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Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 14, 2009 - 9:13 AM

After being a member of the board for years, I finally decided that my dd was on her last leg and it was time to pick up another one. So I found this little gem on craigslist...

I just took some pics of the full stable, I just need them to load up to photobucket.


Oh I forgot to mention, Abby's a little bit broke...

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 14, 2009 - 11:13 AM

Here are the ones I just took....


Posted by: AMCMoe Aug 14, 2009 - 11:19 AM

Looks really clean. Did they offer a warranty? frown.gif

Posted by: Sinyk Aug 14, 2009 - 11:46 AM

Lets see under that hood!

Posted by: CelicaST_CALI Aug 14, 2009 - 1:59 PM

Dam,how much was she,and dam if the rk is that loud on a video it has to be horrible in person..great looking car though!!!

Posted by: SwissFerdi Aug 14, 2009 - 2:19 PM

Looks familiar, minus the alloys. Congratulations, save for your engine problem...

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 14, 2009 - 4:47 PM

Thanks guys! smile.gif

Unfortunately, I bought her 'as is' so I'm basically screwed on the whole motor situation... But yea. The knock is definitely louder in person than in the vid... It's alright though, I just picked up a freshly rebuilt 5s from celicatech and I'll be dropping it in this week. biggrin.gif

I'm actually about to head down to Ohio for DSM Shootout, but when I get back I'll be posting up some more pics of the motor thats in her now, as well as the beats... smile.gif

Posted by: boosted185 Aug 14, 2009 - 5:46 PM

5TH GEN! 5TH GEN! 5TH GEN! haha, sorry. kindasad.gif

Posted by: Random_Stranger Aug 14, 2009 - 5:50 PM

OooOoOoouuUuu! She is sooooooooooo clean! Hope you are happy with her, I mean, you were a members for years and finally decide on one. So you better stick around. She will take good care of you, trust in that.

Posted by: SwissFerdi Aug 14, 2009 - 6:25 PM

Why not just upgrade to a 3S-GTE if the motor has to be thrown out anyway?

Posted by: njccmd2002 Aug 16, 2009 - 11:13 AM

sounds like a lawnmover... thats too bad

heard some flies on the video too

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 16, 2009 - 10:05 PM

Well... I just got back from Ohio and as promised, here are the pics smile.gif


Custom painted heat shield and valve cover... biggrin.gif

Boosted: lmao the 5g is my original love.... Its taken me a little bit to warm up to the 6g (sorry folks)

Stranger: I know that once a finish the 'heart transplant' she'll be very reliable... That was what sold me on her............... NO RUST!!!! smile.gif

Ferdi: I've already got a 3s powered car, now I need something with some decent gas milage. Rest assured though, I have almost everything I need for a 5SFTE minus engine management.

njccmd2002: laugh.gif I didn't realize that was in the vid until later lmao


Here are some pics of the sounds in case any of you are interested...

Posted by: HerosBlade Aug 16, 2009 - 10:40 PM

Man nice car in and out but without that knocking that car would be cherry biggrin.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif P.S. hey give pics after you swap engine I would like to see it.

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 19, 2009 - 11:06 PM

I got the motor out a 4:00pm this afternoon smile.gif

Hood on the 90 GTS parts car...

Mileage (for documentation's sake)



And OUT!

Just hanging around...

New motor.....

Dirty oil (I couldn't see any chunks come out of it....)

I tried to get both motors and the car in one shot.... lol

Hopefully the new motor will be going in by the end of the week. *crosses fingers*

Posted by: SwissFerdi Aug 19, 2009 - 11:53 PM

Your front is IDENTICAL to mine.

Good luck with the swap!

Posted by: MrAyasli Aug 19, 2009 - 11:58 PM

Wow, looks neat !

Posted by: richee3 Aug 20, 2009 - 9:12 PM

I'm liking the valve cover and heat shield on the old motor. You swapping those onto the new one?

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 21, 2009 - 12:26 AM

Thanks guys... biggrin.gif

I will be putting my old VC and the heat shield on the new motor. I really like how they turned out, so I'm going to keep it. It beats having a plain engine bay...

I just got home from the pole barn and I think that I made some decent progress for working by myself...


Removed the harness from the old motor and installed on the new one.
Replaced the throttle body.
Pulled the tranny, clutch and flywheel.
Swapped injectors (the rail is different from the 92 'vert rail)
And moved the AC compressor and PS pump to the new motor.

Overall, I think that it was a good night's work!

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 24, 2009 - 10:09 PM

Motor's in! Unfortunately, I'm hung up on getting a new fuel filter. I went to every parts store in the county and no one had a fuel filter for the car.... Unbelievable!

Anyway, here are some progress pics. These were taken Friday night....

I'll get some carnage pics up tomorrow, but the rod bearing in cylinder 1 grenaded. There's shrapnel laying at the bottom of my oil pan...

Just a little closer.... smile.gif

A little more....

Posted by: MrTechGuy Oct 19, 2009 - 6:51 PM

QUOTE (bloodMoney @ Aug 14, 2009 - 9:13 AM) *
After being a member of the board for years, I finally decided that my dd was on her last leg and it was time to pick up another one. So I found this little gem on craigslist...

I just took some pics of the full stable, I just need them to load up to photobucket.


Oh I forgot to mention, Abby's a little bit broke...

lol I was going to buy this same car

Posted by: bloodMoney Oct 19, 2009 - 9:58 PM

After all is said and done, I still thank god that you didn't. smile.gif

It was a heartache to get her where she is, but 1600 miles later, I love this car the more I drive it.... I don't know that I would've bought a 6g if I hadn't picked this one up.

