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rentaspace
So gonna start my progression thread, and update it occasionally. tongue.gif
I'll start with how I got my Celica:
So it all started last year in around March, when I got my Red P's and was searching for that first car...
I tested a lancer, a prelude and a Hyundai Coupe... They all had their pluses and minuses, but none felt 'right'...
On the way home from the Prelude, we passed a Ford dealership and sitting in the middle was a little white PreFacelift Celica, as soon as I saw her, I knew she was the one I wanted. When I got home I jumped online and and contacted the dealer; she was an auto (I am not legally allowed to drive manual yet, thanks to my dads non-functioning speedometer).
The next day, my dad drove me and my beautiful girlfriend out to the dealer and we test drove the car. At the end of the test drive the dealer wanted 8k for her. I knew this was steep for it, but she was in almost perfect condition.

The only damage I could pick was a scrape on the passenger side rear wheel fender, a few small dents over her and quite a large dent in the roof (it looked like the previous owner had hit her with his fists)...
With the $8k as a base, we negotiated with the dealer and came out with a total:
- $7700 for the car
- All dents removed from the car
- Brand New 5 treads
- and finally what really made me go for it, A 12 month warranty... on an 18 year old car biggrin.gif

Here she was on that exact day, right after out test drive:




A few weeks later, we got a call saying that she was ready for pickup, All the dents had been removed ($1500 worth of dent removal and paint) and she was good to go. A few days later her first photo shoot:



Her Interior and Engine were immaculate for her age:




After a few weeks our small troubles began, she started leaking oil all over the ground... After a call to the dealership, she was booked in for her first warranty inspection... They re-did all engine gaskets and replaced all seals in the engine... When we got her back, she was still leaking... We took her back again and were told that the transmission seals were shot, they were replaced and the engine was flushed out; the leaking stopped... for now...
Over all, the work would of cost ($1800 by the dealer, if not for the warranty).

Ill post the first of many mods in the next few hours or so, Once I get together the photos and know exactly what I want to say tongue.gif
rentaspace
And the Mods Begin:

Sipping over adding iPod connectivity to the car, the mod that got me started was adding my foot well LED's. Now initially, I had planned just to have them installed for extra light at my feet when the door was opened and then off when closed. Simple enough...

But, after thinking more and more, I decided this was the time to start my theme... So to be different from the hype, I chose a blue theme (all my mates were going with Red as a theme)

So I got off onto eBay and ordered my first lot of LED strips for the foot well LEDs. To mix it up, I put a double throw switch in, so I could now turn them on and off myself manually and also have them controlled by the doors. (Why go simple on your first mod eh? wink.gif )

The first attempt wasn't all that great, some of the LEDs were a different colour to others, and I used this as a learning curve. I contacted the eBayer and they refunded me for the LEDs, and I bought another set which turned out to be great biggrin.gif

iPhone Photo:

SLR Photo:


At the same time, we did my mates Lancer and my other mates Corolla. After this; I was hooked... I went back to my house to think of more mods to do biggrin.gif


The next mod was driving lights...
After looking at other Celicas in the area, I found the front looked better with driving/fog lights. Now, I didn't want the standard OEM ones (because I like to be different like that). So I started researching lights and prices, I couldn't be bothered getting anything fancy, so I just went to Super Cheap Auto and bought some of their house brand driving lights. I wasn't exspecting much from them, but amazingly they are actually good... Haven't had any issues with them and I actually like them better than the OEM Toyota ones...
Before:

After:
Day:

Night:


I then heard of this stuff called PlastiDip, and decided to check it out at changing my badge colour to black. I was going to paint my rims with it, but it's so expensive here in Australia... ($33 a can...) So I threw that Idea out and decided to just wait for the funds and get new rims smile.gif
The badges came out alright, its no paint job... But it was good enough for me. It has also lasted, just under a year now biggrin.gif





And then I was thinking... What next?
rentaspace
My next mod was my first and only performance mod so far, The exhaust...
Now I wanted something that sounded beefier, but not so loud that it could be heard 4 blocks away. So I took it to a local shop which had done a good job on my mates Lancer.
I am pretty sure its a 2 1/4" Catback but it may be 2.5". I'm not entirely sure. But overall it cost me $250 for piping, muffler, Tip and installation which was not bad at all.
I also like the look of this tip way better than the cover that was on the stock tip. It also sound's a lot better wink.gif
Before:

After:


I was also starting to get real sick of a few other things on the car:
- The Gauge colour
- The Length of the stock antenna
- The faded 'SX' sticker on the rear.
So I started researching what I should get to replace what I was hating. At the same time My dad had some old air horns from his Holden Panel Van in the garage, and I decided to use them. (By Old I mean, 1970's LOL). It sounds... funny... But meh, louder than the 2 stock electronic pieces of crap. tongue.gif



After installing the air horns, I decided to 'test' them repeatedly wink.gif (and annoy the neighbors who had partied the whole previous night keeping me awake). The stock fuse held out, and everything was going well... So I thought...

