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    Default 1973 Toyta Celica RA21: Phase One

    Sadly, My flickr links broke and I really do not want to take the time and fix them, so if you want pictures, I only have the most recent ones (Last page)

    Hello, everyone, some of you may know that I posted a wanted ad a while ago. Many Celica's, both liftback's and coupe's past on through and I didn't have enough time to get them, being on an island can suck sometimes. Anyways, after viewing something like 50 Celica's, I finally decided to post a WTB ad on Craigslist for any JNC from the 60's to the 80's, any body style. I even had an offer for a Toyota Crown wagon, from the early 70's if I remember right. I really regret letting that opportunity slip by, and I should have jumped on it (parts car included), but I didn't want to dare try and find parts for it in the U.S. and I don't have any connections in Japan. Problems of being young and inexperienced.

    BACK ON TOPIC:
    So I got an email from a guy named Robert, who is well known in the Celica community. Really nice guy, talked to him on day and he held it for me for a week in order for me to get time to pick it up. Went over there today, the 29th of August, with our Sienna van (pics later) and borrowed his dolly to get it over to my house. We almost had an accident getting it off of the trailer, the strap was loose and it almost just came right off. Rolled it right off, and right now it sits.

    The work:
    Right now there is no carb on it, so we cannot attempt to start it until we get one, which I am sourcing. He gave us a Weber (26/27?) but we need an adapter, and we just decided starting on the stock would be easier to begin with. Interior isn't really that bad, mainly just needs some rust repair on the drivers side floor pan, a carpet, and 2 front seats. Back seats are fine, same with the panels. Also needs work in the dash, as the electrical is all torn out and needs some replacement, and it also needs some new speakers/radio. It is missing the console, but I am thinking of mocking up one myself and just spraying it with bedliner or covering it in something. The body contains some rust, mainly in the spare wheel well and the drivers side behind this door. Hood also has some surface rust, and there are some body filler spots that I can see, oh well.


    RIGHT! I forgot! The engine is an 18R-U, I know that it shares the same components as the RC, but is there any other difference really? And I know that it is a J-spec emmisions control. Thanks


    The Plans:
    Even though my dad and some of you may not agree, I am not planning for this to be a restoration, more of a resto-mod, with less resto. Paint will be the biggest expense, and wheels, but I am also looking into fender flares and both spoilers, chin and rear. I will also try to make money for coilovers, because I want to get this thing low, but not too low, because I think Vashon has more potholes than all world combined. No one cares about our roads Crying or Very sad.


    AND for you StanceWorks People, yes, it will be lowered, have deep, deep, DEEP wheels. I'm talkin' DEEP. No idea what wheels yet, but I will find some. And keep in mind, this is a teenage budget, so it may be a bit slow. Will try and update as much as I can, but minor updates may not be on this thread, only on the ClassicCelica thread.

    The Pictures:
    Okay, now the exciting part!
    Sorry for the poor quality, my camera just decided to crap out today, and I have to use my phone. Here we go:













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    Nice. I'm betting that's a weber 32/36. Not a bad car but I'd love to see a set of sidedrafts. Hit me up if you need any advice or if you want to sell that weber. It would be great for a subaru project I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlyons617 View Post
    Nice. I'm betting that's a weber 32/36. Not a bad car but I'd love to see a set of sidedrafts. Hit me up if you need any advice or if you want to sell that weber. It would be great for a subaru project I have.
    Welcome.
    Yeah, once I get a stock one to at least get it running Id probably sell it. No idea how it runs, but I'm sure it's fine. As for carbs later on, I'm thinkin ' about Mikunis, they sound orgasmic.

    EDIT: Oh hey, I just realized you live in Sequim. I travel up there quite often, actually
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    Absolutely love these celica's. can't wait to see this fixed up
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    I had an ra21 man there great cars can't wait to see this finished

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    whatup man! check out my oldschool group, we got alot of people in the NW and in socal.

    my buddy milton has a old celica with a high comp 4ag build going into it.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/olds...rcrew/?fref=ts

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    I am sure we can help you find/ help with anything you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corolllin View Post
    I am sure we can help you find/ help with anything you need.
    Oh hey thanks! Yeah I was actually thinkin' about swapping a 4age into it, if I do an engine swap in the future (Probably, 100 horse ain't much). Yeah I'm lookin for parts, I've been scanning Ebay and Craigslist now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackrtanman View Post
    Yeah, once I get a stock one to at least get it running Id probably sell it. No idea how it runs, but I'm sure it's fine. As for carbs later on, I'm thinkin ' about Mikunis, they sound orgasmic.

    EDIT: Oh hey, I just realized you live in Sequim. I travel up there quite often, actually
    Send me a message when you come up next time. we'll meet up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlyons617 View Post
    Send me a message when you come up next time. we'll meet up.
    Alright, no problem.

    Also, here are some pictures for and idea of what I am shooting for.





    And as for wheels, I think steelies may look that best, but if I do a metallic blue paint like I am planning, I may do a bronze wheel setup, kinda like WRX/STI color combo. I'd love to get wheels like these, or Work Equips, but those are a bit more expensive for now.


    Finally, I ordered a manual online and should be getting it in the middle of the week. Mainly I need this because the dash was torn apart and the switch's were all ripped out, as you could see in the pics. Tomorrow I will be getting a battery, so hopefully by Sunday I will have another "productive" post.


