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'92 Toyota Celica

edited February 2013 in Rides
This has been my daily driver for 2.5 years now. Most I've ever spent on a car ($1850), and longest I've ever relied on one as my DD....

It's an ST....so 1.6l 4AFE, power nothing, and an automatic

How it arrived:
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Immediately made a trip to Upull, and voila....Cruise!
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Wheel spacer for the rear for the Subaru wheels:
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205/65r15 Blizzak Revo1s:
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Light bar:
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We used it as a chase vehicle for the Ice shakedown of the new rally car last winter:
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Video, all chase shots taken from my Celica:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... A5NHVY62t4

Took it to 100 Acre Wood rally last February in Missouri. When I left Duluth, Temps were around freezing with dry roads here, and in the 50s and 60s in Missouri, so I switched to all seasons. On the trip back, there was freezing rain, so I borrowed some Blizzak WS70s on OZ racing wheels from the rally car for the drive home. Sweet look!!
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One of the rear struts finally let loose on that trip. So...suspension. KYB GR2/Excel Gs all around. And I wanted a slightly stiffer, and taller spring in the back, so I bought some 175 lb/in springs, and used a pair of the Ground-Control sleeves I had on my Loyale.....
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Much better ride height
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New radiator last summer:
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Trailer hitch:
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Being used:
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Comments

  • February 2013, I made the trek down to Missouri for 100 Acre Wood Rally again, and while pounding through the "mountains" down there, I noticed there was something goofy with the handling. Over the next month or so, it got continuously worse, until it was finally noticeable as play in the rear suspension. A "bushing" (they're actually spherical bearings) in one of the lateral links had failed, so the toe on the passenger rear wheel was changing......randomly.


    I started researching this fix. The spherical bearings are not designed to be replaced, so the only way to do it is buy a whole new arm from Toyota....for about $200ea. Then came the dilemma....fix just the failed one? Or replace them all.


    Through some research, I discovered that 6th Gen Celicas ('94-99) use regular bushings, and have a better to adjustment in them. And....are swappable. I decided that this was a good time for the much-needed rear disc swap as well. So I started the search. Finally, a '94 GT popped up in Upull, and I happened to be in the cities. So my dad and I went down there, and.....

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    Thanks to Jake and Shaun for blasting the backing plates:
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    painted:
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    Moar paint (All POR15, btw):
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    Poly bushings in the arms, and beginning reassembly:
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    Installation on the car:
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    The old arms used cammed bolts to adjust the toe, where the new ones had an adjustment in the middle. So I needed to lock down the old adjustment. Some 14mm Fender washers, ground down on the sides to match the diameter of the old washers:
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    One side installed:
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    I swapped the summer wheels on it today, and took some pictures of the final product:
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  • Looking very nice. Those are such great cars!
  • Well...as many of you now know. It's dead. Rusty oil pan led to spun #1 rod bearing and badly deformed rod. Probably rebuildable, but the insane amount of rust on this chassis....so not worth it.

    Goodbye you rusty bastard:
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    Control arm rust....I've been concerned about this for awhile:
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  • Where's the convertible build?
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