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03-04-2011, 06:54 AM
Time for me to finally start my project thread for my project car! I have threads for my other two cars (ST205 & ST185) linked in my signature. I figure it's about time to make a link to my project car in my signature, so here it is!

Weather is ugly outside and I have been thinking of getting my 1977 Celica on the road. So I am going to put my thoughts and efforts into starting my project thread and start documenting my progress.

What I have is a 1977 Toyota Celica GT (RA29). This is originally a U.S. car that my friend purchased out of Washington about 4 years ago and had sitting in a garage since then. I purchased the car from him in the summer of 2010 and it has sat covered in my driveway since then. Here are few pictures of it sitting in my driveway, prior to me putting the car cover on her.




The interior of the car is a black, which is very nice and was a must for me in my search. The driver seat is in rough shape with a tear up the side and the headliner is starting to collapse, but aside from that it is in good condition.



Here is a nice interior shot of the Celica dragon in the back seat.


The body on it is very solid and clean with no real rust points, except some surface rust as you can see in the pictures. It is the original paint on it and it has faded from 35 years of sun and elements. I am very happy with the condition as nothing is hiding under a new paint job that will come to haunt me. Now I just need to sand it down the rest of the way and freshen her up with a new coat of paint.

From a mechanical stand point the car was a licensed driver in Washington, but my friend never started the car in the 4 years he owned it. As soon as I got it delivered to my place I changed the oil and threw some gas in the tank and tried to start it up. The engine would crank, but I couldn't get it to start. At first I was a little worried since I bought the car without ever hearing it run or knowing if it ran. I was especially concerned that when I lifted the hood all I could see was sand. Not sure if this thing was driven up and down the beach in Washington or what.


I wasn't all that worried though since Toyota 20R and 22R engines are everywhere and could easily be replaced if it had to be. I figured the engine just wasn't getting fuel as most of the gas would have evaporated in the previous years. So I decided to dump some fuel into the carburetor and see if there were any issues with the engine. I then went back and turned the ignition and the old 20R engine fired right up and ran smoothly for me...until it burned off the gas I put in the carburetor. So I repeated this process a few times figuring that I would need to get the new fuel I put in the tank to the engine. After a few attempts of filling the carburetor I eventually gave up as it wouldn't run on it's own. At that point I called it quits and covered the car with a smile on my face since the engine did run smoothly, with some assistance.

I simply added the fuel system to my project list to be the first thing to do to get the car on the road. I figure I will need to drop the fuel tank out and flush it to get rid of the rotten gas and check for rust and debris. If it's really bad I will probably have to take it in to get coated, I guess only time will tell.

Another concern and project on the list is the transmission. It has an A40 3 speed automatic transmission in the car, however it has been leaking transmission fluid all over my driveway since I brought it home. I haven't investigated the cause, but am hoping that if I clean it up it will be good enough to pass the safety inspection to get my insurance and registration on the car. Once it is licensed the automatic transmission is going to be gone and replaces with a W58 5 speed manual transmission from a Supra. This was one of the many parts that came with the car when I purchased it.


It also came with "smiley" bumpers and different tail lights, that came on Australian models and will really improve the looks. This is also on the project list once it is licensed. Here is a picture of what the bumpers and tail lights will look like and what the existing North American bumpers look like.


I also have a set of Supra rims to go on it to improve the looks.


Parts that I have already purchased and ready to be installed include:

Supra Rims
Smiley Bumpers
Rear Tail Light Upgrade
KYB Excel-G struts
Brembo front disc rotors
Offenhauser Dual Plane Intake Manifold
Weber Fuel Pump (high volume, low pressure)
Weber Fuel Pressure Regulator
MSD 6A ignition
Peitronix Ignitor II Electronic Ignition (goodbye points and condenser)
New spark plugs and wires
K&N air filter

My wish list includes:

Weber 38 DGES Carburetor
Lowering Springs or AE86 Coilovers
78-81 Supra Rear End (disc brakes and independent rear suspension)
New Paint Job

Well that is about all I can think of saying right now. I hope that spring is just around the corner and I can start making some good progress to update everyone and have this car on the road in the near future. Hope you are able to follow my thread and enjoy it.

03-04-2011, 03:38 PM
That dragon imprint on the back seat is awesome. LOL @ all the sand!

03-04-2011, 08:43 PM
I could build you a pretty sweet M series engine to go in that beast. Tara has a build 5M bottom end and a couple good heads, you could put that in and turbo the whole thing!

03-04-2011, 08:51 PM
Ryan I might have to take you up on that offer down the road. I believe a hybrid 5M motor mount goes in pretty easy on these, but haven't done enough research to see.

I was actually hoping to put a 1UZ-FE in at some point in the future. I would love it to look like this:


03-05-2011, 03:03 AM
How much was this? (Excluding the new parts)

Also, how many miles are on it? Does it run?

03-05-2011, 03:21 AM
How much was this? (Excluding the new parts)

Also, how many miles are on it? Does it run?

Excluding the parts I paid $1500 for the car. As for does it run, simple answer is yes. Read the first post again for more details on this.

As for miles, I'm not really sure, but think 115,149, it really could be any multiple of 100,000 over that though.


03-05-2011, 09:36 AM
my 1st 87 truck had the same issue, only ran when carb fed, change the fuel filter and fuel pump, should run after that. and also clean the carb but if its original it may need a rebuild.

the supra w58 is differnt from a celica w58 if its from a 86.5 and up supra/sc300. You gotta change out the tail section and your going to need a celica bellhousing.

nice project though, i want one. good luck

03-07-2011, 05:11 PM
If you go with any of the UZ or UZS series Toyota V8 engines, bear in mind that it is expensive and time consuming to convert them over to manual transmission, as those engines were only ever offered with automatic gearboxes. Kits do exist, but are expensive and require alot of oddball parts.

03-07-2011, 06:44 PM
get em man! lookin good. I got lucky and someone had replaced my fuel pump and filter right before i bought it. Wont be needing it soon tho, ill sell it for cheap if you can wait a month or so.

03-11-2011, 03:08 AM
If you go with any of the UZ or UZS series Toyota V8 engines, bear in mind that it is expensive and time consuming to convert them over to manual transmission, as those engines were only ever offered with automatic gearboxes. Kits do exist, but are expensive and require alot of oddball parts.

luckily if i ever go this route i met the guy in orlando that makes the kits, i got a card from him and he comes to the big yota/lex/scion meet up here in jax

09-08-2011, 07:25 PM
Bump. Any progress on this one?

09-09-2011, 12:08 AM
Unfortunately I haven't made any progress on this one. It has been sitting in my driveway tarped up since I moved it there last spring. I will call it my next year project now. I have been ordering lots of parts for it, just haven't put the time into it.

09-09-2011, 05:18 AM
ive learned thats the best way to go, why u think its taking me so long to mess with my 3rd gen, and to get my truck running

06-05-2012, 08:14 PM
So this project is officially not going to happen by me. I sold the car on the weekend as I am moving and decided it wasn't worth the efforts of moving it. I just have too many things on the go to have this project sitting around. The car went to a guy who already has a '74 Celica, so I at least feel it went to someone who will respect it and give it the attention it deserves.

Some day in the future I will buy another one as I kept all the good parts (smiley bumpers, banana tails, intake manifolds, etc.) for myself.

06-09-2012, 06:58 PM
Let me know if you want to sell that stuff. I got a nice home for it. (bumpers and tail lights)