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Crazy Cat Lady

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Crazy Cat Lady last won the day on April 10

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About Crazy Cat Lady

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    Powys Wales
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    Good Food & wine, music, home audio, gardening, DIY, cycling, cats!
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    140 Red Edition

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  1. You're so lucky, i wish my garage had the space and grandeur
  2. what have you done to your celica today...

    Yeah... i suppose damper & springs are 'consumables' but in the longer term sense, hopefully at least a decade, and even if kept rust and tatty corrosion free they will still wear out anyway. Probably best to periodically go over the exposed metal areas with an oily rag and allow a grimy gunky look to offer some protection.
  3. what have you done to your celica today...

    My primarily concern is about protection from the dreaded tin worm, and then the general upkeep and maintaining a good appearance of 'things underside'. It don't look good to see rust, even slight surface rust, on parts underneath a vehicle. Looking at the photo below taken 3 years ago; this was my front suspension at 11 years old and 52,000 miles, the OEM springs are rusty and tired, obviously seen better days, the OEM strut dampers still have some life in them but look scruffy & corroded, especially the lower spring holders. The underside of those spring holders is where it would be very easy to add some anti-rust primer & top coat paint to the brand new ones before fitting; in the interest of applying a more hard wearing protective surface, and would assumably be easier to periodically clean up, perhaps include the lower strut leg too, these things are in a messy place, and direct line of fire. [Think British winters]. [Could also take the opportunity to paint this area the most distasteful colour of ones fancy to cringe the eyeballs of the most hardened MOT guy!] I also wonder about the addition of a detachable fabric strut sock to encompass the spring, a larger version of what is already available for coilovers (?) If the springs are clean and lightly oiled behind a protective curtain of fabric it should in theory cause them to last a lot longer than a decade...
  4. what have you done to your celica today...

    Pink may carry a risk of falling foul of MOT tester advisories - 'suspension parts in shockingly bad taste colour choice' I wouldn't want to risk any bureaucratic stray inking of my blotter. However, GOLD on the other hand is rather classy, and would coordinate with my brake callipers
  5. what have you done to your celica today...

    Thanks to AMS for supplying a few suspension bits, now have all the parts for front and rear Spent a very noisy hour with angle grinder wire brush some surface rust away plus a good pre-paint clean-up, and then a far more quiet hour applying two coats of primer paint. Will apply a top coat sometime over the weekend.... Right now i'm enjoying a more relaxful hour with a glass of that Cantele
  6. What came in the Post Today?

    Today i picked up a brand new rubber boot seal from Mr.T, and a couple of pads for me bunions
  7. Hi Crazy Cat Lady,


    I'm in desperate need of a rear sub frame for my Celica 190 gen 7, I read your post with removing your old one, would it be possible to refurbish the old one and would you consider selling it?




    1. Crazy Cat Lady

      Crazy Cat Lady

      Hi Iggsy, 


      my original rear subframe is now the property of the garage owner that did the work for me.

      The last i'd heard is he's sent both my original subframes to his Dad's place [somewhere in North Wales] for bead blasting and powder coating.

      The problem is; the garage owner is reluctant to sell them on without fitting it to a car.

      A couple of people have already asked me about it, and ^ was the outcome.


      However, i believe that even if you find a good enough donor rear subframe it will cost you £70 plus cleaning it up and painting [however you go about it] will cost more. so maybe just as well to buy a new one which i believe is around a couple of hundred quid.

      Have you asked your local Mr.T if they can supply, and how much?



    2. Iggsy


      Hi Debs,


      Thanks so much for your message, I have just ordered a refurbed one from North Wales ironically ,maybe it was your garage owners dad lol..  

      So its coming up to to Scotland with camber arms,bolts, blasted,painted, £375 yes £375 ...

      Hopefully if I can get my old one off I can refurb that and get some of my money back. Or leave it in the shed as an appreciating asset, probably be worth more than gold in ten years !




  8. What came in the Post Today?

    Gen 7 - rear shock absorber boots & bump stops suppled by ICP i nearly have all the bits to complete my OEM suspension jig-saw puzzle If any Gen 7 owner needs brand new shock strut boots & bump stops - ICP presently has them in stock Front lower coil spring rubber seats: £9.90 Front dust boot & bump stop: £31.50 Rear dust boot & bump stop: £27.50 Priced as pairs, and inclusive of VAT - (fit 140 & Tsport) Import Car Parts: https://www.importcarparts.co.uk/parts?cat=89&sub=1353&sec=1555&var=38&dc=y
  9. Number plate choices

    Never mind V6, how about jet propelled?
  10. What came in the Post Today?

    Camber bolts for front hubs - an option that may prove very useful at four wheel alignment time Debs
  11. Number plate choices

    Lots of [ V _ _ GTO ] number plate choices?
  12. What came in the Post Today?

    Should come in handy when we change the radiator sometime later this year
  13. Ding & scuff repairs

    Photos curtesy of MSBodyworx - Mathew Sparks [Shropshire]
  14. Ding & scuff repairs

    This is not a question - just an overview of accident damage repair that's ongoing - should be all finished by Tuesday next week. A little bump i had last year, i won't go into the details, nothin serious, just a little coming together glancing blow as a Mr Blockhead and i negotiated with the same space around a multi-lane roundabout Anyway, after a fine recommendation my Celica has gone away since Thursday, for a few days of professional pampering and beauty treatment Photos curtesy of MSBodyworx - Mathew Sparks ...more photos to follow later Debs
  15. What came in the Post Today?

    Soon be springtime A few other bits are still on their way, delayed due to snow, should be all here sometime very soon. Debs