85 p-type wanting to beast this car without a 2jz
well sir I read the forums and searched for parts n pondered it way into the morning you weren't lying about availability of parts can't even find decent body kits so it seems a swap will be happening thanks for the inputYou've got an expensive uphill battle ahead of you - best of luck!
The 5m isn't a bad motor, rather its limit is aftermarket support. Back in the day, a guy by the name of Russ Matusavich was consistently running low 10 second quarter miles and occasionally breaking into the 9s with a 5m block. I spoke to him at a drag strip about 20 years ago and asked what all he had done. It sounded like the money he spent would have probably bought an entire 40' container load of used 2jz-gtes from Japan. It isn't that there's inherent flaws in the 5m; Russ said he had it up into the 500hp range in the 11s before he started breaking stuff consistently but to go any faster he had to start having a machine shop fabricate parts, could no longer use any Toyota transmission or just about any of the rest of the driveline. The main problem with the 5m is there's zero aftermarket support and its just far, far cheaper to swap in a 2jz engine as a starting point. Its the same reason every hot rod, street rod, rat rod, etc. has a Chevy small block under the hood. Builders can pull up the Summit Catalog online, choose from hundreds of options and have their parts delivered and installed before the next weekend's races and not have to pull a 2nd mortgage on their house. The 2jz has at least several sources of aftermarket support and its so popular a swap into just about everything that it has become sort of the "Japanese small block".