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Lil-Joe101
Aight so I got my st202 back yesterday night around 10pm. When my Dad and I got home. I will post pics tomorrow but here is the list of wrongful doings to it so far. Will post more as the findings increase.

Body:

multiple crack in the front bumper
Multiple cracks in the rear bumber
Carcked and worn side skirts
Dings on the roof
Ding in the L/s door and rear quarter panel
Ding on the r/s door
Cracked L/s fender(bondo)
torn tint on the hatch
scuffed tint on the r/s rear window
surface rust in the lug housing of all four rims
Dents and drag wear on the muffler
The outside!!!! Smelled like cat piss, took care of that problem real quick!!!!!!
Inside smells old if thats even possible

Engine:

Water mixed with oil
rusted flywheel n clutch
extremly greasy
nipple on on pressure valve of the intake broken
Almost every nut n blot is rusted on the whole frickin car.

This list seems like alot but after looking at the car and reviewing the list its not as bad as it seems. All lil TLC, and time, and she be back to my standards (808 type wink.gif) in no time. Stay tuned.
malpaso
QUOTE (Lil-Joe101 @ Feb 21, 2011 - 5:07 AM) *
... Stay tuned.

Definitely staying wink.gif
96stgreendemon
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richee3
All minor prices to pay to have your baby here. What wasn't a minor price to pay was the actual price of getting the car here. Personally, I'd want someone's head on a stick if this happened to my car. It just shows that you're a better man than I. I don't understand how all of this happened though... I guess the car has sat unused for quite a long time. It's too bad that we aren't closer together. I'd love to get some wrench time in and help you out restoring this car back to former glory.
Lil-Joe101
QUOTE (richee3 @ Feb 22, 2011 - 12:01 AM) *
All minor prices to pay to have your baby here. What wasn't a minor price to pay was the actual price of getting the car here. Personally, I'd want someone's head on a stick if this happened to my car. It just shows that you're a better man than I. I don't understand how all of this happened though... I guess the car has sat unused for quite a long time. It's too bad that we aren't closer together. I'd love to get some wrench time in and help you out restoring this car back to former glory.


Kind words from a noble man, thanx bro.

Well as promised here are a few updates, not alot what so ever, lol.

Here as she sits waiting to be buckle to her chariot of safety and rescue.


Dad getting ready


Got on the gurney head to the hospital, lol



At a rest stop in Tennesse


Finally, after 2 two years she makes it to my back yard. Note the white spot on the rear bumber is not bird poo, its a missing piece of my back bumber.


Closer look


Got work, cleaning her, first order of bidness, was srip the carpert and scrub her down good.




The rear seats were cleaned as well.



Started getting her back together after almost a whole day of scrubbing and shampooing





Final result






Sorry for the glare






Last but not least some eyes Candy for Pressure2 and Dr. Tweak. Oh the possibilities!!!!!





808 Im sure ur reading this and Im sure this pic will make u cry, cuz I now how important paint is to u, as is to me. You can only imagine how I felt when I saw this.
MaskedMan
frown.gif The paint saddens me. But with a little work, it will be as good as new smile.gif.
It must feel great to be reunited with your Celica biggrin.gif.
malpaso
amazing work... view to the RHD interior recalled a lot of nice memories I have smile.gif
delusionz
So are you going to register that and drive it in the states as RHD?

Does it have to do with it being your personal possession in Japan that makes it possible to do this?
3WayStunna
You know Joe, its all fun in games having a rhd car in america. Until you hit that drive thru, lol....But your car did get nicked up pretty bad in the back. Looks to be easily repaired though. Also, who took the engine out? I think i missed that memo?!?!?
malpaso
I drove 8000miles with my car as RHD in LHD countries so I know how it feels... and I can tell if I could register it as is I would keep it RHD and not converting at all smile.gif. It is completely different view on the world from other side of the car wink.gif.
Lil-Joe101
Started sanding on the rear bumper today, just to remove the clear coat and getting ready for fiberglass and bondo.
richee3
What happened to the motor? confused.gif I guess that's why you had to tow it back?
95celgt
Probably had to remove it to ship the car and not cause so much headache at customs...thats how most RHD cars came in back in the day...

So did you order 3rd gen 3s yet joe? wink.gif
Lil-Joe101
QUOTE (95celgt @ Feb 24, 2011 - 10:03 AM) *
Probably had to remove it to ship the car and not cause so much headache at customs...thats how most RHD cars came in back in the day...

