Let me begin by stating that I am currently building my 3rd Celica at the moment. I will begin by telling about the first two I had.
My first Celica was a 6th Gen 1995 base model. I bought it in highschool (2008). It was my third vehicle and I sold a
Ranger pick-up I had to join "The import Scene". It was silver in color, had aknock and smoked a little due to a bad valve.
I stupidly bought it with 221k miles on it.
I started by sanding down the bondo, painting the car 3-4different colors, even driving it back and forth to school in primer.
(what it started out as.)
I added a thrush welded mufler, short ram intake, some minor engine dress up, lowering springs, window tint and Montegi wheels.
In 2010 I blew the engine completely due to a bad oil pump.
In late 2010, I towed the car from Florida and I rebuilt the engne with the help of Greens racing in Missouri, also painted
the car plasma blue.
Sometime later I drove back to florida in the 6G and joined the Air Force.
Early 2011, I buy a 2004 Celica GTS and sell the 6G a month later.
My RED 2004 SUPER RED II Celica
Bomex front bumper with molded ED Sideskirts and A Blits rear bumper.
18" MSR wheels
KYB AGX Coiovers
DRAGON INTAKE< replaced later with spectre filter
Wet shot 75 pill NOS kit (Texas Nitrous Technologies)
Then in April 2011 some fool in a brand new Tahoe ran a light doing 80 and T-Boned me
End of the Red celica.
So in May 2011 I found this completely stock 2004 GTS with the factory action package.
I drove to Oklahoma and bought it from a guy who collected Corvettes of all things.
So before I even drove home I went and bought a pair of Black chrome MBs. I bought 16",
because they were discontinued and they didnt carry them in 18"
SO I drove back to texas. I installd my 75 shot wetNitrous kit,
4 point harnesses with TRD pads and Magnaflow exhaust.
Then I got stationed in Virginia.
I got to virginia and decided I needed Tien Lowering springs ( I got a wicked deal on these,
I paid 110.00 plus shipping). I Installed them at the local Auto hobby shop.
The drop was 1.75 ish in front and 2.25 in back If I am not mistaken.
Installed LEDs in bottom holes of bumper and on headlights, later removed the headlight ones.
Then I ordered and installed the AEM CAI after having trouble with the ebay CAI.
I ran my car at a local circle track one wednesday and had slow times due to the
rear end sliding because of crappy Good Year all season tires.
Got home, Ordered Summer performance tires from Sumitomo.
A local toyota Mechanic, who is a User on NC sold me a CF hood
, I turned around
and sold it a month later ish for 150 and kept the tsunami scoop.
November 2011 I was "drifting in an open lot around a set up cone course" with a 350z,
civic hatch and Evo. I was doing great for about an hour due to the wet pavement as FWD
leads to more powerslides than drifts. Then BANG I slid off course at about 45mph and trashed
a wheel, a rear knuckle, hub assembly, rear control arm and I somehow managed to not put a single
scratch on the body.
I got it home and had to fly to nevada for a month, Saved money while I was gone,
Got back and ordered everything I needed except a wheel as the wheels I have are
discontinued in black chrome.
I searched the internet and could not find a replacement wheel anywhere.
I called discount tire's warehouse in texas and they said they no longer carried them,
I called MB and got the same answer.
A week later after wheel shopping almost everyday, I get a rather heavy package at the door,
with a note from Discount tire's warehouse;
We "no longer stock this item, and cannot technically sell this product to you.
But we found one in the warehouse, So DTD is sending you this gift as a reward to a valued customer,
Thanks and we look forward to your continued business."
Awesome, FREE brand new wheel.
I installed all of my parts and 3 alignments later it was better than new.
The next month I Grenaded a stage 2 clutch with spray. Car was down 2 or 3 months,
(Cracked pressure plate)
Chunk of Pressure plate that tore the crap out of the inside of my bell housing.
So I bought a Black cobalt SS with a turbo on it instead of the supercharger to drive until I
finished rebuilding the celica. (It's now my Daily Driver)
I Replaced everything in the bell housing with Stage 3 parts on the Celica.
Did the MIL eliminator Mod.
Then I discovered MWR, It was like puberty all over again.
I ordered me a set of pistons (MAHLE 9.0:1) and headstuds and a few misc gaskets and bearings.
Then I was talking to an MR2 guy at work and we worked a deal on an AEM FIC
Then the magic began.
I found a new Wet Nitrous kit (NOS brand) still in vacume wrap package for 200.00 and I picked it up.
A week later I discovered the scoote 2 CF hood and blindy bought it unknowing of the fitament issues.
after discovering the CF hood would not clear the engine plastics, I cut the bottom of the hood,
(Pieces I had to cut out with a dremel)
removed the plastics, relocated the battery, tilted the ECU, shaved the top of the fuse box cover
Installed the hood and AERO CATCH flush hood pins.
AT this point I started following the Celica wire tuck thread and wanted to do a wire tuck, But things were
off to a slow start and still arnt done.
I then installed the new spray kit and painted and polished the engine bay, valve cover,TB, intake manifold and CAI.
Removed my back seat, Ran my 4 points to the back seat anchors.
Then After removing my TRD wing I discovered I had no third brake light, So I cut open the dummy one on the
roof of my car, inserted a LED strip wred it up and BAM: Third functioning brake light.
