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Big Steve World Cup Williams 🌍


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Checked to see if the strut bar I’d bought was the right one..? BINGO!!

Exhaust manifold off next:

Came off without too much drama, and found I had a broken bolt and perhaps the reason the downpipe was blowing, you can see the sealing ring was damaged:

Drilled out the broken bolt, and removed the damaged seal.

With the exhaust manifold removed, nothing looked too untoward with the remaining bits, just covered in rust and detritus:

Engine bay loom and ECU then removed:

Starting to look fairly clear in there now.


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Breakdown continues, so I can get the engine out for a full going over.

O/S Wheel and driveshaft out tonight:

And it appears there IS a bigger brake kit fitted to this car as advertised!! Never seen one like this before with little anodised aluminium brackets..!!

It appears the standard Clio Williams calipers are present. I know people swap to the 172 wide track, for the Clio 172 Calipers… but how different is the 1*2 caliper carriers vs the Williams..?

Anyone know??


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Whipped the Nearside driveshaft out this evening, and everything came out easily enough:


As I’m stripping the car down, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for further signs of rust and saw the offside headlight area looked a bit grotty:

So pulled off the offside wing and was greeted by a lot of rust, but thankfully it’s all just on the surface and passes the old screwdriver poke test! 🪛

Would still say this car is in pretty good condition considering it’s age/mileage/history. Nothings scaring me off as yet..! 🤦🏼‍♂️


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  LY 200 EDC
Aren't they the old school 285mm R21 Taxi disc conversion bracket extenders? Used to have them on one of my 5GT Turbo's. I believe the other mod was fitting the 259mm discs and Valver calipers on the 5s?


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Apparently the 21 TXI discs are near unobtanium now, so looking to go back to OE I think..
Swiped a full set of Ferodo DS2500 pads and front drilled/grooved discs off a chap off eBay for less than half price:

So that’s made the decision for me on what I’m going to do with the braking system. 👍

Planning to whip the engine & Gearbox out tomorrow, will report back. 🔧 ⚙️


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Planning to whip the engine & Gearbox out tomorrow, will report back. 🔧 ⚙️
Soon pulled it out this morning:

Engine looks in fairly good order, albeit a bit greasy & dirty:



Whipped the gearbox off, and was greeted by an unknown clutch:

With plenty of meat on it, but missing a small spring:

Soon got the engine onto the stand:

Engine bay needs some serious loving though 🤢



Plenty for me to go at now… 😏


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This website is going to be your new favourite thing ;):ROFLMAO:

Oh WOW!! Looks like I’m going to place a big fat order! Thanks @16v_paddy 🙏👌🏻

First order arrived today, and although the Taxman took his 20%, I’m still chuffed with the fact I managed to grab a set of the Bilstein B6 shocks that seem to be no longer be available on their website..?

Also picked up:
  • Full OE Replica coolant set in the correct black rubber design (no glossy Silicone here
  • New reproduction O/S splash guard
  • 10x heat shield fasteners
  • 4 x Spark Plug insulators
#serviceparts 🤫


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Switched out the under headlight trims from the headlights supplied with the car (which didn’t have the manual adjustment function) to a new pair I managed to come by.

Always like to use new headlights on my car rebuilds, as it really brightens up the front of the car:

You can see how the new (outer) ones look LOADS brighter 🤩

Next I did a little DIY refurbishment of the starter motor heatshield:

…with a roll of adhesive backed aluminium:

It doesn’t make it brand new again, but has certainly given it a bit more rigidity and now stopped if fraying any more. 👍👍

I then whipped the oil sump off:

Thankfully I found no big lumps of metal in the bottom of the sump, so things still looking healthy… (famous last words) 🙄

Then I removed the timing covers:


To show an OE Renault Timing Belt fitted that was still in good condition 👌

It was exactly at this point I was reminded why I always take the engines out when I’m doing work like this:

Just look at the state of that lot!!! 🤮🤮🤮 It’s near impossible to fix this properly when the engine’s in the car… I want to try & make this engine oil-tight 🙏

Thanks for stopping by 👍


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Continued pulling the timing side of the engine apart:

Belt and lower timing cover off:

Then crank drive pulley:

Still looking grease-tastic under there:

Then whipped off the crank cover:

ALL of the seals are leaking, so I’m going to get them changed.

That work started with a liberal application of degreaser and brake clean 🧼🧽:

….made things look better:

Now waiting for a HEAP of parts to turn up.. 📦

Thanks for reading 📖
  Celica GT4
Nice mate. I'm watching closely ready for when I finally get to work on mine.
Were you the one that bagged the refurbed subframe the other week?


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Nice mate. I'm watching closely ready for when I finally get to work on mine.
Were you the one that bagged the refurbed subframe the other week?
No, not guilty. I saw it, but then laughed at the price, given it was just as rusty as mine, but had been refurbed. I’ll be doing mine and not spending £500 😉


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Best off squirting the sealant into the grooves on the main cap when its torqued down until it comes out of the bottom and both sides.


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Brake cleaner all surfaces and make sure the sealant gushing out in excess out of all sides. Shine a torch on the outside to check there is no gaps.