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EDIT:pHOTOBUCKET SUCKS SO I AM USING FLICKR NOW WILL UPDATE THREAD WITH CORRECT PICTURES HERE AND THERE


So a month or so ago I was approached by a few "Car enthusiast/engineer/use me for my mechanical skills" friends of mine that they wanted to do the 24 hr of lemons. They basically wanted me to build a car for them with there occasional help with what they can do.

I made a few suggestions as to what car we should find...mostly cars that are known reliable and cheap...old honda civics etc...and something we can buy for 600-700 and sell stuff off of to make the 500 budget..well non of my suggestions were heard...they wanted v8, manual trans,small car.....so I annoyingly agreed to do whatever they wanted as long as I was not obligated to participate financially but still would have mostly final say( if you know a engineer,you know what I mean) in how and what was done and that I of course would be a part of the race team.

One team member was really stuck on putting a lexus 1uzfe in a celica...Unfortunately, I lost the majority vote...so here it goes.

So we found a 84 celica GT coupe with a blown up 22re(hydrolocked) with a w58 manual trans up in riverside. Pretty clean body and interior. Bill of sale states sell price of $250. Sold the 22re for $150 to a coworker cause he needed the fuel injection.

About a week after we pulled the motor in the celica we found a 95 ls 400 in a scrap yard, running for $500. The people selling bought it at auction for $500 only to get it and find out the front drivers core/support and frame was bent a little. So they were selling it for what they had in it. 210k on the clock and running like a champ. I almost wanted to keep it or race it being it was so comfy.... That idea was shot down quickly. Not looking forward to driving the celica around a track in a solid bucket race seat for 4-5 hrs. So after a thorough stress test of the v8 by drifting, rallying, jumping,big smokey burnouts, I sadly separated the torquey little 4.0 from its home. I almost want to cut the body in half and make a wall where the dash would be and make a little movie theater with a projector behind the rear seats.... Maybe.

So last weekend I collected all the wire diagrams and bits and pieces of info that other people have collected that have done similar swaps and went to town on the wire harness. Deleting useless wires IE auto Trans harness, evap, other useless stuff. I now ha e immense respect for people who do wire harness, wiring for a living. It is no fun.

So here I am now... Waiting for the adapter parts to be made to adapt the v8 transmission bellhousing to the celica transmission body. And a donor celica we found for almost free to get stock Springs(springs are cut on the race body) and rack and pinion that isn't trashed.

I'll update this occasionally when progress is made etc

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AH, the enthusiasm and tenacity of youth. I admire yours!

I was unaware of the 24 Hour LeMons. And trying to google it was a bit of a challenge. Google kept changing/asking "did I mean 24 hours Le Mans?"

NO damn it LEMONS!

Reaction to what appeared was literal ROFLMAO. :rolling:

Games Pc game Font Technology Racing video game


What an wonderful event! Looks like a mixture of San Diego's classic "over the line" tournament, Burning Man, and interpretive running car art.

Just the right amount of cars and T & A. LOL

Enjoy your build. And good luck! Take pictures. Of everything. :wink:
 

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I've always thought the 24 Hours of Lemons looked like a lot of fun and offered the affordability of lawnmower racing with a lot more excitement. Please keep the photos of your 'race car' abomination coming. :)

https://www.24hoursoflemons.com

What Would Smokey Do? 24 Hours of LeMons Cheating Tips From Judge Murilee!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/automobiles/28LEMONS.html?_r=0



Saved the best one for last, check out the video

https://www.washingtonpost.com/spor...d67c4e-e40b-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html
 
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Ha ha. I saw that giant exhaust and LOLd!
 
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Thanks everyone! I will update as I go along. Hopefully be done by october/november. Currently depending on sponsorship for safety equipment. Roll cage,harnesses,suits etc.

Yes I really want to keep the exhaust and maybe make it bigger but we will see. Might just make a simple x pipe with dual side exits.
 

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Maybe go with something like this:



or this:



Or maybe this:



>:)>:)>:)
 
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I really like the second one... I am going to ask if they will allow the exhaust to come out the hood and up. Cause building manifolds like that will be much easier. I have to build a mostly custom one on the drivers side to clear the rack and pinion.
 

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Here is a little update. Over the past two weekends I was able to dig the donor car we bought awhile back out of some guys backyard finally. His wife was so happy I was taking it.

