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post Oct 22, 2013 - 12:03 AM
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Hello all. I had my project thread posted in General, but when the website went down it was lost so I am restarting my thread here (where it should have been in the first place anyways).

So I will start at the beginning. I have always loved Celicas. My brother-n-law Matt (aka DEATH here on 6gc) has always had a Celica and I have loved helping him work on his when I got the chance. Hell, I was in one of his Celicas (3rd or 4th gen I think) when it was totaled. I love the sleek lines and curves of the body. The cockpit style instrument panel, and the possibilities for modifications. I used to have a 1990 Supra 7M-GE, but always kind of regretted not getting a 6gc. Since I made the biggest mistake of my life my trading the supra in, I have been in search of the right celica at the right time. There has always been an issue of money, or not being able to find the right celica. I believe the search for my celica lasted about 9 years, but I am now the owner... Proud Owner... of my 1999 Celica GT (auto thumbsdown.gif ). The reason I got the auto is simple, I needed a car, got a great deal on this one, and I didn't pay for it.

Since purchasing my Celica, I have come up with a plan for modifications in the future, driven over 800 miles, been clipped by a crazy lady here in Huntsville, and started modding/repairing Celeste. Today I did my first major repair/modification. I installed drilled & slotted rotors, and changed the brake pads. If I knew how to bleed brakes, I probably would have installed some SS braided brake lines. I do not know how to do that yet though. I will need to learn soon though because while I was doing the brakes, I found that the right rear caliper will need to be replaced at some point. There is a small slice in the lower connection bolt boot. The main reason I did this repair was because my brakes were vibrating at mid-to-high speed braking, and did not want to get into an accident because of it. Celeste stops extremely well now, and I have to say... I am extremely proud that I did this on my own (well, my wife handed me tools). While the car was jacked up, I went ahead and did an oil change to Mobile 1 Fully Synthetic High Mileage. I'll be honest... It seems Celeste likes the oil change.

Tomorrow I am planning to replace the spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor. I will also replace the windshield wipers, and windshield spray nozzles while I'm at it. After that, I might replace the driver's seat belt that I have been meaning to replace since I bought the car.... lol@laziness.

Oh yeah... I already did the S2000 Antenna swap... there should be a thread/post about it in the exterior/electronics category.

Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment....
















post Oct 22, 2013 - 12:04 AM
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That's what I named my car, you have to choose another name! redface.gif


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post Oct 22, 2013 - 12:47 AM
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no can do sir...
post Oct 22, 2013 - 1:21 AM
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That's a clean chassis. smile.gif Nothing like the feeling of getting your hands dirty and finding out that you can change your own brakes, right? Gotta love that feeling of accomplishment.


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post Oct 22, 2013 - 1:27 AM
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Fine then, this just means I have to sell mine and buy a third Supra. redface.gif


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post Oct 22, 2013 - 2:20 AM
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QUOTE (richee3 @ Oct 22, 2013 - 7:21 AM) *
That's a clean chassis. smile.gif Nothing like the feeling of getting your hands dirty and finding out that you can change your own brakes, right? Gotta love that feeling of accomplishment.


Thank you! and you are absolutely correct. I had gloves on, but took them off... didnt feel right. lol!
post Oct 23, 2013 - 8:07 PM
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aaaand I bet it still has more get up and go than mine biggrin.gif
post Oct 24, 2013 - 3:13 AM
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QUOTE (Zephri @ Oct 24, 2013 - 1:07 AM) *
aaaand I bet it still has more get up and go than mine biggrin.gif


I dont know. I've never gone over 85 in my celica, but I am sure that will change.
post Oct 24, 2013 - 3:45 AM
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QUOTE (Overkill @ Oct 24, 2013 - 3:13 AM) *
QUOTE (Zephri @ Oct 24, 2013 - 1:07 AM) *
aaaand I bet it still has more get up and go than mine biggrin.gif


I dont know. I've never gone over 85 in my celica, but I am sure that will change.

*throws on leather vest and cap* You'll be breaking the law, breaking the law!


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post Oct 24, 2013 - 8:44 AM
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QUOTE (Overkill @ Oct 22, 2013 - 2:20 AM) *
QUOTE (richee3 @ Oct 22, 2013 - 7:21 AM) *
That's a clean chassis. smile.gif Nothing like the feeling of getting your hands dirty and finding out that you can change your own brakes, right? Gotta love that feeling of accomplishment.


Thank you! and you are absolutely correct. I had gloves on, but took them off... didnt feel right. lol!


gloves. hahaha I've never used gloves.
you're right, it just doesn't feel right.


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post Oct 24, 2013 - 2:59 PM
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QUOTE (cheela @ Oct 24, 2013 - 9:44 AM) *
QUOTE (Overkill @ Oct 22, 2013 - 2:20 AM) *
QUOTE (richee3 @ Oct 22, 2013 - 7:21 AM) *
That's a clean chassis. smile.gif Nothing like the feeling of getting your hands dirty and finding out that you can change your own brakes, right? Gotta love that feeling of accomplishment.


Thank you! and you are absolutely correct. I had gloves on, but took them off... didnt feel right. lol!


gloves. hahaha I've never used gloves.
you're right, it just doesn't feel right.


That's what she said.
post Oct 24, 2013 - 10:50 PM
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Changed the Cap & rotor, Spark Plugs & Wires, and the Windshield Wiper Blades. I tell you what... The lower Cap bolt was a bitch and a half to get in! Hopefully by the next time I have to change it I will have either a Beams engine or a SRI so I dont have to deal with the stock intake box... ugh!

Tomorrow I am planning on changing the Windshield Wiper nozzles and hoses.
post Oct 25, 2013 - 2:26 PM
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The stock air-box is easy to remove, maybe takes all of five minutes.


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post Oct 25, 2013 - 4:26 PM
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QUOTE (Box @ Oct 25, 2013 - 8:26 PM) *
The stock air-box is easy to remove, maybe takes all of five minutes.


I dont think it even takes that long. But I didnt want to have to take it off to replace the cap and rotor. The job was easier after I took the intake box and hose off though.
post Dec 14, 2013 - 8:57 PM
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Okay Guys and Gals... I have a dilemma.

I have two different sets of wheels I am considering getting for my ride. I would appreciate your input and opinions. Thank you in advance.

1st Set - Motegi MR116 18X8


2nd Set - XXR 535 18X8


At some point... either set might be sent off for Powder Coating to match the paint on my car, but not till way in the future.
post Dec 15, 2013 - 2:16 AM
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The XXR wheels look better than the Motegi wheels.


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post Dec 15, 2013 - 3:57 AM
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QUOTE (Box @ Dec 15, 2013 - 8:16 AM) *
The XXR wheels look better than the Motegi wheels.


I am beginning to lean towards the XXRs... thank you for your input Box.
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Updates coming soon. woot.gif
post Oct 5, 2016 - 11:43 PM
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Holy crap nearly three years later. Has to be an engine swap right?


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post Oct 6, 2016 - 12:05 AM
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Everything. Engine, trans, suspension, wheels, interior, exterior paint. Going to finally try to turn this into my dream car.

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