View Full Version : old guy, old cars, new member (w/pics)

08-13-2010, 07:49 PM
Ive been lurking here for a while now and decided its finally time to introduce myself:

Hi, Im Pete, and Im a celicaholic.
(you just said "Hi Pete" in your head didnt you?)

Anyway, Ive owned so many cars I lost count, but if memory serves me correctly Ive owned 7 Celicas (and several supras, and my second car is a Mk1MR2). Ive always wanted to own an alltrac and recently I had a chance to buy one and Ive been loving it!

I immediately had to sort out a couple issues on it (its rare for me to buy a car that is perfect out of the box, thats how I get em so cheap), like a frozen TPS, some intake leaks, and a bodged stereo system, but I drove it home, fixed her up, turned up the boost and let her roll.

Im a restorer/flipper by trade so I tend to go through lots of cars but intend to keep this one for a good long while. Here are a couple pictures of her right after I got her.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs111.ash2/38876_137706132935446_100000881806029_171517_77139 95_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs220.snc4/39327_137706166268776_100000881806029_171518_40135 7_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs220.snc4/39327_137706172935442_100000881806029_171520_42557 0_n.jpg

Shes filling a DD role for me so I dont plan to do anything crazy with her. I plan to put an exhaust on her, a battery relocate/straight intake, EBC, some decent gauges, and a nice set of summer wheels (I will run studs for winter).

Here are a couple pics of some of my other toyotas:







and the car that started it all back in High School:
(sorry for the crappy quality, back then people used this thing called film..."instamatic" my ass)


So thats some of my history. Feel free to ask me anything as I have a pretty long history of fixin' stuff. Currently I buy/fix/sell, do "mini-restoration", and specialize in interior detailing and hand stitched leather items (steering wheel covers, shift knobs, etc.). If anyone needs me I'll be over "here" quietly tinkering...

08-13-2010, 08:18 PM
Really glad you found us Pete :)

Welcome to the site!

08-13-2010, 08:23 PM
Cool collection!

08-13-2010, 08:26 PM
Welcome aboard. Your cars look immaculate! (once a Supra owner always a Supra lover)

08-13-2010, 08:32 PM
Welcome home Pete.

08-13-2010, 08:37 PM

Now can I have that st165?

08-13-2010, 10:41 PM

I love seeing members who are Toyota fans to the core :)

08-13-2010, 11:59 PM
Thanks for the welcome feeling! Im definately comfortable with my Toyotas but thats not to say I havent had my share of other toys. Notable on my list are:
68 Camaro SS 396 4spd
68 Lemans (GTO cloned)
67 Chevelle 327
78 T/A 6.6
(notice a theme)
Also have ridden bikes since I was 10 and have even owned a 3 wheeled (reverse trike) "Popular Mechanics" DIY car called a Tri-Magnum.

Ive kind of grown out of the "primitives" as I like to call them and have gravitated to more comfortable modes of transportation as I got older. I believe the next car I buy and build will be an SC400 with supra parts underneath and ITB's on the UZ. For now though this 165 needs more than its share of "tweaking" and should keep me busy until the fall at least.

08-14-2010, 12:19 AM
Blasphemy! Don't you know we Toyota folks don't like Muscle Cars, or even Domestics in general.


No, I don't currently or have ever owned anything like that.

I don't know what anyone is talking about.

`68 was my favorite year of the 1rst Gen Camaro. The `69 didn't do it for me after the restyle.

The `77 and `78 Firebird (the Trans Am in particular) is my favorite car ever. I have owned a few dozen F-Bodies over the years.

08-14-2010, 01:11 AM
Glad you found us. You will love it here.

08-14-2010, 02:25 PM
Welcome. That's a really clean 165. You've got a really nice collection.

You'll find a lot of us here, like Murg, are also muscle car guys. I had a 72 El Camino for over 20 years. I loved that car. The muscle car market is just too insane pricewise now. I just can't justify spend that kind of money on them. I like to drive my cars and not leave them sit.

08-14-2010, 02:41 PM
Love the old classics - '74? I had a buddy with a '75 Celica GT. Mine was a '77 and my two older brothers had a '76 and a '83 GTS all rear wheel drive.

