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Old 10-04-2012, 05:45 AM   #16
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^^^^^ Nice!

I would be very surprised if there are many of those around, let alone in private hands. The production models are very rare.

I plan on keeping mine original. I can never understand why so many people molest them the way they do.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:49 AM   #17
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Toyotacelicas.com is the one I joined, but I'm not sure how reliable it is in the technical area. The ratio of dumb kids to intelligent technicians is much different when there's 4 wheels, it seems, especially in a Jap import.

I can say heater cores aren't too fun on anything modern. Even on my old fullsize truck, I let a shop take care of it. Not sure I'd do that again, but probably for the Toyota I would. On the other hand, there might be a trick to it for these. I would imagine it's not terrible, just a tight fit. I think a lot of the fasteners are in view.

I haven't drove it a ton. I just went out and registered/insured it today so we'll see how it goes. Shocks are definitely kaput, so I'm taking it easy on the bumpy stuff. As well, the AC compressor seems to be out, and upgrading to a modern one is a good chunk of money. Luckily I'm just in it for the roof and heater. From what I can tell the sunroof gears seem to strip easy (sacrificial piece like a garage door motor I think) but you can only buy the entire assembly new, which is too much. I'm probably gonna see what I can find in a junkyard and find somebody that does custom plastic work or something to make some sturdier ones, as mine didn't work when I got it. It would be awful nice to have an overdrive or a 6th gear on the thing, though. It's comfy at 55, but just a hair into buzzy territory at 65mph. Sheds wind almost too well. You can have a conversation at that speed with the windows down, but don't expect much breeze to get in unless you stick your arm out for it. That's why a sunroof to draft the heat out would be nice.

I'll report back after I get some more miles on it, but I'm pleased so far for the money. 1200 bucks and it starts, stops, etc.
The more I find out, the more it looks like a major job. Basically the whole dash and centre console needs to come out. It may end up being a job I tackle myself as the labour cost, if I find someone willing to do it, will be astronomical. I think a manual should be my next purchase.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:56 AM   #18
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Didn't the supra replace the celicas in 86 or so for a few years? In fact, the first supra IIRC was a celica with an inline 6, in 86. I drove an 88 turbo for a couple years,nice car but the bmw m3 6 cylinder made just as much power without a turbo. The supra i had weighed as much as my 67 GTO, 3600 lb so not a lightweight car.

The 86-to late 90s supras always go for big coin for some reason Should kept mine for a couple years.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:44 AM   #19
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Didn't the supra replace the celicas in 86 or so for a few years? In fact, the first supra IIRC was a celica with an inline 6, in 86. I drove an 88 turbo for a couple years,nice car but the bmw m3 6 cylinder made just as much power without a turbo. The supra i had weighed as much as my 67 GTO, 3600 lb so not a lightweight car.

The 86-to late 90s supras always go for big coin for some reason Should kept mine for a couple years.

The Supra was a trim line of the Celica. The first model was a Celica Supra with the main difference being a 6 cylinder engine in 81 or 82. They were made side by side until the death of the Supra, and now the Celica.

The FR-S should have been a Celica.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:58 AM   #20
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I never owned one, but I did envy the few guys I knew who did. One had the hatchback, the other the sedan. Both were abused and lasted for a long time.

By the time I could have bought one, they had bloated up into a $40K sports car, and sadly, too rich for my blood. Oh well.

Toyota aught to bring it back as a semi-sporty hybrid - 22RT motor with hybrid boost?
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:26 PM   #21
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In 96 I picked up a nice clean 85 GT hatchback with about 140,000 mi. It was a solid, but Unexciting drive. It looked great though.
They say cars only depreciate, but this one was different. I paid $1300, spent a few Hun on timing chain guides, and a couple of other little things, and five months into it somebody waved a $3500 bill at me.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:29 PM   #22
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Toyotacelicas.com is the one I joined, but I'm not sure how reliable it is in the technical area. The ratio of dumb kids to intelligent technicians is much different when there's 4 wheels, it seems, especially in a Jap import.
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The average age of the owner of one of those today is about your age.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:38 PM   #23
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The average age of the owner of one of those today is about your age.
Then we need to do something about people my age, huh?
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:14 AM   #24
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I have liked most of the Celicas produced and saw this thread and thought, kewl, Celica pics, but not till those rally ones - you guys are slacking!

Anyway, I built a Tamiay scale model of one of the rallye celicas, with the castrol colors - yeah, it came out ok but not great.... collecting dust - wife likes it though...

post more pics!
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:25 AM   #25
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I have liked most of the Celicas produced and saw this thread and thought, kewl, Celica pics, but not till those rally ones - you guys are slacking!

Anyway, I built a Tamiay scale model of one of the rallye celicas, with the castrol colors - yeah, it came out ok but not great.... collecting dust - wife likes it though...

post more pics!
It ain't pretty, trust me. And something that gets me is the ride height. I'm not a tall dude, but I have to fall down to get in and climb out.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:53 AM   #26
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The Supra was a trim line of the Celica. The first model was a Celica Supra with the main difference being a 6 cylinder engine in 81 or 82. They were made side by side until the death of the Supra, and now the Celica.

The FR-S should have been a Celica.
The first year of Supra that wasn't the same as the Celica was 1986.5.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:37 AM   #27
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Got my wife a 2001 GT in 2002 and had it for a few years
I thought it might be mainly marketing that it claimed to be 15 more horsepower than the same engine in the Corolla until the first time underneath for an oil change. Nice large diameter exhaust the whole way and also a significantly different intake. It was a fun little car and phenomenal in the snow with snow tires on it, only limitation then was ground clearance. Not necessarily fast but also wouldn't call it slow and it could really make up time on the back roads.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:16 AM   #28
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Brought my "new" 1993 Celica home tonight.

I forgot how good these cars are. Very smooth, sweet handling, nice to drive, loads of torque and definitely no slouch.

All this even by modern standards.

I will post some pics when I have given it a good once over. Its not quite looking as good as it can.

I have a very dodgy lower back, so I think I will be looking for an orthopedic seat from Recaro.

After that it will be a sweet, sweet ride!
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:18 AM   #29
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My first "car" was a silver '75 GT coupe. I wish I could find another one.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:30 PM   #30
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The first year of Supra that wasn't the same as the Celica was 1986.5.
The Celica became a FWD car and soon after the 86.5 Supra came out, the Supras went more into super car territory and the Celica eventually became a hairdressers car.

I disagree that the Scion FR-S should be called the Celica, the new FR-S is a pure RWD sports car which the last time a Celica was RWD was over 25rys ago! Even though it's roots were as a RWD sports car, it spent more time as a sporty FWD (save the all-tracs) sporty coupe. And it definitely doesn't deserve to be called a Supra either since it's only a 4cyl.
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