Two days later, I had to go up to the local shops, thanks to a mistake by the guy behind the counter giving me a blank case with no game in it frown.gif
Anyway, when leaving I got reversed into, causing some pretty bad damage to my fender above the rear wheel... I saw the guy coming, and hit my horn and as luck would have it; the horn fuse blew... YAY!
Luckily, they reversed into me, so their insurance covered me... But, what I found hilarious is that I was reversed into by a guy in a repair shops loner car... xD
Damage:

The photo doesn't really show the damage much... But it was pretty deep and about 30-40cm in diameter frown.gif
The same people that fixed the car for the dealer did the work, and we were told that was another $1500 worth of dent pulling and painting redface.gif (Not a cent was paid by me though wink.gif )

The timing was just perfect; 1 week before my HSC testing.. (Final testing for school in NSW). So I had no car for 3 days of HSC testing mad.gif
But hey at least the damage was just cosmetic smile.gif

Right after my HSC, I had nothing to do for a good 3 months. So I applied for Tafe (I am way to Lazy for Uni xD) and bought the parts needed to replace the annoying parts on my car.
Next was the antenna, I bought a 'shark-fin' antenna from Great Britain for $18AUD shipped (again not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised). This was the first major mod to the chassis and I was quite nervous drilling into the roof >.< but all went smoothly and the antenna went on with no water leaks biggrin.gif I also got the Blue LED dash kit delivered from eBay which cost $7 for all the needed LEDs. I also bought a set of 10x 3mm Wedge LEDs to replace the power window switch light. I also decided to remove that stupid 'SX' sticker and replace it with a 'TRDSport' badge. I got it off eBay from the United Arab Emirates (of all places) for like $12AUD delivered. I am actually very happy with it, the adhesive was 3m and the build quality was good too biggrin.gif





The_enD
Looking good so far. smile.gif
rentaspace
QUOTE (The_enD @ Apr 21, 2013 - 4:36 AM) *
Looking good so far. smile.gif

Thanks smile.gif Got the last bit coming pretty soon smile.gif
She runs really well...
rentaspace
Final Post for tonight and this will just about rap it up so far:

As Christmas approached, I decided I wanted a better Headeck. The Sanyo I was using was okay, but the AUX jacks had started playing up and that meant that my iPhone could no longer connect to the unit frown.gif
I searched for a bit and persuaded my father to purchase a Sony Headdeck with bluetooth biggrin.gif
It works great and we just jeryy-rigged the connection off of the Sanyo's lol... So when you look behind my Head deck there are 3 seperate head deck connections xD
In NSW, it's illegal for P platers to even have a phone turned on while they are driving, so the bluetooth allows me to listen to my music with the phone hidden either in the glovebox or my pocket smile.gif It also auto answers any calls so I can then talk to people too wink.gif It's illegal for me but meh tongue.gif
I also (after the girlfriend forced me) changed the clock, ashtray, cigarette lighter ring and glove-box lights to pink LEDs. So my theme is now Blue and Pink. I don't mind it actually and it's different smile.gif

I also added an LED (Not pictured) in the storage space under the head deck, but this has since started flickering and flashing and is going to go frown.gif

We then approached another problem one afternoon when I started the car, she stalled... that's right, my automatic stalled... After popping the hood, the reason for my stall and a few other problems in the past (low idle etc...) became clear; The PCV valve had a massive crack all the way through it and when I touched it, it sheered straight off... We called the dealer and they booked the car in again for repairs, but how were we going to get her there?
My dad and I searched the garage and found some 'quick gasket repair' crap, and used that to at least hold the valve in place... Amazingly she started and ran, so with dad in the chase car, we set off to the dealer... I got there biggrin.gif They replaced the PCV valve and the rear boot seal (it has snapped off) and the next day I got her back. It was luck that she decided to die in the driveway, and not on the road biggrin.gif and that she managed to drive back to the dealer with gasket crap as the PCV valve LOL... The mechanic gave us the weirdest look when he saw it xD

