this weekend. Here are a few pics of the windshield wipers and the intercooler cleaning progress:










1st rinse

2nd rinse

3rd rinse

4th rinse

5th rinse

6th rinse

7th rinse

8th rinse

08-18-2010, 09:45 AM
What a great read! I am very impressed, and I dont impress easily. You have the tenacity of a pit bull and the heart of a lion to take on that project and get it to where you have.

I have a couple of concerns you might want to keep in mind.
All that rich running may have damaged the catalytic converter (melted it) You might want to check on that, and/or gut it.
With all that fuel spreading through the motor, Im surpised you didnt "fuel wash" the cylinders.
After you run it for a while I would suggest doing another compression test to keep an eye on that.
Finally, make sure you have changed the oil a couple times after you fixed the rich condition to make sure you dont have anything remaining in there. You might as well treat this just like a fresh motor rebuild where you change oil frequently during its first 500-1000 miles.

Keep up the good work!

08-19-2010, 02:43 PM
What a great read! I am very impressed, and I dont impress easily. You have the tenacity of a pit bull and the heart of a lion to take on that project and get it to where you have.

I have a couple of concerns you might want to keep in mind.
All that rich running may have damaged the catalytic converter (melted it) You might want to check on that, and/or gut it.
With all that fuel spreading through the motor, Im surpised you didnt "fuel wash" the cylinders.
After you run it for a while I would suggest doing another compression test to keep an eye on that.
Finally, make sure you have changed the oil a couple times after you fixed the rich condition to make sure you dont have anything remaining in there. You might as well treat this just like a fresh motor rebuild where you change oil frequently during its first 500-1000 miles.

Keep up the good work!

Thanks for the kind words Facime, but I had tons of advice from Alltrac Guru's along the way :blink1::blink1:. I will be taking the car through inspection soon, and after that the cat will be removed and replaced with an Aussie 3" down pipe. I have already changed the oil twice and will be changing it again this weekend since I have just went over 1200 miles since I have had Project Phoenix up and running :waveybiggrin2::waveybiggrin2:.

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(7-18-10) Hey guys, I finally have my Water-To-Air intercooler installed :drink: . It took some trail and error, mostly error :11doh: :11doh: to get it running correctly. I decided to go with a ST185RC/CS intercooler with a custom heat exchanger, pump, and ice box from http://www.siliconeintakes.com :D :D . I had some serious trouble with getting everything to circulate properly, but found out that my problem was kinked hoses in spots that I couldn't see, and some that I could :wacko::clumsy: . The setup works really well, and it looks cool too :waveycool::waveycool: . I also took a little spin roughly 30 miles today :bigsmile::cheesy::amazed: , and for the most part everything went really smooth. I took my first highway run today :burnrubber::burnrubber::biggrin: , but took it easy :hehe::hehe: still teething here :lmfao: . I only got it up to 65-70ish, but it pulls really well, and I'm impressed with the acceleration :burnout::burnout: :D :D . So let's get back to the not so smooth parts :thinking::11doh::evillaugh: . After my little cruise I get back to my house and notice that something just spayed my windshield :notrust::notrust: . I was worried because it looked like it came from under the hood. I then noticed the sweet smell of burning coolant :suspicious::ohnoes::ohnoes: . So I quickly parked the car and pop the hood to assess the damage, and there was a coolant geyser shooting roughly 4 feet from the top radiator hose :piss2::piss2: . It looks like the clip/clamp cut into the hose and it was spraying coolant everywhere. All over my freshly mounted CS/RC intercooler too :lmfao::lmao: . I must say I was honestly relieved when I seen where the problem was :eek4dance::eek4dance: . That's the first not so smooth occurrence. I also noticed that in my haste I forgot to secure the water line the runs through the front fender well, and the hose was nearly worn completely through :banghead::smackass::rant::rant: . If I had been driving any farther it would have ruptured the hose for sure :shush::eek4: . So I had to repair the hose by placing a hose splice in the line after cutting out the damaged area. Luckily I had enough hose to fix it :cheesy::cheesy: . Also if you notice the pics of the cutouts for the water lines in the hatch area there is an extra hole :11doh: :11doh: :11doh: , I thought I measured it right :dunno: :cry: .So enough talk already :lolhitting: here are some pictures of the water-to-air setup, and of my goofs :shush::embarrest::slap: . Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys :D :D :













































08-19-2010, 07:50 PM
Cool setup!
Im not sure I would trust zip ties long term to keep hoses off suspension parts, though. More hose holders like you use under the car would be better.

And for paint I vote for "smokey granite mica" (its a stock lexus color), like this:


