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post Jul 23, 2018 - 12:26 PM
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I haven't ironed out all the plans, most project cars are open to constant change right. I will be converting this very cheap, high mileage car into another dual sport toy. If you dig around on the internet, you can find my other two Toyotas, 1984 Expedition Celica ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSNS9-qponY&t=16s ) and 1993 Lexus SC400 RX. This time around, pulling from my favorite sport of rallying, and favorite event, East African Safari Rally for all my inspiration, with maybe a little bit of Dakar thrown in. I purchased the car for $700, 278K miles on the clock but with a newer head installed not too long ago. With the help of this Forum, lots of research from various sources and encouragement from friends, the project is off to a good start. The red wheels, just not my style and 17" rims aren't going to cut it in the dirt...

Current work finished:
-Maintenance on fuel and ignition system
-debugged wiring to clean up the engine bay and get the cooling fans working properly
-built custom SS header with race CAT and 2-1/2" dump pipe (to pass emissions)
-tossed original struts and cut springs
-installed 1997 Avalon struts and springs for travel and lift (rears are bolt on, front not really at all, used Rav4 tops, etc..)
-2 of 4 custom engine mounts to replace broken OEM versions with Polyurethane

-Jon







post Jul 24, 2018 - 12:30 AM
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Love the suspension setup, great work. I wouldn't paint a future set of wheels orange (in profile) or yellow again, but I liked it at the time and always thought of it as kind of a rally touch. Maybe you should keep them, although if they are indeed red I wouldn't like that either. Looking forward to progress.

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post Jul 24, 2018 - 12:38 PM
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QUOTE (SwissFerdi @ Jul 24, 2018 - 1:30 AM) *
Love the suspension setup, great work. I wouldn't paint a future set of wheels orange (in profile) or yellow again, but I liked it at the time and always thought of it as kind of a rally touch. Maybe you should keep them, although if they are indeed red I wouldn't like that either. Looking forward to progress.


Those wheels are factory powder coated in red. I'm planning on spray painting them a bronze color soon, paint already bought.
post Jul 30, 2018 - 11:53 AM
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Third mount built and installed. That mount was TRASHED... A bit less vibration while driving, hardly noticeable on the highway, around town it's still a bit harsh.



post Aug 6, 2018 - 5:00 PM
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That 84 Celica is badass!
Interested to see how this turns out. Haven't seen a project like this done on a 6th gen yet so it's pretty cool to read on here.


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post Aug 7, 2018 - 1:09 AM
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Engine NVH, because racecar yo!


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post Aug 7, 2018 - 1:39 PM
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QUOTE (Roodwerks @ Jul 24, 2018 - 1:38 PM) *
Those wheels are factory powder coated in red. I'm planning on spray painting them a bronze color soon, paint already bought.


I tried burnt copper engine enamel several years ago. Came out pretty well, will have to dig up pics, other than the last one in my profile where the lighting sucks.

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post Aug 7, 2018 - 1:52 PM
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more. MORE. MOOOOORE. Hit that fast forward button. I want to see the finished project ASAP


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post Aug 9, 2018 - 10:29 AM
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You and me both... Unfortunately getting motivated to work in the shop when it's 113 deg outside!! I'm holding off on a few things since I have a busy 2 months ahead. But, I'm hoping to keep progress steady, on some detail pieces. In a couple of months, the really cool stuff for me should be happening. Brake upgrades on the cheap, along with bolt pattern change to fit cool wheels and 27" tires. Glad to see other people besides myself are excited about this project.

-Jon
post Aug 13, 2018 - 12:01 PM
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Some pieces followed me home from the salvage yard this weekend, parts I think that will make for a great brake system upgrade. '97 Avalon brakes from all 4 corners, including the rear hubs. This will give me beefier parts, bigger brakes, 2 pot calipers up front, etc.. I was shopping for pieces to fix my Lexus off road car, goofy hydraulic cooling fan system. Figured while I was there sweating in the 100 degree plus weather, might was grab things for the near future. I'll let everyone know how the rear hub assembly works out.
post Aug 16, 2018 - 9:30 PM
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I vote some rally style lighting for this car. thumbsup.gif




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post Aug 17, 2018 - 10:54 AM
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QUOTE (richee3 @ Aug 16, 2018 - 9:30 PM) *
I vote some rally style lighting for this car. thumbsup.gif




Something I started sketching up a while ago.

post Aug 17, 2018 - 3:14 PM
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I say you even throw the rally decals right on top of your faded paint to give it an even more rugged look.


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*1977 Celica RA29 - classic cruiser
*1996 Celica ST - aka Freelica free fiddy
*2005 Matrix AWD - the wifey's car aka Trix
post Sep 13, 2018 - 9:10 PM
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This is awesome! Was thinking of doing a similar build to my car. Need more info on the Avalon struts, how does it fit and ride height? And is the swap easy?
post Sep 14, 2018 - 11:25 AM
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Sorry it's been a little while, I've been busy with other projects, trying to sell my DualSport Lexus SC400 to help fund the Celica, plus I'm the organizer of a rally in the SW which takes up a LOT of time.
Anyways, last night I installed the cruize control actuator that I bought about a month ago. The previous owner had hacked it out of my car. It gave me a chance to clean up the body/chassis under the
battery a little while things were out. I got it all bolted back together nicely, pull cable hooked up and no plug. The harness plug on the chassis is completely missing. I'm assuming it was a break off
from the main bundle that runs over the top of the tranny. Good thing I clipped the harness on the salvage yard car. Hopefully I can find the wires and splice in the connector I have. What's a good toy
without cruize control..?
post Sep 14, 2018 - 6:38 PM
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QUOTE (GuYun14 @ Sep 13, 2018 - 10:10 PM) *
This is awesome! Was thinking of doing a similar build to my car. Need more info on the Avalon struts, how does it fit and ride height? And is the swap easy?


I'll certainly post any issues as I go along. But, if you just like the ride height, the rear struts just bolted on with a tiny amount of top mount reclocking. I loosened the top nut just enough to allow me to rotate the mount something like 5 degrees. The front struts likely could be assembled with the Celica top mount, I just chose to go a different route based on experience with my early Celica. One of the mounting flange holes has to be slotted to match the 6G upright mounting pattern and bolts. I'd suggest using washers added to these bolts, both sides to spread the load.
post Sep 20, 2018 - 10:16 AM
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Progress on the lightbar mounting set-up for the nose.


post Sep 20, 2018 - 8:06 PM
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post Sep 20, 2018 - 9:47 PM
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Canít wait to see how it turns out!


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post Sep 21, 2018 - 3:31 PM
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Sooooo much round-ness... Lovin it!!

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