I also decided that I hated a few more things:
- The amber indicators on the front and side of the car
- The red courtesy lights in the car
- The red third brake light

So after some research I found that Wolfie on 6GC made the clear third brake light, and could get his hands on the clear courtesy lights from the Tundra that fit perfectly. (Toyota Australia fought me saying I was 'making it up' and that they couldn't special order the part for me, complete bs if you ask me). So I got Wolfie to send them to me and they arrived and installed with no problems whatsoever biggrin.gif Unfortunately, by the time I found out about Wolfie, I had already purchased some crystal front and side indicators, but this doesn't bother me as I like their style and they match the side markers.
The final fitment of Wolfie's 3rd brake is spot-on, he does a fantastic job and big props to him:


Even up close, his detail is amazing:


As I as installing the light I decided to screw around a bit with a pink LED:

Wish this was actually legal haha frown.gif

And as I wrap up the progress for now, recently when browsing eBay for 'Celica' I came across a guy in South Australia selling a Front Bar, Rear Bar and Side Skirts for an VS2 Kit. I watched the items for a few days, and saw that no one was going for them, I decided to go for the skirts, as I am not particularly fond of the flares and crap on the VS2 front and rear bars. As fate would have it, the guy accepted my offer of $120, and to ship them from South Australia to New South Wales cost $60. They were primed but not painted, so I contacted my mate who is a painter, and he is getting me some two-pack to match my car in the next few days, and then we are painting them on Thursday biggrin.gif and hopefully they will be installed by next weekend if all goes to plan.
My Cat Liked The skirts and claimed them as his own:


We all know where side skirts go, but meh here is a 'before' shot:


And finally we conducted a 'dry run; to make sure they fit properly:


And finally, the warranty is coming to an end soon and we noticed some more oil on the driveway so we decided to get an NRMA report done to pick anything else up and they have found that the Front Engine Mount is completely cracked (resulting in the whole engine tilting when shifting into reverse) and a major oil leak from the front passenger side transmission seal. The car is going in for repairs on Monday 30th.


Near future plans:
- Paint and Install Side Skirts
- Painting my Calipers Blue to match theme
- Installing some Undercar LEDs just because I can
- Installing front Grille Meshing
- Buying and Installing Black 17x7" Rims
- Buying and fitting Lowering springs or Coilovers.
- Buying and installing front and rear splitters.
The_enD
Did you put a colored film over the clock or actually changed its light?
rentaspace
QUOTE (The_enD @ Apr 21, 2013 - 5:16 AM) *
Did you put a colored film over the clock or actually changed its light?

At the moment I have just gone ghetto and used cellophane LOL But I am considering changing the actual light inside if it's possible... I'm not game enough to open it up without a replacement on hand if I screw it up. kindasad.gif
mkernz22
QUOTE (rentaspace @ Apr 21, 2013 - 6:20 AM) *
QUOTE (The_enD @ Apr 21, 2013 - 5:16 AM) *
Did you put a colored film over the clock or actually changed its light?

At the moment I have just gone ghetto and used cellophane LOL But I am considering changing the actual light inside if it's possible... I'm not game enough to open it up without a replacement on hand if I screw it up. kindasad.gif


It's not really that hard to screw up when you open it. Just a couple screws and the casing comings apart. I took the piece out of mine and stuck in a blue gel sheet with double sided tape and it worked perfectly fine!
rentaspace
QUOTE (mkernz22 @ Apr 21, 2013 - 12:47 PM) *
QUOTE (rentaspace @ Apr 21, 2013 - 6:20 AM) *
QUOTE (The_enD @ Apr 21, 2013 - 5:16 AM) *
Did you put a colored film over the clock or actually changed its light?

At the moment I have just gone ghetto and used cellophane LOL But I am considering changing the actual light inside if it's possible... I'm not game enough to open it up without a replacement on hand if I screw it up. kindasad.gif


It's not really that hard to screw up when you open it. Just a couple screws and the casing comings apart. I took the piece out of mine and stuck in a blue gel sheet with double sided tape and it worked perfectly fine!


