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Unread 10-09-2009, 01:10 PM   #1
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Default [Project Celica] Speed_demon's got a new project!

For my 20th birthday (Oct. 5th) my parents agreed to let me have their old 79' Toyota Celica if I would pull it out of the woods and get it running again. The car has been sitting out in the woods behind my uncle's house for the last 10 years, almost completely unprotected from the elements, so I expect that it's going to need lots of TLC.

My dad, both of my uncles, and I pulled it out of the woods to get it ready to be hauled to my house. We threw a battery in it, poured some gas in the carb, and after 10 years of sitting it started right up as easily as if it had been used earlier that day!

We currently have it in the garage and are stripping it down and repairing/replacing broken parts. We pulled the gas tank yesterday (10/08) and cleaned all of the rust out of it. It's going to need the seams re-welded and a few holes filled in before it'll be usable as a tank again.

I got most of the interior pulled today (10/10) the seats, carpet, and most of the interior panels are now in storage and we can begin getting the car prepped for rust repair.

After that we're going to have to replace the entire bottom of the spare tire well, along with most of the driver/passenger's floorboards, and some of the sheetmetal inside the rear fenders. Thankfully my uncle is a very good auto body mechanic and he will do most of the body work I need for what it costs in parts.

I have big plans for this car, and I will take lots of pictures and update as frequently as I can along the way.

I'm also deciding between swapping in a fuel injected dodge 318/360 magnum v8 (Very cheap, strong, easily built up, great even in stock form), sticking with Toyota and dropping in a 1jz/2jz gte engine (Not so cheap, but is strong and reliable and can make lots of power), or going all out and dropping in an LS1/LQ4 ($$$) and having a one of a kind celica.


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The back of the car, where it sat for 10 years.


Another rear shot, with the plates a little more visible. Expired April 2000, was parked October 99'.


The front of the car, where it sat for 10 years. Notice the moss on the bumper?


Side shot of the car. The frame was laying on the ground with the tires sunk in the dirt.


Gas tank pulled.


Inside shot of the spare tire well floor. Don't you love rust?


Front end shot with the hood up. The front strut towers are rust free!


Rusty driver's side floorboards, ready to be cut and prepped for repair.


Rusty passenger side floorboards, which now have had most of the cancerous rust shown in the pic removed.
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Wait - didn't you want this deleted?
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I say you get a 2.2L dodge four, same mill as in a K-car, and a strong enough manual behind that. Then, turbo the living piss out of that little fourbanger.
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10 years in the woods?

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Alright guys, I added some pics. I will add more pics of my floor pan/ inner rear fender rust tomorrow.
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Unread 10-11-2009, 12:24 AM   #6
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Well the ics explain why she started right up it's a 20R motor. but the car is dead. Unless you have access to a full shop that you can use for free I hate to see you throw money at this girl.
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Well the ics explain why she started right up it's a 20R motor. but the car is dead. Unless you have access to a full shop that you can use for free I hate to see you throw money at this girl.
My uncle has all of the tools and sheet metal I will need to fix my rust problems, all I have to do is pay for any sheetmetal that I need beyond what he already has. He has several welders, a plasma cutter, lots of oddly sized sheetmetal, and tons of cars to borrow parts from.

This isn't going to be a show car or anything (lol), just something for me to get practice with welding and painting, and to have a fun little car to cruise around in. The way I'm planning, even with extra expenses added in it should cost me less than $500 in parts to have the car ready to be driven on the road.

I'm planning on using cheap automotive carpet for just the front of the car, leaving out the rear seats and adding in a storage compartment, some cheap honda civic front seats from a pick n pull, and keeping the car as light as I can, so no big audio system or anything.

Edit: I should also add that I stabbed at the tire well floor with a pry bar to get it to the point it's at now, the rust was flaky and I'm trying to find out what will need to be cut out. It was mostly connected all around with just a few holes before I started working on it. I also did the same for the driver and passenger footwells.
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It's been a while since my last update.

Well, I pulled the celica out of storage today and replaced all of the lines running from the master cylinder to the slave cylinder, and the slave cylinder itself. The clutch now works great.

I also rigged up a bucket to be a temporary gas tank with our new replacement fuel pump, and got the celica to run continuously and move under it's own power. And get this, I used the ten year old gas that I drained and filtered from the old gas tank to run it!

Hopefully at some point this month I will be redoing most of the brake lines and getting a start on fixing some of the rust.
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Surprised the engine ain't seized.
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Gotta love FI. Damn carbed 2.0l german ford pinto engine for my lola is completely gone and needs a total rebuild. The carbs were even plugged and moisture still found a way inside.
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