09-17-2010, 04:19 PM
Hey guys I know it's been a while since my last update :sarcastic::sarcastic:. I have been quite busy working on the car however. At the 8-29 MD. meet Phoenix developed a small oil leak that progressively got worse, more embarrassing and annoying than anything really:embarrest::embarrest:. Every time I would stop at a red light you would just see a light stream of smoke coming from the hood vent :headshake::headshake:. The oil leak was dripping on the mid-pipe and burning, it was quite smelly and made stop and go driving very annoying :furious::kekekegay:. I at first thought the leak was coming from the oil pan seal, due to all the oil that was visible around and on the oil pan itself. So I went to my local Toyota dealership and forked over $20 for a tube of Black FIPG (Form In Place Gasket) it worked like a charm for sealing the oil pan :goodjob::goodjob:, but that wasn't the cause of the oil leak at all :11doh: :11doh: . So I started to look around for other possible sources for this oil leak and remembered that my turbo seal set that I purchased came with two washers that go on the top and bottom of the large oil feed banjo bolt. While taking the entire turbo setup off the car to change these two washers, which by the way is the only way to gain access to the oil feed line banjo bolt :cry: :cry: . So I'm removing the turbo and anyone who has done this before knows that you have to remove the large fitting that holds the oil cooler in place, and then I had a eureka moment :idea::idea:. I thought to myself what if the oil cooler had a bad seal somewhere ah ha, and so I proceed to remove the oil cooler only to find that the tiny bit of coolant that came from the radiator and water lines for the turbo only held a tiny bit of coolant compared to the oil cooler :lmfao::lmfao:. There was coolant everywhere I felt terrible :(:(because I pride myself on keeping my little work area as clean as possible :rant::clumsy:. To make matters worse there was a lot of coolant that managed to get into the mid-pipe that was detached and just hanging there :evil::iorun:. Once I had the oil cooler removed I found the source of the oil leak. The large gasket at the bottom of the oil cooler was split :banghead::shiftyninja:. I replaced it and the two washers/gaskets that go at the top and bottom of the large oil feed banjo bolt. I haven't noticed any more smoke or the burning oil smell on the few drives I have taken since I replaced the gaskets :Cool Dude::yay:. I also had all four wheel bearings replaced because mine were pretty bad. I did most of the labor myself apart from pressing the old bearings out and pressing new bearings in :p:toung:. I was told that for the shop to do the bearings it would be $986 that was including my inspection cost of roughly $60 :nono: :nono: . Me being broke :embarrest::lol_hitting:decided it would be more realistic for me to do the labor myself and purchase the new bearings and seals and let the shop replace the bearings :D :D . For anyone doing this you need all new seals and Toyota sells a front bearing seal kit, but you have to purchase the inner and outer rear bearing seals separately:cheer_2: . I decided while the hubs were at the shop that it would be a good time to replace the outer tie rod ends while I had the hub removed. I picked up a set from Napa for around $35 and they seem to be decent quality, and I needed them badly the old tie rod ends had busted seals and were in pretty bad shape :( :( . There was a bit of a delay in getting the hubs back because I had to wait for the dealership to get the front seal kits in, and just my luck once they did come in 4 days later one was missing a seal :mad::rant:. It took another 2 days for them to get another one in. So finally I have the hubs back :D :D . I installed the hubs being careful to torque everything to spec. The install wasn't so bad, I just followed the BGB instructions :banana:. After everything was back together I took Phoenix for a spin to the store, I didn't want to go too far because after getting new bearings, replacing the tie rod ends, and reinstalling all four hubs I'm 100% sure I need an alignment :hehe::hehe:. I noticed on the short trip that the front drivers side dust shield was rubbing other than that it was smooth and quite :D . I honestly didn't realize how loud and worn the old bearings really were :lmao::lmao:. My only gripe is that now I can hear every tiny squeak and squeal from the suspension :lmfao:. So I get home and park the car pull the emergency brake and SNAP :ohnoes::ohnoes::push:the cable breaks :bananachair::rant:. I jack the car up and slide underneath to check were it snapped, and it broke right at the base of the little metal block that attaches to the leveling bar that the rear cables attach to. The cable was so badly rusted that it was only 5 or 6 tiny stands holding the cable to the metal block. The rest was rusted away :ouch:. So needless to say one problem fixed just in time to work on the next problem :11doh::11doh:. I ordered a new cable and it should get here in a few days :D :D . Wish me luck that once that is installed nothing else breaks for a little while :banghead::lmfao:. Here are a few pics of my recent adventures. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys :D :D .



















The Captain
09-17-2010, 04:44 PM
Wow. Just. wow.

09-17-2010, 07:21 PM
i relived my project just now...i dont wanna do all that work again....props

09-19-2010, 01:48 AM
Hey guys I got my emergency brake cable today, and installed right away :D :cooltake: . It wasn't too hard at all, but the rear section of the center console and the emergency brake handle have to be removed in order to install the new cable :11doh: . I also noticed that there is a plastic sleeve on the new cable that wasn't on the old cable :suspicious:. Maybe Toyota added it after my cars production date in order to protect the cable from the elements. I pulled the plastic sleeve back a few inches and put a little axle grease on the cable near the mounting block, then I slipped the sleeve all the way to the base of the mounting block. I noticed when I installed the cable with the provided protective rubber boots that none of the cable is exposed at all :D :D . Now I just have to get an alignment and take Phoenix through inspection :11doh: :11doh: :io::io:. I took a couple pics of the cables for comparison. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys.





---------- Post added at 12:48 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:24 AM ----------

Wow. Just. wow.

