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 Post subject: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:40 pm 
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I've been debating making a thread for awhile now. I'm not much for sharing about my personal life or personal shitbox cars anymore, but I'm drunk now and I probably need people to yell at me.

Also, it's Marlyn McCoo's birthday today, hence the thread title.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZcA3kiaQb0[/youtube]




I don't even know where to start this story...

I owned some haggard fullsize Chryslers that nearly killed me, which I'm still too emotionally attached to let go of and too poor and unmotivated to fix, and somehow, somewhere down the line, I suddenly really wanted a 1st gen Celica coupe.

I don't honestly know why. I'd never seen one in the flesh. I didn't see a picture that changed my mind. My only memory is seeing a picture of one and knowing immediately what it was, despite not knowing *why* I knew exactly what it was, and then suddenly deciding I had to have one. If anything else could be attributed, it might be helping a friend buy a gold '84 Celica for his first car at a donation car auction in 2006... a poor, poor car that has been through absolute hell since and somehow still kinda works. The lack of maintenance, multiple collisions, and Michigan winters have finally caught up with it.

It's documented better elsewhere, but in 2008 I drove a Jeep Cherokee across the entire country to buy a gold '74 Celica in the bay area. I had it 5 days and blacked out behind the wheel from a food allergy, which was just the straw that broke the camel's back of not sleeping/not eating/arguing for days with my friend and my family over the phone and having a 70 year old man not related to me fly across the country to scream at me relentlessly day and night about how I was going to die because old cars are terrible. Instead he nearly killed me.

Also, side note, best part about blacking out on top of your toolbox in a hedge in Compton after the police drag your car away when you're 3,500 miles from home is waking up to an angry old man screaming at the top of his lungs about how right he was and he knew this would happen. Rad.

I spent the rest of my time gathering more money and searching the country for another '71-'74 coupe.

I did, for a year, own a '71 Mazda 1800 wagon. An admittedly more interesting car, but it didn't excite me much, but I eventually landed upon this turd:

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There's a lovely coating of Michigan road salt on it there, thanks to being delivered in a snow storm. Which is causing all kinds of issues since... the roof is entirely bare metal and is turning into a fine powder at constant rate now. I've been unable to give it a real wash because it's missing a bunch of weatherstripping and the rear windows won't stay up.


Current plans are just to fix the window mechanisms and make it run/drive relatively well, and stop the progression of the rust on the roof/tops of the body.

Anyone have any good suggestions for that? Nothing like POR-15, I want to stop the rust period. Frick. I'm not ready for a full repaint still, it has other body issues (rear valence is bondo over a dent, it's got collision damage on the back as well and a few minor rust holes), but the rust needs to be stopped.

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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:55 pm 
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It should be mentioned that it's acquired a name, something I don't really do with my vehicles. My good friend Jim in Melbourne remarked upon hearing of it's arrival:

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Welcome Dream car™! Long may you roll. Salt encrusted, faded green and damp. Sounds to me like you’ve got yourself a margarita. Well, it is from the south west I suppose.


The very next e-mail he was calling it Rita. And thus it was named, hah.

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It scares the bejesus out of me that someone, somewhere ordered the Lusitania with front drum brakes.


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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:32 pm 
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You may dislike sharing your private life, but you really ought to do it more often.
Your succession of rants are quite amusing, and it made me giggle that you come across as being about as bitter as I imagine that 70 year old screaming man is... :lol: :lol: :lol: HaHaHaHa...!!

Anyhow, Rita looks to have loads of potential. I too have a deep yet unexplainable need to own a 1st gen. Celica some day. They just look sooo right! 8)
Sorry, I have no sound advice for your crumbling roof issues, but just get it under control asap, save up for a proper respray and let Rita sparkle again... :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
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Your story intrigues but thats not the purpose of this thread so im looking forward to seeing where this one goes, as for the rust on the roof....I had a similar rust issue a few years ago with a 240sx vert, the rear bulk head was not "rust proof" and was actully past rusty and heading towards rotted. I could not replace it so i wire wheeled it as best as i could and got a rust converter spray from Home depot...the name of the product has long since vacated my memory but this thing was awesome! It essentially stopped the progression and left a clear coat look on the metal. Also Home depot has a rust Preventer spray but thats not what you want.


