David Murphy - Boosted Toyota Celica Mk 7
When I arrived at the UK I was on the hunt for jap car and weighed up my choices but the Celica was the only that fitted my budget of £1,500.
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Boosted Toyota Celica Mk 7
I moved to the UK eight years ago due to lack of work available in Ireland after graduating University in the aftermath of a recession. I purposefully sought out a job in the midlands having been to Silverstone on a few occasions for the Formula 1 in my early teens. I was fortunate to get a job in a secondary school in Oxfordshire. My current position is KS3 Assistant Principle role but still, teach Engineering and DT. Most of my spare time is often spent on my driveway tinkering with cars which is always a welcomed opportunity to spend time with my son. Although he is only two, he has already developed a healthy obsession for cars to the point no matter what toys he gets he will always revert to his hot wheels collection.
Having grown up in rural Ireland a car was always a means to get independence but more
importantly a way to meet friends. On weekends when we hadn’t a rally to attend we were not as fortunate to have places such as a cinema or fast-food outlets to meet so most nights were spent in car parks with frequent trips to numerous forestry trails where cars were put to the test and many we unfortunate to leave. In Ireland, there is a running joke that for any hope to get a girlfriend you had to either play football for the local side, be over 6 foot or have a nice car. I had no choice but to up my car game, I bought a BMW 318is e36 which blew a head gasket on its inaugural journey home. Had the engine head skimmed only for it to blow months later, then engine swap followed shortly by the gearbox change. Up to that point I had only ever carried out servicing or styling mods but with crippling garage bills, I decided to start growing my tool collection and undertaking more jobs myself. Soon I was tackling any job with moderate success but always had reliable friends to get me out of a pickle. Sold that car for a fraction of what had been spent on it, but the experience was invaluable. That is where my passion for cars grew.
When I arrived at the UK I was on the hunt for jap car and weighed up my choices but the Celica was the only that fitted my budget of £1,500. I really liked the aesthetics of the car and have always been drawn to coupes. The car was initially only temporarily planned to be daily while I saved up for something else, hence the price paid. Soon enough I joined the Celica-club (CCUK) and found a community to be a great bunch and very insightful. Attended my first car show at TRAX in 2014 and I was hooked to the UK stance scene. The stance was something that was ever popular at the time in Ireland as the roads were unsuitable and car detailing involved using a broom to mop the car. Seeing the standard of cars at TRAX, I decided my stock t-sport was simply on the bottom tier of car modifying. My initial focus was on styling so I purchased a TRD body kit and purchased a new set of rims, from there everything, just spiralled out of control to the point where I think six years ago I would not have imagined the car build to have gone this far.
You would struggle to find any part that has been untouched on the car. Initially, the car was on lowering springs but when I figured out my wedding venue had horrid speed bumps it pushed me to consider air-ride. The struts were custom made by K-sport in Italy and to make it more special I felt that Plush Automotive could do the install justice as their work looks incredible and I knew it would complement the car's styling. On the exterior, I added custom extinctions to the body kit so it sat nicer as well as retrofitting a diffuser from a Supra on the rear along with a custom decat duel splayed exhaust. At that, I had been to loads of show but always dreaded the recurring question of how much power it was running as it? At the time the styling mods were complete but the car still was running 190bhp NA. Focus then shifted to performance gains and initially I fitted Nitrous but it simply was not enough so I decided the car deserved bigger power. I then took the car off the road for two years while I tirelessly carried the supercharger build.
The biggest drawback is that there is not a turbo/supercharger kit readily available so this entire build is using universal parts which were often frustrating as it meant numerous orders and returns until parts fitted. On my front driveway, I uprated every supporting mod at the same time before driving almost three hours up to Doncaster with a base map restricted to 50mph. My expectations were to be around 300+ but Wayne (Race Dyno Tuning) pulled out all the stops and returned the car with a healthy 364bhp. This shocked me as it makes the car the fastest Gen 7 Celica on stock internals. The car sticks to the road now and with the D2 6 pot brakes, it makes a fantastic fast road car.
