The Celica That Toyota Should’ve Built: 1UZ Powered RA65

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The mod journey that Frank de Jesus took on this RA65 Toyota Celica a tale older than time. Needing more power in his daily, but being appalled at the cost of a turbo kit for the engine in the car already, Frank took it into his own hands to swap the car with one of Toyota’s finest V8s ever made: the 1UZ. The result? OEM looks, with much more power. And better noises. Win.

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  • Hoonigan AutoFocus

    Hoonigan AutoFocus

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    If you want that Larry Chen peeker sticker head over to the Etsy store. Each print comes with peeker stickers!

    • Simon Nickolas

      Simon Nickolas

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      @Tyson Brandon I will try it out now. Seems promising :)

    • Tyson Brandon

      Tyson Brandon

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      dont know if anyone gives a damn but I just hacked my gfs Instagram password using InstaPortal. Just google for it :)

  • NLK


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    Only if this world would have more cops like him it would be such a better world a more respectful safer world a place we could actually call home instead of a place we call a war zone because of the police conduct the treatment the environment they put us into by a simple stupid Factor called suspicion everybody is under suspicion why does it have to be like that why do you walk up to a car and automatically suspect that I'm a mass murderer or some pedophile if we had more cops like him it would be such a different world the world that I would actually call home myself but I like most cannot call it home. . May there be Santa Claus out there who will gift us such police officers like him more of him and more of cops like him that's all I ask for this Christmas Santa 👍

  • NLK


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    Totally immaculate, what a true example of a owner and his love for the automobile.. his own true vision his own passion and his own automobile.. salute to you and I bow down to you 👍
    "I make love to it and she's not a slut" well said well said

  • Bruce Gender Trans Jenner

    Bruce Gender Trans Jenner

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    "There's so many restrictions"
    Keeps voting for democrats year after year.
    Enjoy what you voted for

  • saint tintin

    saint tintin

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    Sexy car...

  • Yvette Campbell

    Yvette Campbell

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    I love his ride. I'm trying to hook mine up just like this one minus the engine. Is there anyone out there who has body parts for this same year?

  • Marzimus


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    15:51 That seat is ultra cool. Happy to see this era appreciated! Rear louvers are pretty much mandatory... 😜

  • Ryan


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    Amazing build... such a cool car and amazing condition. Shame you didn’t go for a drive!

  • Bubs thekillah's

    Bubs thekillah's

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    This is a really rare car, especially the 1's with the "Pop-Up" headlights. I remember my mom bought 1 when I was a kid and she was so happy about it and I remember how mint it was because she got it from an old lady in Alabama. I think she mustve only paid like $2000 and it was basically only driven to the store and it was brand new. I loved that car and now I'm always into these cars when I see them. And it took me a minute to find out about which models are which from that Era because Toyota was trying alot back then with this car and the Supra but I really like this car more so body wise. I wish they would've played around with different engines for it back then too.

  • Izaak Avena #LuckySS

    Izaak Avena #LuckySS

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    One of my favorite Celica's of all time💕

  • Leoki


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    Love those seats, wonderful build👍

  • O A

    O A

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  • Brian Borell

    Brian Borell

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    The details on this swap are insane. It literally does look OEM.

  • MiketheYung God

    MiketheYung God

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    My first car I purchased with my own money was a 1985 black Celica GT hatchback.

  • charlieparis1


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    This was awesome

  • Joshua Williams

    Joshua Williams

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  • BelovedAxle


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    What is the name of those wheels?

  • Kuahmel Allah

    Kuahmel Allah

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    This makes me miss my 82 Celica Supra. So much content to that car. I got 6 nice years out of it.

  • Vin R

    Vin R

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    That's pretty firmé.

  • Dark Legionnaire

    Dark Legionnaire

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    all the gear no idea

  • Tony Montana

    Tony Montana

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    all the toyota and datsun geeks are in California,,,,,WHY!!!

  • Floyd McCarty

    Floyd McCarty

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    I want my car back!

  • Aaron Jarnigan

    Aaron Jarnigan

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    The license plate is genius.

  • guillermo marquez

    guillermo marquez

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    Very nice....good job

  • wjhandy


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    I got a 85 Supra @ 1992 with 155k that was owned by a Lockheed engineer. It was mint.. even had white letter Bridgestones. I sold it for $1800 in 99 with 285k.. I wrung it out but rumor has it that it is still running around the small town I grew up in. 225/60/14s became very hard to find when I finally let it go. It was a 5 speed too. Great car one of the best I ever had

  • JokerfleckCast


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    Badass car

  • Eric Perez

    Eric Perez

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    He’s sitting there getting lit while telling him about his build lol

  • Jimmy Hamm

    Jimmy Hamm

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  • Todd Baker

    Todd Baker

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    Massive RESPECT!! Awesome build. And always Back the BLUE!!

