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  1. Hello. there, if I understand your question properly you have the standard Avensis radio/CD unit that's built into to the dash but want to change it for a typical DIN aftermarket unit. Although, it's an odd shape behind the faceplate of the standard unit it's actually a DIN unit that is fitted so swapping to your aftermarket one shouldn't be any trouble at all. It wasn't for me. The only downside is the fact, as you can see, the opening in the dashboard is wider and a different shape to the typical aftermarket DIN size that they tend to sale so you are left with a radio/CD unit that is obviously a replacement and not the built in unit the car came with but if you can live with it looking like it does in my photos then it's ok. Sent from my SM-A202F using Tapatalk
  2. Purely out of interest as I have downloaded Techstream in the past and had it running on my laptop with Windows 10. Always though it asks for a specific official code that you have to enter to demonstrate that it's a legitimate fully purchased copy and that you are a proper garage etc. Without the particular code I could only run a highly reduced version of techstream which was pretty poor to be honest. Have you all purchased the full programme with all the relevant passwords or codes and if so how. much does that cost, is it worth it. If not how did you get around it. The K and L line are used with the earlier OBD2 models like my 02 T22. It uses the ISO 9141-2 protocol like all of the T22s although I noticed some of the later 02 models, 52 plates, that they had some of the 2 wire hi/lo cabling used by canbus but whether that meant they actually used an early canbus version or the harnesses were starting to be made compliant for canbus in preparation for the T25 I'm not entirely sure. Sent from my SM-A202F using Tapatalk
  3. Really nice, great to see more T22s still on the go.... I do sometimes wonder if they were ever any other colour. You can have any colour as long as it's silver [emoji4][emoji4] Sent from my SM-A202F using Tapatalk
  4. Very nice. Suddenly I feel a touch embarrassed for painting my brakes yellow considering my teenage years are a distant memory lol. Sent from my SM-A202F using Tapatalk
  5. Best laid plans and all that....... The other day while looking for something completely unrelated I found a tin of grey plastic primer and knew I had half a tin of Toyota metallic silver kicking around so figured I'd use it for an old trick that usually works well I've done many times in the past. Painting the part between the clocks and the clear plastic panel body colour takes no time at all. Also it looks really good 9 times out of 10 for the amount of work involved. So that was my plan butnin so many ways it just didn't seem to work this time. Despite taking due care and preparation the finish between the fuel gauge and speedo looks like a regiment of spiders route marched all over the shop. Also the overall texture just looks, well,quite frankly rough cheap as if the plastic is incredibly porous and soaked up half the paint. I might try removing it and rubbing the whole thing down with wet n dry sandpaper until the surface is glass like smooth then going over the whole process again. Overall, it looks good. With the silver panels around the central dash and the right hand air vent,mirror adjustment and headlight leveller the silver instrument panel adds to the effect. The odd failure is good for the soul or so they so [emoji849][emoji849][emoji848] Sent from my SM-A202F using Tapatalk
  6. Personally speaking,I spend 45-60 hours a week driving a 26 ton vehicle powered by diesel so have more than enough of them to drive a diesel car but in all truth I've never really understood the urge to run a diesel car unless you regularly tow caravans or boats. I understand that there has,for some years now until recently at least,a general trend in favour of diesel through salesmen and even government 'nudges' so it's no wonder a lot of people went down that route,including my parents but even so you couldn't convince me out of my petrol into a diesel.Not that I am now laying back with a smug grin now that diesels are losing their popularity like they're infected with the plague because the future is undoubtedly becoming darker for my beloved petrol engined cars aswell. Does it make sense? I think you pretty much answered your own question in that original post.At least,in your own terms and according to what matters to you it definitely doesn't add up but another man's poison etc means it still may make sense to someone else with different concerns although it's hard to imagine how it could but I'm sure it does to someone who does very high mileage or a lot of towing or carrying heavy loads. Again,for myself I always far preferred the way the petrol engine delivered it's power to the diesel (yeah,I know modern diesels are