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New ST165 owner

Postby likethejeans » Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:52 pm

Hey folks,

My name is Levi, recently purchased a clean 1988 Celica all-trac from a fellow Colorado forum member, drewtcook. Check out his for sale listing for a write-up of everything he did to the car: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=53626.

Since I’ve owned it, it’s spent 80% of it’s time in the shop fighting a fuel tank leak. After throwing everything I could at fixing the original tank (JB Weld, fiberglass+epoxy, finally lap welding) and it still leaking; I’ve opted to put in a fuel cell. Not thrilled about the non-OEM look, but I couldn’t justify throwing more $$$ at bad metal. Will update with pictures soon of the new setup from Holley.

After only three months of ownership, this forum has already been a huge help. Excited to be a part of the community!
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Re: New ST165 owner

Postby likethejeans » Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:02 pm

Need to resize images to fit the gallery, hosting pics through Imgur for now: https://imgur.com/gallery/a9vsKfa
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Re: New ST165 owner

Postby autojumbled » Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:38 am

Funny, you guys in the US seem to have way more 165's than we o in the UK - this forum is full of them! :)

Where was the leak on the tank?
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Re: New ST165 owner

Postby likethejeans » Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:53 pm

Leak is coming from a large crack at the top of the tank, below the pump housing and evap tube.
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Re: New ST165 owner

Postby simple » Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:33 pm

Sealing a gas tank is tricky. Let me know if you want to try some epoxy I have that actually works on gas tanks. I had a similar issue with a motorcycle tank that was finally solved with this epoxy. I am in Colorado as well.
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Re: New ST165 owner

Postby likethejeans » Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:06 pm

Appreciate the offer! However, I’m too far down the fuel cell rabbit hole to turn back now. The leak was a weird one, I had three shops try to fix it, using every trick in the book…and nothing held for more than a week. Short of using a process like Gas Tank Renu, I’m really not sure what could be done.
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Re: New ST165 owner

Postby 88gt4DE » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:24 pm

Nice car ! Well , even if you go fuel cell don't throw out that tank. As you know you cant get them. Even a leaky one is worth something. I did send mine out to a company in Maryland some years ago now and it was restored. Still ok till this day and has a lifetime warranty. :smokes: Good luck with the project ! 8)
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Re: New ST165 owner

Postby simple » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:53 pm

Spike Radiator in Denver restores gas tanks. They did my st165 tank this spring.
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Re: New ST165 owner

Postby likethejeans » Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:30 pm

As part of the fuel cell project, I’m also installing a new pump. Jegs was running a crazy promotion a while back on a bundled tank, mounts, and pump assembly that was too good to pass up. However, it came with a massive 340 lph Holley Sniper pump that runs at 60psi.

Here’s the question: I’m thinking the stock regulator won’t be able to handle a pump that size, but I’m not sure? If not, is it better to replace the pump with a more reasonable 250lph model or should I put in an upgraded regulator?
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