View Full Version : Saving a 3rd Gen From The Crusher - A Rolling Restoration..

10-02-2014, 02:20 PM
Long time no see everyone..

I've always had a soft spot for the 3rd gens. I've always kind of wanted a later GTS hatch. Well just so happens that a relative found this one in a holding lot at his towing company. It was scheduled to be scrapped, but after some pleading, they agreed to get a mechanics title for it and I was able to buy it from them through a sale..

Besides the easily removable surface rust on the hood and roof, there is no other rust on the car. The underside looks better than the top. It was complete, not modified, and very solid. Plans are to restore it to OEM specs, maybe lower with a set of wheels.. The 22re works, but needs some rehab. It has a major leak from the front of the engine.. I'll be pulling it out in the next few weeks and refreshing it. Maybe 1uzfe in the future... Maybe. Gonna be daily driven. I'm currently waiting for the title to come in from the BMV, and trying to track down a matching set of keys..

I'll be posting most of the build on celica-gts.com here:


But I'll periodically keep this thread updated as things progress.. Mostly because it seems that there are no 3rd gens here besides maybe Joe..

Anyways.. The car as it set when I bought it:

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140405_102528572_HDR_zps2p48uwsl.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140405_102528572_HDR_zps2p48uwsl.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140405_102643730_HDR_zpsy8gbys0w.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140405_102643730_HDR_zpsy8gbys0w.jpg.html)

Bringing it home:

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140926_125848159_zpsssckgeah.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140926_125848159_zpsssckgeah.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140926_131858282_HDR_zpscp6olgpk.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140926_131858282_HDR_zpscp6olgpk.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140926_132008129_zpsihnoql28.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140926_132008129_zpsihnoql28.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140928_210841077_zpspldwhj8i.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20140928_210841077_zpspldwhj8i.jpg.html)

It's good to be back here! It's been way too long.

10-02-2014, 03:05 PM
Nice save!

10-02-2014, 08:33 PM
Who the fuck are you?

Can I do some mad tyte dorifto in it?

10-03-2014, 01:17 PM
Whats up Murg!!

Haha, from what I remember, that doesn't always go well.. I do want to take it to the dragon sometime though.. Is that even still a thing here?

10-03-2014, 02:14 PM
^That's a joke right?

Been a proper minute since I've seen you around.

And I vote that you keep this thread updated more than "every now and then".

10-03-2014, 02:24 PM
Haha, Yes, that's a joke!

It definitely feels good to be back on here. I'll definitely be keeping this updated..

10-03-2014, 03:27 PM
Wuts up m8

10-03-2014, 03:36 PM
Hey Andy! Your 1st gen is sexy.. That is all.

10-03-2014, 06:47 PM

10-22-2014, 02:50 PM
I was on vacation for the last 2 weeks, but it's now time to tear into this thing. I'm still working on trying to have someone make a key for it, but I did manage to get it in the garage despite the wheels being locked to one side.. On a positive note, I did get the title back from the state already, so I can get the plates now.

I pulled the passenger door handle and I'm going to bring it to a couple lock smiths locally since nobody wants to call me back and the dealer says they can't look it up because it's too old.. I'm going to the junk yard on saturday and I know they have a couple of these. Maybe I'll get lucky and score a chunk of the parts that I need..

Anyways, here's how it sits for now.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_213747760_zpson8m3qhn.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_213747760_zpson8m3qhn.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_213825286_zps36uny5b6.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_213825286_zps36uny5b6.jpg.html)
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The engine needs some TLC, but is all there and looks to be 100% stock. I had it running once and it ran pretty well considering how long it set for, but not it won't start. I suspect the fuel pump or relay, but I haven't checked.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_213840814_zpstabe3q8i.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_213840814_zpstabe3q8i.jpg.html)

I did get some good pictures of the underside. It is the cleanest I have seen underneath. I am soaking some of the bolts in PB blaster and Fluid film. The whole underside will be thoroughly coated in an attempt to keep it this way..

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_214810055_zps4q7psgtn.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_214810055_zps4q7psgtn.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_214820322_zpsevm0bgow.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_214820322_zpsevm0bgow.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_214843180_HDR_zpseeyj4lrw.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_214843180_HDR_zpseeyj4lrw.jpg.html)
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http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_214933584_zpshg1eaxf7.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141021_214933584_zpshg1eaxf7.jpg.html)

The goal is to get it driving before winter, and start on the bodywork. I have a lot of work to do.

