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Im just a guy trying to do all the racing things and help others enjoy the sport as well!

Tom Armstrong1 day ago

A dispute with a coworker resulted in my termination. 10 years and the lead tech.....and it meant nothing

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Sorry to hear that. Hopefully you can get into a much better place

[]Ernie Szots

Damn, sorry to hear that, man. With your skills, I'm sure you'll land on your feet quickly.

[]Tom Armstrong

Yeah I was burned out already anyway, hoping I get into Tesla

Tom Armstrong4 days ago

The first installment on the Celica project is up! http://www.armstrongfamilyblog.com/armstrongracing/project-gts-circumstantial-demise

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[]Kit Lau

can't wait to see what u do with it!

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks Kit

[]Craig Crall

Way cool ride Tom, should be a nice car when you're done.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks Craig

[]Craig Crall

Are you thinking of rebuilding the stock engine or swapping to something else?

[]Tom Armstrong

Rebuild, and maybe upgrade the oil pump and bearings. Don’t want to spend too much since it needs other repairs

[]Craig Crall

That makes sense. Is that the 180 HP version?

Tom Armstrong6 days ago

Heres the tutorial for stacking the output shaft on the C-series transmission! https://youtu.be/7Y5I0ricKwQ

Tom Armstrong8 days ago

Finally pulled the engine from the Celica, and I gotta say this car does not give you any room. Sadly though, the previous owner was an epic hack and many bolts are stripped or left loose. SMH

Tom Armstrong11 days ago

The one tip I give all the young techs is to get certified regularly. Anyone can turn a wrench, and some people can only pass tests...be that guy that makes very little mistakes and helps everyone.

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[]Skylar Siegel

good work dude, congrats.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks man

Tom Armstrong13 days ago

Finally uploaded the input shaft tutorial video, something happened to the sound but whatever....information is there. https://youtu.be/MGRbggd2FR4

Tom Armstrong27 days ago

Finally going to have my race car back......hopefully I did everything correctly 😬

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[]Craig Moody

ever thought about a 2zr retrofit into the celica?

[]Tom Armstrong

It’s not possible unless you get custom adapters made, mounts are too different

[]Yves Vds

Looks brand new!

[]Tom Armstrong

It pretty much is new inside. New bearings and LSD and treated gears

Tom Armstrong29 days ago

https://youtu.be/fDRIp75_8Ds

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[]Robert Sixto

Interesting. New race car, or fun street car?

[]Tom Armstrong

Restore the car to operational and fix all the little issues. Then drive it around for little while to experience this car and write a review based on all of the the other Cars I’ve bought and flipped.

Tom Armstrong45 days ago

http://www.armstrongfamilyblog.com/armstrongracing/wpc-treatment-leave-nothing-to-chance

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[]Robert Sixto

Great write up, I'm curious to see if aside from durability you see any benefits in the form of drivability, quicker, smoother shifts, etc.

[]Tom Armstrong

Well since we know for a fact based on my video that friction was reduced by 3x, maybe I should hit the dyno again to see if there are any gains

[]Robert Sixto

That would be cool. It seems logical it would impact performance in some way, but I wonder if it's enough that you'd feel it.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah I know MotoIQ does bearings and piston rings to reduce friction for a bit more power

[]Tom Armstrong

I believe that’s also where I first saw WPC, in a magazine. It may have been Super Street though, it stayed in the back of my mind all these years.

I wasn’t gonna let myself pass on it this time, especially since the car may see big power in the future.

[]Robert Sixto

Yep, actually Mike Kojima back in the SCC magazine days is where I first heard of WPC.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah for my rebuild if the VQ35DE I'm just doing the oil pump gears but when I do a full blown HR NA monster I'll WPC a lot more stuff. 9,000 RPM!

[]Tom Armstrong

I’d like to do a bunch of engine parts as well when I start a real build

[]Hayden Baker

I feel like bearings, rings, rods, pistons, and crank would really yeild good results in reliability and a statistically significant power gain. Can you do rod bolts? Could be a good budget alternative to ARP (I know theyre great but they're really expensive too)

[]Tom Armstrong

I believe the best benefits are in rotating or sliding parts. I’m sure there is some benefits to doing the rod bolts but WPC doesn’t increase actual tensile strength, it reduces the chances of surface cracking

Tom Armstrong55 days ago

https://youtu.be/-crA5BY4ZjQ I conducted a independent test of my own to see if the WPC treatment process actually reduces friction.....oh boy was I surprised!

