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post May 28, 2006 - 3:20 AM
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This thread is going to be updated as I do some bodywork and paint my car. I always love these progression threads myself, so I figured I'd make my own this time. smile.gif

Please post your comments as I go along. Since this is my project car and has a salvage title due to vandalism, I'm not doing things that I would if this were going to be a super nice paintjob, like having the rear side windows removed (Average quoted price was $200 around here) and using urethane base coat/clear coat paint (Expensive! And two different types of coats means twice the chances of me messing up.) I'm going to use an enamel of some sort, and going to stick with yellow probably.

Anyway, on with the project:

Day One

Day one started with washing the car with lots of harsh dishsoap and drying it, to remove dirt and some wax. Don't mind the amateur graffiti or the ugly front wheels...Les Schwab screwed up my alignment and it ate my nice Yokohomas up front. frown.gif But do note those sexy sideskirts in the foreground...DCW JDM dealer option replicas, which fit perfectly and are beautiful! Props to Romas for excellent work on those skirts! biggrin.gif

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I then removed the bumpers, headlights, tail-lights, trunk lid, license plate bezel, and some other things. My front bumper is being replaced with a non-modified '95 bumper, and I'm getting rid of the fog lights. My license plate bezel and trunk lid are being replaced with parts from a '94 coupe as well, since they were both damaged in the horrible vandalism incident last June.

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The next step was to start sanding, so I applied grease and wax remover to the hood and front fenders and wetsanded those with 400 grit sandpaper. I called it a day after wetsanding the front end.


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post May 28, 2006 - 3:39 AM
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Day Two

Day two started with more cleaning with grease and wax remover, and then sanding some of the scratches from when my car was vandalized. I used 120, then 220, then 320, then 400 for these areas, except in a couple areas where the scratches are so deep that it'll be easier to use some body filler.

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I then sanded the roof and sides of the car, fuel door, all that fun stuff. I managed to get fiberglass embedded into my arm from my spot sanding pen, which wasn't much fun.

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Once the whole car was sanded (the stuff off the car still isn't sanded, except the trunk lid), I took a break and then worked on getting the TRD replica wing to fit. My new trunk lid has four holes in incorrect places that need to be filled, and needs four new holes for the wing. I drilled the new holes and laid fiberglass over the holes that are going to be filled from the bottom side of the trunk lid, and tomorrow will fill these holes in completely with body filler.

I also fixed a small chip in a sideskirt caused by shipping, and filled the backside of the antenna hole with fiberglass cloth. From what I read, for a small area such as this, the fiberglass cloth should be fine and shouldn't crack and fall off. Again, this is another corner cut, where the best situation would've been to have sheet metal welded in there.

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At this point, it was late, and I'd been working for a good eight hours or so, so I called it a night.

I'm debating whether or not to shave the sidemarkers. Now would be to opportune time to do it, but I'm not quite sure if I want to. What do you guys think?


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post May 28, 2006 - 3:49 AM
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Nice work Coomer, yeah if I were you I would shave the sidemarkers. Looks cleaner.


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post May 28, 2006 - 3:55 AM
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nice. good to know you're keeping your celica.


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ss-iii splitters and 404 skirts are on. which means i need to update my sig.
post May 28, 2006 - 3:55 AM
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looking nice, hope everyhing comes out great smile.gif


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post May 28, 2006 - 8:01 AM
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You have incredible skills Coomer, I vote get rid of the side markers.

oh yea 1988 called, they wanted their graffiti back wink.gif


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post May 28, 2006 - 8:15 AM
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looks good so far chris, good to see you bringin back the yellow celi!
ditch the markers. =)


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post May 28, 2006 - 8:27 AM
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Keep up the good work Coom. Are you keeping her now?

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QUOTE(lagos @ Jul 10, 2006 - 1:55 PM) [snapback]454118[/snapback]

i know your trying to do the right thing for your motor, but this is one of those times where you should just trust the guys who have had their swaps for a while and have done a ton of research into this.
post May 28, 2006 - 8:32 AM
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Nice work Coom!! I think u should ditch the side markers smile.gif


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post May 28, 2006 - 10:44 AM
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good lookin coom.

new color? same color? mods?


