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smkr3w
My Name is Shayne.

I got my 97 Celica GT about 5 years ago with 68k original miles.
This was the first picture taken of it, a couple weeks after I got my license.


The only issues she's had (over time) was a blown clutch, blown heater core, and now a leaking PS boot. The clutch went out after only having the car for a year, I think it was due to previous owner, as when she traded it in she told my dad she was 'tired of shifting'.

Fast forward to about a month before joining here and i installed my first 'performance mod,' an eBay short air intake for $25.


Secondly I painted my stock calipers
Before:

After:


Then came the rims.. I originally wanted 18's but settled with 17's, but I'm satisfied biggrin.gif



Not too long after came the JDM's thumbsup.gif my favorite addition. Thanks to 6gc member ST205WRC.

Installed:


Then I decided on changing up the interior. But wanting to keep the option of going back to stock, i kept the original pieces and painted parts i pulled of a junkyard Celica. And knowing prep work is most important I sanded, primed, sanded, light coat, final coat, and clear coated. biggrin.gif


(Looks 10x better in real life..)


And about 2-3 weeks ago I got some new tint, the original tint was the cheap purple kind and filled with bubbles..
..last week i got my 6gc stickers (thanks to LewFX) thumbsup.gif

And a couple days ago I added the eBay Xentec 10000k HIDs, I think they may be too blue..



..Finally this is how she sits today


Future plans include coilovers (megans ftw), strut bars, header and cat back exhaust, new sound system, and fully renewed interior with Vincent_doggy leather seats.

Exterior wise.. possibly a de-skirt plus mud flaps OR addition of a c-one style bumper and rear spats (unsure though)

A swap was in the plan but seeing as shes my DD and i don't have any other means of transportation it wouldn't be wise to start that project anytime soon..
StylnPlane
Shes lookin good man, good job so far.
Where exactly did you get those "6GC" stickers, I`d like some myself wink.gif
smkr3w
Thanks man, your car looks sick too.

I got from lewfx here:
http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=45849
StylnPlane
Thank you wink.gif
And ill keep that guy in mind, for the stickers.
Thx
mak5603
Sick car man. That's an incredibly clean GT, can't wait to see what you do with this bad boy.
smkr3w
Thanks. Just before i got my rims i came across your car when searching through celicas, you gotta pretty awesome car.
smkr3w
Small interior update.. I got my white Spree LED Dash kit partially installed. Namely the gauges, clock, ignition ring and cigarette lighter ring..







My next day off I'm going to install the climate control as well as the side courtesy lights..

As an extra bit of a project, I'm considering re-routing the courtesy lights to under the dash on both driver and passenger side, as to illuminate the floor when the doors are open. biggrin.gif
delusionz
whys the clock pink?

did that come with spree led? pink clock for the white kit?
nics
wow i like the LED dash! look nice
smkr3w
QUOTE (delusionz @ Jun 5, 2011 - 4:41 AM) *
whys the clock pink?

did that come with spree led? pink clock for the white kit?


the clock is pink/purple-ish because of the filter, i guess it offsets the green.. spree updated his FS post for the white kits, hes worked out the pink and will be sending out new/different filters for the white kits.

QUOTE (nics @ Jun 5, 2011 - 5:01 AM) *
wow i like the LED dash! look nice


thanks.
nics
where did you get the LED's btw? i wanna do my gauge cluster sometime soon biggrin.gif
smkr3w
QUOTE (nics @ Jun 6, 2011 - 12:30 AM) *
where did you get the LED's btw? i wanna do my gauge cluster sometime soon biggrin.gif

Member here "Spree" is selling them.
Here: http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=78726

His website is at: http://www.spreeled.com/#/celica-gen-six/4550657923
nics
QUOTE (smkr3w @ Jun 5, 2011 - 10:49 PM) *
QUOTE (nics @ Jun 6, 2011 - 12:30 AM) *
where did you get the LED's btw? i wanna do my gauge cluster sometime soon biggrin.gif

Member here "Spree" is selling them.
Here: http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=78726

His website is at: http://www.spreeled.com/#/celica-gen-six/4550657923


cool thanks much!

i have heard from some people that they had bad experiences with the LEDs. how long do you have them on your car?
smkr3w
QUOTE (nics @ Jun 6, 2011 - 2:06 AM) *
i have heard from some people that they had bad experiences with the LEDs. how long do you have them on your car?


