If you don’t know the Celica GT-Four ST205 you probably either are too young, or not interested in WRC. This famous car was so quick the competition couldn’t keep up. It was all going well for Toyota, until a cursory inspection of the mandatory restrictor, showed up a hairline crack. Upon closer inspection the restrictor which had successfully passed all the scrutineering up until now, was found to be an ingenious method of allowing more air to bypass the restrictor. Max Mosley the president of the FIA at the time said “It’s the most ingenious thing I have seen inla 30 years of motorsport.”
Still cheating is cheating, and Toyota were banned for the 1995 season, which the silver lining was enabling the legendary Colin McRae to win in spectacular style.
Values of the Celica GT-Four are rising steadily now, and whilst it’s unlikely to ever top the Lancia Delta Integrale, it will always hold a unique place in Motor Sport history.
Roll forward to the present day, and Balance Motor Works are carrying out a restoration on a 1995 Celica GT Four – this is one of the WRC homologation versions with all the trick bits (some not activated like Anti-Lag and Water Injection).
Well nearly 2 years has passed since the last update to this project…here we rejoin the restoration as what looked like a slight amount of corrosion on the sill turned out to require a LOT more work than first envisaged.
Welcome back to the update on the Celica GT4 restoration. This time a lot of updates from a lot of hard work. Removing all the factory underseal, treating corrosion, applying rust resistant primer and seam sealer, Gravitex paint used to complete. Let’s see how we get on…
What is Gravitex Plus Stone Chip Protector?
A hard, durable underbody coating that can be used to reproduce the manufacturers orginal stone chip protective finish. Sound and vibration damping makes it ideal for use inside compartments and panels.
- Ready to use 1K formula
- High build formula covers weld marks and seams
- Protects against stone chips, salt, damp and rust
Latest Update 24/4/23
With the engine and gearbox back in the car it was time to start the paint job. As you probably know, when it comes to bodywork prepartion is the key to a great finish. I’ve personally tried doing minor repairs a few times and the results have always been poor. It’s testament to the great skill of a body work specialist who can create a finish substantially better than the car came out the factory with.
Thanks to our good neighbours Golding Barn Garage for doing the paint work preparation and painting.
When will it end? The next update will be here soon. It’s even possible we might just be finished before Project Binky
Latest Update 20/12/23
Something else has been painted but you can’t see what