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Csober
Hi guys, I figured there was no harm in making a build thread for my daily. I found this car 3 months ago, 6 hours south of my home town and just couldn't pass it up. The car was just too good to be true. No rust, low miles and in just beautiful condition, with all the comforts needed for a daily. The build will be very slow seeing this is just my daily, my main project is another vehicle. I have a goal of making the car appear as close to a true GT4 WRC as possible, I'm sure I will get some hate because of this but it won't bother me any. Seeing we never got them in the US I thought it would be a nice change, no plans on a 3sgt swap (yet). So let me bring you up too speed.


1994 Toyota Celica GT (US spec)
112k (when purchased)
5 speed
5fse


Day I got her home:



New app radio 4! And Tomei shift knob I took from my Evo tongue.gif



End works gauge bezel with full blue LED interior lighting.


Showing off the beautiful interior:


JDM tail lights, tint, and a sk2 antenna were a must, the other beast sleeps in the garage:


Scored a set of authentic 99 JDM WRC spoiler riser blocks, with the correct 3D grapihte badges:


Couldn't stand the factory wheels any more:


Suspension, I work for Airlift Performance so this is only temporary.. custom stuff will be coming soon:)


Just as I'm installing the suspension, this arrived:


Installed, looking nice. The wing is removed sent out for paint!


Much better:






Scored a C-one lip, still needs paint of course, along with a nice set of OEM side skirts!







More parts from endworks (This guy has been my favorite to deal with for these cars.. by far)! Again, hood spoiler needs paint!


Wing back from paint, with the emblems installed!




I'll be updating as often as possible. Hope to meet some new friends through here! Thanks guys.
Bushmatic
Beautiful car with lots of tasteful mods! I enjoyed seeing it in person yesterday. What kind of wheels are those? And where/who did you get the clip from?
richee3
Clean car, great work so far! thumbsup.gif
Box
I like how silver always manages to bring out body lines you'd otherwise have never noticed, car looks great.
ClevelandGaint
Looks amazing, keep up the good work. biggrin.gif
cheela
well... that escalated quickly.. hahaha

welcome. looks like you're making good progress already. looks great!
Csober
QUOTE (Bushmatic @ Oct 19, 2016 - 10:31 AM) *
Beautiful car with lots of tasteful mods! I enjoyed seeing it in person yesterday. What kind of wheels are those? And where/who did you get the clip from?



Thanks bud, These wheels are made by MST, and the front clip came from Sunrise Japanese.
Csober
Haha thanks guys. Not much of an update. But i had some spare time today at work. So I decided to start on the trunk set up for the suspension. For those that are not familar with how our product works it is a fully threaded strut body, with either a double billow, or sleeve type air spring. This will have 30 way adjustable dampers front and rear, along with front camber plates.. The management will be our latest 3H system, with hight sensors. Each bag pressure will be individually adjustable, of course there is also presets. This is essentially the same set up I have on my Evo smile.gif Not only will this be lighter then the factory suspension, it is fully adjustable, and out performs coilovers!



Just a quick pic after work. Got the hood spoiler painted and installed, still waiting on the side skirts and front lip.


Figured I'd share a bit of the other project. Here is my weekend car. 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9. Bought this car from the original owner 3 years ago 100% bone stock.. Now it is far from it, car made 563whp and 417wtrq on the 6262 turbo at 32 psi 93oct this year. The car is currently under the knife (even though it was parked running flawlessly) with the plans of 650whp larger turbo, injectors and different clutch, trans and final drive. Also I have a goal of getting the car at 2800lbs. Currently the car weights 3020lbs with a 1/2 tank of gas. So many more carbon fiber parts (Like a full roof)! It moves along nicely as it is, I'm very excited to see what it makes come spring!

Day i got her:


Now:






The puppy tongue.gif


As you can see i have a bit of an addiction with billet, carbon, and titanium... I'm really hoping to not bring this addiction to the Celica, it is just a daily after all!
ClevelandGaint
Flawless!
Bushmatic
Damn, your Evo is a straight up monster bowdown.gif Looking at that "after work" picture of the Celica, I think the air suspension and body pieces are the last things the car needs to look perfect. Do you do any shows or events (with either of your cars) ?
Csober
Thanks guys, yea I go to about every event I can with the Evo. Sonic is about a weekly thing seem to get a good number of races in there. The Celica hasn't been to much yet, however I have a feeling it's gonna be a tuff decision between which one to take after the winter.

