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HectortheRican
I've been lagging on one of these, but I finally have the time to start one up. My mods will come slowly but surely due to minimum wage kindasad.gif But I'll keep truckin'!

I was actually trying and trying so hard to buy a 240, I love the things, but every single one I'd find was either too expensive because they were all SR20'd and S15'd out, or too beat down and crappy. But then one day I came across this Celica because the poster had put '240sx' as a tag. I had honestly never even considered a Celica for a second, when I thought Celica, I thought 7gc, and I never liked those. But once I saw this Celica, I fell in love. And thanks to Spider77, I found this site and it's helped me since day 1. Now that I've got a progress thread, I'll start updating it often. Thanks for looking!

The first day I got her. I actually bought her from a member, vi-tuyen.


Then the very first mod when I started working... early June. Injen SRI w/ Fujita filter. Bought from trdproven.

Out


In


Then I picked up an OEM strut bar from a local part out in late June


Three days after the strut bar, I got into a fender bender with an 18 wheeler. I swiped his tire. Luckily, I was fine, and no damage to the truck, and little damage to my car.

Damage assessment: Cracked bumper, totaled RH fender, smashed sidemarker, bent strut, bent wheel.

Literally 20 minutes before the wreck

sexy angle wink.gif

Then when I got home afterwards

Side


Front (see the obvious neg camber? lolol)
whatthe
At least now you have good offset... Your tyres are sticking past the fenders right?
HectortheRican
QUOTE (whatthe @ Jul 23, 2010 - 2:05 AM) *
At least now you have good offset... Your tyres are sticking past the fenders right?

Haha, funny guy tongue.gif I finally picked up the new fender today, now I've got everything I need to make her sexy again. It gets fixed on Saturday!
cheela
nice! keep us updated. and go at it with the modding, once you start,.... you'll NEVER stop! hahhahaah biggrin.gif
HectortheRican
I didn't take a whole lot of pics of the repair process, as it's kind of hard for only two people to work and one to take pictures. Next time, I'll have a designated picture-taker. But until I get the rest uploaded, here's the final product of my little weekend project smile.gif

Success21
QUOTE (HectortheRican @ Jul 26, 2010 - 10:23 AM) *
I didn't take a whole lot of pics of the repair process, as it's kind of hard for only two people to work and one to take pictures. Next time, I'll have a designated picture-taker. But until I get the rest uploaded, here's the final product of my little weekend project smile.gif



I'm not going lie your car looks good its really clean. I like the stock look with subtle rims maybe just a little lower. but that camaro behind you looks sweet love the color
HectortheRican
QUOTE (Success21 @ Jul 26, 2010 - 11:21 AM) *
I'm not going lie your car looks good its really clean. I like the stock look with subtle rims maybe just a little lower. but that camaro behind you looks sweet love the color


Thanks! It'll be lowered about 1.5-2 inches in about 2 weeks and I'm getting the Euro-spec splitters soon. I'm keeping her nice and OEM smile.gif
HectortheRican
On 7/24, exactly a month after the wreck, I finally collected all the parts I needed to complete the repair. My buddy Taylor came over at 11:00am and we started work.

Facelifted bumper I pulled off a local '98 GT. Originally white, had it painted 202


Fender from Taiwan (Had slight trouble with fitment.) Also painted 202


We got the crushed fender and headlight out and Taylor was working on the LH liner



Forgot to take out the stock intake resonator when I installed the Injen back in June.. woops!


We were wondering what to do with the bent bracket, then the mailman pulled up and low and behold, the bracket I ordered from novak17 came right on time!


Little close up of the bumper


Taylor's got a new drift charm! lolol laugh.gif laugh.gif

(we bent up the damaged fender)

I gave the old bumper to my uncle, he wants to make some sort of light for the garage out of it...


Teaser pic that I had put up earlier


I didn't do too good of a job with the pictures, but I remembered every now and then. We worked straight from 11;00am to 5:00pm with no breaks. Fun little weekend project!
NOVAKx17
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!! haha

nice job man! lovin the work. Can't wait to see it once you get some more of your new parts in and then put on!

way to go tongue.gif
Spider77
Looking pretty good, maybe I'll have a chance to meet up with you this sunday?
HectortheRican
QUOTE (Spider77 @ Jul 26, 2010 - 5:17 PM) *
Looking pretty good, maybe I'll have a chance to meet up with you this sunday?

I was sure hoping so, but that truck is still coming in, I gotta stay and unload it. It's big things too.. tractors, fridges, ovens.. Sorry bro kindasad.gif
whatthe
Its nice to see the celica back up and looking better than ever.
HectortheRican
Just ordered the crystal clear Depo turn signals from eBay biggrin.gif
cheela
Did you get the full set or just the signals?
HectortheRican
QUOTE (cheela @ Jul 27, 2010 - 3:56 PM) *
Did you get the full set or just the signals?

I'm assuming that the guy I bought the side markers from (97celiman) had the Depo ones because the side markers are crystal clear like the Depo's will be, but my stock clear turns aren't as crystal-clear.
HectortheRican
Welp, found out I have a flat today. It'll be repaired tomorrow afternoon. I'm rolling on the spare right now. But on the bright side, I installed the diamond clear Depo turn signals yesterday and I received the SSIII grille and fog covers I ordered from vincent_doggy today. Pictures up later.
Bigblock
WOW you did great work!!

Here's hoping the gremlins leave the Celica community!!
HectortheRican
Finally got around to making my SSIII grille fit. I put in the pins, but they would hold to the crash bar, so I could only think of one thing... my trusty roll of black duct tape biggrin.gif worked perfectly! And I used 3 thin zip ties to secure the grille to the 3 posts in the middle.