10-23-2014, 02:12 AM
Very cool. Looks like it has more than a couple junkyard parts on it if the paint pen marks are anything to go by, but I agree it is in very nice shape for it's age.
If you can get access to a media blaster, it might not be a bad idea to go over it so that any remaining rust does not penetrate further than it has.
I would use POR15 afterward, and I know others have done so with great success (AllTracman78) that way you can keep the car in top shape for years to come.

Looking forward to seeing this progress. :)

10-23-2014, 01:41 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that at least the transmission was replaced. The clutch feels great, so hopefully that's newer too. I love POR15! I've used it on several other cars in the past and it holds up great even through the Indiana winters. Between the POR15, 3M rubber coating, and Fluid-film, hopefully I can keep the body around for a long time.

Side note: Got keys made last night from the code on the door lock cyl, so I can actually steer it and stuff now.

10-23-2014, 01:58 PM
Go Jason go!

10-24-2014, 01:31 PM
Well, I was a little worried about this engine because it does smoke a bit on start up. but I was relieved when I did a compression test and got 170-180 across all cylinders on a cold engine. Must just be valve seals.. Either way, just about every gasket and seal leaks bad, so it's getting completely rebuilt.

Last night I pulled the engine/trans. Only took a couple of hours, only broke 1 exhaust flange stud. I'll call that a success. Man this engine is a greasy mess.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141023_231903964_zpshm9ipt34.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141023_231903964_zpshm9ipt34.jpg.html)
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10-24-2014, 02:01 PM
lol, that engine is clean compared to what Ive seen in the trucks.

10-24-2014, 02:45 PM
Haha, yeah, when it was running, it was raining oil from all over underneath.. From what I can tell it's been doing it for a while. At least all the bolts will come out easily.

10-27-2014, 12:11 PM
From over the weekend:

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141025_164229711_HDR_zpsefwhgkmm.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141025_164229711_HDR_zpsefwhgkmm.jpg.html)

And as I suspected, the timing guide was broken. The chain hadn't broken through the cover into the coolant, but was pretty close.. I've got a new cover to replace it with now just to be on the safe side. All the parts are on order.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141025_140108424_zpsbmgxasuv.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141025_140108424_zpsbmgxasuv.jpg.html)

Didn't get a picture of how it set as of Sunday night, but the head is off. Block is cleaned, degreased and painted. The cylinder walls looked awesome even for being higher mileage. No scoring, no top ridge, could still see the crosshatching. The lower end bearings looked good too. As soon as the parts get here sometime in the middle of the week, it's all going back together. Then I'll start on the chassis and brakes.

10-27-2014, 01:33 PM
Just did this on my 4runner 22re. Went with heavy duty steal guides from rockauto.

10-27-2014, 03:06 PM
Yep, definitely going with the metal ones. Already ordered :)

10-27-2014, 03:22 PM

10-27-2014, 11:33 PM
Right on. My only advice would have been to get both upper and lower guides done at the same time.
At least it will be a simple thing to do now that the engine is all the way out. :D lol

10-28-2014, 10:01 AM
Very nice pick up and work Jason. That car is in good shape for the age. This is going to make a nice ride. Joe will be jealous.

10-28-2014, 12:22 PM
Thanks everyone.

Quick update from last night. Still waiting on some parts, but I started cleaning/painting some things. Engine block is "cast iron" engine enamel, Valve cover is wrinkle coated.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141027_213816197_zpspuiwqy5i.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141027_213816197_zpspuiwqy5i.jpg.html)
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And the mess that goes along with everything else.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141027_213952136_zpsxkvwvxe9.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141027_213952136_zpsxkvwvxe9.jpg.html)

I should have all of my parts by tonight or tomorrow.

Also discovered that the previous owner cut the front springs so short that they come loose when the suspension is unloaded. I'm going to probably get those yellow Australian lowering springs on ebay.. Seems like about the only option without going to a coil-over. And I don't want coil-overs on a car that will see weather. But one project at a time for now.

10-28-2014, 07:21 PM
So when do I get to do some Mad Tyte Dorifto in it?

10-28-2014, 08:34 PM
If I bring it to the dragon sometime I'll let y..... Wait... Nevermind... :laugh:

I'd let you drive it. Hell, I'd let you drive my Cressida. It's actually made for that crap. It'll be like old times, but with less curbs. ;)

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1991%20Toyota%20Cressida%20Drifter/medrifting23_zps0369f01a.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1991%20Toyota%20Cressida%20Drifter/medrifting23_zps0369f01a.jpg.html)

10-28-2014, 09:50 PM
mmmmm 1uz.

10-30-2014, 04:48 PM
Shit. This car needs my roll out tonneau cover I got from a 3rd gen LB to try and use in my 1st gen.

