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Thread: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

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    Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Yeah, you read that right! After a 23 hour car ride (a story that surely deserves its own post), Jim's '81 Celica is all mine, and I couldn't be happier. Owning a right-hand drive Japanese car has been a dream of mine since high school, and after some recent events in my life, I decided that now was the time. :tu: First plans are to get a title (Jim's helping out with some of the paperwork), then start on the bodywork while I look for an engine. For those unfamiliar with the other thread, this car is a JDM 2000GT, which might be the top spec if I'm not mistaken. It has no engine but with a little luck I'll be able to source an 18RG to build up for this beast. I'll start off with a few pics of how it sits now, at my friend's body shop.


    An overall shot of my Jersey girl.


    Pretty sure an 18RG belongs in here. With twin Webers. And velocity stacks. :tu:


    Obligatory "idiot in the engine bay" shot. That's my Dad on the right, resigned to, and now embracing, his son's utter stupidity.


    I love this grille, I don't think many of the USDM cars had them...I think we got stuck with a Gilette Fusion-inspired piece. Needs a pair of oil cooler lines running between the slats...


    I can imagine some Japanese guy rolling around with this lettering on the quarter back in the day just pleased as all hell with himself.


    Trunk looks pretty clean, it's a shame the car didn't come with a full set of these cloverleaf steelies.


    Interior looks pretty good, it should clean up nice.


    Another shot of the dash. Some of the trim is slightly damaged but the dash itself is in fantastic shape.

    Sorry for the crummy pictures! I'll take some better ones once we get the car into a bay and start working on it. I have a long road ahead of me but that's exactly what I wanted...I'm so happy I can barely type! That's all for now!

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Im so jealous.



    =(

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Nice to see that the car stayed in the forum family. Can't wait for this build thread.

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Quote Originally Posted by TransAmBandit
    Im so jealous.



    =(
    You think YOU'RE jealous? You have two Celicas and I only have one! :P

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Love that dash; all intact too! Congrats!

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Nice to see the celica will have a second chance and be a runner someday soon. Keep us posted on your progress :tu:

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Quote Originally Posted by Camshaft
    Quote Originally Posted by TransAmBandit
    Im so jealous.



    =(
    You think YOU'RE jealous? You have two Celicas and I only have one! :P

    LMAO, will trade you the vert for this. I was considering posting my Vert up for sale and getting that RA45 instead.

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Love it! Cant wait to see what you do to it.

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    rad :tu: it doesnt even look that rusty

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    Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica

    Quote Originally Posted by schassisowner
    rad :tu: it doesnt even look that rusty
    Yeah, it looks pretty solid body-wise. Of course I'm expecting a few surprises at teardown time but I'm fairly optomistic.

    I had to grab the serial number today to apply for a title, and it was 10 digits long. I love old cars. 8)

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