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rave2n
To properly start a new progress thread, the new vehicle must be shown. So here we go.



Now that is complete, we move on to this weekends fun.



Majority of items needed to accomplish the clutch change.



Prepped work area.

Should be an eventful weekend.

Plans for this weekend: (Let see how many I actully complete)

Clutch
swap over riser blocks
swap over rear ssIII splitters
swap over highs and projectors ( Remove OEM casing from light, and apply to projector broken casing) Covert connectors.
install headunit with proper facekit
wire in amp, and subs.
remove rear seats

Thats a hefty list, but I think I can do it. I'll damn well try. Hoping the locals have their earplugs ready.

Any of you Floridians want to come to Gainesville? I'll supply beer, pizza, and California type headache relief wink.gif
kurt95gt
Only if i lived in fl
enderswift
I look forward to this thread
Keiri
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Nice pickup Rave and I'm with ender - I look forward to this thread's progress.

PS: Welcome to Club 3L2!
rave2n
QUOTE (Keiri @ Jan 12, 2012 - 5:08 PM) *
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Nice pickup Rave and I'm with ender - I look forward to this thread's progress.

PS: Welcome to Club 3L2!


Thanks guys!

I'm going to do the best I can to take a bunch of pics during. I tend to forget as I get consumed at the job(s) at hand.

Going to start tearing her down tomorrow afternoon, today was just prep, and getting everything to get the job started. The box with all the ordered items should arrive Saturday. So with luck, I should be able to start putting on new parts Saturday, and button her up Sunday.
mak5603
Good luck on the new project! I think you could finish it all this weekend, at least the major stuff, will be a nice bonding time for you and the new car.

If i was in florida all 3 of those sound nice, id be down to help. wink.gif
SwissFerdi
Seeing as you're actually not very far from me, I may take up you up on that. You had me at Cali relief.

I won't have time this weekend, but if you're still wrenching next week I won't mind popping over to help out.
rave2n
QUOTE (SwissFerdi @ Jan 13, 2012 - 6:15 PM) *
Seeing as you're actually not very far from me, I may take up you up on that. You had me at Cali relief.

I won't have time this weekend, but if you're still wrenching next week I won't mind popping over to help out.


Hah sounds good! Clutch is the major this weekend, but I have plenty of suspension to do next weekend!
SwissFerdi
Oh yes. I'm down. Tuesdays and thursdays are reserved for school, but otherwise my schedule is open.
rave2n
So a day of progress, but per usual I can't get to the final step because the rear mount is being a pain in my ass. Can't get the engine to rotate the direction I need, not sure why, nor can I find my deepwell 14mm to remove the trannie mount. Doesn't appear you can remove the mount from the block as simple with the ST. So, after a good 10 hours today...I'm done til tomorrow.

I did manage to pick up some goodies. All for 115 bucks. Was a gent that had children and had to rid of his Celica. Go Go craigslist for an amazing deal.

cheela
WOW, that's like the price of ONE of those items you have there. very nice deal! smile.gif

glad to see you back in the game too.
rave2n
QUOTE (cheela @ Jan 14, 2012 - 6:42 PM) *
WOW, that's like the price of ONE of those items you have there. very nice deal! smile.gif

glad to see you back in the game too.



Yea I was surprised when he took my offer. I originally thought he was just giving me the 2 front inserts, but when he pulled out all four I quickly handed him the funds =)

Glad to be back!
dakotahwyatt
I'll giveya 120 and a six pack and 2 pizza and call it a deal?
rave2n
Aw man has it been a busy day.



All right, I need to say something here to. There are million ways I've read to get that rear mount, most circulate around "rotate the engine." I'd like the give the trophy to if I recall correctly to TRDproven for coming up with the idea to just lower the suspension crossmember. Simply loosen up the 8 or so large bolts that hold the frame, and bam you can unbolt the mount from the member, as well the bolt through the mount itself, lift it up. take member out, then simply turn the mount right out. I had a epic battle with this thing til I quit yesterday. 20 mins of "rotating" , I tried that and it was out in 5 mins.

