The swap: 3sgte (gen 2) +gearbox into 89 ae94 all trac wagom(sadly, auto)
So yea, picked up a gen 2 3sgte and a freshly rebuilt ct26 turbo... 450 bucks! It's a JDM import, I'm in the states. I've got the valve cover, intake, exhaust, oil pan off at the moment. Valves look ok, nothing's burnt on the exhaust side, intake valve seals have some black around them like they've been leaking, typical Toyota. There was a 1cm sliver of metal in the pan... My buddy says it looks like bearing, but who really knows. There wasn't any sparkle, it was just a lonesome piece. Nonetheless, it's getting taken apart. This is gonna be a somewhat slow process, as I'm paying as I go, taking my time and cleaning and painting(valve covers, front cover, etc.) it turned over smoothly and had compression so all good.
Would you all recommend using the stock water to air intercooler? Seems cool, and the less cutting and modding the better.
The current exhaust manifold flange is not tilted back enough for the hot side of the turbo to mount and clear the block. The guy I bought from had a gen 3 that has the right mani. Where can I find it?
Primarily, where is the best source for good quality, affordable parts? Not eBay of course
Do I HAVE to use the rav4 driver side axle or will my stock ones work? This car is automatic btw, will I run into other problems? Prop shaft, etc. I know I have to install a clutch pedal and master cylinder.
I'm going to tackle the harness myself! Yes I know I know, but I'm a technician, and with the right pin outs and a lot of wire, I think I can handle it. Send me your reference material!
I still need a trans, preferably low mileage and doesn't need a rebuild.
Wants/needs. I'm daily driving this car until I have everything for the swap, so the more info, the better, I know at some point the two pieces need to come together. I mainly want it to stay somewhat stock, this is already a huge upgrade in horsepower, but I do have a bigger, basically new turbo, and I want to use it.
Well, have at it!
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