Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

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Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby killemalltrac » Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:57 pm

I've been around here for a while now and posted a bit. I figured since my car is under the knife it would be a good time to start a build thread and keep everything in one spot. I'll do my best to keep this updated as my car progresses but I tend to think I'm very busy so we'll see. :D

To start off I have a 1988 celica all-trac. I bought it from a member back in January. The car was down in California but I bought it based on a good description and about 20 pictures, mainly these ones.

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I was banking on the fact that the whole interior had been redone (the only thing I didn't want to tackle myself) and it had a sweet sparco wheel. I had a friend meet up and pay for the car for me and take it to his house, where it sat for a month before the shipping company picked it up. My buddy was at least kind enough to send more photos.

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Hangin out with his RX-8

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It took another week and then I finally got the call. The truck driver wanted me to meet him at the grocery store near my house.

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And here it is!!!

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Ditched the wheels and stickers and cleaned it up a bit. All while realizing that the car leaks about a quart of oil a day, and the turbo is destroyed. Thanks FELLOW MEMBER!!!

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Well all this led to a lot of research and an expensive choice.
Fix or swap?

I chose swap. I contacted my good buddy James Whitman of http://www.JWsportcars.com in Albany Oregon. He is a long time Nissan master tech and has done countless swaps. He said he can get the motor I want, which is of course the 3rd gen and he also said I will see it run before he starts the swap. If you are gunna do a swap just buy a front clip. It is so much easier if you know for sure that you have everything. I gave him all the money I had and he said he would be back in a week. This is what he brought me :)

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And then he did this!

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Needless to say I was very excited to see this all coming together. More to come after I do some actual work...

Oh and here is an idea of the kind of fun stuff he has in his shop :)

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Re: 3rd gen 3SGTE into ST165... Finally taking the plunge!!

Postby underscore » Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:08 pm

Nice project, that interior looks gorgeous. Personally I would have gone fix, but it looks like you got a very nice halfcut.
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby killemalltrac » Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:51 pm

Clip motor out :)

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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby 88gt4DE » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:12 pm

Nice ... Sucks had issues you didnt know about. However those seats and interior look amazing :notworthy: Good luck with the project !
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby Rick89GTS » Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:45 am

^Sux they weren't up front about the issues :nono:
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby crymson » Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:09 am

That's pretty serious oil leak. glad you decided to save her, I'm looking forward to seeing this beauty on the road
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby wakkjobb » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:27 pm

Wow, that interior IS damn nice! 8)

Plans for a build, or just run it stock?
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby killemalltrac » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:35 am

wakkjobb wrote:Wow, that interior IS damn nice! 8)

Plans for a build, or just run it stock?

Stock engine with only minor additions for this car for now. intake, exhaust, boost controller, FCD, just little stuff like that to make it a little more fun :)
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby wakkjobb » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:52 pm

Sounds familiar... and the sane way to go. What kind of shifter is that; I can't really tell from the pics. Got to replace the mile-long stock shifter and I'm looking for options.
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby killemalltrac » Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:59 pm

The shifter is the stock one. It's just been cut short and welded back together. That combined with a bushing kit makes the shifter very very tight. I love it:)
On another note I got ahold of whiteline in Australia and they happened to have one set of st165 sway bars. So I bought them:) I also ordered some wheels last night. 15x8 +25. Ill post a photo if then when I get home. They are ccw classic replicas.
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby 88st165 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:26 am

soarinhigh wrote:The shifter is the stock one. It's just been cut short and welded back together. That combined with a bushing kit makes the shifter very very tight. I love it:)
On another note I got ahold of whiteline in Australia and they happened to have one set of st165 sway bars. So I bought them:) I also ordered some wheels last night. 15x8 +25. Ill post a photo if then when I get home. They are ccw classic replicas.


I have those same wheels on my 165 :)
Red st165 - Garage Queen turned wannabe track rat
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby killemalltrac » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:27 pm

88st165 wrote:
soarinhigh wrote:The shifter is the stock one. It's just been cut short and welded back together. That combined with a bushing kit makes the shifter very very tight. I love it:)
On another note I got ahold of whiteline in Australia and they happened to have one set of st165 sway bars. So I bought them:) I also ordered some wheels last night. 15x8 +25. Ill post a photo if then when I get home. They are ccw classic replicas.


I have those same wheels on my 165 :)

I would like to see :) link?
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby killemalltrac » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:58 am

Well a lot has happened over the past few months. The biggest thing is NOT GETTING MY CAR FINISHED! Turns out my mechanic was crap. He threw away parts I paid for, didn't know what he was doing inside the ST165, and last of all finally just said he didn't have time to put it back together yet so I had to pick it up and trailer it to someone else who I trusted to do the work. I know, I know... I should just do it myself..... Unfortunately I live in a small duplex and have a 2 year old. I have absolutely no time to be doing a swap and would rather pay for it to be done with a guarantee.

With that said, things are finally going well and the car should be back and running in a matter of weeks. I have a TON of photos to post here to share but for now I give you this.

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A few of the extra goodies I get to install once the car is being driven again.
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby 88gt4DE » Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:27 pm

soarinhigh wrote:Well a lot has happened over the past few months. The biggest thing is NOT GETTING MY CAR FINISHED! Turns out my mechanic was crap. He threw away parts I paid for, didn't know what he was doing inside the ST165, and last of all finally just said he didn't have time to put it back together yet so I had to pick it up and trailer it to someone else who I trusted to do the work. I know, I know... I should just do it myself..... Unfortunately I live in a small duplex and have a 2 year old. I have absolutely no time to be doing a swap and would rather pay for it to be done with a guarantee.

With that said, things are finally going well and the car should be back and running in a matter of weeks. I have a TON of photos to post here to share but for now I give you this.

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A few of the extra goodies I get to install once the car is being driven again.


WOW .... either you want the work or you don't. Sucks you got screwed like that. I hope you didn't give him too much towards the work ... I have a personal motto I do car work for others by , If I don't finish the job ... I dont get paid :smokes:
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Re: Rebuilding an ST165, the fun way

Postby Awesome-Trac » Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:38 pm

soarinhigh wrote:Well a lot has happened over the past few months. The biggest thing is NOT GETTING MY CAR FINISHED! Turns out my mechanic was crap. He threw away parts I paid for, didn't know what he was doing inside the ST165, and last of all finally just said he didn't have time to put it back together yet so I had to pick it up and trailer it to someone else who I trusted to do the work. I know, I know... I should just do it myself..... Unfortunately I live in a small duplex and have a 2 year old. I have absolutely no time to be doing a swap and would rather pay for it to be done with a guarantee.

With that said, things are finally going well and the car should be back and running in a matter of weeks. I have a TON of photos to post here to share but for now I give you this.

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A few of the extra goodies I get to install once the car is being driven again.



Where did u get those tail lights and corner markers?
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