Yeah, I have removed the clock before and removed the brown piece of crap... I just haven't managed to find a piece of pink perspex or plastic that will work properly... That's why I have gone ghetto and used cellophane wrapped around clear plastic kindasad.gif
JoshuaM

Noooo... You never told me it was an auto :'( Oh well, better than not driving at all, but you should make sure you get your full licence as soon as you can smile.gif

Wasn't cheap, but great condition and good value with that warrenty... You have well and truly taken advantage of that tongue.gif I bought mine from a dealer too (though manual and on the other side of the country) and they werent very interested in helping... When it had an oil leak they got a mechanic up here to do a half-arsed patch up and told him to was the engine down and get it roadworthied before it drips again -.- So I am jealous of that service tongue.gif

I started on the red interior lighting, but got tired of it very quickly at night, and changed everything to blue. I have decided to keep it red by day (seat covers, shift boot and knob etc.) and blue by night.

The skirts will look good, they look naked without any tongue.gif Do you have any plans on what splitters to use with those skirts?

Will be interesting to see how the blue calipers will look tongue.gif You might need a couple of other blue accents on the outside to make it work.

Anyway, good work smile.gif

P.s. Saw you trying to sell your orange indicators on eBay the other night tongue.gif
rentaspace
QUOTE (JoshuaM @ Apr 22, 2013 - 3:05 AM) *
Noooo... You never told me it was an auto :'( Oh well, better than not driving at all, but you should make sure you get your full licence as soon as you can smile.gif

Wasn't cheap, but great condition and good value with that warrenty... You have well and truly taken advantage of that tongue.gif I bought mine from a dealer too (though manual and on the other side of the country) and they werent very interested in helping... When it had an oil leak they got a mechanic up here to do a half-arsed patch up and told him to was the engine down and get it roadworthied before it drips again -.- So I am jealous of that service tongue.gif

I started on the red interior lighting, but got tired of it very quickly at night, and changed everything to blue. I have decided to keep it red by day (seat covers, shift boot and knob etc.) and blue by night.

The skirts will look good, they look naked without any tongue.gif Do you have any plans on what splitters to use with those skirts?

Will be interesting to see how the blue calipers will look tongue.gif You might need a couple of other blue accents on the outside to make it work.

Anyway, good work smile.gif

P.s. Saw you trying to sell your orange indicators on eBay the other night tongue.gif



Hahahaha yeah I sold the front's lol but the sides didn't sell frown.gif((

And yeah, I also wanted auto more for the every single day in bumper to bumper traffic... kindasad.gif

The warranty has been great so far, Its going in again on Tuesday for the cracked engine mount and oil leaks smile.gif

I am looking at either SIII or TRD splitters... I don't know what they will look like with it kindasad.gif we will see though smile.gif I am also planning to put some blue undercars and I have blue courtesy lights smile.gif
smkr3w
QUOTE (rentaspace @ Apr 24, 2013 - 2:13 AM) *
I am looking at either SIII or TRD splitters... I don't know what they will look like with it kindasad.gif

my vote would be for TRDs, at least for the rears.. thumbsup.gif
rentaspace
QUOTE (smkr3w @ Apr 24, 2013 - 6:13 AM) *
QUOTE (rentaspace @ Apr 24, 2013 - 2:13 AM) *
I am looking at either SIII or TRD splitters... I don't know what they will look like with it kindasad.gif

my vote would be for TRDs, at least for the rears.. thumbsup.gif

Yeah I am thinking this too smile.gif
rentaspace
Update:

So Yesterday, I went around to my mates house to start prepping and painting my side skirts. I arrived at 10am to find his Corolla pulled apart on the front driveway with the gearbox removed and dismantled...
After a few hours of watching I decided to start painting my Calipers, since I had the paint in the car and my mate had the wax and grease remover.
Took about 40mins to clean the calipers of 18years of crap, and after letting them dry for a further hour we started with the painting... I am the most retarded painter there is, so I left this up to my other mate...
My Mate Cleaning and Masking the Calipers:


After applying a few coats of paint we let them dry for an hour or two and then applied a few more coats. We then applied the 'TRD' decal and clear coated over the top. By the time the clear cot went on, it was starting to go dark... >.<
My Mates Corolla visible in the background tongue.gif


Due to the rapid cooling of the autumn night, the clear coat wouldn't dry... So, After 2 hours we got some heat lamps and set them onto the calipers... At 10pm, almost 5 hours after clear coating, they were still wet... Luckily they were dry enough to put onto the car:


We then put the wheel back on and I drove home biggrin.gif The final product:


It's nowhere near as bright during the day, this was taken under the heat lamps and the gloss is still semi-drying...