Hey Captain is that a good Wow or a bad Wow :lmfao::lmfao:

i relived my project just now...i dont wanna do all that work again....props

Thanks for the props donteatbugs, I still have a long way to go :cry::cry:

09-19-2010, 04:05 AM
Mad props Lamont what an amazing job

11-21-2010, 05:30 PM
Hey guys well I guess its time for an update :loco:. Since my last update I have passed inspection :yay::eek4dance: and have just been enjoying driving Phoenix :woot::burnrubber: . Dan was nice enough to check my timing while at celi_wabbit aka Flors place. I have been driving around for months now with the timing set at roughly 20 degrees advanced :noob::11doh: . On the way home after our red Alltrac mini-meet :bigthumbu:P I noticed that I couldn't accelerate very good and that I was losing power very badly in 4'th and 5'th gears :headshake: :cry: . Once I got home I gave Dan a call and he agreed to look at it for me in the morning :cooltake: . The next day on the way to Dan's place the car accelerated much better and seemed to not have any issues at all. When I arrived Dan popped the hood and we noticed that in our rush to devour some Chinese food the day before we forgot to remove the jumper wire from the diagnostics box :11doh: :slap: . Now that the timing is correct I have noticed a dramatic improvement in gas mileage as well as better acceleration and turbo spool :amazed: . I have also removed the cat and installed my Aussie down pipe. I immediately notice a much quicker spool from the turbo, and also a very pleasant low rumble from the exhaust :yes::redxdance:. Next with the help of some expertly made custom fog light brackets fabricated by justjoe & darthripley :you_rock: I was able to install my MKIII Supra fog lights. I can't even begin to put into details just how nice these brackets are, but I'll just say they are heavy gauge steel, remain fully adjustable, very sturdy, and they fit perfectly. I was even able to keep my WTA heat exchanger in the same location with no fitment issues at all :Cool Dude::Cool Dude: . I also had a custom aluminum intake pipe fabricated to mount a MR2 BPV :naughty: . While I was installing the BPV I managed to break one of the ends off the VTV :ohnoes::banghead: , and at the moment it's being held together by JB weld, and some liquid plastic while I wait for a replacement from Toyota. Driving the car after installing the BPV I wondered why Toyota made the BPV standard on the MR2 and 3rd Gen GTFOUR and not the 1st and 2nd Gen. Alltrac :dunno: . Maybe something to do with the homologation rules of the WRC :dunno::shiftyninja: . I would say honestly after taking the first drive with the BPV that it does allow for much quicker spooling of the turbo following a gear change. Anyone who was on the fence about possibly installing a MR2 bypass valve I would highly recommend it :burnrubber::love: . Lastly I decided to heat-wrap the CS/RC WTA intercooler. I used a product from Summit Racing called floor/tunnel heat-barrier. It has self-adhesive 1/4" insulation and also very heavy gauge aluminum exterior, and is rated to withstand 2000 degree temperatures with as little as 1/4" clearance from the heat source :ohsnap: . I am really impressed with this product because after driving Phoenix for three hours aggressively I might add :burnout::burnout: , I am still able to place my hand on the intercooler and it is cold to the touch :goodjob::goodjob: while the rest of the engine bay is Dante's Inferno :flamethrow::flamethrow: . At $25 shipped for a 24"X24" sheet, which was roughly enough to double insulate the intercooler, I would say it was a bargain :cheer_2::cheer_2: . Most of these parts have just been piling up and I wanted to get them installed before spending money on anything else :nono::nono: . Here are a few photos of my recent upgrades :pics::pics: :




















Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys :waveycool::waveycool:

10-22-2012, 02:18 PM
Hey guys, itís been over a year since I last updated my progress on Project Phoenix:headshake:. To be honest there hasnít been much to update really:sad2:. Phoenix has been sitting at the painters for over a year now. Not all due to the painter either. I have been dragging my feet as well:shush:. Well my painter is finally ready to get started, and so am I:Cool Dude:. It has been a long road to get Phoenix were it is today and I know by looking at it you canít really see all that it took to get to this point. I have done most of the mechanical work just to get Phoenix up and running now itís time to get the cosmetic work started. To give you guys an idea of the scope of work that will be done during the exterior restoration. My body guy will be replacing the upper and lower radiator support, cutting the rotten rear quarter panels from the car and replacing them with rear quarter panels from a Celica GTS that are in excellent condition:biggthumpup:. They are completely wrapped up and being stored in the rafters at the shop or I would have snapped a few pictures of them to show the condition, but all in due time;). I will be replacing the following parts with new Toyota parts: front fenders, CS/RC hood, CS/RC front bumper, grill support (ties both fenders together and is also the bar that you attach the front grill to). So the entire front end pretty much will be getting replaced with new Toyota parts including all new hardware:ooo::ooo:. I know it may sound like overkill, but I think it will really pay off with the final fit and finish to have all new parts installed where possible:yes:. I will also be replacing all of the trim pieces as well. Iím really excited to be starting on the exterior restoration:yay:. I took a few pictures while I was at the shop. Not much has been done, but just wanted to show the state of the car as it sits. The rear fender wells especially are in pretty bad condition. Here are some photos of the progress so far:pics::pics:.


10-22-2012, 07:07 PM
I bet it'll look like a brand new car when you get it back! I'm trying to get rolling on a similar project that's also in dire need of a tear-down paintjob and a new motor as well, I'll definitely be using this thread as reference when I start digging into the motor and electrical.

Good job man, can't wait to see your next update! Keep it up!

10-23-2012, 06:45 PM
I just read through this entire thread and WOW, nice work good sir. It's nice to see someone willing to put in the effort to save a beautiful car.

10-24-2012, 06:00 AM
Man, that brings back some bad memories. Good luck with it!

