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  1. Cheers for that. Yeah I take your point about the Fondmetal wheels bending etc.....I am a bit of a stickler though for keeping stuff standard in so far as possible. I've taken a look at their web site and they look a real possibility. Many thanks!
  2. Leeds is about 90 miles from me. But if they are good at what they do, I could always consider using a courier... I used a courier to get my wheels to Milton Keynes. There is a pic of one of the wheels earlier on up this thread - both wheels that were refurbed are rusting in exactly the same places (whilst my original/untouched wheels are completely rust free.....)
  3. But there is no signs of this happening on the 2 alloys that haven’t been refurbished (I.e. the wheels that are entirely still original). Whereas BOTH of the wheels that were refurbished are rusting (quite badly) in exactly the same places.
  4. Thanks very much for that . Yeah I paid Pristine £111 per wheel - I could have got them done cheaper, but I wanted a proper job doing.... Just had a quick look on their website - look a decent outfit.......but I am up North, so too far away
  5. They initially wanted to paint over the plastic studs but I said no. So they drilled them out and replaced with new ones (I had a limited stash of replacement studs, which I sourced from Fondmetal) When I said bolt holes, I mean the bolts that secure the wheel to the hub (not the decorative studs). Took a picture of the valve area......it needs cleaning, but you can see the rust underneath.
  6. It hasn't actually broke the paint yet, so I can't see what colour it is. It is bubbly though.....and spreading! Just had another look - looks to be breaking through around where the valve is - looks brown.
  7. Hi, I am looking to get my Fondmetal Tech 5 alloy wheels refurbished and am after recommendations please. The short story is this: a tyre fitter gauged 2 of my completely unmarked and in beautiful condition alloy wheels, which necessitated my having to get them refurbished. After some considerable research, I had them refurbished at Pristine Alloy Wheels in Milton Keynes nearly 3 years ago. To be fair, they looked amazing when they came back - see the attached pictures. But fast forward to now and despite the wheels having never been anywhere near a curb or chipped in any way whatsoever, lots of horrible rust can clearly be seen coming through from underneath the paintwork (mainly around the hole where the air valve is, and also around the bolt holes). In fact I first notice clear signs of rust coming through about only 18 months after the wheels had been refurbished. I am absolutely disgusted with this to be honest - the other two wheels that weren't/have never been refurbished, are still unmarked and completely rust free. So you can draw your own conclusions here..... Now a place called Radar International look to have done a good enough job in refurbishing the the alloy wheels on my friends old Audi TT and 12 months on, they still look to be in good condition with no signs of rust (she paid in the region of £90 per wheel to get them done). But having contacted Radar International for a quote, the price they gave me for refurbishing my wheels is £125 + VAT for each wheel, which seems steep to me and is disproportionately higher than what my friend paid. What do you think guys? Grateful for your views and any recommendations please. Thanks.
  8. Yeah I have taken a look at the previous threads. I'll do it over a few weekends - there's no rush as it isn't particularly bad just yet (it is a case of prevention is better than cure!!). Thanks again ;-)
  9. Thanks :-) Hopefully going to make a start on this next weekend - I'll take a look at the sills then. Thanks!
  10. That's brilliant - thanks very much for all the advice, which is much appreciated! My next dumb question was where should I position the axle stands when I tackle the subframes/floor pan etc, but the jacking points seem the obvious spot. Thanks very much for that ;-)
  11. Sorry, I am showing my ignorance now - what/where are the sill covers?? Just ordered a 115mm angle grinder, but need to order a wire brush - who knew there were so many/types! Any recommendations as to which one I should go for?? Also need to order some axle stands as well...
  12. Thanks very much for taking the time for the comprehensive response Bazz. The car is worth a lot more than £2.6k - it has only had 1 previous owner only (I have had it for the last 8 years) with currently only 64K on the clock. It is completely standard/unmolested and has a full Toyota service history with a fully stamped up book.....and is immaculate....apart from the underneath that is! I have spent a lot of money maintaining it over the years including replacing the wheels (managed to source some direct from Fondmetal, as Toyota had none left), the front headlights, rear lights etc etc etc. The only modification I have made is to install a GT86 head unit including Toyota Touch and go sat nav (and a reverse camera) the head unit isn't great sound quality wise, but I wanted to stick to a Toyota head unit. I had never had cause to look underneath the Celica until fairly recently - I had been looking to buy a Ford Focus RS MK 2, which are renowned for rusting underneath and so had been looking underneath a lot (and seeing a lot of rust). Because I had been looking underneath so many RSs, I decided to look underneath the Celica......and got a shock! I took it to Toyota and asked them to take a look underneath. They took the view that the car just needed some TLC....but it needed doing sooner rather than later otherwise I would be looking at a big job if the rust was allowed to progress. After doing some research, I identified a reputable Celica specialist/restorer, who gave me the £2.6k quote. I do however think paying that kind of money is excessive in view of the rust that is present. It has never previously been picked up on any MOTs - I did ask Toyota if it would be a factor for the next MOT and they said that it wouldn't. I guess I am looking to tackle the issue now before it becomes a real problem at some point down the line. I actually took it to a classic car specialist yesterday, who after having a bit of a poke around (particularly on the rear back floor pan), gave me the thumbs up and advised me to do the job myself as it would save me a stack of cash. So I was ready to have a go at it myself when I decided to get enthusiasts view first - as they are the people who know the car best! I appreciate you view, which gives me a bit more confidence in tackling the matter myself. Many thanks for your thoughts and advice. Cheers for the response. Yeah I was concerned the most about the spare wheel well. I took it to a classic car restorer yesterday to get his opinion - he was also not sure about the spare wheel well but after getting underneath and having a damn good poke around and a scrape, he gave me the thumbs up and said it was ok/not a problem (it looks worse that it actually is).
  13. Hi guys - after a bit of advice please. I have been toying with the idea of having the underneath of my car restored (complete strip, shot blast subframes/floor pan and paint/seal etc) for some time now to the extent that I have had a a couple of garages take a look and also received a quote for the work (£2.6K). Thinking about it though, I just don't think I can justify spending that kind of money as the rust doesn't seem bad enough to warrant it. As such, I am thinking about have a bash at it myself using some axle stands, a wire brush and some paint!! To that end, I would welcome club members views please - do you think the rust is bad enough to justify a £2.6K outlay......or do you think having a go myself is the right way to go? If you do think having a go myself is the right thing to do, what paint would you use on the rear floor pan (the rust is only superficial and not as bad as it looks - it is solid enough underneath the rust). Many thanks.
  14. Welcome to Celica Club UK biggles933 :)

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