10-31-2014, 12:01 PM
The factory hatch cover? I do need one... Once I get it actually driving, I'll be all over that.

10-31-2014, 06:24 PM
I will get in touch with Burr. You can have it. Lol I was literally about to throw that away and then I saw this thread.

10-31-2014, 06:29 PM
Its burgundy/Goat Shit Brown, but you could SEM dye it whatever color you want. Came from a 1985 Poopra. I'd rather not pitch it but I don't feel like putting it on eBay either.

11-01-2014, 06:27 PM
Cargo cover is on it's way to you via BurrFreight. Post a pic of it installed. Sorry its dirty, but its been sitting around for two years lol

11-03-2014, 01:26 PM
Thanks a bunch Aaron, I got it Saturday night express freight ;) . I'll get a picture of it installed tonight, looks way better than the remnant that was there.

So I got the engine back together and in the car over the weekend.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141031_204651553_zpsheorrpzz.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141031_204651553_zpsheorrpzz.jpg.html)
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As of late sunday night, I had everything back in and done except for the radiator, fans, and air box. I quickly tried to start it and it cranked and sputtered a little, but wouldn't start. I suspect that it's either out of fuel, or I missed something stupid.. Idk, it was late, I'll figure it out tonight. I also need to fine-tune the dizzy timing. It's close, but I doubt it's perfect. Might just need a touch of starting fluid to get things moving the first time..

One other issue that I need to dig into is that the neg battery cable got pretty hot and even started smoking a tiny bit after trying to start a few times.. I looked at a schematic and it looks like there is only one single ground wire from the battery over to the fender, That wire does look kind of old/small.. I'll probably get some larger gauge cable and replace it hoping that it was just old/corroded/small. No fuses were blown, so I don't suspect anything is shorted, maybe just overwhelming the ground? Idk.. There was also an alarm on this car at some point, most of it's gone now, but there is a little hacked wiring that I will need to repair. So much done, so much more to go...

11-03-2014, 04:53 PM

11-04-2014, 01:24 PM

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Also having an issue getting it started. I did have the car running before the engine got rebuilt. Get everything back together and it cranks great, but just will not start, period. I've been trying to diagnose this for the last 2 days and I'm getting nowhere besides verifying that everything seems to be fine and there is no reason why it shouldn't start. It will occasionally pop a little that I can hear through the exhaust, and occasionally backfire through the intake, but never feels like it's trying to start.

So far I've done the following:

-Double checked timing gears. Crank/cam are perfectly in time and not 180 deg off either.
-Pulled the dizzy several times and reinstalled, verified correct dizzy timing. (also has new cap/rotor/plugs/wires/coil)
-Pulled each spark plug out, grounded them, visually saw each one spark while cranking, verifying spark at the plugs.
-Loosened banjo bolt on cold start injector. Sprayed like crazy. Definitely has fuel pressure. Added a few gallons of fresh 93 octane just to be sure it wasn't empty.
-Fuel filter was changed, fuel looked clean.
-Checked grounds, double checked, replaced some, even tried manually grounding engine to frame with jumper cables, no difference. Don't think it's a ground issue
-Tried starting fluid sprayed into the manifold, made absolutely no difference.
-Pulled plugs, poured a tiny bit of oil into each cylinder to boost compression. No difference.
-Plugs were slightly damp, not wet, just damp. Dried them off, unplugged CSI, tried again, still nothing so probably not a flooding issue?
-Jumpered the diag plug. Shows 1 flash (nothing wrong), but will flash 11 times while cranking continuously. Not sure what that means.
-Tried propping door on AFM, still nothing.
-EGR is blocked off, vac deleted and capped. Shouldn't make for an issue like this though, right?

The radiator isn't back in the car yet, so there is no coolant. That shouldn't make a difference right?

Anyone have any ideas? I'm completely stumped. I'm going to try to ohm out various sensors tonight, but if there are no codes, then not sure where to start..

11-04-2014, 02:23 PM
if it sprays gas and has spark it should run, unless the timing is off. It will literally run with every sensor unplugged except the dizzy.

11-04-2014, 03:02 PM
That is what I was thinking too.. I can't explain why it's not running. I'll make a pot of coffee when I get home and recheck everything I checked yesterday. lol

11-04-2014, 03:41 PM
dizzy not 180 out?

11-04-2014, 03:49 PM
Na.. triple checked that. But I'll look again tonight lol. It's got to be something stupid.

11-04-2014, 04:06 PM

But there you go, just unplug every sensor and it will fix all of the issues!

No don't do that.

