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MR2Guru
09-27-2007, 07:52 PM
In the beginning:

http://www.mr2guru.com/gallery/d/2048-2/DSCF0590.jpg

All of the original wiring was jacked from dry-rot and hacking from the previous owner/shop. It just made sense to me just to do a swap. :-P

The purchase:

http://www.mr2guru.com/gallery/d/2055-2/DSCF0592.jpg

1994 Celica GT-Four WRC. Third Generation 3SGTE. 2500 of this particular engine were built, the bare minimum production requirement for entry into WRC. If you are interested in something similar, the non-WRC is just as fun, and MUCH easier to come by.

In and out with the ol' swaparoo:

http://www.mr2guru.com/gallery/d/2061-2/DSCF0594.jpg

Don't try to look under her skirt.

The easy part is complete in 6.5 hours. Bolting in is just the beginning:

http://www.mr2guru.com/gallery/d/2064-2/DSCF0595.jpg

Bolted right in as if they were meant for each other! Minimal fab required.

http://www.mr2guru.com/gallery/d/2067-2/DSCF0596.jpg
http://www.mr2guru.com/gallery/d/3381-2/DSCF0162.JPG

The waiting game.... Wiring is fun, so until we could get caught up around the shop customer wise, she collects some dust. At least she looks really good, even just sitting.

Add 8 months and a few Coronas and Newcastles..........

http://www.mr2guru.com/gallery/d/3639-2/DSCF0080.JPG

3 Sets of wheels and numerous 16 hour days later....

http://www.mr2guru.com/gallery/d/3650-2/DSCF0145.JPG

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Anyway, this is my new baby. She's been a long time in the making, but it was well worth the wait! If she is not the first actual WRC swapped 88 in the US, I am the first girl to have done a WRC swap in that generation afaik.

No flaming on this one boys, plenty of witnesses to me being completely hands-on with this project. I needed a lot of help (TY Harry) - not like he had a choice - but I cant thank him enough. We had to COMPLETELY re-wire this beast, and I own him years of backrubs to pay him off. Every bolt I couldnt break loose, everything that was too heavy, everything that was beyond my "girly skills", he was there to help every step of the way.

Mod list:

Modified engine mounts with 90A Hardness urethane filler
Fluidyne radiator from 4G63 T
Frankenstein half-shafts (ST205/ST165)
ST185 Coilover system (some fitment modification)
Synchronic BOV
MBC @ 15psi
Upgraded Heat Exhchanger for factory A2W IC system.
Lo-tec Pillar Pod with Autometer Water Temp/Boost/Oil Pressure Gauges
Apexi Turbo Timer
17" Scion tC wheels
Battery Relocation
Short Ram Intake (AEM)

She's pretty much stock, but I love her just the same!

Future plans:

SuperPro Urethane Bushing Kit
4-Wheel Alignment w/ sport tuned coilover system. (Just need them adjusted)
*Hoping for handed down GReddy 20g Turbo from one particular MR2*

Shadowlife25
09-27-2007, 08:11 PM
Sweeeet. Now drive it :D:D:D

MrWOT
09-27-2007, 08:16 PM
Congrats :)

Might be worth it to add a fan to you uprated heat exchanger if possible. Looks like a well laid out swap.

Joeye27
09-27-2007, 08:16 PM
beautiful how does it drive???

Shadowlife25
09-27-2007, 08:31 PM
Did you do the adjustable strut tops as well or were they bought that way?

Hookecho
09-27-2007, 08:32 PM
very nice!

burnyd
09-27-2007, 08:34 PM
Chris swapped his first that I can remember!


but thats awesome,make sure you take some vids!

donteatbugs
09-27-2007, 09:10 PM
that looked like fun.

MR2Guru
09-27-2007, 09:42 PM
Thank you for all the compliments! To answer in order:

The new heat exchanger has kept everything nice and cool (after uphill parkway run intercooler was only lukewarm. If I do anything else modification wise, I may have to consider a 4th fan.

It drives pretty well other than the fact that my suspension is all out of whack. We just plopped on the coilovers and did no tuning. My toe and camber are all over the place, and until I get some new bushings, it wont help much to align it yet. Bushings are coming, but probably wont be here in time for our meet.

The adjustable strut tops were with the coilovers. The desperately need tuning:)

Could I get a link to Chris's car? I havent seen it, so even if that doesnt make me first, I'd be very happy to see it. Does it count that my engine has been in my car running (not driving) for just under a year? :-P

To elaborate on running, not driving, the car has been running for quite some time, but I had no headlights, tail lights, parking lights, speedo, tach, interior lights, wipers, heat/air, no window/door lock abilities, no brakes (ABS Module wasnt powered). I couldnt take it outside because the quarter windows weren't sealed and were BARELY bolted in.
In summary, the engine has been rearing to go for a long time now, but until I integrated the body/engine harnesses, there was no communication between the two! You can imagine how AWFUL that felt to feel and hear how strong of an engine I had for 10 months before I got to drive her for the first time.

