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jesse09
Little background info..

I bought the car sometime around turning 18 and it was all stock with 185,XXX miles. As strange as it may sound, it was the only car I had been wanting for well over a year. Celica's aren't very common in my area so had to be patient while waiting for one to turn up.

(I had originally ran into a 99' fully loaded celica GT with 55,XXX original miles for $5,000!! .. I wanted it so bad but could not afford it)
So I settled for a 95 ST automatic for half the price. Yes, I know a lot of people don't like autos, but it was my only realistic choice at the time.

Since then, it has been my pride and joy.. literally almost everytime I look at it.

I've been inspired by many cars on this sight and while my car may not be to everyone's taste it is to me.

Here's how it looked when I bought it..



First 2-3 years with the car
After about a year of just enjoying the classic looks I ran into 2 small trees that really damaged the fenders and damaged my bumper beyond repair
So I decided to start chasing my dream of the gt4 look. I bought the gt4 bumper for $450 and had a local body shop "fix" the fenders, fit the new bumper and do a full car (but lower quality) paint job for $600.

During this time I also added
Entry Level Sound system (Dual subs, SPL amp, power acoustic speakers, Pioneer Deck)
Car Alarm
Window Tint
Neon Dials

From this


To This


Installing Indiglo Face Dials with a buddy


Years 3-4
By this time I had become attached to my celica and was sure that I would never want to sell it, so figured might as well just keep adding and modding
These years I added..
17" Katana Wheels
Mud Flaps
GT4 hood
Sun Visor
7th gen steering wheel
Upgraded sound system to (kenwood speakers, Kenwood amp and sub)





Most Recently

Now my car means as much to me as a machine could to a person.. well maybe with the exception of young john conner and the terminator in part 2.
I get complements about my car all the time and turns a lot of heads when I'm driving. Everytime we go somewhere my friends always wanna go in my car and for also take some pride in it cause they have helped me out a lot with repairs. Not gonna lie I feel like I'm driving my dream car. I know its probably the slowest 6gc ever but it is awfully dependable. I may not even bother racing when a new mustang or corvette try to test my car at a light, but i think it's funny that $60,000 cars feel the need to impress my $2500 car. I have been saving up and sometime this year I really want to venture into the v6 swap or even give it a go at the rare 4agze but only time will tell on that..

Things I've done
Upgraded system (infinity kappa speakers, alpine amps, audiobahn to image dynamics sub)
Enkei Rims
Falken Tires
Eibach Springs
KYB shocks struts and mounts
Limited Edition Floor mats
JDM Tails









I have been upgrading parts as my budget allows.. I know some people say if your not gonna do it right don't do it at all but i've been learning mostly through trial and error. I'm a 23 yr old mex-american, still trying to finish up on my bachelors degree and so I can only work part time. I usually only buy the goodies when I get a really good deal.

Deals I've gotten include...

Set of JDM Tails- $80 picked up from local member
GT4 Hood- $145 shipped
Brand new Enkei rims, Falken tires- $575
Limited Edition floor mats- $50
TRD front and rear splitters- $95 shipped
Oem side skirts- $80 picked up

Body Kit is awaiting paint at the moment


Well that's about it for now, super tired from all this typing and uploading
Tomorrow or the next few days I will be posting of some stuff I have lined up to do and seek some advice about some stuff.

Thanks for reading and hope to hear from some of you guys
-Jesse
Box
Tell me more about that Camaro.







































Oh you thought I was serious.


































Oh but I am.











Nice looking Celica. I have the ST with 5 speed myself and I thought it was slow, I feel sorry for you in that regard. I've looked into doing the 4A-GZE swap myself since it'd allow keeping my transmission, but from what everyone says it's a real pain to do. So 1MZ-FE and call it a day. tongue.gif
rentaspace
Sexy car, keep up the good work smile.gif
cheela
you've come a long way. it looks great. and I think it's funny too when newer cars rev up nice to me to show off. laugh.gif
you got some of your parts for real cheap and that's awesome. wish I could have found some of my parts for that cheap.
oh well, keep it coming.
JoshuaM

Looks good, and you're certainly happy so that's most important smile.gif

One thing I noticed though... are they Curren/Coupe rear spats? That would explain poor fitment at the rear. I think they are harder to find then hatch ones, so might be worth trying to trade those on before painting rather than having to attempt the body work? .... Orrrr it could just look funny since they're taped on, either way tongue.gif
jesse09
QUOTE (JoshuaM @ Apr 22, 2013 - 10:16 AM) *
Looks good, and you're certainly happy so that's most important smile.gif

One thing I noticed though... are they Curren/Coupe rear spats? That would explain poor fitment at the rear. I think they are harder to find then hatch ones, so might be worth trying to trade those on before painting rather than having to attempt the body work? .... Orrrr it could just look funny since they're taped on, either way tongue.gif


