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    Looks good! I don't love the plastidip wheels but as you said, it comes off easily. These cars a super cool, they look like mini Japanese muscle cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mslevin View Post
    Looks good! I don't love the plastidip wheels but as you said, it comes off easily. These cars a super cool, they look like mini Japanese muscle cars.
    I agree. The plastidip is not my favorite look and I don't really like it, but its just temporary until I can afford to rebuild my "new" wheels.


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    Alright after spending some hours in the garage tonight I found the culprit of the bad brakes.

    _DSC5187 by k Gent, on Flickr

    First off, the brake reservoirs were completely empty except for some gunk that was caught in the screen. Definitely not something you want to see on a weekend warrior.


    Then I checked all the brake lines and found that one of the fittings wasn't sealed completely. Thus causing a leak in the front left corner.

    _DSC5199 by k Gent, on Flickr

    _DSC5206 by k Gent, on Flickr

    I still wasn't completely convinced that a leak like that caused all of the brake fluid to come out that fast.

    _DSC5213 by k Gent, on Flickr

    Tore apart the brake booster and nothing was to be found. So now all I have to do is check the rear wheel cylinders and see if those are leaking. I didn't want to deal with drum brakes tonight so that will have to happen tomorrow.

    _DSC5195 by k Gent, on Flickr

    Also this stuff works wonders on 40+ year old nuts and bolts.
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    God damn I love these Celicas, glad you figured out the brake situation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greasy63 View Post
    God damn I love these Celicas, glad you figured out the brake situation
    They are definitely some of the cooler old cars to come out of Japan!

    Well with the case of the Celica, it is more of a one step forward two steps backward deal. I got everything settled with the brakes and they feel better than ever. I was on my way down to the SouthrnFresh show. I stopped to fill up on gas and long story short, one of the seals of the gas tank decided to end its 40+ year old life and dumped a fair amount of rust in the trunk.

    Untitled by k Gent, on Flickr

    Thank god for the rust holes in the trunk acting as drain plugs and luckily the gas station had kitty litter on hand. So I'll attempt to find a new seal, but for now I made a gas resistant gasket from some sort of permatex. So far it has held up since Saturday.


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    So I did a thing...

    Celica Diff by k Gent, on Flickr

    I decided I was over the whole "one tire fryer" life and welded up the diff.

    Celica Diff by k Gent, on Flickr

    As soon as I put the last bolt in the diff I realized I didn't take a single picture of the welds, but you'll have to trust me until I can lay down a good burnie..


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    Nice! I’ve been dying for some good fun in my e34 too but it’s my daily right now so I really shouldn’t lol
    So I reall

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    Man i cant wait to add a RA24 to my collection! sweet build man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greasy63 View Post
    Nice! I’ve been dying for some good fun in my e34 too but it’s my daily right now so I really shouldn’t lol
    So I reall
    Personally I wouldn't weld a diff in any daily at all unless you like buying tires often but... when the e34 becomes a fun car I highly recommend it!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dat_Yota View Post
    Man i cant wait to add a RA24 to my collection! sweet build man!

    Thanks dude! Still a major W.I.P. but still fun regardless. Hopefully you can get one soon before the prices start jumping up.


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    Default Starting To Get Serious

    I haven't really touched the Celica since I got the diff welded. School and life in general take priority over the Celica, but school is out so now I have time to mess with the Celica again.

    RA24 Celica Camber Plates by k Gent, on Flickr

    Had to start it up and clear its throat before I began working...

    I know I don't have great fitment up front and I know you know it too so I decided to fix that..
    RA24 Celica Camber Plates by k Gent, on Flickr

    So I ordered up some camber plates from the guys over at Techno Toy Tuning.
    RA24 Celica Camber Plates by k Gent, on Flickr

    Before & After of camber and 1 inch drop from coils
    RA24 Celica Camber Plates by k Gent, on Flickr
    RA24 Celica Camber Plates by k Gent, on Flickr

    I think it looks pretty good for now. Definitely have to lower the rear as well so I don't have a hideous rake.
    RA24 Celica Camber Plates by k Gent, on Flickr

    In other news I picked up a welder to try my hand at welding. I'm currently going to school for welding so it'll be nice to have the ability to practice at home now. I have fender flares waiting to be installed so I think that will be my first at home welding project.

    NOW A LITTLE RANT ABOUT PEOPLE AT CAR SHOWS

    I feel as if general respect for other people's cars has been lost. I've seen waaaayy too many people rubbing their hands on other people's cars. I've had it happen too many times on the Celica to where the next day there will be rusty hand/fingerprints on the car. So if you ever wondering why you rarely see my car at shows that is why...

    RA24 Celica Camber Plates by k Gent, on Flickr

    Have a good day, Kobe


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    Default No longer on monster truck tires

    One of the things about my car that was driving me crazy were my tires. They were 215/60/r15s and they had a really weird sidewall that didn't like stretching. So.... I made the switch to some 195/50/r15 Achilles ATR sport 2s.

    big tires
    RA24 Celica Camber Plates by k Gent, on Flickr
    normal tires
    Celica by k Gent, on Flickr

    To also compensate for obvious wheel gap I lowered the car even more and zeroed out the camber. I still want the car to be functional so it won't sit fender to lip. Also my header sits about 2 1/2 inches off of the ground and I don't want to go any lower than that.

    just some random shots...
    Celica by k Gent, on Flickr
    Celica by k Gent, on Flickr

    Another thing.. I bought some 20mm spacers for the rear so when I put my flares on I won't have too bad of fitment.


