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Simon's 1986 Celica st162

Discussion in 'Your 4th Gen beauty' started by Phinex, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Phinex

    Phinex Active Member


    I've been a member of this forum for quite some time, thought it was about time I wrote a few words about my Celica.
    I bought this car for around 2000 USD during the winter of 2010/2011 from a great guy in Northern Norway who also had a neat st165.

    I sold my first Celica, the red at160 when I came across the black st162 at a Norwegian sports car club forum. After a really fun test drive I made the deal, and bought the car. I've had this car for 4-5 years now, and I've managed to do some work with it. Mainly repairs and minor tuning. I'm working as a radiographic technologist at the local hospital, and my skills as a mechanic is rather limited I'm afraid, so I haven't made huge plans for this particular car. As of now it's in a pretty good state I recon, as opposed to what it looked and felt like when I got it :) The engine currently mounted in the car is the 3rd, if I'm not mistaken, and it was thoroughly serviced before it went in the car. It has now run aproximitly 200,000 km, whereas the car itself has run about 430,000 km.


    Paint job 2007 Arial Black Metallic
    Removed exterior trim
    Removed window tint
    Hella fog lights at the front
    Switched to LED's
    White side markers
    Rewired the taillights
    Polished front windshield
    Custom made OEM decals at the tailgate (Thanks to Kevin)
    *Order new Licence plates

    Removed and cleaned the interior
    Momo Millennium steering wheel
    New shift boot
    TRD Gearknob
    Homemade shortshift
    Changed fake leather interior with Original gray st162
    Red gauge/interior lights
    Cleaned up interior wiring harness
    Repaired faulty sentral locking system
    *Mount EVO prosport gauges for coolant, oil temp and voltage

    Sound System:
    Panasonic Cq-c7301n stereo
    Blaupunkt speakers hidden like the original ones
    Panasonic amplifier
    Sony xplod 1200w subwoofer

    During the late summer of 2011 I completely disassembled, re-painted and re-fitted the front end of the car after a car accident by the previous owner
    Attatched original front spoiler (Cost 450 USD at Toyota!)
    Grinded/sanded/welded down canals, rear wheel arches, sunroof etc. and did a re-spray
    1989 Facelift front
    *Change the front windshield

    Changed suspension struts at the front
    Changed to original springs at the front
    Removed, cleaned and re-painted cross-members, axle arms, sway bar etc.
    Changed to poly bushings
    Changed sway bar links front and rear
    Did a refurb on the rear brake calipers
    Changed disks and pads
    Changed leaky steering rack
    4-wheel alignment
    *Change front CV boots
    *Change steering end link left side front (Noticed a bit of movement)
    *Underside steam and techtyl
    *Swap all four brake calipers with refurbished ones

    Completely stock 3S-GE
    Refurbished alternator
    Refurbished starter
    NGK spark plugs
    Magnacore wires
    Oil pressure sensor
    *K&N filter kit
    *Radiator swap
    *Timing belt swap
    *Engine/engine bay cleanup
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  2. Phinex

    Phinex Active Member

    First pics of the car


  3. pandafabrications

    pandafabrications Active Member Donated!

    Looking good!
  4. Phinex

    Phinex Active Member

    Thanks! :D

    I'll post some pics of what the car looks like these days soon. Too dark outside at the moment.
    By the way, I'm not at all satisfied with the light output of my projectors. What kind of projectors are you guys running...? From 1.dec to 15th of january it's pitch black day and night up here, so I'd really like to install a pair of new ones.

    I've come across some kits on ebay, both HID and regular H4 but they're not really street legal here in Norway...
  5. CelicaSteve

    CelicaSteve Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    Welcome from the UK. Can't wait to see those new pics of the car as it is today. Do you use it everyday ?
  6. MRocha

    MRocha Well-Known Member

    Welcome. This st162 looks very good ;)

    Good luck with the project :thumbsup:
  7. celica_gt-i

    celica_gt-i Well-Known Member


    I love that photo of your AT160,was my wallpaper for a while xD

    Nice ST162,post some recent pics please.

    I use OEM projectors with regular H4 bulbs,but its really bad.Maybe some better lights like OSRAM Night breaker or something like that would help?I had HID for a while but like in your country is ilegal around here...
  8. Phinex

    Phinex Active Member

    I've been using it as a daily driver since I got it, although not without some difficulties...
    Taken during my studying years in Tromsø, the Northern Lights City".
    The brown brick house in the backround was the Gestapo HQ in Tromsø during the 2nd world war. Rumour has it a person managed to escape captivity and questioning via a small window in the cellar...
    Note my former neighbour's 1970's swedish Volvo c303 truck got completely jammed under the roof one day when he tried to reverse out of the carport. Unbelievable amounts of snow during that winter.

    I'll try looking for some better bulbs, but I've bought myself a new A-B car and I'm currently looking for a place to store my Celi this winter.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2013
  9. Phinex

    Phinex Active Member

    What the car looks like today:
  10. shaun4vert

    shaun4vert Well-Known Member Donated!

    Looking good.
    That was a lot of snow.:D
  11. CelicaSteve

    CelicaSteve Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Donated!

    Celicas don't like snow :(
  12. KillemAlltrac

    KillemAlltrac Owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Donated!

    My celica loves snow!

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