I'm even guilty in a recent thread informing someone to remove the bracket from the block whoops.

As another thing I've learned today. DO NOT TENSION THE AXLE if you are trying to pop it out. See that dust shield, thats from me getting frustrated using the "tension" method I read as well. I even tried from the other side to tap the shaft, stupid I know. Didn't do it but a few and said to myself bad idea.

In the end, I just tied the axle up with some metal wire, got a proper pry bar after a trip to the store, and one simple push with the prybar and my foot, with no tension. Was out so easy. 3 hours today on that...what a waste, but its out now! Now I have to determine if I can find a replacement dustshield, the axle itself is fine.



Took me some time to find all the hidden bolts and angles to remove, but she is finally out.



Cheapie to get me to the 3sgte.



Old vs. new - Studs didn't grind into the flywheel, just a slight sand, and clean up. Another "it'll do" til the swap.

The didn't grind the flywheel mainly because the clutch fluid was horribly low, and air in the line when I got her. So it might have been a small blessing.



The hole! - Just a tip for any concerned, don't skip anything. Nor think this is a quick easy job because you've seen a howto with 8 steps....like my dumbass.

Remove everything in the way! Its alot, i've taken alot of pictures and may use them to create a howto later on, in some detail.


Oh yea, broke my slave cylinder rubber line. Was old and cracked when I zipped tied it to the harness...lol it was meant to save it from harm, not destroy it!.

Well now i'm sore as hell, but semi-content on progress, put it all back together tomorrow, and wait on further parts.
rave2n
Well, a total of 30 hours and it pulls good. The clutch pedal feels really weak though, I don't know if that is an issue, being the clutch works fine, though I didn't drop it or anything being brand new. Not sure if I'm used to how the ST was, which my leg get tired in traffic, but this one just slams down. I might need to bleed the line some more maybe. I patched the crack in the line with some tegflex, or whatever its called. Rubber wrap, great stuff! New line on order. Thinking of stealing the STs

Either or, I didn't get half my list done, but I'm happy with the progress. No power tools, had to assemble a hoist, and first time with running solo, like someone with some mechanical skills =P

Still got alot to do. Idles bad when cold, and has a vacuum leak I need to find out. Alot of hoses look bad, and cracked. Got some grinding, sounds like dust shields hitting the rotors, or just horrible breaks...hopefully not my ghetto rigged dust shield, but thats a easy fix nowadays! Those to be done next weekend with the suspension overhaul of Eibach Sportlines transferred and the new GR2's to slap on..so it'll be some tinkering time soon enough. Hopefully get some of the other list items done during the week. Cosmetics, and getting her registered and insured for the road.

Ibprohen time!
enderswift
good job dude. Glad to see members sticking with celi's instead of moving on.

Its amazing how the smallest stuff will consume all your time right? I basically double my time estimates these days because everything always takes longer than planned haha
bsamps4
What are you plans for this car?
rave2n
QUOTE (enderswift @ Jan 18, 2012 - 11:18 PM) *
good job dude. Glad to see members sticking with celi's instead of moving on.

Its amazing how the smallest stuff will consume all your time right? I basically double my time estimates these days because everything always takes longer than planned haha


Lol, I'm sticking with the Celica until I can't get simple parts for it at an auto store. Hopefully by that point my wrecking days will be over, and I finally got one completed to my standard and can garage it.

Definately, I swore the clutch wouldn't take me that long, but it sure did! - i'll have to start doing that with my time frames as well =P

QUOTE (bsamps4 @ Jan 18, 2012 - 11:48 PM) *
What are you plans for this car?



Already have 3sgte for it, once I get it stable in driving sense..breaks, suspension, tires etc etc. My focus will shift back to the 3s and getting all the seals and such done. Cleaning up the whole bay and dropping her in.

Exterior going to stick with the ssIII splitters front and back, as well the gt-four raiser blocks. Still looking for skirts, but funds are not in the right place right now to pick some up. Projectors will also be swapped over from the wrecked ST.

