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  • 1974 RA21 Toyota Celica ST Restoration

    In Sept. 8, 2012, I made a deal to buy a 74 ST automatic. It has the best interior and exterior compared to my '71 and '72.

    My car is silver with black interior and black vinyl roof, automatic and equipped with AC. Unfortunately, the owner I got it from sold the AC system. :banghead:

    Between the original owner and myself, the car got repainted white, so it became white with black vinyl roof.

    Here is the 74 the day I picked her up, Sept. 12, 2012. Hood, motor, trans, misc parts are included but not pictured.



    Original 18R-C and auto trans



    Bonus 18R-G and W50 trans



    1974 and 1971 next to each other

    '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

  • #2
    Finally getting around to posting up my restoration. I had the very ambitious goal of getting it done for Toyotafest 2017. That's less than six months.

    Dec. 10, 2016

    The 74 in the garage.



    Dash area



    Front seats with bolster damage



    Rear seats



    Engine bay with the original color



    Trunk with original liner (it's upside down), tool kit, jack



    Spare tire cover



    GT styled steel wheel and the gasket for the driver's side mirror.

    '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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    • #3
      Teardown date: 12-11-16

      At this point, i started putting an hour or more per night after work, dinner trying to get the car down to a shell.

      The front carpet area



      Front and rear carpet area. Carpet has areas that are worn down, but still in good shape.



      Back seat insulation



      Cardboard behind that



      Back metal support. You can see the faded C-pillars still in good shape. But they fell apart as soon as i took them off the car.



      Nice, solid trunk area. Gas tank, wire harness in good shape as well.



      Wire harness part number. I wrapped it to protect it.

      '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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      • #4
        Walk around video of the car. Don't mind the messy garage.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9kTA3ti84Q
        '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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        • #5
          Teardown date: 12-13-16

          Gas tank and passenger side detail. Wire harness is labeled.





          Right side door panel in great shape.



          Right side rear passenger side panel also in great shape.



          Brittle C-pillar plastics.





          Front to rear wire harness connector labeled.



          Original insulation still in decent shape.



          Left front floor insulation.



          Left rear floor insulation.



          Right front floor insulation.



          Right rear floor insulation removed. Burlap-type material protects the wire harness that goes to the rear of car.

          '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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          • #6
            Video date: 12-15-16

            I know why the left side was missing the plastic liners behind the finish panels. The car was broken into, and that side sports new glass for door and quarter window. Whoever did the repair never installed new plastic liners.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEwxDwp2_ck
            '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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            • #7
              Teardown date: 12-17-18

              Carpet insulation already removed. Wire plug ends labeled.

              Right side harness.



              Wire harness part # 82048-14011A



              Left side harness.



              Automatic shifter harness.

              '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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              • #8
                Vid date: 12-17-16

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W-5Roa-4lk
                '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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                • #9
                  12-26-16 Video:

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPobPBpd0DM
                  '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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                  • #10
                    12-27-16 Video:

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX0qMRXJEoM
                    '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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                    • #11
                      12-28-16 Video:

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgvDbIgiVuI
                      Last edited by dsp979; 01-23-2019, 06:44 AM.
                      '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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                      • #12
                        12-31-16 Video:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fufaoNZYZfs
                        '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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                        • #13
                          1-2-17 Video:

                          https://youtu.be/mSiKlYFdljo
                          '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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                          • #14
                            Jan. 7, 2017.

                            Under dash harness labeled.

                            Brake sensor wire plug



                            Emissions box plugs and harness to rear of car.



                            Harness plugs to console



                            Left side interior harness



                            Left engine bay parts labeled.



                            Firewall parts labeled.



                            Right engine bay parts labeled.

                            Last edited by dsp979; 01-24-2019, 06:12 AM.
                            '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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                            • #15
                              Jan 7, 2017 videos:

                              Part A, engine bay, pedal assemblies, labeled wire harness: https://youtu.be/t9H6TKiIhUI

                              Part B, interior firewall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQHxEOSJ9Ig
                              '71, '72, '74 Celica STs, 1985 AE88 hatch, 1989 240SX SE hatch

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