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Hello all. I have a 1989 Celica ST named Blue Bomber. She's sitting with a whopping 290k miles and man is she clean for her age! I have a new 3sfe engine going in soon and I'm going to build her a turbo! I already have the manifold. Yes I know a 3sfe is made of cast internals. Yes I know it can only handle low boost. Yes I know I can swap a 3sgte in. But thats what everyone does. I'm going for low boost, possibly in the 7-8 psi range. So Stock for a CT26 turbo.


Currently the only thing done to it is a fresh paint job of the stock color but with metal flake in it (I'll get a better picture later), new radio with subwoofer and back up camera, fog lights, headlight housing has been replaced with projector style halogen with halogen so I don't blind people, and the wheels the previous owner put on that I'm still iffy about. Oh and I already got myself a strut bar from a GT. I went ST so I would have no power options making it the lights variant of the 4th gen you can get.



Upcoming:
New engine which I already have
Turbo build
Coils
Corner lights
Tint the windows
Tint the tails red
I have some decals for it already
Swaybars
Misc things




A little history on me. This is my third 4th gen I've owned. If you check my previous post you'll find Cherry. I still have her, she just kinda sits there honestly. I also had a 1986 GT a long time ago. And a 2001 GT as well. Currently I have a 1990 Corolla DX, 2001 MR2 Spyder, 2003 Ford Escort ZX2, and the two Celica. I've been a long time 4th gen fan. Back when it was fairly active, I was a moderator on Toyotacelicas.com but it's been a while since I really did anything Celica related. But I picked up Blue Bomber about a year ago and now I'm building her up. I do all my work on my own. Currently a 91B Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic in the Army stationed at JBLM.



Hopefully this forum isn't as dead as it appears. I know my way around Celica's so if you have questions ask. I might have an oddball one here and there to ask but really I just want a place to do a build thread since it's been years. I miss taking pictures and doing stuff.
 

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This particular forum is pretty dead most of the time. Those wheels look sharp. 3S can handle mild boost the weak point is the rods/bearings.
 

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Wow, that’s cool mods you’re doing. Not sure why, Celica folks don’t seem to mod much.

Looking forward to seeing your progress!
 

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So I won't be very active for a while. I'm military and have a month long training at OCTC so no internet at all for a long time. But I figured I'd show off the car a little bit more so I gave her a quick wash and took some pics.


I forgot to mention before I changed the cluster to LED as well. Here is a (Terrible) picture of it.





I tried to get a picture of the metal flake in the paint but it's not sunny enough out. Stupid Canada being on fire making Washington hazy.






And the other pictures:




















 

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Quite beautiful, I've only looked at the 4th gen Celica for the 2-SE in the 86.

I have owned 3 5th gens. ST/5spd, GT/auto, GT/5spd. I'm no stranger to the sporty devil.

I'll be here following. I like the look, the blue led's go great with the car. Love that it's manual.

Is the TRD badge true? Or just for looks?
 

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The TRD badge is for looks though I guess you can kinda say its true seeing as how the 4th gen was the first AWD Rally car they used.


I do indeed need a garage. It would make my life so much easier. Plus I'd prefer to keep her inside.


It's going to be a little while before I can get hot and heavy on that engine. Since we just got back from a field excersize we have to wait for the trains to come in with all our gear and vehicles. Then once everything is off the train and back in the Motor Pool we have a lot of down vicks to fix.At least 1 transmission went out and 1 engine as well. Plus in November the engine for my LHS is coming in so thats a lot of engine swaps in the near future lol.
 

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I know it's been a little while since I posted anything at all so I thought I would give a little update as to whats going on.


Blue Bomber is currently sitting parked for the time being. I am currently daily-ing my 2001 MR2 Spyder. It's partially because of having to do a lot of driving around post.



So after we got back from OCTC they surprised us with another field rotation. Now we have finished that rotation and have done our recovery time, we have a change of command going on so a lot of inventory. A lot. Just my stuff alone took 2 days to inventory. And we aren't done yet. Block leave for my squadron is coming up soon so everyone will be taking leave. I don't take winter block leave so I'll still have work. But this is where things get annoying. I am trying to transition out of the army back into civilian life. I will be going to college. This could start as early as April, so that means I have to start all the transition stuff now. To make things more difficult, there is another field rotation in February and the wife and I are moving around then as well. Going to try to use some of my use or lose leave to get out of the field so I can move. This means that the next few months are going to be hectic and busy. But once everything is said and done and I get approved to go to school before my ETS date then that means the dust will settle and I can finally begin the engine swap. Until then, Blue Bomber is going to sit with nothing really getting done haha.


On the plus side, when I do finally have time to work on the swap I will also have more funds to get some extra stuff. There is a possiblity of me having everything ready to turbo the car as I'm swapping. Which would be ideal so that this way I can rebuild the engine a little before dropping it in.
 

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It has been a LONG while since I posted here. BB isn't dead, just sat for a very long time. But I am currently out of Active Duty and roaring to go!

I recently found a place where I can rent a garage that is actually zoned for use which is great. I kinda wish I had gotten a larger unit but pricing scales pretty quickly there.

Currently, now that I have moved all my stuff into the garage, which I'll post a picture of that later, I can start working on some things. This morning I ordered a new radiator and all of the front suspension pieces except struts. I will probably install the suspension stuff when it gets here, but the radiator will wait until after rebuild. No point installing a radiator and then pulling it again.

But I did get something (that thanks to the whole COVID-19 things took forever to get here) that I can start working on now!

Front end is coming apart a little bit here:


And a glimpse of what I'm working on installing:


Euro/Jap spec corner lights! These look SO much better than the US Orange ones. And they have two bulbs instead of one! One for turn signal like the orange one and one for a running light. Still debating exactly how I want to run that light. I will probably have it as a DRL.


