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the gen 2
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i have a 1987 Camry I4, and i wanted to know if there was a nice motor with descent hp that i could swap in my car. if there isnt, can anyone help with ideas for mods like a turbo and things like that. thanks
 

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Hello and welcome to TN !

As an advices, just use the "search" button as there have been numerous threads about that topic, especially about turboing.

Keep in mind that this will involve a hard work and a good preparation, and ... $$$$ !

Good luck !!!
 

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the dream swap is a 3sgte if you have the $
 

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the gen 2
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how much will the 3sgte motor sell for brand new(if i can get it brand new) and where can i get it from? i have the money, just need to get the specs and stuff on it. thanks
 

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the gen 2
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ok so i got the spec's on the motor from the celica and the mr2. which one do you guys think is better. other thing is if you know where i can get a clip from to get this thing under way. thanks again
 

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The engine is just the same on both of these cars, but as 88LE says just use the search button again and again, there are LOTS of info on that topic, in fact everything you'll need to know (... and you'll need to know a lot about even thinking of doing it as there are many things involved) In fact you won't find any of these information anywhere else on the net (believe me I have already been searching about that topic a lot ;-) )
Not willing to discourage you, just trying to help :)
 

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the gen 2
1989 Camry
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Ok i have been looking under the search button for forums that say exactly what axle to use. sure they all say camry/solara V6 axle, but from what year? that what i really need to know. i think im already set on getting the 3SGTE motor and E153 tranny. is there anything else i should do to either the tranny or the motor. i would like to put a bigger turbo on it too down the road.
 

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I wouldn't suggest using a 3SGTE in your old chassis.

Are you trying to build a racecar?
 

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3s-gte in a Camry?!?
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Axles from an E153 tranny will not fit in your gen2 hubs. I'm pretty sure you have to use hybrid axles of some sort.

I hope you figure out your plan!

-Charlie
 

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userlain said:
I wouldn't suggest using a 3SGTE in your old chassis.

Are you trying to build a racecar?
whats wrong with a 3sgte in a sv21? theres plenty around, well two at least in sydney australia, and heres the latest

ST205 3sgte in a sv21
link

so userlain the car will handle the power, its more so what are you willing to do to make sure it can handle the power. also as a stock unit the 3sgte should be fine to drive its only when u start building up the 3sgte that you may suffer problems such as too much torque steer etc.


blkdmnrcing, what you need to do is research some more about the engine you wish to drop into the car. then read abt some other engines (my pick for NA is the gen 3 3sge) that may fit, then start calculating the costs, where your gonna get the work done, any legality/smog issues u might have etc.

once you have decided, lets say for now that you will get a st185 3sgte (gen2 3sgte). you can use the standard sv21 transmission but it might not last that long. so then you can either get the e153 with or without LSD is ur perogative. you can also use the 3sge transmission, though i have heard that some celica guys have had problems with the starter motor location. so make a choice.

then choose ur axles etc.

then think abt whether with all that power are you going to stop on time. now if u had decided to get a celica 3sgte half cut, then you can actually take the front brakes (rotors and calipers) and transfer them onto your sv21.

other things you might want to think abt are wiring issues (this is moreso if u do the conversion yourself). motor mounts (depends if u use the 3sgte ones or 3sfe ones and some other aspects).

now finally you say you want to run a big turbo afterwards, thats cool, i'm all for it. BUT the 3sgte is a fabulous engine and ultimately it depends where u want to go in terms of building up the engine. do u want just basic cams, pistons basic rebuild, or do u want all out strengthen this baby for 25psi rebuild. the choice is yours mate.

and how big a turbo do u want to bolt on? whats your ultimate goal for the car? if you want a big turbo say T66 like good ol TonyTheTiger, then are you willing to accept a bit of lag?

in concluding my essay i would like to thank .... whoops :p:

what it all boils down to mate, is what are your goals, what are your funds, and how motivated are you to go whole way with it. TN will help you whatever amount it can but first you need to do some more reading (TN has a great deal) and then make ur choices, come back here and we'll go forward from then


thank you all for reading :p: :D


Cheers
 

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the gen 2
1989 Camry
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thanks for the help everyone, the turbo size i want isnt really decided yet, but i know that before i actually put the motor in, my dad and i are going to build it up. just so its there for the future. i really would like to put a stronger trans in there just so i know that it wont blow up. if it has little problems i can fix that, as for i am a transmission specialist for a Ford Dealership, dont ask. but i want to get the axle thing straight, if anyone knows the exact axle and hub for the e153 that would help out alot. thanks again
 
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