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    1. #1
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      Project Snake Charmer - 1972 Celica with the heart of a 2015 Mustang

      My Good friend Tony and I are building a Pro-Touring car out of my 1972 celica parts car. I am not sure if an import can be classed as a pro-touring car but that is the theme we are going for with the build.

      This car was headed for the crusher before I brought it home. The car has been 2 years in the works. I probably have 400 plus hours of fabrication in it. This is our wide body 1972 Celica race car. Well at least it was a VERY rusted out Toyota Celica when it rolled into my shop, it was my parts car. This build was supposed to be a quick and dirty build to go hoon around in. We were going to throw in a high hp motor and see how long the little toyota rear diff would last. Well this project has gotten out of hand and over the last two years has slowly become a very modified and very radical build! Potentially one of the most unique 1972 Toyota Celicas you will come across!

      Some back story: I was looking for parts for a different build about 15 years back at a local wrecker where I came across the shell of a car I had not seen before. Turns out I liked the shape of it and the badges said celica. So I spent 10 years looking for a 1971-1973 Celica. My dad called me up one day and said he had found a 1972 celica sitting in a town 20 minutes from my house. The car was not for sale but after a couple visits the owner decided to sell me the car for $900 bucks. I was going to restore this very rusty car. Then another member of the Winnipeg Sports Car Club emailed me a Kajiji add link for a 1973 Celica. It was sitting on a farm an hour out from me for $150. So Now I had 2 Celicas sitting in my garage and the $150 celica was in better shape. So I spent the last 5 years restoring the 1973 celica and my 1972 became a parts car.

      About 2 years ago Tony picked up a completely totalled 2015 Mustang ecoboost. His plan was to put the 2.3 ecoboost into his fox body Mustang. I said "we should throw that 300hp motor into my parts car and take it auto crossing till the puny differential blew". "A cheap car to go do some Hooning in!" Surprisingly a few weeks later he said that sounds like a good idea. Tony is a Ford guy and not a fan of Toyota. So while we were fitting the motor in the car we knew the trans tunnel was going to have to be made from scratch to fit. The motor fit perfect after the tunnel was cut out. We sat there for about 20 min looking at the motor sitting in the engine bay of the celica. It really only needed engine mounts and a new drive shaft to go with the new trans tunnel to go racing. We said to each other "The easy way or Hard way?" well we chose the hard way. This ment getting a 50:50 weight balance which included setting the motor 18 inches back under the cowl. From there it got pretty crazy with a full scratch built chassis incorporating the rear independent sub frame from the 2015 mustang and a 1990 miata front sub frame. The mustang is 14 inches wider than the celica. I finally got the chance to try the quarter panel stretch I had seen done on some first gen Camaro's

      The name "Snake Charmer" came about when we realized our power to weight goal for the car put us in Dodge Viper power to weight range.

      Goals for the car:-2200lbs total weight-$10000K canadian dollars budget -completely new hand made chassis-set the motor 18 inches back over stock (just behind the strut towers, -install a 2015 mustang 2.3L EcoBoost and its 6 speed manual gear box-390 hp-then 500 hp-install a na miata front suspension/subframe-install 2015 mustang Independent rear suspension- full Metal Wide body!-Run it hard at autocross and time attack events!

      I have the whole build is
      documented on my youtube channel: Dad's Toy Garage.
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoyYP5fmRkgJLEAr8SSQyQQ

      The Project Snake charmer build series:
      https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...FL1E72bOL9n98l

      Latest build video update:
      https://youtu.be/82cSbEO5Mkk

      and my 1972 Celica restoration:
      https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...zZ8Ih7sTGGnR6Q

    2. #2
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    3. #3
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      Sick!!! Cool project! More pictures of frame and suspension, motor and transmission. Please!��

    4. #4
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      Oh hell yeah! I have a soft spot for the liftbacks, but the early coupes have their own charm as well.

    5. #5
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      Quote Originally Posted by Toccoa View Post
      Oh hell yeah! I have a soft spot for the liftbacks, but the early coupes have their own charm as well.
      Sweet thanks for checking out the build!

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      Quote Originally Posted by David Sloan View Post
      Sick!!! Cool project! More pictures of frame and suspension, motor and transmission. Please!��
      Sure I can see if I can dig some up.

    6. #6
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      Quote Originally Posted by David Sloan View Post
      Sick!!! Cool project! More pictures of frame and suspension, motor and transmission. Please!��
      I went out and snapped a bunch of pictures:

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    7. #7
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      and some more photos of the chassis
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    8. #8
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      Nice, but I see a possible issue with the shifter - that sits pretty far back. Have you done any test shifting yet?

    9. #9
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      Quote Originally Posted by Vimes View Post
      Nice, but I see a possible issue with the shifter - that sits pretty far back. Have you done any test shifting yet?
      I agree. One of the items we have on our to do list! probably once we have both new seats mounted in the car I will tackle the shifter.

    10. #10
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      Cool. Looking forward to seeing this one done. Japanese cars from the 1970s are highly underrated IMO.

    11. #11
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      I love the fact that there are a few more Manitobans on here being creative. I have seen a few of your videos and I am impressed.
      Both of our builds appear to be excessive which makes them just about right!
      The biggest thing in Motocross!
      My 97 Cougar Transcona, https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...-Dirty-Old-XR7

    12. #12
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      Cool build!

    13. #13
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      Quote Originally Posted by Vimes View Post
      Cool. Looking forward to seeing this one done. Japanese cars from the 1970s are highly underrated IMO.
      Awesome thanks for following along!


      Quote Originally Posted by egoman View Post
      I love the fact that there are a few more Manitobans on here being creative. I have seen a few of your videos and I am impressed.
      Both of our builds appear to be excessive which makes them just about right!
      Nice I was assuming there would not be many Canadians on this forum, so thats cool to have a couple Manitobans on here. Thanks for watching my videos!

      Quote Originally Posted by 813Demon340 View Post
      Cool build!
      Thank you!

    14. #14
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      I am installing the passenger side rocker panels. I am pretty excited to do the side exit exhaust through the rocker panel! I have the tail pipe fabricated and the portion of rocker panel ready to weld in place. now I need to finish boxing in the rocker panel to prevent exhaust gasses in the cabin.
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    15. #15
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      I love this project. Keep up the good work.
      Zach

      "It so repulsive to see such a beautiful 1970 Mustang, with the other teams engine transplanted into it. I know that car would spit that thing out if it could. Just ruined it, when everything else about the car is so nice." - Bossed

    16. #16
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      Sweet! Keep the updates coming!



    17. #17
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      Quote Originally Posted by Zachalanche View Post
      I love this project. Keep up the good work.
      Thank You!

      Quote Originally Posted by David Sloan View Post
      Sweet! Keep the updates coming!
      Thank You!

    18. #18
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      Sorry to say Iím not a real fan of import cars but I really like what your doing, keep up its looking good.

    19. #19
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      Quote Originally Posted by Kcrain View Post
      Sorry to say Iím not a real fan of import cars but I really like what your doing, keep up its looking good.
      Thanks for the complements and checking out the build!

    20. #20
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      This is awesome!

      Andrew
      1970 GTO Version 2.0
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      I deliver what EFI promises.
      Remote Holley EFI tuning.
      Please get in touch if I can be of service.

      "You were the gun, your voice was the trigger, your bravery was the barrel, your eyes were the bullets." ~ Her

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