Once a classic Celica owner always one.

08-14-2010, 02:59 PM
Welcome to the forum and nice collection

08-14-2010, 03:55 PM

I always find it nice to see another MR2 owner around here. And I'll repeat myself here:

Yay! Give me some mid-rear love!

08-14-2010, 07:24 PM
The `77 and `78 Firebird (the Trans Am in particular) is my favorite car ever.
Even though GM was into the smog wars by then, both the T/A and the Z28 in 78 were rare gems. Ive owned several of each.

I just can't justify spend that kind of money on them.
I agree completely. You cant even find a "Slowva" for a buildable price anymore. I paid 3800 for my 68 SS and that was ALOT of money for me then. However, if I still had it would be worth upwards of 10 times that...sometimes I kick myself over stuff like that.

Love the old classics - '74?
Once a classic Celica owner always one.

The red car is a 75GT. The satin black/purple car is a 20R swapped 73ST, and it holds the record for "longest owned" at almost 14 years. I sold it after my divorce and it funded my trip down the Supra path.
PS I recognize the car in your sig from 1GC.


08-14-2010, 07:31 PM
Welcome, great looking cars! I knew Murg would be in here when you mentioned you had classic muscle car GMs.

08-14-2010, 07:48 PM
Here is a little more Celica pron for you all starring my 85 Celica Supra:






08-14-2010, 08:50 PM
wow nice batch of cars you own and nice pics you just tossed up. welcome to ctech :)

08-14-2010, 11:57 PM
mmm pimp ass whips

08-15-2010, 12:13 AM
I think that you'll fit in juuuuuuuust fine 'round here......

Welcome :)

08-16-2010, 06:48 PM
Thanks again for the nice welcomes.

Yesterday I made an 85 miles trip to get a set of wheels for the car and about 3 miles short of the destination the car sputtered and died. It would restart pretty quickly then die again fairly quickly. I managed to get it out of traffic and to some shade. Im pretty sure the fuel pump crapped out.

I was able to get the wheel guy to come meet me, then called AAA and got flatbedded home. I was planning on upgrading to a 255lph pump anyway, so I guess this just moved up my timetable.

I'll try to get a shot of the car with the new wheels on it this afternoon.

08-17-2010, 02:58 AM
As promised, but sorry, this was the best photo I could take as it was getting to be the end of the day and the cold beer was calling my name...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs398.snc4/46165_140393366000056_100000881806029_184059_54718 40_n.jpg

08-17-2010, 03:42 AM
You have been blessed to have such a collection of Toyotas.
Do you take orders for steering wheel covers? If so I'ed like to have a black one for my DD FX-16. My email is jackandmelodie@hotmail.com
I'am also fairly new on hear too, but by al means, be welcome and a big thanks for sharing with us your pics.

Mr Celica
08-17-2010, 03:51 AM
welcome! love your 165, man!

08-17-2010, 05:44 AM
ya know, I kinda stopped taking orders on Leather work when it became apparent that very few people were willing to pay what I needed to charge to justify the time it took to do a wheel to the level of perfection that I was happy with.

I might be convinced to do a wheel or two now and then, but what I tend to do now is just get wheels from the pick-a-part and do them at my own pace, then put them on ebay when ready. I have a spare gray GTS/all trac wheel sitting around. Maybe I will put a cover on that here in the near future.

Here is a couple samples of my leather work, I was offering several different varieties of stitching to either match factory (single thread) or go with a Momo style double thread crossover. You feel the stitching more with the double thread, but imho it looks better. I was getting to the point towards the end where I could almost hide the thread entirely. This is all hand done work and has taken me upwards of 15 hours to do one wheel, although I did manage to find faster ways to do things as time went on.

mk2 Supra wheel:

89 supra wheel:

90-92 supra airbag wheels:

mk2 supra stock shift knob:

Custom 1 off 1st gen celica wheel restomod plus short shifter/knob upgrade and new boot:

I feel like I could cover just about any small part with leather. Oh shit grips, door handles and custom e-brake covers are all possible.

08-17-2010, 08:39 AM
im in awe at the moment

08-17-2010, 06:45 PM

08-17-2010, 07:19 PM

08-17-2010, 07:31 PM
I need my wheel covered!!!

this wheel
I love the wheel but i want it thicker like the leather wraped ones.

how much? helpin a classic celica owner live the dream!


