Hi all im picking up a 1981 celica lift back, should be in the garage by the 1st of the year. I have searched the net looking for good info on the car and it doesn’t seem to popular. For the most part the car looks clean. Paint is faded, very small rust spot but other than that no body damage. It is missing a tail light cover and that’s my first question, what year tail lights fit? Can I put supra taillights? as there seems to be a lot of them in the junk yard but no plain celicas.
What is the differences between the lift back and the supra? And what will swap over with little to no mods?
This car is also an automatic. Where these trans any good? I have never had good luck with automatics. I would like to make it a stick some day. I have some 4 speeds out of 85-87 pickup’s that had 22r’s would they work in the car? Are there other models years I could get the clutch master and pedals from?
Anyhow I know nothing about this car and would like as much info as I can get. Also if you have one that’s fixed up I would love to see it.
To many questions but here we go,
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Auto tranys are just bulletproof so dont be worry about them but performance wise the 5 speed is way better,
Diference betwine the liftback and supra is of course the inline 6 engine and the bigger LSD rear end and some cosmetics here and there,
Yes the w58 from newer models fits just fine in the car,
Any clutch pedal set up from any Celica from 1978 tru 1981 will work on yours,
Any suspension upgrade from corollas will easilly be swaped in this car with some tweaks here and there,