Posted by: bloodMoney Nov 3, 2009 - 6:16 PM

So I went back to Chicago for the weekend and the wifey had a little suprise waiting for me....

Apparently, her a Vincent_Doggy went behind my back to get me a great early birthday gift! smile.gif

I really don't like being kept out of the loop, but by all means Vince.... smile.gif

I also took a pic of the engine 2000 miles after the blow smile.gif

Posted by: bloodMoney Jan 12, 2010 - 4:28 PM

So, I figured that I'm just going to make this my project thread....

Anyway.... Time for a little update! After making a huge mistake and remote starting Abby into my neighbor's jeep I've got almost all the parts I need to get her back into shape (I'm waiting on my headlights from a guy on I'll be replacing the body panels in the spring so that nothing else happens this winter. But on top of replacement parts, i decided to spoil her a bit and pick up some JDM tails that I just couldn't pass up.

I just got back from putting them on and they look AMAZING!!!

In process....


After a little wash biggrin.gif

Huge props to Richee3 for getting me these tails! Thanks again buddy!

Posted by: richee3 Jan 12, 2010 - 4:40 PM

I'm not gonna lie, those lights look pretty good on your car. Glad to see they got there!

Posted by: bloodMoney Jan 12, 2010 - 4:50 PM

I think so too... smile.gif

Turns out the passenger side harness didn't work, so I just swapped out my USDM harness on the one side lol

Thanks again Daniel!

Posted by: 6gen91 Jan 12, 2010 - 4:52 PM

dam from chicago ey? yer the first ive actually seen. lol we should meetup sumtime. btw nice ride

Posted by: bloodMoney Jan 13, 2010 - 10:15 PM

I think that there are a couple of alltrac guys may be getting together this weekend, apparently there is a meet


theres a meet with JDM Chicago, at grossinger toyota. its an indoor meet, kinda like a drive in movie. therell be food drink and people to talk to. therell also be raffle tickets to buy, and a free car wash. its a free meet. its at 830.

I'll find out later all the details.

Posted by: bloodMoney Jan 16, 2010 - 5:56 PM

I just wanted to post some pics that I just took of both cars freshly washed before the JDM Chicago meet tonight...

In the words of the GF "Baby's got a nice ass..."


Posted by: bloodMoney Feb 6, 2010 - 7:51 PM

I got Richee3's HIDs in this week and put them in yesterday. Needless to say that I'm really pleased with the way they look.

Dan: I ended up using the 4300K bulbs b/c I couldn't get the 6000Ks to fit in the light housings properly. Thanks again though!

EDIT: That knocking that you hear is my throwout bearing.... Its done that since I put the motor back in the car. I'm not too worried about it cause I'll probably end up changing out the clutch this summer.

Posted by: 6gen91 Feb 8, 2010 - 8:58 AM

it's very nice yet u left out yet custom driver side fender. And it was FREE lol

Posted by: richee3 Feb 8, 2010 - 8:06 PM

HID's look good! Hopefully you get to use them longer than I did! I never had anybody flash their lights at me with them, and I was always worried about how the yellow fog lights looked with the white HID's, but I asked a few of my friends when I passed them and they all reported that the fog lights actually looked kinda white too, so don't worry about those. Everyone also said it was very easy to tell when it was me coming down the road because of how the lights are arranged on the car and the fact that I had the brightest lights, but not blinding. So you're all set thumbsup.gif

Posted by: Shigexile Feb 9, 2010 - 2:55 PM

Looking good!

Posted by: bloodMoney Jun 1, 2010 - 5:13 PM

Wow. I need to update this.....

After my little oops over the winter, I finally got around to getting the new fender put on....

From this:

To this:


I'll post up more when I'm not feeling so lazy.....

Posted by: bloodMoney Mar 13, 2011 - 2:37 AM

Alright, so I haven't updated this is a minute, but since the last time some stuff has happened....

On my way to my college graduation, the clutch went out on me.... So a clutch job in 10*F was fun....

My two babies in the same garage! (it doesn't happen often)

We pulled the motor to get to the trans since we were having issues with frozen cross member bolts. Harness unplugged from inside the car and pulled through the firewall.

Hood off, check. Though we put it on top of the car rather than on the floor for fear of our friend's Australian Shepherd.

Cherry picker, check.

I decided that 1 human power was momentarily better than a 5sfe's horsepower.

So the throwout bearing has been clicking for over a year, and we thought it finally grenaded itself. But once we got the trans apart, here is what we found.

Check out those awesome springs!

So, we come to find that the clutch disc threw a spring. The spring itself snapped into four separate pieces, which is what I'm holding in my hand. That was our problem. Surprisingly, the throwout bearing was still intact. In any case, it all got replaced.

Posted by: bloodMoney Mar 13, 2011 - 2:42 AM

Okay, so two weeks ago, a friend came in to visit us and we decided to have a little winter photoshoot smile.gif

^Soldier Field

^This is on Lower Wacker Drive. (where the chase scenes from Dark Knight and Blues Brothers were filmed smile.gif )

^I thought this was cool, it shows my 4300k lows and 3000k fogs smile.gif

The next two were taken in front of the Field Museum

^I liked this one a lot, but it’s for celicatech lol

Posted by: Shigexile Mar 15, 2011 - 9:44 PM

looking good my friend thumbsup.gif

we need a photoshoot again too

Posted by: bloodMoney Mar 16, 2011 - 12:04 PM

Thanks buddy! We sure do need to get together again.... Especially now that its getting nice out!

