View Full Version : Gen5 GT-S: Phase I

03-30-2010, 01:01 AM
FOUR) Upgrade the GT-S for cheap. Spend maybe $1,000 on suspension, new transmission and body work. I can take things off my GT and then sell it as a great, rust free car with almost 230k!

Tomorrow, I pick this option up...

04-04-2010, 07:42 PM
It has been a fun week, moving from Cincinnati to Akron. The GT-S is up on stands, being taken apart. I am going to have so many parts that will get rust primered in that engine compartment it's not funny. Just misc. things like the metal ring around the intake box port that needs a nice coat of anything not rust-brown.

Structurally I am happy with what I am finding. The weakest part in the engine are the two mounts for the radiator. Not too big a deal. I was peeved that a number of bolts have just broken off as they are being loosened. I will be doing a lot of drilling and tapping. Thank God for Ace Hardware.

Honestly, how difficult is it to pull the engine off the automatic transaxle without pulling the drive axles? I should be able to get the two apart without that much fuss, right?

04-08-2010, 04:36 AM
You should have seen the looks on the faces of everyone I passed with a hood strapped to my roof. I wanted to pass a ricer and tell them my spoiler was BIGGEST.


This is where I am parking the GT-S for 2 weeks. It beats doing major work in the street using the curb to get you an extra 4 inches of clearance.


Tied off AC compressor.


I am a big supporter of keeping your workspace clean and well organized. When something goes wrong, it is so nice to have plenty of space and everything stupid proofed. The last time I had an engine out, I forgot one plug and spent a couple hours trouble shooting. A label on a loose plug would have made that so much easier.



In order from left to right:

1) The original "Christine" 92' GT from Salinas CA

2) The $380 91' GT hatchback for my bro

3) The other red 92', a $480 GT-S


04-08-2010, 04:56 AM
Sweet! Off to a running start. :)

04-09-2010, 04:08 PM
For the record:

The driver side drive axle is a real pain in the arse. Sliding hammer and fork make that job so much easier. I also can't stress enough how important it is to wear gloves when removing those guys. I always seem to forget and slice up my hand.

Anyways, the head is at Federated getting cleaned and valved. After then disassemble it and soak the bare head, I am going to pick it up and give it a nice Port & Polish. I have a decent sized tub of aluminum polish, so I am going to for mirror finish. If my friend finishes dealing with his gf, I'll get it over to him for some after hours Flowbench. Also, if I hear back from Delta Cam, I should be getting my exhaust cam ground.

I didn't start the project with those modifications in mind, but if I am going to do the work pulling the engine, I might as well make some gains.

04-27-2010, 07:07 PM
I would have included more photographs of the process, but I sold my camera and just got it's replacement last week.

Just some things that other's might find interesting:

1) Remove the passenger side axle can be achieved easily by tapping the axle carrier lightly with a hammer until it pops out of the transmission case.

2) Driver side axle is a little more tricky. My recommendation is going to Lowe's and looking for a "slip lock nut wrench" in the plumbing section. You can slide it up against the casing and it holds in place. One smack with a large mallet or sledgehammer and it pops the drive axle right out. The case acts like a fulcrum and you leverage it out. I'll get some pics of what I mean when I get everything back together.


3) The wire harness requires some effort to remove intact. I had to remove the valve cover to get enough clearance to pull the harness forward, up and away from the intake manifold and then out.

4) If you remove the entire exhaust manifold and coverings, pulling the 5SFE out of the bay is cake. Then you only have to worry about how the transmission and mounts clear. The further forward you can bring the engine, the easier it is.

5) The 4 bolts you are going to need to hold the engine to the stand are M12 x 1.25 @ 90mm or 100mm long. If you use 80mm, they barely have enough thread to bite.

Now I am waiting for the head to come back from the shop and my seal kit to arrive. Body work to follow once I get done with a deisgn project on Wednesday.

05-05-2010, 02:45 AM

Because my gf wants to find a real job in California (and I am just waiting for her now) I bought that $37 manual transmission from the pull-a-part. Trying to make the most out of the moment. I have the shifter, cables and ECU in along with the pedal. I finally went stick.

If anyone wants a 150,000 miles automatic transmission, I'm your man :D

I'll get pics up once I solve my RAW file issue. Camera choking my photo workstation.

05-17-2010, 10:21 PM
So, it's been too long on this car. And the entire project is getting the ax. GTS just became my parts car.

The rust cancer was WAY more advanced then it had originally looked. I kept cutting, and cutting, and cutting. Now I am missing the passenger rear quarter panel. It's still going too. Thinned out beyond what is realistically repairable within reason.

There was also the lovely death animal smell from a chipmunk nest in the rear quarter panel that also takes the cake. Thanks for eating the foam in the rear seats.

Frame broke apart at the rear lift points. I swear every freaking bolt and screw shears off as they are all rust seized in place. This thing is just not worth the time or effort.

Was hoping to have repairable rust damage, and it became an unsurmountable beast. But I am not getting down about it, because I might have a car with a good body available through my dad's friend in Michigan.

With my GT sold, and my GTS needing to be taken out and put down; here's to hoping that works out this week.

05-17-2010, 11:08 PM

sounds a whole lot easier then getting under the car and using a pry bar to pull the axles out. good find. i'll remember it for next time i replace an axle. *thumbs up*

05-18-2010, 03:46 AM
hey seen u had a roof rack on ur celica u still have that lookin to sale it ??? i need to find a roof rack befor snowboardin season starts again for my alltrac let me know if u wanna sale it thanks man

05-18-2010, 03:49 AM
Keeping roof rack. The small mammal carcass is up for dibs though. :D

05-18-2010, 05:08 AM
forsure just need to find some kind of roof rack after takein my alltrac to tahoe and haveing snowboards in the back right next to my head not the best feelin lol :clumsy:

05-18-2010, 06:27 AM
i found something i think might work not sure lol

what is the SST Extension Kit for ???