So with swapping over the things from the solara, does everything bolt up and work with the camry frame or do we have to find a camry style v6 subframe or can we use the solaras v6 subframe and hubs and axlesI'm in the process of doing the same thing (though to a 98 Camry sedan). I got a wrecked Solara v6 manual from an insurance auction, pulled the motor and trans. Here she is!
The previous posters laid out what parts you need correctly and accurately, plus the Auto trans issue should you not swap the ECU/wiring. I believe with some resisters you can simulate the solenoids.
I agree the entire parts car is the best route- but you'll need space to store it. Consider if you live where there's HOA and you have to store it outside you may not be allowed to. I've used quite a few odds and ends off the Solara on the Camry as many have broken. I also keep its spare alternator and starter in the trunk in case mine dies. At this point I also have a spare 1MZ but the donor car's needs all its gaskets changed. The plus side- you can part out the car to recoup $ though that takes time and effort. I'm not sure what's available in Canada but in the US we have copart (where I got mine), manheim and others for the insurance auctions. If you don't have a dealer/business license you'll have to go through a broker, which costs more in fees. I happened to find my parts Solara locally, so I was able to go see (and start) the car before bidding, and pick it up rather than ship it.
will this work on my 2005 Camry v6?You will need the following
Compatible years are 97-2001 for Camry, 98-2002 for Solara.
- E153 FWD variant transmission. It will bolt on the 1MZ.
- 5-speed V6 drive axles (they are different from the auto trans axles, and the inline 4 variants do not fit)
- Carrier bearing / rear engine mount from a V6 manual
- wheel hubs for the manual drive-axles.Wheel hubs are also different between ABS and non-ABS models, so make sure you get the right variant
- 5 speed shifter from a V6
- 5-speed linkages from a manual V6 (the Inline 4 linkages will work, but your shifter knob will point in the wrong positions)
- Master clutch cylinder. There is a semi-pre-cut shape near your brake master cylinder where to install the clutch cylinder
- Custom clutch lines (you will have to measure and figure out how much you need)
- Brake and clutch pedals from manual
My 2005 has the 1mzfe so that’s why I was wondering if it would be possibleThe E153 manual transmission was never mated to the next Gen 3.3L V6 (3MZ-FE, starting in 2003) or the 3.5L (2GR-FE, starting in 2007). That said people do bolt them together (in MR2's most notably) but in a Camry you'd be left to custom make all the shift linkages, motor mounts and sometimes axles. Its a ton of work with zero aftermarket help (unlike the MR2s)