View Full Version : Looking at a project. 77 GT liftback

07-25-2010, 03:18 AM
Ok I am looking at buying a 77 GT liftback. It is a project car. I have not gone to see the car yet but from the pictures I know that the trunk floor is rusted out as well as the gas tank. I've been searching around on this site for the past couple of hours and I've still got some questions.
1. Any chance I will be able to find a "new" gas tank?
2. What are the good places to look for 1st gen parts?
3. Can Somebody please post some pictures of the trunk pans since I will probably end up making my own and I would like a few good reference pictures so I can try to get it close to looking right.
4. Any tips or advise before I decide on this 77?

Thank you in advance for the help.

The Captain
07-25-2010, 03:27 AM

07-25-2010, 03:36 AM

Andy? is he a parts dealer?

07-25-2010, 04:05 AM
No, we have a member who lives in 'bama with a 77 gt liftback

Is it spraybombed/primer white?

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Oh yeah, and his name is Andy

07-25-2010, 12:26 PM
Nope its got a crappy grey primer job

07-25-2010, 03:09 PM
heh, could possibly still be the same one.

I dont think andy would sell his though.

Got any pics or info of the one your looking at buy

07-25-2010, 05:09 PM
oh no its not mine. Where in alabama are you? Ive got alot of spare stuff. post some pics and price of the car and Ill tell you what to look at.

when you say trunk pan do you mean spare tire well?

07-25-2010, 09:58 PM
I'm in florence. Yeah i'm really not sure how the trunk is laid out, but its gone. the edges are still there but thats bout it.

Links to pictures Owner sent me

Extra Parts.


Anything I pulled does not have through rust and could be cleaned up and primered pretty easy.

Car ETC Pics


07-26-2010, 10:56 AM
So i've been searching and I can't find anywhere that sells a gas tank. any ideas what I could do bout that?

07-26-2010, 05:19 PM
With these cars you have to just search and wait for parts in my experience. There is also http://www.1stgencelica.com/forum/

Or you can use a fuel cell.

07-26-2010, 05:52 PM
I would pass on this one and just wait for another one with less rust to pop up. Trust me that's a lot of work and money that needs to be put into it.

07-26-2010, 09:45 PM
your gonna pay about 2k for a good one with little rust....and its worth it. trust me

07-27-2010, 02:07 AM
yeah with it being as cheap as it is I can't really argue with the price

07-27-2010, 05:12 AM
you would have to fab a new floor pan in the rear, and just find a tank in the junkyard or run a fuel cell or another fuel tank from some other car. That would have to be almost free with a a good running engine for me to take it. http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs017.snc1/4511_548203883373_51204265_32329210_8047792_n.jpg

thats after i fixed the rust there.


i had to make the interior for the back hatch, used fiber board and auto carpet.

07-27-2010, 09:03 AM
engine runs in it if you put the fuel lines in a 5 gallon tank. and its less than $500 :)

07-27-2010, 05:25 PM
knock it out then, be ready to do alot of fab work to make it look right. also make sure there are no rust holes by the windshield, those are horrible to fix.

07-27-2010, 06:05 PM
I would buy that car and sell parts off of it on Celica forums.

Your best bet, as said before, is to get a fuel cell. You can get them on eBay for a decent price.

Offer the person who owns it $200 and you have yourself a good deal.

07-28-2010, 05:29 AM
yeah I plan on tryin to haggle the price down. And i'm thinking about trunk with fiberglass till I buy a new welder and going with a fuel cell. Planning on going to see it next week. what are all the problem rust areas other than frame, floors, rockers, and by the windshield?

07-28-2010, 05:40 AM
Its an old Toyota. Rust is common everywhere.

Also check the entire underside of the hood. My 72 had lots of rust there.

Oh and the strut towers

07-28-2010, 06:10 AM
i havent seen the frame rails rust too bad, check the fenders and doors. they ususally rust out due to clogged inner drains. and your trunk of course has suffered the same fate. o and the rear quater panels. just look everywhere.

07-28-2010, 08:43 AM
ok and i've been searching on google about fuel cells. This is something I have no experience with. Can somebody school me or post a link with info on the difference in the types of fuel cells, mounting options, street legality, fuel pump/sending unit mods (if even needed), and pretty much any other info possible? I've dropped tanks to change pumps and sending units before, but I've never messed with installing a fuel cell

Hipster Lawrence
07-28-2010, 01:01 PM
thats after i fixed the rust there.


i had to make the interior for the back hatch, used fiber board and auto carpet.

I need more info on how you did this. I want to do this exact thing in my ar86 coupe.

08-03-2010, 06:07 AM
any got any info on fuel cells or tanks froom other vehicles that would be a easy or semi easy swap?

08-03-2010, 05:26 PM
the one i was going to try whenever i swap in a fuel injected engine was from an ae86 corolla, the sr5 is carberated so you shouldnt have any problem there, i need a gts one for the fuel pump and such.

08-04-2010, 07:56 AM
what year and model group of the sr5 would work, ballparkish thoughts so I know where to start looking again.

08-04-2010, 06:44 PM
any rwd really, 84 through 87