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Postby soysaucesteve » Sat Feb 25, 2006 7:07 am

can someone recamend me a good mechanic who is able to perform an engine swap. someone with alot of experience in or around new york. I plan to swap a 3rd gen 3sgte into my celica.
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Postby edv-tek » Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:52 pm

where are you at.
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Postby rightrac » Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:02 am

I am located in upstate NY and have a bunch of swaps under my belt feel free to email me elmalocrx@yahoo.com
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Postby gt litfhback » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:43 am

how about someone in southern cali.....anyone
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Postby celica_92gt » Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:38 am

i need one in alabama /= but THERE GOTTA BE SOMEONE IN ALAbamA THAT CAN DO AN engine SwaP
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Postby GMan » Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:42 am

One guy I Highly suggest.
I saw a Red top beams he did in an ST18# convertible.

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Postby 94st3sgte » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:20 am

when u do find a mechanic to do the swap, I def. recomend Doc tweak from phoneix tunning, I think his sit is http://www.phoenixtuning.com, he did my buddies wiring harness, he said it was well worth every penny, and made it easy,
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Postby Mafix » Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:30 am

depending on when you want it done i may be game for something like this.
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Postby Rpz123isme » Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:32 am

gt litfhback wrote:how about someone in southern cali.....anyone

I am in socal! I have done three celica motor swaps!
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Postby gpmarzan » Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:18 pm

The best mechanic would be YOU. With a little research, time, and doing your hw, you can perform the swap yourself. You might be clueless at first, but in the end you will know just about everything about your car. Thats my .02
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Postby Sifu » Fri Feb 08, 2008 3:47 pm

gpmarzan wrote:The best mechanic would be YOU. With a little research, time, and doing your hw, you can perform the swap yourself. You might be clueless at first, but in the end you will know just about everything about your car. Thats my .02

The best mechanic is you but not if you're still green. Otherwise you'll have a halfworking Alltrac that you bought from previous green mechanic for a great price but wow what a load of work you will have to put in...

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Postby Rpz123isme » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:23 pm

I have to admit that with performing your own work you learn a lot! thats how i learned and it was fun!
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Postby gpmarzan » Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:04 am

Sifu wrote:
gpmarzan wrote:The best mechanic would be YOU. With a little research, time, and doing your hw, you can perform the swap yourself. You might be clueless at first, but in the end you will know just about everything about your car. Thats my .02

The best mechanic is you but not if you're still green. Otherwise you'll have a halfworking Alltrac that you bought from previous green mechanic for a great price but wow what a load of work you will have to put in...

Don't ask me how I know...


load of work = learning. learning = knowledge and knowledge is the key, my friend. :smokes:
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Postby Nightfire » Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:28 pm

I'm thinking about swaping with a JDM engine because mine is missing pieces that are needed to put back together and wasn't running perfect when it was torn apart by the previous owner, and was wondering what, if any modifications need to be done to the engine or the engine bay because of the right hand drive, or is it just a straight one for one swap with no mods?
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Postby scothaniel » Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:54 pm

I'm thinking about swaping with a JDM engine because mine is missing pieces that are needed to put back together and wasn't running perfect when it was torn apart by the previous owner


The difference between USDM and JDM motors (of the same generation) are very minor - basically just the lack of EGR and different routing of the wiring harness.

Unless your missing a big piece - like the head - it would likely be cheaper to refresh / rebuild the existing motor then replace it. Then you get a clean motor that you know is in good shape, rather then buying another unknown motor with no guarantee of its condition.

what, if any modifications need to be done to the engine or the engine bay because of the right hand drive, or is it just a straight one for one swap with no mods?


The RHD configuration only effects the engine harness and power steering rack/lines. Just use the harness from existing motor and you'll be all set.
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