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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:11 pm 
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Howdy howdy!

So, I finally found my autocross project car and is it a blast to drive. 5-speed, RWD, indestructible engine (22R-E), and plenty of head room. Here's the 1985 Celica GT-S I bought for $500.

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Fixed an exhaust leak, put on new sparkies and a distributor, changed the oil, and tweaked the ignition timing and she's good as new! John couldn't be a better teacher for maintaining the car or for stick, with help from Alan too!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:21 pm 
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AWESOME! What a deal?!?! :shock:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:40 pm 
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Good buy!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:55 pm 
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That is a nice ride. Great buy!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:23 pm 
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Wow, that's way nicer than my cheapie Celica!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:46 pm 
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$500? Lemons car! Nice find!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:45 pm 
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WOW looks great , no rust?, that was a steal. 8)

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    PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:29 pm 
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    Hooooooly mother of god, those tires were terrible! John and I put wear 1.5 inches up the SIDEWALL!

    Just got my new Sumitomo HTR A/S P01s in the mail (57 dollars each, 195/60-14) and am having em mounted now!

    Next on my list: full suspension makeover!

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    PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:09 pm 
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    Congrats on the car.

    The price would be a bit more, but you're probably not going to be very happy autocrossing on those tires either. Something like the Falken RT-615K, which comes in a 14" tire, would be a much better choice.


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    PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:53 pm 
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    dchamp wrote:
    Congrats on the car.

    The price would be a bit more, but you're probably not going to be very happy autocrossing on those tires either. Something like the Falken RT-615K, which comes in a 14" tire, would be a much better choice.


    I don't doubt it. I'm thinking that I'll probably spring on some 16in rims and throw Ventus R-S3s (225/50-16) on them once the car's suspension and exhaust are in better shape. Tires or not, I sway like a boat and need a much stiffer suspension. If I really wanted to abuse H Stock, I would have just gone for Hankook Ventus Z214 competition tires (225/50-14) on my stock rims (though I really thought about Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs). As it is, I feel that I'd have more fun making the car Street Touring, even if I wouldn't be competitive.

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    PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:29 pm 
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    I don't know that this car would ever really be "competitive", but I'm sure it will be a lot of fun.

    Most experienced autocrossers would probably agree that tires are the first, and probably most important performance upgrade. After the mythical Driver mod, of course.

    I drove my Integra for my first season on some really bad cooper street tires - after a couple of events it was really evident I needed more grip. After that, I had a set of Azenis RT-215's which made a huge difference, then did a coil-over suspension upgrade, and have some Kumho XS tires. When I had my S2000, the only significant upgrade I did was as set of Hoosier tires... which was good enough for my one and only FTD.

    I don't know a lot about that car, but according to Wikipedia it is an after-market convertable job (meaning they take the production hard top and a 3rd party chops it into a convertable), so I'm guessing the chassis stiffness is really poor compared to a purpose-built roadster like a Miata or S2000. If you put a really stiff suspension on it, and big sway bars, you'll probably get a lot of frame flex.


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    PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:26 pm 
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    Yeah; I don't doubt it. Worst case scenario, I don't need rear passengers and can consider a serious bolt-in roll cage to help with flex.

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