11-04-2014, 11:06 PM
Check the computer for codes. It will store them even if it never cranks. Might let you know if its getting all the right signals from the dizzy.

11-05-2014, 12:52 PM
Nevermind. I'm an idiot. In all of my double checking and cranking late last night, I somehow ended up at bdc instead of tdc the the last time I put the dizzy in, so it was 180 off like you had said.. I checked it several times, but the whole time the engine was at bdc... Fail. I guess that's what happens when I work tired lol. Runs great now. Just needs a valve adjustment.

So now that it runs. I've started on the next project while I wait on the cooling parts to arrive.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141104_211459146_zpslfbml4s5.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141104_211459146_zpslfbml4s5.jpg.html)

11-05-2014, 01:44 PM
lol, happens to everyone.

11-05-2014, 04:40 PM
lol I did that when I upgraded the Celica to the 22R ignition.

11-06-2014, 06:07 PM
Need a pair of 3rd gen front springs.. See wanted ad: http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?58923-WTB-Stock-front-coil-springs-from-a-3rd-gen-Celica&p=30243327#post30243327

K thanks.

11-06-2014, 10:02 PM
Cant you use the spring set from an AE86 ?
I was under the impression that they would interchange.

11-07-2014, 12:57 PM
IIRC you can use AE86 coilovers with some modifications to the strut tubes, but the stock stuff is different.

11-07-2014, 05:07 PM
Yeah it's a cut and weld job. Or order an expensive set from T3.

I've thought of this for my 76, but I'll wait until I get an 86 rear end. And that's only because I want rear disc.

Jason, check Dimmitt's in Argos. They may or may not have one, but they are supposedly in the process of closing up for good. They already scrapped everything that was on he wooded side of old 31 down there. So yeah, those old Saab 99's, Citroen DS', and old Alfas that were back there in nice shape? Gone. That's the most disorganized place on Earth, but they might have something. LKQ doesn't have any Celicas, and Indiana Auto only has a 5th gen and a 6th gen.

Side note: You can use old Volvo RWD back springs on old Celicas. They're stiffer than stock, so you could grab those in the event you can't use yours. The fronts....it might be a waiting game.

Did you try Hunt's?

11-10-2014, 01:56 PM
Haven't been to Dimmitt's since they let the foliage get taller than the cars. It just wasn't worth it. I did go to hunts, they have 3 third gens, 1 of each body style. But lately they think that everything is made of gold, and they are too deep in the mud to get springs out of.

After some lengthy research, measuring, and verifying numbers, I found that my front springs are only cut 1.5 coils. Turns out I can use them like that, but I have to run rear SW20 strut inserts to make them ride correctly. Others have run similar setups with no real issues.

To make the back a more appropriate height compared to the front, I will be running the factory springs minus a coil and ford focus shocks (a little over an inch shorter). Supposedly this all works out nicely and doesn't ride too bad. We'll see. I did the rear over the weekend.

Just waiting on the Energy Suspension Bushings to show up and this thing will be on the road.

Edit: I'm also not thrilled with the vulnerable-ness of the oil pan. I'll need to fab some sort of skid plate.

11-10-2014, 10:46 PM
Great news :)

11-11-2014, 09:42 PM
Dacia Sandero?

Hundt's has become high on prices. And everything is overgrown, too. I needed some stuff for the Mazda, and had to practically have someone lower me in by helicopter (Not really, but still). They just don't care.

And they always ask you what you're looking for. I get it, but sometimes I just like to browse for random stuff!

Interesting thought on the Focus shocks though. I wonder if that would be 1st gen worthy.

11-11-2014, 09:43 PM
Oh and you know a minty 3rd gen will come into some local yard roughly one week after buying everything you needed online -_-

11-12-2014, 12:55 PM
You'd have to compare the lengths of the shocks, but they might work. Wouldn't be that hard to find something to work, the hardest part is obtaining all the info on extended/compressed length and rate.

I'm sure.. That's usually how it works. I'll hunt for something for ever, and as soon as I pay way too much for it, a much nicer/better deal pops up.

11-13-2014, 05:02 PM
I'm happy with my set-up really, but I always love hearing about other options.

At some point I probably will break down and plop the money on the 8-6 struts to run some upgraded calipers.

And if I am ever lucky enough....an AE86 rear axle with LSD.