There are still a few quirks with the chassis (need newer brakes, alignment, rear diff. axle seals, other random tid-bits), but overall I'm in love - completely head over heels!

Murgatroy
09-27-2007, 10:14 PM
So next year for the Dragon run, are you gonna bring it along? Not that I have anything against y'alls Honda. :hehe:

Looks very clean. Can't wait to see it in person.

MR2Guru
09-27-2007, 10:27 PM
I am all about next year's Dragon run! BTW, my paint looks way better in photos than person.

T-spoon
09-27-2007, 10:32 PM
Thank you for all the compliments! To answer in order:

The new heat exchanger has kept everything nice and cool (after uphill parkway run intercooler was only lukewarm. If I do anything else modification wise, I may have to consider a 4th fan.

It drives pretty well other than the fact that my suspension is all out of whack. We just plopped on the coilovers and did no tuning. My toe and camber are all over the place, and until I get some new bushings, it wont help much to align it yet. Bushings are coming, but probably wont be here in time for our meet.

The adjustable strut tops were with the coilovers. The desperately need tuning:)

Could I get a link to Chris's car? I havent seen it, so even if that doesnt make me first, I'd be very happy to see it. Does it count that my engine has been in my car running (not driving) for just under a year? :-P

To elaborate on running, not driving, the car has been running for quite some time, but I had no headlights, tail lights, parking lights, speedo, tach, interior lights, wipers, heat/air, no window/door lock abilities, no brakes (ABS Module wasnt powered). I couldnt take it outside because the quarter windows weren't sealed and were BARELY bolted in.
In summary, the engine has been rearing to go for a long time now, but until I integrated the body/engine harnesses, there was no communication between the two! You can imagine how AWFUL that felt to feel and hear how strong of an engine I had for 10 months before I got to drive her for the first time.

There are still a few quirks with the chassis (need newer brakes, alignment, rear diff. axle seals, other random tid-bits), but overall I'm in love - completely head over heels!


Heh, thought the alignment might be wonky, the wheels almost look photo-shopped because of the rear wheel angle. :hehe:

MR2Guru
09-27-2007, 11:12 PM
Champion Toyota eh? Tell Jeff I said I've got his nuts, once he teaches me how to rally :) j/k

He's sending me some plug wires. Apparently mine are pretyy toasty. Someone put some el-cheapo 6mm wires on there. *sigh*

Seriously though, give Jeff some hell for me. I havent called him yet today. LOL

T-spoon
09-27-2007, 11:26 PM
Champion Toyota eh? Tell Jeff I said I've got his nuts, once he teaches me how to rally :) j/k

He's sending me some plug wires. Apparently mine are pretyy toasty. Someone put some el-cheapo 6mm wires on there. *sigh*

Seriously though, give Jeff some hell for me. I havent called him yet today. LOL

He uh.. said.. bring it on :shrug:

MR2Guru
09-27-2007, 11:43 PM
Supra vs. Celica.. hmmm

I'll make sure to ask for you whenever Jeff W. is absent :)

T-spoon
09-27-2007, 11:45 PM
Heh, just race him in the rain and it's all over ;)

MR2Guru
09-27-2007, 11:51 PM
I couldnt resist it, I had to call and pick on him.
(Really, I just had to check on parts *shrug*)

andy
09-28-2007, 03:40 AM
awesome dood.

1990CelicaGT-S
09-28-2007, 04:02 AM
Looks great! Keep up the good work.

Hiko
09-28-2007, 04:27 AM
Anyway, this is my new baby. She's been a long time in the making, but it was well worth the wait! If she is not the first actual WRC swapped 88 in the US, I am the first girl to have done a WRC swap in that generation afaik.

Moreover, you're only the second girl I've heard of swapping in a 3sgte into any gen/trim at all. So that's something else.

That is a really nice swap you have done :bigthumbu Take care of her and enjoy her.

geebes
09-28-2007, 06:31 AM
Its GLORIOUS!!

celicatrd93
09-28-2007, 08:31 AM
damn that thing is so sweet, specially with the black and the black top mount intercooler and the scion wheels, great taste and such a awesome car. nice job, love it btw what to trade?????????

MR2Guru
10-01-2007, 09:38 PM
If it was a 1993 RC I might consider it :)