TOYOTA  CELICA    S U N C H A S E R
 


 

 

SUNCHASERMINE

| PHOTOS OF MY SUNCHASER |  WHEEL WELL REPAIR  |

The story about my Toyota Celica GT Sunchaser, Gromit. I purchased him in late February 1998, and have been doing the necessary repairs to bring him back to near-original condition. To aid me in my effort, I purchased a 1981 Toyota Celica GT automatic for $100. This was a real deal, as the only major problem the car had was that A) the head and carburetor had been removed in preparation for repairs and B) the owner had abandoned it for 10 months. I have stripped nearly all of the interior components (dashboard, trim, trim panels, seats, steering column, gearshift console, etc.) and everything in the engine compartment but the block (22R). I will continue to remove items (doors, steering/suspension components, wheels etc.) until there is little more than a shell remaining. At this point I would like to say thanks to my fiancÚ's family for recognizing what a unique car this is and letting me store all the parts in boxes above the garage. I do plan on keeping all of the duplicate parts for future repairs.

Specifications:
Year: 1980
Model: Toyota Celica GT Sunchaser (original Targa conversion done by Griffith)
Engine: 20R (2.2L) ~90 HP
Transmission: W50, 5 speed manual
Exhaust: Manifold to 2.25" cat to TERMINATOR muffler
Wheels: 215/60/14 on 14x7 '85 Supra Rims (not in photos)

Repairs as of 16-NOV-2000:

Job Status
Replace fuel sender unit COMPLETE
Repair driver's side mirror (flops around too much) COMPLETE
Replace broken vinyl gearshift boot with leather one COMPLETE
Replace horn sounders COMPLETE
Replace Lights/Signal/Wiper switch assembly COMPLETE
Repair/Replace cigarette lighter (yes, not item is too anal... nope, nosiree) COMPLETE
Replace all front brake lines (Bought the 10mm Brake tool = made a 4hr job into a 1hr job!) COMPLETE
Bleed front and rear lines w/ new fluid- (Thanks to Jeff for pumping brake pedal) COMPLETE
Clean, repaint black trim, and clear coat Supra rims COMPLETE
Fix "clicking" noise from left front every time I brake! (Caliper Guide Plate missing) COMPLETE
Install rear drum emergency brake cables. (not present, no e-brake!) COMPLETE
Install TERMINATOR muffler COMPLETE
Repair rust holes in inner wheel well (see how I did it) COMPLETE
Replace carpet IN PROGRESS
Reupholster interior panels left and right of back seat IN PROGRESS
Replace Weatherstripping for Targa Top COMPLETELY IN PROGRESS
Repaint all interior and exterior Celica emblems IN PROGRESS
Replace Fan Speed Selector Switch / Resistor Pack IN PROGRESS
Replace the RR axle oil seal IN PROGRESS
Replace all suspension bushings with EnergySuspension Poly Bushings LATER
Replace all four springs on car and shocks/struts (while I'm in there) LATER