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 Post subject: Restoring my 1974 Celica with pics...sweet!!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:22 am 

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Location: Gresham, Oregon
I cant wait for the end...But I know I need to be patient. I did find out how much wrenching is involved. wow

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10 inch Cragars 50 series T/A radial...OH and they don’t make these anymore!! NICE :evil:
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Nice Decals

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A little rust but not too bad. I've had her since High School and garaged most of the time.
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Please take a look at my gallery for the before pictures[/b]


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:24 am 

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Location: Gresham, Oregon
Here are more pics

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With a little TLC these babys came right back to life!!

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This is a before shot
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:25 am 

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Location: Gresham, Oregon
Whats new a bit of rust not bad though. Ive got shots of the body I just cant find them now. Will post when I come across them.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:27 am 

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Location: Gresham, Oregon
Oh and re-plating the smiley?? Well it’s running me $925
for the polishing of the two stainless pieces on the front
grill and the round bolts for the bumpers then the smiley’s
themselves. The guy said you won’t even recognize them
when he’s done…I hope they just kick butt!! :mrgreen:


My plans are to restore the body entirely
new rubber throughout, the smiley’s told
you about that. I already did the interior,
headliner, carpet, and seats. Need to take
a look at the seat belts there not rolling all
the way out. This has been in my garage for
years like 20! My wife said either you do something
with that or I’m going to fill it with dirt and make a
planter out of it. So here ya go Honey!! $$ :tu:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:13 am 

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Location: Gresham, Oregon
I’ll let you in on something I just happen to come across,
is the fine steel wool type, it really brings the shine on the
chrome pieces. Just a steady type of rub and you’ll get that
WOW its really there look. :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:26 am 
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walter34 wrote:
I’ll let you in on something I just happen to come across,
is the fine steel wool type, it really brings the shine on the
chrome pieces. Just a steady type of rub and you’ll get that
WOW its really there look. :shock:


Great job so far there Walter, love the Celica.

Yep, love steel wool does the trick hey, do they use the numbering system in the states on it? I use 0 through to 0000 grade depending on plastic or steel. Great too for getting overspray off your glass as well.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:46 am 

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Ya know to honest I just happen to find it on the shelf in my
garage and started to use it. :wink: But I will look on the bag
to see how its numbered.

Just a quick note to readers; DONT use it on the lenses.
Because it will scratch. Again there are polishes for plastic lenses
that work great. Their at your local auto parts place. Ask
for the polish for the newer plastic headlight covers that get
a foggy look to them after awhile.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:54 pm 
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Awesome looking car. Welcome to JNC :tu:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:34 pm 

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I love my shiny new Dragons *Bling* 8)
The pic don't do it justice!




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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:59 am 

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B1500boy wrote:
walter34 wrote:
I’ll let you in on something I just happen to come across,
is the fine steel wool type, it really brings the shine on the
chrome pieces. Just a steady type of rub and you’ll get that
WOW its really there look. :shock:


Great job so far there Walter, love the Celica.

Yep, love steel wool does the trick hey, do they use the numbering system in the states on it? I use 0 through to 0000 grade depending on plastic or steel. Great too for getting overspray off your glass as well.




To answer your question yes Here in the states we go by that type of grading The package I have shows it to be 0000, the fine type of steel wool. lucky me. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:41 pm 

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Location: Gresham, Oregon
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My body guy is just out of control!! When I dropped this off I
sure didn’t expect this. He did come highly recommended and was
labeled as meticulous…oh my gosh. I thought I took off a lot of
stuff, but he just shelled my little Celica out. I am so lucky to have
this guy and chose him because he has his own shop so the over head
is nothing…bottom line money goes right to the car...nice!!




:mrgreen: :shock: :mrgreen:




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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:12 am 

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Location: utah
Wow this will be a awesome car, keep posting updates. Good luck with the project.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:44 pm 

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I know that the rear steel bumper is tough but with the reinforcement inside it, its gonna be even stronger.

I believe asian celicas do not have such reinforcement inside their bumper.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:22 pm 

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See the smiley's in the background? When I get those back that should be two great sparkling smiles I can’t wait. Oh and that is a 04 Fat boy in the background.




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Nice...you gotta have the tunes

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 Post subject: Changing engines...18R to 22RC
PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:22 pm 

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I’m restoring my 74 and I’m thinking of taking my 18r out and putting in a 22re. I think the only thing I have to change to make this fit would be the oil pan? Is the 80’s truck 2WD what I need? My 74 bell housing fits perfect to the RE block. I would have to drill the two dowels to make it fit. Also would my 74 hood close over that? I know the 75’s have the raised hood to accommodate its height but that might be because of the stock carb/air?
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Any advice on this would be appreciated. Thanks :tu:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:00 pm 

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I finally got all my chrome parts back from the plate shop. MAN what a differents. From the cap bolts to the bumpers themselves awesome!! The bumpers are all wrapped up so no need for a pic but I did take a look and it scared me to death, I saw myself...NICE!! :shock:
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In the pic here are the upper and lower stainless steel strips for the front grill. They turned out great now they look like chrome! It gets me back into working on this more I’m going to have to give my body and paint guy a call. Its small but there is my update. This early spring there will be a lot more coming!!! :mrgreen:




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:06 am 

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I am really digging this build. Plus I am local (in Tualatin) so maybe I will see this at some shows! Kinda like the cragars as well. Are you going to keep them on or go with something different? Saw you got some NOS dragon emblems- does Toyota have alot of NOS for our celicas? Did you go to Gresham Toyota or do you have someone who knows where to get these old parts?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:52 am 
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glad to see your body man ditched the soft top rust loves to live under them awsome build man i cant wait to see it done

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:32 pm 

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Very cool resto +1. Planning on a new color or sticking with stock? You've had this car since highschool?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:24 am 

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I like the look with the old school Cragars!!! :D :D :D ALOHA & MAHALO


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