I will be pulling the engine and doing a full rebuild hopefully soonish here.
 

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So today I started getting things ready for disassembly. Hood is removed, car is jacked up, wheels off, some stuff loosened for later, and fluids drained.

I had one HELL of a getting the lug nuts off. Turns out that each wheel had a spline locking lug on it. I didn't have a key for it because these guys are huge for splined lugs. I took a 19mm socket and hammered it on. Didn't bite. Started to get pissed so hammered it on the German way, good-n-tight. Got one lug off and..... lug stuck inside the 19mm. So I had to run to the store and buy a super tiny 3" vice. It is adorable haha. I also got an extractor set, a rolling seat, and a bottle jack. I used the extractor set to remove the other 3 lugs.


Look at how huge those lugs are for splines! None of the auto parts stores near me had the key big enough. The only place I found one locally was at Harbor Freight and it was the entire key set for $90, no thank you.

After getting those SOBs off I loosened the rest of the lugs and learned very quickly that my low profile jack that I had gotten because my MR2 back in the day was nearly touching the ground doesn't have much height. So I had to run off and get that bottle jack. What I ended up doing was jacking up the front and put stands under the front area. Then jacked up by the pinch point (As per Haynes manual) on each side for the rears. Then got the bottle jack and slowly went around the car numerous times to get the jack stands high enough. It took over half an hour to jack up my car, it was painful.

Then it came time to start draining fluid. Oil came out pitch black which I expected as I haven't really driven this car that much and previous owner didn't really maintain much oddly enough. The coolant concerns me as I had done a coolant flush a while back to try and sort out the overheating issue and it came out rust colored. I'm hoping the coolant channels in the block are OK, guess we will find out in time.


The debris in the bucket is just some stuff that fell off while getting the petcock to open, coolant came out debris free.

In order for me to pull the engine and trans out, I'm going to have to pull off the axels and since I have the front suspension stuff coming next week I wanted to start spraying things with penetrating fluid. Now, I have taken the axles off my 88 Cherry to do the clutch and that broke my breaker bar. Those axle nuts are no joke. So after spraying and letting them sit for a few minutes I figured I would put my impact on them to hammer it and hopefully loosen some of the rust and let the PB Blaster do it's thing. To my great surprise my impact took both sides off with no issue! I was not expecting that at all. Here is how badly rusted they were before I cleaned up the threads and PB Blaster'd them.

Driver side:


Passenger side:


That is all I got done today. I should have all the suspension parts on Monday, the boots for the steering tomorrow, and a brand new radiator tomorrow as well. So Tuesday I'll probably start all the suspension. The radiator was one of those "I'm already ordering a bunch of stuff so I might as well" type things. I will be replacing the front rotors and pads, painting the calipers, replacing the shocks, and all that later on. Right now I am also trying to source GTS rear hubs so I can swap to rear disc brakes. Going to try to press out the hub and keep it 4x100 but we will see when the time comes.
 

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Package was "delayed due to weather" in California so it ended up coming on Wednesday. Late Wednesday. So Thursday I gathered up all the parts I ordered and went off to my garage. After a little reorganizing to give myself some space I laid things out and started on the drivers side. Naturally I couldn't get the tie rod end or the ball joint out without a puller so I had to stop everything to go rent one. Everything was smooth sailing, and I was taking my time as I am in no rush to do all of this when I hit a snag. The Control Arm did NOT want to come off. It would slide out 2/3 of the way and then get stuck at an angle and not want to come out. So I decided to refer to the manual and it was about as helpful as glasses in a sandstorm. All it says to do is unbolt everything like I did and it will just slide off. Nope. So after a little convincing with a mallet I deformed it enough to slide past where it was snagging. I forgot to take a picture of it but what had ended up happening was the metal sleeve inside the bushing had cracked, which helped explain why the car was a bit clunky sounding on bumps. Glad I ended up replacing everything to be sure! I left Thursday afternoon with everything but the tie rod removed.


So the reason I had left the tie rod in was I left a future problem for a future me. These suckers are on tight by factory and the only tool I could fit was a stubby wrench at best. No way was I going to get that off with a stubby. So I took the time to think about it though not really at the same time. I woke up Friday morning with an epiphany, I could use a Crows Foot! So I started price checking and man can these things get pricey. So I settled on cheap as I would use it for one thing for now and possibly but not really later on in life. So I went with a cheap set from Harbor Freight. 7 pcs for $15 compared to the 8 pcs Craftsman sets in my local Ace for $53. Yeah, I made a mistake. I never checked sizes. Largest one was 19mm which was nowhere near as large. So I scrambled through my tools and realized I didn't even have a wrench that bit. Then I remembered that adjustable wrenches exist and that I have a large one. Lo and behold, the stars aligned and the small amount of space had the perfect little slot for the wrench to fit and the right angle to crack it loose.

Old on the right and new on the left. That boot has seen better days jeeze.


And no wonder my steering was all loose, this tie rod end was done


Now the drivers side is back together for the most part. Going to paint the calipers later.



The junker is coming to pick up Monty today so I have to wait for that call, so I am taking Saturday off so I can get some stuff around the house done while I wait on that call.
 

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I took my battery fully out to try and get a little extra light where I was working and discovered a little bit of rust. It looks like it's just surface rust so it's fine. When the engine is out I am deep cleaning the bay anyway and painting anything that needs to be painted.


And as I dug around for that adjustable wrench I made a discovery that pissed me off. I had the damn key all along. I know it didn't come with this car, it must have been one of those tools I had gotten over time. I have a lot of miscellaneous stuff that people gave me for free years ago and it was in that bag.


All that trouble I had to deal with when I had the key the whole time pisses me off a bit. Oh well, it is what it is.
 
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