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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #15 on: Jan 29, 2019, 10:25:35 am »
Latest (mental) update:

Well, I'm still playing with the idea of building the 21R for "character" but...

Purely for noise and entertainment value I'm pretty much narrowing it down to 4AGE and 3SGE for a conversion since I'll inevitably have the engine out anyway.

4AGE wins in the noise department, but the inner circle claims it'd be a bit gutless (as if the 21R isn't already lol) but after comparing the weights between the AE86 and the A60, they're pretty much on par with each other lightest-to-lightest and heaviest-to-heaviest. So I reckon she'll be okay with a few mods. Definitely easier to make faster than the 21R, NA (and NA is the goal.)

3S-GE seems like the go-fast-real-easy option, and it's what I'm leaning towards most. From what I've been told, the SA6X crossmember fits right up to the 3S-GE (citation needed) and should make things quite a bit easier. I'll need to do massive amounts of forum reading to find out enough, and that's where I'll go now.

Regardless, I'll keep a hold of the 21R in case my plans change.

Figured I'd update everyone!
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #16 on: Jan 29, 2019, 01:16:44 pm »
Take a look at corax's Beams swap thread, its one of the more detailed threads for an engine swap next to swan song's 1uz swap thread. definitely worth a read if your'e looking at a beams. according to his thread subframe spacers are necessary for trans clearance, among other things.

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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #17 on: Jan 29, 2019, 05:14:41 pm »
BEAMS 3S-GE is definitely a good option. Lowkey, I'm currently looking into RWD 2ZZ-GE swaps for our cars. There is a company in Georgia (USA) that is in the works of making a 2ZZ to W-series trans bellhousing for RWD conversions. They should have a lot of parts available in a couple months time. I think THAT would be a cool swap.
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #18 on: Jan 29, 2019, 06:19:08 pm »
be a cool thing to see honestly, almost as rare as a rwd 4g63 conversion.  :)

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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #19 on: Jan 30, 2019, 10:00:34 am »
BEAMS 3S-GE is definitely a good option. Lowkey, I'm currently looking into RWD 2ZZ-GE swaps for our cars. There is a company in Georgia (USA) that is in the works of making a 2ZZ to W-series trans bellhousing for RWD conversions. ...  I think THAT would be a cool swap.

You might be onto something there. If you have the time, feel free to post a link or DM me one, there will surely be LHD/RHD complications involved but I'm still purely in the research stage so the floodgates for ideas are WIDE open.
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #20 on: Jan 30, 2019, 05:28:03 pm »
You might be onto something there. If you have the time, feel free to post a link or DM me one, there will surely be LHD/RHD complications involved but I'm still purely in the research stage so the floodgates for ideas are WIDE open.

Alright, I'll PM you the info that I have so far! I want to make a more official post when I have solid info, after I get few more questions answered. Oh yes, RHD compatibility and CA smog requirements are going to be the biggest complications for something like this. It's all research over here, as well.
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #21 on: Jan 31, 2019, 11:06:10 am »
Been diving through the forum here for the better part of the last 12 hours trying to wrap my head around rear disc conversions and suspension setups.

It's kinda hard in the year 2019 when the info is from pre-2009 and all the websites and products are long gone!

I think I have the general gist of it but I'll ask clarifying questions in a new thread in the sub for susp/brakes. Once that's up, I'll link that here so it may be useful in the future.

(hopefully) my next post will outline my next steps as far as handling upgrades goes.
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #22 on: Mar 28, 2019, 06:21:23 am »
Long time no post!

I said I'd link my brake/suspension thread in here just to make it easy for future readers, so here's that:

https://www.celica-gts.com/forums/index.php?topic=30914.0

I've been putting in work on the Celica which I'll run down in my next reply.
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #23 on: Mar 28, 2019, 06:35:22 am »
ALL RIGHT! I've been AWOL for some time, putting in the time at work to get stuff done to this car. Also been dancing with my Focus ST brake upgrade so my attention has been split.

ANYWAY!

I'll start with what I did first, while I was out!

When I bought the car, I was missing my passenger/LH door mirror.


And Old Silicone Ass who owned the car before me, siliconed the hole, so we had to dig all that shit out.


Installing the replacement mirror was very straightforward, one big bolt in the middle and two phillips head screws on the edge of the door skin.
Took me about an hour to do, mostly because i spent 50 minutes digging out silicone from the old hole.



But voila! New mirror, and the car is legal to drive on the road (and a lot safer too!) Was quite happy with the result, although my replacement mirror was faded and definitely needs some cleaning up.
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #24 on: Mar 28, 2019, 06:53:55 am »
Over the past 3 or 4 weeks, I've been learning the ropes of welding from my dad, and we got into fixing the panel underneath the windshield, as I had a gaping rust hole on the driver's side trailing edge.

Reposting that image from my intro just for ease.


So we sanded as much rust as we could back, leaving at least *some* clean metal to weld to.


Plan was to weld a big blob on there and then grind it down to size and shape, which kind of half-worked after a few hours of cussing, cursing and whining on my behalf -- it kept cracking around the weld area after we ground the weld down a bit. Definitely lessened my opinion of the metal used, hah.


With what we had laying around and the tools we had in the family garage, we got pretty close to perfect! This is before final sanding/light filing and long before paint.


I didn't get any pictures, but the curvature of the repaired area wasn't perfect, so we spent a few days experimenting with metal fill to get the shape just right.

Got it painted with VHT rollbar/chassis paint, at least to temporarily protect it against weathering, and it came up splendidly. Sealed the underside with foam weatherstrip tape as finding reproduction rubbers for these cars is like pulling teeth, and the old one was long gone due to the hole it had. Works great!