I got a lot of work ahead, and hit one hell of a bump in the road. Thanks to the wonderful state of Florida. Went to get everything legal today, and I had no idea, but because I don't have an existing FL plate, there are some extra fees in the excess of 300 dollars. On top of the already insured 550 premium insurance that was paid, and DL fees rounding up to 150. Lets throw the clutch and others items this past week, excluding the car price, I've spent 1200+ and they still want more.

Basically as it looks right now, I won't be driving her til the next 15th paycheck...which really sucks some ass considering everything I went through to get her road ready today. So...now i just nit pick at items, and transfer what I can from the old one while I stick my middle finger in the air to responsiblity, but humbly wait until its all legal.

Edit: Funding solution solved for the time being, hope to have her legal tomorrow.
rave2n
Little progress today, but it surely needed it.

New front pads, old ones were shot and making some mean noise. Still have to do backs, but all in good time.

Some bad connections to be fixed, and replaced.




And of course, removal of such ugly decals, and apply the proper one.





Replaced the slave cynlinder as well, just waiting on the lady to get home to help me bleed it.

Possibly take her for a spin this evening, suspension tomorrow if time permits.

njccmd2002
glad to see someone loving to work on the car
rave2n


Well she did fine on her first day to work. Though only a short drive, it gives me plenty of insight on what needs attention.

After the new struts and springs, going to need a good front end alignment. Came apparent after the steering wheel being way off.

Got a grind in 3rd at high RPMs, so granny shifting for right now. Not sure of the cause, be it trans or just the fluid I used. I did not go all out with the synchromesh being I wasn't sure if the tranny itself would be leaking from my tamperings. Its not leaking, but now I'm not sure if the 90w-140 or whatever it was generic jazz is causing that grind. Don't really like the feel of the s54 either, when you shift into the gear it doesn't feel solid like the ST's trannie did. When you hit the gas, the shifter moves back about 1 inch aggressivly, almost like its going to pop out of gear, but doesn't . Stays in just fine. Possibly streched cables?

Tried to repair the clutch rubber line from the firewall to the trannie hardline. Couldn't get the wallside connection off. felt like I was going to break the hard like. So I applied further patch to the rubber line, but that was no dice. Still leaking, but the cluch is working still. So I'm pondering on that one.

AC compressor is sqeaking like crazy, going to be in the market for one of those soon. Some good work done this weekend, much more to go, but I'm determined to get her up to par.

Edit: Oh yea, new brakes all round =P damn did it need'em.
JasonTX
QUOTE (rave2n @ Jan 20, 2012 - 5:48 PM) *
And of course, removal of such ugly decals, and apply the proper one.





Replaced the slave cynlinder as well, just waiting on the lady to get home to help me bleed it.

Possibly take her for a spin this evening, suspension tomorrow if time permits.



glad to see em on. cars comming along good congrats on getting it on the road

peace

-jec
rave2n
Day 3 on the road has yielded some insight on further issues. Thankfully I never got to hooking up my audio system, so I get to hear all the little noises this car is making.

The sqeeking for one is making it difficult to hear other things, but that I'm even questioning if it is the AC compressor, but being that is not working a replacement is otw. I'm thinking it is more the power steering pump, or something in that area. Hopefully not anything under the timing cover. Would not like to pull the engine so soon after a clutch job, but must be done will be done.

The clutch is still weak as can be, but the fork moves a good 2-3 inches and the clutch engages fine. Even have good slip/grip ratio. Not sure hwo to explain that further....either or, I hear a whurrrring noise when I would let go of the clutch. It would appear to be coming from the master cylinder. IIRC, the ST and GT master are the same, so I'll be looking to swap that out shortly. The line is still not replaced, but its holding enough. Been blasting that connection with PB blaster each day, hopefully by this weekend it'll come off like butter and I can move forward.

