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    Rusty Chick -75 Celica

    Hi guys and girls?!

    I want to share you the on going story of my project ta22 Celica which I like to call as a Rusty Chick.

    There she is on the day I bought her. And a happy owner. This was on eastern 2011.

    When I bought it I didn't really realize the amount of work I had ahead me. I thought really did buy a piece of shit, to be honest. And even paid too much for it.. ops:

    Well, I started my project by stripping up her and then hundreads of hours of rust prepair. I mean honestly, I spent months doing it. It was like that only place I didn't have rust on was hood, because it's made of fiberglass.

    View in the trunk was horrible.




    Doing that area of the car took ages but I finally got it done. After that I went in for the engine bay area. And more rust...





    Both sides had the same amount of rust and I did that on both sides. Drivers side front fender was also in horrible condition. Here you can see some pics of the amount of bondo it had on it hiding a huge hole and dent.



    At some point of all that rust repair I got tired of taking photos of everything but all those spots I showed you and, rocker panels, inner fenders, 40% of the floor, 40% of the frame and many spots on the body needed to be replaced. Here is an little artistic photo of me doing the rocker panels.

    At this point I had put the body to self made rotisserie to ease things up.

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    Re: Rusty Chick -75 Celica

    The car spent about half a year in rotisseria until last summer I got her back on it's wheels. Meanwhile I had prepared all other parts ready for installation. They were all really badly rusted so I sandblasted them all, primered them with zinc paint and then painted black with Hammerite.


    I also wanted to replace the old engine (3T) with something little more modern and lighter. I already had t-50 gearbox so this was quite natural decision:


    Once again, it wasn't in the condition I expected it to be... :evil: I took it a part and bought new everything. I blasted the block with sand and painted it black. I also had to buy one conrod+piston set as one of the sets had seized up.

    After all it turned out to be a nice engine and I even got it running!

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    At this moment the car is in condition where I finally have running engine and working driveline.

    The body had like 5 surface coats of paint + all the layers of primers. It was like 3mm of paint in total and removing all that was a real pain in the ass. Under all that paint there was a lot of small dents that took me a lot time to fix But now all the body work is also done and the body has been primered. The recent thing I did was custom exhaust manifold.


    I also bought set of fender flares and there fore I had to cut rear wheel arches of. Here I have some pics of that project. Now it's already done but unfortunately I don't have pictures of that.


    And here is also short vid of my 4age running after rebuild 8)

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    Re: Rusty Chick -75 Celica

    Nice work. That engine sounds really good.

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    Amazing amount of work! I had a 20v in mine for a while. How did you mount yours? Did you convert to steering rack?

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    Re: Rusty Chick -75 Celica

    Ryojikaji, I just moved the stock mounts in subframe little bit further back. Made custom engine mounts to the engine and used 3T engine mount rubbers. The engine aligned nicely and I could use the stock drive saft and engine gearbox mount. I also use stock steering rack, check the photos In the photo engine is leaning a bit to left but that's because I just had dropped it in.

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    Re: Rusty Chick -75 Celica

    Those engines always sit slightly crooked.
    It is normal - if you put it "straight" the gearshift would be on the wrong angle.

    Are you going to put bolts at the top where the brackets would bolt to the block?

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    Re: Rusty Chick -75 Celica

    You have quite a project there haha :tu: :tu: Good job with the welding.

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    Re: Rusty Chick -75 Celica

    vix_641, you, sir, are a god :shock:

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    Re: Rusty Chick -75 Celica

    It has been a while with no update as I don't live in the same city with my Toy but I had loong christmas holiday and made some progress!

    Firstly, ToyGuy thanks for the piece of information! I also have already 'fixed' that engine mounting bracket. At the moment when I did those I just ranout of thick steel.

    I spent almost entire holiday with the electronics. Previous owners had made them quite a mess during these years but now it's all good. I'm trying to make the engine bay as clean as possible so I moved the headlight wiring to go inside the beam that goes under the front fender. To get it there I had to make a very special tool to make nice round hole. Then I wrapped the loom in to vulcanizing tape to make it waterproof and job well done! I thought that I had stripped all the unneseccary wires of but obviously I hadn't. But after all it turned to be quite okey.

    After I had pulled the wires to front I made relay controls for the headlights as the old light switches don't really like these new halogen lamps. I used in total three relays and used the original R/Y and R/G wires to feed +12V to headlights. All the lights are grounded to front of the car.



    When I bought the car the heater didn't work and it's wiring was a mess. I had to spend quite a while solving this thing out because the wiring diagram isn't too clear with this as the colours didn't mach and it said that LR LW LY and LB would go straight to the blower motor as actually these wires go to the resistor and just only LR and LW go to the motor.. :roll: I also got all the meters working, I still only need to check the calibration of the engine temp meter. I also cleaned my dashboard and polished all the meters, gotta say I love the cone shape lenses of tacho and speedo!



    I had previously moved the battery to trunk and also installed the fuel pump under the tank where the spare tyre used to be. The relay that controls fuel pump I installed as close to the battery and pump to minimize voltage loss. I also got throttle pedal installed.



    Some time ago I found on internet some MINT steelies that I fell in love to immediately. Here are some pics of them, hope you like them too!


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