Thanks man

and yeah for some reason the rear spats seem to be about a half inch to long for my hatch. I didn't know there was a difference in the curren/coupe rear bumpers..hmmm..that may be the problem cause I know they are not replicas.. the tape doesn't really help either lol

Oh well the guy has them ready to paint and said he can make them fit. He's doin the paint and fitment for 50 bucks so if it doesn't look good then it's not to big of a hit kindasad.gif
jesse09
Thanks for the complements guys

Box- the camaro belongs to the guy who does my cars body work. It's an IROCZ I think and man that thing really goes. Ya I know i really want to do the 1mz since there is it's become more documented, problem with mine is I would have to change trannys no matter what i go with.

rentaspace- thanks and i will! btw your SX looks is looking real good too.

cheela- thanks, ya I have gotten lucky with parts quite a few times. A lot of it his to do with checking ebay on an almost daily basis waiting for cheaper stuff to come up. And man your engine bay looks super clean. Wish mine looked like that.
Box
I want to say there were some supercharged MR2's that were automatic, so not necessarily. Still, I'd just say 1MZ and call it a day. If I were to swap mine that's what I'd do.
jesse09
QUOTE (Box @ Apr 23, 2013 - 12:15 AM) *
I want to say there were some supercharged MR2's that were automatic, so not necessarily. Still, I'd just say 1MZ and call it a day. If I were to swap mine that's what I'd do.


Yes there were supercharged mr2 autos. There is actually one here in a local salvage yard with a tore up 4agze. I'll have to go back and see what tranny it uses.
Malek
Where did you get the front and rear splitters for 95 shipped??

Lookin good! thumbsup.gif
Syaoran
I am now undecided between TRD replica wing or GT-4 risers... sigh.
Box
QUOTE (jesse09 @ Apr 23, 2013 - 9:31 AM) *
QUOTE (Box @ Apr 23, 2013 - 12:15 AM) *
I want to say there were some supercharged MR2's that were automatic, so not necessarily. Still, I'd just say 1MZ and call it a day. If I were to swap mine that's what I'd do.


Yes there were supercharged mr2 autos. There is actually one here in a local salvage yard with a tore up 4agze. I'll have to go back and see what tranny it uses.

Being it's a Series A engine it'll bolt up to your transmission. The main thing was having the ECU set for an auto.
jesse09
QUOTE (Malek @ Apr 23, 2013 - 11:10 AM) *
Where did you get the front and rear splitters for 95 shipped??

Lookin good! thumbsup.gif


Thanks!

I won them in an eBay auction. The title said rear trd splitters but one of the pictures had the front ones too. So I sent the seller a message asking about them and he said the listing was for both sets! I'm assuming no one else new it was for both
jesse09
QUOTE (Syaoran @ Apr 23, 2013 - 11:23 AM) *
I am now undecided between TRD replica wing or GT-4 risers... sigh.


I like the gt4 risers. I think they wld look good on ur black car. I believe they are cheaper too
sr666
Nice work mate. I had a ST myself a few years back and although it wasn't the quickest who cares it's still a Celica right smile.gif

Liking the work with the front end conversion it's looking good buddy smile.gif
jesse09
QUOTE (sr666 @ Apr 23, 2013 - 1:27 PM) *
Nice work mate. I had a ST myself a few years back and although it wasn't the quickest who cares it's still a Celica right smile.gif

Liking the work with the front end conversion it's looking good buddy smile.gif


Haha that's completely true! I'd still rather have celica just because its a celica!
Thanks man I appreciate it!
jesse09
Possible Upcoming Mods (inputs welcome): Sway Bars, Disk Brakes, and Seats (need some help on seats)

Suspension Tech Sway Bars Front and Rear or Front and Rear OEM strutbrace
Sway bars are $245 shipped from autoanything.com Still debating if this is worth the money.
OEM strut bars- I already have the front, rear is on sale for $110 on ebay. cheaper option, wondering if this would make a good enough difference in handling to avoid having to purchase sway bars.

Rear GT disk brakes- $100 dollars plus pads and rotors
There are 2 98 GT's I currently have access to that have the rear disk brake set up.
I decided I'm going to upgrade to this as soon as I have time.
If someone is interested in the other set, let me know.






Seats-
This is where I could really use some opinions/advice. I'm currently divided between three options.
Option 1- I have access to a 7th gen with black/smoke grey cloth seats (would match current interior). This option would be around $300. 200 for seats and probably 100 dollars for the 96-99 GT seat brackets and 96-99 GT seat belts which must also be changed. 7th gen seats in good condition just need to be cleaned.
Option 2- Vincent doggy seat covers. $330. I believe I read somewhere that the fitment is not that great for the 94-95 ST. I've never owned anything but cloth so Idk how I would like vinyl seats
Option 3- Reupholster worn out and faded black cloth on current seats and give the middle pattern a good clean up. Anywhere from $100-350
Let me know what you think,
Jesse
Syaoran
I love our stock seats. I'm getting mine reupholstered.
jesse09
QUOTE (Syaoran @ Apr 27, 2013 - 3:26 AM) *
I love our stock seats. I'm getting mine reupholstered.


how much is it gonna cost you if you don't mind me asking?
Ya I love the look of the stock seats too.
But idk if reupholstering them would be more of a hassle then to throw some 7th gens in which also look good IMO.
sr666
Plans are sounding good sir.

