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88 165 Project "Racetrac" had to sell and now dead :(

Postby TRDTurko » Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:55 pm

Goal: AutoX and Time Attack monster.

A few of you might have noticed me looking for parts for this car and you might recognize it as belonging to Snyder and it used to look like this:
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and then he did all this to it: viewtopic.php?t=19016

Then it was sold to gearhead313 and after a few years of enjoying it he found this horror:
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:doh:

Since he is not that handy with a welder, he sold it to me where ironically I live in the city that could be argued as the capital of rust; Winterpeg, Manisnowba (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Step 1: Fix nasty rust!

After trailering it across the border I started cutting out the rust but then had to stick it outside for a while where old man winter tried to hide it on me.
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I had to shovel off half of the show then pull it out of the bank and shovel the rest off and the back end came up two inches when the big chunk fell off. Of course when I started to get into it I found a few more surprises as you always do with old cars like a another rust hole in the driver's side floor
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and an old fender bender repair with at least a half inch of bondo on most of the rear quarter panel
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But I have made good progress since then...
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most of the wrinkled and rusted metal has been cut out
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Most of the grey primer is rustcheck rust paint to seal any metal that I didn't cut out for various reasons. But where I will be welding I used zinc weld through primer.
I have fabricated almost all the plates I need to fix the inner structure except for the driver side inner wheel well and the hole in the floor. There is not enough material left for reference in the drivers wheel well to fab the inner lip accurately so I will do that after the outer skin is back on.
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the black plates are cut from pre fabed fender arches that I bought along with new rocker panels to put on the car. I primed the back of the parts that I made from flat sheet metal.
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Next post should have pics of some welding.
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac"

Postby 88gt4DE » Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:14 pm

Wow ... I remember that car. I hope when I pull mine all apart after I move I don't find the same. I have kept it out of the salt but who knows what It went through before me and I already know the drivers side was repaired in some sort of wreck ...
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac"

Postby Snyder » Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:52 pm

Thank you for saving the car!

Keep us posted!

Thanks,

The old car owner :)
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac"

Postby gearhead313 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:09 pm

Wow that makes me CRINGE! I hate body work and salute you sir. at least it ran good ;-)
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac"

Postby TRDTurko » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:02 pm

Ok got some welding done! :D Now I admit that I am not so great with a welder also, mostly because I haven't used one in several years and I am a bit rusty. hopefully I will get less rusty as the car car gets less rusty haha.

So hole in the floor welded up (welds super ugly but strong)
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I will make that prettier went I pull the carpet for next season. gotta leave it in this season so dont care how it looks right now. :P

floor lip all there again (mostly anyway lol)
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and we have an inner rocker! spent sooo much time fabing all this
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the bottom is plug welded to the floor lip about every 2 inches then ground smooth for mating to the outer rocker.

couple other pieces tacked into place
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more coming soon
88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
91 Honda Civic - Sold to ice racer
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac"

Postby TRDTurko » Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:20 pm

I've been busy...

support piece welded in
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I know this is ugly but it just needs to be strong and all there for the safety inspection. I'm not doing a full restore on a race car with a body kit which will cover up most of the work. Anything above the body kit line will get more tlc.
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outer rocker welded on! well at least the top seam anyway
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I started gluing seams that I didn't want to fully weld with structural adhesive from Eastwood.
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The advantage of this stuff is that you don't have to use as much bondo :)

the down side to cheep prefabbed replacement panels... doesn't exactly match the factory lip at the bottom...
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had to use a jack and a piece of 2x4 to put it in its place. then the center had a two inch gap so I had to do this all the way along to pull it together.
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fabed inner wheel well patches
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All that's left on the driver side is gluing those in and the bottom of the rocker and then I get to do the passenger side which is at least 50% easier.
88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
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08 Mazda 3 - Daily
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac"

Postby TRDTurko » Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:41 pm

Driver Side is DONE!

Rocker all sealed up
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inner wheel well sealed off
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now just needs a bit of bondo on the exposed areas above the body kit line and some black primer.

Also started the passenger side


"small" hole in inner rocker covered
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and inner wheel well rebuilt. 100 times easier than the drivers side!
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everything else is fabed for the passenger side, just gotta stick it all on.
88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
91 Honda Civic - Sold to ice racer
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac"

Postby UtahSleeper » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:57 pm

Great work!!! Glad it's being put back together.
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac"

Postby TRDTurko » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:45 am

Welding is done!

rear section turned out nicer than the driver side.
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inner support done. had to add a couple small plates because the metal near the front was super thin and i was just blasting holes with the welder.
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I decided to plug weld the entire rocker on this side. a bit more prep work but its worth it.
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All that is left is to seal the passenger side then bondo and primer.
88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
91 Honda Civic - Sold to ice racer
08 Mazda 3 - Daily
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac" Body work almost done!

Postby TRDTurko » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:08 pm

Sealed and first round of bondo done

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put the car outside for a bit for a wide shot of the progress
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I have Brand new quarter panels for it, those will go on after I pull the engine to fix the brake lines and add the parts to help it last the season.
88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
91 Honda Civic - Sold to ice racer
08 Mazda 3 - Daily
88 Celica Alltrac - RIP(sold then writen off)
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac" Body work almost done!

Postby soarer.jzz30 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:31 am

You must really love this car, none of that was easy I know, great work!!
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac" Body work almost done!

