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1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback

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I recently purchased Brent's newly-acquired Celica GT, and wanted to start a build thread. Many (including my wife) thought that it was ridiculous to buy a car such as this, but it's one of those cars that I've grown up around and after my first experience around one (and also a 1980 Celica), thanks to my neighbor owning both - I thought that if I ever had any extra money, I'd purchase one sometime. Part of my mentioning to Brent that was with the money that I purchased this vehicle, he would use it to handle his 1975 and get back on the path. I'm glad that I could assist him with this one, due to the fact that I hate to see such a special project stalled.

When Brent initially posted this car I thought to myself, "Christ... That's a lot of money... what am I going to do with this thing should I purchase it? What could I do with the money had I decided to save-save-save?" Upon hashing through this, I decided to sit on it for an evening. Looking at other Celicas online (and Datsun 510s, because I have always wanted one of those), I decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and purchase Brent's car, due to the fact that it was local, I knew Brent, and the car was a great color. Many will say, "Just paint it whatever you want", but it's not as easy as that. I was tired of seeing YELLOW and BROWN Celicas. Every single one that I saw was some color that just sucked. Finding out that Brent's had working A/C was a big thing for me - because every one that I'd ever seen had none, or it was broken.

Sometimes, it's just fun to purchase/restore something from your childhood. So, with that being said - this is going to be a HARD project, but I've already gotten started with a parts list and purchased many other items from Roman at Toyota, and Rick at TOYHEAD (Classic Toyota Restoration).


Vehicle - 1977 Toyota Celice GT Liftback (Blue on White Interior)

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Performance Category

-Front Strut Tower Brace Adjustable (Whiteline Type)
-Front Camber/Caster Adjustable Strut Tower Plates
-Camber Plate Upper Hat System
-Front Strut Rods
-Front Sway Bar (Adjustable)
-Rear Sway Bar (Adjustable)
-Rear Axle Traction Brackets
-Rear Pan Hard Rod with Adjustable Settings
-Performance Lowering Coil Spring Set


Bushing Category

-Front Lower Control Arm Bushings (extra)
-Rear Upper and Lower Control Arm Bushings


Interior Category

-Dash Pad Restore Kit + Adhesive
-Shift Boot (Leather)
-Complete Carpet Rug Set (Passenger Compartment F and R)
-Rear Cargo Area Carpet Set
-Brake and Clutch Foot Pedal Rubber Covers
-Interior Door Handle Bezels (White)
-Clips for Interior Panels
-Door Glass Window Crank (X 2)
-Door Crank Retaining Clip (X 2)
-Plastic Washer Under Door Crank


Exterior Category

-Door Hinge Repair Kit/Pin Kit
-Grille Mounting Clips
-Door Bumper Rubber (X 2)
-Hood Adjustable Rubber Bumper (X 2)
-Rear Side Marker Lens (X 2)
-Plastic Clips for Rocker Mouldings (PLEASE INCLUDE PROPER COUNT, as I am unsure)
-Antenna Replacement Kit (Pillar Mount)


Drivetrain/Clutch/Transmission/Rear Diff Category

-Clutch Slave Cylinder
-Clutch Master Cylinder
-Transmission Mount


Steering/Suspension/Brakes/Bearing Category

-Front Control Arm (R and L sides)
-Steering Idler Arm Assembly
-Steering Tie Rod (Inner)
-Steering Tie Rod (Outer)
-High Performance Front and Rear Braided Stainless Brake Line Kit
-Brake Master Cylinder Complete Assembly (with reservoir cups, caps, and sensors)
-Brake Rotors (OEM Type)
-Brake Pads (OEM Type)
-Brake Caliper/Piston Assembly (X 2 for Front) (My car will have 14 inch wheels)

Wheels

TRD Tosco or Hoshinos...






Roman at Beaman Toyota was nice enough to help me once again. This time, instead of purchasing things out of necessity due to them being broken or destroyed, the route was more of an, "I'd like to have this part, it'd be much better than putting the original back on the car" scenario. Weatherstripping and Mouldings are ordered, along with some other items. THANK YOU, Roman - you really helped me out on this one.

When the parts come in the mail (or into Beaman for pickup), I'll post pictures.

The car is still in Murfreesboro, so I'll be getting it this weekend and plan to remove the interior and engine/driveline over the next two weeks (whenever I can find the time). Paint and body come shortly afterwards. The car will remain the original color, and as far as the interior - it will have period-correct parts, minus whatever I cannot source.

No bitching about pictures of the car - you all already know what it looks like (if you don't, check Brent's thread)

P.S. - Be sure to hang on the COUCH for more updates. (LAWL)
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I was totally pumped to see this on your FB - great looking car, will be a great project.

