Bought this off Rodney on here a while back and promised a log. Things have been coming together slowly with bringing the car mechanically back up to snuff, but now I'm looking into my big project for this car. I know it's a long nose, but I want to make it look like a early short nose 1st gen. Already picked up '71 USDM tail lights and center garnish. Eh... before I get ahead of myself, let's start this log from the top. Some copy and paste action from a local forum:
I just bought this '76 Celica coupe from NJ last weekend. It's only seen the road twice since it made it to NJ. Once when the seller got it to test drive it, then when it was test driven by myself. The rest of it's life has been spent in CA. I forgot to take more pics when I went to look at the car, so I'll post the pics from the ad up for now, and I'll add more when I pick it up and drive it home tomorrow. Chris was right, getting a car this old registered in this state is cake! Got temp tags and a Optima red top today so I can drive it home. As I get into the car, if I find anything else, I'll come back and do some editing.
-Motor rebuilt 35k ago
-Body is very clean with very little rust thanks to it's CA history, and won't be driven during the winter.
-Tune up has been done plugs, cap, rotor, point, condenser, and wires, changed the front brake pads and rear shoes and wheel cylinders replaced the trans mount and u-joints
-Brand new Haynes manual included
Got temp tags and a Optima red top today as mentioned above. I'm planning on sorting out all of the problems first, then restoring some of the interior, and then moving on to mods.
The ride back was interesting. I'll explain with more pics tomorrow. I'm going to bed... lol (this was a bit after midnight)
The Celica's wandering a lot, so tie rod ends were added to the issues list, I'll have to look at the ball joints and such, but they're cheap and have a servicable grease fitting on them unlike the Miata. :thumbup:
Also getting a lot of noise out of the RF wheel bearing after getting out on the interstate.
I was surprised how much highway pull this thing has for only being rated at 91hp stock. I'm not sure if he was giving it full throttle or not, but I left the guy that brought me down to NJ in his newish Silverado at the last toll booth in NY. I hate the struts being as shot as they are though. Almost felt like the car got sideways when I hit the joints in the road so I couldn't play too much. It managed to bottom out once, and it just makes the tie rod end issue worse too. I was wrong before about how much it'll be to replace them though. They're hella cheap from Tokico. As long as I've got a solid rear axle, I can replace all 4 corners with them.
Other good news, only used 1/2 a tank getting back up here. It's gas tank isn't much bigger than the Miata's either.
The motor and rest of the drivetrain seemed to take the interstate trip like a real champ though. It backfired once, but I shouldn't think it's a big deal on an old carburated motor like that. It'd be a lot more noticible in that I4 too than in a V8. Temps were fine and all the whole way back. I love the sound of that transmission whining too... (in the morning)
Wow... I didn't die last night. So, got out to start polishing the wheels earlier, and as soon as I got around to the driver's side, I found 2 lug nuts left holding on the front wheel. Hopefully that's what I thought was the wheel bearing. One lug nut went missing and the wheel stud broke for the other one. So now I need a wheel stud and some lug nuts to see if the wheel is still even usable since one of the holes got elongated quite a bit.
Spent today polishing all the metal. It helps, still the paint kind of takes the show. I can't wait to get new paint on it.
I've got a few pics. The clouds and rain moved in just as I got done. I'll post them in a bit. (later in the evening)
I think I'm just gonna repaint the hood flat black since it's a period correct sorta thing. I think it looks good.
Polished up the metal on the front end a little.
Had a couple small holes in the roof. My temporary fix for it. Tape hidden under the rag top.
The wheel with 2 lug nuts after I polished it
One of the wheels unpolished
Hood opened up. Realized those vents are actually functional. Might use those for an intake later...
Intake side of the motor. Gotta do something to straighten up all that wiring.
Under the front end. There's the end links and questionable front sways. Front disc brakes.
Solid rear axle, shot KYB struts, really clean exhaust.
Back by the rear bumper. Flowmaster muffler. We would get shot immediately if we welded like the tip is at school. We're taught that our welds aren't good enough unless they look like the welds on the muffler.
Inside the trunk. All the metal inside there's pretty clean too. Those speaker wires bother the hell out of me though.
Driver's side door is the only one without the window roller. I think the other hole is a light. The other side's missing that too.
Interior. All the cheap, stupid mods are here. Seats and steering wheel have to go. You can see where the dash got hacked up and painted silver... the radio wiring is another hackjob. The rear speakers are already removed cause they were junk. I need to find out how that fuse panel is supposed to be mounted and take care of it too. Hurst shifter handle, there's no glovebox behind that door. The Sunpro gauges don't jump out at you too much, but I still want to replace them with the originals. There's also a big tach down inside all that open area in the center console, which has also been hacked on. Found this car's mascot down inside there though. Might try to find some TRD parts for in here.
Rear interior looks good for 35 yrs old. Just gotta pull the rear panels to get to those quarter window bushings.
Next post was basically to the effect of me wanting a Tom's steering wheel. Then me talking about how all my bitching was basically just due to my nit-picky perfectionist nature when it comes to cars. Then there was this:
Pulled all the radio / speakers / wiring today. It was all cheap stuff that wasn't operational, and I don't care much for listening to music while I'm driving. I love how the car sounds when all the lug nuts are on it.
More to come. Not even close to everything... I'll try and fix the pics soon so it's not just links after the whole log's here since the site doesn't auto-resize.