Only 2 days now.. I haven't heard much negativity toward LEDs, weird. Maybe it depends on the kind of LED or companies?
smkr3w
A little bit of a setback.. today when i was dropping off my roommate, i notice my intake was sounding funny, when i got back home i popped the hood to find my SRI had lost a clamp and fell off, and the engine was sucking unfiltered air kindasad.gif
i was surprised the MAF didn't send a signal since no air was passing by it.

Anyway, i threw on another clamp, and as i was closing the hood i noticed that the top of my radiator has two cracks in it frown.gif

Notice the spray of coolant on the fuse box behind it.

The local autozone had to order my replacement, that's $150 gone.. could have went towards my headers rolleyes.gif
smkr3w
Installed my new radiator, and while it was out took the chance to clean a little around the engine bay.

Just after taking out the radiator.. notice all the coolant sprayed around the bay (crappy pics)


And after it was installed and cleaned a bit..


Also painted the SRI tube black, tomorrow i will try the heat shield and maybe valve cover.. its too hot outside now (104 degrees!)

One more to add to the list, my front motor mount is busted frown.gif
smkr3w
Finally got some bass.. I picked up a 12" Sony Xplod sub with box and 600 Watt Dual Amp for just $100.
Bought some vinyl spray to change the gray box to black and changed the gray housing black also.
And for an added touch some red painted screws smile.gif

Here some install pics.

Freshly Removed passenger seat and rear seats.


Followed by plastics and a major CLEAN.. it appears the previous owner had a kid, there was a small broken toy and smashed graham crackers under the rear seats.
Must've also had a dog because under the passenger seat was a crapload of dog hair..



Bit of wiring.. (not me)


Some taste testing before i put the seats back in biggrin.gif


Finally put back together and in working order. Simple and clean, how i like it.


We ran the power chord from the battery, under the fender, quick hop thru the door jamb, inside kick panel, under carpet to amp under passenger seat.
The amp is bridged and has signals from a line converter running from splices off the rear speakers. The remote wire is spliced into the cigarette lighter.
Doesn't sound to bad for a ghetto rig, lol.
smkr3w
Got around to installing my Kirk Polyurethane Inserts today (Just the front mount)..

Pulled it out and checked the damage.


in..

and installed


The only issue that I came across was with the 14mm bolts that attaches the mount to the crossmember was fighting me. First lost hold of the bolt and it got stuck in the hollow part of the crossmember, then the first bolt went in and the second one refused to go in because the mount wasn't sitting straight so it had to be taken out and re-situated.. then it was fine.

As far as how it performs.. it makes the car feel completely different, in a good way wink.gif
You can dump the clutch and it just glides no major shiftshock.
The vibration that everyone talks about is there.. most noticeable when you first start the car and at idle esp with the a/c on, however its easy to get over. Also you car feel it a good bit in the brake pedal.
S8S8
Nice car man, looks like it's coming along well.

Red Celicas with black and silver wheels are a good combo. wink.gif
Batman722
damn that mount was blown.
Euphoria
QUOTE (Batman722 @ Jul 13, 2011 - 6:01 PM) *
damn that mount was blown.


...lol, lets just say it wasn't nice to drive tongue.gif.






Car is looking good man!
smkr3w
QUOTE (S8S8 @ Jul 13, 2011 - 5:49 PM) *
Nice car man, looks like it's coming along well.
Red Celicas with black and silver wheels are a good combo. wink.gif

thanks. I remember when you first posted pics of your car I was like "my twin!" ..now a much faster twin lol

QUOTE (Batman722 @ Jul 13, 2011 - 6:01 PM) *
damn that mount was blown.

yeah, I babied it like non other, after I first noticed the engine movement, 'til I got the inserts.. feels good to open her up again smile.gif

QUOTE (Euphoria @ Jul 14, 2011 - 12:04 AM) *
...lol, lets just say it wasn't nice to drive tongue.gif.
Car is looking good man!

thats crazy! glad mine didn't get that bad, dont look fun lol
thanks.
smkr3w
Last week I celebrated my 20th and it was pretty effin sweet.

i woke up to the mail lady dropping of my 8" midbasses i bought from urbandork. thanks again!


