Progress for real!

I have a car show with the “Utah Japanese Classic Car” club this Sunday, so I’m working to get it drivable by Saturday!

I finally got rid of my 77 Corolla shell and that means I can now officially work on my Celica! (We cried when they crushed the Corolla. It’s like putting a beloved family pet to sleep. We both knew and it was coming and we both still shed a couple tears.)

I was able to get the Celica to run off a bottle by forcing it into the carburetor. The mechanical fuel pump stopped working after a couple minutes (I think it’s because there’s no insulator spacer…)

The in tank fuel pump didn’t pump or even make noise. I checked and I had power in the back which meant a bad pump. I pulled it out and it was crusty looking, but didn’t look super bad. Tried applying 12 Volts directly to the pump and still no go. I called around and O’Reilly happened to have one in stock for $63 a couple miles away. When I convert it to EFI I’ll still need the in tank pump so it wasn’t going to be a waste.

I tore my old pump apart just for fun and it wasn’t rusty at all inside as I’d feared. That means there isn’t likely to be any water in the tank.

A trip to the auto store and $113 later I had a new pump, strainer, fuel line, can of sea foam, ground strap, and some cork gasket material. (I need to make a gasket for the spark plug tubes in the 18RG. They fill up with oil from just a little idling.)

I thought my water pump was leaking, but it doesn’t appear so any more.

It runs decent (but not great) on the weber 32/36 and homemade intake. The accelerator pump doesn’t work very well. There’s a check ball in it that is sticky. I had the carburetor apart several weeks ago and used two cans of brake cleaner to clean out every passage in the carburetor, but I couldn’t find a way to get the accelerator check valve completely out. I’m hoping once I get it driving with the sea foam in it, it will clear up. That will making starting it a lot easier.

Still to do this week:
Install fender mirrors (they are power mirrors, but I won’t be hooking up the wires just yet. I’ll tell you why in another blog post…)

Get it registered (Easy to do in Utah, it’ll be registered as a vintage and that means no safety or emissions inspections!)

Change tires over to good set

Clean up interior

Spray paint rear drivers quarter panel.

Stay tuned for another post tomorrow!

Nate

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