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post Apr 21, 2013 - 10:56 PM
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jesse09

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Little background info..

I bought the car sometime around turning 18 and it was all stock with 185,XXX miles. As strange as it may sound, it was the only car I had been wanting for well over a year. Celica's aren't very common in my area so had to be patient while waiting for one to turn up.

(I had originally ran into a 99' fully loaded celica GT with 55,XXX original miles for $5,000!! .. I wanted it so bad but could not afford it)
So I settled for a 95 ST automatic for half the price. Yes, I know a lot of people don't like autos, but it was my only realistic choice at the time.

Since then, it has been my pride and joy.. literally almost everytime I look at it.

I've been inspired by many cars on this sight and while my car may not be to everyone's taste it is to me.

Here's how it looked when I bought it..



First 2-3 years with the car
After about a year of just enjoying the classic looks I ran into 2 small trees that really damaged the fenders and damaged my bumper beyond repair
So I decided to start chasing my dream of the gt4 look. I bought the gt4 bumper for $450 and had a local body shop "fix" the fenders, fit the new bumper and do a full car (but lower quality) paint job for $600.

During this time I also added
Entry Level Sound system (Dual subs, SPL amp, power acoustic speakers, Pioneer Deck)
Car Alarm
Window Tint
Neon Dials

From this


To This


Installing Indiglo Face Dials with a buddy


Years 3-4
By this time I had become attached to my celica and was sure that I would never want to sell it, so figured might as well just keep adding and modding
These years I added..
17" Katana Wheels
Mud Flaps
GT4 hood
Sun Visor
7th gen steering wheel
Upgraded sound system to (kenwood speakers, Kenwood amp and sub)





Most Recently

Now my car means as much to me as a machine could to a person.. well maybe with the exception of young john conner and the terminator in part 2.
I get complements about my car all the time and turns a lot of heads when I'm driving. Everytime we go somewhere my friends always wanna go in my car and for also take some pride in it cause they have helped me out a lot with repairs. Not gonna lie I feel like I'm driving my dream car. I know its probably the slowest 6gc ever but it is awfully dependable. I may not even bother racing when a new mustang or corvette try to test my car at a light, but i think it's funny that $60,000 cars feel the need to impress my $2500 car. I have been saving up and sometime this year I really want to venture into the v6 swap or even give it a go at the rare 4agze but only time will tell on that..

Things I've done
Upgraded system (infinity kappa speakers, alpine amps, audiobahn to image dynamics sub)
Enkei Rims
Falken Tires
Eibach Springs
KYB shocks struts and mounts
Limited Edition Floor mats
JDM Tails









I have been upgrading parts as my budget allows.. I know some people say if your not gonna do it right don't do it at all but i've been learning mostly through trial and error. I'm a 23 yr old mex-american, still trying to finish up on my bachelors degree and so I can only work part time. I usually only buy the goodies when I get a really good deal.

Deals I've gotten include...

Set of JDM Tails- $80 picked up from local member
GT4 Hood- $145 shipped
Brand new Enkei rims, Falken tires- $575
Limited Edition floor mats- $50
TRD front and rear splitters- $95 shipped
Oem side skirts- $80 picked up

Body Kit is awaiting paint at the moment


Well that's about it for now, super tired from all this typing and uploading
Tomorrow or the next few days I will be posting of some stuff I have lined up to do and seek some advice about some stuff.

