BRENDAN GARST'S1983 Toyota CelicaGT-S

Brendan Garst's 1983 Toyota Celica GT-S
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BRENDAN GARST'S

1983 Toyota Celica

GT-S

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Specs
Horsepower105 HP
Torque137 LB-FT
Curb Weight2705 LB
DrivetrainFR
Engine Size2.4 L
Transmission Type5 Speed

The Story

This is my 1983 Toyota Celica GT-S Liftback. I purchased it on Easter Day 2014 for the princely sum of $1,250 because I was sad about not having an old wedge shaped car to daily-drive after the Coupe GT took its hit. I bought it to have something I wouldn't be afraid to mess around with, autocross mercilessly, and pass along when I was done with it. This was the first year with Independent Rear Suspension as a Celica option, though it had been available in the concurrent Supra for a year or two prior. This car uses the 22RE motor from the Hilux, 4 Runner, and Pickup of the time, which yields alot of down-low torque. The independent rear suspension was great, the car was an absolute riot at my first autocross event in late April 2014. Taking the good with the bad, there were rust holes in the rear control arms the size of grapefruits. A trip to LKQ armed with little but a PTO day and some sockets yielded a complete 1982 Supra rear subframe, complete with Limited Slip Diff, uprated disc brakes, and most importantly non rusted lower control arms. The surgery took place midsummer 2014, and everything bolted up as the guides suggested. This car has also been the subject of other terrible experiments; Its where I learned my rustoleum paint application technique. Its where I learned that adding rear disc brakes without changing the proportioning valve leads to comedy joke handling under braking. Its shown me the miracles of Bondo and all the many voids it can fill (rimshot!) This car has been a low risk automotive learning canvas for me, both in the arena of car care and car driving that I have thoroughly enjoyed. A situation arose in late 2014 where I was required to drive solely this Celica for the remainder of the year and into 2015, and it didn't skip a beat. Toyota's legendary reliability is present and accounted for on this truck engine'd frankenstein monster.

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