Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

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Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby FlannelFairlady » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:30 pm

Awhile back I helped a friend out with his very rough 1990 Celica All-Trac that had definitely seen a hard life. The car looks like someone was getting ready to paint it but had no idea what they were doing, and been in an accident on top of that. My friend got it back in 2013 and since then has replaced and rebuilt the engine, and replaced the turbo. He also installed a poorly fitting 3" cat back exhaust and a Mishimoto radiator. My friend decided to sell the car as he didn't have time to work on it, naturally I jumped at the opportunity as I have wanted an All-Trac for a long time now and the price was waaaaay too good to pass up. ($1500) It had sat in storage for about 6 months, but it fired right up and ran like a dream. I drove it back to my place with little drama other than a water leak. I am mainly a Datsun person so this a new experience for me, but my Datsun project is a 78 280z with a turbo 1UZ running megasquirt and should make around 550whp.

Since I have gotten the car home I have gone through it a bit and found out what I need to do with the car before I can use it as my daily for the winter which is the immediate goal and the plan is to do some extensive work next summer on the car. So far I have mostly mended the core support which had been pushed in and up in an accident. For that I pretty much just pulled it back out with a come along hooked up to my GF's Datsun 620 pickup, it still needs to be tweaked but I am not too worried since the plan is to replace the lower core support next summer. A lot of the little bits on the car are missing or not correct so the plan is to replace what I can. Unfortunately someone drilled holes in the hood for hood pins and the hood is kinked from an accident so I will need to track down a replacement at some point. I also want to put some actual paint on it since it I am not fond of the mismatched primer look. Also the initial plan is to remove the stock antiquated ecu setup and go to megasquirt like most of my cars as of late. I will likely spray paint the car for the winter so I don't have to drive a mismatched car, since my Z is presently occupying the shop.

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That steering wheel really really bugs me so that will likely be one of the first things to go.

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This is after I pulled out the core support a bit still pretty tweaked.

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And this is where I ended up with it, the passenger side is still a bit too high but the north south crossmember fits like it supposed to so good enough for now.
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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby mx6er2587 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:41 pm

wow that steering wheel is special...not sure why someone thought that was ever a good idea. Looks like a pretty solid project though. Looking forward to see it turn into a swan
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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby FlannelFairlady » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:19 pm

I am thinking there was no steering wheel when my friend got the car and he grabbed that just to have something on there while it's getting moved around. The car is totally solid, almost no rust speak of and the rust that is there is just surface stuff. Not to mention the fact the rebuilt engine has break in miles on it and that's it. It runs like a dream.
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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby underscore » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:36 pm

That certainly looks like a bit of a basket case but with solid bones underneath. If it runs so well why mess with the engine management system? I know it's hardly cutting edge but if it ain't broke...
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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby FlannelFairlady » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:23 pm

I am watching to replace it to stave off future issues with the factory ems and all it's accessories. Also The plan is to get this car to around 300whp. I have dealt with a lot of wiring gremlins in old electronics and I would like to know what my car is doing in a more accurate fashion which helps with troubleshooting greatly when it is required. Also I just like soldering projects. :P
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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby FlannelFairlady » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:41 pm

This past weekend I picked up a Carlos Sainz front bumper locally with new corner grills, and a pair of vented rear corners. The cool part is the bumper still has the water sprayers on it which I may hook up when I get a front mount IC
and go megasquirt then have them pulse when the charge temp goes above a certain point. I may not paint the car for the winter and just drive it as is until I can get my Z going so I can spray the car in the shop.

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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby 8BitBrody » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:04 am

I'm excited to see where this goes.
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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby 92 All-Trac » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:37 am

Great project! Can't complain about the price. Man, that steering wheel though! Lol.
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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby FlannelFairlady » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:03 pm

The steering wheel is definitely tragic.

Update: I just picked up a 93 Celica gt-s parts car to steal the interior, fenders, stereo, short shifter, and a lot of other parts from. It also has a factory alarm system that I am wondering if I can steal depending on how they are wired in. The car itself is pretty solid and clean which makes me really sad for what I'm about to do to it. My friend offered to purchase the running shell from me after I was done for $500 as he is going to cut off the hatch and make a hatchback 2nd gen MR2. I spent $1000 on it and I had to buy a battery after it died halfway home which sucks but the All Trac needed a new battery anyways so I will just reuse the battery in that. I had the option of getting a damaged st185 hood with the parts car but I opted against it for the reasoning that I will be ordering one of those carbon fiber st185rc hoods in the near future unless I come across a metal one first. I have a MOMO steering wheel on order from Japan that should be here by the end of the wheel so I will be able to ditch the horrible brown wheel on there now.

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On another note I was doing some digging and I found an article autoweek did on my car before my friend bought it which is absolutely hilarious. What's better is the original photo album from the ad still works.

http://autoweek.com/article/car-life/project-car-hell-japanese-rally-machines-edition-mazda-323-gtx-or-toyota-celica-all

http://s1150.photobucket.com/user/brentsgarage/library/?sort=3&page=1
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Re: Ugly Duckling - 90 ST185 Resurrection

Postby 8BitBrody » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:10 am

Hey, man, if you end up with a spare set of floor mats, center console lid, or factory radio form either of those cars, shoot me a PM. Those are the last pieces I need to complete the interior of mine. =]
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