Thanks for reading and hope to hear from some of you guys
-Jesse

Posts in this topic
- jesse09   Jesse's 95 ST Project   Apr 21, 2013 - 10:56 PM
- - Box   Tell me more about that Camaro. ...   Apr 21, 2013 - 11:22 PM
- - rentaspace   Sexy car, keep up the good work   Apr 21, 2013 - 11:36 PM
- - cheela   you've come a long way. it looks great. and I ...   Apr 22, 2013 - 8:42 AM
- - JoshuaM   Looks good, and you're certainly happy so that...   Apr 22, 2013 - 9:16 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (JoshuaM @ Apr 22, 2013 - 10:1...   Apr 22, 2013 - 10:20 AM
- - jesse09   Thanks for the complements guys Box- the camaro b...   Apr 22, 2013 - 10:36 AM
- - Box   I want to say there were some supercharged MR2...   Apr 23, 2013 - 12:15 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (Box @ Apr 23, 2013 - 12:15 AM...   Apr 23, 2013 - 9:31 AM
|- - Box   QUOTE (jesse09 @ Apr 23, 2013 - 9:31...   Apr 23, 2013 - 12:10 PM
- - Malek   Where did you get the front and rear splitters for...   Apr 23, 2013 - 11:10 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (Malek @ Apr 23, 2013 - 11:10 ...   Apr 23, 2013 - 1:11 PM
- - Syaoran   I am now undecided between TRD replica wing or GT-...   Apr 23, 2013 - 11:23 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (Syaoran @ Apr 23, 2013 - 11:2...   Apr 23, 2013 - 1:21 PM
- - sr666   Nice work mate. I had a ST myself a few years back...   Apr 23, 2013 - 1:27 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (sr666 @ Apr 23, 2013 - 1:27 P...   Apr 23, 2013 - 7:42 PM
- - jesse09   Possible Upcoming Mods (inputs welcome): Sway Bars...   Apr 27, 2013 - 3:19 AM
- - Syaoran   I love our stock seats. I'm getting mine reuph...   Apr 27, 2013 - 3:26 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (Syaoran @ Apr 27, 2013 - 3:26...   Apr 27, 2013 - 3:34 AM
- - sr666   Plans are sounding good sir. Now I can give advic...   Apr 27, 2013 - 4:18 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (sr666 @ Apr 27, 2013 - 4:18 A...   Apr 27, 2013 - 4:41 AM
- - sr666   Anytime mate happy to help. Over in the UK even ...   Apr 27, 2013 - 6:21 AM
- - jesse09   Finally replaced the windshield washer lines and f...   May 7, 2013 - 5:54 PM
- - jesse09   So I finally had some movement on my car this week...   Jun 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM
|- - Box   QUOTE (jesse09 @ Jun 26, 2013 - 12:0...   Jun 26, 2013 - 12:29 PM
- - cheela   I'm with Box. you are just too good at gettin...   Jun 26, 2013 - 1:06 PM
- - jesse09   Ya I will admit this is like a dream find. Couldn...   Jun 29, 2013 - 1:08 AM
- - Box   Thought they looked different than the leather sea...   Jun 29, 2013 - 1:32 AM
- - jesse09   Small update: Added armrest cover Also added a ...   Aug 7, 2013 - 8:24 PM
- - jesse09   Haven't done much with my car lately. Added so...   Nov 8, 2013 - 8:34 PM
- - richee3   I wouldn't worry about the mileage as long as ...   Nov 8, 2013 - 9:09 PM
|- - Box   QUOTE (richee3 @ Nov 8, 2013 - 8:09 ...   Nov 10, 2013 - 10:07 PM
- - jesse09   I wasn't happy with the prefab probox I had so...   Jan 12, 2014 - 12:40 PM
- - MarbleFlame   Love the look of that enclosure..   Jan 15, 2014 - 6:45 AM
- - rentaspace   Loving the progress, definitely keep the skirts an...   Jan 15, 2014 - 7:37 AM
- - cheela   what are you gonna do when you have a rear strut b...   Jan 15, 2014 - 9:54 AM
- - jesse09   Thanks guys Haha I debated for like an hour about...   Jan 15, 2014 - 8:10 PM
- - jesse09   I ran into some local tein coilovers for pretty ch...   Jan 21, 2014 - 12:05 PM
- - Tigawoods   they wont fit   Jan 21, 2014 - 12:08 PM
- - njccmd2002   yup if you see closely it says is for st205, or th...   Jan 21, 2014 - 12:38 PM
- - jesse09   yeah I guess I was just blindly hoping they would   Jan 21, 2014 - 8:22 PM
- - jesse09   Euro Lip finally arrived. Did a quick spray in bla...   Mar 12, 2014 - 10:00 PM
- - The_enD   Oh, man, the lip looks great. It sits very nicely ...   Mar 13, 2014 - 12:29 AM
- - njccmd2002   Im digging the look of that lip   Mar 14, 2014 - 11:07 AM
- - Red123   that lip looks very nice   Mar 14, 2014 - 9:05 PM
- - jesse09   thanks! i gotta get someone with a DSLR to tak...   Mar 15, 2014 - 11:47 AM
- - jesse09   Projectors! Got them for $400 shipped....   Mar 28, 2014 - 3:22 PM
|- - mkernz22   QUOTE (jesse09 @ Mar 28, 2014 - 4:22...   Mar 29, 2014 - 9:47 AM
- - jesse09   Haven't been updated in awhile. Not really any...   Jul 1, 2014 - 10:25 PM
- - jesse09   Picked up some 5zigen FN01RC for cheap the other d...   Oct 12, 2014 - 2:06 PM
