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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:05 pm 

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Nice find! Obviously by the engine tag it had an 18r-geu, and you have the highly sought after 7.5 axle found in the supra,its an f312 code which is a 3.91 gear non LSD axle, also if you can take good care of that honeycomb gt grille, they are super rare here in the states and only came on the 1980 usgp celica and the 1981 gtv celicas, once again nice find!


And if that is an 18RG downpipe, take care of that too. They're as rare as hen's teeth; I couldn't even find one back in 1991 in Japan (I had friends looking at various wreckers). Unfortunately, when the yards pull the 18RGs for export, they just cut them off with a torch instead of unbolting 3 little bolts like your previous owner did...


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:23 pm 

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:34 am 
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Interesting. In the plate Murad posted, you can still see the chassis code and car number, like they just copy & pasted it in the 17-digit VIN. But on the one you posted, it's less apparent. That's from an '81?

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:04 am 

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Yes mine is an '81. Im not sure exactly what you mean about how the two plates look. the bother are the same style but the one murad posted looks to have some extra info, maybe weight info? Your plate doesn't even show the vin it shows the "frame number".


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:19 am 
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yella81celica wrote:
Yes mine is an '81. Im not sure exactly what you mean about how the two plates look. the bother are the same style but the one murad posted looks to have some extra info, maybe weight info? Your plate doesn't even show the vin it shows the "frame number".


Yeah, that's kind of what I meant, it's a bit early still, sorry :lol: ... what I meant was, Murad's plate looks almost like the "frame number" just had the standard VIN prefix tacked on to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:31 am 

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check the vin plate on the top of the dash


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:25 am 
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yella81celica wrote:
check the vin plate on the top of the dash


The plot thickens. I'm at work but I had my friend at the shop take a picture of the dash for me:

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Not only is there no VIN plate, it looks like one was never even fitted.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:13 am 
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Thats kind of wierd. Doesnt seem like there was every anything there..... Does the dash look original?

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:22 am 
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Thats kind of wierd. Doesnt seem like there was every anything there..... Does the dash look original?


Yeah, the dash looks like it's never been removed. I wonder if that space was for a VIN plate for US-spec cars, to account for the forthcoming 1981 standard, and nothing was ever fitted since the car was a JDM market vehicle.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:18 pm 

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To me that is on the wrong side of the dash. It looks to be on the driver side of a U.S. car. Check the Japan driver side.


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:36 pm 
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I forgot to say that the plate i posted was from a euro spec car, that car was sold new in germany, as was mine, but mines a 81 celica with the shorter VIN.Sry, forgot to take pics of my VIN today, will do so tomorow.


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:49 pm 

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I figured it was euro since it said TA in the vin. very interesting to see different vin styles in the same year but different countrys.


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:55 pm 

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Not only is there no VIN plate, it looks like one was never even fitted.


I forget which Land Cruiser I've seen this on, but I have seen it before - blank, never-used VIN space on the dash, VIN stamped into the front frame rail and on the VIN plate by the engine.


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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:19 am 
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For the love of Wilford Brimley, please get on classic-celica! I remember seeing an 18R-G in Utah for sale for like $500, I think it was on C-C. I can't wait to see the rest of this thread!

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:24 am 
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My 1981 Celicas VIN plate, euro spec car.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:04 am 
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I just saw this on Ebay right now... :shock:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRD-Toyota-18RG-JDM-engine-NOS-Celica-GT-Corolla-RA21-2TG-/140821863417?pt=Race_Car_Parts&hash=item20c9a31bf9&vxp=mtr

I can't crack eBay's Javascript to hotlink pictures... My bad...

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:14 am 
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kfd wrote:
I just saw this on Ebay right now... :shock:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRD-Toyota-18RG-JDM-engine-NOS-Celica-GT-Corolla-RA21-2TG-/140821863417?pt=Race_Car_Parts&hash=item20c9a31bf9&vxp=mtr

I can't crack eBay's Javascript to hotlink pictures... My bad...

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Haha, yeah! I saw that. That's a Christmas bonus and a half right there... :lol:

Depending on how the titling situation goes, I may just drop a 22R in it and drive it for a bit while I collect parts.

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:18 am 
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I can't wait to see it! I don't know if you have any connection with JDM exporters, but if you find another TA45, I want that idiot light lense cluster! Your TA has the Supra rear in it, doesn't it?

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:26 pm 
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kfd wrote:
Your TA has the Supra rear in it, doesn't it?


Yeah! Nearest I can tell the 2000GT trim was like a Supra without the six. 8)

I need to make some connections, there's a lot of parts I'm going to need...

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 Post subject: Re: Cam's JDM RA45 Celica
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:45 pm 

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yella81celica wrote:
To me that is on the wrong side of the dash. It looks to be on the driver side of a U.S. car. Check the Japan driver side.



Oh and KFD it's RAxx. you have an RAxx :wink: TAxx is Europe. What's different about the idiot light cluster?


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