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FORGMANN
Well Im not on here much but i decided to start a thread on this long over due project.
PLEASE NO POST'S OR PM'S ASKING HOW TO TITLE..NEED TO GET CAR HERE FIRST.


Bought in 2003 and picked up in 2004
Towed from Calgary to very rural Iowa
where it sat for last 8 years at friends shop .

Repairs started in Aug 10'


MODS (SO FAR)
98 JDM CELICA Steering wheel
98 Shift knob
98 SILVER interior trim
98 projectors set
98 SS-III F/R splitters (real) and sideskirts
98 tail lights
98 jdm door sills
98 Full Toyota "confetti" Recaro interior F/R (Toyota recaro rails too!)
new jdm rear visor
new jdm side visors
2 sets brand new hyper sports 5 peice mat set
1 set of "shag-o-lious" jdm blue stripped mats
Modded TRD strut bar
Legalis R exhaust (Nice tone and quiet with 4" tip)
Wolife lights front and 3rd brake light
Oem clear side lights
Real TRD rear spoiler
TRD short shifter
Seat Heater switches for Toasty Recaros
English and Japanese Owners manuals
JDM oem Keyless entry
2 speaker door panels
Converted mph gauge cluster
WRC rear spoiler (real)
gunmetal celica emblems
cusco lower brace
MORE TO COME











richee3
I've always wanted to drive over and check this car out. I may still have to.
enderswift
the epic... is strong with this thread

FORGMANN
Old pic from 08 when spoiler came in from Australia (paid $100 for spoiler, though cost $140 to ship)

cheela
DAMN! biggrin.gif
njccmd2002
how did you .....LOL

nice car, how confortable are those recaro seats? I think i saw them once on ebay, but i refused to pay a lot of money
RockyMountainCelica
I love that steering wheel lol if you EVER change it I call dibs on it!!!! I had one like that in my 2009 Cobalt SS Turbo and loved it to death. My Celica has the nice 3spoke steering wheel but not that sexy leather, i needz to find me one lol.
JuMPiiN
Congrats, i just would like to know how the hell you got it past customs. let alone register it even though you said dont ask. you dont have to tell. Id pay you if you tell me. seriously. lol anyways nice car and project your one lucky american
RockyMountainCelica
QUOTE (JuMPiiN @ Aug 16, 2010 - 1:39 AM) *
Congrats, i just would like to know how the hell you got it past customs. let alone register it even though you said dont ask. you dont have to tell. Id pay you if you tell me. seriously. lol anyways nice car and project your one lucky american


wink.gif just move to Western Canada and you can have almost anything 15 years or older available to be imported. If I had the coin I'd be all over a GT-4.
JuMPiiN
Move to Canada.... live there for at least a year... wait a minimum of 4 months just to get the thing shipped over... then figure out a way to get it registered and get a title.... way easier said than done.
RockyMountainCelica
QUOTE (JuMPiiN @ Aug 16, 2010 - 12:51 AM) *
Move to Canada.... live there for at least a year... wait a minimum of 4 months just to get the thing shipped over... then figure out a way to get it registered and get a title.... way easier said than done.


I know of 3+ GT-4's locally for sale that are already landed/titled/ready to be insured. 1 in very MINTY condition and is for sale on this forum as well, the other 2 are in decent shape and with a little elbow grease they would be monsters. And if you moved to Canada there is no reason why you cannot apply for a local drivers license within the first week of moving here. After that there is zero reason you cannot get local registration/insurance and own any 15 year old imported vehicle.
FORGMANN
It was almost easier than buying a car in the states but this was done years ago and things have changed
since. One key point is car was brought in as parts car so i with paperwork pre done and taxes paid i was
only at border 15 mins to get inspected and had no issues.
RockyMountainCelica
QUOTE (FORGMANN @ Aug 16, 2010 - 7:58 AM) *
It was almost easier than buying a car in the states but this was done years ago and things have changed
since. One key point is car was brought in as parts car so i with paperwork pre done and taxes paid i was
only at border 15 mins to get inspected and had no issues.


lolz when I saw the pictures that's the first thing that popped into my mind, say it's a parts car and deal with the rest later.
SwissFerdi
QUOTE (richee3 @ Aug 15, 2010 - 11:56 PM) *
I've always wanted to drive over and check this car out. I may still have to.