Recently I have had to think towards next summer and how I can get to car shows but still involve my son so I have removed the passenger’s side bucket seat to reinstall a stripped-back stock seat, I welded an Isofix fitting meaning that he will be able to enjoy this car as much as I do. This car already owes me a mortgage but my dream to get a magazine feature, youtube feature and show & shine spots will mean that I am still not finished with this car. For this winter I plan to fit a carbon fibre hood and explore the possibility of getting the car wrapped in a Red Bull Drift car livery.
- Wizards of Nitrous 50 shot
- Nitrous Kit, pressure gauge and
- Rotrex C30-94 Supercharger
- Japspeed front strut
- RT Performance Rear Strut
- Whiteline Rear 24mm ARB
- C-1 Front 24mm ARB
- D2 6 Pot Big Brake Kit
- Koho 50mm Performance Radiator
- D1 Spec Grounding Kit
- BRD Uprated Engine Mounts
- Twin splayed custom decat exhaust
- TRD Sports Thermostat
- 630cc Denso Injectors
- Stage 4 Competition Clutch and
- Lightweight Flywheel
- MR2 LSD
- Apexi Power FC ECU
- Aeromotive Stealth 340 Fuel Pump
- Mishimoto Intercooler and oil cooler and Braided hoses pipework.
- ASH Silicone Hoses
- MWR Upgraded Fuel Rail
- AEM Fuel Pressure Regulator
- Sports M Quick Shifter
- Rotrex Bracket
- 50mm Tial BOV 3psi spring
- MWR fuel rail/ fuel return
- AEM Fuel pressure gauge
- Twin Slimline fans
- Motamec oil cooler for Rotex
- 1ZZ sump and two sensor bungs welded on.
- TRD Iridium sparkplugs
- STI Denso MAF
- K&N Air Filter
- Air-Ride- K.Sport struts
- Twin chrome Viair 400C compressors
- Accuair Endo -T Air tank and E- Level
- Accuair management kit
- Custom boot build including hardlines carried out by Plush Automotive
- Team Dynamics 18" Pro race 1.2 White Rims
- Kumho Ecsta LE Sport KU39 225/35/18
- Carbon Fibre Sports M scoop
- Carbon dipped TRD spoiler
- C1 Front Lip
- Debadged Front Facelift Bumper
- TRD side skirts with custom lip
- Custom ABS Front Splitter with
- Rod supports
- TA22 Hood Vents
- JDM Side Markers
- Ingen spark plug cover
- Sports Fuel lid
- De-wiped Boot and aerial
- Carbon Dipped Plastics
- Custom carbon dipped RHS Panel around the fuse box
- TRD oil cap
- Rocker cover Hydro dipped
- Polished intake Manifold
- Custom rear diffuser
- Sports M spats
- JDM side markers
- Custom Carbon fibre battery cover
- Beatrush style undertray
- Carbon side air deflectors
- Custom headlights with angel eyes/ Halos.
- Rear lights/ fogs tinted.
- Kenwood double din head unit
- Custom floor mats with TRD
- Sports logo
- Mishimoto weighted gear knob
- DND Performance Steering wheel and NRG hub
- Custom made JDM centre console with sat nav
- Hydro dipped interior centre console
- Flocked Pillars
- Twin Gauge Pillar Pod
- Prosport Boost/Oil Pressure/Oil
- Temp gauges
- AEM AFR Gauge
- Sparco Rev Bucket Seats
- Sparco Side Mounts
- OMP Frames
- Sparco 4-points Harnesses
- Harness Bar
- Custom Dials
- Carbon Fibre on the rear seat backrest
This is a tough one as I have recently started falling for a Nissan 180sx but my dream car is a Toyota AE86 because they are a ridiculously fun to drive and iconic amongst the Irish car scene.
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