Little update tonight. since the last post, school restarted, and some other stuff happened. It's midterms time right now but i need a study break (i take way too many of these lol)
Here's a little something you guys might like! a couple friends of mine had this garage close to my place. they have a few nice things in there!
one of the current project is a 4efte swapped ae101. the car will have some goodies. big turbo, wta intercooler, hybrid transmission... I'll try to do a little shooting when both car will be done! back to mine for now!
after the damn washer reservoir i finally got back to important stuff i needed done to pass inspection. one of these was fixing all my electric issues. i had windows not working properly and after some hunting i found out some rotted wires.
i started gathering all the parts i needed for my subframe restoration from my parts shed and put them where they would bother me when i go work in the garage
I have a pair of st184 front calipers in there. while talking with kyle one night, he told me i should go with 1992-1996 camry V6 front calipers instead as they are still 275mm discs but dual pistons instead. This gave me an idea. my local JY had this '00's ES300. 298mm discs and big twin piston calipers. 20$ a side so i decided i'd try them! there where no XV30 V6 camry's in the yard anyways.. unfortunately...
I'm not going 16'' so they will stay on the shelves!
I also wanted to change my front seat to use my recaro as a passenger seat for my missile build so i found these ZZT23x seats for cheap. They're not as supporting as the recaro was but they are a good balance for a daily driver!
not bolt in at all. i actually made a basic jig of the bolting points before cutting the mounts off the old corolla seats, then cut the celica mounts off these and rewelded the corolla mounts on the rail using my jig. swapped the seatbelt buckles and tadam!
You may have noticed, i have rust. but rust loves car here in Quebec. So i decided to use a pretty intense strategy to fight back. Acid dipping anyone ?
although this proved not to be the best idea (Should have probably gone with another type of acid) i'm starting to mastering how to use it without damaging the metal. This will be really usefull to get rid of all the rust INSIDE my subframe and front control arms.
By the end of July, i felt the need to buy some cool stuff for later. Some guy was selling a hood bra and i found a new bumper i'll make fit.
the car should look nice and aggresive with these on once repainted lol... I'm also thinkering about a splitter as there arent any front lip the properly fit these bumpers and i dont want the tye rap look on this bumper.
little preview on the car. As expected, i'll have to cut 1.25'' in the middle to make it fit perfectly.
When i bought the car, the rear fenders where rolled but it was a hack job and it started rusting. instead of trying to remove all the rust and properly roll them, i decided to just cut the lip. but as the inner fender and the rear quarter are two separate parts, i gives you this.
after some welding, priming and a thin coat of body sealer, i got this result. I sprayed a gravel guard coat over that afterwards.
did another purchase too. my previous coilovers had a stuck sleeve and i found this nice set for sale for a decent price.
Tein monoflex reversed strut coilovers
probably overkill, and this was the line i didnt wanted to cross.. but ohwell!
Mid August i was so excited by my new coilovers i decided to put them on and do an alignment (basic string alignment). i zeroed the toe and added a moderate amount of camber to help cornering without destroying the tires too fast. 2.5 degrées in the front and 1.5 in the back. pretty much the like my celica.
By now i finished the protegé steelies and went to my friend see if the were still straight and mount a tire on to see how they look. here's the result
15x8 +25 with almost new 195/55R15 bridgestone blizzak WS60 tires i got for cheap on kijiji.
this was also the beginning of my 2 weeks vacation between my internship and the start of the semester. i said i wanted to take this time to repaint the car. but seriously didnt feel like it at this point. so i decided i'd restore my subframes instead. this meant a shitload of sandblasting and powdercoating. here are the results.
Inner tie rods do not go in the oven lol. i'll por15 the ones on the car instead.
everything is getting powdercoated. even the bolts and rotors.
i also decided to fab a MBC bracket using my strut brace mount. still need some work. the mounts are really weak and flex badly..
by now school has started. i'm not done yet with the subframes. still have the rear knuckles and caliper to powdercoat, plus the front control arms and both subframe to clean and coat inside out with some POR15.
here are some ''better'' pics of the car in its final stance. inspection mode before i was told i have to have a stock suspension...
I also decided to do a little something special. i've seen a couple cars made in the ''track day special'' fashion this summer.. nice fender filling wheels with aggressive tires and a low, yet functionnal stance. They often had tire lettering and a few stickers. I liked the look a lot and decided i'd go for something simillar.
a set of chalk marker later and a call to a friend who makes custom stickers, here's the result.
the stickers are not on yet. I wanted something subtle kind of like cars had in the 80's and 90's. something the could come from the factory. you'll have to wait till the car is repainted to see the result tho.
mid september i tried to pass inspection.. annnd failed.. had a few minors and a major default.
-one brake light out ( damn ebay LED)
-flasher acting up ( LED again and another electric problem.. my rear defrost lights up in my cluster when i use my flasher...)
-window tint band in the windshield longer than 6''
and missing powersteering pump as a major default. even if i have a properly depowered rack.. :/
Atleast most of them are easy fix.. I grabbed a heavy duty headlight restoration kit ak canadian tire and did my headlights.
I dont have a nice before after pic from the corolla sadly but you can see how bad they were faded in the previous pics. i'm amazed!
I remember noticing how glossy lights were on scott's car compared to mine. so i decided to give them all a nice polish!
this is seriously so easy to do for how good it looks!
Then comes one of the last things i'll have time to do before the Christmas holiday's probably. Powdercoated my front calipers in bright red.
I just hope i can finish installing my powersteering and drive the car a little before december..
i didnt have a 20v ps pump in my parts, luckily my friends at the beginning of this post sold me one. I got the other stuff at the junkyard. zzt231 low pressure line. the line from the reservoir to the pump fits poorly but it's a temporary setup probably as i have to remore my oil pressure pickup for my gauge. I still need to get a custom like made out of the ae101 FE line and or use the tensionner i have that's made to be used with an AC compressor too or find/fab a tensionner bracket that fits properly.
The list is still long before i'm done and i can honestly say i'm a little tired of this build and cant wait to move on to another project but i sure wont give up!
I have a set of HPS pads, technafit brake lines and whiteline rear swaybar ordered and i was also thinking about retrofiting a 3sgte oil cooler on the engine. I need not to forget to add that the the list on the garage wall loll.
So this is it so far. Hope you like what you see and dont hesitate to give you opinion and ask questions!