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    Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    Hey guys, Its been almost a year now since i bought my 73 ST, and I haven't started my project thread yet, because there hadn't been much of a project to speak of. But were moving quick now so Im gonna try and document as best i can. so here goes!

    So, our little friend here started life as two cars as far as I know, and 1973 and 74, respectively. I think mostly the 73, at least the VIN anyway! Previous owner could not find a celica in the condition he wanted it in, so he decided to build one. Its got a 4 Speed and an 18R-C, what look to be the original seats with the dragon emblems on them, and damned near no interior.

    Here he is with the only mod so far, amber high beams.


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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    Lots of plans for this one! lets start with what im currently knee deep in, the suspension.

    Front struts have been pulled, as well as rear springs and shocks. LCA, UCA and Lateral Link Bushings were all shot so I pulled those too.


    Replaced all the bushings, thank god I have a friend with a press! Installed 5x11 Black Magic Springs and Camaro shocks in the rear.



    Looks a little lower than when I got it, but will have to wait until the front is sorted out to figure out if i need to cut a coil off. I'm hoping not.


    Next update, front coilovers


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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    Finished the front suspension, and then promptly went on vacation for two weeks and forgot to post a single picture! Better late than never I suppose

    It's awesome to have friends who can weld, heres Alex cutting the spring perches off the front struts.



    welding the struts back together after taking 40mm so they will fit shorter strut inserts.



    Comparing the new weld with the stock, looks good!



    We welded on a new spring perch, painted the struts and and installed the coilover kit,



    Need better pics of the finished product, but she's sitting nice and low now. And I didn't even have to cut the new rear springs, which I'm happy about.


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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    Fantastic! Keep us posted.

    Where did you get the amber high beams?

    I also have an E28. Used to have a '77 GT liftback too. Great cars

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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    Nice, yeah I love that E28, Its allot more expensive for the parts i want than the RA, thats for sure!

    I got my ambers from a 1stgencelica.com member named Toydoktr. I think he still has stock in them.

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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    I like the amber high beams :tu: need to get one for myself

    I know someones in 1stgencelica sells them

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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    Hey giving this thread some life again ( I know its not been too long) What year Camaro shocks did you use? 3rd gen? I think that's what I used on my corolla. I just got myself a 76 celica and looking into shocks for the rear. So I hope its the 3rd gen. Plenty of those piles at the junk yard lol.

    Brian

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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    I think it was third gen, but I cannot remember. I think anything from 89 through like 02 will work, and are dirt cheap even new on rock auto.

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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    yup, pretty much the quick and dirty option for any SRA toyota. I confuse the counter guys when I go in for shocks.
    "I need 3rd gen camaro shocks"
    "what year camaro?'
    "76 celica..."
    "I didn't know GM made the celica?" :lol:

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    Re: Vonndoom 73 Celica build

    OP your car looks SWEET! I want to see it with the suspension done.
    Quote Originally Posted by OkieRA29
    yup, pretty much the quick and dirty option for any SRA toyota. I confuse the counter guys when I go in for shocks.
    "I need 3rd gen camaro shocks"
    "what year camaro?'
    "76 celica..."
    "I didn't know GM made the celica?" :lol:
    I do the same thing. Camaro rears on the rear and SW20 rears on my front. cressida... bla bla bla
    :shock: :shock: :shock: <-- then they all look like this.

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