Dude, it's worth it. Trust me.
block
ahh nice gt-four. i may just pick it up if you sell it wink.gif
jordisonjr
QUOTE (RockyMountainCelica @ Aug 16, 2010 - 12:58 AM) *
QUOTE (JuMPiiN @ Aug 16, 2010 - 12:51 AM) *
Move to Canada.... live there for at least a year... wait a minimum of 4 months just to get the thing shipped over... then figure out a way to get it registered and get a title.... way easier said than done.


I know of 3+ GT-4's locally for sale that are already landed/titled/ready to be insured. 1 in very MINTY condition and is for sale on this forum as well, the other 2 are in decent shape and with a little elbow grease they would be monsters. And if you moved to Canada there is no reason why you cannot apply for a local drivers license within the first week of moving here. After that there is zero reason you cannot get local registration/insurance and own any 15 year old imported vehicle.


Yea Untill your local Vehicle inspections unit inspect you and get you for seatbelts not DOT approved, head and tail lights not DOT approved, wrong standard of glass and all this other crap that realy doesn't make a difference but they still make it so you can't insure your car.

I dunno about where you are, but in manitoba, they have been going crazy with that, posting there units on local cruise nights just bust street racers, which aren't even driving the RHD cars.
My buddy has an s14 silvia, he's had it for months now and he still can't get it to pass a manioba safety because no shop will touch rhd cars all because these inspection units have been giving out crazy tickets and going back to the shops they were saftied at.

And to the OP, how did you managed to import a car, in 03, that was not 15 years old?
FORGMANN
Car was buried in a 40 ft trailer and listed as 2 clips . Had a 96 mr2 hanging above it.
Had 0 issues getting to canada. This was years before rush of popular jdm cars and not
sure it would be as easy now.

My opinion on Canada is this , people are great , Govt is horrible, I can't stand big brother
type Govt. I live in midwest so no one here cares about RHD car or what is or
isnt DOT. Im 36 so i won't be hanging out much ,so no worries there. We have
0 inspections on anything so bye bye oem cat downpipe.

Going to frame shop soon..more pics to come
RockyMountainCelica
QUOTE (jordisonjr @ Aug 16, 2010 - 10:11 PM) *
QUOTE (RockyMountainCelica @ Aug 16, 2010 - 12:58 AM) *
QUOTE (JuMPiiN @ Aug 16, 2010 - 12:51 AM) *
Move to Canada.... live there for at least a year... wait a minimum of 4 months just to get the thing shipped over... then figure out a way to get it registered and get a title.... way easier said than done.


I know of 3+ GT-4's locally for sale that are already landed/titled/ready to be insured. 1 in very MINTY condition and is for sale on this forum as well, the other 2 are in decent shape and with a little elbow grease they would be monsters. And if you moved to Canada there is no reason why you cannot apply for a local drivers license within the first week of moving here. After that there is zero reason you cannot get local registration/insurance and own any 15 year old imported vehicle.


Yea Untill your local Vehicle inspections unit inspect you and get you for seatbelts not DOT approved, head and tail lights not DOT approved, wrong standard of glass and all this other crap that realy doesn't make a difference but they still make it so you can't insure your car.

I dunno about where you are, but in manitoba, they have been going crazy with that, posting there units on local cruise nights just bust street racers, which aren't even driving the RHD cars.
My buddy has an s14 silvia, he's had it for months now and he still can't get it to pass a manioba safety because no shop will touch rhd cars all because these inspection units have been giving out crazy tickets and going back to the shops they were saftied at.

And to the OP, how did you managed to import a car, in 03, that was not 15 years old?


I'm in Alberta, we get away with a fair amount but damn I had no idea about all that DOT crap........that sucks!!!!
yarik83
Please forgive me but all these past 6 years I thought that you had a running gt4 that you drove on the streets. I remember you popping up every once in a while to post pictures. What car were you taking pictures of?
rave2n
South Carolina has no inspections, and what we call kit cars. Application process for the kit car is simple, and cheap. You do have to have a DMV agent check it out, but they are only looking for receipts to confirm nothing is stolen. RHD is also no problemo to drive here, seen atleast 3 within the last month.