06-14-2013, 05:24 PM
Hello guys so the restoration has been on hold for a while. Well it recently started again with the replacement of the upper radiator support and also the removal of the rusted out rear quarter panels. Unfortunately I was unable to make it down to the shop to get pictures of everything being done been a little busy. Also the front end was in pretty bad shape and needed to be straitened quite a bit. I have a few photos of how the front headlights and hood line-up now compared to how off things were in previous photos. I also had the seat reupholstered and took a few pics of how they look now. Hopefully things keep progressing smoothly and I can have Phoenix nice, straight, and painted soon. Here are a few snapshots of the progress thus far. Thank you for following Project Phoenix and I hope to post new progress pics soon.

Here is my van filled with all new Toyota Parts :D
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These are the reupholstered seats.
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This is the replaced upper radiator support, and the hood and fender alignment.
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Here is Jeramy removing the rear quarter panel.
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Here are a few pics of the donor rear quarter panels.
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06-14-2013, 06:52 PM
I'm very interested in how you take care of those fenders, as I have to do both on my car.

08-23-2013, 05:42 AM
Any progress on this? I haven't checked this thread in about two years, I'm really impressed by how far you've come (not that I expected you to give up... okay maybe a little). You have some serious cajones to tackle a project like this man! This inspires me to keep working on my own car.

08-26-2013, 10:58 PM
Any progress on this? I haven't checked this thread in about two years, I'm really impressed by how far you've come (not that I expected you to give up... okay maybe a little). You have some serious cajones to tackle a project like this man! This inspires me to keep working on my own car.

Hello Doowstados, thanks for the kudos, Phoenix's progress has been slow, but my painter will be starting back up on the restoration this week if he is able to finish the convertible GTO he's been restoring. I have just been piecing together some aftermarket/upgrade parts for when the paint work is done. I will post more pics of the rear quarter restoration for guys who would like to use them for reference. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys!!!

11-05-2013, 07:58 PM
Progress on this car?

11-06-2013, 03:16 PM
Progress on this car?

Hello jdm_celica_gts, unfortunately aside from the front radiator support and associated parts being finish welded not much else has been done. My painter does auto restoration on the side and his day job, repairing and painting aircraft, has been pretty busy lately. I have just been getting parts together in anticipation of the paint being done. Now that it is getting cold I doubt much progress is going to be made in the near future :waveysad:

11-09-2013, 03:34 AM
Damn that sucks. Amazing progress btw on something many people would of just sent to the junkyard.

12-12-2013, 11:47 PM
Hey guys, I have some great progress to report. Last week the paint work started. Unfortunately I was unable to get photos of all the parts in primer. The paint work looks very nice, but it hasn't been finish sanded and buffed yet. I also like how my painter did the underside of all the panels, very nice touch. The rear hatch and doors will be painted next. Here are the photos of the parts that have been painted so far. The pictures are not the best quality, I had to borrow a camera in order to take these. My camera was left at the shop with my painter for him to photo-document the process of replacing the rear quarter panels.

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Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys!!!

12-16-2013, 03:59 PM
man you are a trooper. post up some more pics!

12-29-2013, 05:59 AM
Man I can't believe the progress. You must be super excited getting in the final stretch of body work.
What are your motor plans?

12-29-2013, 03:35 PM
Damn that looks so good, even without being sanded. I can't wait to see it all put back together.

12-30-2013, 04:31 PM
Man I can't believe the progress. You must be super excited getting in the final stretch of body work.
What are your motor plans?

Hello jdm_celica_gts, I was planning on going with a ct20b turbo with a blitz access ECU for now. No big power plans so far, I will be concentrating on handling and braking for the near future. Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys!

03-15-2014, 04:21 AM
Hey guys well it is time for an update on Project Phoenix. Unfortunately my mechanic hasn't been documenting his progress with photos as much as I had hoped. I am pleased with the progress and just had to share a few pictures of some of the best bondo stacking I have seen on a body panel.

First here is a shot of just how deep the bondo was on the drivers rear quarter panel:
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Here is another from a different angle. We are guessing it is roughly 3/4" thick in some spots:
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Next is the rust areas that were removed from the car that are being replaced using the replacement panels this area was badly hit and poorly repaired in the past:
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Ironically the replacement drivers rear quarter panel was also repaired using tons of bondo as well. Here is a pic showing just how thick it was, we guess 1/2":
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/imagejpeg_31.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/imagejpeg_31.jpg.html)

Once the bondo was removed and the skin cut from the inner support you can see just how bad the panel was. The repair wasn't bad, but the bondo was applied way too thick:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/imagejpeg_41.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/imagejpeg_41.jpg.html)

Things are progressing nicely and my painter is doing a great job with the body work. Plans are to have the body in primer in a week or two. Hopefully I can twist his arm to take more pics so that I can share them with you guys. Thanks for following Project Phoenix and I look forward to updating more progress soon.

05-12-2014, 09:05 PM
So it's been about 2 months..... Any progress been made.

05-28-2014, 03:23 AM
So it's been about 2 months..... Any progress been made.

Wow sorry for the late post completely missed this. No real progress at all since the shop has been really busy with their day job painting helicopters and planes lol. I will be seeing if they made any progress soon.

Thank you

04-01-2015, 07:16 PM
Damn dude, looked at your whole project again and can't believe the transformation!

Anyways, it's been about a year, what's up with this project?

04-01-2015, 08:59 PM
Damn dude, looked at your whole project again and can't believe the transformation!

