View Full Version : subie/legacy- 1981 celica- my first car.

08-21-2010, 06:47 AM
1981 Toyota Celica ST RWD 5 speed
I bought this car when I was 18 for $150 non running for my first car.
this car was in horrible shape when I got it. exhaust manifold was hanging by one stud. no bolts, gasket was non existent
valve cover was loose and oil was all over it.
plugs where bad, dead battery, driver seat didn't support you, carpet was nasty, no back window, no cd player or speakers.
the lady I bought it from let her daughters bf drive it to deliver pizza before they parked it. it was too loud and the bf was told by his boss that he couldn't deliver with that car cause costumer complaints.
my plans were to get it running and DD it- that was short lived and became a gravel drifter.

engine maintenance:
new valve cover gasket
new exhaust manifold gasket, studs and bolts
new battery
new plugs, and wires
new fuel pump
new carburetor to manifold gasket
new alternator, and belt
new oil, and filter

removed carpet, and door panels
cleaned rear seats
AE86 center console and shift boot
AE86 front seats

primer gray
polished up the headlights
replaced broken tail light- hard as hell to find on of those.

before I put any money into the car after buying it I had to make sure it would start, and it did. holly shit was it fucking loud just when idling I didn't even rev it. I shut it off quickly after start up.
So after doing maintenance I did get it running. it ran quiet and pretty smooth for the most part.
it had a little hesitation if I stomped the throttle to the floor.
I was friends with the prior owners kids, so I told them how quite it was after I got it running. they had major doubt.
I drove over to their house, parked by the side walk,and left it idling. they came out and were about 20ft away and told me to go start it.
I lol'd and told them to get closer and said it's already running. and they looked like :shock: and :eek: all in one. it was priceless
here are the only pics I have of the car.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2010/08/11170895141900-1.jpg https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2010/08/ToYoTaCeLiCajpgt1282384107-1.jpg
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2010/08/ae86seatsincelicajpgt1282383787-1.jpg https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2010/08/Interiorofthecelica9501-1.jpg

08-21-2010, 07:28 AM
not bad, but the goat puke brown interior.

Okin DaVanh
08-21-2010, 11:00 AM
I had 3 of them!!! 2 coupes and a liftback (hatch)! I'd do anything to have another. I kno someone who still has his '80 Celica Supra Liftback since 88 when he bought it. You still got it?

08-21-2010, 12:26 PM
I really like that year, I always wanted to buy one of those

08-21-2010, 01:40 PM
1977 fast back is one of my favorit cars ever

08-21-2010, 06:43 PM
I had 3 of them!!! 2 coupes and a liftback (hatch)! I'd do anything to have another. I kno someone who still has his '80 Celica Supra Liftback since 88 when he bought it. You still got it?
I had too many cars in my drive way (crx, subie, celica,wifes sentra) so I sold it off for 400. sometimes I wish I hadn't. the body was so straight, no rust or dents, but no back window, lol. i had big plans for it, but It was starting to act up and it was developing fuel problems. probably cause all the sediment in the gas tank. I dropped the tank once and cleaned it out the best I could, and took out the fuel level float thing cause it was rusted and didn't work anyways. it helped a little bit but shortly after it became really cold blooded to the point I had to put gas in the carb to start it. lol
once it was warmed up though it ran and started very well.
I found and 82 celica 5spd coupe on cragslist only $300 and runs and drives, and my friend is actually going to buy it right now. lol
he's so pumped to get it. lol

08-21-2010, 06:46 PM
heres a pic of the 82 my friend is going to get.

Okin DaVanh
08-22-2010, 10:39 AM
Nice... I only liked the Celica GTS and more rarer 84/85 convertible of the same generation.

Dang... why cant I find one for under $500 in good shape???? Oh yeah.... I live live in The Salt Road Kindom called New England FML! =)

08-22-2010, 02:05 PM
Yeah no salt here.
he came and showed me the car when he got off work, and I'm getting celica fever....20r/22r hybrid?