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    78 Celica GT New Project

    Hi everyone,

    My name is Dave and I've been into the classic 60's muscle scene for a lone time now but I've just recently procured a 1978 Celica GT 5 speed! I'm new to classic Japanese cars so if anyone has any particular resto tips for a second gen Celica I'd love to hear them. I'm good with metal work so the rust isn't an issue. Tuning the 20R, however, is a different story. The in-tank electric fuel pump was dead when I pulled the car out of the weeds (where it'd been sitting for 10+ years), so I replaced it with an aftermarket one that I spliced into the system. It now runs but I'm pretty sure it needs new rings because it smokes pretty bad. It only has 90k though so I really don't thing the rings should be that worn already. Anyway, let me know what you think! I know not many people see a lot of potential in second gen Celicas but I see an awesome car under the rust and dirt. I'll put some pictures of my last project too.

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    I tried to put pictures on here but it said they were too big. I reduced them, and now it says the image quota has been reached? help??

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    You have them uploaded here or through a 3rd party site like photo bucket?

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    Here using the Upload attachment

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    Upload them to imageshack.us, then copy & paste the forum code here. Can't wait to see your second gen.

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    Figured it out

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    Pictures! Thanks Camshaft
    http://imageshack.us/g/109/1003967k.jpg/

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgic_1
    I'm pretty sure it needs new rings because it smokes pretty bad. It only has 90k though so I really don't thing the rings should be that worn already.
    Oil control rings could be "stuck" from sitting for so long? Or valve stem seals leaking? Done a compression test yet?

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgic_1
    Oil control rings could be "stuck" from sitting for so long? Or valve stem seals leaking? Done a compression test yet?
    No I haven't torn into the engine yet at all. I was told by the previous owner that it needed rings and it does smoke so..?

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    Re: 78 Celica GT New Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgic_1
    I was told by the previous owner that it needed rings and it does smoke so..?
    I'm just saying there are a lot of things that can cause an engine to smoke besides just rings. All easier to fix than rings as well. :wink:

    And a compression test will usually reveal if the rings are shot, so...

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