11-14-2014, 02:23 PM
Well... I missed my deadline. But only by a day or so. It snowed here yesterday, several inches, and the car isn't done yet. I had been waiting on the poly control arm bushings from Summit, but it doesn't look like they are going to be here for another week or so, so I caved and ordered a set of stock rubber ones from the parts store. They should be here today, I figure they will get me through winter then I'll install the poly ones in the spring. Everything else is mechanically ready to go once I put the control arms in and get an alignment. Rear is together and on the ground, changed the diff fluid, finished up the rear suspension and did brakes/rotors/bearings all around. Here is how it set when I called it an evening yesterday:

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141113_223353565_zpsttbok1zn.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141113_223353565_zpsttbok1zn.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141113_223427177_zpsxa9sx2lq.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141113_223427177_zpsxa9sx2lq.jpg.html)

Needs tires too, but only so much I can do at once.

Once the car is drivable, I'll spend my evenings touching up the surface rust so that there will be something left for me to paint next summer...

Also contemplating getting rid of the sunroof, just welding it shut when I paint the car.. I can get all the weatherstripping on the car except for the sunroof seal and this one looks sketchy. We'll see...

11-14-2014, 04:58 PM
Coming along.

We didn't get any snow at our house until this morning. Seemed like it stopped half way in between South Bend and Bremen/Nappanee.

11-14-2014, 05:33 PM
Yeah, I was driving home yesterday and there was nothing until a mile or 2 from my house.. figures.

11-14-2014, 06:16 PM
Welcome to Indiana.

I'm not ready to accept that it's winter, because last winter just ended three months ago.

It feels like Alaska this year.

And for the record, I'm still wearing shorts. Even today.

Though, the cold air is not welcoming on the gentleman's parts wearing boxers

11-17-2014, 01:49 PM
It's on the road! I've been driving it all weekend with only a few kinks to work out.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141114_204536436_zpsslwr2a33.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141114_204536436_zpsslwr2a33.jpg.html)

Here was the "pre-maiden-voyage" picture. Suspension was not settled. Hood was off, etc.. It ran good. I drove to the parts store and got wipers and filled up with 93 octane. It ran good, but idled high and would surge when I pressed the brakes. I also figured out on the first drive that using poly engine mounts on both sides was a terrible idea.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141114_220646760_zpswsy2y7gc.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141114_220646760_zpswsy2y7gc.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141114_220702064_zpswcf1ce1j.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141114_220702064_zpswcf1ce1j.jpg.html)

The next day, I sorted out the idle/surge issue.. The idle speed screw was missing, there was a vacuum cap in it's place and I missed it. Got one from the junk yard and after a few adjustments it runs great now! I do have it turned up a little higher then the 750rpm stock idle because it didn't like idling that low in the extreme cold. 900rpm seems to be the sweet spot for the winter.. It's easy enough to change in the spring.. Also need to verify ignition timing, but my timing light died.. I also put the stock mount back on the pass side, much smoother now.

Drove it to the part time on Saturday:

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141115_113046082_zpsgmb3k3yl.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141115_113046082_zpsgmb3k3yl.jpg.html)

So 80's awesome it hurts!

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141115_221111837_zpsdixffb9f.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141115_221111837_zpsdixffb9f.jpg.html)

I drove it to work (30 miles) this morning and it did fine considering how slippery the roads were. Now that it runs good, I will be working on tackling the surface rust so that it doesn't get worse before I can paint it next year, I need to grab a front bumper and related because there is something misaligned in the front bodywork. I suspect the frame rail on the right side is slightly out of whack from a previous accident. I need to borrow a frame machine for a day, lol. . Also installing the radio, redoing the seats, and de-rattling everything... Dailying it for now though.

11-17-2014, 02:51 PM
I can't say enough positive things about this last post. Thread title says it all. This car was going to the crusher. Nice work, and still keep us updated. Bravo, sir.

11-17-2014, 04:03 PM
Thank you! The plan is to restore it as completely as possible while still maintaining functionality and daily usability. Kind of "restomod on a budget" lol.

11-17-2014, 04:12 PM
I get ya, man. Just remember that one of the first pictures you posted of this car, it actually had the word "Junk" painted on the windshield. That's effing sweet.

11-17-2014, 05:10 PM
Very nice.

There were probably rednecks at the gas station thinking how fast the car must be since it doesn't have a hood lol

11-17-2014, 08:50 PM
Great job and congratulations on getting to actually drive her for the first time!

11-17-2014, 10:58 PM
I'd get that pic of it with JUNK written on the windshield framed. That's pretty rad. Once it's done, you can take a pic of it and do one of those collage things.

11-25-2014, 01:20 PM
The car has been running well for the last week or so. Last night I was working through some minor electrical gremlins and wound up removing what was left of a previous owner's anti-theft system.. I removed all of this and everything else still worked correctly. I was impressed. Much more room under the dash now too!