So did you order 3rd gen 3s yet joe? wink.gif



Not yet, actually Im goin back in the military, so I will use that money to order it. Im actually gonna be working three jobs here pretty soon, plus Im just takin my time with her. Im going to rebuild her, change some things, n go back and redo alot of other stuff with her. She should be ready next summer. So Im in no rush.
rave2n
Looking good, she'll be back in business in no time.
Lil-Joe101
RETURN OF THE SAMURAI

This is what is in store for here in the near future.

Exterior
repair all body damage
repaint the same color, but with a hint of red pearl
Chrome 17'' rims with 235 width(not sure wut the rim with is) tongue.gif with 225 tire streched
TRD spoiler
Carbonfiber hatch(painted)
H.I.D. Kit

Interior
Reupholster the headliner in black fleece
retint all three rear windows-5%x2(two flims of 5% tint on each window)
D/s n P/s winows tinted 25%

Engine
3sgte w/s54 tranny
lightweight flywheel
clutch/pressure plate
current filter n intake pipe
aftermarket downpipe
remove all colored loom and silcone hose-Back to stock black

Suspension
tanabe f/r sway bars
trd strut bar

Granted this is just a shopping list, so items are subject to change, stay tuned as the work moves on.
njccmd2002
so the unanswered question of the day is

Dude, where is my car engine?
Lil-Joe101
Its in Texas, lol

QUOTE (richee3 @ Feb 23, 2011 - 7:48 PM) *
What happened to the motor? confused.gif I guess that's why you had to tow it back?

Motor is securely wrapped waiting to get traded or junked for a 3sgte
Lil-Joe101

Latest update: Painted my alternator and pulley today.




More to come, stay tuned, biggrin.gif

Lil-Joe101
Figured since the motor was out, now would be a great oppurtunity to clean it up, so Today I tackled the intake manifold.

Notice how dirty the fourth pipe is compared to the first three.



After 3 hours with a wire brush and bath towel the results are obvious.




Amazing what patience and a wire brush can accomplish tongue.gif
NOVAKx17
Damn bro. looking fresh and clean!

keep up the sweet work. it'll look like a brand new engine when you get to put it back in!
Batman722
the intake mani looks nice but I'd be more worried about how it looks on the inside.
Make sure you use a new OEM gasket when reinstalling.
95celgt
so im assuming you're throwing the 3sfe back in to get her running, thats good.
Lil-Joe101

Yup, just temporary, til I can save up enough for the a new one, lol.

Came to a good stopping point today, got the manifold all cleaned along with the fuel rail, block and head. Also "chipped away all the powder coating on my valve cover since it was all bubbled and cracked. Repainted it red and cleared it. Next thing is to get my intake manifold gasket, valve cover gasket, replace the clutch, vaccume lines and and wire loom, then drop her in.
blackthunder
lookin good man! How are you going to register it to drive in the states? AFAIK JP cars don't have a VIN plate...
Lil-Joe101
QUOTE (blackthunder @ Mar 9, 2011 - 7:08 AM) *
lookin good man! How are you going to register it to drive in the states? AFAIK JP cars don't have a VIN plate...


Actually they do, every car in the world as a VIN. On JDM celica's there is a plate on the fire wall, which tells you the vin, engine number, and model number. The model number/vin(ST202-123456) is also stamped in the fire wall next to the strut mounting points. This VIN can be used to register the vehicle state-side, though the VIN is different in stature to a USDM vehicle the principle remains the same. Plus most states excluding CA. will take your J-title and and re-issue you a state title in return, atleast Missouri will.
Lil-Joe101
Got quite a bit done today, pretty good day.

engine and tranny seperated. One thing about Okinawa, too much salt. Broke open my transmission today and found salt inside. I swear a wire brush is gonna be my best friend by the time I get this car runnin again.

clutch and pressure plate removed
Engine bolt up to the engine stand, found out not all the oil was drained, dont know how it made it through customs like that, but oh well


Will post pics as soon as I can.
808celica
that sucks..........i did care about my paint. after i met the mountain and gaurd rail a few times i got over it
Lil-Joe101
Lol, I waiting for you to say somthin about that.
blackthunder
QUOTE (Lil-Joe101 @ Mar 9, 2011 - 9:12 AM) *
QUOTE (blackthunder @ Mar 9, 2011 - 7:08 AM) *
lookin good man! How are you going to register it to drive in the states? AFAIK JP cars don't have a VIN plate...