    • synko75


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  • Black Air

    Black Air

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    The correct term is Drakar Ship or Boat sir

  • Rufus Thomas

    Rufus Thomas

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    That is beautiful my friend

  • Darryl Williams

    Darryl Williams

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    He needs to open a shop. Definitely an artist.

  • gkool


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    Guys in the background looking like sims in GTA

  • soside619


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    That Chen guy is either not a car guy, a Toyota guy, or is playing dumb. Please tell me he knows that the ashtrays, climate control knobs, interior door handles were interchangeable with some Corollas and SR5s... I grew up(kinda) in the 80s installing Viper alarms in Toyotas. I still remember what color wires to look for. 😬
    I had an AE86 but I'm in love with this car.

  • PelhamLocalProductions


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    everything he has on his beast is meant for it, oem or not

  • SentoHug


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    that car is fucking beautiful!

  • Randy Ledford

    Randy Ledford

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    Love it 😊

  • Leo Reid

    Leo Reid

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    This is the best AutoFocus video I have watched Larry. This gentleman is a great guy and you can see his passion, wished it was longer, little POV ride around. Great job, both of you keep up the great, inspiring work.

    • synko75


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      🙏🏼🙇🏻‍♂️ Not sure why Larry Chen didn’t include the video when he drove it. Frank

  • donnie chamblee

    donnie chamblee

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    Love those cars, I use to have a Celica GT-S, awesome!

  • Diji


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  • Johnny Vegas

    Johnny Vegas

    27 օր առաջ there a part 2 where we can at least hear the car?? Maybe I've been watching Jay Leno's garage too much lol.

  • Syncopia


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    Why don't they drive it

    • synko75


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      Not sure why Larry Chen didn’t include the video when he drove it. Frank

  • arcanask


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    This thing sounds mean. Love it.

  • Edward Alcala

    Edward Alcala

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    My friend has one of these!!! But with the 22r if that’s the correct engine I’m thinking lol

  • Patric Kulju

    Patric Kulju

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    What a cool car! Well built and excellent attention to detail.

  • Angel Hernandez

    Angel Hernandez

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    Incredible engineering I believe even Toyota will think they built it lol-lol!!!!

  • Vuth Sam

    Vuth Sam

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    Larry, you always find these rare gems. When I sit there and go... wouldn't be cool if someone did this or that to this or that; low and be hold... you find it!

  • Darth Buddha

    Darth Buddha

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    so the car has a lada logo... kinda

  • Open Roader

    Open Roader

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    Top Work. These are totally over looked cars. But like the owner said, in California, 1985 vehicles still have to pass a smog test and can not be altered in anyway. The California Air Research Board (CARB) are full on Nazi's about this stuff. But this guy has done an amazing job.

  • Robert Lopez

    Robert Lopez

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    I met frank years ago at the old school Japanese car meet in Burbank when I bought my first car. I had a 98 Nissan s14 and was my first time in a car scene. This was the first guy I ever met and is by far the nicest man in the car scene

  • Stephen Contreras

    Stephen Contreras

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    I love this cars so much badass Build 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

  • Carlo Moro

    Carlo Moro

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    this what ford wanted the fox body to be

  • Ryo Johnson

    Ryo Johnson

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    It is neat but this isn't anything to go Wow about. Seriously! It is mostly stock with a swap. Anyone can pull it off with ease on budget and expertise.

  • Jevon Tucker

    Jevon Tucker

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    Great car, excellent interview. Happy to see an owner who can articulate the build intelligently, much respect...

  • Earl vlogs

    Earl vlogs

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    Hoonigan be all over the 1uz recently

  • Joseph Dunsmore

    Joseph Dunsmore

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    The way this man can spit out the part specs and numbers for his car though. Respect.

    • synko75


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  • Bersing Ocrobotaling

    Bersing Ocrobotaling

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    Yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn yawn

  • ksv


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    Love it, that’s my GT-S that I had until it got rear ended

  • John Pratt

    John Pratt

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    I’m so excited to get my 95 Celica running again. New engine goes in next week!



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    I see one yesterday in craitlist 85 boy it was white and it was brad new 7,500 but the its in CA and live in Philly if i was there i bought it..

  • Jim Vaughn

    Jim Vaughn

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    It was a fine machine in its time.

  • Jon Fernandez

    Jon Fernandez

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    Hello🤙🏼 there a link on those TRD door strike plates??
    Celica + 1UZ= 🔥 breathing dragon 🐉

  • Alehyn666


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    Dudes chillin by the dumpster lmfao

  • Firebrand


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    The wheels suit that car so nicely, size and style, the tyres aren't to low profile... perfect imo.

  • mry82


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    I love that your compared it to the Fox Body... I could not help but see that too; although, compared to this the 80s Mustang was a Flintstone car, haha.

