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post Apr 22, 2017 - 3:49 PM
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Hello, my name is Toua Vang, I currently live in MN and have always been a Toyota my whole life.
Some of you know this car from before as this was previously snapshotgt's Celica.

The story of acquiring the car:
After my 5GC GTS and my S/T 20V AE102G, I was in the market for something unique (that's Toyota) and rust free so that meant travelling out of rust bucket MN.
Long story short, almost got a camry all-trac from the west coast or a 5gc from the east coast.
Ended up in south coast to get Colin's 1MZ 6GC. 18 hour drive home and my very first ticket (speeding); totally worth it.

First mod: 20mm/25mm spacers on the front/rear with the 7gc wheels. Nearly sits flush with the vehicle.



Other things I have done so far:
Audio system: A small sub and amp
New intake filter: Coned shaped K&N filter to replace the old cylindrical one.
Euro riser blocks: Reps from Teo, highly recommend his stuff.
Wheels and tires: Fixed my brother's curb-rash 5-Zigen FN01RC and new paint w/ some new Yokohama S Drives.

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post Apr 22, 2017 - 7:31 PM
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Welcome! I really liked that car, so much so that had it been closer I'd have bought it most likely.


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post Apr 22, 2017 - 11:34 PM
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Very interesting.
How does the car travel with this engine?


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post Apr 23, 2017 - 9:38 AM
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im not familiar with this swap, did i help with it?


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post Apr 23, 2017 - 6:55 PM
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QUOTE (Smaay @ Apr 23, 2017 - 10:38 AM) *
im not familiar with this swap, did i help with it?

no, not everything is about you Jeff.
As unbelievable as it seems, others have done a 1mz swap before you were around on the forum.

Nice to see Colin's car with a good owner, looking good "thumbsup:


here's some backround on Colin's story.

http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=53507

and then

http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=61666


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post Apr 26, 2017 - 10:57 PM
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QUOTE (TimeslideZ @ Apr 22, 2017 - 4:49 PM) *
Hello, my name is Toua Vang, I currently live in MN and have always been a Toyota my whole life.


This quote just made it into my signature laugh.gif

Really great car, looking forward to seeing what you do with it!


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QUOTE (TimeslideZ @ Apr 22, 2017 - 4:49 PM) *
I currently live in MN and have always been a Toyota my whole life.
post May 9, 2017 - 8:17 PM
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QUOTE (Wild202 @ Apr 22, 2017 - 11:34 PM) *
Very interesting.
How does the car travel with this engine?


It's not bad actually, pulls really good all things considered.
I have a video somewhere from last year, I'll see if I can find it.
But gotta love the low end torque, given that it lives most of it's life under 3000 rpm.
post May 9, 2017 - 9:04 PM
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Sorry it's been a while, I thought to post up the next reply but then I figured I had to wait a bit for the thread to pop up first.

Anyhow, the new intake has been in since earlier this year (2017) around Feb. I didn't drive it but man was I too excited to put in the new one.
I also attempted to clean the old one and keep it just in case something goes wrong.

Next are the awesome Euro blocks from EndWorks! If you're looking for OEM alternatives I would highly recommend his stuff.
Although I had to do some extra fitting on one side of the blocks it turned out really nice. (The right side had one hole that didn't fit.
I ended just drilling the hole to make it fit better. Also got new stainless steel bolts and washers from Menards.)
Here's the arrival of them.


When I first bought the car I knew it had some trunk rust on the wings, so here I am checking out how bad it was.


I ended up sanding it down and bondo over it to cover up the metal. Originally I was going to repaint the spots and leave it but after trying out the blocks they actually cover up the area. So in addition to primer/paint/coat I added some black plasti-dip under it so (hopefully) water doesn't get to the new spot. Sadly I totally forgot to take pictures of the process. But here they are on and fitted and me after I took a step back....


Next update will be the wheel setup (hopefully I'll post tomorrow), I haven't gotten the new one's on yet since my right wheel bearing is going out so I'm going to replace both sides along with the torn boots. I remember Colin having issues with this since the axles setup is stretching the boots out too much, I'll have to see what I can do about it.

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QUOTE (Box @ Apr 22, 2017 - 7:31 PM) *
Welcome! I really liked that car, so much so that had it been closer I'd have bought it most likely.