Also I made a how to thread on how to do this but i never showed up on the site so I will have to try it again soon.
Then I wanted to paint my roof and trunk gloss black after I discovered primer showing through on the roof
and the holes I had to fill from the TRD wing on the trunk lid. After sanding, priming and attempting gloss black 3
times in high humidity, I decided to go with sain black until the summer.
I then removed my Intake manifold and found oil that had bypassed the PCV valve.
Installed DTP Oil catch can to remedy.
Removed Oilcatch can as the fittings leaked air and made my oil pressure and idle go crazy.
will re install quality one later.
Recently user livejordan and myself decided to figure out some Audio issues I was having. When I purchased the celica it had a 4 channel amp in the rear for the front six speakers and a separate amp for a small sub. I didn't realize how sh*ty the sound was until my wife complained tthat the Left to right audio was playing front to back. I assumed the 4 channel amp was installed to bypass a possible blown factory amp but I was never certain. So live jordan and I pulled the passenger side plastics apart under the dash and discovered a crap ton of butt plugged wires and about 80 ft of random speaker wire.
This made me so mad.
I also found two Raptor audio wire to aux cable converter boxes and more butt plugs. I swear not a single wire was soldered or heat shrinked.
SO I had to do something. I labeled all the wires, disconnected and reconnected one speaker to the factory amp to test and guess what? That sh*t worked.
SO I rewired my whole sound system, removed the four channel amp out of the back, eliminated the mass of speaker wire and wired the car properly. I also replaced the front two speakers and rewired the rear sub properly.
Now my audio sounds fresh and crisp.
I also added the Energy Suspension Motor mount inserts after helping a friend install them on his mazda speed3. He told me His wheel hop went away So I ordered a set with the matrix part number.
I installed the front first and discovered it was pretty easy. The rear took a bit Of time and after struggling to try and remove the rear torque/motor mount for about an hour, I decided to just grease the inserts up and slide them into place with the mount still above the k frame. It worked out after that.
I did notice a little bit of a reduction in wheel hop, less motor rock and you can definitely feel the engine/torque when I mash on it now.
I did have numerous rattle sounds in the interior that I had to track down and eliminate. I am down to just one now and its a tricky one. The key is rattling in the lock and tumbler. I might mold a black silicone cap for the tumblers key hole to eliminate the rattle.
I modified my stock sway bars to decrease body roll and I made a thread for everyone so they can perform the same modification.
The Results were great.
Here is the link for everyone;
So last night I drained my tranny fluid since an old mechanic put mt-90 in it and it would grind gears in cold weather.
When I drained it I was upset to only find 1 quart inside. That was frustrating and mentally
I am blaming him for the second gear down shifting issue.
So to compensate for the issues I mixed 2 quarts of synchromesh and 1 quart castrol c 90. Then I poured in 2.4 quarts and
oh my what a difference that made. It shifts really smooth now. Hopefully when I get my MWR brass bushings that will make shifting feel even better. I might be trying to get an MRS 5 speed after hearing how tough they are considering the amount of boost I plan pushing in the near future.
Also one of my friends just left for japan for 3 months and I have his evo 8 transmission and engine sitting in my garage. Looks like I will be stripping it down so we can ship it out for its second mass rebuild in 2 months. He's looking to push 600 AWHP. So I have a lot of work to do if I want to pull away from him. My guess is he will put a modest tune on it and push 500awhp. So when considering the weight difference in our cars, I should be good at 500HP.
Oh and I have been shopping for the perfect turbo set up tee hee
Well I painted my NOS bottle red to match my engine paint, Now to paint the Bottle brackets. I still need to order a purge kit and WOT swith ECU.
Here's an update.
I received my short throw from Monkey Wrench Racing today.
I couldn't wait to install it, So I did it on my lunch break from work.
It feels great. I might be the first person to say this and I hope no one thinks I am crazy but It might even
be a little too short for me. I asked MWR to throw some extra decals into my order and I didn't get any
Also when I had my center console apart I found these two wire connectors underneath
disconnected. Does anyone know what these are for? my guess is they are for an automatic?
One of my close friends is in japan right now and he's trying to find me a JDM climate control display! yay!
New lock actuators and MOD done.
NicelowZ sent me my new clocksprink, I installed and everything works great again!
Got my New HID's in my OEM HID housings installed! 8000k
I got my wheel spacers in the mail today after ordering them last week after Bernie and I discussed what sizes I should order. I wanted a better looking fenderwell fill without a massive gap. I ended up rolling the inside of my fenders but I am completely against stretching my tires.
After opening the package I noticed there well these hubcentric pieces which made me mad because the website said it was a 1 piece part.
After giving Bernie my wheel specs, He told me to try 30mm in the rear and 25mm in the front.
I ended up measuring on my own and ordered 32mm rear and 25mm front which turned out amazing.
The finished rear;
Will post picture of it outside the garage when it stops raining outside and the pavement is dry.
New coilovers soon, Plus new wheels and tires.
My current black chrome wheels and tires are for sale. PM me. No curb rash, or issues. 1.5 years
old. 16 inch. Tires have 80 percent tread and are high performance summer tires.
The plan is to Boost this 2zz within the next year and push 400-500WHP
Very dooable on my budget.
More to come including the pictures and more mods/ issues I have yet to type up.
Comments are welcome.