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141124_174944029_zpseqeeh1ik.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141124_174944029_zpseqeeh1ik.jpg.html)

11-26-2014, 06:21 AM
I'd get that pic of it with JUNK written on the windshield framed. That's pretty rad. Once it's done, you can take a pic of it and do one of those collage things.


And the obligatory, "Oh God, wiring!"

11-26-2014, 12:47 PM
I do like the idea of framing the original picture.. Might do that.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141126_070047534_zpsbb1txcmu.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141126_070047534_zpsbb1txcmu.jpg.html)

After cleaning up behind the dash a bit, I was finally able to install my Pioneer head unit. I figured that it would be nice to have tunes.. But like everything, one project leads to many more.. The front right speaker is dead, and the other 3 are blown terribly.. Looks like I'll be replacing all of those in the very near future.. Now who makes the itty bitty speakers for these cars that actually make some sound? What are they? 3.5" up front and 5" rear? I can't find anything definitive. I might have to get creative and find a way to fit something reasonably sized..

11-26-2014, 04:13 PM
At least you have a reasonable stereo option for that car.

My RA29 has two speakers. I mean, I could cut up the door panels, but....no. Maybe if I find another pair at some point.

Crutchfield's site doesn't list the GTS?

Also, I'm not sure if the 6th gen seats bolt into this car, but there's a pair at LKQ in SB. Gray or black in color. Might be worth a shot if your seats suck.

11-26-2014, 07:48 PM
If its anything like the 4th gen celica's, you are better off taking the enclosure out they mount to and modifying them to fit better speakers.

12-02-2014, 01:14 PM
Side note for documentation sake.. I will be switching back to the stock engine mount on the drivers side too. I'm currently running the Energy Suspension GM trans mount on the drivers side and stock on the pass side and the vibration wouldn't be bad if it was just at idle, but I get quite a lot of vibration at higher RPMs. It's just a bit too much for a daily driver (or maybe I'm just getting old as this kind of thing never bothered me before). The stock mounts are still in good shape and will last until I get tired of the 22re and swap in something different. ;)

Haven't posted a picture in a while.. It's still really ugly, but it's been too cold to do anything about it.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141202_084113530_zpstkouytmm.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141202_084113530_zpstkouytmm.jpg.html)

12-02-2014, 03:38 PM
I laugh at your cold weather.

12-04-2014, 04:13 PM
I'm sensing some Krylon matte black coming it's way.

What did you spend on the Rolla we painted it?

I think I dropped $50 on cans to rid the Del Soil of the fabulous sparkle paint job.

12-04-2014, 06:34 PM
Yeah, It's around $50 for the rattle can treatment.. This one is going to get done right though, full respray in the original color. Hopefully over next summer.

12-05-2014, 09:47 PM
For small cars, that seems to be the going rate for the redneck respray.

We just a friend's 69 Datsun Roadster in Fusion matte. He's got two. One's a red 70 that's practically new. The other...well...it was $300 and was a roller with a complete interior. Fortunately we had enough in the pole barn to finish it off.

12-08-2014, 04:10 PM
Wasn't someone discussing 6th gen seats in a 3rd gen?

If so, LKQ has red 6th gen with the "confetti" pattern anniversary seats in it. No rips that I can recall.

Much comfort. So party. Wow.

12-08-2014, 07:48 PM
I saw those last time I was there... Thought about it, but I'm in love with the 3rd gen seats. They are million way adjustable, but all manual.. 80's awesome.. Just need to recover them sometime.

12-08-2014, 09:22 PM
Yeah third gen seats are pretty rad.

12-15-2014, 01:38 PM
I wasn't planning on messing with the body until spring, but the rust was bothering me more and more. Saturday was in the 50s and fairly nice for December, so I jumped on the opportunity to do some work.

I was kind of dreading this kind of work, but it wasn't so bad, just a lot of labor hours.

-First I lightly sanded every rust spot on the car with 60 grit and a DA.
-Then, using a red scotch brite as a sponge, wet sanded all surface rust spots with vinegar water mix and let it sit until it was basically dry (this neutralized the rust)
-Then I repeated the wet sanding routine with clean fresh water and paper toweled dry. Left behind clean sterile metal where the rust used to be.
-Just to be 100% sure the rust was gone I hit all the formerly rusty spots with a little rust converter paint and let dry for most of the afternoon. (That stuff takes forever)
-Once the converter was completely dry, I covered any exposed metal with self etching primer.
-Next I covered all of the areas that I was working on in sealer primer.
-Then I did a quick scuff with a scotch brite and wiped the dust away.
-Top coated with only the best Krylon flat black in rattle cans. Matched the other paint decently lol.