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[]Apple Jack

I am sold!

[]Tom Armstrong

I had some complaints that the first try was invalid because the rag was touching the gear slightly.

So I did another test and it was the same result!

[]Apple Jack

Haters gonna hate!

Tom Armstrong71 days ago

https://youtu.be/Z4Yk_ek3JrI

Tom Armstrong73 days ago

Well after 6 days (ground shipping) and $180 I now have a set of compression stressed components. These parts are the known weaknesses of the 6-speed per the internet(I’ve never broken a gear). But since I’m trying to sell the car I should make sure all of the t’s are crossed for the next guy. I’ll definitely be doing a write up on this....and a video with comparisons

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[]Yves Vds

Have fun fitting them. A lot of work, I imagine?

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Tom Armstrong79 days ago

Thanks to a side-job I was finally able to send my gears to WPC. Once the received the parts I had to sign their terms and conditions form. After reading it I was pleasantly surprised that they mentioned nothing about “not liable for end result” jargon, it’s all just common sense! I’m very excited to see how this turns out

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[]Hayden Baker

The guys at MotoIQ love stuff like this. I just don't see myself ever building a car that needs this. Maybe some day

[]Tom Armstrong

I first heard about WPC from MotoIQ back when they made those sample videos, it stuck with me in case I needed it one day.

Then when I bought my LSD, Cusco asked if I wanted the gears WPC treated. I declined it on the diff, but after doing a lot of research and hearing 6-speed complaints....I decided to get it done to the know weaknesses only.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah eventually I'd like to get a CD009 with a straight cut 3rd, 4th, and 5th gear. More power to the wheels but mostly for the race car whine. It would be so glorious

[]Robert Sixto

Very cool, I've been intrigued by the process for many years now. Going to go for it the next opportunity/need that I have.

[]Tom Armstrong

I’ll share all of the results on here so you guys can see what it’s all about

Tom Armstrong80 days ago

Like we've discussed already, once I get this car back together it will be up for sale. Do any of you have experience selling a car like this? Any pointers? All of the stats on the car are up to date if you wanna look it over....

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[]Robert Sixto

Grassroots Motorsports magazine classifieds was the first thing that came to mind for me. Especially if you have it specced out to a certain class, you're best off trying to get it sold to someone actually racing/competing. There's a few local track focused FB groups I'm in that have similar classifieds, that might be worth a shot too.

[]Hayden Baker

As many have already stated...
Grass Roots Motorsports
Racing Junk
Bring a Trailer
And then Facebook groups for race cars like SCCA or NASA. I'm sure an autocross or track guy would love to take over your build. You can basically ask whatever you want. Just search around for similar builds on those pages (Likely a Civic build or a Miata).

[]Tom Armstrong

Good points, thank you

[]Hayden Baker

Anytime man! Good luck

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I see race cars get posted in places like the back of Grass Roots Motorsports, Winding Road Racing, and sometimes Bring A Trailer. Other than that, it's random places from what I have noticed.

[]Tom Armstrong

Oh those are good places thanks man

[]Craig Crall

Well, there's racingjunk,com. I'd also post it in craigslist.

Sorry to see it go Tom. Are you planning to replace it with something else?

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks for the link Craig!

I will not be replacing it, We’ve had fun with it and learned a lot. But like I’ve mentioned before, I can’t afford to keep playing this game.

My wife and I would rather travel

[]Craig Crall

Yeah, i hear you on that.

Tom Armstrong81 days ago

Well,​ I finally got my LSD bearings and final drive gear installed. Next step is to set the preload! Getting closer guys. #Cusco #LSD #differential #Toyota #Yaris #Celica #Corolla #Matrix #C60 #6speed #forthebuild

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[]Yves Vds

Looking good! But I thought you had ran out of money and weren't investing in the Yaris anymore?

[]Tom Armstrong

That’s all still true, but I gotta put it back together to sell it. I finally scored a side job and was able to continue reassembly.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Oh! I didn't hear that you would be selling the Yaris race car, will you be replacing it?

[]Tom Armstrong

Yes, I’ll be replacing it with travel haha

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Oooh... That's always a good time! Do you have anywhere in mind?

