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The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Mon May 20, 2013 5:47 pm

So here it is guys, I have officially started the swap now.

I know this is a bit of an unusual swap - it doesn't make sense to go N/A when the Celica Alltrac/GT4 guys start with the 3s-gte. This car started with a 3s-fe, so 115hp -> 200hp with a Red Top BEAMS should be just enough to make it a fun beater. After its done, we'll see if the wife likes it for her daily/beater and go from there.

I got the car cheap with a badly knocking blown motor. The car shows its age, but the previous owner did dump a bunch of money into it to keep it nice (electrics/AC/sunroof all works, etc.) and its a factory 5-speed car which should make the process easier.

First, washing up the car after it had sit outside, uncovered for couple months:

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It'll need a good polishing and a fair amount of touch up to be beautiful... but good enough to roll into the garage. ;)

Hood off, ready to work:
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A couple hours in, time for bed for the night:
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So far, the motor/etc. has been ordered. I'll be getting everything out of the engine bay ready for removing the motor in the near future. When the motor gets here, the fun of wiring will start. When the wiring is ready, I'll finish up the mechanical part of the swap.

-Charlie
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Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Mon May 20, 2013 7:21 pm

Love it and subscribed. I've always kicked around the idea of doing the beams motor with ITBs in the alltrac. It would make around stock power but the response would be amazing.

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Tue May 21, 2013 2:14 am

:shock: I'm jealous, my first car was a camry alltrac 5 speed sedan, and I've been looking for one forever. I honestly believe It was the greatest car ever made. I've tossed around the Idea of a beams swap In my head but sadly I can never get my hands on one :cry:

If you ever want to sell....

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Tue May 21, 2013 2:21 am

Sweet! Can't wait to see this!

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Tue May 21, 2013 4:18 am

well this is going to be different :)

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Tue May 21, 2013 2:44 pm

I tooooolllllld you the BEAMS swap would be cool!

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Tue May 21, 2013 3:23 pm

I figure the swap should take much less time than the 3s-gte swap on the other Camry... No intercooler, much simpler exhaust, no extra gauges, etc. Oh, and I should be faster at the wiring this time (I'm hoping the BEAMS ECU pinout + ST205 diagrams will get me through it). I'll be keeping the rest of the car stock for now, which also helps.

And I figure if I do sell it, its the perfect daily driver for another Toyota enthusiast. :D

-Charlie

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Tue May 28, 2013 4:29 pm

Got in a couple more hours on Saturday...

Cleaned out the fender junk gathering spot. Not nearly as much as I was expecting. Also, no rust, luckily:
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Wire harness, shift cables, fuel lines and other stuff disconnected:
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All the lower suspension parts off:
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Still have the power steering pump/lines and axles to do and then I'm pretty much ready to drop it. Hopefully the motor comes this week and I can start wiring!

-Charlie
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Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Wed May 29, 2013 4:02 am

Looks like fun! I've always wanted a Beams ;)

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Wed May 29, 2013 10:15 pm

TEASER!

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I'll be unwrapping it after I get it home (it is sitting at work in the warehouse). There's a motor, trans, front suspension, brakes, front subframe and a bunch of other stuff under there. More pics tomorrow or the next day... :D

-Charlie
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Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Fri May 31, 2013 4:12 pm

The trip home last night:

Loaded on to the trailer. It was a bit of a hassle with the fork lift, trying to get it to clear the tailgate. We got it all figured out though. It was pretty front heavy, which made for a rough ride home. Yay stiff suspension keeping things safe-ish.
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Plastic off:
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Straps off, ready to lift:
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Lifted and off the trailer:
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Safely in the garage:
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I have a pretty much free day tomorrow to get to work on it. I'm hoping to get everything separated out so I can start the wiring and sell the transmission (speaking of which... anyone interested in the best S-series trans you can get (LSD!)? :lol:)

-Charlie
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Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:17 am

Holy S 8) T


That is one clean Beams!

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:20 pm

Where did you order your Beams motor from?

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:04 pm

Awesome-Trac wrote:Where did you order your Beams motor from?
eBay, surprisingly enough. I found the one good one out of the 20-30 that are always on there. So far, everything has looked good. I found one crushed section of the wiring, but it is easily fixable. :)

-Charlie

Re: The White '88 Alltrac Camry 3S-GE BEAMS swap

Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:05 pm

Weekend update!

Subframe pulled off:
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Factory header shot:
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Factory velocity stacks:
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Under the head cover, coil-on-plug ignition!:
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Trans and harness removed, required removal of the intake manifold:
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Redtop harness:
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Factory Camry harness:
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I had a heck of a time removing the passenger (short) axle from the trans. Normally a good 'pop' with a pry-bar and it comes out... not so much this time. Then I found this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRQ-k92k04s

One quick whack and then it pops out. I think I'll be keeping an extra clutch fork around for just this purpose. :lol:

-Charlie
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