In-fact, it's now 4:36pm the next day and they are still drying lol...
Tomorrow the rear calipers will be painted and the remaining parts of the caliper that aren't painted will be painted black smile.gif

Meanwhile as we tackled with the calipers, My mate prepped the side skirts and applied a few coats of primer:

They will be painted tomorrow smile.gif

Higher Res Photos:




rentaspace
And yesterday I finished off the calipers (sort of) by doing the rears.






And I also used the last of my TRD decals on the mirrors:
Payne
Nice car man, good to see some more Australian members!!
rentaspace
QUOTE (Payne @ Apr 28, 2013 - 6:43 AM) *
Nice car man, good to see some more Australian members!!

Thanks man smile.gif there doesn't seem to be too many Aussie members on most of the Celica forums kindasad.gif
JoshuaM
QUOTE (rentaspace @ Apr 28, 2013 - 9:14 PM) *
QUOTE (Payne @ Apr 28, 2013 - 6:43 AM) *
Nice car man, good to see some more Australian members!!

Thanks man smile.gif there doesn't seem to be too many Aussie members on most of the Celica forums kindasad.gif


Except on OzCelica wink.gif

You been validated yet? tongue.gif
rentaspace
QUOTE (JoshuaM @ Apr 28, 2013 - 10:08 PM) *
QUOTE (rentaspace @ Apr 28, 2013 - 9:14 PM) *
QUOTE (Payne @ Apr 28, 2013 - 6:43 AM) *
Nice car man, good to see some more Australian members!!

Thanks man smile.gif there doesn't seem to be too many Aussie members on most of the Celica forums kindasad.gif


Except on OzCelica wink.gif

You been validated yet? tongue.gif

Nope frown.gif haha
rentaspace
Update:
Just a general update on the car...

Well yesterday she was taken into the dealer for repairs to the engine mount and the transmission seal...

She went in, and to my horror... The front engine mount was completely, and I mean completely, ripped in half... and the rear engine mount was cracked too... and the dealer will not cover these under the warranty... frown.gif $400 out of pocket for that... Going to be pursuing it further with Aussie Department of Fair Trading as this part is pretty integral to the safety of the vehicle...
They also tried to spit some BS at me about the seals 'never being covered under our warranties' and when I said well its been there 5 times, all of the times seals were replaced and I even have some spares that your mechanic gave me.. they replied with 'we will cover the seals'... When the car was NRMA reported last week, the engineer said that the lurch in reverse (which it has had since I got it) was caused by the front engine mount, yet the dealer is saying that they never noticed it and therefore they will not cover it... frown.gif How could they miss that when they had the engine removed from the car?...

Anyway, in lighter news, I ordered a set of JDM tail lights from a guy in Japan and they should arrive by next week pending installation the following weekend. I also will have my skirts on the car (hopefully this weekend, weather permitting) and Ill have an update when this happens... From there, Ill be saving my $$$ for some 17" Rims and Clear Headlights and High Beams.

She is sitting like this as of now:

Only difference is there are TRD decals on the mirrors
rentaspace
Got the car back today, Oil leak appears to be gone smile.gif, The reverse no longer clunks, and acceleration and shifting feels a lot smoother (as it should)...

The discs need to be machined and the AC Compressor Bearings are on their way out... kindasad.gif


The car now shakes sort of when gears are engaged and stopped at lights kindasad.gif I have no clue what could be causing this... when in 'park' it idles fine, but as soon as it is put into reverse or gear the car shakes kindasad.gif
there is also no shaking when the car is driving or shifting gear kindasad.gif

so we will find out what is causing that...


I have also been in contact with the eBay member that sold me the JDM tails and he has put aside until I get paid a pair of white TRD Reat Splitters; so when I get the cash these will be ordered and put onto the car smile.gif
The_enD
Mine also makes a bad noise when I put her in reverse.
And shakes just a tiny bit when I shift and I am almost ready to release the clutch pedal. It's hardly noticeable tho.
rentaspace
QUOTE (The_enD @ May 2, 2013 - 2:24 AM) *
Mine also makes a bad noise when I put her in reverse.
And shakes just a tiny bit when I shift and I am almost ready to release the clutch pedal. It's hardly noticeable tho.

