Final week I introduced you a narrative on Nicke Kurki‘s very cool 1970 Toyota Crown MS55. In that piece I spoke about how Nicke, who lives in Sweden, went by numerous makes and fashions in a quest to seek out the fitting base for this final road automotive mission – of which he ended up with two.
I additionally talked about how resisting the Volvo urge was futile. Nicke’s 2JZ-swapped Crown appears like an outdated Volvo, and as you’re about to see, his ’77 Toyota Celica has the coronary heart of 1.
The Celica was a really spontaneous buy, however not within the regular sense. Nicke was on vacation in Spain when the Toyota got here up on the market in Sweden, so after getting the deal on-line, he promptly satisfied his father to choose it up for him. Mr. Kurki wasn’t going to have the ability to drive the outdated Celica residence although; at this level it was extra shell than full automotive.
As I alluded to at first, Nicke has owned numerous vehicles, and a type of was a Toyota KE70 powered by a fully-built BMW V8. When he offered that automotive, a part of the deal included an engine for the Celica.
Don’t let the Toyota badge idiot you, that’s a Volvo B5254T4 engine, as initially fitted to the 2004-2007 S60R and V70R. The two.5L straight-five with twin VVT was turbocharged in manufacturing facility kind, however Nicke’s taken his engine a complete lot additional with a full stud equipment, Volvo 850 ported head, 850 GLT cams, a ball-bearing Garrett GT3586R, 1,000c injectors and VEMS engine administration. All these upgrades lead to an engine package deal good for 490whp and 568Nm.
Seeing the Celica rocket by the countryside was a sight to behold. Then there’s the superb sound, thanks partly to the customized 3.5-inch stainless-steel exhaust system.
Though the B5254T4 isn’t physically-huge, getting the brand new drivetrain into the Celica wasn’t a stroll within the park. Customized motor mounts have been required for the engine, and a customized transmission tunnel needed to be constructed to accomodate the BMW E46 GS539DZ 6-speed gearbox that backs it up. Additionally within the combine is a Sachs 765 clutch and a Volvo 240 Turbo 1031 (aka Dana 30) rear finish.
When it got here to the outside, a complete new entrance finish was required earlier than Nicke may even get to work on making the automotive his personal. The next modifications prolong to 90mm huge over-fenders at every nook, a entrance duckbill, TRD-inspired rear ducktail and fashionable headlight items. Bringing the chassis nearer to the bottom is a Ksport air trip system.
Ending issues off outdoors is customized ‘Liquid Purple’ paint, an unlikely match for the mint-coloured Work Meister CR01s, however one that really works moderately effectively. The Meisters measure 15×9-inch up entrance and 15×10-inch on the rear, all wrapped up in Toyo Proxes R888 rubber. For brakes, Nicke has gone with a Nissan S13 entrance setup and a Volvo 240 rear.
The inside has seen numerous upgrades from its late-’70s spec, together with EP3 Honda Civic Kind R seats (the one fashionable sport-type recliners Nicke may discover to accomodate his peak) plus a carbon fiber-enhanced sprint with aftermarket gauges.
Though each of Nicke’s Toyotas have loads of energy, they’re very completely different machines with particular person qualities (and quirks).
We have now a time period in Sweden, glassätarbil, which loosely interprets to ‘ice cream automotive’. This signifies that you are taking your delight and pleasure out for a pleasant drive and get ice cream. Celica or Crown, I’m certain that’s what Nicke shall be doing over the Swedish summer season forward.