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08-31-2013, 09:13 PM
Hey there folks!

Just wanted to say hello and express my appreciation to be included among an obviously very cool and SMART group of people! I mean, c'MON, Celica owners have gotta be some of the most discriminating, sophisticated, and savvy car owners out there, right? :)

As for me, I'm on Celica #4 in a span of more than three decades.

I purchased my first, a brand new metallic copper 1978 Celica ST on August 18, 1978. It was my first new car and I knew it wouldn't be my last Celica. It wasn't.

Next came a couple of loving reclamation projects in the late 90s and early 2000s; first, in 1997 with an '89 ST and in 2002, a '91 ST. Put nearly 300,000 miles on each of them prior to handing them down to my kids who were in emergency need of wheels at the time.

Then in the summer of 2006, for my 50th birthday I bought myself a cherry 1995 Celica GT Convertible that is still my pride and joy. When I got it, the car had 128k miles and had been well cared for over the course of its two previous owners. Now, as of a few months ago, she's finally hit the 200k miles, and in the last two years has begun the progression of advanced-age replacement repairs that are common to nearly all Celica iterations at this phase of their lifespan: clutch, radiator, alternator -- although I've still managed to stave off replacing the timing belt and water pump as of yet; but I'm sure that's not too far in the offing. But that engine still purrs like a kitten.

Currently, however, my renovation push is to upgrade my baby's sound system, which is still mostly stock, save for the front end unit, which was replaced by a previous owner with a Pioneer SuperTuner CD, which now too is quite obviously long in the tooth.

First off though, I'm tackling the speakers, which ARE original equipment and have been rattling for way too long. And with that, upon searching online today for tips and specs for replacement speakers for my Celica model, I came across this fine forum, of which I am now very happy to be a part.

I live in the 'burbs of Nashville TN, am married 34.5 years to the most wonderful woman in the world, have two grown & gone, well-adjusted and beautiful kids (boy & girl), and I support myself as a web administrator for a local government entity.

I look forward to rubbing elbows with like-minded Celica freaks and learning more about this community that for many years I thought I was the only member of. :)

Type atcha soon,


david in germany
08-31-2013, 10:00 PM
Jim, may I call you Jim?

Welcome to Ctech, the family here is as diverse as it can get but some really great people that I am proud to call friends.

You will get lots of info for upgrading your audio as well as keeping your car going the best it can be.
My first Celica was a 1979 Gt coupe followed by 83, and then a 93. So I understand your passion. I presently do not own a Celica but if you look in the audio forum you will find threads from when I still had one as well as from plenty other members with questions and fixes.
I still have a passion for audio and am certain we can help you out with anything you may need.

Once again, welcome!

09-01-2013, 08:48 AM

Plenty of information on what you're doing here. And only here will the grand master be the first reply to your first post.

Always feel free to poke through the various forums on your topic of choice for the day and ask questions if necessary.


09-01-2013, 04:33 PM
Welcome! I myself first bought my mom's 90 GTS as my first car. My parents actually met when my dad pulled up in his '71 and randomly sat in her brand new '80, which preceded her '84 GTS. I have since sold the 90 GTS and am now on my 2nd RC. I come from a Celica family!

09-02-2013, 02:44 AM
Hello Jim :)

Welcome to the group! As David said, I am proud to call many of these fine people friends and family, so you are in with a great bunch.
Please feel free to look around and if you have any questions, I am sure we can figure out solutions that best suit your needs.

I look forward to getting to know you.
All the best,

- Mario