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Old 08-15-2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Celicas

Who likes these things? Someone said I needed a car, so I just went out and picked one up today ('93 GT) so I don't have to do this winter in bundles every day. Threw some better rubber on the front and the damn thing felt like it was leaning into twisties on the way home. A sight better handling than the old GM steel I've owned. I'm feeling like quick thinking and luck might have rewarded me here.

Anyhow I've joined the appropriate forum and I'm reading up/chasing a couple little electrical things and hoping the price wasn't too good to be true. It sure ain't shiny, though. Think maroon, dents, and cancer. Like Barney after repeated government testing.

Aaanyways, any of you folks ever have one of these? What did ya think of it?
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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I owned two of them, a TA23 from 1977 and a TA40 from 1978. Loved them!
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:16 AM   #3
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The 4WD Turbos were really cool.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:45 AM   #4
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Had a 77 myself, a friend had a 89. I liked the old RWD cars better, but the FWD can handle pretty nice as well.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:01 AM   #5
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'86 gt

Probably officially the slowest, poorest handling one of the bunch. First year of FWD, the old 3SFE from the first Gen Camry...nothing sorted about it, hatchback.

Loved it.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:33 AM   #6
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my old GF had one from the late 80s. 180,000 miles & no issues.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:16 PM   #7
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1977 Celica GT was my first car. It'll hold 8 people

Had a bit of a road race with my roommate on the day he picked his Saab up from the shop. It was a spirited ride home until my radar detector went off (he was in front of me). I made up for it by giving him a ride to court a few weeks later

That car got me out west. Good times.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #8
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1977 Celica GT was my first car. It'll hold 8 people
Eight? Pfft. We had 14 people in my buddy Russell's '77 GT Liftback one time.

Well, in might be a bit of a stretch. There were some legs outside the hatch.

Russell had that car in the mid '80s. The 14-people incident was after a group of us watched "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" at the Astro Triple on College Avenue in Clemson, SC. I was 14, and so were most of the other people in the car except Russell, who was 17.

Love those old Celicas.

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Old 10-06-2012, 01:13 PM   #9
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I agree GT-86 would be a better name. Kinda reminds you of the AE86, another cool old rwd Toyota.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:06 PM   #10
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I agree GT-86 would be a better name. Kinda reminds you of the AE86, another cool old rwd Toyota.
AE86 is just a chassis designation. The name only caught on outside Japan through the Manga and Anime Initial-D. The AE86 is the 1985-1987 Toyota Corolla GT-S in North American Markets. Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno, GT-Apex and GTV were the other model names used in Japan. The AE86 was also used in Group A and N rally racing which is another reason it was popular back in the day.



Oh and that's a Gen2 Celica next to it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:42 AM   #11
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^That's some bad ass rally action right! I've never seen a Corolla rallying before, just the All-Trac Celicas, neat to see the old 2nd gen and a Corolla though.

This '74 is for sale on our local craigslist, probably drives alot like it originally did with that truck engine just with more modern fueling and better reliability
http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/3282175046.html

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Old 10-09-2012, 03:49 AM   #12
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I've never seen a Corolla rallying before...
They're everywhere mate!









Even Carlos SAINZ used to drive one, after the Celica's of course... (then the bastards pulled their dollars from Rally and sent them to F1 instead dopey Toyota management!)
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:50 AM   #13
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I noticed today that one of the front upper suspension mounts is cracked. Bloody annoying.

They are cheap enough to buy.

Anyone know if its an easy job to replace them? Any special tools or method required?
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:44 PM   #14
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I noticed today that one of the front upper suspension mounts is cracked. Bloody annoying.

They are cheap enough to buy.

Anyone know if its an easy job to replace them? Any special tools or method required?


I guess you'd need a spring compressor.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:37 PM   #15
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Crashed out a pumped up 22r celica on Hiawatha trails pro rally in 1991 ..I miss that car. Still glad the driver did not try and make the turn...
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