Now I can give advice and say that as per strut braces the GT Four rear brace is well worth buying so I'd be inclined to buy that first then if you decide you'd like sway bars too then get the rear one only in my opinion as it would set handling better.

With regards to brakes I don't know if you've got drums on the rear but I'd be looking at the front brakes first not the rears. The GT brakes are bigger / much better so I'd be doing that myself

Seats you say eh,

Right then I've got gen 7 seats in my 6 at the minute (pics in my progress thread I believe) and the first thing I'll say is they're much softer than the 6 seats although they lack support because of this. I'd be inclined to say are you going for looks or actual performance ie are you going to track the car / drive it hard etc?

If not then get gen 7 seats, If you are then get the 6 seats sorted

Simples haha
jesse09
QUOTE (sr666 @ Apr 27, 2013 - 4:18 AM) *
Plans are sounding good sir.

Now I can give advice and say that as per strut braces the GT Four rear brace is well worth buying so I'd be inclined to buy that first then if you decide you'd like sway bars too then get the rear one only in my opinion as it would set handling better.

With regards to brakes I don't know if you've got drums on the rear but I'd be looking at the front brakes first not the rears. The GT brakes are bigger / much better so I'd be doing that myself

Seats you say eh,

Right then I've got gen 7 seats in my 6 at the minute (pics in my progress thread I believe) and the first thing I'll say is they're much softer than the 6 seats although they lack support because of this. I'd be inclined to say are you going for looks or actual performance ie are you going to track the car / drive it hard etc?

If not then get gen 7 seats, If you are then get the 6 seats sorted

Simples haha


Excellent input man! I will be taking your advice and just start out with adding the strut brace, then possibly look at the sway bars. Idk why such I didn't think of such any easy solution.

Well I have rear drums and from what I've read converting to disk makes a pretty good amount of difference and I think it looks better too.

As for the seats, I just got a look at your interior and those seats look ballin. I'm leaning more towards the 7th gen now. I've never taken the car to track or anything. Im more about looks and comfort, and the 7 seem to be more comfortable.


sr666
Anytime mate happy to help.

Over in the UK even our ST's had rear disks that why I asked as I don't know too much about the differences

A lot of help would come from the rear brace they do make a big difference so well worth trying that first. Again from what I can tell of the sway bars they're more track focused so they maybe overkill lol.

Of course if something breaks it's a good time for an upgrade but I wouldn't do it of my own accord when there's lots of other stuff to do haha
jesse09
Finally replaced the windshield washer lines and fluid tank! This has never worked on my car due to a cracked tank and missing lines. Now that it's all working I realize how convenient having this feature is!
jesse09
So I finally had some movement on my car this week. And I think it's some of the most exciting and best yet. Adding to my resume of good deals is... Leather seats! And premium door panels with eclipse speakers for just 200 dollars!

The front seats are literally 10/10 and rear about 8/10. They are are dark smoke grey color that was the precise color I wanted!

The door panels are from the 8 speaker set up and they are about 9/10.

I found the donor car about 2 hours drive from my house on craigslist and picked the stuff up at a great price. The extra speaker really bring out the mids and add a much more full and rich sound! And seats are really comfy and makes it feel like a brand new car. Also added a TRD horn sticker for looks and painted my cluster needles red orange, this added a more aggressive feel. I bought some TOMS seat belt cushions just for kicks.

I also finally painted and installed the trd splitters and oem sideskirts. I think it looks really good but I'm still debating wether to keep them on or not. Comments always welcome!







Box
QUOTE (jesse09 @ Jun 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM) *
So I finally had some movement on my car this week. And I think it's some of the most exciting and best yet. Adding to my resume of good deals is... Leather seats! And premium door panels with eclipse speakers for just 200 dollars!

Just so you know, I hate you now. tongue.gif
cheela
I'm with Box. tongue.gif you are just too good at getting these deals!
those are on my to-do lists but can never find a decent set or seats or door panel.
jesse09
Ya I will admit this is like a dream find. Couldn't really believe it at first but I'm glad I searched eBay and Craigslist daily, and got a lucky find! Seats aren't really leather though now that I examined them, but they are a high quality vinyl.
Box
Thought they looked different than the leather seats I've seen. Look to be top notch, someone paid good money to have them recovered.
jesse09
Small update:

Added armrest cover


Also added a new alpine headunit but have no pic of it. Model cde-148bt. It's their newest lineup and features a nice 9 band equalizer, 4v pre-outs and time correction along with some other nice tuning perks.
jesse09
Haven't done much with my car lately. Added some 8mm spacers to rear and 5mm to the front.

