View Full Version : Celica Carnage

05-19-2008, 04:52 PM
210k miles is all she wrote, Friday morning. I was cruising at 80mph on my way to work, like any other day and came around a corner on Hwy 54 right inside of Holts Summit and the car started hesitating bad. I thought, "damn, I havent changed wires, cap, rotor or even plugs since the day I bought it (Feb. 2005) and my ignition is shot." Then all of a sudden I heard bearings flying and a growing racheting sound and KABOOM! The joyous sounds of a sawed off shot gun. White smoke filled the engine bay and escaped through the cracks of the hood. Popped the hood and a medium-sized ball of fire buring down my block and exhaust pipe. Called 911 about the fire in fear of the car setting ablaze; however, popping the hood helped eliminate the fire. Towed it home and me and the mad scientist pulled the motor to this discovery. I knew there was a hole in the motor, I didnt realize it was this big.


This is the car:

Anyway, I found another 5SFE motor (they are a dime a dozen) for $500 shipped to my door. So hopefully it will be here by next weekend and perhaps I can get most of the car put back together by the end of next weekend. I had a lot of issues getting that 15 yr old exhaust out. I'll need to have a little fab work done there. Otherwise the rest of the car is in great shape. Just needs a motor. Too bad I dont have enough time to source a V6 (1mzfe).

Anyway, that's the carnage. I figure you all would like a little entertaining story. LOL :owned:

05-19-2008, 04:58 PM
Sucks to hear, but atleast the car didnt set on fire with the engine:)

05-19-2008, 05:13 PM
Ouch dude... i'm sorry to hear.

Sounds kindof like what happened to the first block in my white car.

Then it did it again after 3k miles on the new block, but at least that time it WAS the ignition. (ever seen a dizzy coil unravel and wrap itself all the way up the shaft?)

05-19-2008, 05:18 PM
Towed it home and me and the mad scientist pulled the motor to this discovery.
Did you find any piston rings you destroyed?:wiggle:

(TFTF reference)

05-19-2008, 07:00 PM
^ hehe, ya if it was the piston rings, I'd use the whole line from F&F, but I tried. lol

Alright, well I'm looking for a motor and I need one quick!

Please save a celica! :)

Mr Celica
05-20-2008, 02:49 AM
told you that 100 shot of nawz would get you some day. damn.

05-20-2008, 03:42 AM
Well hey, those were 210k loved miles huh?

Car's clean though. New engine should revive it nicely. 1MZFE would be nice though.

05-20-2008, 08:14 AM
My motor looked exactly the same. I mean EXACTLY. Mine only went to 190K.

Hrmm... time for me to swap 3SGEs too...

Time for a preventative swap/ having a motor to build.

05-22-2008, 05:22 AM
sadly i see a many extreme crank vent 5sfe at our junkyard. i wonder why they aslpode!

05-22-2008, 05:35 AM
In a way, I'm glad I dumped my fifth gen when I could because it was slowly approaching 200K, and after seeing this shit...yeah.

The 2GZGE is LOL at 190k.

Nothing compares to a good ol' 22R....just ask the terrorists.

05-23-2008, 12:34 AM
I wouldn't trade the 90-93 celica body for any other daily. I do believe it should be common practice to change the oil pump at 150-175k miles. That would have helped my situation, but hind sight is 20/20.

Well, it turns out my criteria is not so far fetched afterall. Kind of what I figured. I mean, a 5S is not all that popular. I got a 5S with 80,000 miles pretty dang close to my asking price (includes shipping). Looking forward to getting this motor and getting the car back on the road.

05-23-2008, 12:45 AM
woo.. pretty, good work :)

Looks like a car in great condition still, good luck on slapping in another 5S, besides.. its cheap.

05-24-2008, 02:21 AM
220,000 still going strong

05-24-2008, 03:06 AM
Where did you pick this 5sfe up from ?