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Small V-8 in '77 GT Liftback?

 
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FlyBoy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:44 am    Post subject: Small V-8 in '77 GT Liftback? Reply with quote

Happy New Year Everybody,

We used to have a very nice '77 GT Liftback that we owned from '79 - '96. We had to sell it b/c we were moving and my company would only move X number of cars...we had more. Anyway, my dad and I are wanting to find another '77 and put a small v-8 in it (a la Cobra or Tiger). Does anybody know if this has been done? How tough a job is it (I'm newly married and we've got an 11 and 9 year old...time is precious). What were the difficulties? Is there any chance of ever getting it back on the road (legally)? I live in VA and I might be able to register it as an antique and then forgo inspections and drive it on limited basis, but would want full use and inspection.

Thanks in advance.

Chad
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Similarly, I have installed a 350 small block into a 1965 vintage VW Beetle that was complete enough to just paint and start driving (for a buddy of mine). We used a 1980s toyota truck chassis and shortened it to fit the wheelbase of the Beetle. He drove the car a few times, but ultimately the car got parked in the backyard and still sits there to this day. The project was a lot of trouble with many unforseen costs and the car was nearly uncontrollable to drive. The wieght of a V8 will probably require upgraded front springs or other items in the Celica as well. Yes, I'm going to have to naysay this one, but good luck if you do it.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it has been done.



ya weight will be a issue, but supra springs help a lot.



the main thing you have to worry about is chassis flex. these arnt terribly stiff cars to begin with and a V8 can easily twist it good.
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