Anyways, it's been about a year, what's up with this project?

Well progress has been slow as usual, but I am hopeful that late spring early summer the bodywork and paint will be finished. I have been collecting tons of parts in the meantime. I also just finished a 1MZFE V6 swap for my 6th Gen because my 5SFE decided to blow-up. I'm pushing my painter pretty hard because I want to make my first Dragon run next year for sure. I will post some updated pictures as soon as I visit the shop. Phoenix has come a long way, but there is still a ton left to do once the paint is done.

04-03-2015, 04:15 AM
Well get this thing done already haha, I'm excited to see how that paint looks in the sun.

08-13-2015, 05:52 AM
Where and how much did it cost to reupholstered your seats. My 25 year old leather is worn to the bone.

08-13-2015, 06:17 PM
Where and how much did it cost to reupholstered your seats. My 25 year old leather is worn to the bone.

I purchased the leather covers off eBay a few years back. They were $500 for the set. I don't think the seller is still in business, but there are other options out there. I have a spare set of cloth seat covers that I plan on swapping once the leather is worn.

03-06-2016, 01:03 AM
So it's been forever guys I know it seems like I fell off the face of the earth, but I'm still around and kicking. There has been tons of progress and Phoenix is almost done and ready for the good weather to return. Where did we leave off? Here is the rear quarter panel rust repair:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/image2.jpeg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/image2.jpeg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/image.jpeg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/image.jpeg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/9076DF12-2203-457E-AC2F-5512DD4AFA67.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/9076DF12-2203-457E-AC2F-5512DD4AFA67.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/CB79A5B2-6B90-408A-98E7-AC46456B759E.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/CB79A5B2-6B90-408A-98E7-AC46456B759E.jpg.html)

Once the rear quarters were repaired we moved on to preparing the body for primer. Surprisingly other than the rear quarters the body was in pretty good condition:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/20E50B12-817B-4C55-80B5-297608062320.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/20E50B12-817B-4C55-80B5-297608062320.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/13D3FF61-994C-4DD6-B257-A858471845CE.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/13D3FF61-994C-4DD6-B257-A858471845CE.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/04FB909D-B195-4FD2-A5B7-F6796D9CFAEE.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/04FB909D-B195-4FD2-A5B7-F6796D9CFAEE.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/302EE3CD-A9DD-4096-81E4-A836BF4AC1D5.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/302EE3CD-A9DD-4096-81E4-A836BF4AC1D5.jpg.html)

Close-up of the A-pillar seam:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/AD32E57E-8620-4D17-ABBC-1A80323FC620.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/AD32E57E-8620-4D17-ABBC-1A80323FC620.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/ABA7B3F3-28BE-4F52-A517-2CFE4386A713.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/ABA7B3F3-28BE-4F52-A517-2CFE4386A713.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/DD578C81-C616-4261-B8CE-45CA779B1F02.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/DD578C81-C616-4261-B8CE-45CA779B1F02.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/07586359-1B15-4C46-A3A6-27B67D8F22EE.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/07586359-1B15-4C46-A3A6-27B67D8F22EE.jpg.html)

Rear glass removed from hatch:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/58557E39-98B7-4030-A606-DA12ADA5AED8.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/58557E39-98B7-4030-A606-DA12ADA5AED8.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/AA1EC697-5B55-4C8F-99DA-43AD1B04CD52.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/AA1EC697-5B55-4C8F-99DA-43AD1B04CD52.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/9AD9266C-0D82-4F85-8B67-96A35A8169A2.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/9AD9266C-0D82-4F85-8B67-96A35A8169A2.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/9ACA38C3-4383-4D14-8CE3-D69550233B39.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/9ACA38C3-4383-4D14-8CE3-D69550233B39.jpg.html)
The glass was in decent shape, but I was able to source a new replacement hatch glass which has been discontinued by Toyota. More on that later.

Next we rolled the rear fenders to make room for the wheels I plan on installing at a later date. It was decided that it would be better to do this at this stage before the car went into primer. These aren't the best pictures, but my painter did an awesome job to make the wheel well blend into the body of the car:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/C2559FB5-81C3-4DBF-91B4-21D76080F3B8.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/C2559FB5-81C3-4DBF-91B4-21D76080F3B8.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/7F28EEE2-BFC8-40A1-8EAC-CDFF91C0D738.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/7F28EEE2-BFC8-40A1-8EAC-CDFF91C0D738.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/E289EA26-538A-4DB1-9F73-3DE00AF97419.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/E289EA26-538A-4DB1-9F73-3DE00AF97419.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/DEEC7867-C44F-4FCC-943D-7DBF3D2D3AC5.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/DEEC7867-C44F-4FCC-943D-7DBF3D2D3AC5.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/5F5FF655-0CF6-44DD-B5CC-779B0455B023.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/5F5FF655-0CF6-44DD-B5CC-779B0455B023.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/CA3A31BF-A0B7-4EF7-A944-74AB8BD637C2.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/CA3A31BF-A0B7-4EF7-A944-74AB8BD637C2.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/DF3B4A1B-7813-45F0-9CAA-5DCD4F206E2B.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/DF3B4A1B-7813-45F0-9CAA-5DCD4F206E2B.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/0CF66BBE-DB90-4661-A0F4-8B528E7F7477.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/0CF66BBE-DB90-4661-A0F4-8B528E7F7477.jpg.html)

