I introduced myself a while ago and announced a '80 Celica rallye car project.
Things turned out different now, I got rid of the shell because I lost interest in it and I decided to do something else.
In April 2014 I found an '78 Celica which was converted into a targa by German custom works company Tropic. These cars don't show up too often and the one I found even was a version with round headlights in my ever-all-time favourite colour yellow-green (Toyota paint code 6A1) so I bought it although it was a little beaten. At least, everything related to the conversion was complete and in decent shape, the soft top even came new a couple of years ago.
She has been standing one year when I bought it and driving home by herself wasn't a big deal.
Day 1 pics:
It's a German version with 2T-B engine (single camshaft, 1600 ccm, 90 DIN-PS) and it's fun to drive. With the exception of the Bavarian crest painted on the hood the whole car was in absolute stock condition.
There were lots of electrical and mechanical issues to fix but the car was fully useable so I drove it during summer and spent most of the weekends cleaning, repairing, repainting and replacing components that got missing through the years.
Rust in the trunk:
Just some random examples of works all around the car
There were a million small issues everywhere but no major rust problems that had to be fixed immediately.
I painted a black stripe over the middle of the car in order to get rid of the crest on the hood, gave her new old wheels, new tires, a front lip and that's basically all I did to change the look of the car.
That's how she looks now:
Of course there are some things left to do but I think next summer I will be able to have a little more fun driving and a little less fun repairing than this year.