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  1. Wow, its been awhile. Life has been nuts with the kiddo and new job, but finally got a chance to do some work on the car. I re-upholstered the front door cards last week. I pulled the old vinyl off the door, pulled the old foam that basically fell apart when I pulled the vinyl off and cleaned the the pressboard behind it, then sprayed down some spray adhesive and laid the vinyl down. The vinyl is "artic" vinyl, so it can handle temperatures down to -45C, but is also UV resistant, stretched nicely and was super easy to work with. I also painted the vent piece black to match the rest of the interior. I'm not 100% sure I'm happy with the way it came out because you can see the outline of the staples where the pressboard and the metal trim at the top meet and the outline of the clips. I may pull the vinyl back and get some thin foam to put inbetween as a buffer layer. I also built some nylon webbing door pulls. I measured and cut the nylon with a 1" fold over, punched the holes and pushed in the eyelets. I then had my mother-in-law who was visiting at the time stitch them up for added strength. I'm still waiting on my window crank handles to show up, went with a brushed with a black clear coat over top aluminium set. They should be here in a few weeks. Once they come in, I'll mount the door cards and finish cutting the remaining holes. I'm going to paint the door handles black too and get some nice stainless hardware with a chamfered washer for the hardware for the pulls to keep everything nice and sleek. I have another idea, but I'll see how each option looks before I decide which one to do.
  2. Hey @Seedy Al to remove the glass, you work from the outside of the vehicle? or the inside of the vehicle? I have been spraying the seals daily with lubricants to soften them up a bit to make the removal easier, but haven't had a chance to get at it yet.
  3. Only got about 40 minutes to work on the car this past weekend. I decided to keep working on the interior and keep cleaning things up. I had the bottom cushion of the rear seat out of the car for when I was installing the carpet and I had noticed that the seat cover was only held in place by a pressure fit into a channel around the bottom of the seat. I decided to pull the cover off and give it a clean. Before... Super stained, covered in dog hair, smelled like cigarettes and only god knows what. The seat back After taking the covers off the rest of the cushion, I threw them in the washer with a couple scoops of Oxyclean and some detergent, put it on the heavy duty cycle and waited for them to finish up. A little over an hour later pulled them out and threw them into the backyard to dry in the sunlight. Bottom cushion installed after cleaning Top cushion after They came out mint! I was debating on just throwing them back into the car, but instead I'm going to dye them black like the front seats. Hopefully will get some more time this week to work on this thing.
  4. Picked up another set of wheels this week. I have no idea what brand they are, there are no markings I could find except for on the rear inner lip there is the wheel sizing specs. They are 15x6.5 ET20 2 piece. The hardware that bolts the faces to the lips on a couple of the wheels look like they were gold plated at one point. Picked them up for a really good deal, 2 wheels are mint, 1 wheel has 2 minor bits of crub rash, and the 4th wheel has rash about 1/3rd of the way around the lip and has a slight bend in the lip on the backside. Any ideas on what they are? I've rules out they are SSR's, Works, Weds, Takeshi Projects, Crimsons. They have the valve stems on the backside of the wheel face, and no bolt holes for a bolt-on center cap. EDIT: Figured out what they are after spending a few hours in the depths of the internet and getting my mate who has been selling wheels for almost 20 years and loves old Japanese wheels to take a look. They are Super Star Racing Nore Super Fins. And yes, I said Super Star Racing, which is not SSR. Super Star is now better known for their luxury branded wheels, Leon Hardiritt. I managed to figure it out from a guy who had a set for sale posted on the Honda Tech forums that he took pictures of them without the center caps and it had all the same markings as my wheels, same hardwear, and same engraved wheel measurement specs on the rear side of the barrel. Here's what they would look like in good shape and with the center caps. I'm going to strip them down, refinish the barrels, and probably either paint or powder coat the centers in gunmetal. This is kind of a cool option too... Matte black center with a bronze lip/barrel. I also picked up a mig welder, some sheet metal, and all the other good things I`ll need to start the body work. Hopefully I`ll get a chance this weekend to start on my first patch panel. I'll be posting another update tonight with my collection of new parts that came in and some interior updates.
