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Talk about deja vu... this is the invert of back when the MR2 community was trying to get the V6 in to the back of the MR2. Same arguments and sub-threads, too.
Seem to remember running in to that, with trans vs. front/mid install/configure. Someone figured out you just had to remove the shift-arms, machine a new mounting hole, then install backwards (believe that was for the V6/manual). Will see if I can dig up the info.
Also remember running in to that with the half-shafts vs. hub-splines. E/S-series trans have been around for decades, it was just a matter of finding the right combination of shafts, hubs, splines, mounts, etc.
When it comes to using NA engines, iirc, the 3S-GE was only delivered to the CA-market, the 5S-FE was for US-market. There were a few people who blew up their US/5S-FE, and found a CA/3S-GE. Nothing beats a G-head, revved much nicer... face it, the 5S is a Camry motor.
Our '00 has 304k miles, when the long-block goes, was going to put in a 3S-GTE, yet we have one advantage... the car is already a 5-speed (mainly for reliability), so all the structure is in place. Just waiting for the long-block to wear out (either valve seals, or oil-rings), yet that might not be for 100k miles (at least). Our 2wd RAV4 3S-FE has a blown motor, yet we'll probably put in a used motor, just to get it back on the road... there's long-term goals of converting to awd and 3S-GTE, initiate mocking now.
For background, we've done auto->manual conversions, C->E trans conversions on A-engines, and were the first documented 4A-GZE swap in to an MR2 Mk I NA body... even started playing around with doing a 4A-GZE front-engine rear-drive, and found the bellhousing to connect a S-engine to a W-trans for a front-engine rear-drive conversion, just never got around to it. Now we're putting in to queue a 1UZ in to a Gen5 Pickup. So we're reasonably confident we'll know when to continue or give up.