Not the prettiest thing in the world, but it should ensure that there it still something left for me to paint next summer. I still need to pull the fenders and POR15 the inside of the fenders and inside of the quarter panels and various other areas, but that's another project for another day. This will do for now.

Here are the pictures from the weekend. Don't mind the dirty water streaks on the grille and lights, I am waiting for the paint to fully cure before I hose everything off.

First picture is while the rust converter is drying on the hood.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_195650554_HDR_zpspuo6k2qh.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_195650554_HDR_zpspuo6k2qh.jpg.html)

Etching primer:

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_195626611_zpsffsp7egw.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_195626611_zpsffsp7egw.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_195638807_HDR_zps9g0uyrbh.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_195638807_HDR_zps9g0uyrbh.jpg.html)

After black:

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_220913847_zpsomr182bj.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_220913847_zpsomr182bj.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_220942233_zpsjjb2jckh.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141213_220942233_zpsjjb2jckh.jpg.html)

Finished pics: Looks better than it was, I feel better knowing that the surface rust is gone. Can't wait to actually take it apart and paint it all properly.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141214_123656707_zpsxkrkdxzo.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141214_123656707_zpsxkrkdxzo.jpg.html)
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http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141214_123728473_zpskwch99ew.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141214_123728473_zpskwch99ew.jpg.html)
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http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141214_123756233_HDR_zpsqasbkb0y.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20141214_123756233_HDR_zpsqasbkb0y.jpg.html)

12-15-2014, 08:22 PM
Until you bring it to me so I can do some JDM Mad Tyte Dorifto in it, no care.

12-15-2014, 09:20 PM
If you ever happen upon an extra 22RE 3rd gen celica cruise control actuator, please let me know.

Nice project.

12-15-2014, 10:10 PM
Until you bring it to me so I can do some JDM Mad Tyte Dorifto in it, no care.

Be sure to check Pic n Pull first for parts availability!

12-16-2014, 12:32 AM
I'm kinda glad ya did it. And once you go to do a proper respray on it in the spring, I'm sure you'll find that you are glad you did too.

12-16-2014, 12:54 PM
Until you bring it to me so I can do some JDM Mad Tyte Dorifto in it, no care.

Oh, It'll happen! ;)

If you ever happen upon an extra 22RE 3rd gen celica cruise control actuator, please let me know.

Nice project.

I'll keep an eye open, but there aren't very many of these around this area. Would one from a pickup work maybe?

I'm kinda glad ya did it. And once you go to do a proper respray on it in the spring, I'm sure you'll find that you are glad you did too.

Yeah, definitely. The way they salt everything here, there wouldn't be anything to paint if I didn't get a jump on it.

12-16-2014, 08:24 PM
I don't know if a pickup one will work, I need it for a JZ swap on a 2nd gen Supra.

12-18-2014, 10:43 PM
Looking good!

01-12-2015, 01:59 PM
Been driving this every day to and from work.. Got some snow and slick roads and it really does well.. By "well" I mean it is a handfull, but is much more manageable than I anticipated, it handles and stops really well for being what it is, just a little slow speeding up due to traction. I look forward to driving it every day unlike the old Camry that I had before.. I drive 40 min 1 way to work on country roads that the plows forgot about.

Some local people found a neat spot over the weekend, lots of Subarus, a couple of Audis, and a few RWD cars. It was a huge church parking lot that made a loop around the building. It had corners, banking in spots and elevation changes. It was super-slow-motion fun. We were there for over an hour before we got kicked out. The cops actually complimented everyone on their "skills" and thanked everyone for not doing it on the streets.. Then explained that since someone called us in, he had to kick us out anyways.. He was really cool about it.

I have a couple of videos, but can't get them to work for some reason.. I do have this little gem though. lol

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/cops1_zps6f39125e.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/cops1_zps6f39125e.jpg.html)

Also, my coworkers and I don't exactly see eye to eye (literally) about what is necessary for a winter vehicle, as this picture demonstrates perfectly:

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150106_141503401_zpsvdudmmwc.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150106_141503401_zpsvdudmmwc.jpg.html)

01-12-2015, 06:49 PM

At least you guys didn't get tickets or anything. Could have been worse.

Does that angry guy across the street still call the police on you for starting "loud cars" like a Prius?

01-12-2015, 07:33 PM
Lol.. Yeah, it was a little tense for a minute, then he got out of his car laughing.

Oh, yeah. Not so much anymore since his grandson is living there and has a loud chevy truck..

