Remember this Lancia Delta I featured back in November 2009? No? Well, that’s okay, because I didn’t either! The build was submitted to me very recently, so after assessing it I started the usual process of putting the post together. It actually took me about 10 or so pages before the build started to look familiar. So why am I featuring it again? Because the car gets a full overhaul and is now a completely different beast compared to a few years ago. You’ll probably see pictures of it on the track on Speedhunters within their 2013 Gatebil coverage, so it seems as good a time as ever to share the build with you.
I’m not sure where I sit with this one, I’ve heard about it many times over the years and have read the entire thread myself, but I’m kind of on the fence about it. On one hand, it’s great to see someone so thorough in their quest for modification perfection, sparing no expense in a build that is so meticulous it crosses over to obsessive. The parts used are all of the highest quality, and the work is carried out by skilled technicians. But at the same time it’s an exercise in excess, so much so that it turns me off. Firstly, the car gets shipped from Australia to America to be built (I assume at great cost), even though we have a thriving and capable automotive industry right here. Then, pretty much every part of the car is replaced with brand new factory-bought items, including the wiring loom, plastic trims, hoses, interior parts, transmission, diff, you name it. Anyway, I guess it takes all kinds of us to make up the car scene that we love so much, so the best way I could put it is that I’d love to take a look over the car but I don’t think I could sit down with the owner and have a ‘car chat’ over a beer. Give me a low-budget, bruised-knuckles, blood sweat and tears garage-build any day. Still, it’s a great build thread, which I guess is all that matters.
Karey emailed me his tough as nails TA22 Celica, powered by one of Toyota’s best, the mighty 2JZ. Built in true drag racing fashion, it features all the trademarks of a straight-line racer, like a tubbed rear end with 4-link, Weld Racing wheels, and a Ford 9″ diff, textbook stuff. It looks like the car is almost ready for paint, so hopefully some extra attention from Build Threads readers will push Karey to get it in the booth!
With so many older Japanese cars concentrating maintaining the nostalgic JDM look, it’s refreshing to see a return to the quarter mile style that was so popular in the 90s & early 2000s.
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you had/have a great day and all the best for the holiday season, be safe on the roads.
Remember the AMS EVO X? Well the same workshop is now turning their attention to a Nissan 280Z in the form of a 2JZ transplant. The build isn’t finished yet but it’s just too good to wait. It’s being pieced together with the incredible quality of work that you can only expect from a top quality builder such as AMS Performance.
Thanks to Kyusha Kai for submiting, make sure you head over and check out his blog, it’s full of oldschool jdm goodness.
I can’t help but imagine how some of the more modern Japanese sports cars would be so well suited to having a naturally aspirated V-configuration motor instead of their straight turbo’d powerplants. For example, I always thought my old S15 would be perfectly suited to having a VQ35DE with individual throttle bodies in the engine bay. I think it would bring them closer to the sportscars of yesteryear, before we were obsessed with big turbo’s and high power outputs and the sound of highly strung engines with roaring induction filled the air.
This build sort of touches on the above subject, where a home-grown Aussie slips a 1UZ V8 into a JZA80 Supra. In a world where so many people are putting 2JZ’s in to anything and everything, this guy pulls one out of a car that comes equipped with one as standard. To me that proves that people just have that unexplainable urge to modify anything and everything. Thanks to Stoney for submitting this one, a great technical build with heaps of detailed information, diagrams, and step-by-step photography. Plenty of good stuff in here for you tech-heads.
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No need for a flux capacitor here! It seems that people will put a 2JZ into just about anything, even collectibles. Chances are you’ll see this build everywhere over the next couple of weeks, I spotted it on a post by Stanley Ku on The Real JDM but an anonymous Build Threads reader also submitted it here, so thank you whoever you are.
On with the show…