Now we moved on to primer:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/5D8565CC-8FCE-4F9F-B97D-765E4E8B599E.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/5D8565CC-8FCE-4F9F-B97D-765E4E8B599E.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100839AB-A8EB-4F96-AB48-96D3E64428C7.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100839AB-A8EB-4F96-AB48-96D3E64428C7.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/3B891BA5-FC48-4164-8D60-6197C8261818.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/3B891BA5-FC48-4164-8D60-6197C8261818.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/24839029-111F-4A56-9255-9B3F11CB703D.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/24839029-111F-4A56-9255-9B3F11CB703D.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/D1C8643F-6787-41A2-9C2B-22370E3DE9F2.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/D1C8643F-6787-41A2-9C2B-22370E3DE9F2.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/117B20E7-9273-4BA6-BEEA-BED722CC87FF.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/117B20E7-9273-4BA6-BEEA-BED722CC87FF.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/4E1AA4F8-A8BD-4124-9B83-8727460CC854.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/4E1AA4F8-A8BD-4124-9B83-8727460CC854.jpg.html)

Next the primer was sanded to prep for finish coat:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/1473885C-C7F5-450B-87C0-0AC5D04D9F4D.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/1473885C-C7F5-450B-87C0-0AC5D04D9F4D.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/06DB697B-94B3-4B1E-B524-91719B77C005.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/06DB697B-94B3-4B1E-B524-91719B77C005.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/0170C105-A7DF-4324-999D-473D1EE53720.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/0170C105-A7DF-4324-999D-473D1EE53720.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/2B16F4B1-803E-4A3F-AEE9-1FC529E2B16E.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/2B16F4B1-803E-4A3F-AEE9-1FC529E2B16E.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/5682326C-B8EB-42A3-A1DF-5C9C10F5D6FA.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/5682326C-B8EB-42A3-A1DF-5C9C10F5D6FA.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/FD702A1D-6D19-409A-B3C8-10CD6F891393.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/FD702A1D-6D19-409A-B3C8-10CD6F891393.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/83B9877D-40C9-4AA7-AE0D-FE45B7DFD316.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/83B9877D-40C9-4AA7-AE0D-FE45B7DFD316.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/373372C7-04F0-4F27-86B0-725327DC0146.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/373372C7-04F0-4F27-86B0-725327DC0146.jpg.html)

Next is where the twist comes in. The super red parts were also prepped :dunno::blink1: :
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/E998541A-FD87-4C6B-92DF-4DB7A27AFE8C.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/E998541A-FD87-4C6B-92DF-4DB7A27AFE8C.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/BFE8050C-59E0-47C6-B570-A2AACF0C059E.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/BFE8050C-59E0-47C6-B570-A2AACF0C059E.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/4CF60A47-3C5F-4939-BC8E-A87047782834.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/4CF60A47-3C5F-4939-BC8E-A87047782834.jpg.html)

That's all for now guys.
Thanks for following project Phoenix guys.
More to come shortly!!

03-07-2016, 07:40 PM
So I forgot to mention that I ran into a bit of a snag when removing the gas tank. The fuel sending unit was badly rusted and I completely snapped off the entire threaded section that connects to the flexible fuel line:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/8DB563A2-E855-4725-A67C-5A3FFF7B5433.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/8DB563A2-E855-4725-A67C-5A3FFF7B5433.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/A2EF7552-F250-4FDF-9483-DED51ED8A3A8.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/A2EF7552-F250-4FDF-9483-DED51ED8A3A8.jpg.html)

I was very worried because the sending unit has been discontinued and finding one used was proving to be difficult. I got lucky and found a refurbished fuel sending unit and had it shipped from Great Britain:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/BA5649D3-CDE6-4DD2-8F2A-B8650471A86E.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/BA5649D3-CDE6-4DD2-8F2A-B8650471A86E.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/5C6F8654-85E2-4635-907E-517700240338.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/5C6F8654-85E2-4635-907E-517700240338.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/D540A581-1B72-4E85-8714-075BAB0AB01D.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/D540A581-1B72-4E85-8714-075BAB0AB01D.jpg.html)

I decided to assemble the replacement gas tank I purchased a few years back. The seller informed me that it was from a salvage yard in Arizona. I also purchased all new hardware and gaskets from Toyota, and a new filler neck from Great Britain. The filler neck is discontinued here in the US.:http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/1B3C1BDC-C8C0-436C-BF5E-E266E76DBE0B.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/1B3C1BDC-C8C0-436C-BF5E-E266E76DBE0B.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/3044DE9A-49DF-45EC-9889-5F8ED81A1F78.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/3044DE9A-49DF-45EC-9889-5F8ED81A1F78.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/93B6AF23-60F6-415B-9B5F-8DA40B0FDD83.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/93B6AF23-60F6-415B-9B5F-8DA40B0FDD83.jpg.html)

While the body and parts were being painted my daughter helped me upholster the headliner. One of my favorite parts, because my daughter actually volunteered to help. Here are the results:http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/Headliner%201.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/Headliner%201.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/Headliner%202.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/Headliner%202.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/35487CB4-CAB4-482A-8F2A-CC05E7C6D69E.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/35487CB4-CAB4-482A-8F2A-CC05E7C6D69E.jpg.html)