  5. Yea, that's what I mean. We call them 1/4 windows over here because they are on the rear 1/4 panels. Cheers, I appreciate it. I'll have to give it a try. I did start picking away at it a bit and it looked as though there wasn't any sort of clip holding it in place. I did check google numerous times and came back empty handed, just lots of info about removing glass on KE70 sedans, which all just say "its really hard, go get it done professionally"
  6. Not much to update, finally got the car home from my old work. Downside of quitting is no longer being able to park the car up there and use their shop at will. Oh, well, better job now which gives me more time and money to be working on it. Forgot to upload this earlier. But it's amazing how small this thing is. When I parked in the garage, this is how low the roof line sits compared to my lowered WRX roofline. I do have a question, I already asked it to no avail, but for people who have removed their rear 1/4 windows (furthest ones back on the car on the sides), do the seals pull out? or are their clips holding them in place? I've got some rust work I need to do on the driver's side and I want to pull the glass, but don't want to risk damaging the seal, or glass in doing so. I also need to do the hatch glass as well. Can someone provide some insight so I can get working on that?
  7. Had some time this weekend to keep tackling the interior. Managed to get the door sills plates, door seals, kick pods, trunk panels, c-pillar panels, cubby, e-brake cover, and steering column cover cleaned, and dyed black. Also got around to installing my new tachometer, steering wheel, front speakers, rear speakers, and headunit. I bought another cluster surround to see if I could deal with the poorly installed old headunit, but the one I purchased was from a coupe, which has a slightly different dash, so I had to use my original one. I drilled out the old cruise control plate and pitched it, then fabbed up a block off plate out of some acrylic we had kicking around the shop. I'm going to use it as a spot to install my phone mount. I also took out the severly weather beaten old 5.25" speakers in the rear and modified the panel, plus the sheet metal behind to accommodate a set of Rockford Fosgate 6.5" 3 way speakers I had from my old Subaru. I also mounted them with a foam BoomMat basket on the backside to give them a bit more clarity. Sound system sounds great, just needs some low end. After I get around to mounting my celica seats in, I'm going to go shopping for a slim subwoofer to put under the passenger's seat. Still needs some work on the interior. I still need to figure out what I'm going to do with the cracked dashpad, and dye the rest of the brown black. I also tried to remove the fake wood section around the climate control, but it is stuck in place, so I may just leave it as is.
  8. tiny bit more progress. The weather finally started to turn around and we had a couple of days of +16 degree temperature, not bad for still being "winter". I decided to spend one of my lunch breaks at work and decided to fit the flat face head lamp lenses. Still need to order up my drivers side marker lens, but they are at least in and fit great. I also took a few minutes at work at fitted a new stereo. The car came with this old crappy Sony unit that was poorly installed where the factory radio was originally located, it also had an aftermarket cruise control unit mounted above that which looked hokey as hell. I picked up a spare gauge surround and am going to fill in the original stereo hole with a panel, mount a gauge or 2 in there, and a switch to adjust the electronic bolster in the Celica seat. I decided to pickup a new Kenwood stereo from work and fit it in the cubby hole below the dash in front of the shifter. Best part of the stereo is that it has programmable time delay for the rear channels, so I can tune in the stereo to have a surround sound feel to it. On a side note, all the replacement ignition components are on order and should be arriving next week, insurance inspection is done and insurance is going to be put on the car by early April. I'm thinking of getting some vanity plates made up, but not sure if I want to spend the extra money on them, or just register the vehicle and get whatever plate they give me.