Well, mines auto... It doesn't shake when shifting between any of the gears... It only shakes when I stop at a set of lights and have the brake pressed.. it's as if the car is not revving high enough... but the Tachometer is showing the car at a steady 900rpm idle... which is what it has always been kindasad.gif It also never did this until the work was completed
rentaspace
Update:
Well After a planned mod-day on Sunday, I unexpectedly ended up in hospital (oh the joy), so Sundway was spent recovering... No Mods were complete frown.gif
But, Early this morning, my JDM tails arrived, bought them 7days ago and arrived this morning so 6 day turnaround from Japan, and shipping wasn't that dear either biggrin.gif

Un-boxing:




Pending Installation:


Wiring Harness was also there with all bulbs (Not sure if they work though):



Ill have them installed when I am free sometime this week, and I will get some high-res photos too....
So the next update will be by next weekend at the latest...
JoshuaM
QUOTE (rentaspace @ May 5, 2013 - 9:57 PM) *
Update:
Well After a planned mod-day on Sunday, I unexpectedly ended up in hospital (oh the joy), so Sundway was spent recovering... No Mods were complete frown.gif
But, Early this morning, my JDM tails arrived, bought them 7days ago and arrived this morning so 6 day turnaround from Japan, and shipping wasn't that dear either biggrin.gif

Ill have them installed when I am free sometime this week, and I will get some high-res photos too....
So the next update will be by next weekend at the latest...


SOOOOFFFFFFTTTTTT!!!! Come on, they take like 10 minutes to install... maybe a couple of hours max considering in oggle time laugh.gif
rentaspace
QUOTE (JoshuaM @ May 5, 2013 - 10:24 PM) *
QUOTE (rentaspace @ May 5, 2013 - 9:57 PM) *
Update:
Well After a planned mod-day on Sunday, I unexpectedly ended up in hospital (oh the joy), so Sundway was spent recovering... No Mods were complete frown.gif
But, Early this morning, my JDM tails arrived, bought them 7days ago and arrived this morning so 6 day turnaround from Japan, and shipping wasn't that dear either biggrin.gif

Ill have them installed when I am free sometime this week, and I will get some high-res photos too....
So the next update will be by next weekend at the latest...


SOOOOFFFFFFTTTTTT!!!! Come on, they take like 10 minutes to install... maybe a couple of hours max considering in oggle time laugh.gif

hahaha, have tafe from 8am - 12pm and then an hours drive to work (I start at 1:30 and finish at 6pm), tongue.gif

I may have a day or two off this week or tomorrow arvo and if I do they'll be going in wink.gif (Sounds kinky)
rentaspace
Update:
I didn't have work today so I took the time to install the JDM tails biggrin.gif
I ran into a big problem when two of the nuts were 5mm instead of the 10mm that every other was >.< So, I took the rear plastic off, and started searching for a spanner to undo the nut... I found a socket/screwdriver hybrid which fitted perfectly (If Only I had found it before so I didn't have to remove the plastics)...
Installation is straight forward as we all know, so I won't go through all that jazz and instead just show photos:
Before:


The difference is pretty amazing; One JDM, one ADM:


And After:




During the work, my cat decided to pay a visit lol:


And my Fav photo of today biggrin.gif :
JoshuaM
QUOTE (rentaspace @ May 7, 2013 - 1:50 AM) *
Update:
I didn't have work today so I took the time to install the JDM tails biggrin.gif
I ran into a big problem when two of the nuts were 5mm instead of the 10mm that every other was >.< So, I took the rear plastic off, and started searching for a spanner to undo the nut... I found a socket/screwdriver hybrid which fitted perfectly (If Only I had found it before so I didn't have to remove the plastics)...
Installation is straight forward as we all know, so I won't go through all that jazz and instead just show photos:


I just replied to your PM... but I see you have it sorted biggrin.gif

Looks really fantastic as we all know; pulls the car forward another 5 years tongue.gif
Payne
JDM tails are the simplest yet best mod for any 6GC, good choice! wink.gif
rentaspace
QUOTE (Payne @ May 7, 2013 - 7:46 AM) *
JDM tails are the simplest yet best mod for any 6GC, good choice! wink.gif


QUOTE (JoshuaM @ May 7, 2013 - 06:00 AM)
Looks really fantastic as we all know; pulls the car forward another 5 years

Thanks, they really do change the appearance of the rear smile.gif
Ted95
Nice ride man thing really coming along! I love white hatches man cant wait to see more!

cool cat too man haha
rentaspace
QUOTE (Ted95 @ May 7, 2013 - 7:23 PM) *
Nice ride man thing really coming along! I love white hatches man cant wait to see more!

cool cat too man haha

Thanks man smile.gif

Next will be installing the side skirts, I'm also getting some rear splits sent from Japan, so they'll go on too smile.gif

And then I will be fixing the boot and sound system up smile.gif
rentaspace
Update:
My LED dash kit started flickering on the way home tonight; so I am going to replace it with a spree kit.