Now if you guys haven't figured it out, I changed the color. Over the years my tastes have changed and I wanted something low-key, not too flashy, and elegant. After some back and forth with the wife she decided on the color and here it is:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/4E94756A-D8D0-4422-B290-F795291336CE.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/4E94756A-D8D0-4422-B290-F795291336CE.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/2E21F297-269D-421B-B486-DB969CF4B18C.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/2E21F297-269D-421B-B486-DB969CF4B18C.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/97A9589C-37A1-4C77-8A06-A606595BB631.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/97A9589C-37A1-4C77-8A06-A606595BB631.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/110719F4-18FB-41B1-ABC1-55E20DE65661.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/110719F4-18FB-41B1-ABC1-55E20DE65661.jpg.html)

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http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/9BB6E226-177F-4859-AB8C-B8A8CABA0267.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/9BB6E226-177F-4859-AB8C-B8A8CABA0267.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/ED70C2A4-D314-4A53-8E77-8144E42088B7.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/ED70C2A4-D314-4A53-8E77-8144E42088B7.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/18D2A317-DF24-491D-A508-26E20632FEC0.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/18D2A317-DF24-491D-A508-26E20632FEC0.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/6FAE3D42-3760-4F63-941F-4B531C0F91B0.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/6FAE3D42-3760-4F63-941F-4B531C0F91B0.jpg.html)

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http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/EC71A915-8FF7-4BD3-96BF-F46A38CA182C.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/EC71A915-8FF7-4BD3-96BF-F46A38CA182C.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/7B55E77E-B3E4-4AB9-9B58-5AF7EAAF4DD7.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/7B55E77E-B3E4-4AB9-9B58-5AF7EAAF4DD7.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/E0A17321-1C23-4035-9DE6-61FAA2EA9F77.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/E0A17321-1C23-4035-9DE6-61FAA2EA9F77.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/36522D86-6D68-414D-AC57-650B5ACF84C7.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/36522D86-6D68-414D-AC57-650B5ACF84C7.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/52958370-F02E-4400-9DEB-83AAE8F32042.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/52958370-F02E-4400-9DEB-83AAE8F32042.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/DD7114D8-518A-4BD0-8DAF-58EFA3CA7F3A.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/DD7114D8-518A-4BD0-8DAF-58EFA3CA7F3A.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/6404A4A1-BAB2-41E3-8BBE-CC1DBD79AA11.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/6404A4A1-BAB2-41E3-8BBE-CC1DBD79AA11.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/9DF4FF3D-B39F-4365-8CE4-A0019D5F7B80.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/9DF4FF3D-B39F-4365-8CE4-A0019D5F7B80.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/DD9CD86F-FEEE-415D-969A-06F1C7C6EB44.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/DD9CD86F-FEEE-415D-969A-06F1C7C6EB44.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/05846BFB-2BBF-4676-8D9B-21B5B58DAF78.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/05846BFB-2BBF-4676-8D9B-21B5B58DAF78.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/26E920DB-571D-4FCF-ABEE-BD3C2EC529A3.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/26E920DB-571D-4FCF-ABEE-BD3C2EC529A3.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/B9F0695E-8F50-4CF2-AD68-E9B5A727AC2A.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/B9F0695E-8F50-4CF2-AD68-E9B5A727AC2A.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/C8D94EAB-8D6D-42DF-A9B8-53D8EA9C9E3D.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/C8D94EAB-8D6D-42DF-A9B8-53D8EA9C9E3D.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/944C31CB-B50F-42B5-B181-0003B40A4BAE.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/944C31CB-B50F-42B5-B181-0003B40A4BAE.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/71976FFE-C7AE-4C7C-973E-6AEEB0FEF1F2.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/71976FFE-C7AE-4C7C-973E-6AEEB0FEF1F2.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/7FBC8AA1-87FA-432B-A845-F577F46AAE85.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/7FBC8AA1-87FA-432B-A845-F577F46AAE85.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/D496AADF-002C-4C7D-BA35-3FF8F3DEF7F7.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/D496AADF-002C-4C7D-BA35-3FF8F3DEF7F7.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010108.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010108.jpg.html)

That's all for now, thanks for following Project Phoenix guys!!
More to come very shortly!!

03-08-2016, 03:20 AM

03-14-2016, 01:20 AM
Next we moved on to black-out a few parts:

My thought here was to have the supporting brackets and hood latch hidden:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/F026E03B-8742-4A9F-B202-B84D677DD7DA.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/F026E03B-8742-4A9F-B202-B84D677DD7DA.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/B042ED4D-17CC-46C5-B6B5-2C4F0F6530D7.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/B042ED4D-17CC-46C5-B6B5-2C4F0F6530D7.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010111.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010111.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010110.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010110.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/5CC4B1E5-D166-4D25-B1F9-95EA3858412C.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/5CC4B1E5-D166-4D25-B1F9-95EA3858412C.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/0842E0C7-AC9F-42B8-BF86-7249D53453E6.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/0842E0C7-AC9F-42B8-BF86-7249D53453E6.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/358A44BF-F5FC-4387-87AA-AD1785FB5811.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/358A44BF-F5FC-4387-87AA-AD1785FB5811.jpg.html)