Crappy cell phone picture, but you guys get the gist tongue.gif Notice Piccolo on the rearview? SPECIAL BEAM CANNON!

On a simpler note, I went to Home Depot and replaced the rear license plate bolts (Used to be RUSTY) Now they're nice and shiny biggrin.gif And I ordered a set of Falken 512's!
Spider77
I like the progress youve made with this so far. Its a shame that the seller didnt include all the other stuff with it...But it is looking nice.
HectortheRican
QUOTE (Spider77 @ Aug 4, 2010 - 4:38 PM) *
I like the progress youve made with this so far. Its a shame that the seller didnt include all the other stuff with it...But it is looking nice.

That's EXACTLY what I thought when I found his old FS post! All I could say was a big WTF. But thanks a lot!
block
looks great. keep up the good work. you need those coilovers you ordered! haha.
HectortheRican
Welp, Megan Racing pissed me off. After I ordered the coilovers on May 18th, the initial backorder was 3 weeks, so I expected maybe 5 weeks tops. It quickly turned into 11 weeks. And on Thursday, when the truck that the coilovers were supposed to be on finally came in... FINALLY... they unloaded it and coilovers were nowhere to be found. They made a few calls and the workers at the factory forgot to load them. The factory in TAIWAN! Now they said it'll be another 3-4 weeks and I said no. I withdrew my order. Now I'm looking to buy the BC coilovers, but I'll have to wait a little longer until I make the extra money..

On another note, I put a decal on my car today


I know it's gay, but it's just the right amount of rice and I love it! But that's it for decals... I don't wanna look like NASCAR. lol
Spider77
Wow, sucks about your coilovers...they should of offered you some sort of discount or something to try and compensate.
HectortheRican
QUOTE (Spider77 @ Aug 7, 2010 - 9:15 AM) *
Wow, sucks about your coilovers...they should of offered you some sort of discount or something to try and compensate.

Yeah you'd really think so. Over the whole course of those 11 weeks, Megan didn't offer me anything whatsoever. Not even a free coffee mug or something lol.
Spider77
In all honesty then, if they did nothing to keep you as a customer, then it's probably not worth all that hassle.
HectortheRican
QUOTE (Spider77 @ Aug 7, 2010 - 9:34 AM) *
In all honesty then, if they did nothing to keep you as a customer, then it's probably not worth all that hassle.

I just was in it for the coils and how good of a price they were at. But there's just a point that something reaches that you don't care anymore, you're just pissed aha
Spider77
Roger that!
cheela
11 weeks just sucks. forget them.
HectortheRican
QUOTE (cheela @ Aug 7, 2010 - 10:12 AM) *
11 weeks just sucks. forget them.

I did. Got a full refund! They should've at least given me a free shift knob.. ha
whatthe
Go BC and never look back! smile.gif
HectortheRican
QUOTE (whatthe @ Aug 7, 2010 - 11:01 AM) *
Go BC and never look back! smile.gif

That's what I plan on!
HectortheRican
I got my Falken 512's installed and got an alignment done today. Hooray for new shoes!
97celiman
I never had the clear turns, I bought the sidemarkers from a member on here awhile back...

Hope you find my car though, good stuff on it.
HectortheRican
Just painted my OEM strut bar SSIII red. Kind of a useless mod, I know, but it looks better than the stock black. Plus it's a Thursday afternoon and I had nothing to do, so why not? I'll put up a picture later when it cures enough to install.
HectortheRican
Here's the painted strut bar

I gotta clean up in there...
rave2n
looking good!
Spider77
Jeez...wish my Injen was black. Looks nice though, hopefully I can see it in person this sunday!
HectortheRican
Thanks guys! And yeah, hopefully!
Hazmat
Oh damn, I didn't know you had a progress thread. I feel like a jackass now. I have to say man, you are coming along really nicely with it all and I'm loving every step you are taking! Keep up the great work and hopefully I can meet up with you one of these days thumbsup.gif
HectortheRican
Thanks man! I sure hope so! Will you be able to cruise with us on Sunday?
Hazmat
I'm hoping so. I find out tomorrow but I don't get my hopes up anymore sadly. Gotta love work cwm13.gif

Edit: Woot! Page 3! tongue.gif
HectortheRican
Well let's keep our fingers crossed!
Hazmat
Well I was right again. No dice. Stuck working all day again. Enjoy the cruise though and hopefully I'll have another oppurtunity kindasad.gif
HectortheRican
That sucks man kindasad.gif But definitely!
Hazmat
Maaan you had to move already?! I really wanted to meet up with you before you moved frown.gif

I can still admire your progress on here though thumbsup.gif Hope you enjoy it down there man! Maybe one of these days I'll run into you tongue.gif
HectortheRican
I'll be coming back regularly, so definitely!

Since I had to move to Albuquerque for college, I'm now out of a job. So until I find a job over here, no more significant progress frown.gif

But I did finally take out the disgusting sticker that went over the top of my rear window! 2 razor blades and a damp paper towel took care of it. For some reason, it smelled like complete crap..
4-eyed-freek
i know this is a stupid question but what is that this right behind the right( when you looking from the front) strut. it looks like a megaphone or something.
HectortheRican
QUOTE (4-eyed-freek @ Aug 20, 2010 - 2:53 PM) *
i know this is a stupid question but what is that this right behind the right( when you looking from the front) strut. it looks like a megaphone or something.

It's actually for the alarm. It's the horn for it lol. No question is ever a stupid question!

In other news, I found out that it's legal to not have a front plate in New Mexico. Bye bye, front plate!
Spider77
I got that with my new Tennessee plates, just have to install them. Goodbye texas plates and stupid smog checks!
4-eyed-freek
have to love michigan for only making u have one plate on your car
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