Posted by: 4-eyed-freek Mar 16, 2011 - 12:06 PM

i wanna come lol

QUOTE (bloodMoney @ Mar 16, 2011 - 12:04 PM) *
Thanks buddy! We sure do need to get together again.... Especially now that its getting nice out!

Posted by: bloodMoney Mar 16, 2011 - 12:56 PM


We probably won't actually meet up until the meet, but if we do, I'll send you a text Skyler smile.gif

Posted by: bloodMoney Apr 7, 2011 - 8:55 PM

Got this done earlier today and all I have to say is that I'm in love.....

Now I just need new doors and front splitters and I'm done body-wise smile.gif

Posted by: richee3 Apr 10, 2011 - 9:38 AM

I still want a cookie....

The splitters look great, Chris. Pictures don't do them justice.

Posted by: 4-eyed-freek Apr 10, 2011 - 10:25 AM

QUOTE (richee3 @ Apr 10, 2011 - 10:38 AM) *
I still want a cookie....

The splitters look great, Chris. Pictures don't do them justice.


Posted by: bloodMoney May 14, 2011 - 11:44 PM

Thanks guys smile.gif

But its time for a pre-dragon update.

After installing a godspeed radiator and fans, the fans pushed my alternator too far....

So, I replaced it with a 160A unit. It was relatively cheap, so if I get a year out of it, I'll be pretty happy.

After all that, it turns out that the heater core was leaking as well.... Looks like Stacy had some work to do!

I love this girl smile.gif

She got this far in just over an hour.....

Last night, we got the car all back together and flushed the cooling system.

Tomorrow, we're going to try and get the rest of my presents in...

Posted by: Bitter May 15, 2011 - 9:17 AM

HPS pads are nice man, I like them. Good compromise for daily driving and a little weekend fun, however that first 1 or 2 cold stops....they don't bite so hard so be prepared.

Posted by: Stambo May 15, 2011 - 9:39 AM

^^ agreed good stuff right there

Posted by: Bitter May 15, 2011 - 10:07 AM

They couple well with ceramic pads in the rear with a more constant grab hot or cold, reason being you'll lock your rears up with a pad that grabs hard halfway into a stop. The HPS is... interesting. I can feel them heat up and bite down as they heat up in a stop, which is great in the front since weight transfers to the front..however with weight transferring away from the rear and the pads heating up and grabbing harder you'll get the rears locking up once you're into the stop already. If you're running around a track its no problem because the pads and rotors stay hot, even in the rear. However in a panic stop when you're just slamming on the brakes you could find that to be a problem.

Ceramic pads tend to have a constant coeff of friction hot or cold, so the rears grab the same no matter which will help to keep them from locking during a panic stop and keep you from sliding your ass around. ABS negates this problem. I know 7th gen brakes are not the same, but I can lock my rear with relative ease with the SS brake hoses even with ceramic pads (Wagner). HPS up front and Wagner rear are a good combo I think, but they're the only combo I know on my Celica...and I'll stick with them. On my old car I had Wagner ceramic up front and drum rear, so I can attest to how constant the friction is on that brands ceramic...they had the same exact grab no matter hot or cold...which feels funky as hell coming from HPS.

Posted by: bloodMoney May 15, 2011 - 2:28 PM

Thanks Jordan. I'll keep that in mind tonight after I get them installed.

I hope that they will stay hot while I'm on the Dragon... smile.gif

Posted by: Bitter May 15, 2011 - 2:41 PM

Honestly you may never encounter a problem, just watch out if you're cruising on the highway and make a panic stop on wet road is all.

Posted by: bloodMoney May 17, 2011 - 10:14 AM

Well we hit a problem alright.....

Things are just a little too big for the front. After putting the fronts all together, they were too tight to allow any free wheel rotation. So were going to have to figure out how to modify them just a little so that im not burning the brakes up while I'm driving....

The rears fit fine though....

Posted by: Bitter May 17, 2011 - 8:41 PM

Hm? too tight? Aren't they all stock replacement parts? Slides all move? pistons not seized? brake hoses not damaged? etc? Quick test, when the wheels are not turning freely open the brake bleeder. if the wheel then spins free its a bad hose holding pressure in the caliper. One side or both? MOAR INFO! laugh.gif Don't make me go up there and sort it out for you.

Posted by: bloodMoney May 18, 2011 - 7:16 PM

The pistons on the clipers completely compress however, it seems like the pads are just too thick for the allotted space. We are going to take them apart tomorrow to try to figure out the issue. I'll post up more then....

Posted by: Bitter May 18, 2011 - 7:54 PM

Odd...did you double check the part numbers? Did you get the inner and outer pads reversed or are they all identical? Is the pad with the squealer on the correct side (inboard or outboard?)?

And the slides are moving totally free as well? are the pads binding in the clips? Rotors flat against the hubs totally and caliper brackets totally flush to the mounting ears?

Posted by: bloodMoney May 19, 2011 - 8:22 AM

I think it might be the sliders... I'm about to head out to go check them out.

All the pads are equal thickness and I wirebrushed the hubs before putting the new rotors on and I also cleaned and greased the pad clips as well.

I'll let you know smile.gif

Posted by: 4-eyed-freek May 19, 2011 - 10:17 AM

same thing happened to me only with the rear brakes.. the pads were way to big, and didnt allow the wheel to spin free. i drove the car slow untill it went a way but it seams like that is a problem with the 6gc... no one can make brakes for them lol.

