Started on Aug. 31 by blaze86vic

1973 Toyota Celica 1973


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. Engine 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. Driveline 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. Electronics 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) Wheels • 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

Latest updates
Dec. 28
BIGger oil cooler.

Ever since I upgraded the cam and have raised the RPMs up I am having …

Dec. 01
New Exhaust Part 2

I finally got around to re-doing the exhaust. I replaced my header with a new …

Feb. 08
Fuel System Upgrades

I have been running short of fuel at the top end of my RPM band, …

Oct. 26
Restoring Alternator

Pretty much the only thing in the engine bay that hasn’t been completely restored and …

Oct. 26
Driftwater 7; July 7, 2010

Driftwater 7 was a blast! I had some issues with my suspension coming loose (strut …

May 11
Powder Coated Valve Cover

I had some free time the other day and decided to try out my hand …

May 11
Rear End Build Up

I rebuilt the rear end of the Celica as I have been having problems with …

March 17
Rebuilt Spare Transmission

So I got a transmission from a 74 Celica GT in the local junk yard. …

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 …

Dec. 01
Dual Ignition Boxes

So I’ve gone through 3 ignition boxes in the past year. I had originally planned …

Nov. 25
TSCC ACU-4 Auctocross

Another auto-x at ACU-4 with Tidewater Sports Car Club. Was pretty fun, and the car …

Nov. 05
Front Suspension Pics

Since I’ve had the Celica, the driver door has ever so slightly been rubbing the …

Oct. 14
Pungo Auto-X (10/04/09)

So I went to an SCCA auto-x a couple weekends ago. Went pretty good, but …

Sept. 09
GRM Stickers

Ok so it’s not really what you would call an “update”. But it seems kind …

Aug. 10
Local drift event photos!

Well it was a drift and grip event. So I did a lot of tweaking …

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Sept. 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.'ve got the market cornered on "cool"...between this and the vic. Just awesome!

March 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?

June 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.

June 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.

July 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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