You might recall seeing Sam McGill’s TA22 Celica back in NZ Performance Car Issue No. 234, when he told us yarns of working on the car while en route to Antarctica as a sparky in the navy. Then, the focus had been put on converting the exterior to ST trim, including the bonnet flutes, grille, and interior oil pressure and ammeter gauges.
While he’s been a bit quiet in more recent times, it’s for good reason — the engine bay was getting a birthday in a big way! The 1G-GE heart that has called the bay home has been torn down for a fresh rebuild, and the cumbersome factory intake manifold that crossed over top has been binned in favour of a set of individual throttle bodies. The headers will be a custom unit fabricated by IMR Fabrication, which has been given creative license in that department, while the wiring has been all but stripped bare in anticipation of a new loom and Link Storm ECU. DKM Fabrication has beefed up the chassis rails in anticipation of the new-found go, and whipped up a gruntier set of engine mounts. And, of course, Sam has opted to clean up the bay while at it and hit it with a lick of fresh paintwork. It’s a plan that he told us about back in the original feature, and we’re stoked to see it being followed through!