Currently contemplating buying a turbo setup from the for sale forums . Not really sure how good of an idea this is, as my engine has quite a bit of miles.
richee3
I wouldn't worry about the mileage as long as the engine has healthy compression.
Box
QUOTE (richee3 @ Nov 8, 2013 - 8:09 PM) *
I wouldn't worry about the mileage as long as the engine has healthy compression.

That. Though a mild refresh wouldn't hurt things though.
jesse09
I wasn't happy with the prefab probox I had so I decided to do something a little more custom. The box took up wayy to much room, sound quality was poor, and wasn't aesthetically pleasing with the amps and wires on the back of the rear seats

Only pic I can find



So I had a custom box made.



I had the guy make it so it stayed relatively aligned to bulges on the side

After that I bought some 1/4 MDF and carpet and began to construct my own "flush" enclosure















And that's all. It's far from perfect but it looks a lot better than having the amps and wire out in the open and there's actually a decent amount of space.

Overall cost other than the actual sub box was about $25 and took less than 2 hours to make. Hope you guys like it
MarbleFlame
Love the look of that enclosure..
rentaspace
Loving the progress, definitely keep the skirts and spats on (y)
cheela
what are you gonna do when you have a rear strut bar?! hahahah.
looks good though and decent amount of trunk room left too.
jesse09
Thanks guys

Haha I debated for like an hour about the strut bar but decided to just go with a neater box. Ya there is plenty of space for me to store some of my stuff I need.

Definetly keeping the skirts, but I do need to make a thread to trade my rear coupe splitters for some hatch ones.
jesse09
I ran into some local tein coilovers for pretty cheap. 200 something dollars cheap. Unfortunately I don't know much about coilovers but I don't think these won't fit my ST. But I want to confirm before i pass on them. I also don't really know how to tell on the condition. Can anyone give me some insight on these?











Tigawoods
they wont fit
njccmd2002
yup if you see closely it says is for st205, or the GT4
jesse09
yeah I guess I was just blindly hoping they would frown.gif
jesse09
Euro Lip finally arrived. Did a quick spray in black and fitted, it looks nice but not perfect. The whole car needs a repaint.

Overall I absolutely love the look. I've been wanting this piece for a long time. It's getting really close to being where I want it. At least cosmetically









You can't really see but the lip is about 4 inches lower from the tip of the bumper and about 3.5 inches from the ground.

Took it for a spin and haven't scraped on anything so it's better designed against bumps then it looks






Also bought a new set of Cooper RS3-A tires and a set of 25 and 30mm spacers.

I had to get my fenders rolled and there is still the slightest bit of rubbing when I go over hard bumps, so I've been super careful.

I love the tires by the way. They look great, ride great, and you can get them for a great price from discount tire direct on ebay.












I'm starting to debate getting a new car as a daily driver, so I don't have to put more stress on my car and help preserve the celica for as long as possible.

I say this but i'd probably still drive the celica anyway. I love my celica.



The_enD
Oh, man, the lip looks great. It sits very nicely on a GT-FOUR.
njccmd2002
Im digging the look of that lip
Red123
that lip looks very nice thumbsup.gif
jesse09
thanks! i gotta get someone with a DSLR to take better pics. Iphone camera isn't cutting it anymore
jesse09
Projectors!



Got them for $400 shipped. Driver side headlight has broken tabs, but they were included so I think I can fix them with glue.

Does anyone know if a USDM housing will fit the JDM housing?

I think I'm gonna go with 6000k HID's, after I modify them for US roads, hopefully thats not too difficult.
mkernz22
QUOTE (jesse09 @ Mar 28, 2014 - 4:22 PM) *
Projectors!



Got them for $400 shipped. Driver side headlight has broken tabs, but they were included so I think I can fix them with glue.

Does anyone know if a USDM housing will fit the JDM housing?

I think I'm gonna go with 6000k HID's, after I modify them for US roads, hopefully thats not too difficult.


I believe the projector housings are different than the USDM ones
jesse09
Haven't been updated in awhile. Not really any big mods done

Added the 98-99 Steering wheel and took out the 7th gen. wheel.
The ENDs cluster pods

Only a few small more details to take care of then I can't wait to for an actual engine swap.










jesse09
Picked up some 5zigen FN01RC for cheap the other day but it was more of an impulse by. After thinking about it i'm not really sure how I would like them on the celica. I painted 2 of them in a smoke/bronze metallic color, haven't had time to do the other 2. May sell them, don't know yet..



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