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It’s been more than a month since I picked up the Glanza and about time I started a thread.



The search...


After a motorbike, Polo GTi and Fiat Panda it was time to get something with a bit more poke. Looking for something small and turbocharged, I kept coming back to the Toyota.



Planning to buy later this year I started doing my homework. Eventually I came across @jamiemce Glanza and decided to book train tickets to go and have a look. Until that point, I could count on one hand the number of Glanza’s I’d seen. Luckily @Peaches_Screeches was nearby and she helpfully offered to meet up and offer some advice before I made the trip up North.



The week after I started the long journey, catching the train from London to Edinburgh, Megabus to Glasgow, train to Paisley and walking the final leg.



After a cup of tea and after plenty of questions, I was the new proud owner. Later that day I drove the 400 miles back home and the car didn’t miss a beat.




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The car...


What drew me to the car was the fact it’s still fairly standard with a few bits here and there. The plan is to keep it that way for now...famous last words.


  • Stage 1 organic exedy clutch
  • Blitz boost gauge
  • WMS 110% front discs
  • Ferodo DS2500 front pads
  • HKS air filter
  • HKS actuator
  • Tein springs
  • Cusco carbon rear strut brace
  • Clifford 650 Mk2
  • Apex N1 stainless exhaust
  • JAM racing ECU


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Looks pukka that does pal! Well worth your time and effort to go get it.....

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Work to date...


I've given her a clean - claying, waxing and polishing using Bilt Hamber clay, Collinite 846 wax and some bargain bin Halfords SRP.



The OEM wind deflectors were half stuck on so off they came, cleaned up and stuck back on. I had my eye on a rear strut brace and managed to pick up a Cusco carbon piece from @charlie28



I’ve also changed the coolant with Toyota red and replaced the thermostat with an ID Workz part.



Future jobs...


Next on the list are giving the engine bay and interior a good going over. I've got a Walboro fuel pump which came with the car which I'll fit at some point and the parcel shelf speakers need seeing to as one seems to have given up the ghost.



The forum has been a huge help so far.



...and on that bombshell.


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Cars looking good mate, looked good at the boosted meet too, you should head over to Milton Keynes some time when we all have a meet up 👍

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Awesome. Looks like a great car to start with, nice and standard.

So funny to hear you say you travelled from London to Paisley haha

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Cars looking good mate, looked good at the boosted meet too, you should head over to Milton Keynes some time when we all have a meet up

Cheers George, yours too. Had a proper look and like what you've done with it. Definitely, give me a shout when there's one and I'll try and get along.

Awesome. Looks like a great car to start with, nice and standard.

So funny to hear you say you travelled from London to Paisley haha

Worth it in the end. No idea what I'd have done if it turned out to be a bag of nails...

Lovely looking car mate very glad your happy with it!

Cheers, few bits to be getting on with but that's half the fun.

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Took the seats out today, gave everything a clean with the wet vac and tidied up the nooks and crannies. Interior wasn't in bad shape but smelling fresher already and left with some dirty looking water after.



Managed to find an odd little trinket under the back seats. Quick Google Translate and it seems to be from a shrine in Kyoto...





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After owning a Fiat Panda for a few years it seems I can't escape grandpa driving.

They're mad cars xD

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Took the Glanza on a roadtrip from London to Edinburgh for a few days.



Planned a route through the Lake District hitting up some driving roads on the way. A708 from Moffat to Selkirk covered on Pistonheads is well worth a look with some tight corners, stunning scenery and open straights. Special mention for Tebay Services on the M6, if you're passing it's worth stopping.



Also spotted this Toyota on the streets of Edinburgh.


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Good to see you enjoying her pal.... What's your next plans for her on your build?

Si

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A quick update on the Glanza...



The original seat belt buckles were on the way out, so after some searching, I managed to find replacement parts on Toyota's eBay store. I think it's probably the third time I've had the seats out the car so the neighbours must be wondering what's going on.



I also picked up an HKB boss kit so a steering wheel is next on the shopping list. Other jobs have been fixing the parcel shelf rattle with strips of foam draught excluder which worked a treat.



The main headlight bulbs could probably do with replacing, are there any bulbs folks would recommend?


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i love the colour off the car and the oem alloys finish it off so good

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Nice work, been a while since ive seen the car. how much did the buckles set you back? Mine are faded so would like to replace with new :thumbsup:

Also replaced my bulbs with the ones from halfords 130% brightness which are great

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Cheers both, there's always more to do just not enough time or $$$. I've got a lot of respect for some of the build threads on here.

Buckles were about £14 each including delivery. Did have to message their eBay store direct though to arrange a specific listing and stock was low at the time so get in there!

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