Thanks for asking Rob. The short answer is I'm panicking, there's only 55 weeks to go! Seriously, the car still doesn't look like much but am achieving things. The amount of extra work and compromises I'm not happy with are phenomenal. I will never do another road car. As I mentioned on another thread somewhere I'm currently swapping the big Camry 4 wheel discs onto the Celica to replace the girly little discs and drums (Lynchy reckons it's a hairdresser's car!). The other potential advantage of this is the Camry hubs are 5 stud on 114.3mm which is 4.5", same as Ford. I don't know if the hub centres will match yet. I have removed the rear suspension hubs and struts and will finish removing the fronts this afternoon when I've finally finished driving the kids all over SE Qld.
The other night I trial fitted one of the 15" Camry alloy wheels in the rear wheel arch. It wasn't a roaring success. The nominal diameter of the standard 205/65R15 is 647mm. This fills the arch completely and even mounted solid still gives it too much ride height. How silly would it be to have to tub the rear wheel arches of a front wheel drive car? I still might have to to get the car down in the weeds, so to speak. The weeds are already coming up to meet it! I have considered other sizes including 195/60R15 (615mm) and 205/50R16 (611mm) which I have seen on other street legal ST162 Celicas. The new Camry comes with 16" steel wheels so I can use 15" or 16" without spending too much. I am hoping the alloy wheel will fit better in the front wheel arch. There looks to be heaps more room as there isn't an inner guard, just one of those plastic shields which I have already removed. Ideally I would like to use 16" all round and take along two extra front wheels with the standard 215/60VR16 (664mm) to give me maximum drive wheel diameter, if I can make them fit.
My brother will be up from SYD for a few days soon to help so we should make some worthwhile progress, I want to locate the engine so the drive shafts are as straight as possible but I can't do that until I know where the final ride height will be. Then I can make the engine mounts and get rid of the gantry. I'm thinking I will have to cut the rear engine mount off, that's the one that currently hits the steering rack and forces the engine too far forward. After that's done and the car has wheels I can get new drive shafts made to fit the narrower track of the Celica. I don't know if there's anything off the shelf that will fit, the Camry parts are much bigger and thicker than the Celica. Once they're in, I'll finally know that the project is viable and I can start with the expensive stuff like turbo, roll cage, etc, etc.
Good, Fast, Cheap, pick any two!