Installed immediately..

My old speakers had major issues lol


Then not even an hour later my roomate told me he'd have his buddy put on my N1 knockoff for me.
so we took it to his shop, and he did a little cut and paste, w/o new header, for now...




I like that the exhaust sound is deep at idle and low rpms, and when im driving and get to the higher rpms it is barely noticeable, not obnoxious lol
stephen_lee
you should really upgrade the rest of the piping. it'll make it deeper and a little louder but u will gain HP
smkr3w
i want to eventually..
the guy who installed it said he'd put on new pipe from the stock header flange back when i had the money but he was dead against installing a header because he said hes seen teens come in and have him install them and mess up the engines.. but if i brought him the headers anyway he'd put it on for me too
smkr3w
Alright so lots of updates that happened over the last few months and i posted occasionally in the "today i...." thread and what have you but haven't updated this thread since last summer..

Ill try not to talk too much so LOTS of pictures to show:

First I finally got rid of the horrible gray/beige headliner and went black


and did up the plastics to match


Then proceeded to work on the interior and went for a VIP/Luxury look. I know many of you don't care for a luxury 6gc (for the most part). I enjoy it.
So I vinyl wrapped the interior plastics and got rid of that horrible fast and furious rattle-can red paint.
I also installed "wood flooring," again not everyone's cup of tea, but i like it biggrin.gif

Overall:


Notice the floormats? Wood Floors biggrin.gif

Driver side:


Pass. side:


The rears:


And..... of course the trunk wink.gif


From my point of view:


From the passengers point of view:


Little more of the trunk:


For a quick how to:
Buy some laminate wood flooring of your liking, you could use real hardwood if you wanted but it's be more expensive and time consuming.


And buy some hard-board sheets, mine were 2'x4'x3/16" as well as an adhesive. I chose felt-back vinyl flooring adhesive/leveler and applied with a trowel to the backboard. And place the flooring strips on it.


Traced the floormats:


and cut (we used an angle grinder)



example (rear driver side):



all the inside mats cut:


upclose of drivers floor cut where the trunk release sits


sadly didnt take any in-progress pics when i did the trunk frown.gif

Despoilered!!! and removed the rear wiper


Bought and installed Sokie Tech Hood Dampeners



Also I finally got around to lowering my celica (should have been one of the first mods)
I took a small risk and bought Stagg SHS Struts for 150 shipped off of ebay.
Also to lower it I purchased Megan racing springs.

For those who are thinkin about stagg struts.. tho its only been roughly 2 months I recommend them for those on a budget thumbsup.gif


The night I finally decided to drop it I forgot my roomate lended out his floor jack so i resoted to the old school stock trunk jack.. it was a PITA, just saying rolleyes.gif




Next day pics..
side shot

front gap

rear gap

stance from rear


And Newest Update! biggrin.gif

Last week I recieved my MOOG camber bolts, but held off installing them until I got the rear spacers that I bought.

And yesterday I recieved my Rear 1" Spacers from 6gc member djgeo05, formerly Axel04's celi.



And I installed those woot.gif
Some pics, before and after

wheel gap before

wheel gap after bolts and spacers


before

after



So thats all for now, I think, lol.
Thanks for looking smile.gif
mak5603
The wood grain is pretty sweet. thumbsup.gif
smkr3w
QUOTE (mak5603 @ Apr 11, 2012 - 10:47 PM) *
The wood grain is pretty sweet. thumbsup.gif

Thanks!

*side note: i hope to one day be as low as you biggrin.gif
mak5603
QUOTE (smkr3w @ Apr 11, 2012 - 9:31 PM) *
QUOTE (mak5603 @ Apr 11, 2012 - 10:47 PM) *
The wood grain is pretty sweet. thumbsup.gif

Thanks!

