1973 Toyota Celica 1973

Started on Aug. 31 by blaze86vic

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This is my 1973 Celica that I use for a track car. It's highly modified. I participate in HPDE track events, practice drift events, auto-x and the occasional club meet.


  • LC Engineering Stage 3/4 cylinder head.
  • LC Stage 5 cam. (315°/315°)
  • LC Double valve springs.
  • LC Adjustable timing gear (double row).
  • LC stage 3/4 port and polish.
  • Fastened with ARP head studs.
  • LC Engineering Stroker block, 94mm bore, notched for a stroker crank.
  • CP forged dome pistons (12.5:1 compression.).
  • Eagle cro-moly rods.
  • LC Engineering crank scraper.
  • ARP main studs and connecting rod bolts.
  • LC Engineering Underdrive pulley set.

Engine Accessories

  • Dual Mikuni 44PHH carbs.
  • Mikuni Intake, port matched to the head.
  • Hedman shorty header.
  • 2.5” custom exhaust to a Cherry Bomb resonator and Afterburner muffler in back.
  • Canton oil cooler.
  • TAPP custom 2-row aluminum radiator.
  • Spal electric fan (pusher) with thermostat control.
  • 3 quart accusump with mechanical valve.


  • Fidanza 11lb aluminum flywheel.
  • ACT Heavy duty clutch and pressure plate.
  • W50 5 speed manual.
  • TRD 2-Way LSD with 3.9 gears.

Fronts Suspension

  • Shortened strut casings with adjustable Koni race shocks.
  • Ground Control coil overs with caster camber plates (350lb/in springs).
  • Poly bushings.
  • Custom strut brace.
  • Battle Version “negative” roll center spacers.
  • RA28 front discs with Carbotech XP10 pads.

Rear Suspension

  • QA1 adjustable race shocks with Afco 175 lb/in springs.
  • Poly/heim control arms with full heim panhard rod.
  • AE86 rear disc brakes with Carbotech XP8 pads.
  • Willwood in cab proportioning valve.


  • Dual hot switchable Crane HI-6 ignitions. Adjustable rev limiter.
  • Crane high performance coil.
  • Full mechanical 22R distributor with magnetic pickup.
  • Accel 8mm plug wires.
  • Trunk mounted battery (12 lbs)

• Street: XXR 513 15X7 (X4), 195/50/R15(F), 205/50/R15(R) Potenza RE-11
• Race: Painted Gunmetal Celica Supra 14X7 (X4), 205/55/R14 Kumho V700
• Drift: Celica Supra 14X7 (X2), cheap tires

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Latest updates

Dec. 28

BIGger oil cooler.

Ever since I upgraded the cam and have raised the RPMs up I am having oil heat issues. Anything above a cool day (about 65°-70­°F) and about 10 minutes of abuse and the oil temps would start going up to ...

Dec. 01

New Exhaust Part 2

I finally got around to re-doing the exhaust. I replaced my header with a new (not broken in 3 places) version of the same exact part number. Which, fortunately did not have the same collector style (old was 3 bolt ...

Feb. 08

Fuel System Upgrades

I have been running short of fuel at the top end of my RPM band, so after a few attempts to solve the problem without having to change the fuel pump, I finally decided to upgrade the fuel pump. The ...

Oct. 26

Restoring Alternator

Pretty much the only thing in the engine bay that hasn't been completely restored and cleaned up is the alternator, so I finally got around to taking care of that task. I completely disassembled it and was planning on replacing ...

Oct. 26

Driftwater 7; July 7, 2010

Driftwater 7 was a blast! I had some issues with my suspension coming loose (strut casing nut actually backed all the way out), but was able to find and fix it before the end of the day. And got some ...

May 11

Powder Coated Valve Cover

I had some free time the other day and decided to try out my hand at some powder coating colors. I did a candy blue coating on the valve cover. Base is a chrome powder coat, with a translucent Hawaiian ...

May 11

Rear End Build Up

I rebuilt the rear end of the Celica as I have been having problems with the longevity of gears in this car. I know the rear is rather small, and really not suited to high HP applications, but I'm not ...

March 17

Rebuilt Spare Transmission

So I got a transmission from a 74 Celica GT in the local junk yard. Made me very sad to see it there, with absolutely no rust, perfect frame rails, and only 55,000 original miles on it. But alas I ...

Dec. 09

Pungo Auto-X (12/06/09) 720HD Video

Well went to the last auto-x of the season. Car did great, and it was the first time I got to use my Hero HD camcorder. Works amazingly well! Can't beat this camera with anything (I've tested a lot of ...

Dec. 01

Dual Ignition Boxes

So I've gone through 3 ignition boxes in the past year. I had originally planned to try MSD, but I've found that MSD has even worse failure rates than Crane boxes do. I also realized, that no matter what, none ...

Nov. 25

TSCC ACU-4 Auctocross

Another auto-x at ACU-4 with Tidewater Sports Car Club. Was pretty fun, and the car did really well. It's a shame that the LSD is broken, I swear it works better now that it's broken than it did when it ...

Nov. 05

Front Suspension Pics

Since I've had the Celica, the driver door has ever so slightly been rubbing the front fender when I open and close it because of the wore out door hinges. So I finally got around to making some shims to ...

Oct. 14

Pungo Auto-X (10/04/09)

So I went to an SCCA auto-x a couple weekends ago. Went pretty good, but I made a mistake in setup. I changed out my rear springs for some stiffer ones predicting that the car would understeer. Well, I think ...

Sept. 09

GRM Stickers

Ok so it's not really what you would call an "update". But it seems kind of wrong that I advertise this place, and I don't have pictures of it on here. So yeah.

Aug. 10

Local drift event photos!

Well it was a drift and grip event. So I did a lot of tweaking on the car. Played with some different springs, and shock adjustments. Celica did awesome at the drift event, all the little quirks are now worked ...

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Sep 2, 2008 10:40 p.m.
Nice Celica! Check out my KE17 Corolla here in readers rides.
Oct 8, 2008 5:09 p.m.
Always nice to see another vintage Celica out there at an autox.
Jan 12, 2009 9:54 a.m.
Wow...you've got the market cornered on "cool"...between this and the vic. Just awesome!
Mar 6, 2009 1:44 p.m.
Vey nice I like it
May 3, 2009 10:37 p.m.
That is awesome. Are some of those photos from Fentress?
Jun 26, 2009 9:57 a.m.
No, the track photos are from VIR, and the drift ones are from Pungo Air Field in VA Beach.
Jun 26, 2009 9:57 a.m.
Thanks for the compliments!! The track photos are from VIR, and the drift ones are from Pungo Air Field in VA Beach.
Jul 17, 2009 11:48 a.m.
Excellent ride, it must be one hell of a track car. Keep up the excellent work and keep us informed on progress. I also have a Toyota but I drive a 81 TE72 Corolla with a stock 3tc with minor bolt-on's.
Aug 4, 2009 8:56 p.m.
My mate in Australia had one of these when I owned my Torana GTR, it was cool then and is very cool now
Aug 12, 2010 8:44 a.m.
Stunningly understated and classy, perfect!
Oct 10, 2011 11:33 p.m.
I'd love to have one of these old Celicas, but where can you even find one? I'd love to have it with my 7th gen. Anyways your Celica is amazing.

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