Toyota 1976 Celica GT

Started on Oct. 6 by EastCoastMojo (Forum Supporter)

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Here she is, the Celi. I dragged her home one day after a moment of weakness on Craigslist. At first, my husband Chuck, thought I was completely insane. But now, after a period of adjustment, he has come to realize that I am completely insane, and I have really good taste in cars.
I have not decided what motor I should put in her. I am pretty sure her original motor is toast, when I checked the oil I got mud.
She is a rustbucket.
She does not run.
And I know I am in way over my head.
Such is love.
Ces't la vie!

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Oct 7, 2008 5:01 p.m.
My wife had a 78 carolla SR5/5speed lift back fun fast car it only had like 1.8 in I think I was to yong to really enjoy it .
Oct 8, 2008 2:03 p.m.
Greg Voth:
The guys at Zero Garage down in Georgia put on a classic Japanese car show every other month. They currently have one of these and are swapping in a motor from a different make. You should check them out or give them a call. I believe they are working on producing motor mounts and swap kits when they are finished.
Oct 10, 2008 2:40 a.m.
Sweet ride! I've got a 73 as my track car. LC Engineering can help a lot when it comes to your performance engine options. Basically as far as price per performance a 22R is the way to go for an N/A setup.
Oct 13, 2008 4:26 p.m.
f20c ....
Oct 16, 2008 5:10 a.m.
You can extract some mean power from a 3TC Cool Celica.
Oct 17, 2008 1:59 a.m.
Wally (Forum Supporter):
Congrats, I have always liked them. And the motor isn't toast, it's enviormentaly friendly.
Oct 17, 2008 3:56 p.m.
You know what would be perfect under the snoot? One of those Lexus 4 cam V8's with a Supra 5 speed behind it. Allthe pieces are available from Australia. You're welcome. :-D
Oct 17, 2008 7:46 p.m.
EastCoastMojo (Forum Supporter):
Ya know, I have a longing to create a Celexus, but I have heard that the special one-off bellhousing to pair the lexus engine with my 5-speed stock transmission is excessively expensive plus shipping from Australia, so I don't think Chuck will go for it. But, then again, I can always hope that I am wrong on more than one count. :-)
Nov 9, 2008 8:17 a.m.
If this isn't the perfect candidate for a General Lee tribute, then I've never seen one.
Mar 15, 2009 1:50 p.m.
Whatever motor you swap in, it should be carb'd. Just sayin.
Apr 1, 2009 11:40 a.m.
Karl La Follette:
I thinK I have a parts car . Really nice !!
May 6, 2009 4:04 p.m.
Very nice, I love those cars! Good luck with it! BBC
Sep 2, 2010 6:32 p.m.
Too bad you live on the East Coast, I have a 3TC you can have. the No.1 piston ring land is burned. I ran lean under boost(fuel tank was on empty while turning up a long hill in Napa Valley. The motor was strong at 300HP before. I have not driven it since. Swap in your slugs and be good to go. I've replaced mine with a GEN4 GM V8.

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