*side note: i hope to one day be as low as you biggrin.gif


Its a lot of fun man! You'll enjoy every second of it. And look boss as **** biggrin.gif

Coils in your near future? Or what you got planned coming soon? Cars lookin good. thumbsup.gif
smkr3w
Yeah coils are the plan.. when I figure out how to stop spending for a little bit to save up laugh.gif

had just enough when i got my tax money, chickened out and went cheap with springs kindasad.gif
smkr3w
Spree LED UV Purple Kit!

Also, modified the cigarette lighter ring to fit to my bubble shift knob.. cant get a decent pic because of the dark/lights
but here it is anyway

smkr3w
Fitted my Euro license plate bezel! (from Dustin)
As well as repainted the black trim on the tails and bezel.
rave2n
thumbsup.gif thumbsup.gif
Tigawoods
me like!
smkr3w
I'll just leave this here...
rave2n
Hah nice, custom projection =)
CrimsonSTX
You doing the "Angel Eyes" Projector mod? I do love that mod... Take lots of pics
smkr3w
Thanks! LOL

No halos for the project kindasad.gif but something special will be added to em wink.gif
smkr3w
Quick update:

First attempt to vacuum form a shroud for my retrofit..


Not bad I guess but not what I'm aiming for. Won't be trying again until Monday (stupid work... lol)
smkr3w
Finished my headlights!


You can see the progress and moar pics >>HERE<<
Lil-Joe101
Wow smrk, ur car is comin along quite well brother.
smkr3w
QUOTE (Lil-Joe101 @ Jun 17, 2012 - 1:27 AM) *
Wow smrk, ur car is comin along quite well brother.

Thanks alot man biggrin.gif

Any news on the pending nuptials? wink.gif
Lil-Joe101
QUOTE (smkr3w @ Jun 17, 2012 - 1:38 AM) *
QUOTE (Lil-Joe101 @ Jun 17, 2012 - 1:27 AM) *
Wow smrk, ur car is comin along quite well brother.

Thanks alot man biggrin.gif

Any news on the pending nuptials? wink.gif


lol, the wut?
smkr3w
QUOTE (Lil-Joe101 @ Jun 17, 2012 - 2:49 AM) *
QUOTE (smkr3w @ Jun 17, 2012 - 1:38 AM) *
QUOTE (Lil-Joe101 @ Jun 17, 2012 - 1:27 AM) *
Wow smrk, ur car is comin along quite well brother.

Thanks alot man biggrin.gif

Any news on the pending nuptials? wink.gif


lol, the wut?

laugh.gif upcoming wedding
Lil-Joe101
oh lol, sorry Im runnin on 12 hrs now at work, mind is dozin. Ceremony will be next year when I get back from Afghanistan. Judicial marriage this coming thursday.
smkr3w
QUOTE (Lil-Joe101 @ Jun 17, 2012 - 2:54 AM) *
oh lol, sorry Im runnin on 12 hrs now at work, mind is dozin. Ceremony will be next year when I get back from Afghanistan. Judicial marriage this coming thursday.

LOL no worries, very nice tho thumbsup.gif
Lil-Joe101
Thanks bro.
smkr3w
Small update:
Got me LED blinkers in the mail and got them wired up.

Installed them in the high beam housings. The pic is when they are lit up. But since the LED strips are using the running light wires, the blinkers are just that- blinkers smile.gif

808celica
Damn I missed alot of stuff going on. I guess it's out with the old and in with the new members laugh.gif Great work man thumbsup.gif Keep it going! Don't stop can't stop
smkr3w
QUOTE (808celica @ Jul 5, 2012 - 4:13 AM) *
Damn I missed alot of stuff going on. I guess it's out with the old and in with the new members laugh.gif Great work man thumbsup.gif Keep it going! Don't stop can't stop

Thanks man! You and your celica is what really sparked my drive to mod and make my car better thumbsup.gif

Almost everyday I think of something new I want to do with my car but I'm held back by lack of funds.. haha
Also in less than 3 weeks I'll be headed to Vegas for my 21st so definitely need to save for that biggrin.gif
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