I have ordered Some of the parts needed for this build from Toy sport and Santos on the 1st gen celica forum.
These were my number one must have parts for this car from Toysport and Santos:
I also got the other 1/4 panel from Santos:
My garage was getting full so my basement has 1/2 a car in it:
I also was able to get ahold of this 1985 mr2 manual steering rack someone replied to my kijiji want add:
Cary from the 1st gen forum made up this really nice steering rack conversion bracket for me. He makes and sells this conversion bracket or the bracket and engine swap cradle. I decided to only do the steering rack. This part is such a time saver:
A little test fit with my mr2 steering rack in the bracket and a comparison of the old steering set up vs the new one:
The weight of the two setups feel very similar.
I ordered a set of 1984 rwd Corolla inner and outer tie rods and they were a bit to long so I had the local machine shop cut 1.5 inches off of each outer tie rod and tap the thread as far as it could be tapped. I could not find a tap big enough locally so I had the work done for me. There was a lot of test fit remove bracket grind transmission to engine brace and repeat. Then my car being 43 years old did not fully line up on all the bolt holes so they were enlarged and one of the mounting tabs had to be cut off and welded 1/16 inch out. I don't blame Cary though as my car has been jumped and landed very hard by a previous owner at some point so things could have shifted a bit. Here is the completed install mocked up it looks very oem sitting in there: