Originally posted by Martin
Why dont you put a Lexus 4.0L V8 in it? Would go quite well and still actually handle.
The figures I have for the Lexus V8 outs it about 2kg's heavier than a W302, pretty sure its physically bigger too.
Forget about the Clevo in the Celica, Windsor is smaller and lighter.
An old carbed 302 Windsor might set you back $300, but would need a rebuild so maybe another $2K depending on what you do to it.
With a decent inlet manifold, small 4bbl carb, warm cam, extractors expect about 160kw's. For a few extra neds, getting the small chamber 289 heads will up the compression to around 10:1 or slightly over if its bored, shouldn't be a problem in a light Celica.
IIRC, XD V8's got a B/W diff (9" diff dropped after XC), C4 if auto/302, FMX auto/351 or a B/W 4spd single rail if manual.