Posted by: Bitter May 19, 2011 - 6:46 PM

wink.gif you guys need a real mechanic. Chris I might be up in the city this weekend near depaul, where are you? If its not too far I can swing in and take a look/assist trouble shooting. Shoot me a PM if you want my number or something.

If you do want me to swing by let me know, I'll bring some special lube with me. It's awesome for slides and stuff, 2200F temp rating, thick so it stays in place, and full of powdered anti-wear so it won't let the metal pins bind against the bores under braking load.

Posted by: bloodMoney May 22, 2011 - 9:31 PM

Well, with the help of the Georgia Ctech crew, we were able to get the 3 frozen front caliper sliders moving again.

After figuring that out and putting in my kyb's, everything went back together smoothly.

I've put 2000 miles on Abby since last Monday, driving from home to ATL to Knoxvegas, down the Dragon and back home again....

Now I need a new Throwout bearing. kindasad.gif

Posted by: Bitter May 23, 2011 - 7:07 PM

Were the slide boots damaged? It would be wise to just get a front slide kit and replace the slides and slide boots or even just get a pair of reman calipers. Centric makes a good rebuilt caliper.

Posted by: bloodMoney May 23, 2011 - 10:43 PM

Meh... I figure I'll just leave it until I can scrape up enough for ST205 front brakes.

Posted by: Bitter May 23, 2011 - 10:51 PM

Yea, that's a great option as well!

Posted by: Bitter Jul 23, 2011 - 7:55 PM

forgot to ask you at the meet, how do you like the Hawk pads?

Posted by: bloodMoney Jul 23, 2011 - 9:07 PM

Man I love those damn things.... I don't ever have to worry about any type of braking, panic or otherwise. I'm really glad that I went with them.

So glad in fact, that I'm probably going to wait until next summer before I put on the GT4 brakes.

Posted by: Bitter Jul 23, 2011 - 9:36 PM

smile.gif Knew you'd like them, do you feel what I mean about how they bite harder as they get hotter?

Posted by: bloodMoney Jul 23, 2011 - 10:55 PM

Most definitely.

And I've gotten them HOT.

Posted by: Bitter Jul 28, 2011 - 12:18 AM

you got SS brake hoses too? Those feel great, really help brake modulation when you're playing around.

Posted by: bloodMoney Jul 28, 2011 - 12:33 PM

No. I'm going to wait until I've got the ST205 brakes all the way around the car. That way, when I put them on, I'll throw on the new lines too.

Posted by: Bitter Jul 28, 2011 - 9:34 PM

really really worth it man, they're great. If you ever want to take my slow-mobile around the block before you buy a real GTS let me know, we can go for a spin.

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 18, 2011 - 7:11 PM

So I decided to be spontaneous and pick up a set of wheels so that I could show something off at the next meet.

They're sick right? Well, they won't be on the car.... turns out, the guy swore up and down that they were 5x100/114.3 but they're definitely 5x114.3/120

So now I'm trying to get rid of these things just so that I can get my money back....

After I failed hard at putting those rims on, I checked my oil and added 1/2 quart. I filled up this afternoon and checked it again.... It didn't read on the stick frown.gif

Needless to say that i just got back in from the garage.... I replaced the dizzy O-ring b/c I could see it dripping off the distributor after I shut the car off and opened the hood. While trying to pull the old o-ring off, it broke in half (as soon as I got the screwdriver under it) and the new one went on without incident. I'm going to see driving on it for a day to see if my level stays the same, otherwise I've got a new VC gasket kit with plug rings.

I guess we'll see right?

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 18, 2011 - 7:15 PM

Oh, also, If you know someone in the market for wheels they are

XXR 522 Gold
18x8.5 +30
5x114.3/ 5x120

The tires are BRAND NEW Federal ss595 215/40-18

and I'm asking the $1000 I paid for them.

Let me emphasize that everything in the package is BRAND NEW. They even have TPMS sensors. smile.gif

Posted by: enderswift Aug 20, 2011 - 9:44 AM

damn those look nice. This is gonna be a great meet

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 20, 2011 - 12:01 PM

Luke: READ: They don't fit!

I wish they did, but they are the wrong bolt pattern....

Posted by: enderswift Aug 20, 2011 - 1:04 PM

QUOTE (bloodMoney @ Aug 20, 2011 - 1:01 PM) *
Luke: READ: They don't fit!

I wish they did, but they are the wrong bolt pattern....

reading is overrated haha. Sorry to hear they're no good man. And I know what a pain oil loss is, hopefully the new gasket helps

Posted by: richee3 Aug 29, 2011 - 2:53 PM

I demand an update.

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 30, 2011 - 6:06 PM

lulz. Let me get the camera and upload the pics from our meet this past weekend....

Posted by: Stambo Aug 30, 2011 - 6:48 PM

i demand pinto!

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 30, 2011 - 8:48 PM

Not only did I find pics of this weekend's engine pull, but I also found the pics from June when I had to pull the motor to replace the clutch


I found the pics from the last meet that Stacy never uploaded....

But here's the pics from this weekend smile.gif

When I got there, I had a broken crash bar

And a busted condenser

New Crash bar!!!

We decided that I would be a good time to take the carpet out so that we could put it in the sun to dry smile.gif

Its not very often the front of the car gets to look at the back...