Also have a...clunk might be a good way to describe it. Basically whenever the engine moves a good bit, hard shifts and such. It sounds to be more like a loose mount, then something in the trannie, or engine. Another item to investigate. I probally didn't tighten one up all the way...happens.

battery light won't shut off, even after swapping a new battery in, but the wires attached to teh alt are quite damaged. Will have to replace those soon, and test the alt out.

All in all, she is holding power well...some more tinkering and she'll be fine.


Anyone else feel odd in a replacement Celica? Just doesn't feel like the old one...comfort wise. Happy with the purchase, just feels weird laugh.gif
kurt95gt
It is an odd feeling
I felt kinda wierd at first when i got my coupe but i just thought tgat was because i hadnt had a celi 4 years
But i get a really funny feeling being in the hatch i just bought for the swap an it looks just like my first 94 st
rave2n
QUOTE (kurt95gt @ Jan 25, 2012 - 12:34 PM) *
It is an odd feeling
I felt kinda wierd at first when i got my coupe but i just thought tgat was because i hadnt had a celi 4 years
But i get a really funny feeling being in the hatch i just bought for the swap an it looks just like my first 94 st


Lol you got your hands full thats for sure! =)

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Did some more tinkering. Finally got the clutch rubber line replaced. Took 3 days of soaking PB blaster and one really hard crank to get it off, but finally did.

Clutch still feels to weak, but atleast thats one less thing to add to the mix. Just a FYI, the ST clutch cable will work, its just slightly longer. About 1 inch.

Going to replace the master cylinder tomorrow, and see if it'll stiffing up the pedal. I've bled it 8 times now, and new slave, so only the master is left.

Well I decided something was wrong with the s54, no reason for the grind into 3rd or the whurring noise when clutch disengaged. I go back to the auto store and ask the guy to look up the trannie gear oil again. He instantly says "oh man, I think I told you the wrong stuff" - He sold me 90w-140...I said thats high, and he went into a story about his car, and never got around to looking again. Technically I should have known better, but was a waste of dough.

Drained the syhcromesh out the ST and put it in the GT, its only a year old, and looked quite new. No need to waste IMO. No more grind in 3rd, and shifts like butter. So one thing situated, few more to go.
rave2n
Well, had a little fun today.

Changed out the clutch master cylinder with the from the ST, feels so much better. Feels like control, instead of slamming down. Guess it was leaking inside.

Changed a few hoses out but continue to have a vacuum leak type idle. Starting to think the intake manifold is the culprit. I hear hissing in such direction.

Well to the picture worthy items.

Projector tap repairs





No point throwing them out, with a 5 dollar repair. Aquameld, wonderful fiberglass putty. Last patch lasted until someone hit me again =P







Did a little repair on the alt. connector. previous wires were frayed and casing falling off. Stole the STs, and made a new one.





Didn't have any heat resistant shrink, or anything open on sunday with such. So simple wrapped it up nice.

Took a crack at the audio, but it looks like a 10 year with a liking for electrical tape went to town. Tore the obvious bad out, and will have to clean it all up another time.
bsamps4
Winning!
rave2n
Got the audio wired up yesterday.

Was quite fun...sarcasim.

This GT has the factory amp, so per normal I had to rip out the blue connector from under the amp, and splice in my connections using the toyota default color code. Yes I'm a cheap ass that won't pay for the connector when I already have wire strippers and crimps.

Had to pull out probally 14 bad connections put together with electrical tap on stripped back wire wrapped. Stupid.....

Rears do not work, but I assume that is because, just like the fronts, someone cut the factory wires and ran home audio speaker wire. rolleyes.gif

Even if that is not case, no biggie, as they will eventually be mid range subs...I just wanted some noise, instead of engine noise when driving.

Funny enough, the wreck blew one of my subs. Had to rip the center piece off because it was taping like crazy with the bass hitting. Will have to invest in some new ones sometime in the far future. For now, they shake my license plate, and piss off people blasting rap. All I want..for now =)
rave2n
Rims painted with Plastidip, and new front calipers.