[]Tom Armstrong

Mexico.....

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Cool! I hope you enjoy your trip!

Tom Armstrong82 days ago

Since I've worked at several dealerships and independent shops as a technician, I figured I can give some honest insight. As much as I dislike the constant warranty pay jobs at the dealer, they do pay fully trained techs more. Dealer techs also get bonuses from the manufacturer if they are diligent and accurate enough to fix most cars on the first visit. So I'm going to bring up a few of the most important factors that should determine

Tom Armstrong83 days ago

https://youtu.be/8np3znu1664 Like always feel free to make suggestions on the information I'm sharing.

Tom Armstrong84 days ago

This was a first for me, this guys center differential exploded. That caused the thrust bearing to melt away and the pinion shaft was then free to chew on the front differential NOM NOM NOM

Tom Armstrong85 days ago

I was searching for a noise on a WRX and removed the pitch-stop mount to inspect. The little mark on the bottom caught my eye, is that really a Bridgestone TM?

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[]Apple Jack

Not surprised at all. Continental makes mounts. Hutchinson makes mounts. ZF makes mounts under the Lemförder brand, and ZF owns Sachs clutch kits. Should I continue?

[]Tom Armstrong

Oh wow hahaha

[]Robert Sixto

That's surprising and not surprising at the same time, they do deal with rubber so it makes sense, but I can't say I've ever seen/noticed that before.

[]Tom Armstrong

Strange how the cars come with Dunlop tires though

[]Robert Sixto

Same parent company though right?

[]Tom Armstrong

That I don’t know

[]Timothy Markworth

Sure, why not? Dunlop makes steel toe rubber boots.

[]Tom Armstrong

Hahaha

[]Yves Vds

Oh, that's funny, look like it is Bridgestone. I did not know they made bushes.

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Haha no way. How did I never notice this?

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Tom Armstrong86 days ago

When we got the Yaris back in 2006 it was my wife’s car, she got the TRD edition with 18” wheels and other TRD bits. This was back when I didn’t care so much and let the quick lube places service it, oil changes and rotations only. It was the perfect daily, decent amount of room and 35mpg. We also drove this car across the country and quickly accumulated 100k miles. No sweat Then in 2013 I was invited

Tom Armstrong87 days ago

The shop across the street called my manager to complain about my parking again..They are now saying I'm blocking a driveway that they cant even use! They have it blocked by their own used car inventory​. I've been making them regret it by getting them so mad over small annoyances. #Mental_Assasin

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[]Robert Sixto

Here's an idea, buy a Tesla Model 3, and trigger that stupid "holiday show" mode every hour. Yes it's an expensive way to troll, but how all-in are you?

[]Tom Armstrong

If I could afford a Tesla, I probably wouldn’t be working here lol

[]Ernie Szots

I cannot believe you put the troll face in the window. Absolutely brilliant. My only concern would be a key to the paint lol.

[]Tom Armstrong

I already warned them about my dash cam, so they are screwed if they do anything

[]Ernie Szots

Smart.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Do you think a sign with "for a good time call (their phone number)" be a little too much?

[]Tom Armstrong

Hahaha. Then put the number to a Massage place

[]Sebastian Nounou

Lol

[]Tom Armstrong

Got any other ideas? Lolol

[]Sebastian Nounou

Put one corner on a jack stand and remove the wheel.

That’ll fuck with ‘em.

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Tom Armstrong88 days ago

I’ve become so disgusted with dealership life I started applying to anything that will expand my expertise. Fixing cars under warranty because people can’t drive has taken its toll on my creative side, gotta get outa this shit-hole industry....

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[]Robert Sixto

I feel you man, had to get out myself, still looking for the next thing.

[]Tom Armstrong

It’s toxic for sure

[]Robert Sixto

It also felt like things were changing for the worse as well, I know other guys that felt that way too. Ultimately I just kind of grew bored of it, and tired of the long hours.

[]Tom Armstrong

Yep that still happening. I need to do a follow up video about how becoming a master tech may not be worth the effort anymore

[]Robert Sixto

I wouldn't do that, maybe not with that exact angle/approach. Instead maybe just highlight the challenges and considerations when making that career choice. Otherwise it might just come off as sour grapes, or put someone off of a career path that might work for them. I guess what I'm saying is, don't bring any emotion into it.