This little touch was purely my painters' idea, and it has grown on me quite a bit:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/17C1C046-D45F-4A2A-8351-F933E93C4FD8.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/17C1C046-D45F-4A2A-8351-F933E93C4FD8.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/11DDDFC9-1B64-4EBB-9CC1-9B82B959EB3E.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/11DDDFC9-1B64-4EBB-9CC1-9B82B959EB3E.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/F132200E-E97C-4C5B-B3EA-7FE2E010BA2C.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/F132200E-E97C-4C5B-B3EA-7FE2E010BA2C.jpg.html)

Then there was all new hardware from Toyota:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/Toyota%20Parts%202.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/Toyota%20Parts%202.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/Toyota%20Parts%201.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/Toyota%20Parts%201.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0138.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0138.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0137.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0137.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0139.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0139.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0136.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0136.jpg.html)

Not all the hardware was purchased new because quite a few parts have been discontinued. I encountered this on several parts along the way. One of which was the CS/RC hood vent that my painter lost in the shuffle of transporting parts. I was lucky enough to purchase the final part located in the US:

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/3A148AD3-4655-4666-95E8-B6CC5F665893.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/3A148AD3-4655-4666-95E8-B6CC5F665893.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/6F68B6D3-6E8C-40A9-AF73-1BCFC0DC9ACE.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/6F68B6D3-6E8C-40A9-AF73-1BCFC0DC9ACE.jpg.html)

Now we moved to reassembly, and the big reveal:

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0111.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0111.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0116.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0116.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0130.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0130.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0135.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0135.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0134.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0134.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0133.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0133.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/100_0132.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/100_0132.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010101.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010101.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010100.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010100.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010103.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010103.jpg.html)

Here are the Euro spec folding mirrors and the LHD glass I purchased from Great Britain:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010115.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010115.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010114.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010114.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/9CA404B4-5F11-44D4-8CE5-833C963011AB.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/9CA404B4-5F11-44D4-8CE5-833C963011AB.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/image1.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/image1.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/P1010106.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/P1010106.jpg.html)

Another part that was lost was the fuel filler door. I thought it was funny that the only one I could find was super red:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/7ED127FC-5730-4086-AD53-2AA3A21E5467.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/7ED127FC-5730-4086-AD53-2AA3A21E5467.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/40E2A07D-56DF-409A-A7B5-177264505EAA.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/40E2A07D-56DF-409A-A7B5-177264505EAA.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/B5B48EBE-44CF-44A1-8B26-48708CB5E33A.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/B5B48EBE-44CF-44A1-8B26-48708CB5E33A.jpg.html)

Here is the new rear hatch glass installed, this is also a discontinued part:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/703C5798-80A3-4863-85E9-066FBCE2491D.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/703C5798-80A3-4863-85E9-066FBCE2491D.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/B2DBC7F5-DA10-463A-A6BC-1C1B2789CEEC.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/B2DBC7F5-DA10-463A-A6BC-1C1B2789CEEC.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/12C1ABE3-4DFA-49B2-8178-CB67ACE3DF61.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/12C1ABE3-4DFA-49B2-8178-CB67ACE3DF61.jpg.html)

Here is a picture taken outside, I will post more pics once the color sanding is done:
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/99C10C17-780E-47CD-A3C2-C847C7659B9E.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/99C10C17-780E-47CD-A3C2-C847C7659B9E.jpg.html)

Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys!!

03-14-2016, 01:21 PM
Holy crap! You are doing this right! Keep it up!

03-14-2016, 11:14 PM
Unbelievable! It came out great.

03-14-2016, 11:36 PM
Holy crap! You are doing this right! Keep it up!

Unbelievable! It came out great.

Thanks guys :biggrin:

03-15-2016, 12:14 AM
Man, that looks great! I am a sucker for white cars.

Celica Girl
03-15-2016, 01:40 AM
wow. love it.

03-15-2016, 02:14 AM
That color is drop dead sexy.

07-21-2018, 08:28 PM
Hey guys I know it's been forever since my last update. I still own my Alltrac and even drive in now and then. Well an opportunity came along for the family and I to relocate to NC. So as of 7-23 I will officially be a resident of the state of NC. When my painter got the news he wanted to send me off in style. Here are some pics of the progress:

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/IMG_1359.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/IMG_1359.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/IMG_1360.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/IMG_1360.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/IMG_1361.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/IMG_1361.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/IMG_1362.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/IMG_1362.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/IMG_1363.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/IMG_1363.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/IMG_1365.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/IMG_1365.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/IMG_1366.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/IMG_1366.jpg.html)

http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt345/scruff69x/IMG_1367.jpg (http://s626.photobucket.com/user/scruff69x/media/IMG_1367.jpg.html)

Thanks for following Project Phoenix guys!!

07-22-2018, 02:24 AM
It has been a long time. Still looking beautiful brother.

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07-22-2018, 05:19 AM
Effing sweet. You do know that NC is where half of the Dragon is located...

07-22-2018, 02:15 PM
It has been a long time. Still looking beautiful brother.

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Thanks CriScO

Effing sweet. You do know that NC is where half of the Dragon is located...

Lol I will admit that did play a small role in choosing NC. Is the annual meet still going on? I still haven't been to my first one:embarrest:

07-23-2018, 12:39 PM
I'm always a fan of red, but that thing looks so good in white with the white OZs!! Just wow!

Good luck with your move. NC is very nice.

07-24-2018, 02:13 PM
Man that car has come a long way.... Congrats! It looks fantastic!