Basically I want to keep the celica simple. My plans for the moment are the following
-JDM fenders
-projector headlamps
-Recaro confetti seats
-99 confetti rear seats
-steering wheel
-rear spats (not sure which to go with yet)
-install the skirts
-install the lip
-have the hood, bumper fenders repainted and blended into the a pillars, and doors
-install air suspension.
- enkei RC-T4 wheels (maybe)
-GT4 front and rear brakes.

I hope to have this all done over the course of the winter. But we shall see!
jordisonjr
Holy sh!t what an awesome build, on both vehicles!

Would love to see more of the Evo, and can't wait to see more updates on the celica too. The body pieces should finish off the exterior quite nicely.
ClevelandGaint
QUOTE (Csober @ Oct 20, 2016 - 6:58 AM) *
Thanks guys, yea I go to about every event I can with the Evo. Sonic is about a weekly thing seem to get a good number of races in there. The Celica hasn't been to much yet, however I have a feeling it's gonna be a tuff decision between which one to take after the winter.

Basically I want to keep the celica simple. My plans for the moment are the following
-JDM fenders
-projector headlamps
-Recaro confetti seats
-99 confetti rear seats
-steering wheel
-rear spats (not sure which to go with yet)
-install the skirts
-install the lip
-have the hood, bumper fenders repainted and blended into the a pillars, and doors
-install air suspension.
- enkei RC-T4 wheels (maybe)
-GT4 front and rear brakes.

I hope to have this all done over the course of the winter. But we shall see!



Very interested in your air ride setup once completed, will be following that closely
richee3

Box
STALKER ALERT! tongue.gif
richee3
What can I say? I'm always tracking down clean Celicas. smile.gif
Csober
QUOTE (richee3 @ Oct 22, 2016 - 4:13 PM) *
What can I say? I'm always tracking down clean Celicas. smile.gif


Thanks man, it was good to meet you!
richee3
Same, and it's always great to see a spotless 6gc!
ClevelandGaint
Any updates??
Csober
Sadly not much has been going on with the Celica. I have the air kit ran and wired, however I have not had time to install the sleeves, and double bellows themselves. I have put 2,000 miles on it in the past 2 months (Have been driving it a ton) so haven't got much time to work on it. The Evo has had all of my attention and money for the new forward facing turbo set up I am installing. However come Monday the front clip of the Celica is getting removed and freshly painted. This will include the hood, fenders, bumper cover, front lip, and side skirts! Pretty excited and at that point the body should be 100% flawless. No dents, scratches, chips ect! Here's a couple pictures to pass the time.
Decided to make the trunk set up a bit more compact:

Basic over look and fluid change before my 7 hour trip to Import Alliance



nikz
I love those wheels.

Probably the nicest wheels I have seen on a 6th gen.

Beautiful work by the way.
Csober
QUOTE (nikz @ Dec 1, 2016 - 4:00 PM) *
I love those wheels.

Probably the nicest wheels I have seen on a 6th gen.

Beautiful work by the way.



Thank you! Yea for some cheap wheels they look nice. And the quality of the finish is great! however some authentic TE37 SL's would hit the spot also!
Tigawoods
not a bad looking daily to have!
Thatd be most peoples garage queen

QUOTE (Csober @ Oct 19, 2016 - 5:02 PM) *
it is fully adjustable, and out performs coilovers!

its very apparent you work for airlift haha tongue.gif
Csober
Thank you! I am happy with how its coming along.
Yes I do work for Airlift however I am Not a sales man and that's not the reason I say that.. We have done many test on the track and street to prove this. I understand it's not for everyone, however anyone that has the idea that our air suspension can not perform is uneducated on the design and typically the over all function of how a suspension works.

On a side note parts are at paint! Pretty excited to get them back. After the second set of JDM fenders arrived damaged I gave up.. I was tired of waiting and wasting money. So out of my two sets of wrecked JDM fenders i made a template of the side marker lights. That way i could trace out the exact location and shape of the hole I would have to cut into the fenders. It turned out perfect. Now I am relying on the the body shop to properly shave the large front USDM marker light hole. So the car looks 100% correct. Also have the JDM/EDM rear licences plate section. Just need it painted and installed.