08-17-2010, 08:03 PM
Real nice work.
What does the wheel and shift knob plus the e brake come too in the color of black?

08-17-2010, 08:28 PM
heh, thanks.
The leather thing started out of neccessity. Im a cheap ass, and I bought an 89 model wheel to put in my 85 and I just couldnt live with the condition of the wrap. I went to a local upholstery shop and got a scrap of leather and just sort of figured out how to do it. Trial and error and experimenting with different padding and leather types and thicknesses allowed me to get better with each one I did.

And here is some of my fabrication work for you. I was taking the stock steel hoods on supras and modifying them, building "one off's" for myself and friends. Im thinking seriously about modding a hood for the Trac. Its all just too flat for me.

3" with rear cowl

2" with rear vent

2" with front vent in progress

Same hood finished and painted (This car is also sporting my first ever produced targa brace that was later redesigned as seen in the next pic)

And this was a project that was eventually dubbed "WeezLWings" Targa Brace
It was designed to control chassis flex with the top removed.

---------- Post added at 12:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:19 PM ----------

I need my wheel covered!!!

this wheel
I love the wheel but i want it thicker like the leather wraped ones.

how much? helpin a classic celica owner live the dream!

Im kind of out of the leather business for right now. Leather work is a winter job, when I dont feel like to going out to a cold shop, I can sit inside and stitch. A thick padded one like I did for my 75 would run close to $200 shipped. If that doesnt scare you away get back to me around Nov./Dec.

Real nice work.
What does the wheel and shift knob plus the e brake come too in the color of black?

If I were taking orders (which Im not) something like that would run around $260-$275 shipped, it depends on the wheel/knob Im covering. (also, I only ever do black. Its too hard to find colors that everyone is happy with)

I might pick up a hide and start this up again in the fall if I can find enough interested people to make it worthwhile.

08-17-2010, 09:49 PM
Dammit. I want a MKIII Supra now...

08-18-2010, 02:39 AM
They are big fat heavy beasts, but they are one of the most comfortable cars Ive ever owned.

(p.s. If you are really in the market, that graphite one in the last set of pics is a 1JZ swapped/5spd car and its for sale. The owner is a buddy of mine)

08-18-2010, 05:47 AM
*Drool* That is an impressive collection! Your passion for Yotas really shows with all the little details. Keep on wrenching! :)

08-18-2010, 01:51 PM
Sounds good on the price for me. When you decide to start working your skill again this winter or fall, I'll take the whole set for a FX-16. It's all stock, no special wheel or shift knob. The interior is cloth and the color is black and a smokey gray. What ever color you think would look good is fine with me. Don't know how many orders you will need to get started but I also have two 4th. gen trac's that I would want the full set for to. One is the dark blue and the other is black. So let me know, this could be my X-mas gift from my wife for me.
Again real nice work

08-19-2010, 03:12 AM
Wow!!!!! The condition of the cars is amazing. Not sure what they were all restored from, but you made them look good!!

08-19-2010, 03:15 AM
Nice all trac. keep that one. i'm never selling mine

08-22-2010, 02:31 AM
Welcome to the for'ms!

I hear old Celicas like to snuggle up to 1st gen F Bodies lol. *see sig*

08-22-2010, 04:06 AM
Welcome. To the site. Love your collection, you could proably make some cash offering you leather services here, I'm sure a few of us have some leather that needs redone

08-28-2010, 03:33 PM
Welcome, nice collection of Toyota's and nice leather work skills.

09-26-2010, 01:03 AM
Hey, im new here and new to owning a celica, found an 800 dollar ST on craigslist that was in rediculously good condition. but anyways i love your collection. but even more then that, yes, your leather work. 200 for a leather wheel? that sounds damned worth it to me. i will definatlly be hitting you up in a couple months sir. also im loving your 1st gen celica restorations. so beautiful :') tears of joy man.

10-03-2010, 07:14 AM
niiiiiiccccceee i want a your supra!

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10-09-2010, 06:32 PM
Welcome. Nice collection..and very clean cars