TRD_Ian
dude nice work its looking good, i just went through this and am still in the process of swapping parts of my first gts to my second one i have now, the new one was in about the same shape as yours too but right now with the exception of you have projectors and black stock 15s your car and mine are twins cept iv got stock highs and lows and gold stock 15s, mine even has the same pinkish shade faded door handles, keep up the good work im subscribed to this build, you should post picks of your system i wanna see your setup, i hit 144.8DB on my system this summer and it wasn't tunned properly so with some modifications and new pieces iv added this winter im hoping to hit even higher, stooopid frame"less windows leaking like a civ under pressure frown.gif i should really update my build thread
rave2n
QUOTE (TRD_Ian @ Feb 21, 2012 - 8:44 PM) *
dude nice work its looking good, i just went through this and am still in the process of swapping parts of my first gts to my second one i have now, the new one was in about the same shape as yours too but right now with the exception of you have projectors and black stock 15s your car and mine are twins cept iv got stock highs and lows and gold stock 15s, mine even has the same pinkish shade faded door handles, keep up the good work im subscribed to this build, you should post picks of your system i wanna see your setup, i hit 144.8DB on my system this summer and it wasn't tunned properly so with some modifications and new pieces iv added this winter im hoping to hit even higher, stooopid frame"less windows leaking like a civ under pressure frown.gif i should really update my build thread


Lol appreciate it!

Yea my landlord is on me hard about the other celica in the yard, but its tarped, and hes been a pain in my rear for some time when its comes to home issues, so I'm just going to ride the lease out and take it with me. No way in hell I'm getting rid of my first celica until I'm completely ready, and that might be when its a rust pile on the ground lol.

haha those damn door handles, yea they are annoying me. I'm thinking of taking them out, and just rattle canning some clear on them or something. Tested a few spots where the clear was coming off, sanded it down, and sprayed some clear on it. Looks alot better, but waiting til I can buff it down some before I show the handy work.

Ack my audio, thats another story. My subs were damaged in the wreck, along with my amp taking a hit. So its not to pretty at the moment, nothing to be proud off being an IT audio engineer, but it functions. I have plans for it in the future, fiberglass enclosure, 2 12's in the back, sub mids over the shoulder, front tweets and 2 ways on the door....but that is in due time, I have to really get down and focus on this bad boy before it rusts up in my storage unit..



All in good time, just happy to have moving wheels again!
rave2n
Been a busy weekend.

Riser blocks, applied new clear to spoiler, driver seat cover transferred, swapped tails because old ones were leaking and a new altenator







enderswift
good stuff
rave2n
Finally got the audio situated correctly. Just woke up this morning with the motivation, and a 20oz red bull



Sorting out the rear speakers...previous owner powered the other head unit with the cig lighter power wires, and ran new speaker wire to each speaker inside of the vehicle.

I already did the front 2, but had to sort out the wiring for the rears. Completely removed the factory amp harness and all un-needed wiring. Found a spare set of power wires, which have been tucked for later use.



Extended all OEM wires, with OEM colored wires, then spliced on the aftermarket color wires finally to the harness. I can take the head unit out down to about the climate control with ease. No more digging for wires in horrid spots.

This is the previous owners trickery...had to go in and fix these.





He cut them so close to the connection, I would have to re-pin them. So some electrical tap and wire nuts do the trick just fine.

End result, a clean install, with all speakers working! Plenty of tweet, and plenty of boom! Much thanks to swiss for the head unit! Works perfectly



Also removed the rear seats, as they were destined for trash either way.



Few other tidbits like fixing the cig lighter and bulb, swapping out the center console, and swapping out broken air vents with ones from the ST.

Little repairs, but happy repairs.
SwissFerdi
Bittersweet. At least it found a good home. thumbsup.gif 'Twas a good receiver.
mak5603
Damn bro, the 20 oz red bulls, you go hard, haha. Bet its nice to have the upgraded headunit! Looks good man.
ricochet1490
QUOTE (rave2n @ Jan 29, 2012 - 5:08 PM) *




It's astounding what the projectors do for the car..... a perfect side by side comparison
Tigawoods
coming along quite well!
rave2n
QUOTE (SwissFerdi @ Apr 22, 2012 - 7:57 PM) *
Bittersweet. At least it found a good home. thumbsup.gif 'Twas a good receiver.