Ill post up some pictures hopefully Saturday after receiving parts back from paint.
Csober
Pictures from paint!! Gonna pull the car in the shop clean it up and install everything. Maybe if I have time I'll get it on air, seeing it is winter time.. Would be nice to adjust the hight incase we get heavy snow fall.












cheela
you sure this is still gonna be your daily??? hahaha

QUOTE (Csober @ Dec 6, 2016 - 1:02 PM) *
So out of my two sets of wrecked JDM fenders i made a template of the side marker lights. That way i could trace out the exact location and shape of the hole I would have to cut into the fenders. It turned out perfect. Now I am relying on the the body shop to properly shave the large front USDM marker light hole. So the car looks 100% correct.


I don't get why so many people insist on getting JDM fenders instead of just doing that. I mean you're going to have to repaint it either way unless u found the same exact color in great condition and giving it ships perfectly too. lol I for one don't care much for them because I have the fender badges.

Tigawoods
QUOTE (Csober @ Dec 6, 2016 - 2:02 PM) *
Thank you! I am happy with how its coming along.
Yes I do work for Airlift however I am Not a sales man and that's not the reason I say that.. We have done many test on the track and street to prove this. I understand it's not for everyone, however anyone that has the idea that our air suspension can not perform is uneducated on the design and typically the over all function of how a suspension works.

On a side note parts are at paint! Pretty excited to get them back. After the second set of JDM fenders arrived damaged I gave up.. I was tired of waiting and wasting money. So out of my two sets of wrecked JDM fenders i made a template of the side marker lights. That way i could trace out the exact location and shape of the hole I would have to cut into the fenders. It turned out perfect. Now I am relying on the the body shop to properly shave the large front USDM marker light hole. So the car looks 100% correct. Also have the JDM/EDM rear licences plate section. Just need it painted and installed.

Ill post up some pictures hopefully Saturday after receiving parts back from paint.


Yeah the discussion that arose from that video airlift put out a while back is an interesting one to say the least. I personally (strictly for track use, single purpose use, strictly performance in mind for the setup) wouldnt say at the price they are set at (complete setup), out perform an equally priced coilover. Not to mention the added weight of the system. Saying air outperforms coilovers is a pretty broad statement I guess, not that I can control what and how people say things on the internet (not that I havent tried)
No offense meant to you, this is just and observations but the majority of people I see pushing this air > coils for track applications deal, from what Ive seen, are sponsored or are in some way associated with the company.

I do have to say, I am really interested in these systems and its really cool how far they have come in the past 10 years. I would love to have my DD be on air. That would be awesome sauce.


Back to the build:

Yeah, being in the US, its better off just DIY'ing the JDM fenders unless you know of a set in the US that can be picked up. They are unreasonably fragile, and damage so easily (usually from improper packaging support)
I lost $350 on some JDM fenders way back when from a UK member who scammed me. One and done for me haha
As long as that front sidemarker can be patched without showing a silhouette of the hole, it is so much more worth it that way. Looks like you pulled that off!
Csober
QUOTE (cheela @ Dec 9, 2016 - 12:04 PM) *
you sure this is still gonna be your daily??? hahaha


I don't get why so many people insist on getting JDM fenders instead of just doing that. I mean you're going to have to repaint it either way unless u found the same exact color in great condition and giving it ships perfectly too. lol I for one don't care much for them because I have the fender badges.



Yea I don't think I'll be driving it in the winter tongue.gif looking at buying a beater this weekend. This is defiantly the way to go with the fenders. It worked great and you couldn't tell inside or out that they were modified. I'm extremely happy with the paint/body work!!
Csober
QUOTE (Tigawoods @ Dec 9, 2016 - 12:18 PM) *
QUOTE (Csober @ Dec 6, 2016 - 2:02 PM) *
Thank you! I am happy with how its coming along.
Yes I do work for Airlift however I am Not a sales man and that's not the reason I say that.. We have done many test on the track and street to prove this. I understand it's not for everyone, however anyone that has the idea that our air suspension can not perform is uneducated on the design and typically the over all function of how a suspension works.

On a side note parts are at paint! Pretty excited to get them back. After the second set of JDM fenders arrived damaged I gave up.. I was tired of waiting and wasting money. So out of my two sets of wrecked JDM fenders i made a template of the side marker lights. That way i could trace out the exact location and shape of the hole I would have to cut into the fenders. It turned out perfect. Now I am relying on the the body shop to properly shave the large front USDM marker light hole. So the car looks 100% correct. Also have the JDM/EDM rear licences plate section. Just need it painted and installed.

Ill post up some pictures hopefully Saturday after receiving parts back from paint.