This timing belt only has 46,xxx miles on it.... Anyone see a problem?

Thank god I ordered a new rear engine mount kindasad.gif

Draining the rest of the gear oil...

Dirty engine bay?

Clean it up with Orbitz!... ermm... Stacy and Brigette lol

Getting the interior back together...

Thanks Daniel! I LOVE these seats....

500 miles later. (Yes, I drove it 500 miles in two days)

I think we fixed it. Funny enough, we didn't even think about a difference in the seat belt from a '94 to a '96, so we ended up driving home sitting on the buckles to make it look like we were buckled in.... Stacy and I fixed it last night, because it was too weird driving around with no restraints kindasad.gif

All in all, It was a fun weekend thanks to Daniel's hospitality and generosity.

Although, I do still have to wash all the black fingerprints off her....

Posted by: BonzaiCelica Aug 30, 2011 - 9:52 PM

wow good stuff!! that cleaner got your engine bay really clean!

Posted by: 4-eyed-freek Aug 30, 2011 - 10:05 PM

awsome,looks so clean inside the bay!

Posted by: richee3 Aug 31, 2011 - 12:15 AM

1.) My engine bay is still filthy. She still won't clean it for me, Chris.

2.) I'm making that picture of you and Stacy my sig just because I actually got a picture of Stacy doing work.

3.) I'm glad you got the seatbelt latches transferred over! Who knew that they were different?

4.) I'm glad the 5S is working out for you. I can't wait to put a second motor in your car though...

5.) ??????

6.) Profit!

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 31, 2011 - 9:05 AM

QUOTE (richee3 @ Aug 31, 2011 - 12:15 AM) *
1.) My engine bay is still filthy. She still won't clean it for me, Chris.

2.) I'm making that picture of you and Stacy my sig just because I actually got a picture of Stacy doing work.

3.) I'm glad you got the seatbelt latches transferred over! Who knew that they were different?

4.) I'm glad the 5S is working out for you. I can't wait to put a second motor in your car though...

5.) ??????

6.) Profit!

I can't wait for #4 either... smile.gif

Oh, I found #5 for you


Posted by: SwissFerdi Aug 31, 2011 - 10:02 AM

Holy crap, clean bay indeed. Nice job. Must feel nice knowing you can just swap 'er in and out at will. Good luck with the engine in the future. biggrin.gif

Posted by: richee3 Aug 31, 2011 - 12:23 PM

Looks like they even cleaned all the silver from the engine bay! WOW!

I like how Brigette helped work on your car but sits there and texts when I'm working on her car... I see how it is.... I guess a JDM dipstick is better than a USDM dipstick.

Posted by: bloodMoney Aug 31, 2011 - 2:25 PM

Thanks Ferdi! Yea... With this being the 3rd time I've had to pull the motor in the last 6 months, it just keeps getting easier....

QUOTE (richee3 @ Aug 31, 2011 - 12:23 PM) *
I like how Brigette helped work on your car but sits there and texts when I'm working on her car... I see how it is.... I guess a JDM dipstick is better than a USDM dipstick.


Posted by: Bitter Sep 29, 2011 - 12:04 PM

I'm a page behind but I just wanted to comment that Chris shows exactly why you can't count on just MILES when figuring when a timing belt is due. Like any rubber it will age and crack...60k or 5 years is the suggested interval!

Posted by: richee3 Sep 29, 2011 - 12:38 PM

He had 50k and something like two years? It was cracked very prematurely.

Posted by: Stambo Sep 29, 2011 - 6:59 PM

looks good! i have seen some timing belts last as long as 150k but thats a whole other story

Posted by: richee3 Sep 29, 2011 - 7:11 PM

I had one go 12 years and 175k.

Posted by: bloodMoney Jun 6, 2012 - 3:13 PM

So, I was driving to work this morning when I noticed something out of my peripheral...

The freaking heater core is going out again!

For the last few weeks, I've noticed that if I park the car for a short time (at a store), I've been getting a streak of fog on the passenger side of the car. I didn't think anything of it as we replaced the core April of last year and it can't be the AC due to the fact that neither of my lines out of the compressor are hooked up an my condenser looks like swiss cheese.

Sure enough, on the highway this morning I saw smoke/vapor coming out from under the glovebox. Maybe it is because I'm used to it, but when I tried to waft a bit of it for confirmation, it didn't smell like coolant....

The funny thing is, I made a comment yesterday about how good the car has been for the last 6 months or so... It's things like this that make me thankful that I bit the bullet and bought a new car. I really don't want to put the car down for repair again though, despite the ralliart- I truly enjoy driving the Celica.

She's tackled the tail of the dragon for three years running and almost every part on the car is new with the exception of the shell... One would think that with all the upgrades and maintenence, I should be good for longer than six months.

I guess I'm just tired of celebrating mediocre milestones like "6 months without having to perform major surgery".


Am I the only one who feels like this?

Posted by: kurt95gt Jun 6, 2012 - 4:42 PM

Nope id love to be able to drive the 1mz without fear of breakinf something
Or something leaking

Posted by: Bitter Sep 2, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Any updates?

Posted by: bloodMoney Sep 4, 2012 - 4:03 PM

Yea. We replaced the heater core with a new toyota genuine unit (our wallets still hurt) and things seem to be looking alright now.

We have been focusing most of our efforts on the 88, so now that its running well, we are probably going to pull Abby off the road next summer for the overhaul.

I did find a little treat that needs immediate attention though.... You'll have to wait until I get home from work. Photobucket seems to be hating me right now.

