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post Feb 16, 2017 - 3:51 PM
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Hello everyone,

This thread is to document work I do to my celica. It is my second celica, my first was a 1995 GT but somebody rear ended it while it was parked in front of my house.

Some pics of my old one

on the right




I had that celica from late 2009 or early 2010 and I junked it in january of 2016. On new years eve I was driving my 2016 WRX and left the celica parked in the street. I got a call from my brother around 3 or 4 am that somebody hit my car. the cops showed up, took his info, and gave it to my brother. I showed up the next day to find this







The impact pushed the car one house over. It received front end damage as well, it had hit another car parked in in front of the next house.

The kid who hit it was 18 and uninsured driving his moms 98 4runner. I have uninsured motorist coverage so after 3 or 4 weeks I got a check from my insurance for $2,800. They offered $3,000 and they keep the car, or $2,800 and I keep it. So I kept it and started looking for a replacement.

I found another 1995, same color as mine, but it was an ST with the 1.8 7AFE, not the 2.2 5SFE that my GT had. My GT had 230,000 miles on it and this one only had 71,000 miles. It also had decent paint whereas my GT had **** paint that I never got around to getting repainted. Oh and the GT's AC didnt work, and this one worked perfectly. The car was listed for $3,500, I offered $3,000 over the phone, and talked him down another $200 in person so I got the car for $2,800. Exactly what my insurance had given me.

heres a pic from the drive home



and the rest of the car




I pulled all of the useful things from the GT that I could think of, including my front seats, speakers, stereo, wheels/rims, interior trim pieces, etc... The new ST had an ugly tan interior and the front seats were dirty and kinda gross so I put my GT's front seats in. My GT had a black interior. After pulling stuff out I junked it for $150.

So far I have tinted the windows, installed a keyless entry system, a trunk popper, bluetooth stereo, speakers, and seat warmers. The ST has manual locks and windows. The windows I can deal with, but manual locks were really annoying so I purchased a kit with door lock actuators and installed them. I pulled out the entire interior to run wiring for the trunk popper, seat warmers, actuators, and the keyless entry box. While I had everything out I laid down the poor mans dynamat, peel n seal



A friend of mine had recently redone the carpet in his house and had leftover carpet padding he gave me for free. I laid it over my floor over the peel n seal. Then I got a black carpet from the junk yard, washed very well with a pressure washer and installed it. On all of my interior panels I glued quilting foam to the inside of the panels. The interior is nice and quiet now and I have 0 rattles. I still get road noise but overall its a good improvement.

I have also upgraded most of my lights to LED








one last pic of the car


One of my current projects is the rims. I got a second set of factory alloy wheels I'm restoring. I want one set in bright rally white and another in silver. Once I finish the first set I'll swap them and restore the other set.

This post has been edited by ds8: May 11, 2017 - 4:27 PM

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- ds8   long time lurker, 1995 Celica ST liftback   Feb 16, 2017 - 3:51 PM
- - cheela   damn! those crash pics. glad you weren't i...   Feb 16, 2017 - 4:09 PM
- - Box   Nice colour and ditto, very good price for the mil...   Feb 16, 2017 - 5:36 PM
- - Malek   Glad to see this car make it here! I was very...   Feb 17, 2017 - 1:23 PM
- - ds8   When I first got the GT it already had the usual r...   Mar 6, 2017 - 1:02 AM
- - Box   The bottom cushion and cover is the same too, befo...   Mar 6, 2017 - 1:38 PM
- - ds8   Swapped out a few more things this weekend. First...   Apr 1, 2017 - 7:09 PM
- - ds8   A month ago I ordered some LED bulbs for my high b...   May 11, 2017 - 4:14 PM
- - ds8   My registration renewal paperwork came in the mail...   May 25, 2017 - 3:29 PM
|- - ClevelandGaint   beautiful car man, the mileage is a steal at that ...   May 29, 2017 - 12:56 PM
- - ds8   Thank you! I worked on the Celica this weeken...   Jun 14, 2017 - 12:00 AM
- - ds8   Quick update I got some JDM tail lights and insta...   Aug 3, 2017 - 5:06 PM
- - ErrohSync   Looking good so far dude! Sucks about your old...   Oct 30, 2017 - 2:04 AM
|- - ds8   QUOTE (ErrohSync @ Oct 30, 2017 - 2...   Nov 3, 2017 - 5:36 PM
- - ds8   Not much of a car update, but I finally bought my ...   Nov 3, 2017 - 5:44 PM
- - cheela   Congrats on the house! that's a great feel...   Nov 5, 2017 - 6:37 PM
- - ds8   I would like to hear your opinions on refinishing ...   May 18, 2018 - 6:11 PM
|- - narly_charley   QUOTE (ds8 @ May 18, 2018 - 6:11 PM)...   May 21, 2018 - 8:17 AM
- - Box   Either do powder coating or use actual wheel paint...   May 21, 2018 - 8:30 PM
- - danthrift71   Just read whole thread up 'til now. Powder co...   May 21, 2018 - 11:36 PM
- - ds8   QUOTE (narly_charley @ May 21, 2018 - 8...   May 24, 2018 - 1:05 PM
- - danthrift71   Thanks. I'll check 'em out.   May 25, 2018 - 11:20 PM


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