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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:14 pm 
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TIMELY RESPONSE GO!

Also, cue today's music-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0izlYypNyu0 Lee Fields- You're The Kind Of Girl


I like music, you should like music too. It's among the many cash-draining obsessions I have, just spend $70 to take myself and a female friend to see Fitz & The Tantrums last night. Fantastic concert, if expensive. Tying this together, in their music video for "The Walker", they stand in line at the same DMV in West Hollywood I spent my morning at the day I wrecked my first '74 Celica.


Absolutely no progress has been made upon Rita since I started this thread! I bought a reconditioned battery from a used battery place in exchange for 5 dead cores, and spent $400 on weatherstripping... everything minus the rear window seal and inside/outside quarter panel weatherstrips. HOPEFULLY I can find those later, but the trunk seal and the window top ones were by far most important.

I had to shift the Celica to the side of my friend's garage so he could do a clutch on someone else's RAV-4 and work on an Acura Legend as repayment for photography services rendered at his wedding. Would have probably been cheaper to just pay the person, but lesson learned. So it's crammed up against a wall, but at least it's indoors during this new shitstorm of snow that will blanket the earth here through May. The f***ing salt trucks have dumped a metric fuckload of the garbage everywhere, so my DD will likely have more fresh holes in it by spring. So thrilled, can't even begin to tell you.

Right now, I'm drowning in schoolwork and life in general and, honestly, I don't know where to start with the Celica. First project will likely be fixing the window mechanisms and related seals, then on to more pressing mechanical issues once it's relatively sealed from the outside world. Yay!

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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:33 am 
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Woah this car is cool!
i love the patina of it.
if it were mine id buff it out and drive it like that:)
im looking forward to seeing some progress with this

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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:26 pm 
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I agree, I dig the patina- howeer, since that rust patina is actually EATING AWAY AT THE CAR AT A RAPID RATE, it can't stay. The rust has to go. :/ It will likely end up half-coated in some awful looking anti-rust stuff with what's left of the original paint around it once I get to it, and will likely stay that way for a reasonably long length of time, unless I get bored and spray paint it like a chotch. :oops:

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It scares the bejesus out of me that someone, somewhere ordered the Lusitania with front drum brakes.


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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
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Congrats on the RA21 :tu:
Get that rust taken care of soon, I would apply rust converter generously.

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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
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CLR and scotch brite pads work really well for taking the surface rust off. It will come back obviously but it will keep it from doing as much damage as otherwise.

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 Post subject: Re: One more bell to answer... (Rusty RA21):
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Appropriate for the season and the reason: 1970 Eurovision winner (and well known terrorist suspect!) Dana's "Cold, Cold Christmas"... in Japanese!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8wBbkw4ZaE

No further progress to report, but a random junkyard trip led to stumbling into a MK1 Supra with an intact rear axle. Not an LSD, but I'm debating nabbing it for later as I doubt I'll find one for $120 anywhere else. Naturally, will need to be shortened and a bunch of mounts moved, and it likely won't make enough power to need it, but better to be prepared, right? So hopefully I'll weather the shitty cold weather and pull it this week and shove it in my garage. Argh. Otherwise hoping to get some $$$$ so I can order some parts, or for the time and warmth to go tinker with it some more. I NEED TIME.


Another side thought- I had actually purchased a pair of factory Celica fender mirrors back in 2007 with the plans to use them on a Celica... but these days, I'm not sure if I could mount fender mirrors on my own car. I like both looks but I think I'm leaning towards a more Americanized aethestic for the car for the time being. Much like I love wide, deep wheels and fenders/quarters massaged out to fit wider wheels... but I look at those straight, rust free, immaculate wheel arches and I can't fathom trashing them for any reason.

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