- Chibfoo wrote:
- I totally agree with the rust problem, 11 years is perfectly fine, heck, Chevy trucks from factory don’t even get that haha. I did not know that there were better designed long rams that were designed to not suck up water, I live around St. Louis so flash floods are a fairly regular thing, so it may still make me nervous. I’d be curious to see how they work. Maybe rig one up to a shop vac and stick it in a bucket and see how it goes. I actually did rebuild the si engine, put an act clutch in it, and drove it for awhile n/a. Sold the parts online and just put a header on it, then traded it in later because the tranny was popping out in third and fourth gear. That clutch was a good clutch though, it did make a weird sound in neutral though like a light sanding sound. But it worked great so I didn’t worry. I do miss it though. Looking forward to seeing what this tc is like when it’s done. I use to love driving them at the dealership when they’d come off the transport. The only thing I didn’t like was where the clutch engaged on the pedal, it seemed like it was a little to high.
ya with as much water you get over there with the mississippi river, probably best to stick with the stock air intake or if TRD has one.. that's if TRD still makes em for the 1st gen tC. Stuff is slowly being phased out.
so the ACT clutch was ok? I was hearing all this bad stuff about ACT but I bet it was those trolls from Action Clutch putting down anything but their product. Was your ACT a full face street or the race puck design? I remember the 3rd/4th gear pppping out, it's when I rebuilt the trans with new synchros and I think I might have replaced the internal shift forks too. But I wasn't even pulling as much HP as you were, and mine still died.
ya the tC is similar to the Si, but it its own way. Here's some info most people probably dont know because they did remove it from the internet. Back in 04 when the tC was first intro'd there were lots of stories of how the tC was developed, being the first model exclusive to scion. In all those stories was a part about Lotus wanted the 1.8L engine from the celica for their elan I think it was. Toyota told Lotus that if they wanted the engines, they could buy them but they'd have to tune the suspension for the tC1 (1st gen). Toyota was having trouble tuning something sporty, not sure why, unless they were so used to making mushy camry suspensions, lol.. But Lotus agreed and tuned it. I know what I read back then, I dont think I kept a copy and of course it's removed off the internet now.. but there ya go.
so I think that it can definitely hold its own. People make fun of it, but it's a unique car that has some really cool features. What I like about it, is that you can drive for miles and miles and when you get out you're not that exhausted.
ahh yeah the clutch engagement, I remember it was like 3/4 high when I test drove them. They had many issues with the synchros and on one I test drove, I could hear the synchro "crunching" even in idle! I opted for the auto because I couldn't take a chance back then of another trans issue. It was the same trans as the celica, and at the dealer service dept they showed me a stack of TSB's for the celica! Then pointed out into the garage and it was like 2 or 3 celicas on the lift for trans replacements!
Definitely check your trans out while you have it out. but thanks for the update, it'll be really awesome to see you build this back up!