[]Tom Armstrong

It’s not me telling lies, it’s the truth of the industry. The amount of studying and testing it requires to become a master is far more detailed than people know. Revolving recertification tests from ASE plus whatever manufacturers certifications, and not to mention I went a step further and got the L1 cert...plus diagnostic tools and equipment, plus training and quality checks of your team members.....all for $28/hr

Management doesn’t really care if you stay or go, it’s all numbers to them. If they can pay a 20yr old $16/hr to do half-assed work they don’t care

[]Robert Sixto

Oh I know it man, I'm not saying you wouldn't be telling the truth, I'm just saying lay the facts out and let the reader/viewer decide for themselves if the training/effort is worth it. If you flavor it with too much anger and personal frustration, it can taint your message. People might read it as, "that was a him problem" instead of just being the facts of life in the industry.

[]Tom Armstrong

Good point

[]Randy Gross

Good luck on the job search! Something new and interesting may came your way!

[]Sammie Robertson

Can't let your hobby become mundane, good luck on the new job search!

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Tom Armstrong89 days ago

Well now the summer is in full swing, we’ve started getting our “weak a/c” complaints. About 50% of the cars that come in don’t even have an issue, but like I’ve mentioned on here several times....lack of system knowledge doesn’t mean it’s broken. Step 1) Check the setting. If it is 70 degrees in the morning and you are a little cold, you may turn the temp up to 75. If you have automatic climate control the doors and fan

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[]Robert Sixto

Good guide, just went through related with my 6. I'd also add, have this done at the dealer, unless you know for CERTAIN the mechanic you go with is truly proficient in this thing.

[]Tom Armstrong

Dude, dealership techs are retards too

Tom Armstrong90 days ago

This customer says hit hit something on the freeway, this looks strange to me. What can you hit that would split the tire sidewall but only leave a small mark on the wheel?

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[]Apple Jack

In college, I ran over something that perfectly sliced the inside wall of a BFGoodrich Trail T/A, at slow speed. Never saw anything on the road. No damage to the rim. I think it was an alien with a cold fusion blaster. It must have been using a cloaking device to stay invisible to the human eye, like in Predator.

[]Tom Armstrong

Holy shit that’s scary

[]Apple Jack

You're telling me! I had a broken pelvis at the time too. I was proud that I changed the spare in crutches in no time flat... take that NASCAR pit crews!

[]Tom Armstrong

Wow that’s impressive!

[]Jon Dagata

Very strange. I've never seen anything like that.

[]Craig Moody

Its a dunlop ,, that thars your problem XD

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[]Yves Vds

That is unusual. How old was this tire?

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[]Randy Gross

That doesn't look so much like an impact mark, looks more like something twisted into it. Only time I have seen a tire crack like that, is a set of old rain tires I had for a motorcycle and they just dried out over the years of non-use. Maybe something got jammed in there and the customer tried to wiggle it free and it somehow caused the crack to form because the tire is old? You should get prints, call up ballistics to generate a model and I need to stop watching CSI Miami reruns.

[]Sebastian Nounou

I agree. I see rub marks in front of the crack. I wonder if it rubbed against an immovable object and came across a protruding part that snagged the tire. Very odd failure still.

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[]Robert Sixto

That is a weird one, I've never seen a sidewalk crack like that. It reminds me of a lightning strike, is that possible? Lol

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Tom Armstrong92 days ago

This was last year when I took the car to ToyotaFest, cleaned the car more than I ever had. The car has changed a lot since then, and I’m itching to clean up the engine bay. I want to get a cold air intake and finally finish my Mil-spec harness. Any other suggestions?

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[]Brandon Marquis

I've seen YouTube vids that say cold air intakes are worthless, but adding that to my 4 cyl NA motor was the first thing I did years ago and gave me 7 WHP on a Mustang dyno before the tune. Getting cold/dense air outside the engine bay is always good for more power. Maybe this doesn't make sense on larger engines like the Camaro in the vid, but should be good for displacement like ours, and especially race cars.

[]Tom Armstrong

Thanks

[]Craig Moody

I dunno if they make CARB legal intakes but you could always pawn off my old one. :D aFe makes a good product... and the whoosy noises!

[]Tom Armstrong

No carb legal stuff, but who cares when it’s a race only car

[]Craig Moody

want my intake then? hue hue i dont even know if itll work per see with the 2zr

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