Its banging good, can't complain =)

QUOTE (mak5603 @ Apr 22, 2012 - 8:10 PM) *
Damn bro, the 20 oz red bulls, you go hard, haha. Bet its nice to have the upgraded headunit! Looks good man.


Hah, after years of drinking them daily, only the 20oz works...slowly removing my bad habits one at a time, red bull is last on the schedule =) I love it to much.

QUOTE (ricochet1490 @ Apr 22, 2012 - 8:31 PM) *
It's astounding what the projectors do for the car..... a perfect side by side comparison


lol yea it truly is a diff, makes a beater look nice. My old boss had a saying "Your just putting a new dress on a old whore" =P

QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Apr 23, 2012 - 7:17 AM) *
coming along quite well!


Ty sir! Can't wait to swap that failedtolift bumper out of the equation wink.gif
rave2n
Feeling motivated again. Took a little while with the recent moving.

Not much of an update, but getting those seat covers finished up...been driving around with just 1 of the 2 for a while now.



Started ordering some parts for the 3s, and going to haul the beast out of storage tomorrow and start tearing it down now that I've clean out the back covered area.

Much thanks to batman for selling me a spare ST205 MAP sensor, one less thing on the list!
SwissFerdi
thumbsup.gif
rave2n


Loading up.



Only got it about 10 feet in the yard before nearly having a heatstroke. Need to acquire some more wood as well, or I'll never get it to the back.

Damn thing is heavier then I remember.

One step at a time. Looks like poo atm, but I see a diamond that just needs some polished.
rave2n
Got the engine behind the house, now to take the AWD trannie off, and start removing accessories.

Pictures later...if I get that far this evening =P
SwissFerdi
And, did you?
rave2n
QUOTE (SwissFerdi @ Jul 8, 2012 - 10:00 AM) *
And, did you?


Lol yea, I got the transmission off this morning after quitting when it got dark last night.

Just put my engine stand together, and need to run to the store to get bolts long enough to bolt it into the block because the trannie bolts are not long enough.

not really sure of the threads, so its going to be a couple different size purchases.
SwissFerdi
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rave2n
Bah, home depot did not carry the bolts, and all the fastener stores are closed =/

So i will have to start back up next weekend once I get the right bolts this week.

Some pictures of today progress.









I got alot of clean up to do thumbsdown.gif
enderswift
ah yes the bolts. I ran into the same problem lol. Try Ace hardware if there's one local to you, they always have everything I need. How was the transmission removal for you? Because I had a rough time due to a hidden bolt behind the center diff haha
rave2n
QUOTE (enderswift @ Jul 8, 2012 - 7:54 PM) *
ah yes the bolts. I ran into the same problem lol. Try Ace hardware if there's one local to you, they always have everything I need. How was the transmission removal for you? Because I had a rough time due to a hidden bolt behind the center diff haha


Hmm, wondering if there is an Ace around here, havn't been to one of those since I lived in PA, and was quite some time ago. Will check though, thanks!

Yea I know exactly which bolt you are talking about, 14mm head, hidden under there. No enough clearance for a socket, so had to wrench it out, 1/2 inch turns each time in 99+ temps. People around probally heard a large percentage of my vulgarities.

It was a PITA to get her off, took me a good 1 1/2 hours once I took the rear brackets off. It was mainly because I trying not to wreck the spline, so finding the right angle and just finally muscling it off. She is heavy!
rave2n


Win!

Felt a little bad for the shop owner, you could tell the big box has hurt business, as the shelves were barely stocked, and he had what I needed whereas home depot did not...I shall try to bring as much business as i can his way.

He knew his stuff too, once i said it was for an engine stand. He said "must be a Jap engine" lol.
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