Love it or hate it, I took a perfectly good car and made it into something I enjoy (on most days) driving and looking at.
So I bought this 1977 Toyota Celica back in late 2009. Big fan of Japanese classics but they were rare here in Hawaii. So I took advantage of being stationed in Texas and bought one and took it back to Hawaii with me.
It took a while but I finally decided on a motor (2013) I wanted to swap in. A first generation 1UZFE 4.0 V8 out of a Lexus LS400. Mated to a Supra MK3 W5x gearbox.
Modified 1986 Corolla GTS cross member.
mocked up… actually, could of been running at this point.
relocated battery in the back
bought some suspension goodies for it. Mostly aftermarket AE86 suspension parts.
Mini Cooper S drill slotted rotors + RX-7 FC front brake calipers
Used some adjustable spring perches in the back
Converted the drum brakes to disc brakes.
Had to go to a smaller brake booster for engine clearance. Tercel brake booster + S13 Brake master Cylinder (for its internal proportioning valve)
finally got to play around with fuel lines and AN fittings. These things are so stupid expensive.
10 gallon fuel cell in the back because the stock fuel tank hung so low to the ground.
1st gen Celicas came with a steering box, very sloppy so converted to a 1st generation MR2 rack and pinion with other Toyota steering components that ranged from Tercels to Supras…
did I mention the supercharger? Yeah Mad Max fan.. had to have a supercharger.. and not that centrifugal type… but ROOTs.
Eaton M112 supercharger with a 3" pulley making 7psi of boost.
due to the gains with the v8 and SC I broke my rear…
Fiberglass lip + 240z flares and BBS RS wheels.
changed my mind and went with Diamond wheels…Because Mad Max… Black of course..
Banana tail lights is what the first gen guys call them…Didn't get them here in America and are getting more and more ridiculous to find.
Bride buckets + Simpson 5 point harness
Duck tail spoiler + dirty rattle can plastidip paint job because Mad Max
did I mention I also like Death Proof?
After a couple months of driving and pissing off the neighbors I decided to go with a more subtle exhaust system.
Oil relocation kit (because it was so hard taking it off in the first place)
Got rid of my Checkers/Oriellys intake and made a more wasteland warrior type to match the car.
Yeah that wont suck any water
Friend of mine wanted me to enter a show… instead of cleaning it I ran it through the dirt..
sometimes you gotta be a little different
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