  9. Well, a couple of small updates. We managed to get the carb rebuilt, sealed up the crack with epoxy, slapped it back onto the car, fired up and ran great....for 10 minutes... It's still doing the same thing as before where it runs, but dies off after it gets up to operating temperature. This time, we decided to do a bit more diagnostics into it, and found that when it stops running, it's not due to lack of fuel, but lack of spark. We pulled the distributor cap off, it has a new coil, cap, rotor and wires, but it looks like the ignition control module and pickup are fairly old. I've got a new set of them on order, as well as a new distributor o-ring, so once everything comes in, we'll be pulling it out and rebuilding it. If that doesn't fix the issue, I'm not sure what's going on. Also managed to get a couple hours to work on the car this past week after work. I decided it was time to get rid of the disgusting original carpet out of the car and install my new replacement one. The carpet company gives A LOT of excess material, and even though it was "form fitted" it needed some massaging and a lot of trimming. After about 2 hours of fighting with it, trimming and punching holes in it, it was finally in. I still need to clean up some of the holes, punch out the holes for the seatbelts, the under dash box, kick panels, and the trim around the bottom of the seatbelt, but it's technically in. I did the initial install on Wednesday and haven't been back in the car until yesterday afternoon and the car smells a million times better. I also used some DEI spray-on Boom-Mat sound deading material on the floor pan to help seal it up and to reduce vibrations through the pan it's self. I've used it on a number of projects before and for the $8 per can I buy it for at my work VS $150 worth of materiel, it does as decent enough job. Next week's job is going to be fit the new flat-face headlights, hopefully fix the ignition system, and get on to making the patch panel for the rear 1/4 and the rear arches. Once that's all taken care of, I'll be plating the car and bringing it to my house and my buddy's house to do the rest of the work on it.
  10. Well, had some ups and downs with the car since the last post. I managed to get a few hours to do some work on it and found some really nice surprises and a really shitty one too. The nice surprise was that I pulled out the old musty, super dirty, cigarette burned and ash filled carpets. The car smelled a million times better after doing that, but the best surprise was the floor pans under the carpet were absolutely mint. No rust, no mold, no nothing. My 2002 WRX had more rust on the floor pans than this thing does. Still needs a good deep clean to get rid of the dirt, but I'm so happy with how clean they are. Speaking of carpet, my replacement carpet showed up the next day. Fully formed, has the heel plate, just needs to have the holes for the shifter plate, hand brake, and seat holes cut out before I put it in. The last bit of good news is I got my new headlight setup in from Asia. I couldn't find the replacement lenses for the marker lights, so I decided to pull the trigger on the JDM flat nose headlights and bezels. I mistakenly only ordered the right side bezel/marker light, so I need to order up the left side this week. The bad news of all of this, went to go rebuild the carb last week and found this. Hairline crack in the carb body. It explains why the carb would start puking fuel out when it got up to operating temperature. Since finding parts for older Toyota's up here is like finding a needle in a haystack, so my buddy is going to take it home and see if he can either seal it up using a special epoxy he has, or see if our other buddy can just do a quick weld on it. Either way, carb should be taken care of soon and hopefully wont flood out. I also had a quick question for anyone else who owns a KE/AE Wagon. I'm going to start working on the body work in the next couple of weeks, and one of my first things I'm going to be doing is pulling the glass out of the rear 1/4 windows and the hatch window. I had a question about removing the rubber seal outside of the window. I took a quick look and it looks like for the rear 1/4 windows the rubber seal pulls out, is that true? I know for the hatch window I need to pull the chrome trim off, then the seal. I also checked with Toyota over here and the hatch glass seal is discontinued from Toyota, should I just use a thick coat of urethane when I replace it?