Insurance can be acquired with no inspection of the vehicle in SC as well.

Guys drive around here with just frames of a vehicle, and big arse engines mounted on the back. Just have to have proper signaling equipment.

Now the border process I'm unaware of, and having it checked out by a Canadian friend. Hopefully I hit the lotto =P

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On topic - Lucky lucky you, nice GT4. I'm slightly confused on the span of time taken, but either way...its a GT4!

6gtfour
well isn't this interesting I was just about to start a thread about exactly what you guys are talking about here
yarik83
QUOTE (6gtfour @ Aug 17, 2010 - 1:10 PM) *
well isn't this interesting I was just about to start a thread about exactly what you guys are talking about here


Its good that you did not because this was already covered in about 3000 same exact posts
FORGMANN


Months later and progress is still SLOOOOOWWWWWWW! Sadly my body guy also have his own
stable of Toyota project cars 85 AE86 GTS Loaded,88 MK1 S/C,91 ALL-TRAC,93T MR2 W/14,000 MILES
and all red . The part i hate the most is he paid 2500 tops for all 4 cars.. none were wrecked just
weird issues that landed them in insurance auctions 10 years ago.


Just bought Black Beams clip from RPM GARAGE (yes i know) and got it for well under what he wanted for
it as i knew him when he lived in Chicago. Not a big fan of shipping from Hong Kong but i wanted a mint
clip and even with fees etc. still not much more than EBAY Beams motor. I ordered a lot of extra parts
as this is going to be full on authentic Beams st202 including RHD.I am using RHD parts to keep wiring and
etc oem as possible. Plus already owning a ST205 i know all the dumb little parts needed for swap and to
make authentic. Would have prefered to just buy a real st202 Beams but much easier to do it the hard way
if that makes sense.lol

This will be a ground up chassis build and body will be redone and painted and rust proofed again. All suspension
will be coated in POR15 as well as poly bushings and new bearings in hubs.

So far here is what already have for Beams
TRD superstrut coilovers
TRD strut brace
hypersports celica mats
TRD carbon radio trim (may install in st205 instead)
SS3 skirts (all 6) bought entire set for $38 in japan!!
Recaro confetti seats F/R and oem Toyota Recaro rails
TRD short shifter
Rear molded Celica cargo tray
rear strut brace with leather and strut covers
JDM tails
door sills and plates
More on the way when clip/container arrives !

So by end of summer hopefully have a 2 JDM white Celicas. st205 and st202. Now why i need 2 RHDs at my age is beyond me.
Guess after 20yrs of modding imports just want to finish with 2 unique cars.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Sz7mG4lhcU...yer_profilepage
block
NICE! Can't wait for the finished product!
BonzaiCelica
your going to keep the superstrut suspension and transfer it over to the project car?? with used trd coilovers?? are you going to get the coilovers rebuilt???
salv
LOL did you buy the rear recaro seats off RPM Garage? I put a bid in but I guess you bought it out!?

Nice builds man looking forward to the end results smile.gif
FORGMANN
Trd coilovers are easy to rebuild as basically
it is a kyb insert inside that is why chose over
Tein ,etc...

Yes i will be using superstrut and every other
bolt on clip.

No didnt offically buy backseat. He wont budge under
300 and paid way less for last one. He might of pulled
and put with my container
CoreyST
I was just looking into getting a GT4 from canada over here. I've found two that Ica nget a hold of, I jsut gotta check with local DMV to see what I can do about getting it titled and such.

Can't wait to see the beams swap.
BonzaiCelica
QUOTE (FORGMANN @ Apr 4, 2011 - 8:16 AM) *
Trd coilovers are easy to rebuild as basically
it is a kyb insert inside that is why chose over
Tein ,etc...

Yes i will be using superstrut and every other
bolt on clip.

No didnt offically buy backseat. He wont budge under
300 and paid way less for last one. He might of pulled
and put with my container


naw man no freagin way is it a regular KYB GR-2 Strut Cartridge. I called the toyota dealer who deals with Jap TRD parts and he said it would be $350 or so a cartridge, so you know that they are not just any kyb shocks cartridges
blackthunder
man all this talk about importing and such yet sadly never any concrete info. I'm just chillin here in Japan with my BEAMS itching to go back to the states with no good leads on how to make it happen. I guess It is a little different bringing a running car back and not a clip or parts car >.<
azian_advanced
QUOTE (BonzaiCelica @ Apr 5, 2011 - 12:37 AM) *
QUOTE (FORGMANN @ Apr 4, 2011 - 8:16 AM) *
Trd coilovers are easy to rebuild as basically
it is a kyb insert inside that is why chose over
Tein ,etc...

