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 Post subject: 1976 Celica JDM TA28
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 11:56 am 
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Location: TN
So as most have heard i decided to part ways with my 75 Celica.

I always had a dream of importing a car from Japan. Wasnt sure if i wanted a KPGC110 or a Celica but for the price a Celica at this time seemed more reasonable. After doing some research i found this 1976 TA28 Celica. It made its way here from Yokata Air Base in Japan to Long Beach California. Then transported to the Importers facility in Texas. After import we found the engine was not running which really delayed finalizing the purchase. The importer covered the cost to have the engine repaired. It now has all brand new pistons, crank, and bearings. Had the head rebuilt also. We finally reached a final financial agreement last Monday and i had it shipped to me in Tennessee. I admit the car was not as quite pristine as i had hoped. Has one small tear in the drivers seat but otherwise interior in mint. Exterior wise the paint definitely shows its age. There is signs of surface rust on several areas of the car. Bottom line though i love the car. Down the road I'll surely restore the body but for now its a driver.


1976 TA28 Toyota Celica
44k Kilometers
2T-U Engine with TTC-C emissions upgrades

So here it is! I kept the OEM fender mirrors along with the wheels and tires off of my 75 and transferred them to the new car fyi. This car came with factory paint matched bumpers and fender mirrors.


Plans for the car is to DRIVE. No engine mods will be made anytime soon. Keeping it stock and reliable.

Now what i did decide to upgrade of course is suspension and brakes.

What i ordered for the car so far:

T3 Coilover Conversion
T3 Camber Plates, Black and Gold
T3 Control Arms with Urethane Bushings
T3 Tension Control Rods
T3 Roll Center Adjusters
T3 Lateral Rod with Urethane Bushings
T3 4-Links with Urethane Bushings
T3 Front Strut Brace, Custom, Black
T3 300mm Big Daddy Brake Kit with Slotted Rotors
New OEM Toyota Hubs
New OEM bearings, Caps, Nuts, Washers, Seals

Ill post pics as it all comes in and gets installed ;)

 Post subject: Re: 1976 Celica JDM TA28
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 12:08 pm 

Joined: Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:55 am
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:shock: :shock: :shock: to see you sell your old ride but can see why now! Congrats on the new addition, she sure is purrrrdy 8)


 Post subject: Re: 1976 Celica JDM TA28
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 5:52 pm 
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Location: Coarsegold California (around fresno)
Very nice. White out Celica fast back - Count me in!

See my 76 Corolla build: http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=19630

 Post subject: Re: 1976 Celica JDM TA28
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:22 pm 
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Location: Hong Kong
I'm glad you perservired through all the hurdles of buying and importing a classic car sight unseen. The pay off is clearly one seriously stunning looking TA28!! :tu: She looks great in pure white and that interior is to die for...
Best of luck with the upgrades! Try not to disassemble her more than still being able to drive her at least once a week - that is after all where the real joy of our JNC lies... :wink:

It's not what you drive - it's how you drive it...

Best Regards,

JDM '77 Toyota Trueno 1600GT Sprinter (TE61)
+ a handful of classic BMW's from the 60's and 70's.

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