Looking at other Celicas online (and Datsun 510s, because I have always wanted one of those)
I've had a 510 itch for a good 10 years now... not sure when it will get scratched, if ever. :(
I completely understand, Ben. I'm kicking myself, because I had two GOOD chances to go purchase two different 510s back in college (one a coupe that needed work, another a sedan that was set up and in great shape), and I sat on them while fiddle-faddling around and they were both sold quickly.

That's a car that I will own one day, as it's been one of those, "I'll have one when I don't have to worry about ______, _________, or _________." The problem - you wake up one day and you're 45, and nothing's been done about it.

Not going to happen to me.
You're welcome, homie. Just helping a friend out. I've always loved the liftback Celica's from these years. This should be a fun and rewarding project. Can't wait to see it in person.
You're welcome, homie. Just helping a friend out. I've always loved the liftback Celica's from these years. This should be a fun and rewarding project. Can't wait to see it in person.
If I don't have the engine out the first day that it comes home, I'll drive it up to see you. I HAVE to get new wheels for it, though. The ones that are on it are dangerous (someone drilled/hollowed the bolt-holes out to make them fit). I'll be dealing with that ASAP, before it goes anywhere.
Damn! Getting busy quick. Can't wait to see her after you finish it up. So glad your the one to get the car!

Love those Toscos but sadly they are only 13"

TE37V or Watanabe 15" would be great also.

You going to run flares???

Whatever route you go will be good I'm sure! Look forward to seeing the progress shots.
Let me know if you need help turning wrenches or fetching beer. I know I owe you over the years. Looks like it will be a really fun project.
nice, glad to see it go to someone on the forum.
Nice to see you get a car you've been wanting to rebuild for a while. My first car was a base 88 Celica, so one day I'd like to restore a 1988 Celica All-Trac AWD.
Damn! Getting busy quick. Can't wait to see her after you finish it up. So glad your the one to get the car!

Love those Toscos but sadly they are only 13"

TE37V or Watanabe 15" would be great also.

You going to run flares???

Whatever route you go will be good I'm sure! Look forward to seeing the progress shots.
Yeah, you're right, Brent. After reconsidering, running a 13" isn't really going to be a option. I purchased some 15" "Get By" wheels for the car to be drivin/act as a rolling chassis, and will consider something a little more special in the future after it's all said and done.

Right now, no flares are in the plans. I'd like to run some down the road, though. It would definitely set the car off, period-correct.

Let me know if you need help turning wrenches or fetching beer. I know I owe you over the years. Looks like it will be a really fun project.
Sure thing, Ryan! You're always welcome to come over. I'll have an "engine pull party" ala Milon's house last year, but it will be for a craptastic 96HP, not a 700HP monster. :rofl:

nice, glad to see it go to someone on the forum.
Thanks Mista' K.

Nice to see you get a car you've been wanting to rebuild for a while. My first car was a base 88 Celica, so one day I'd like to restore a 1988 Celica All-Trac AWD.
Keep that on the backburner, man. Acquire it when the time is right, and live your youth.
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Can't wait to put my hands on this thing. It is going to be a fun project. Just don't neglect the Supra!
I'll drive the supra on weekends so he doesn't.

Have fun with this. It isn't my cup of tea but I imagine you'll enjoy building and driving it.
Thanks Spike!

I can understand that not everyone will like it, and not everyone will like the fact that I'm putting 15s on it instead of something bigger. But, it's a style that I like and I feel fits the car well.

15X8 with a +0 offset will make this thing look right.

Preview:

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P.S. - No Supra neglect, at all. It still has garage priority, though.
P.S. - No Supra neglect, at all. It still has garage priority, though.
Bruh, you're doing it wrong. Everyone else keeps hunks-o-shit and old Christmas gifts in the garage, and $80k in cars on the driveway / street.
BAH HA HA!!! Should someone come up to me (even after the Celica is finished), and offer to purchase it, along with the Supra, I'd be stupid not to take that sale. :lol:
No need for bigger wheels on this car. Bigger is not always better. I'm thinking 13" Daytons though....
Triple gold knock offs with ballon tires. Turn it into a lowrider feature. I think I have a chain steering wheel somewhere I donate to the cause.
I think Jon with some daisy dukes would make a good spread for the hood.
Triple gold knock offs with ballon tires. Turn it into a lowrider feature. I think I have a chain steering wheel somewhere I donate to the cause.

If Moody doesn't want the chain steering wheel... I'LL TAKE IT :biggrin:
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