Actually they do, every car in the world as a VIN. On JDM celica's there is a plate on the fire wall, which tells you the vin, engine number, and model number. The model number/vin(ST202-123456) is also stamped in the fire wall next to the strut mounting points. This VIN can be used to register the vehicle state-side, though the VIN is different in stature to a USDM vehicle the principle remains the same. Plus most states excluding CA. will take your J-title and and re-issue you a state title in return, atleast Missouri will.



ahh, my bad, forgot about that. thats cool though, keep us posted on the registering thing, I'll ahve to check with Oregon to see if they will do the same. You need to change anything to make it EPA/DOT compliant? Sorry for picking your brain but I'm going the same route as you. I just can't leave my baby here in Oki, lol!

yeah I used to worry about paint until the acid rain ate each wax job and the idiots parking around here gave me plenty of door dings >.<
Lil-Joe101
Alright, alright latest updated pics, for everyone.

Powdercoating was bubbling pretty bad in OKi so I took it upon myself to fix the issue and just repaint the valve cover.






Just wanted to get an indea of what she will look like, so I mounted everything for visual purposes




Broke up my tranny yesturday, and to my surprise it was covered in sea salt




And here is the power plant, getting closer and closer to home everday.






Great news, should be dropping her back in next week some time. Im getting pretty excited, lol
95CelicaST
Your Brides - Are the real or replicas?

I was thinking of getting a set for my MR2, but they run stupid skinny... and while I am not a BIG person (size 33 pants), I do have decently wide shoulders (44ish?).

How do you like them, in terms of comfort?
Lil-Joe101

Brides are real bro, odered straight from the factory when I was in Japan @ $1200 a seat. But the price is way worth the money in terms of comfort, clean up, and over all best choice!!!!!!
Lil-Joe101
Redid the headliner today, came out good.



Droppin the engine tomorrow, Pretty excited
yungazzdriver
Hey Joe I was wondering if you could possibly take a photo of the label on the bride seats so I can compare them to fake ones......
Lil-Joe101
SUUURRREEEE, I post it up tomorrow tho, why u think u got fake ones, lol?
richee3
That headliner looks great thumbsup.gif
Lil-Joe101
Appreciate it man, Its so much darker in my car now, I love it!!!!!
yungazzdriver
I have recaro toplines and loooooove them Im just wondering about bride seats.....there are wayyyy to many fake brides to tell anymore...
Lil-Joe101
Oh Trust me dude, Mine are real, I ordered straight from the factory in Tokyo when I was in Okinawa Japan, cost me 1200 at seat.
yungazzdriver
I didnt mean yours are fake I mean so whenever I see some fake ones I can ward people away. See I own a car audio and custom shop and started selling sparco evos and recaro spg seats which are non reclinable but people want to recline so sportlines are nice but no one wants to pay the money for them so brides are a cheaper option but there are soooooo many fake ones that no one can even tell anymore......people even question the seats I sell......which are FIA certified of course...
Lil-Joe101
Ah ok I got u
Lil-Joe101
Alright, Greatest update I have to show. She is almost complete in on the road!!!!!!









blackthunder
lookin' good, can't wait to see it on the road again!
Lil-Joe101

Alrighty, she is almost done!!!!!!!

Only things left to do now it, wait for my Radfiator drain plug to come in since the garage in Okinawa lost mine, bleed to clutch, repaint the back bumper and left side skirt, and get her registered.


Here are a few updated pics:

As she currently sits with the NISSAN stocks on, lol



This motor should only be in for a short while til I can get my new one. Got rid of all the red wire cover and went bback to stock black. Still need to change the vaccum lines.



As every knows with Vincent Doggy's cooling plate it makes it very difficult to unlatch ur hood with the prop rod in the way. Well I have modified mine so I dont have to deal with that anymore.




And the cockpit:

kar1
lovng the rear bumper, although i'd be inclinced to fill the two little vent holes in on the mid section
Lil-Joe101
The holes r wut attracted me to the rear bumper, lol
kar1
i like the TRD style sides on the bumper and the defuser
Lil-Joe101
SHE'S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and boi does she sound GREAT!!!!!
mkernz22
you know they do sell struts for the hood on ebay, right? wink.gif
and that's great to hear that she's finally alive!
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