Postby TRDTurko » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:40 am

soarer.jzz30 wrote:You must really love this car, none of that was easy I know, great work!!


Well can't say I have much attachment to this car in particular since I haven't had it very long and haven't really been able to drive it since its had a leaking brake line the whole time I've had it. BUT I do love these cars. My very first car was a 88 GTS. Been a fan ever since and I just can't let one die if I can save it so I am.
88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
91 Honda Civic - Sold to ice racer
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac" Body work almost done!

Postby TRDTurko » Thu May 01, 2014 12:05 am

Body work is done!

final bondo work finished off with glazing putty:
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primed
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the under body needs a little bit of attention still but that will happen at the same time as the brake lines get redone. Also once I get the 17x9 wheels and the safety done I will have to flare the fenders. Appearance is last on the list right now so body kit and full priming of the car to black will happen once its fully functional again.
88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
91 Honda Civic - Sold to ice racer
08 Mazda 3 - Daily
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac" Body work done!

Postby TRDTurko » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:02 am

You guys must have thought I fell off the face of the planet lol but actually I was just postponed by renos to our new house. But I now that I am done, the car is getting attention again...

Went across the border and picked up all my parts! :D
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My wheels and tires are here too! NS Series 17x9 +15 offset and 255 BFG Rivals 8)
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so Step 2! Operation helmet room

aka new seat brackets to relocate the sliders between the humps on the floor and lower the seat so that I don't have to slouch in my seat to avoid my helmet banging into the sun roof support while racing.
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had to move the brackets over a bit because with them the middle the seat is too far to the left and touches the door.
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now its pretty much as close to the center console as I could get it to get my head as much in the sun roof as possible. Gained 1.25" of helmet room by doing this.
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88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
91 Honda Civic - Sold to ice racer
08 Mazda 3 - Daily
88 Celica Alltrac - RIP(sold then writen off)
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Re: 88 165 Project "Racetrac" Body done, starting the fun pa

Postby TRDTurko » Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:10 am

well its 6am and can't sleep thinking of all the stuff that has to get done TODAY as I am booked for a pro solo driving school tomorrow at 8 am, so figured I might as well update this.

Stage 3: Coilover install
here we go... built my coilovers. universal Mooked top plates, camber/caster adjustable, drilled and stock mounting bolts pressed in.
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had to slot the mounting holes on the frame a bit inward since the plates are slightly smaller than stock
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first dry fit of full assembly, used the stock spring perch location on the fronts, just cut off the excess.
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adjusted one slot over and back, have to get an alignment done to see how much camber and caster this will give me, might have to go more but this looks like alot already
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test fitting the rears. completely cut of the spring perches and tac'ed the new perch in place on a guess, turned out to be just above the tire where I wanted it. top caster adjustable plates came round so they were cut to fit on three sides.
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test fit of my new wheels on rear (17x9 +15)
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as you can see there is barely any room to the strut, just enough for the tire lol
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and they will stick out a bit... yay flares! :D
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rear top plates
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since the rear top plates are basically a hole into the interior I tried giving them a rain coat from a rubber glove but it just split so I went a bit more domestic, can anyone guess what they are? hehe
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and the fronts with an improvised dust boot/bump stop. I'll get real boots later but couldn't wait for them. the yellow bump stops were too big and at the lowest spring setting there would only be 1" of travel with them in so I used a piece of sump hose lol. it only compresses so much so it acts as a bump stop.
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new 92-93 brakes! dust shields almost disappear, have to be very careful with clearance. pads are ebc yellow stuff
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before I pulled the engine I wanted to check a few things so I put on my fancy ebay manifold and stuck the 205 intercooler on top and :bangshead: hood wont close. at this point pretty much the engine is ready to drop.
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so on goes the stock 165 manifold and ct26 turbo. I am getting a 185 stock manifold and turbo to match the engine from someone locally when I get the cash since the ct20b that I bought seems forever stuck in Texas.
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so I made a block off plate for my new aluminum baffled oil pan's oil sensor and installed the 12an oil return fitting from KO racing. filled it with water to check for leaks and the outside was bone dry so lets hope everything stays that way under pressure.
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ordered this 3" pipe and adapted the 205 bpv to fit into it. I drilled and tapped a fitting into the other side for the hose that goes to the intake.
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Stage 4: Engine Dropping
ok time for mr engine to take the plunge!
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wohoo such a relief to get that out lol. odd thing with this engine is that the top part of the egr was attached to the manifold but there was no place on the head for the bottom part to bolt to... thinking jdm block with us manifold? anyway I put a really nice block off plate that actually has an o ring installed in its place and tried out my new intercooler. had to do some chopping of the output tube on the intercooler and the gorgeous throttle body inlet I got from KO racing to make them short enough to fit together when the intercooler needs to sit.
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Stage 5: Abs Removal and fuel lines
and now the part I have been dreading, redoing the fuel and brake lines, so here is a before pic with a lovely stainless clutch line from speedsource.
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88 Celica GTS - RIP
87 Corolla - RIP(sold for parts)
93 Honda Civic - RIP
88 Celica AWD Turbo - Current Project "Racetrac"
85 Honda Civic - Sold
91 Honda Civic - Sold to ice racer
08 Mazda 3 - Daily
88 Celica Alltrac - RIP(sold then writen off)
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