Posted by: bloodMoney Sep 4, 2012 - 5:26 PM

My nemesis has returned for my Abby....

As it turns out, this is the reason why the wheel wells rust out back here. The wheel well is shingled the wrong way and when the water pools in between the 'rustproofing' and the inner wheel well, water can make its way into the rear arches.

In fact, it rained so hard last weekend on our way home from MI, that when I got home, I had to vacuum out not only the jack mount area but the whole spare tire well too....

I guess this another thing that has to get fixed next summer.

Posted by: Bitter Sep 6, 2012 - 6:23 PM


I would suggest using a hole saw to cut the rotten area out, then have a body shop (or yourself) use a flanger to make a nice lip to put in a new circle of steel with panel epoxy and some good thick layers of epoxy paint.

Posted by: enderswift Sep 6, 2012 - 6:27 PM

Damn, gotta check my hatch too.

I would scrape off the loose stuff and slather some POR15 on there to slow it down until next summer

Posted by: Bitter Sep 6, 2012 - 6:35 PM

Nah, if he scrapes off the loose stuff then it'll just be a wide open hole!

Posted by: dudeofchaos Sep 6, 2012 - 9:13 PM

I have the EXACT same thing at the EXACT same spot... makes me wanna cry.

Posted by: cheela Sep 7, 2012 - 1:00 AM

aw, poor Abby!

Posted by: bloodMoney Sep 7, 2012 - 10:41 AM

Yea... I'm going to cut it out, weld a patch panel in and slather a good thick coat of POR15 all over the back of her.

Posted by: Bitter Sep 7, 2012 - 7:24 PM

Spot welding that sheet metal can make it more prone to rust as it blasts any galvanization applied at the factory, that's why I recommend panel epoxy.

Posted by: bloodMoney Sep 8, 2012 - 1:15 PM

Hmmmm... I'll have to check that out. I figured with POR15 all over the place, I'd be okay. But, if I don't have to weld, that just makes it better smile.gif

Posted by: Bitter Sep 8, 2012 - 5:05 PM

Panel epoxy is awesome. As strong as a weld when correctly applied (stronger in some instances since it won't make the steel brittle) and it seals up the bare metal edges as well.

3M 38315 or equivalent should work there.

Here's my thought on the repair.

From the wheel side install a long strip of steel over the area with the panel epoxy to prevent any further water intrusion (both sides). On the inside, I just noticed that you've got spot welds along there, you want weld there again since it's structural. Have a patch of sheet metal welded from the strut tower/wheel well to side panel there, be generous with the overlap and number of spot welds. As for the hole itself, cut out to clean metal and just epoxy in a plug of sheet steel or aluminum or whatever, the large steel panel welded over will take up the structural duties.

Posted by: bloodMoney Sep 26, 2012 - 9:41 PM

It seems as though Abby has reached new lows...

Posted by: enderswift Sep 26, 2012 - 10:00 PM

lookin good dude thumbsup.gif

Posted by: kurt95gt Sep 26, 2012 - 11:12 PM

Looking good

Posted by: richee3 Sep 27, 2012 - 5:54 AM

That's low! I seem to remember some exhaust-scraping giant speed bumps up there... I can only imagine how Abby handles those.

Posted by: bloodMoney Sep 27, 2012 - 8:57 AM

Yea.... I go around the outside of them to avoid the uber high points in the middle.

Posted by: Special_Edy Sep 27, 2012 - 9:41 AM

If you remove the rear seats, its 4 bolts total, then you can remove the plastic trim panel that surrounds the rear speaker. With it removed you can now reach up into the quarter panel and pop that dent out of the driverside quarter panel.

Good luck with it.

Posted by: bloodMoney Sep 27, 2012 - 2:51 PM

Yea. Its from the accident I had last winter. The dent spans the length of the quarter panel, it just has a special crease there. I have yet to take it in to get it fixed.

Posted by: bloodMoney Oct 8, 2012 - 10:50 AM

On that note, I heard of this guy in Chicago that does pretty decent body work for cheap... I think I've found my direction....

I'll stay silver, but I'm wanting some Work Meisters... Like hardcore.

Anyway, That body guy did this:

I think Abby will be ok in his hands...

Posted by: Bitter Nov 10, 2012 - 8:07 PM

How did the rust hole repair turn out?

Posted by: bloodMoney Jun 17, 2013 - 3:34 PM

Haven't really made much progress in the way of getting Abby fixed... I had to replace the passenger axle and rear engine mount, only to find that the clunking i was hearing up there was the passenger side sway bar mount disintegrating....

Today it is 87*F outside and I'm still on my winter wheels... I should probably fix that. Otherwise, She's running pretty good. I think there may be a fuel leak somewhere, because I can smell it when I shut the car off...

Until I prep for the swap, I'm just going to continue to drive her around as she sits today.

I was involved in a 3 car accident some months back and I've been too busy with other things to fix it. This will be the third driver fender that will go on to her.

I have been focusing instead on our other two cars. Since they don't get hit whenever I pull them out of the garage... kindasad.gif

Posted by: bloodMoney Jun 17, 2013 - 9:27 PM

Well, maybe I'll drive her like this instead....

18x7 +46 w/ 25mm spacer adapters = +21mm et

I need to roll the rears, but I'll do that this weekend... smile.gif

Posted by: richee3 Jun 17, 2013 - 10:39 PM

Whuuuuuuut! What are those? Sexy!