We bought it for the stock springs, new-ish rack and pinion, manual doors, extra diff and axles, and the brand new shocks and struts we found in the trunk!

The race seat the team picked up was super tall so I had to lower the floor about 6 inches. Just realized I have no pictures of the seat in...so next weekend.

Having issues with the company that is suppose to be sending the adapter kit for the trans..suppose to have had it a week ago but he says he accidently put the wrong address and bs bs..so hope to have it today to mock up motor this weekend.

Here some pix.

Swapped fuel pumps from lexus to celica. 95 Lexus on the left and 84 celica on the right. Almost identical.

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Discussion Starter · #9 · (Edited)
Got the adapter plate in for the trans and the hydraulic slave cylinder. Finished the floor to mount the seat. Once again didn't get a finished picture with seat in. Had to install a quick release steering wheel cause once seat was in position to be comfortable for pedal position. Steering wheel was to close to get in and out of car. Lucky my dad had an extra lying around.

Mock fitted motor in to see that a lot more work needs to be done to fit the motor far back as possible.

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Izat an engine or a motorized wire randomizer? :grin: I don't envy you wire bending future. Looks like that thing hasta go back a foot or so? You might be loosing windshield wiper motor at that point, huh?

What a great project. Nice work! Thanks for the update - keep em' comin'!
 

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Izat an engine or a motorized wire randomizer? :grin: I don't envy you wire bending future. Looks like that thing hasta go back a foot or so? You might be loosing windshield wiper motor at that point, huh?

What a great project. Nice work! Thanks for the update - keep em' comin'!
HaHa yea I dont want to remove the wire harness cause of how brittle the plugs are. And yes I will be closing myself into the car and locking the doors with a cooler of my favorite beverage and getting to work.

Motor needs to go back about 3 in. Need to move the the brake proportioning valve cause the passenger side head hits it. Hopefully can just lightly bend the lines a bit to move the valve about 2 inches to the drivers side.

Rules state that we need at least one wiper working or a small child taped to the roof with a squigee...so we will have a vote if the motor stays or goes.
 

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S.T.U.V, I love this thread. Keep the pics coming this is about as entertaining as it gets here...
 

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Discussion Starter · #13 · (Edited)
Little update. Haven't had much time to work on it due to other jobs lined up. Got motor mounts done(best I can do with the tiny plasma cutter and giant grinder) and stock front springs put in. It is crazy how high it sits with the 1uz v8 being as it came stock with a 22re...that 22re is a heavy lug of motor.

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I can only imagine what your work would look like if you were in a properly equipped shop. Keep the updates coming.

NICE WORK
 

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DUDE! You lay down a beautiful bead.

Nice work.
I can only imagine what your work would look like if you were in a properly equipped shop. Keep the updates coming.

NICE WORK
Thanks guys. I do day dream about having a shop where every tool/machine has its own place and it doesn't have to be dug out of a corner or have to be moved outside to use. Out of three work benches the picture that has all 4 pieces of the mounts together is about how much free space is available. But if I need something weird or odd...it is probably in the garage...just finding it is the issue.

My dad had shoulder surgery about 3 weeks ago and I have been doing all his jobs he had lined up which included rewiring a samurai that a guy swapped in a tracker 16v motor and ran out of talent to do the wiring and swapped a used motor in for another guy who cracked the block of his cummins 24v 99 ram(diesels are a pain in the butt to work on but in theory really simple) and the same guy owns a quad rental place so half the garage is filled with quads that need complete overhauls.
 

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Very small update but between my lack of time and the weather i finally got about 6 hrs last weekend to work on the car...got part and by part I mean open runner of the manifold done. It is hard work cutting all the angles right and bends straight etc. I need to redo the one runner that isnt complete cause the design changed about half way through. Built part of it in the car and took the motor out hopefully for the last time to build the rest.

So got the manifold done and the motor and trans in hopefully for good. Until it gets torn completely apart for race prep. Clutch in. Fuel filter mounted mostly.

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Started on wiring. Made a quick modular panel so the whole of it can be removed if need be. The ecm is mounted on the back side and the whole will be mounted with rubber mounts to the fire wall. It all will be plugged in for quick removal. It is being quickly mounted up to get car running and moving then will all be removed and car shipped to the roll cage builder, which we decided to outsource cause I barely have time to do the car period. Have to get some deutsch/weatherpack connectors for power outs to sensors,injectors,ignition components. That will replace the bus bar for the relays when I finalize wiring.

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