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post May 28, 2006 - 10:47 AM
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I guess im outta the loop? Not selling ne more I'm presuming? Did you decide to go back to the cars natural hair color? Turquoise Pearl ftw.


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post May 28, 2006 - 11:20 AM
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aren't u going with that greenish color?


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post May 28, 2006 - 11:53 AM
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Nice work, can't wait to see it finished.


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post May 28, 2006 - 4:07 PM
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About filling in the fender, do you think the fiberglass would hold? I was thinking the same thing, but thought the glass would pull and crack the bondo. whats your thought?
post May 28, 2006 - 9:25 PM
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as long as you fill thr outside of the holes with fiberglass before body filler you should be ok. make sure that the surrounding area is ground to bare metal of course


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post May 28, 2006 - 9:34 PM
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QUOTE(b1gr3d @ May 28, 2006 - 10:25 PM) [snapback]438802[/snapback]

as long as you fill thr outside of the holes with fiberglass before body filler you should be ok. make sure that the surrounding area is ground to bare metal of course


Ground to bare metal would not matter, because Glass does not bond very well to metal.. I was thinking of drilling holes and then laying matt and resin
post May 28, 2006 - 11:37 PM
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QUOTE(dustinkemp @ May 28, 2006 - 8:44 AM) [snapback]438650[/snapback]

good lookin coom.

new color? same color? mods?


Same color I think...not entirely sure yet. There will be some extra body parts and shaved stuff. smile.gif

QUOTE(Supersprynt @ May 28, 2006 - 8:47 AM) [snapback]438652[/snapback]

I guess im outta the loop? Not selling ne more I'm presuming? Did you decide to go back to the cars natural hair color? Turquoise Pearl ftw.


Yeah, I got lots of interest, but everyone kind of fell through, so I'm keeping it.

QUOTE(Digndoug @ May 28, 2006 - 2:07 PM) [snapback]438652[/snapback]

About filling in the fender, do you think the fiberglass would hold? I was thinking the same thing, but thought the glass would pull and crack the bondo. whats your thought?


I'm going to fill mine with fiberglass...hopefully it'll hold up. wink.gif


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post May 29, 2006 - 3:34 PM
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Day Three

Day three didn't consist of getting a whole lot done. I started by sanding some areas on the car where I'd missed before. I then sanded down the sidemarker area both on the outside and inside of the fender, taped it off so that resin wouldn't drip down, and applied two layers of fiberglass cloth and resin to the inside of the fender.

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I then put my efforts towards sanding the front bumper and rear license plate holder. It took me forever to sand down the front bumper! Once this was done, I glued a piece of plastic behind the key hole in the rear license plate panel. I'll fill the front with plastic body filler, and it should work perfectly to shave the plate hole. I used this technique on the Yelli Celi's rear plate panel after the car was vandalized, and it held up perfectly.

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I also began sanding down a sideskirt, but by this point my fingers were bleeding, so I called it a day.


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post May 29, 2006 - 4:27 PM
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damn... bleeding fingers. that's when you know you're working too hard. nice work coomer.


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post May 29, 2006 - 4:34 PM
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Hey Coomer,

good luck and much success with the project. I had no idea you suffered such a vicious attack last summer! It's a wonder the Yelli Celi is still on the road. Many would have given up. I guess you are obsessed as the rest of us wink.gif . I will be flagging this thread because I too am starting a bodywork project, hopefully this week. there are so amny obstacles and life keeps getting in the way. Appointments and shift changes, deliveries and commitements keep popping up. I will start a thread as soon as I start. I am going to fix the bumps and bruises the ol' Celipig suffered in it's previous lifetime ( the last owner was a dick-- neglect, scratches, rust, etc) and repaint it stock colour-- Alpine Silver Mettalic. There is so much to do, and I fear I will suffer withdrawl syndrome when I have to drive my Tracker for 2 to 3 weeks while I get this done. i am seriously addicted to my Celi.

Again, hope all goes well and you have a chance to share your experience with the community.

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