  11. Got some new parts yesterday. I picked up a set of mint RA65 Celica seats for $50, ordered up the flat front headlight conversion from ebay, received my first box of parts for the car which included new drums for the rear and my carb rebuild kit. Still waiting on my drum hardware kit and replacement carpet. The collection of seats that will be going in the car at some point. The Tommy Kaira Recaro needs to have it's nylon bushings replaced, there's a bit too much movement back and forth. The Celica seats are in great shape, just needed a good vacuuming. The grey just doesn't cut it. I'm going to be doing a full black interior conversion on the car, so the grey had to go. Much better! Still needs a few more coats of dye before it's done. Biggest piece of the puzzle to get this thing on the road. Going to be rebuilding the carb sometime mid week and hopefully have it good to go for next weekend.
  12. ^^ as long as you get that piece of paperwork signed off by a licence technician, you can do what ever you want. There is no annual safety inspection out here.
  13. It's all done by the province, there really isn't any federal governing body for vehicles outside of aircraft. You'd be amazed at what passes for "safe" here. My friend drives a 95 Impreza wagon that is a complete mess of random subaru parts and his rear strut towers look like this: And the car is still road legal, somehow. Here in Alberta, we have very very limited safety and emission enforcement. I can get a technician to sign off a piece of paper saying he deems the car to be road worthy and I can get it insured. It's a bit of a joke. Back in Ontario where I'm originally from, they are super super strict on emissions and safety. You have to go for yearly safety inspections to get your licence plates renewed and every 2 years for vehicles '87 or newer needs to get emissions tests. I've left some of the rack tracks back home where friends of mine have full race cars that get trailered to and from the track and they have been given fines for not complying with emissions on their race vehicles, even though if the vehicle is used on private property (such as at a race track), it does not need to meet emission standards. I love Lake Louise, it's only about an hour and a half away from my house. I actually picked the car up from a kid in Canmore just outside of Banff. Out that way there's not a whole lot of Salt being used on the road, but here in Calgary they use a ton of salt on the road when it gets near freezing. I'm originally from Toronto and out there if they mention the word "snow" they will start salting the roads even before it snows. My Subaru's floor pans rusted out completely from the road salt out there.
  14. Since picking her up, I've had a little bit of time to play around and work on it. I have a new born at home, so time is mostly spent taking care of her. One of the first things I did was pick up the wheels I mentioned up top. The guy had them listed as Enkei's and SSR's. When I got to his place and found out they were Rikens, I pretended to get upset and told him that they weren't worth the $400 he was originally asking for them, and bascially worked him down to $200. Works for me. One thing I hate about buying used wheels here, for some reason apparently people can't drive and find a way to rash wheels easily. You can see in the picture of the Enkei's above where the lip is slightly bent and rashed at the top. I'll be sending these out to get straightened and the rash fixed, then I'll be painting the wheels. During my time working on it, I decided to clean the car out of all the old junk and cigarette butts the previous owner decided to leave me. My buddy was giving me a hand and saw this big bubble wrapped thing in the back seat and decided to pull it out. He unwrapped it found this thing in it. It's for tobaco use, I swear..... No other major surprises, but I did manage to get $4 back from loose change, so car only cost me $746. I also got rid of the stupid ugly fog lamps and head lamp grills. The engine is in good shape, runs great except the car flood out when it reached operating temperature. I have a carb rebuild kit on order right now too, so once it comes in, I should have the car drivable. Here is my headlight/front end question. So, the front end currently on the car has 5"x7" sealed beam headlights and as i stated before the marker lenses are broken and one side is discontinued from Toyota. I've done a bunch of looking around online and it looks like the TE71 panel vans have a similar lens for the marker. We never got the panel vans up here, so does anyone have one they can measure the lens to see if it will fit?? Second question is I've been looking on ebay for the marker lens and have come across parts to do a flush face conversion. Since my front guards have the angled cutout from where the markers fit, I don't want to try and track down some earlier model guards to do a quad conversion to it, so i was wondering if anyone knew if I could do this front end without modifying the apron?? also already have those same mirrors on order too.
  15. Let me know what you think of the build. I'll have a bunch of questions going forward so looking forward to hearing your ideas, and get some clarification on somethings with these cars.