Posted by: enderswift Jun 17, 2013 - 11:11 PM

Lookin good thumbsup.gif

Posted by: njccmd2002 Jun 17, 2013 - 11:22 PM

Good looking , what rims are those

Posted by: bloodMoney Jun 19, 2013 - 12:51 PM

lol Thanks Guys!

Dan/Berto, believe it or not, those are the OEM wheels off my Ralliart. 18x7 +46 on 215/40/18 tires. They're a little tall, but they were just laying around and I needed to use them for something.....

Posted by: richee3 Jun 19, 2013 - 1:01 PM

Did you do the 5x114.3 conversion?

Posted by: bloodMoney Jun 19, 2013 - 7:15 PM


Yea right. I dropped the hundo for the 25mm spacer adapters

Posted by: Syaoran Jun 21, 2013 - 4:21 AM

I was gonna say "hey look lancer wheels!" but then saw you mention it afterwards. They look OK, too narrow and too little offset in the rear... you need to raise the car a little lol. Never even imagined I would see those wheels on a celica, they're heavy as fk

Posted by: SwissFerdi Jun 21, 2013 - 7:44 AM

They look nice but probably do weigh about 24 a piece?

Chris, you made an excellent choice in grabbing those. I would have been the first to stuff his paypal if I was investing anything else in the car.

Posted by: bloodMoney Jun 24, 2013 - 10:54 AM

These wheels are horribly heavy....

But I they were leftovers from this:

As for raising the car, I wasn't planning on it, unless something gives me a very good reason to do so. smile.gif

Once I finalize a direction that I want to go with on the body, I'll make a more permanent decision on the wheels. For now though, this setup works biggrin.gif

Posted by: bloodMoney Jul 26, 2013 - 3:21 PM

So, Abby still needs her rear fenders rolled, and I can't seem to make time to do it, so she has sat in my garage since I took those last pictures... In the meantime, I've started planning out the engine swap.

So far, my list looks like this:

- V6 engine Purchased
- Intake Manifold $100
- Throttle Body $100
- Throttle Pedal $200
- ECU $100
- Engine harness, this includes connector A, B & C to the ECU. OBDII connector $200
- MR220V Conversion Harness $300-$500

New Parts
- Gouky install kit - $1600
- 1MZ flywheel. I used a Fidanza 9.5lb - 350$
- High HP clutch. $500
*** I may just go with a twin disk clutch at this point since a competetion twin clutch is only $1200
- E153 Trans Purchased
- Hybrid Axles w/ carrier bearing ??
- 61.5" 7rib v-belt - 60$
- fuel pressure regulator. The motor requires 43.5psi - 130$
- Toyota long life coolant - 70$

Exhaust Parts
I have to go full custom here, as it frees up quite a bit of horsepower. $$$

At the end of it all, I'm looking at about 5k. I'd like to pull it down for a season, pound out all the work and have it back up in a few months, but we all know how projects go....

Are you ready Daniel? smile.gif

Posted by: njccmd2002 Jul 26, 2013 - 4:07 PM

man, its expensive. good luck, i want to do this at times, but feel like a big investment on a car i barely get to drive a lot. im gonna let u be the first one.

Posted by: richee3 Jul 26, 2013 - 4:14 PM

Just tell me a date to be up there. smile.gif

Posted by: enderswift Jul 26, 2013 - 4:51 PM

Making the exhaust yourself?

Posted by: bloodMoney Jul 26, 2013 - 4:52 PM

Gotta buy a house first, then we'll start.

Stacy thinks that I should finish the wagon first, as that is only going to be about 3k to complete.

I think that I can bring the price down if I can find a car that has everything at a junkyard and pull it all in one fell swoop.

Luke: Unlikely. I may just have a mexi place crush bend some pipe for me. If I wanted to go big $$$, I'd take it to Touge Factory and have them bend/fab up an exhaust, but they're labor isn't cheap.

Posted by: njccmd2002 Jul 26, 2013 - 5:39 PM

u need to get rid of the engine, and youll save money.. to finish the wagon

Posted by: bloodMoney Jul 26, 2013 - 6:53 PM

Lol or I could sell the complete 3mz that I have too....

Posted by: Syaoran Jul 28, 2013 - 2:44 AM

I don't know how strict laws are in your state but, man, for the price of getting an OEM ECU to work in there you could get a standalone...

Posted by: enderswift Jul 28, 2013 - 3:11 AM

QUOTE (bloodMoney @ Jul 26, 2013 - 5:52 PM) *
Gotta buy a house first, then we'll start.

Stacy thinks that I should finish the wagon first, as that is only going to be about 3k to complete.

I think that I can bring the price down if I can find a car that has everything at a junkyard and pull it all in one fell swoop.

Luke: Unlikely. I may just have a mexi place crush bend some pipe for me. If I wanted to go big $$$, I'd take it to Touge Factory and have them bend/fab up an exhaust, but they're labor isn't cheap.

Ah gotcha. Well, I recommend Naperville exhaust works. Those guys charged me 300 to weld up all of my pieces and they did a fantastic job.

Posted by: fatherof4 Jul 28, 2013 - 3:20 PM

Hope to work on my 1mz this winter. Following the fun!! smile.gif

Posted by: bloodMoney Nov 18, 2013 - 10:01 AM

It looks like the swap is going to have to wait.

Sadly, Abby is gone from us. Yesterday, a guy made a left turn across my lane and there just wasn't enough time for me to stop. There is no saving this one.