Yeah the discussion that arose from that video airlift put out a while back is an interesting one to say the least. I personally (strictly for track use, single purpose use, strictly performance in mind for the setup) wouldnt say at the price they are set at (complete setup), out perform an equally priced coilover. Not to mention the added weight of the system. Saying air outperforms coilovers is a pretty broad statement I guess, not that I can control what and how people say things on the internet (not that I havent tried)
No offense meant to you, this is just and observations but the majority of people I see pushing this air > coils for track applications deal, from what Ive seen, are sponsored or are in some way associated with the company.

I do have to say, I am really interested in these systems and its really cool how far they have come in the past 10 years. I would love to have my DD be on air. That would be awesome sauce.


Back to the build:

Yeah, being in the US, its better off just DIY'ing the JDM fenders unless you know of a set in the US that can be picked up. They are unreasonably fragile, and damage so easily (usually from improper packaging support)
I lost $350 on some JDM fenders way back when from a UK member who scammed me. One and done for me haha
As long as that front sidemarker can be patched without showing a silhouette of the hole, it is so much more worth it that way. Looks like you pulled that off!



Yes it's a very annoying aruement/discussions. For everyone that questions that video we were competeing with Kw V3 coilovers. But don't get me wrong I 100% agree. If it's a track car don't waist the money on bags.. There's no point. Now if you like to track it and drive on Michigan roads, then there is no better option:) but the price is deffinatly the largest down fall. For example the suspension on this car would be about $3400 to duplicate.. but it will handle great, adjust on the fly, and hopefully get nice and low:)
Csober
As far as the car goes, worked a while today getting it all put back together. And man does it look nice:) I'm extremely happ! I have everything on and gaped properly (I'm way to picky on this). Just need to put the side skirts on tomorrow, and I will post pictures. I have decided against the C-one front lip . It fits great and all but something about it just don't look right to me. It's just not the look I'm going for I suppose. Any one looking to buy it smile.gif?
Csober
Worked on the celica some more today, decided that the black plastic vent pieces on the hood, and upper/lower bumper grill assembly's were showing their age. So before install I decided to prep them and spray them a nice satin black. Turned out looking like brand new! Here are some pics.
Before




After








And well a couple sneak peaks:) got her washed up and the skirts installed today. Used all the new OEM under clips and front screws/ guards. Then ran 3m two face tape down the leading edge with some prep bonding agent. They fit nice and flush (have I mentioned how much body gap bugs me lol) Ignore the painters tape just want to help that two face tape cure over night.

Wet tongue.gif

y

Good night

Csober
Well here she is let me know what you think:









Well off to hibernation she goes.. I picked up a new winter beater today. Check out this $300 jem lol. Power everything, everything works, the interior is like new, and it runs/drives great.. I mean why wouldn't I?!


cheela
celi's looking perfect! glad you're not driving it through the winter. smile.gif

and hell yea! that's a great beater!
Csober
QUOTE (cheela @ Dec 12, 2016 - 10:58 AM) *
celi's looking perfect! glad you're not driving it through the winter. smile.gif

and hell yea! that's a great beater!



Thank you, I appreciate it! Its funny the snow tires I bought for the beater today cost $25 more then the car did laugh.gif Should be a beast though!

-Moving the car to my storage garage tonight, then if all goes as planed this weekend my body guy will be over to wet sand all the freshly painted panels, and then full 3 stage compound buff the entire car. So she should look really nice. Now just to find time to get the damn bags on this thing smile.gif
Box
Celica looks great! I feel sorry for all the people up north that can't drive their fun car year round or if it's an only car that heavily influences what they get.

I'm surprised you found a relatively nice car that runs and drives for $300, I figured those days were long gone thanks to the government and their stupid cash for clunkers program but I guess there's been enough later model used cars added into the market to make it happen.
Csober
QUOTE (Box @ Dec 12, 2016 - 1:50 PM) *
Celica looks great! I feel sorry for all the people up north that can't drive their fun car year round or if it's an only car that heavily influences what they get.

I'm surprised you found a relatively nice car that runs and drives for $300, I figured those days were long gone thanks to the government and their stupid cash for clunkers program but I guess there's been enough later model used cars added into the market to make it happen.



