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Linh Bui's 1977 Toyota Celica - So Much Linh

Seasoned California car builder Linh Bui reveals his latest project

Big Mike
Jan 5, 2017
Photographer: Jofel Tolosa

Linh Bui is no stranger to the pages of Super Street. He specializes in building relatively unorthodox combinations of engines, chassis, and everything in between, for example fitting three-rotors into FCs or RBs into 240Zs. He's also the one behind a Honda-powered '67 Mini Morris truck we featured in the February '14 issue. This '77 Toyota Celica Liftback is clearly a much more mundane build, but is equally as awesome.

1977 toyota celica trd style fender flares Photo 2/22   |   1977 Toyota Celica Trd Style Fender Flares

It only took a few solid months to get the Celica how it sits today. Linh sourced JDM bumpers and taillights and added a complementary TRD-styled front lip, rear spoiler, and flares, which he molded to the trunk. The chassis was stripped down to bare metal and the areas that had rust damage were addressed and repaired. When the body was up to Linh's standards, it was painted a brilliant three-stage Pearl White.

Some of the things you notice right way is that Linh's Celica doesn't have a widebody, isn't slammed, nor does it feature a host of expensive and rare JDM parts. But one look under the hood and you can no longer shrug this classic car off as "too basic" of a build. Powering the classic Celica chassis is Toyota's legendary 2JZ-GTE inline-six paired to a five-speed W58 transmission. It's not just any 2J; Linh replaced the stock dual turbo setup with a single Turbonetics T4 connected by a custom stainless-steel manifold. Air flows through a customized throttle body and makes its final exit through a 3-inch exhaust utilizing mandrel bends and a Magnaflow straight-through muffler. The additional power required a stronger ACT clutch, custom driveshaft, and additional cooling via a new three-row intercooler and Koyo radiator.

1977 toyota celica 2jz gte swap Photo 6/22   |   1977 Toyota Celica 2Jz Gte Swap

To slow down the RA29, Linh retrofitted brake components from a Mitsubishi 3000GT. Eibach springs paired with Tokico struts lower the chassis subtly, and an upgraded ST front sway bar and custom rear sway bar combo helps keep the classic steady around corners.

From wild to mild, Linh clearly does it all. He has more extreme projects rumored to be in the works, and we can't wait to see what he produces next.

What the Truck?!

We got a taste of Linh's incredible work and wild imagination from his Mini Morris truck featured in '14. Honda K20 power, six-speed manual, and a custom widebody-we have yet to see a Mini as cool as his!

1977 toyota celica bbs style wheels Photo 10/22   |   1977 Toyota Celica Bbs Style Wheels
1977 toyota celica bbs style wheels Photo 14/22   |   1977 Toyota Celica Bbs Style Wheels
1977 toyota celica trd front bumper Photo 18/22   |   1977 Toyota Celica Trd Front Bumper
1977 toyota celica trd style front spoiler Photo 22/22   |   1977 Toyota Celica Trd Style Front Spoiler
By Big Mike
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Linh Bui's 1977 Toyota Celica - So Much Linh
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Owner: Linh Bui
Hometown: Westminster, CA
Occupation: JER Development
Engine: '94 Toyota Supra 2JZ-GTE engine swap; Koyo radiator; Turbonetics T4 66mm turbo; HKS 40mm wastegate, Super Sequential blow-off valve; custom throttle body and 3" exhaust with Magnaflow muffler; stainless steel dual-entry turbo manifold; three-row intercooler
Drivetrain: Toyota W58 five-speed manual transmission; ACT stage 3 clutch; custom driveshaft
Footwork & Chassis: Eibach springs; Tokico struts; ST front sway bar; custom rear sway bar; Energy Suspension bushings
Brakes: '96 Mitsubishi 3000GT brake swap
Wheels & Tires: 16x8" front, 16x10" rear BBS-style wheels; 205/50R16 Fuzion tires
Exterior: JDM front and rear bumpers, taillights; TRD-style front spoiler, fender flares, rear spoiler molded to trunk; custom three-stage Pearl White paint
Interior: reupholstered paneling and seats with extra padding and red stitching

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