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    1977 RA28 Fasthack celica project

    hi guys,

    thought I might put up some pictures of our 1977 RA28 celica project, this is a nice father son job and a lot of fun. We have done another celica before but plan to go bigger and better on this one. (Pic attached of our old celica also)

    Plans are to run 2 seats, half cage and a 1JZ set up.

    My name is Andy and I am the lead feature writer for Australian Street Car magazine and love the automotive scene, if you have any questions or just wanna chat feel free to hit me up. Would love to hear your feedback on the build. These first few posts will be a tad pic heavy so apologize.

    Bringing car home on trailer.



    starting to strip the car down.





    The car has been painted multiple times, but with terrible prep work.



    Started to strip the paint off as this is getting the full bare metal restoration.



    Like many of the cars of this age, the nasty stuff started to show itself.






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    starting to get the horrible layers off and back to clean fresh undercoat, still have all the rust repair to go but starting to make progress.














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    Back end starting to be fully stripped back to metal and new undercoat.








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    Try not to bare metal using a sanding disc on a grinder. It makes 1mm of sheetmetal about .8 by the time the job is done.

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    got a rotisserie for the car to make the body work easier, starting assembly.














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    Pic of the last celica we did. This ran a twin turbo set up and was highly modified. Went over to perth.


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    lots and lots of prep, doing the front guards etc with wire wheel and stripper discs.



    some rust in the floor.



    Cleaning up the front end.. Took out the radiator support for extra engine room, will run a custom set up here.







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    cleaning up the engine bay.









    These pics blow my mind, new prepped and undercoated engine bay next to the old condition cross bar.




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    more more and more prep.












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    some rust sections being cut out. and various other body work.
















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    For a bit of a break, did some work on the fuel pump. This is a modified standard tank that is running a HSV GTS1 Fuel pump set up.















    Fuel Sender from Speed Hut





    No longer have a 90 degree fuel out but a straight through.

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    again more and more body work, these are old photos and just getting everyone up to speed on the build.




















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    some of the bad stuff in the hatch channel area.



    started fixing the area around fuel filler





    This area did not go so well, so we decided to remove the lot and start again .





    Used a forming block to make up the new section







    tacked in place.


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    started cleaning up the floors.











    This side coming along now.



    floor cut out.



    first replacement piece.



    crap in the sills.





    inner skin back in.




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    work on outer sill.








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    there was some really dodgy work on the handbrake tunnel. took a bit of fixing.



    horror story they had in there.














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    rust in roof fix.







    Sill work


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    some work around the rear gave us more grief with bad metal and filler. so all came out and started again.





    more sill work














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    used the bender at the air field to make up some new pieces for the hatch section repairs.



    Starting to look more like a project now.





    The bad sections around the hatch, multiple skins gone etc.



    started cutting it out.





    left one tab in place to use as a mounting tab for the new bottom skin.



    Plug welded and tacked in place.



    started to cut out rear corners too.





    used another forming block to get the rear curves.



    tacked in .




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    ok guys, well that is pretty much a fast forward of the last 12 months with only some of the pictures so you don't all go to sleep. Its been a lot of work so far but totally worth it. THis is pretty much where we are up to now, some of the pics I uploaded are a little out of sync. But its really just to show how far its come so far and a small taste of what work has gone into it. There is so many more pics I have left out so far of body work but you get the gist.

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    Looked at all the pics, not boring at all, great thread

    Im doing a similar thing at the moment, the only difference is you guys seem so clean in all the pictures and I look like a fucking coal miner within 5 minutes of working on my car!?
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    ohh man there has been plenty of that and I still get covered in crap.... just must have been pure luck the pics taken we arnt totally filthy. everytime I touch it more crap falls off it. but slowly and surely it is getting cleaner and cleaner. all this prep work and body work is worth it in the end. I would hate to throw a tonne of money into a car like this with performance parts and know the body is going to let you down over time.

    So just keep up the good work and keep at it. We will both get there in the end and then you have a classic that looks amazing, is totally sound and wont let you down over time.

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    First appearance in the last issue of QLD street car before it changed names to Australian Street Car.


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    That's the first car I almost died in

    Really like that shape (reminds me of my first car, Rx4) - thanks for sharing.

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    Nice.
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    I notice no photos of the hatch. Is that because like all but one of these Celica's I've seen, it's rusted away?

    Keep up the great work and this post. Any plans on colour yet?

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