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> Alaska Celica ST revival, Stuck on what I should do to bring my 6th gen back from the dead
post May 17, 2019 - 10:13 AM
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So not sure what happened to my first post, but it lacked pictures anyways...

Howís it going, new here, and I inherited a 94 Celica ST hatch from my parents. Basically there was a pop as my dad was driving it up a nearby hill, and it started spewing white smoke out the tail pipe. It then sat in their yard for what I can recall is about 5 years. Thatís 5 years of Alaskan winters without moving. Needless to say this car is pretty rough. But, my parents were pretty easy to convince to get rid of the car for the low low cost of a tow dolly 😎. Back in October I did a compression test and if I remember right there was two cylinders with 0 compression... now Iím considering doing a full rebuild or a swap, donít know if Iím super keen on keeping the 7A when thereís so much more fun to be had with this car but stuck on if I should swap it, and if I do what I should swap with, or just rebuild and call it a day. Iím a delivery driver so gas mileage is somewhat of a concern here . What do you guys think? Mind the mess but whatever I decide to do Iím happy to have a new car to join a forum thatís not for another ford biggrin.gif







post May 17, 2019 - 2:25 PM
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New members have to have their posts approved, a measure implemented after a spam bot attack awhile back. So welcome!

Anyhow, I think the best thing to do would be to rebuild what's there and get it running and driving first. It'll cost less and be easier plus it'll allow you the money to refresh the whole car; tires, brakes, suspension, battery, fluids, clutch, etc... Also the 7A was the most efficient engine and with the manual it's not too unbearable, I was getting mid upper 30's out of mine. Then later down the road you can always figure out how to swap it, but the ST is a bit more involved with the mainstream options since you need the S series transmission used in the GT and everything that comes with that. So you're pretty much stuck with the ST, you'd be better off buying a GT with a blown/sick engine if you want something to swap since you'd need a GT parts car anyway to get everything needed.


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post May 17, 2019 - 2:28 PM
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That or if you can find a running 7A somewhere that'd probably be the easiest thing to do.


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post May 17, 2019 - 8:15 PM
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Probably going to go with a rebuild for now then. C: Iím going to have around 4K as a budget for the build in October and that should get it running pretty well. C: I was looking and rebuild kits arenít very expensive compared to what Iím used to, (was expecting 600-700) so Iím definitely going to start with suspension/tires/wheels after the motor isnít spewing white exhaust. Now to do some fitment research biggrin.gif
post May 19, 2019 - 7:49 PM
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rebuild the 7A and a small turbo? Would make for a fun car, assuming you don't need to pass emissions and can run some kind of stand alone ECU. As mentioned being a ST swapping to a S series engine is more involved and expensive but not impossible, though for that amount of work you'd be better off swapping the GT parts car.

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post May 19, 2019 - 8:21 PM
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QUOTE (Livewire @ May 17, 2019 - 8:15 PM) *
Probably going to go with a rebuild for now then. C: Iím going to have around 4K as a budget for the build in October and that should get it running pretty well. C: I was looking and rebuild kits arenít very expensive compared to what Iím used to, (was expecting 600-700) so Iím definitely going to start with suspension/tires/wheels after the motor isnít spewing white exhaust. Now to do some fitment research biggrin.gif

$4K should definitely get everything taken care of, as far as fitment we have some threads on that: http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showto...t=0&start=0
http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=32534


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post May 20, 2019 - 10:28 AM
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7A is definitely a good engine for daily driving and MPG but it gets boring fast so just a heads up. but if you put $$ into the suspension/tires etc then it can still be fun to throw around in the twisties. $4k is a good budget for either a rebuild or a swap. I'm close to $3k into my swap from 7A to 3sge BEAMS so it's definitely doable.

I'd give it a real long nice power wash first to see what you have to work with. and check the hatch area. I see that the spoiler is off and the holes for it were left uncovered so I hope water and whatnot didn't seep into it and into the hatch area. other than that, good luck with the build, it'll be nice to see it restored once you're finished.


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*1997 Celica ST - My Baby
*1977 Celica RA24 - aka bucket o' rust
*1977 Celica RA29 - classic cruiser
*1996 Celica ST - aka Freelica free fiddy
*2005 Matrix AWD - the wifey's car aka Trix
post May 23, 2019 - 10:02 AM
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Yeah lol the original spoiler pulled off when I was 14, my smart self pulled up on it to put some stuff in the hatch and it just so happened to be 40 below frown.gif poor guy snapped in half and my dad pulled the other half and capped them from the inside because it was pulling to one side. laugh.gif learned my lesson quick and now that Iíve gotten a lot more into car culture I heckle myself on it all the time laugh.gif
post May 24, 2019 - 2:46 PM
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laugh.gif laugh.gif well at least your dad capped it off.
another thing I would do it take off the front bra and get rid of it right away. Those tend to hold in moisture against the paint and cause damage. and with it being outside all this time isn't too good.

but lemme know if you need any parts. I currently have 3 STs right now and a crap load of parts. Some usable, some not so much lol.


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*1997 Celica ST - My Baby
*1977 Celica RA24 - aka bucket o' rust
*1977 Celica RA29 - classic cruiser
*1996 Celica ST - aka Freelica free fiddy
*2005 Matrix AWD - the wifey's car aka Trix

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