01-13-2015, 06:04 PM
Now he can't complain. It's no longer "Damn kids, I'm calling the cops!"

02-05-2015, 08:01 PM
Park it where it lands!

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150204_175902447_HDR_zpshsdadox5.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150204_175902447_HDR_zpshsdadox5.jpg.html)

This car is a blast in the snow! I just make sure to wash all the salt off whenever it gets above freezing. It's a long term goal to keep this car rust free while still keeping it as a year round driver.. Lots of cleaning and coating. Also getting familiar with a wide variety of sealers and rust preventatives.

03-30-2015, 12:19 PM
Don't have too much to update on this.. Been driving on junk, bald, dryrotted tires all winter with surprisingly few issues. But last week I ran over something and popped one.

So.. Huge update. I got new tires and finally got the alignment that it's needed since I put it all together.. It's actually smooth and doesn't pull to the right anymore. Yay.

The new tires are a little narrower then the originals, but it was a deal I couldn't pass up.

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150321_090758786_HDR_zpsbisqwuj8.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150321_090758786_HDR_zpsbisqwuj8.jpg.html)
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150329_132150449_zpseflcwo5p.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150329_132150449_zpseflcwo5p.jpg.html)

Otherwise, nothing new.. Just been flogging the crap out of it on a daily basis since October. Too busy working on other projects to really do anything. It uses oil.. I should have put rings in it while it was apart.. Oh well.

03-30-2015, 01:00 PM
They all use oil lol

04-17-2015, 08:28 PM
Ahh...it's Celica season.

For you, all year I guess, eh?

I figured it would have rusted to pieces if you threw a snowball at it this year.

Mine probably would.

04-21-2015, 12:01 PM
Haha, It's always Celica season. It did surprisingly well considering the harsh winter. I kept the underside soaked in Fluid-Film most of the winter and it doesn't look any worse for wear. There are just a few small bubbles on the hatch and doors that will be repaired permanently when the body gets done..

However, I finally got it broke in the other day...

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150420_161528497_HDR_zpsjzadeas0.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20150420_161528497_HDR_zpsjzadeas0.jpg.html)

Just need it to put in a little bit more work while we finish moving, then I'll be able to more actively start on the restoration..

04-21-2015, 03:49 PM
I love taking that pic.

I didn't realize it was that high on miles (Not like that is a lot for one of those, but I just didn't think it was that much with how well the body has held up) Toyota FTW

04-22-2015, 12:05 AM
200k! Awesome :)

04-22-2015, 01:40 AM
Still got ya beat on miles. :P

04-22-2015, 12:12 PM
Haha, I put at least 60 miles on it a day. Had no mechanical issues since I got it running except for the flat tire..

I found some receipts and paperwork from the previous owners, looks like it may have been a northwestern car for most of it's life.

10-22-2015, 12:09 PM
http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20151002_162039253_zpspxxtvc2x.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1985%20Toyota%20Celica%20GTS%20Liftback/IMG_20151002_162039253_zpspxxtvc2x.jpg.html)

Haven't updated this in a while. I haven't really done anything to the car since the last post, just driving it all over the place. Keeps on ticking though. The shifter bushings are starting to get bad so I got a Billym kit a few weeks ago just waiting for time to put it in.

The biggest news is that I picked up a new daily that is much more family friendly: (I've wanted one of these for a while, and I absolutely love it!)

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/1997%20Lexus%20LS400%20Black/IMG_20151015_191003642_zpsggeujuno.jpg (http://s354.photobucket.com/user/tuner4life2/media/1997%20Lexus%20LS400%20Black/IMG_20151015_191003642_zpsggeujuno.jpg.html)

Why is this important? Because it means that the Celica will no longer see winter duty! It's just too clean to keep subjecting to northern Indiana winters. I may still pull it out from time to time to have a little fun in the snow, but won't be relying on it as a daily winter driver. It will now be properly stored indoors and slowly but surely be restored.

10-23-2015, 02:38 AM
Be careful to not let the new daily take up too much money though. Lol

10-26-2015, 12:34 PM
That's the plan. It should stay mostly stock and not become a large money pit like the rest of the cars.. Not holding my breath.

11-09-2015, 05:29 PM

The LS400 doesn't smell like weed does it? Not sure if you remember my cleaning "The struggle is real" moment.


11-10-2015, 01:47 PM
Lol, no contact high here. This one was owned by an older single lady for 110k of the 139k miles on it. The inside it very much like new.

11-16-2015, 08:03 PM
So it still has that particular Lexus smell. Some of which are still sniffed in junk yard cars, oddly enough.