This picture was taken just a few hours before the wreck. Richee3 was up for a visit

And here's the other guy....

We'er both okay so far, woke up this morning sore, I've got seat belt rash/bruising and Stacy is still coughing the airbag smoke out of her lungs....

I just never even considered that her story would end this way. RIP Abby frown.gif

Posted by: cheela Nov 18, 2013 - 10:11 AM

ugh..... damn....

totally NOT the update I was looking for when I clicked on this.
just happy you guys are ok.

RIP Abby. frown.gif

Posted by: mkernz22 Nov 18, 2013 - 4:26 PM

wow, I'm very sorry to hear that....I'm glad that you guys are alright though!

Maybe it's time to buy a front clip? A little cut and paste action? haha

Posted by: richee3 Nov 18, 2013 - 4:41 PM

The BMW didn't get smashed from the wreck... You just don't kill Abby and get away with it.

Chris, I'm sorry to see that this happened, especially right after we left. You've been through a lot with this car and it's a terrible ending to her story. The most important thing is that you and Stacy weren't hurt. You can always transfer your parts to a new shell. I have no doubt that you'll come out ahead from all of this.

Posted by: samboo Nov 18, 2013 - 5:00 PM

I have a gt-four front clip if you're interested in putting your car back together, not sure how it would align.
But let me know.

Posted by: bloodMoney Nov 18, 2013 - 5:38 PM

Thanks guys. I'm thinking that I'll pick up another one depending on how things go.

Now it's just waiting and recovering. Daniel nailed it though. I've been through a lot with Abby and that's what's killing me right now.... 5 years of work, wiped out in one second.

Posted by: cheela Nov 18, 2013 - 5:49 PM

yup, that's the thing. You can replace a celica, but you just can't replace an Abby. frown.gif

Posted by: njccmd2002 Nov 18, 2013 - 8:26 PM

Damn morons glad you guys are ok. That's the important thing. Now.........

Dibs on the 2gr, Lol. Jk...

Hopefully you'll find another one to ply with...

Posted by: Keiri Nov 18, 2013 - 8:36 PM

Wow, rough update to read so I know it's even rougher to be the one posting it. I second, and third, everyone else saying I'm glad you and Stacy are doing alright despite the loss of Abby.

Can't wait to see what you do next.

Posted by: Batman722 Nov 18, 2013 - 8:46 PM

Sorry to see this Chris.
Glad you guys are ok.

Posted by: kurt95gt Nov 18, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Omg!!! I'm soooo sorry guys frown.gif
I'm really glad your OK tho
The guy in the BMW needs to be killed with fire!!

Posted by: fatherof4 Nov 18, 2013 - 10:10 PM

Glad your ok. Sorry guys!

Posted by: Shigexile Nov 18, 2013 - 10:34 PM

Glad you guys are okay. You should report any injuries even if its just a sore.

I hate reading these kind of updates.
And it's weird that you always get hit on that side.

I hope this accident opens a door to something just as great or greater.

Posted by: bsamps4 Nov 19, 2013 - 8:22 AM

Makes me angry just looking at it. That might actually be repairable depending on how the frame rail looks. Good luck with everything. Don't give up!

Posted by: Zake Nov 19, 2013 - 2:52 PM

With what has happened, all it means is that you get to do this with it now.

Posted by: bloodMoney Nov 19, 2013 - 6:07 PM

Zack: no.

I'm pretty sure they are going to total her out. I don't know that she'd ever drive right again....

It's not the end, I've owned Celicas for the last 14 years... I'm not about to start now smile.gif

Posted by: Box Nov 19, 2013 - 9:51 PM

Sorry to hear that, at least everyone is ok. Anything is possible though, just look at Ben and what he's doing.

Posted by: bloodMoney Nov 19, 2013 - 10:09 PM

This is true.

I just need to take a closer look at the car now that my endorphins have returned to normal levels, but judging from the close-up pic of the front left side, I'm pretty sure the frame is tweaked inboard and rearward.

Posted by: Box Nov 19, 2013 - 10:14 PM

Looked again and one of the pictures it looked pretty bad, considering it was hit on the driver side but now the passenger side fender and door are way off. At least Mr. German Engineering's insurance will cover it, hopefully they'll offer something fair the first time around.

Posted by: bsamps4 Nov 20, 2013 - 7:09 AM

I hope you save receipts. In the event that they total and you settle it's best to provide receipts for any and all modifications, and to request an appraiser. You will end up getting more money in the end regardless of if you decide to keep the car and repair it, or let them take it away.

Posted by: bloodMoney Nov 20, 2013 - 11:27 AM

I'll have to look and see if I still have that stuff... It may have gotten tossed in the move to the new house....

Doesn't that just figure.

Posted by: Bitter Jan 17, 2015 - 10:57 AM

So like...any updates?

Posted by: enderswift Jan 17, 2015 - 1:08 PM


Posted by: richee3 Jan 17, 2015 - 5:04 PM

Wrong thread! laugh.gif

Posted by: Bitter Jan 18, 2015 - 1:12 AM

Thanks, I was having an oldtimers moment.

Posted by: bloodMoney Feb 6, 2015 - 12:38 PM


Posted by: antoine64 Feb 6, 2015 - 5:15 PM

I totally understand. You spend all that time fixing up your car then some idiot hits you and totals it. My 6 year Celica project was rear-ended in November. The unibody is too bent to justify spending the time and money to fix it when I can get a good used one for a couple thousand. I'm going to start a project thread about me stripping down my old car to nothing.

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