Hey JNC. I've been meaning to make a thread there, but I have been really dragging my feet about it. In either case, I'll give you guys the abridged version...
In 2011, I was in need of a car some kind of bad. Fresh from being stationed in Mississippi and moving back to California, and with wifey's lease up on her car, the only ride at the time was my Aprilia RSV Mille.
Enter the Old Man, a 1981 Celica ST. He was purchased brand new by my great uncle in late 1981, who subsequently sold the car to my grandfather in 1996ish as a commuter from the family home in Hermosa Beach to Downtown LA, because parking was a pain in his big Dodge Conversion Van.
Anyway, my dad ended up driving the car more than anything (he also put the GT passenger side mirror on it as well), and when the Master Cylinder gave out, coupled with a pretty new 2002 Buick, the Old Man was parked in 2005, only being started once every six months or so.
My aunt (who was executor of my grandparent's trust) signed the car over to me, like I said, in 2011. Obviously the master was replaced, but other than a set of plug wires, I took him over to the smog shop, and the car passed effortlessly! Enough talk, here's some pictures...
Yep, '81 Celica ST. We've seen these before.
ST Wheel with faux burl instrument cluster, and that seat that has seen better days.
22R, runs like a champ!
85 Mile Per Hour Speedometer. Remember that for later...
So I got the car a few months before I had to leave for a deployment to Spain. Me being me, can't leave anything alone. I had an idea for this car...
First thing I found after I got back in 2012 was the luggage rack.
Next came the big speedometer. Anybody in Southern California knows that driving on freeways leaves the stock speedo mostly pinned.
Same '78 that had the speedo also had the GT wheel, which I almost passed on. I didn't realize the crusty rim on it was nothing more than a cover. The wheel underneath was pristine. A second outing scored the round medallion. For those of you playing at home, the first gens mostly had the round medallion, with the '79-and-later cars having the trapezoidal medallion. The strange thing? Cam's '81 RA45 has a round medallion!
Did you know that '81 Speedos have a third drum for Oxygen Sensor wear?
This is the stuff I like doing with this car...
And them, I FOUND PANASPORTS!!!! Junkyard score, $100.
I even found a 1/24 version of my car! At this point, the vision of my car is really starting to take shape, and I live for the adage "Fake Parts Break Hearts". Wats are a pipe dream, so are those mirrors...
Becaus Canyon Kirrer Cerica.
Here's another shot of this car I really liked. At this point, I had replaced that beat down driver's seat with a nice seat from an '80, I installed 4 KYB shocks, a new radiator, and painted two of the Panasports..
A few days later, I would be going on my fourth and final deployment to Japan!