angle grinder, rear strut conversion (now junkyard reviews)

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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby lumbercis » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:44 pm

Thanks man!!! :notworthy:

I'll hit you up in a month or two when it's better messing with cars weather. If you need a hand with anything in meantime let me know.

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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby xeril » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:38 pm

the weather has been great for working on cars this whole week... friday is calling for 70's?! i love this spring weather :)
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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby 88gt4DE » Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:59 pm

Mine are ready to install , damn internet is down at home so i cant get the pictures up yet :bangshead: Going in Sat !!!!
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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby lumbercis » Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:37 pm

Actually, does anyone have or know where I can source some blown front struts as donors for the top sleeves locally? Struts are so heavy that when they come up on the forums the shipping is like $100 which makes it not really worth it.

I can get brand new rear struts from toyota for $142 and $17.50 shipping (don't know why shipping is so much cheaper from toyota than what I've been quoted on the forums..

I think struts tops from some years of Camry work as well. Are there any pick and pull junkyards in the area? There were tons of them when I lived out in LA.

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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby 88gt4DE » Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:20 am

I say pick and pull something , we used es300 fronts ... early 90's ... they change to the sealed ones so ya gotta look before ya start rippin ... 8) So yes camry = es300 .. same thing ... they will work ... :) gotta be a yard somewhere out there man ....
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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby lumbercis » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:40 am

That's why I'm asking!! :P Honestly, I've never seen anything like that anywhere near DC. But if a local knows of someplace I'd love to know about it! I need all sorts of little odds and ends I could get from a regular ST18x celica.

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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby 88gt4DE » Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:00 pm

Google searched and came up with this one ... not sure how close for you http://www.crazyraysautoparts.com/ Willie or Eric may know some places too , being they are from down that way .... 8)
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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby lumbercis » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:19 pm

Whoa cool!! I hadn't seen that before (and yes I have google-searched. Your google-fu is stronger than mine! :P ) I'll definitely check it out and report back if they have anything good. :D

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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby 88gt4DE » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:53 pm

No problem man .... thats what we are all here for :wink:
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Re: Need angle grinder, help with rear strut conversion

Postby lumbercis » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:30 pm

So I just got back from Crazy Rays in Jessup. Unfortunately, not as many celicas as I had hoped, but I was able to score the parts I was looking for so I'll call it a win!

I only ran across a few celicas. A black 5th gen GTS (pics below) where I scored the front struts and a working master cylinder reservoir cap with working sensor (you wouldn't believe how much this is from Toyota. Major score! Plus I no longer have my brake dash light on. :smokes: ). The cap was like a dollar and the struts were $17.50 each.

It's also got two pretty good quarter panels that I'd love to cut out as patch pieces, but since there's no electrical power out there, I don't know how I'd get them off. Think I could do it with a hack saw without wanting to die? :doh:

Anyway, there was also a pretty stripped ST162 (one photo below), a 5th gen GT and a 6th gen (sorry didn't get photos of those as time was running out)

On the bright side, if you were just looking for donor struts, there were several Camrys and ES300s that still had the struts.

As far as random other sporty cars, they had an unusually high number of Porsche 944s. And also a weirdly high number of Z31 300zx's. Almost made me want to build one since it think I could assemble an entire running car out of what they had in that junkyard. Several integras, 2 or 3 240sxs, a dodge steath and a mitsu 3000gt, and an eclipse or two.

Surprisingly, I noticed a few cars that still had aftermarket/dealer option wheels on them. But usually not a whole set as there was always one or two that were damaged.

The best set was some enkei's I saw on a Mazda mx-6 (pictured below). They would need to be refurbished but all 4 were there and the worst one had some gouges but still appeared to be round (last pic below). Not 100% sure of bolt pattern but they look to be dual so there is a good chance it will fit 5x100. I saw a couple other instances where I thought the wheels might be 5x100s based on the car they were on but there were only like two undamaged ones. Saw that also for some non-5x100 wheels.

I'll probably check out the Mt.Airy location soon (maybe next weekend) and see if they have a better selection of celicas and report back. Let me know if there's any minor stuff I can pick up for you or if you want major stuff PM me and I'll meet you.

The only bad thing about this place is that the cars are packed so tightly together in some places you can barely walk between them. Also, there's car parts strewn everywhere. VERY dangerous. Be sure you wear some decent boots and watch where you are walking.

But all in all, thumbs up for Crazy Rays! :smokes:

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Re: angle grinder, rear strut conversion (now junkyard reviews)

Postby 88gt4DE » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:43 pm

good news man , glad it worked out ... now on to some cutting and welding :D
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Re: angle grinder, rear strut conversion (now junkyard reviews)

Postby lumbercis » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:04 am

seriously, is there any good way to cut body panels without access to electrical power?

They do make cordless angle grinders but from the reviews I read they have a very short battery life. Is there a hand tool appropriate to cutting body panels or do you just use a plain old hacksaw?

I really want those panels!!!

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Re: angle grinder, rear strut conversion (now junkyard reviews)

Postby 88gt4DE » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:44 am

We need Willie to add a thought here .... he loves to cut body panels and such :P
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Re: angle grinder, rear strut conversion (now junkyard reviews)

Postby lumbercis » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:27 pm

Called the junkyard and asked (don't know why I didn't think of that before :crazy: ) and they said they only allow cordless reciprocating sawzalls (no angle grinders due to sparks). They won't cut panels for you and they don't have portable power, so I guess I need to get a cordless sawzall unless anyone has one they can loan me.

I hope those things cut panels like butter since all the reviews I've read say the batteries don't last more than 10 minutes at a time...

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Re: angle grinder, rear strut conversion (now junkyard reviews)

Postby Rick89GTS » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:47 pm

^How about by brute force - bolt cutters or a big pair of tin snips. You'd have to cut a bigger piece as the edges may get some warpage and will need cleaning up.

Will they allow a cordless circular saw?
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