Was absolutely filthy under the panel along the base of the windshield, but thankfully, NO RUST! Same with the pillar plastics, full of dirt and gunk, but NO RUST!! Absolutely stunned by that.
This job (reinstalling the panel) and even removing said panel, is definitely a two person job if you don't want it bent. Threading it under the windshield pillar plastics but also maneuvring around the hood hinges and the wiper mounts (yes, I removed the wiper arms for reinstall) was a bastard, and required several opening and closings of the hood to get different leverages and angles to sit correct. I didn't have any clips that the factory ones supposely had, so I reused the screws that were originally holding it in. Thankfully, the guy who had this bright idea, had the foresight to use some cromments so there wasn't exposed sheetmetal to screw into.






In total, getting the panel out took 2 minutes with a helper, and putting it in took 10. Overall time spent repairing the panel including metal fill cure time and paint drying, was 3 days. If you wanted to smash it in an afternoon you could probably weld and paint in a day and a half, max.
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #25 on: Mar 28, 2019, 07:02:17 am »
Finished product regarding the windshield seal panel:


It still doesn't line up 100% perfect, but I'm incredibly happy with how it turned out. It's about 98% bang on and most people will never notice unless they flip the panel over.

Also sprayed the rusty wiper arms with the same VHT rollbar/chassis paint after a quick sand down. Just for tidiness and aesthetic purposes. No picture of that, though.

All up, this job cost me maybe 40 bucks australian including some welding wire, mostly it was just two cans of paint and a tub of metal fill. I'd rather spend 40 bucks and get it very close than spend 300USD on a replacement from Amayama of unknown condition. However, if yours is cactus and you do need that replacement, you can grab those here:
https://www.amayama.com/en/part/toyota/7553514160

Parts availability through those guys seems to be pretty good. Part number/description for this panel is "75535-14160" "Moulding, Windshield, Lower" if needed.
Amayama is super handy for finding part numbers as well, they've got all of the Toyota diagrams and individual part numbers for small weird stuff thats impossible to find - similar to MegaZip and such.

Not trying to shill for the company, but this info was super helpful to me and I would love to help out other guys in the future if they needed it.
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« Reply #26 on: Mar 28, 2019, 07:10:05 am »
After having the cowl panel reinstalled, and wipers painted, I turned to a couple of mechanical tidbits I needed to suss out.

I had a fuel leak at the filter in the engine bay ,absolutely dibbling all over my chassis. Luckily I got into that before it burned into the engine bay paint and rusted it all out.

Easy fix, some new fuel hose from the hard lines to the filter, new screw-type hose clamps, and a new filter just because I was in there anyway.

Latest problem, is an ultra-annoying whistle at idle when in gear. In park or neutral, I get no noise, sometimes a very slight whistle. but in D/2/L, during low revs it annoys the hell out of me once the car is up to temp. Fiddled with everything in the bay, and found nothing obvious, so I took it to a trusted mechanic. He seems to think its a vac issue on the dizzy, and based on what I *haven't* found during process of elimination, I'm inclined to agree. So I have that booked in to an auto sparky just for a professional analysis of my distributor. If that is the problem, I'll replace/rebuild it, if not I'll move on. That's next friday, so I'll keep it updated here.
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« Reply #27 on: Mar 28, 2019, 07:22:04 am »
I had to turn in my license plates earlier this year, as I only bought the car with one plate on the rear, and darn local law says I need to run a pair.

So just to ensure I didn't get in any trouble with someone using my missing plate, I turned them in and filled out some form to say I had no idea where the second plate was.

Turns out the government wanted to charge me to randomized replacement plates, so I figured I'd just get vanity plates while I was at it, since I was going to have to fork out more money to make the car road legal again.

So here they are!



featuring my dicky pea shooter exhaust that definitely needs replacing/upgrading. (open to suggestions btw :heh:)
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« Reply #28 on: Mar 28, 2019, 07:50:15 am »
LATEST UPDATE!

I purchased some Super Star Co. SSR-Is (Not SSR brand wheels, iirc) out of Japan through jdmparts.rupewrecht on facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/jdmpartsrupewrecht/ )
and they sat in my garage for a while.


When the car was in the shop sorting out the whistle, I got the mechanic to go over the car looking for anything that might compromise re-registration in October, and it turned over the usual - a few rotten bushings, old tyres etc.

So, knowing I needed tyres, I thought it'd be a good idea to get the new wheels chucked on some rubber and on the car - the car also needed an alignment so three birds with one stone, effectively.

Here's a handful of photos after I got it back with the new wheels and rubber, today.
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Super stoked on how it turned out, I just need it a tiny bit lower in the back and it'll sit perfect. Time for more rust repairs and general cleaning up, then engine stuff!

(Also, to return to one of my original points in this thread about engines -- I've decided to not go too wild with this car, so it's staying 21R and getting the goodies from toyheadauto. if all else fails i'll go AUDM 22REC for that drop in torque boost)
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Re: Kurt's RA61 All-In-One Restomod Thread!
« Reply #29 on: Mar 28, 2019, 04:07:19 pm »
Hey, cool to see the details of your progress! :) Great work so far, I absolutely LOVE the new wheels! Both you and blueberry muffins are one-upping me on the wheel game, I'm just a poseur with my rep Watanabes... but hey, Konigs are cheap and I needed something cool. :heh:

On that whistle, I would also think it's a vacuum leak... did you take the opportunity to replace all your vacuum lines?

Similarly, I have some surface rust on my windshield cowl, and both that and the wiper arms could use a blast of fresh paint...

For exhaust, I bought a friend's mild steel, crush bent, 2.25" cat-back with a small Magnaflow muffler. It's not actually that loud, and I still have yet to install it since I was adding in a v-band before the section where the exhaust goes over the axle for easier install/removal.

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