June 20, 2006 -The crunch is on!!!
Okay, June has definitely not been a month where
things have gone as planned. First off, June is
the busiest time of the year for the company I work for
because of fiscal year end and everyone trying to close
out last minute deals. It's an intense and busy
time as we close out the year and prepare for the new
one. The quota and revenue nazi's are in full
force. Our Legal and Compliance department doesn't
help the situation either with their interpretations and
enforcements to ensure limitation of liability. I
love my job...
Second, getting the Celica into the body shop has
been problematic. My original plan was to get the
car in the shop at the beginning of this month. In this
one rare instance, I was actually ready to do this.
Unfortunately the body shop has been very busy and is
struggling getting another "classic car" finished up.
So last week I talked with the owner of the shop and we
decided that I'd wait until July to take the car into
the body shop. This would give them an extra two
weeks to finish the other classic that's in there and
get it out so they can make room for mine.
So, this gave me a extra two weeks to either one, sit
on my thumbs and wait, or two, take some risks and bite
the bullet and go ahead and swap motors and get the new
one tuned and running. I doubt I'll have enough
time to shoot the engine bay the final color so I'll opt
to do a cleanup and maybe an interim spray of flat black
so I can be ready by the JCCS show date. Oh well,
I'll just have to keep the hood closed. :-)
I'll circle around again after the show to do the final
shoot of color in the engine bay. Roundabout?
You bet. More work? Absolutely. Ideal
situation. Totally not. But I think it'll be
a good compromise. Considering how oily and dirty
the engine bay is(just noticed how bad it was after
pulling the motor) it'll need some serious time to get
it really clean and prepped for paint. Time isn't
a luxury I have right now.
So earlier this month I yanked the front off the car
and went thru and dealt with the rust and treatment
thing again. This is getting really old now and I
just wanna get the car into the body shop and get it
painted. Is there any end to the madness?
The whole engine bay is a mess.
Here you can see more rust.
... and more.
... and more.
Will this ever end???
The more I look, the more work I see needs to be
done. This was suppose to be a fun project.
Now it's becoming my worst nightmare!
Btw, I cleaned up the side of my house not too long
ago just so I could start creating a new pile of junk to
Here's all the junk that won't be going back into the
car - old radiator, fan, A/C and heater, and
miscellaneous smog parts, and that stupid hood Ken snuck
into my backyard.
It's obvious I struggle with keeping things neat and
orderly. I can also proudly say that this family
legacy is being passed onto the next generation.
As you can see, my kids are about as messy as I am when
doing their school projects and homework.
Here's some pix of the finished frontend.
After shooting the flat black.
Oops, missed a few spots... which I later fixed.
While cleaning up my garage(again), I found this old
Shoreline sticker. This was actually the original
proof sticker that was used to verify color and
alignment. This sucker has to be about 20+ years
Got some new(old) parts from Japan this week.
Inata-san from Restored.jp was kind enough to ship these
to me. He did an awesome packing job btw.
Oh ho ho ho... Lookie at this! Old school
5 panel Liftback taillights!!!
They're a little rough and will need some cleanup,
repair and painting. But definitely restorable.
This was also a nice surprise. Inata-san also
sent me the reflectors for the rear smiley bumper which
are incredibly hard to find!
Thanks again Inata-san!!! And a big THANKS to
Koichiro Kanda for facilitating and translating for
Tonite Ken and Glenn stopped by to help me yank the
motor out of the car - which actually went pretty quick.
Seems that taking things apart always goes quick and
easy. It's putting it all back together that's
One thing I can't stand is a car that leaks oil...
The crossmember has a nice coat of oily dirt covering
the whole thing.
It'll be interesting cleaning all this up.
Here are some pix of the old 20r motor which was
Good think I kept that milk crate from back in the
day. It came in pretty handy tonite.
Below you can see a rust stain from where the head
gasket was leaking. 20r's were notorious for leaky
head gaskets. Always in the same spot too.
Right under the exhaust manifold. This motor
leaked oil as well. Man, I hate cars that leak
I definitely have my work cut out for me cleaning all
After pulling the motor, we started assembling the
rest of the new motor. Ran into another glitch
while pursuing this. The stupid ring compressor
tool I have couldn't compress the rings tight enough to
slip into the cylinder. Mama always said, "you get
what you pay for". Unfortunately, I don't think
this ring compressor tool was that cheap. I guess
I'll need to go shopping tomorrow.
Stupid piece of junk.
So here my pistons and rods sit. Awaiting their
Engine assembly at a stand still...
On another note, it's amazing a carburetor this small
only gets 19 miles to the gallon @ 97hp. Maybe
it's the way I drive.
Off the subject. My mother in-law gave me this
cucumber plant. She's so nice! The container
said "Japanese Cucumber" but the fruit that's growing
sure doesn't look like one. :-) Hmmm...
I decide to redo my lawn this year. I almost
killed my front lawn because I wasn't watering it enough
in the beginning. Luckily it snapped back.
As you can see, it looks pretty good now. No
thanks to me...
My gardener has a strange mowing pattern. :-)
When redoing my back lawn, I made sure to water
it well. I was a bit concerned at first because
the sod was laid during one of hottest weeks this month.
I was quite paranoid that I'd have a repeat of my front
lawn. Luckily the grass took real well and is
pretty established now.
Amazing what a little water will do. I hate to
see what my water bill will be like for this month
Well that's it for this round. See you next
month. Hopefully with a new engine and paint!
Wish me luck...