much smoother and higher revving but I'm bombing around in a £600 car that's nearly 18 years old,I like old cars and just not prepared to lay out thousands and thousands to buy a diesel that runs like a petrol despite being able to afford it).Petrol engines are lighter,generally handles,brakes and steer better than their equivalent diesel version.Parts are cheaper,petrol is a little bit cheaper and always has been I think and even now my cars is doing an avg of 40-42 mpg which is fantastic considering I've always been happy to get 30mpg out of any of my cars. If you do decide to part with your diesel has it lost a lot of it's resale value since the whole 'dirty cheating Volkswagen/anti-diesel' movement has swung into action ? In the now approaching 28 years I've been buying and owning cars which is now healithly passed the 75 owned mark (my T22 is 79th,I believe making the old Celica technically number 80.Bought as a parts car though makes it debatable so I don't count it).Over that span of time and the full list of cars I can say with 100% certainty that resale value has never once been a consideration,not even a passing thought but I know that the vast,vast majority of people approach car ownership from a common sense,adult perspective so resale value definitely is an important factor. I do feel sorry for all those people who bought diesel cars just as the consensus swung hard against them.Most people would have believed it made more sense because of the obvious generally held opinion that this was the case and who's to say they were wrong.Also just because the consensus has swung 180 degrees that's no reason to accept that the consensus has been corrected from previously being mistaken because the general consensus changes almost always because certain interested parties and their spokesmen tend to want it changed for their own particular agenda.If diesel was such a nonsensical option,more expensive for average use,more epensive to maintain and a lot less cleaner than believed why were they backed by so many parties who were accepted as having a clue. I'm not going down the conspiracy path but simply saying that you really should do your own homework and ultimately you're own thinking when it comes down to what actually makes sense for you rather than go with the weight of opinion as that has the habit of doing a 180 in a heartbeat without accepting any responsibility for those that believed in it and listened only to find themselves on the wrong side of the fickle court of public opinion (which isn't worth a litre of diesel if you ask me ).
  7. That looks in beautiful condition and the fact it's black and the paintwork is that good suggests a car that is cherished
  8. Here's a few photos I took last night. First of all I was fitting new rear drop links but as you can see in the photos they are shorter than the ones being replaced.Wrong links? Yes and no.They aren't Avensis links but for a Celica but I deliberately bought them as I fitted coilovers all round on my T22 and found that the standard drop links are too long to fit well with the coilovers requiring putting the bar under a great deal of tension by jacking the coilover up into the arch to compress the spring then using my 3 foot breaking bar meant for changing HGV wheel bolts forcing the anti roll bar down as far as possible to make enough distance between the two points of attatchment to make the originals fit.As a loose drop link was flagged up on the recent MOT I bought a Celica link from ebay for a tenner.Once it arrived and turned out to be shorter like I thought it would be I ordered the other and fitted one last night.The other I am about to do shortly,unforetuneately this is my only day off this week and now it's cats and dogs outside....Oh well,it's not like that hasn't been the case a thousand times before 😞 The other photos being a couple of snaps of my dodgey,untidy interior and a couple examples of shameless advertising.....or well situated owners club stickers lol
  9. fastbob72


    That's a very clan looking front end 🙂
  10. Well, we've done it again. She's got anothher years lease of life by passing the MOT monday just gone. It took a bit more work than expected including welding both outer sills, new rear caliper, brake hose, brake pipe - obviously the one that requires the petrol tank dropped - discs, pads, handbrake cable, exhaust, tyres to mention a few but again we're legal 😉😉
  11. The photos above were taken earlier this evening.That is a 2ZZ head with the head gasket for a 1ZZ laid over it.While the bolt holes appear to line up fairly well many of the oilways and water passages don't so the 2ZZ head would require modification to align everything up. Also,it's not obvious from these pics unforetunately but 2ZZ combustion chambers are s good bit larger than the 1ZZs.You would require them to be reduced in size basically to the reduced bore size of the 1ZZ .