project car modification template

Posted in Modifications, video with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2010 by justinsmag

Building your own project car eh? This should be a good starting template. Thanks to the folks at Speedhunters and Motive DVD for sharing the us the way.

RECENT MODIFICATIONS:
– replaced driver’s side mirror
– replaced lift support
– re installed 17″ rota wheels
– installed INJEN Cold Air Intake

-install coilovers

– TRD rear spoiler painting and replacement DONE March 25, 2013

– installed Powerstop rotors and ceramic pads on April 25, 2013

-installed Hotchkiss camber kit on April 26, 2013

CURRENTLY DOING:
– wheel alignment

 

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POWERSTOP Extreme Performance Brake Systems

Posted in brake system, Modifications on April 26, 2013 by Trowel

Thanks to Emerson for the effort of sending the parts from LA.  See it installed.

Thanks to Emerson for the effort of sending the parts from LA. See it installed.

Mechanic: Kalvin Ave

Observed is the real stopping power! Smoke is yet seen during the break-in process. Drive to 45mph, then aggressive brake to 5mph, while hot. Then drive 25mph and regular brake to 5mph then allow to cool. Done for several times.

Fitting BIG BRAKES on a Celica is just a money question.   I have searched the NET and found good ones  from SSBrakes.com.  Cost is $895. 00  .   The powerstop installed here will be a much better choice.

Celica on Coilovers and Hotchkiss Camber Links

Posted in Modifications, Suspension, wheels and tires on April 26, 2013 by Trowel

april 26, 2013 Installation of the camber links. Mechanics: Kalvin and Joward.

the part finally arrived last night, april 25, 2013, cant wait to have it installed

the part finally arrived last night, april 25, 2013, cant wait to have it installed

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Scale of difficulty is 7, says mechanic Kalvin.
A lot of guess work on how to arrive at the correct camber. As of now, the left looks on negative and the rights appears to be on positive. Got to bring the celica to an alignment shop for final set up.

Here is my old alignment data when I the car was experiencing erratic behavior on slippery surfaces.
$345.58 AT JCWHITNEY.COM SKU #: JCW- HOT12700 Manufacturer #: 12700 Brand: Hotchkis

The Hotchkiss Camber link is a MUST when LOWERING the ride, otherwise, the shop cannot correct the camber with the new tires and rims on a lowered celica

 

Here is the old set up:

Stock springs and Camber Links

Stock springs and Camber Links

MINUSCULE RECORD OF BMW Z3 2003

Posted in Other Cars with tags on March 26, 2013 by Trowel

MARCH 2013 Changed the alternator, cost P14K plus 2K labor, parts froms Enkat Trading, Mechanic: Rey Tolentino
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March 2013, changed the fuel pump, cost P24,000 plus P950 rubber seal, plus 2K labor. Part source: Enkat Trading, Evangelista, Makati, Mechanic: Rey Tolentino.
BMW fuel pump march 2013looks like another mechanic already made some effort in repairing this part, however, he did not mind the corrosion, installed it back and leave it to the next mechanic/owner to figure out why the car is stallingbmw fule pump pcboardThe PCV board has extreme corrosion resulting in erroneous fuel reading and which could lead to fire due to short circuit.

CELICA HID INSTALLATION

Posted in lighting system on March 26, 2013 by Trowel

Got some HIDs for the celica. Basically these are H7 units fitted on the projector lamp used
by the daylight driving lamp and dim light.
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Notes:
1. The wiring are idiot proof, it will not fit if installed wrong.
2. After making a hole on the stock backcover to accommodate the HID, be sure to seal with appropriate sealant to prevent condensation.
3. Do not modify the connector, they are surely fitted. Modify only when it doesn’t work.
4. The projector lights are H7 systems, the bright lights are H4s. You don’t have to change the H4s.

The 6300K (whites) are good looking, however, if you have good percentage of fog driving, go for the 4300K instead.

Never go higher than 55Watts (35W is good enough). If you go higher, you will earn a lot of trash talk
from incoming vehicles. You will not hear it, but if they get compounded, you’ll earn bad karma.
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CELICA TRD WING INSTALLATION

Posted in body, Modifications on March 26, 2013 by Trowel

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HERE IS THE LINK I USED IN INSTALLING THE SPOILER
after you checked the process be sure to come back here and check out the errors I had in the installation, so you won’t suffer the same fate as mine.

NOTES:
1. I have a replica spoiler, so I assumed that the installation will not be a breeze.
2. Mine has a supplied hole locator. I taped it on the wing, located the correct mount, then i tape the hole locator on the rear hood and assumed that those were the hole. I did not notice that the holes “located” will be incorrect due to the movement of the hole locator when removing the wing. What resulted were wrong drillings and a lot of holes.
3. The best way to locate the hole is to tape the hole locator, then BOLT the wing on the original locations (2 original holes on each side), then tape the hole locator REALLY SECURE. Drill the hole locator using 2mm bits, drill it later with 6mm after removing the hole locators.
4. The supplied screws will be tricky to bolt. I had to enlarge the underside holes just to accommodate a straight and aligned screw.
5. ONE MORE THING, BE SURE TO TAPE THE SCREW TO YOUR SCREWDRIVER WHEN INSTALLING THE SCREWS THRU THE ACCESS HOLES. IF YOU DROP THEM THERE, YOU HAVE A SLIM CHANCE OF RECOVERING IT.
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CELICA COLD AIR INTAKE INSTALLATION

Posted in air filtering, Engine Area, exhaust system on March 26, 2013 by Trowel

THIS IS THE LINK I USED IN INSTALLING THE CAI

Mine is not an INJEN but the procedure was the same. The hard part is fitting the tubes through the loops and unto behind the bumper. I was about to use my TIG and cut the tubes, but then, I realized that if i shorten it, the air will be hot and not cold. I think the air should really come from further the hot engine. Not to be forgotten and I believe that this is a MUST, is the cleaning of the MAP sensor using cotton buds, cotton balls and electronic cleaner. After that, the throttle body must be cleaned using the same electronic cleaners.

What is noticeable is the sudden change in RPM needle behavior. What used to be a slow moving needle suddenly moved like a racing motorcycle. I think the power increase is about 10%. A little pedal on the throttle now means business.
CELICA stock air filter Stock Form in this Pic

CAI INSTALL NOW WITH CAI (Cold Air Intake)
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TAKING A LOOK

Posted in video on September 20, 2011 by Trowel

shot is taken with an IPAD and its so hard to hold and focus.