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    Arctic white Celica SX hatch (4uto)
    She started life as an unwanted company car and I took her over in 1987.
    Part of my salary was automatically deducted to pay the $33K (I think) debt.
    The pop up headlights and sporty curves were a hit with the girlies.
    The engine already had some factory and alternative mods. It was a grey top motor. I always serviced her at Toyota until one day a young mechanic changed some settings and the flat spot in the rev range was gone.
    I had a company car for weekdays, but I used to drive her from Sydney to Melbourne or to Brisbane for fun.
    One day the timing belt broke and that is when l found out about the after market pistons. The car was parked in a garage for 3 years.
    When l got fired l realised it was time to get the engine fixed. A Jap engine import place in Meadowbank, NSW had a look at the engine and eagerly offered to exchange it and fit a working stock GS3GE st162sx motor. Compression tested and bench started and fitted with new seals for $600. I asked for a new timing belt, but whoops they forgot.
    The car was handed back to me with a roadworthy, so l had new brake pads and tyres fitted. The mechanic assured me the timing belt had 50,000km left on it. I loaded the car up to the max, with clothes and my pc and stereo and drove 1,000k to Brisbane. I unpacked the car and drove one km and the timing belt snapped :(
    This time there was no problem replacing it and the new mechanic also fixed the missing 4th gear by changing the thermostat .
    I used the car every day while I attended university and then driving to and fro to work, until l parked her last August and her rego ran out. She still exists, under a cover, never driven :(