Yes i will be using superstrut and every other
bolt on clip.

No didnt offically buy backseat. He wont budge under
300 and paid way less for last one. He might of pulled
and put with my container


naw man no freagin way is it a regular KYB GR-2 Strut Cartridge. I called the toyota dealer who deals with Jap TRD parts and he said it would be $350 or so a cartridge, so you know that they are not just any kyb shocks cartridges


KGB makes a lot of different types of shocks, not just GR2's.
BonzaiCelica
QUOTE (azian_advanced @ Apr 8, 2011 - 8:01 AM) *
QUOTE (BonzaiCelica @ Apr 5, 2011 - 12:37 AM) *
QUOTE (FORGMANN @ Apr 4, 2011 - 8:16 AM) *
Trd coilovers are easy to rebuild as basically
it is a kyb insert inside that is why chose over
Tein ,etc...

Yes i will be using superstrut and every other
bolt on clip.

No didnt offically buy backseat. He wont budge under
300 and paid way less for last one. He might of pulled
and put with my container


naw man no freagin way is it a regular KYB GR-2 Strut Cartridge. I called the toyota dealer who deals with Jap TRD parts and he said it would be $350 or so a cartridge, so you know that they are not just any kyb shocks cartridges


KGB makes a lot of different types of shocks, not just GR2's.


ok then mr. tell me which ones will exactly fit the trd coilovers with near same spec damping for the front and rear kyb cartridges??

Stock TRD Cartridge specs

Fronts: 3136/1049N
Rear: 1793/598N

Lil-Joe101
I drive a JDM celica here in Texas, no issues. Insured, inspected, ready to rock.
blackthunder
QUOTE (Lil-Joe101 @ Apr 8, 2011 - 7:39 PM) *
I drive a JDM celica here in Texas, no issues. Insured, inspected, ready to rock.



that's the biggest one, gettting it registered, grats on getting it done! no issues with getting a VIN and all that I take it? nice! *sigh* I hope Oregon is as lax...
FORGMANN
Like i always say biggest issue is getting into country then many ways to title and register
Been importing parts for almost 20yrs so seen and heard all kinds of stories..

As far as KYB i am not hardcore about getting exact same insert and besides it will be
overpriced anyway. I will get around to looking into but priority is building car(s) first.
I am sure KYB japan has a similar part for cheaper than rebranded TRD stuff. I have
Superstrut,strut and mr2 TRD coilovers all in need of inserts so will need my attention
just not right now

I just sent my last mr2 parts car (#7) to scrap and now room for celica and will be
stripping down this week. Progress on one car at least..


ANY COMMENTS ON IMPORTING PLEASE FIND APPROPRIATE THREAD THRU SEARCH ..
blackthunder
QUOTE (FORGMANN @ Apr 10, 2011 - 4:39 AM) *
ANY COMMENTS ON IMPORTING PLEASE FIND APPROPRIATE THREAD THRU SEARCH ..THANKS!



I've searched, don't worry and I wasn't trying to hijack your thread, my bad wink.gif

It sounded like you had a great steal of the set for only 38 till I saw how much you paid for shipping, ouch! At least they will look good though and I will be interested in seeing how your car turns out, keep it up man.
96ST206
I love the 2 RHD cars idea. I had 2 before it was nice to have them both. I know I'll prob get flamed but I've searched and searched, and I thought you couldn't tow a car across the US/CAN border without customs paperwork.
FORGMANN
Ok time for the old man to update this thread.

Bought a GT from fellow member from VA
This car will become SS-3 project ..

