I've been a celica Lover since the early 90's. They've just been my car of choice. I bought the STI engine from the guy yesterday for $2,600. as soon as I get my Digicam back from work I'll get some pictures of it for ya guys.
the guy at the shop printed out schematics for me, he said the rearwheel conversion would be hard, so what he's going to do is trying to implement the idea that they use in Skylines, and do some electronics and stuff where once I hit 40mph-45mph in the car, it will switch from 4wd to rwd. pretty cool huh? he's done it once before with a wrx already. he said the drivetrain mod would cost around 4-5k and then a new tranny would be around 4k, but I could also try and find a used one with like 10k miles on it and get it for about 2.5k, so we'll just have to see. I've already sent parts of the engine in to get chromed. I'm still debating weather or not to Bore out the engine, or just keep it the way it is. I put $5,000 into a mutual fund/stock market on Thursday, like many of you guys suggested, and i've already increased my 5,000 to 5,327. not bad for one day on the market! The engine mounts are going to be hard to find, but I'm going to buy some Polyurethane mounts instead of using the stock mounts, this way with the engine torque I won't end up w/ it shooting through the Hood
, all the power will end up getting put straight onto the wheels. according to the mechanic guy, I'll need to purchase a new Hood
, or have one made, that'll be able to fit about 1.5" of more engine under it, or I'd have to mount the engine lower to the ground... not what i want to do. so I'm trying to see if the new Veilside Hood
is a bit higher up. anyone know?
My friend heard what I was trying to do and is trying to make me a car badge for the back of the car that will say "Celica STi" or "Celiwrx". if anyone has any other ideas, he might want some.
My dreams are slowly coming true. I'm thinking that once this is done, it'd be great to pull up next to a ricer and have him rev up his engine thinking that i'm a fellow ricer who just slapped on an STI sticker on my car to look cool, and then just comepletely blow him away. I've already gotten 2 sponsors out of my ideas for this swap. My local performance shop, Murray's Speed and Custom, and Edge Racing. Edge Racing wants to hook me up with some of their custom rims and rubbers for my car, so why not! they are free! hehe, so I'll keep you guys all updated on the next steps of the project. Cross your fingers that I'll get the Digital Camera from work on Monday.