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    Looks great with the new tires !
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    Looks great with the new tires !
    Thanks! I definitely handles/feels/looks better than before.

    Well this is going this is going to be a long update full of hope and crushed dreams.

    So I had a drift clinic I had to get ready for. Two things needed to get done so I could pass tech and get out on track and use my car without the fear of police. I had to get the oil leaks (this is a big part of the story) and get a passenger seat installed for an instructor.

    Untitled by k Gent, on Flickr

    I removed the valve cover and timing cover and replaced those gaskets. I thought the leaking was due to bad gaskets.... So I put everything back together and got everything situated. Meanwhile my seat and harnesses came in. I had to get a seat bracket made since no one really makes one for my car. So Friday (day before drift event) rolls around and I was going to take the car over to a friend's house to get the bracket made. I got in the car to fire it up and it was dead. I frantically checked the battery and all of my wires. I determined it was a faulty starter and so my chances of getting the car to the drift event were zero. Long story short I missed my first drift event I was bummed out.

    BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!!

    Found a starter in practically Alabama the next day . Got everything plugged in and I fired up the car. The car has never run so good in the time that I have owned it. Then I noticed some oil pooling up on the ground and I about lost it. There was a crack in the timing cover that I couldn't see when I had it off. I read that some Celica people had success with JB welding that crack (it's actually kind of common on the 20r motor). I tried that and well....

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    SURPRISE!!! ITS MORE OIL

    At this point I'm going to pull the head off, get a new timing cover and gaskets along with a new head gasket while I am there.

    Untitled by k Gent, on Flickr

    For now the car is going to sit on jack stands until I am able to get everything sorted....


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    great build, the RA24 and 28 are some of the best looking cars.

    Sucks about your oil leak issues, but I think I see an LS400 in the background that wants to donate its 1uz :p

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    Thanks! I love the first gen Celicas because I think they look like little Japanese muscle cars and I was raised around old school muscle. That LS400 you see is my daily that I got from my grandfather (hence the name golden gramps). I want to make this Celica as rowdy as possible so I think a rotary will be seeing its way into the Celica instead of a 1uz.


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    Default Finally Went Drifting

    Wow it has been awhile since I updated this thread...

    I finally got all the motor stuff squared away (head gasket, timing cover etc...) and got a passenger seat in the car. I signed up for my first drift day and surprisingly the car passed tech and I was able to get out on track (sadly no one got pictures of me out on track but oh well). I quickly realized that this car makes no power at all and my tires are way too grippy. I guess that means I will be stomping the clutch to get around corners so RIP clutch.

    Celica by k Gent, on Flickr

    I made it the first hour with no problems. We were just doing donuts and figure 8's. Just basic maneuvers to get us comfortable in the cars. Shortly after the first round of donuts, the dip stick decided to come out of the tube and sprayed my engine bay and the rest of the car with oil . So I fixed that with some duct tape and zip ties (I guess that makes me a licensed engineer) and I was back out on track. The very next run a bolt in the thermostat housing stripped out (honestly how does this happen right then and there?). So to fix this, I put some electrical tape around the bolt and "threaded" it back into the hole. After the lunch break, the course was changed to include a big sweeper into a tight and technical section. I just drove the car on the first run out. The next run I got the car sideways through the beginning of the sweeper and then smoke erupts through the hood .
    Turns out my lower radiator hose came off and dumped a lot of coolant.

    Celica by k Gent, on Flickr

    I pulled the car back into the pits which happened to be down a dirt road. I filled the car up with as much water as possible to mix with the antifreeze and got back on track. Not even one run in and the car starts smoking like crazy again. Turns out it was my track side thermostat fix that stoped working. With no other options I loaded the car back onto the trailer and went home.

    drift damage by k Gent, on Flickr

    So now I have to fix some more problems with the car, but in all honesty it could've been a lot worse. I am thankful that a stripped bolt is the biggest of my worries.

    drift damage by k Gent, on Flickr

    Also while we are at it, I got a new job that should provide some decent cash flow so expect some things to come in the near future...


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    These are very cool cars, I'd like to have a fastback model to join the Z!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C greens View Post
    These are very cool cars, I'd like to have a fastback model to join the Z!
    Get one! They are super fun to drive and easy to work on. The only problem is finding parts for them


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    Default Coming Back With A Fresh Mind

    I'll be honest with you guys.. I kinda fell out of love with the Celica for a little bit. The car was costing a lot of money with very little return in my eyes. I said to myself that I wouldn't spend much more on the car before I would just sell it and look into something with a little more aftermarket support.

    So I poured in a little more money and I got the car back up and running... I felt like a mad scientist even though I really changed a header gasket and re-tapped a hole for the thermostat. Nevertheless the car was running and I was on cloud 9.

    DUTR Celica by k Gent, on Flickr

    Like anyone else dying for a good drive, I got in the car and just drove. I ended up at some random park and decided to stop there for a little while. Thank god I had my camera with me so I could take some photos.

    I needed that drive because it got my thoughts working again. I was so hellbent on trying to get the car on track, that I completely missed the joy of just driving it on back roads.

    DUTR Celica by k Gent, on Flickr

    So on my drive home I came up with a good plan to keep me happy for the long run... its pretty simple so here we go: Save up my money for a complete 3SGE/Beams swap (motor, trans, driveshaft, harness/ecu, mounts, X member etc...) and just drive the car as is until I can do so.

    DUTR Celica by k Gent, on Flickr

    I guess its the whole young and dumb thing... but oh well you live and you learn.

    That's all for this post, nothing new to install or anything, just a new direction.


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