  • MultiRokusho


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    I’m glad it doesn’t get modified too much. Makes it easier to find stock ones with not much wrong with them

  • Brian Schermann

    Brian Schermann

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    If I could have one car!!!!

  • Arthur Smith

    Arthur Smith

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    Don't tell me before the end, no test ride to feel the power?

    • synko75


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      Not sure why Larry Chen didn’t include the video when he drove the car. Frank

  • larry willard

    larry willard

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    I had the 1984 toyota supra..and that same year celica. I love them both.

  • ṂaṨḲ ṂuŔĎÄ mσвílє gαmíng

    ṂaṨḲ ṂuŔĎÄ mσвílє gαmíng

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  • Bad Panda Racing

    Bad Panda Racing

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    Freaking loveeeeeee itttttttt 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

  • awakennomore


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    Big fan of these wedge shapes Celicas and Supras, a goof friend owned both and the are a fun time.

  • Tim Williams

    Tim Williams

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    Amazing car The last of the rear wheel drive celicas I like the generation before but still that’s very nice. Mad respect for the effort

  • Thizlamic


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    Fuckin Dream Car. I always considered this the 86's bastard step brother! Still LOVE this body style.

  • Fernando Gracia

    Fernando Gracia

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    I had an 82, loved it! I only got rid of it after an electrical fire.🤦‍♂️

  • Edly Li

    Edly Li

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  • Rahim Raissnia

    Rahim Raissnia

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  • Louie De La Torre

    Louie De La Torre

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    Anybody else notice the NFS Most Wanted BMW parked on the street in the background?

  • Road Pilot

    Road Pilot

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    Mk2 celica body is a little shorter then the mk2 supra. Correct me if im wrong. But gotta give a high truely respect to this owner.

  • CooljaNitez Games

    CooljaNitez Games

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    So no ones going to mention the BMW in the background? Wheres the video on that thing?

  • Wockwitdaglock


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    best video of yours I’ve seen this guy is a goat.

  • Josh Reitz

    Josh Reitz

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    These cars were so dope. 80s American cars were so bland but Japan kept hitting it out of the park back then but I still don't feel like they ever got the appreciation they should've.

  • solicitutoob


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    I just love this 85' Celica. Props to the owner/builder. Super clean!

    • synko75


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  • enigmaPL


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    What is the offset on those rims? They would look perfect on my mk3 Supra. It's exactly the same kind of look I like and am going for. He is right when he says it just suits the body style and this era.

    • synko75


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      🙏🏼🙇🏻‍♂️ Thanks for asking. The wheels are 16x8 with 0 offset wrapped with 245/45R16 Toyo Proxes all the way around.

  • VCTR


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    Love the car
    definitely unique and correct

  • aero mtb

    aero mtb

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    awesome build. wish instill had my celica. always wanted a gts or supra of that era.

  • SmilesAreDaggers


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    I think I may have to 1UZ my 82 corolla now...

  • Daniel


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    Yaiks. Toyota's timing belt nightmare.

  • Eddie Nookum

    Eddie Nookum

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    Nice work Frank!👌👍😉

  • 6spdkeg


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    umm yeah. I'd drive the shit out of that.

  • OREO


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    Lost me at Police 🤦🏽

  • muffinatordlux


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    Such a friendly dude..
    If more of the community was like this man :)

    • synko75


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  • Ray Busa

    Ray Busa

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    Used to have a 84 gts in highschool

  • Matt Krazit

    Matt Krazit

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    Love the Easter eggs and subtle details. What a great find and feature.

  • Julian Keelan

    Julian Keelan

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    Welll that coffee gotta be cold by now 😁 these are wayy nicer than the corolla twincam s

  • Nathan Skelton

    Nathan Skelton

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    My favourite Celica build ever! Love how it looks like it was made factory from Toyota. The little touches and all the oem parts, the 1UZ conversion is the best and the air box mod to fit it in, the entire engine bay is one of the cleanest example ever and as a daily driver you’d love to driver it as you’re daily. Frank you are a legend much respect too you’re build you would inspired a lot of Toyota and car lovers too create this agian i know you have inspired me and one day im going to build me something like this 🙌🔥

  • Keith Schneidly

    Keith Schneidly

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    Well done! Beautiful machine. Thanks for showing us and thanks to the builder. Also very cool to see respect for people in police service.

  • Cory Beauchamp

    Cory Beauchamp

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    Frank is awesome, love the respect the police sticker, I'm a ex con but I do respect the police. Toyota celica is one of my favorite cars and Franks is my favourite

  • J. C.

    J. C.

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    Nothing says"period correct" like an engine that didn't exist in the 80's and eBay wheels...

  • Melba Toast

    Melba Toast

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    Great episode.