Thank you, and yea I always seem to find good ones lol, my last beater (91 celica GT-S) and the one before that (92 Celica GT) I bought under $600.00. The 91 lasted me 4 years of daily driving. She went to the scrap yard running great with 378k on the clock frown.gif
Csober
So I have some nice subtle carbon fiber parts on the way for the exterior, honestly I had no idea anyone even offered these peices. I'm pretty excited to say the least however they will take a little over a month to get to me kindasad.gif Meanwhile I figured it was time to start focusing on the interior . Decided to order a hub for the steering wheel I have and finally get that installed. As for seats I am still debating what I want to do . I really want the Recaro confetti seats however I have these perfect condition leather and suede Evo9 Recaro seats I could install. Either way plan on having rears cost of upholstered to match the fronts. Really trying to get the car where I want it before the end of January. There is a huge indoor show here in Michigan (AutoRama) in the middle of February, and I would like to attend it.





Here is a picture of the wheel, when I first got the car. Was debating then to install it.
Box
Well it depends on what look you want, the EVO IX seats would kind of modernize the interior somewhat whereas the JDM confetti seats would be most excellently 90's. If you're like me and like having airbags you could do the 7th gen steering wheel swap, at least that's what I was going to do before I sold it.
Csober
Yea, exactly what I was thinking with interiors also. I want the car to look era correct, which is why I'm going to hold off and continue searching for nice confetti seats. As far as the wheel go I'm not a big fan of the 7th gen wheel, or maybe it's because everyone has them. No airbag does not bother me as long as it's equity with a collapsible hub. I was thinking a 94 GT4 wheel would suit it well, but finding one not trashed is difficult. I really think the style of this Nardi wheel is just right. Making cruise work and mount maybe tricky, but I'm sure it won't be too difficult.
richee3
Have you seen that Mike is selling a set of covers? You may need to pick up a set of '96+ seats to make them work but that shouldn't be too expensive.

http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=97341
Box
The '94 ST205 or the '99 wheel would be different and model correct, though the '99 is similar to the wheel used in 7th gens and a lot of the later Toyotas. The Nardi wheel looks good and if removing the airbag isn't a concern then might as well use it since you like it and have it already.
Csober
On a side note. Does anyone have a lead on where I can find a set of these TTE mirrors? I Need Them!


Tigawoods
lewis rally sport makes and sells both frp and cf versions.
they are hard to get in good contact with though frown.gif
HectortheRican
Great build, man. Clean and sexy. I'm very envious of your seemingly easy access to a lift biggrin.gif .... frown.gif
Csober
Thanks everyone! Yes it's deffinatly nice having access to all the equipment I do. Nothing to up date, just been tucked in for winter.



Happy holidays from my pup to you all lol.



Csober
Having a difficult time deciding on what to do with the front of the car. Part of me thinks the Euro splitters is all I need to make the car flow well, then another part of me really wants to order the Eurou Front lip simply because it is my favorite. I am scoring a Euro rear bumper lip this week which I am pretty excited about. Have been looking for one for some time now. Also found the window rain guards I have looked long and hard for, however it's looking like it will be over a month before I receive them kindasad.gif . Also came across some beautiful Recaro SR3 confetti front seats, however with the holidays and recent evo parts I just don't have the extra $1,100 to make them mine frown.gif I shall see what I can make happen though..

(What the Euro rear lip should look like after install and paint)


How the car would look with the Eurou front lip smile.gif

trdproven
Eurou lip costs about 700-800 shipped and several weeks of waiting just in case you wanted to know. why don't you just use the C-one front lip?
Csober
QUOTE (trdproven @ Dec 28, 2016 - 12:18 AM) *
Eurou lip costs about 700-800 shipped and several weeks of waiting just in case you wanted to know. why don't you just use the C-one front lip?



They are actually much more affordable then I originally anticipated. $203.00 for the lip and $308.00 for DHL shipping to my work. But yea 2-4week wait on them (Seems to be that way for anything with this car). In my opinion the lines on the c-one lip just don't look right. I love how it looks in pictures, Not so much in person.
Box
I've always liked the TOM's Magic lip the most, which is was meant for facelifted bumpers but it works on pre-facelifted ones too:

Though it'd look better if the openings in the sides of the GT-Four bumper were filled in and smoothed out, but you've already painted the car so that wouldn't be feasible. Then again the C-ONE lip leaves them exposed as well. I think I like the Euro more than the C-ONE though.
Csober
Yea the Toms lip looks good on the face lift bumper, I'm not a huge fan of it on the GT4 front. The sides do seem to flow well with the side skirts however. Eurou lip it is, Hopefully I like it.
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