- - The_enD   I like them.   Oct 12, 2014 - 2:12 PM
- - Malek   I'm liking those 5zigens. Damn clean car eithe...   Oct 14, 2014 - 10:53 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (Malek @ Oct 14, 2014 - 11:53 ...   Oct 15, 2014 - 6:25 PM
- - jesse09   I've had a sudden resurgence to continue rebui...   Jan 25, 2015 - 4:17 PM
- - jesse09   Added the fairing to complete the roof rack. G...   Aug 6, 2015 - 6:09 PM
|- - msk59   QUOTE (jesse09 @ Aug 6, 2015 - 6:09 ...   Oct 16, 2015 - 7:57 AM
- - Naxx   where did you buy Your floor mats ? btw good looki...   Aug 20, 2015 - 2:51 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (Naxx @ Aug 20, 2015 - 3:51 PM...   Aug 21, 2015 - 4:37 PM
- - jesse09   I almost have all the parts needed to complete my ...   Aug 31, 2015 - 7:01 PM
- - jordisonjr   How the HECK did you get an ST sway bar for 37 dol...   Sep 1, 2015 - 9:48 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Sep 1, 2015 - 9...   Sep 1, 2015 - 10:30 AM
|- - jordisonjr   QUOTE (jesse09 @ Sep 1, 2015 - 10:30...   Sep 1, 2015 - 10:42 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Sep 1, 2015 - 11...   Sep 1, 2015 - 1:42 PM
- - jesse09   Have everything I need (i think) to tackle the fro...   Oct 9, 2015 - 10:45 PM
- - BonzaiCelica   Oo rotors for the track   Oct 10, 2015 - 4:43 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (BonzaiCelica @ Oct 10, 2015 - 5...   Oct 12, 2015 - 9:19 AM
- - LtSolid   did you get the calipers and brackets powder coate...   Oct 13, 2015 - 10:22 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (LtSolid @ Oct 13, 2015 - 10:2...   Oct 13, 2015 - 10:29 AM
|- - LtSolid   QUOTE (jesse09 @ Oct 13, 2015 - 11:2...   Oct 13, 2015 - 2:15 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (LtSolid @ Oct 13, 2015 - 3:15...   Oct 13, 2015 - 3:56 PM
|- - LtSolid   QUOTE (jesse09 @ Oct 13, 2015 - 3:56...   Oct 15, 2015 - 9:45 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (LtSolid @ Oct 15, 2015 - 9:45...   Oct 15, 2015 - 2:49 PM
- - Malek   Those calipers came out really nice! Brake upg...   Oct 13, 2015 - 5:31 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (Malek @ Oct 13, 2015 - 6:31 P...   Oct 14, 2015 - 1:29 PM
- - jesse09   So I didn't expect the EBC green stuff pads to...   Oct 14, 2015 - 1:23 PM
- - BonzaiCelica   But those vibrant colors really add flare and awe ...   Oct 15, 2015 - 11:42 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (BonzaiCelica @ Oct 15, 2015 - 11...   Oct 16, 2015 - 9:06 AM
- - jesse09   Thanks msk59. Here's some pics of the roof rac...   Oct 16, 2015 - 11:37 AM
- - msk59   Awesome. Yeh that does looks cool especially with ...   Oct 16, 2015 - 2:51 PM
- - jesse09   So the TRD pads were discontinued as expected. I w...   Oct 26, 2015 - 2:43 PM
- - 4-eyed-freek   I run those exact rotors with brembo pads on my le...   Oct 26, 2015 - 5:12 PM
- - mkernz22   You could've just painted the pad plates a dif...   Oct 26, 2015 - 6:40 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (mkernz22 @ Oct 26, 2015 - 7:4...   Oct 26, 2015 - 8:29 PM
- - jesse09   Finally got around to swapping the rear drums to d...   Jan 25, 2016 - 12:19 AM
- - cheela   looks good! I still gotta change my drums out ...   Jan 25, 2016 - 5:39 PM
- - LtSolid   same here.i gotta stock up on parts for the winter   Jan 26, 2016 - 2:46 AM
- - jesse09   Thanks. And i'd def recommend doing so. It...   Jan 26, 2016 - 5:20 PM
- - LtSolid   if you dont mind me asking how much and where did ...   Jan 28, 2016 - 6:47 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (LtSolid @ Jan 28, 2016 - 7:47...   Jan 28, 2016 - 7:18 PM
|- - LtSolid   QUOTE (jesse09 @ Jan 28, 2016 - 8:18...   Jan 29, 2016 - 8:53 PM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (LtSolid @ Jan 29, 2016 - 8:53...   Jan 29, 2016 - 10:54 PM
- - LtSolid   soon maybe. funding is tight right now. i havent d...   Jan 30, 2016 - 11:41 PM
- - 2bcelica   Hey - great progress on your car. One of your ph...   Jan 31, 2016 - 9:27 AM
|- - jesse09   QUOTE (2bcelica @ Jan 31, 2016 - 9:2...   Feb 1, 2016 - 12:12 PM
- - jesse09   Mounted the 94-95 gt4 alloys today. A lot of peop...   Mar 14, 2016 - 5:50 PM
- - cheela   I love them. I wish i could get a set.   Mar 14, 2016 - 6:10 PM
- - jesse09   So replacing the motor mounts was no easy task. Su...   Jun 8, 2016 - 3:43 PM
- - Box   Supercharger off a 4A-GZE?   Jun 8, 2016 - 5:05 PM
- - cheela   oooooh... ahhhh...   Jun 8, 2016 - 7:11 PM
- - jesse09   haha ooh ahh is correct. Ya it is a supercharger,...   Jun 9, 2016 - 9:50 AM
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