Ha ha thanks man, I know I didn't think I would go out so far to get it.
But given it's uniqueness and how clean it is (compared to a rusty Northern car) I had to get it.
It was this or a MR2; but I couldn't find any good MR2's during my search for the right price.
post May 9, 2017 - 9:11 PM
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QUOTE (Bushmatic @ Apr 26, 2017 - 10:57 PM) *
QUOTE (TimeslideZ @ Apr 22, 2017 - 4:49 PM) *
Hello, my name is Toua Vang, I currently live in MN and have always been a Toyota my whole life.


This quote just made it into my signature laugh.gif

Really great car, looking forward to seeing what you do with it!


Holy crap I JUST realized my grammar mistake haha. Oh well, it probably does run in my blood so I'll just keep it so.
post May 10, 2017 - 5:19 PM
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I love the Euro risers, always wanted a set for mine.


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post May 10, 2017 - 9:43 PM
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We Minnesotans have great taste lol. We have this, 400hp 3sgte, k-swapped 6g, etc.

I seriously considered this car but it didn't fit my budget. Hope to see it roam the streets of MN!


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i was wondering what happened to this car. Looks really nice man


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post May 13, 2017 - 1:50 PM
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Alright, wheel time! Jk, not yet. As stated earlier I found that my right wheel bearing is going out so I haven't had time to put the new wheels on.
The wheels are old school 5zigen FNO1RC 17x8 +35mm wrapped in Yokohama S-Drive (235/40/17).


Short story: These wheels have been in the family for over 5 years. It started out on a 7GC from my cousin to which my brother then bought it from him for his 6GC.

My brother actually still has the car, although it's now on it's 3rd brother haha. Sadly my 2nd brother who owned it rode them through winter a couple of times so a lot of rash and erosion. After getting to my 3rd brother, he decided to give me the wheels as I was looking for new wheels. I ended up taking it to the shop to fix them up and paint them (hyper silver). It was neat that the shop also balanced and fitted my new tires too! I don't have previous photos as my old phone died on me but I do have it when they're done!

Got me some new closed in lugs too! Muteki SR35.

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QUOTE (ricochet1490 @ May 11, 2017 - 8:42 PM) *
i was wondering what happened to this car. Looks really nice man


Thanks man! I'm trying to keep it as clean as possible with adding a few mods. It's so hard to find cleaner 6gc's up in MN, especially a Baltic Blue one.
post May 13, 2017 - 8:40 PM
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Hey that's my old celica (Topaz brown)! The guy bought it from me while I was stationed in Nebraska! Always loved snapshots v6, looking good man!
post May 13, 2017 - 9:56 PM
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QUOTE (JDUB @ May 13, 2017 - 8:40 PM) *
Hey that's my old celica (Topaz brown)! The guy bought it from me while I was stationed in Nebraska! Always loved snapshots v6, looking good man!


Ha ha hey! Thanks bro. Yeah I remember when my brother and my cousin came and got it from you. Lol he definitely pioneered the whole "out of state" buying for my family, although I've definitely taken it the farthest travelling to both west and south coast (CA & TX).
It's kinda beat up now (sorry), but if money is right (or time eventually gives) plans are on the way to restore it (or at least get a 3sgte, the old 5sfe is already over 300k).
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Alright some update! It's been a while since the last update.

Got my wheels on! But I'm having new issues that I'll address in a bit.


I went in for a custom alignment from a guy up here in MN named Jeff (The Alignment Guy).


After the alignment, I started getting a huge road noise. Turned out to be my front driver rotor essentially grinding on my pads. So new pads and resurfaced rotors!

Next is wheel balancing (again). Steering wheels still shake so I'm taking the easier way out; cause if it's still shaking it might be the axle (PLZ NO).

I also went on a small amateur photography afternoon-evening by myself. Found an almost empty but very quiet Metro Transit parking lot.
Pictures soon...

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Sorry for super late update on the photo's. Not the best photos or edits; but it's a work in progress!
Got some VIDEOS too; but still trying to figure out how to add them. I might just end up putting them on youtube.







Shortly after this session I got a LOUD grinding sound from my left wheel bearing.
Turns out I didn't properly press in both sides, so I ended up getting some hubs from a 97 ST at the local junkyard.
Much rustier than the originals, but do they ride smoother. I'll re-do the original hubs whenever these go bad.

No major updates so far; but cosmetically I changed the side markers to a set of clear depo one's I had and returned the 3rd clear trunk light to red.
Did it so all the front light covers are clear and the rear is (mostly) red. Eventually I'll get some more Wolfie front clear turn signals again.
Added some 194 LED's to the license plates, door lights, and side markers.

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Two videos up! Check out my youtube channel here: Touazeng Vang

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