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165-KISS

PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:45 pm
by nw94rs
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Hello,

I don't have access to the email or password of my old account, either way this is my handle on other boards.

This is my celica, It has parts from every 165 I've ever owned. I'm putting it together to daily for a bit. I'd like to keep this car simple. The car will soon be on its way to AMD in Woodinville for some motor work.

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:40 am
by 88gt4DE
Looks good , I remember the other photos too ... good luck with her 8)

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:20 pm
by Hotrodhendrix
Sexy

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:37 pm
by st165-alltrac
i like the headlight conversion looks clean. :D i want to do it one of these days myself. im also in washington. im might have to have you show me how to do it sometime.

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:45 pm
by UtahSleeper
Are you the one that tried to get the car dipped, but it didn't remove enough paint?

Also, how did you do the headlights?

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:15 pm
by nw94rs
Yeah I still have that shell. it's in the second photo. I sent that car more as an experiment if there was an alternative to blasting locally, we also got a deal on doing two cars at once. The dipping worked well on the paint, but not on the undercoating. I'm going to sort this car first, and make revisions to that shell.

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The second car we dipped, ended up being sold to PSI in Oregon & became this.

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:05 am
by nw94rs
I haven't worked on this car in a while, just been swamped w/ work.

However last week I got the itch to start working on this thing again.

With the help of my buddy Jim we built a composite splash mold of my roof, this required welding a plug into my sunroof and about 40 hours of bodywork to get it completely smooth. After that we laid on our fiberglass. we let it sit a few days and popped it off, waalaa a perfect mold of my roof, now w/ no sunroof. After that I drilled off the original roof. Hopefully I can find some time this week to build the replacement c/f roof roof.

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Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:09 pm
by ZeroDrift
Project looks good! Would love to see some detailed pictures of the carbon roof skin project!

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:25 pm
by CMS-GT4
Wow, the CF roof skin is pretty awesome. That would be a great product for the 185 as well. Especially since many of us would consider ditching the sunroof for extra headroom and less weight.

Is this just going to be a personal project or is this car meant for racing?

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:34 am
by nw94rs
CMS-GT4 wrote:Wow, the CF roof skin is pretty awesome. That would be a great product for the 185 as well. Especially since many of us would consider ditching the sunroof for extra headroom and less weight.

Is this just going to be a personal project or is this car meant for racing?


No production plans for the roofs, If I could have ordered a sunroof less roof skin from Toyota I would have. Unfortunately they stopped making 4th gen parts quite a few years ago.

As far as the goals w/ the car, I plan on driving it this summer on the street and racing it next fall/winter.

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:07 am
by nw94rs
I haven't updated this in a while.

I finished the frp roof........then I saw that crash at pikes peak this year, and figured that might be a bad idea especially considering that was an aluminum roof. Regardless I trust welds more than I trust rivets and glue so I bought a theft recovery non running gt-s that was sunroofless, and took what I needed.

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Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:50 am
by RallyX-GT4
Dang dude, that's some crazy stuff. Where are you located? I'm about a week away from having my Trac up and running...

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:21 am
by nw94rs
I'm in Arlington 5 minutes north of the outlet mall.

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:31 pm
by nw94rs
This car was originally a buddies car that never got around to finishing it. He had originally planned on a 600+hp setup for this car, but I have no desire for that kind of power. This car has parts from all my other Celicas hence its Zombie Car moniker.

My goal with this car is to keep it simple & drive/finish it for the winter. come spring time I plan to tear the car down & cage it, paint it, & fit a 2az from the scion tc.

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Here's a photo from about three months ago. I got the car from my friend as a rolling shell & installed a jspec 1st gen I had in my red car. I didn't really know the conditions of the motor so when it started up & ran strong I was more than pleased. This photo is the first time it left my shop under its own power. Missing just about everything other than drive train lol.

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I wanted to install bucket seats in my car but this is next to impossible with the bulkhead that runs across the floor, unless you want the seats touching the roof. So I cut a section of that out & made a new floor & welded in supports.

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I had these slugs drilled & tapped at a local machine shop & welded them into the lateral bars.

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Here's what it looks like finished. I primed everything top & bottom & re-under coated the bottom of the floor. I'll paint it all inside & out come spring time.

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Here's what the seat looks like installed, Nice and low. I skipped installing a slider as that's generally the first weak spot of a aftermarket seat. This is the most rigid seat install I have ever experienced, zero wiggle.

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Here's a photo of the car as it sits today. I got rid of the cladding that the american cars came with, installed the side skirts off of a convertible, and installed the trim & mirrors off of a gt-s.

I have a small list of things to do before she is road worthy, but I will keep this thread up to date.

Re: 165-KISS

PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:31 am
by drummerpestal
Every photo brings a huge smile to my face! :D Loving this entire thread.