Future/current plans:
- install skirts
- install rear splits
- spree led kit
- front grille meshing
- projectors (if I can ever get the money)
rentaspace
UPDATE:
Today I got up nice and early ready to go round to my mates and paint the skirts... We got four paint coats on; and the clear:
Before the clear:

The the weather went to poop; so the skirts were put into the garage:

(It's much darker in real life)


I also decided to get this photo last night of the JDM tails at night:


And earlier today I got these photos with my dads embarrassment er... car:





Since it's mother's day tomorrow, I doubt I will be able to install the side skirts... So that is going to have to wait... Hopefully, I am free this week sometime, otherwise it will be next week >.<
JoshuaM

So you swapped over the wiring harness from the new lights too then? I got them with mine, but just chucked them in the cupboard... I might have to go 4 lights tongue.gif (Then again, I always drive with my lights on, so having them come on separately will make it more obvious to idiots not paying attention behind me... tongue.gif)
rentaspace
QUOTE (JoshuaM @ May 11, 2013 - 1:25 AM) *
So you swapped over the wiring harness from the new lights too then? I got them with mine, but just chucked them in the cupboard... I might have to go 4 lights tongue.gif (Then again, I always drive with my lights on, so having them come on separately will make it more obvious to idiots not paying attention behind me... tongue.gif)

Yeah, since I had the rear plastics off anyway I decided I may as well use the JDM harness smile.gif

And You still have the third brake light for the idiots... I usually pump the brake a little when I start braking to alert morons behind me tongue.gif

I thought, if I am using the JDM tails mayaswell go the JDM style, 4x Tail Lights and 5x Brake Lights (Including the third)... It looks better IMO anyway smile.gif

The harness is very simple to change, its plugged in just behind the plastic, and has a rubber which comes off when you pull the harness, the new harness rubber was pretty difficult to get in (Until I used the screwdriver, but you have to be careful of both damaging the rubber and the paint on the car... Took me about 5mins for the first as I didn't know what I was doing tongue.gif and then 20secs for the second lol)
rentaspace
Big Update (Sort Of):
So, The skirts are done and on the car ! smile.gif
I'll go through the whole progress here, so there is gonna be LOTS of photos smile.gif

So basically, it began a month or two ago when I was searching eBay a came across a guy in South Australia selling the Veilside front bar, side-skirts and rear bar. I am not a fan of the Veilside front or rear (It makes the car look bulky and I just don't like it). So I offered the guy $120 for the skirts and he accepted. Now came the fun of getting them shipped from South Australia to New South Wales, I found a low-cost company that would ship them to Villawood Depo for $60 including $300 transit coverage. So $180 delivered to my door (almost):



Now, the manufacturers primer was shotty at best... and I rang around finding out prices to paint the skirts.. I got varying number from $250 - $1000+ (JUST to paint)... After scraping that idea, I approached one of my mates who worked for a smash repairs locally. His work agreed to supply the paint at-cost ($90 for a liter of two-pack) and my mate agreed to spray them for me at his house. Before going over, I decided to install the skirts on the car in a dry run to make sure they fitted:

The fitment was alright, some small minor imperfections were on the skirts (But that was to be expected).
I then took the skirts to my mates place and we got four layers of primer onto them:
http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u653/R...zps5d511818.jpg
Giving a much better finish then the crappy manufacturers stuff...

After a week of crappy weather and me ending up in hospital (long story short I drank to much), We finally got the skirts painted and cleared:

Drying the clear in the sun smile.gif

The next day, (Mothers day), we went to install the skirts only to find that the door trim was being blocked... So after marking out the area that needed to be cut, I had to leave to go to my girlfriends for lunch and then my grandparents. I got these photos of the installed (But not held on) skirts:



Later that night, using 4 screws, double sided tape and Sikaflex we installed the skirts properly (I don't think they will be moving anytime soon...)
There is some small imperfections in the paint and the skirts themselves, but nothing that detracts from the appearance (Some need to be fixed later on this week when the clear coat is fully cured) smile.gif
Overall I am very happy with the final product, and a big thanks goes to My mates and girlfriend that helped a lot through the whole process smile.gif
Once it got dark it was time for a photo-shoot:




And again, my favorite photo of the night:


I will get high-res night and day photos later this week when I get the fitment and everything perfect on the skirts smile.gif
JoshuaM

They look great biggrin.gif And seeing them all fitted now, I think they will flow on fantastically with the TRD rear spats... Much better than the OEM skirts tongue.gif

Have you thought about euro / SSIII / TRD front splitters?
rentaspace
QUOTE (JoshuaM @ May 12, 2013 - 9:58 PM) *
They look great biggrin.gif And seeing them all fitted now, I think they will flow on fantastically with the TRD rear spats... Much better than the OEM skirts tongue.gif

Have you thought about euro / SSIII / TRD front splitters?

Thanks man smile.gif

And I haven't really thought about fronts yet... I will definitely be getting some, but for now focusing on getting the rears delivered and painted smile.gif
JoshuaM

Buys colour-matched spats... Paints them anyway tongue.gif

Sounds good though smile.gif
rentaspace
QUOTE (JoshuaM @ May 12, 2013 - 11:39 PM) *
Buys colour-matched spats... Paints them anyway tongue.gif

Sounds good though smile.gif

hahahahaha I found out my paint isn't stock... It's 1 or 2 shades off of stock (The car was resprayed after the Lilli Pilli Hail storm in 1998)
and also white is the hardest paint colour to match, so I would rather just get the all to the proper colour smile.gif
rentaspace
High Res Day Photos:








rentaspace
And another photo post:



I also finally fixed the door panel trim material on both doors that was hanging off for the past half a year lol smile.gif Looks a lot better now smile.gif


And finally got these two 'interestingly' angled shots:


ILoveMySilly97
QUOTE (rentaspace @ Apr 21, 2013 - 3:07 AM) *
So after some research I found that Wolfie on 6GC made the clear third brake light, and could get his hands on the clear courtesy lights from the Tundra that fit perfectly. (Toyota Australia fought me saying I was 'making it up' and that they couldn't special order the part for me, complete bs if you ask me). So I got Wolfie to send them to me and they arrived and installed with no problems whatsoever biggrin.gif Unfortunately, by the time I found out about Wolfie, I had already purchased some crystal front and side indicators, but this doesn't bother me as I like their style and they match the side markers.
The final fitment of Wolfie's 3rd brake is spot-on, he does a fantastic job and big props to him:


Even up close, his detail is amazing:


Wolfie? Hmmmm....by any chance do you think I can get a hold of him? I would really like those clear brake light. Would go perfect with my clear front indicators and turn signals.
S8S8
Good to see another Aussie member.

Any plans for the engine and suspension? They're the best mods you'll do.
rentaspace
QUOTE (ILoveMySilly97 @ May 14, 2013 - 5:34 AM) *
QUOTE (rentaspace @ Apr 21, 2013 - 3:07 AM) *
So after some research I found that Wolfie on 6GC made the clear third brake light, and could get his hands on the clear courtesy lights from the Tundra that fit perfectly. (Toyota Australia fought me saying I was 'making it up' and that they couldn't special order the part for me, complete bs if you ask me). So I got Wolfie to send them to me and they arrived and installed with no problems whatsoever biggrin.gif Unfortunately, by the time I found out about Wolfie, I had already purchased some crystal front and side indicators, but this doesn't bother me as I like their style and they match the side markers.
The final fitment of Wolfie's 3rd brake is spot-on, he does a fantastic job and big props to him:


Even up close, his detail is amazing:


Wolfie? Hmmmm....by any chance do you think I can get a hold of him? I would really like those clear brake light. Would go perfect with my clear front indicators and turn signals.

I tried to contact him to thank him, but his inbox was full >.< So I don't know how to contact him if it's still full....

QUOTE (S8S8 @ May 14, 2013 - 6:42 AM) *
Good to see another Aussie member.

Any plans for the engine and suspension? They're the best mods you'll do.

No plans at the moment for engine (I'm still P-Plater for the next two years so I can't do much)
And suspension I might lower it on coil-overs, but the skirts are already lower than the legal limit, and they actually check it all the time around here kindasad.gif
Tigawoods
what does it mean to be a P-plater?
and they check skirt height!! thats absurd!!
ILoveMySilly97
That's a bummer. Well if you ever want to sell yours to me. PM me. Lol.
Smaay
is it an Australia thing? why cant you drive a stick? whay does your dads speedometer have to do with that?
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