Couldn't wait so added parts had sitting around.
Recaro SR3 confetti seats with Toyota Recaro rails for ST20#
Rear jdm cargo tray
jdm tails
rear strut brace
TRD front strut brace
special edition car mats
trd short shifter
SSIII red stitching wheel and shift knob
TRD coilovers
5zigen 18x8.5 245/40r18 Nittos (NOT RUBBING AT ALL)
96+ bumper(not installed)
complete SSIII 6pc side skirts ( shipped from japan,not on yet)
TRD spoiler (real no fake parts on my cars)
Ton more to come








FORGMANN
Clip finally shipping in next 2 weeks with a load of other parts.They be available for sale in late August

Just got in SS TRD coilovers that need a tear down

Just got in complete interior parts from TRD SPORTS CURREN
These were special Currens with TRD kits and interior trims

TRD radio trim, Non airbag Momo TRD wheel,TRD shift knob, TRD sports badge (these parts are going in st205 as has no bags)

So right now expect for wheels and few other bits the st205 and SSIII with be almost identical when complete

Truckload more rare parts are on the way for both cars..




FORGMANN
i also collect celica books, etc these will be with ST205 as collector items more than anything.
Have one more set of Toyota books to get and a few minor brochures


96stgreendemon
I wanna see this beams swap..... hell hopefully the WRC will be done by then and i can drive it up there
RabidTRD
I do have to say, you and I share similar taste when it comes to white 6gc's. I won't let anything but OEM touch the exterior of my Celica and most of the interior, aside from the nick-nacks like the TRD shift handle.

Looking forward to this build.
BonzaiCelica
Ooooo Nice find on those TRD coilovers and interior carbon fiber bits!!!

Hmm that clip looks familiar, is it an SS-III beams with superstrut??? how many miles on clip??

Whats your current setup of suspension on the white celica thats going to have the beams motor, rhd and superstrut setup. If your running lowering springs right now, the install of those trd coilovers will rub for sure right?? why such wide tires?? 235 wide would of fit your 8 inch wide wheel right?

btw very jealous of your Superstrut Set up.
FORGMANN
Yeah the clip is from Rpm Garage. Not super thrilled about it but
no one else sells clean beams clips. I know Keith so deal he gave
me was ol' friend discount.

Since both Celicas will be "fun" cars Im doing complete conversion.
I buying complete doors with clip as well.

Current setup is standard TRD coilovers (non ss) and rims are 18x8.5.
I got them with tires for $475. I put on along with coils and suprised
by only very slight rubbing in lock to lock turns. 245/40 is tad big but
grip is absolutely amazing . After owning 18 Mr2s over last 13yrs i
dont even miss mid engine handling after driving this car.

I have JDM 98 interior in both cars. Im having the TRD wheel and knob
redone in new leather with red stitching. Since no airbags in 205 made
more sense to run non airbag wheel. Only OEM guy but TRD is considered
oem as these parts were sold on a new Curren. Im also close to 40 so my
tastes are clean oem style.
jmeyer
Are you planning on doing the work yourself for the swap or do you have a mechanic?
FORGMANN
Haha, i used to run a shop 15yrs ago. Im so anal about details no shop would
want to touch anyway.

jmeyer
The only reason I ask is because you haven't posted any pictures of work being done. Could you post some of the repair process of st205? I would like to see how much work it is because I see a lot of front end collision celicas at auction and always wondered if its possible to get all the bumper/hood/fender to line up after a front end accident.
FORGMANN
Oh, Well St205 is 7hrs away right now but will get pics as we go along.
I know my body guy said hopefully will staighten out on frame rack.If not
we will replace left side apron using St205 front cut i have.
Rusty
Nice collection of manuals you have there, any chance of saying what ones are what?

Great find on the TRD radio trim, no luck I guess finding the guage cluster one? Is the TRD wheel ST20# year specific? There are few for sale but they're either 97+ celica or for another toyota model
FORGMANN
Once i get other set of manuals( which i have no idea what used for)
I will post seperate thread on books . Great books if i knew japanese!

Small white book is entire epc for jdm 6th gen. Late 93 to early 99.
Need a part number pm me if cant find online.

Shop was parting out entire TRD Sports Curren. (wing,bumper,interior) so.
this is a Curren part but same wheel came in Momo interior on Anniversary
model. Also have orange dial arms with gunmetal accent guage cluster also
on Curren and Celica special editions. Pics below is example.

Rusty gonna hate me but radio trim complete was $100 ..lol

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