    EDIT: RIGHT I FORGOT ABOUT THE LOWER!
    So, the main reason this website was made is for stanced cars, not projects. With that said, I shall be ordering Ground Control coilovers sometimes, 200 bucks to go lower but oh well. I may try and get a better deal on them, Ebay or somethin else.
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    Alright, good news and bad news. Today I grabbed a battery for 40 bucks, trickle charged it, and dropped it in just a couple hours ago. Engine turns over, gas pump works as we found out haha, but electrical is an issue. So far, the only working lights are the drivers side brakes lights, the drivers side front brake lights, and that's it. Although, after further investigation, it is most likely the bulbs on some, because we swapped the bulbs to the other side and they worked fine. Headlights aren't working, neither are turn signals, so I may break out the meter and test to see if any power is going to them, or if it's the bulbs. May have a lead on the carburetor, so that may be coming up.

    Also today I cleaned up and REALLY Looked at the rust. it is quite prominent, but nothing a torch cant fix. I'm also starting to look at wheels, and deep steelies may be the first for the car, possibly bronze because metallic blue and bronze looks damn fine. That's it for now, no pictures yet, nothing has changed.

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    Good luck figuring out the electrical. I hope it's nothing serious. I like the idea of the bronze steelies. But the 4 spoke look is something I really like on a car like that.

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    I just noticed that the local snowboard builders have a Celica with a tree on it at their shop. Next time your out here, I'll see if you could grab a couple parts or cut up a few panels for rust patching.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlyons617 View Post
    I just noticed that the local snowboard builders have a Celica with a tree on it at their shop. Next time your out here, I'll see if you could grab a couple parts or cut up a few panels for rust patching.

    Oh man, that's awesome! I don't suppose you noticed/heard if there are any engine parts or interior (probably not in good shape)? Those are the things I am mainly focusing on right now. Thanks for informing me!

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    This is gunna be great car, It's going to be really fun to see your progress!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasonCaster View Post
    This is gunna be great car, It's going to be really fun to see your progress!
    Now go get that Yugo. Now.

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    Love the celica. I can't wait to see what you do with this jem.

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    I envy you.
    This is my favorite car of all time.
    I cant wait to see what you got in store

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    holy shit, go grab those bumpers on that one with the tree on it.. those go for a pretty penny. someone would forsure trade ya a set of mikunis or something for a set of smiley bumpers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montgomery View Post
    Love the celica. I can't wait to see what you do with this jem.
    Thanks man!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferenza View Post
    I envy you.
    This is my favorite car of all time.
    I cant wait to see what you got in store
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by corolllin View Post
    holy shit, go grab those bumpers on that one with the tree on it.. those go for a pretty penny. someone would forsure trade ya a set of mikunis or something for a set of smiley bumpers.

    Yeah, hopefully I can go check it out. Maybe they will trade for my old Burton Air laying around

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    So today, we took out the seats, both rear and front, what was left of the carpet, and the belts. Most of the belts are in nasty condition, but a few we think were never unreeled! Score! Also, the rear seat is in awesome condition for the most part, the 2 pads that were behind it are in great condition, and the only spot that we noticed was not in good shape looks like something rusty was sitting on it. A couple tears here and there, but the main problem was in the seats. Both front seats were drivers side, but I will probably be keeping the black until I get newer seats, but not original. I am not sure what I want to do with the brown one, I am not sure if it is newer or older, it has the dragon emblem on the back of the headrest if that helps. I thought about taking the dash off, but then after removing two or three screws I decided to skip it and wait till its running or another day.

    As for the rust, most of it is around the grommets so we might use the saber saw and cut a wider hole, then put a bigger grommet in to avoid removing the sound deadening. As for the trunk spots, we are probably gonna just cut out the spare wheel well then make it flush, either riveting a patch on or finding someone to weld it on.

    Another thing I was trying to figure out today was the electrical. the bulbs that are working are very dim and, which is probably a cause from corrosion, which I still need to fix. There are also some switches that are not working or are unplugged that I have no idea what they go to. Hopefully when I get the manual this Wednesday I can solve that problem. As for the car, I talked to the guy at NAPA, he things he can find me an adapter for the Weber for cheap, plus he has fast shipping, so we will see. Anyways, some pictures for your eyes:



    The block solenoid/whatever it is starting screeching at me today whenever the battery was plugged in. Now it has stopped and is fine.


    Bit of a window gap going on here. The window wont crank all the way up, I suspect.


    Lots of parts


    This thing broke off. Hose to the carburetor


    We found out one of the seat mounts sheered off, gotta weld that up too!



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    Hey, the hose to carb is most likely the carb heat to prevent carb ice or a heat operated choke.


    I'll ask The guys at the snowboard factory if they'd sell parts off that Celica. I used to work there a few years back and I still know a few guys there. Chances are I could trade beer for parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlyons617 View Post
    Hey, the hose to carb is most likely the carb heat to prevent carb ice or a heat operated choke.


    I'll ask The guys at the snowboard factory if they'd sell parts off that Celica. I used to work there a few years back and I still know a few guys there. Chances are I could trade beer for parts.
    Thanks, tell them I'd be willing to throw in a 1990 Burton Air if they want it. It's pretty hard to find, plus I have hard boot bindings for it. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hackrtanman View Post
    As for the trunk spots, we are probably gonna just cut out the spare wheel well then make it flush, either riveting a patch on or finding someone to weld it on.
    If I we got a hold of a welder, my dad could probably hook you up.

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    Quick word of advice that I am sure everyone knows: Don't half-ass anything. Today I was looking at the car some more and one of the previous owners decided it would be cool to put in half the bolts needed and not plug in many of the electrical cables. That's what I was doing, fixing their poor job.

    So, in short,

    Don't be stupid

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