View Full Version : Engine Transplant

04-13-2010, 08:29 PM
So a few weeks ago I started having problems with my car. It was making a ticking noise that I thought was coming from inside the valve cover. After doing a valve adjustment the ticking persisted. I then thought it might be something bad with the timing pulleys. This is about the time I met up with you great guys that said they would help me figure it out. I had to drive it most of the way from Niles, MI down to Mishawaka, IN to Tuner4life's garage where he and VikingJZ started taking a look at it. Low and behold, it wasn't anything fixable, well withing my expenses, and it was a rod knock.

So I started sourcing engines and I wanted to stay with th 5s because I love the torque output that they give. After about a week, I was thinking that I was going to have to order a JDM off the internet. Well one day walking through the local jy, I saw a 95 Camry that had an engine, but only had the 2200 sticker on the intake manifold. I was pretty sure it was a 5s, but called Aaron just to make sure. It was and I started pulling it out. Took awhile because of a stupid third mount bolt on the passenger side that I didn't see from underneath the car. Finally got it out and to the doors at 5:45. I was originally only after the block, but because they closed at 5:30 I figured I would just take the whole thing. Got ready to pay and he said something like $190. I was like, WHOA, I just got an engine, and he proceeds to correct me and point out the torque converter and intake manifold. I tell him I can take them off real quick and he says don't worry about it. I then let him know that I was only after the block anyway, so he looks at me and says, Oh, okay. He charged me for a block, that's right $129.00 and I'm walking out the door with a low mileage engine.

Got it over to Jason's house the next day and there it sat because of conflict on schedules.

Well yesterday after at least a week of it just sitting, I finally am able to get some work done on it, if only a few hours, and this is where it went.

Engine on the hoist:
(damn intake manifolds are strong as hell!!!)

Front of the engine:

Back of the block:

Inside the valve cover:

Intake manifold off:

Timing area(this gets gross):

One of the timing covers:

Oil pan off:
Was surprised to see nothing in the oil at all.

New Parts!!!:
Full Gasket kit:
New pumps, and timing pulleys:

Well that's where I sit until tonight. Planning on yanking the cams out and the head off. From there I will need about 30gals. of Purple Power it seems like. Well this should be fun, will keep everyone updated on this. May even do a write up of the gasket replacement.

04-13-2010, 08:49 PM
Keep the pics coming. What are your ultimate plans with this engine and/or car?

04-13-2010, 09:18 PM
Just to have a good running, great handling car. Don't really want a turbo kit or anything... unless it can be had for under $150, lol. Just want something fun. The handling is going to be insane thoguh. Getting D2's and front and rear strut tower bars, Dropping it 1" at least, and hopefully when I get a job I want to get a 22mm sway bar in the back end.

04-13-2010, 09:36 PM
For an engine like that handling is the key to making the car perform so I think you're on the right track.

04-13-2010, 10:22 PM
Other that what I have, and the sway bar to come later, I can't think of anything else to get for it to make it handle better.

04-14-2010, 03:20 AM

Pick up some FIPG (either Toyota or Honda). You'll need this around the valve cover where the cam peeks out to the cam gear for the timing belt. Put a bit in the corners it'll help prevent leaks. Looks like the old valve cover gasket gave up though.. lotsa oil on the timing & intake manifold.

04-14-2010, 05:27 AM
Mike, explain the fur that we found inside the timing cover....

04-14-2010, 05:54 AM
do not use the head gasket that comes with that kit, use a toyota one, they are MUCH BETTER AND WHILE LAST A LOT LONGER!@!@!@!!!@!

04-14-2010, 06:29 AM
Okay yeah, so what Aaron was saying, lol. I forgot to mention that, thanks for reminding me.

So it looked like, how should I say this....looked like a rat freaking crawled into the timing area and exploded, only it wasn't hair. I don't know what it was, but it was nastier than hell. Course I immediately stuck my hand in it to figure out what it was, cause that's how I am, lol. But yeah, not sure what it was, or where it came from, but it was NASTY! (Aaron freaked out when he saw it, lmao)

04-14-2010, 06:28 PM
Got some more new parts in today! Felt like christmas!!!

New intake:

Front strut tower bar:

Rear strut tower bar:

D2 coilovers:

04-16-2010, 04:09 AM
Looks sweet.

While you're doing all of this stuff, care to make a guide on how to install coilovers properly? I'm excited to see how the final product turns out.

04-16-2010, 07:04 AM
Was planning on it! Pretty much all the kits are the same but what I like about the D2s already is the little bars in the tool kit are actually the brake line holders! You can custom bend them any way you like and they come with rubber grommets and two extra ones.

04-16-2010, 07:07 AM
Really? That's pretty cool. Saves some time and money.

How much did the kit run you?

04-16-2010, 07:15 AM
$839, with two day shipping!:biggthumpup:

Oh and by the way, they retail for about $1495.

04-21-2010, 12:50 AM
This tear down and rebuild is coming along quite nicely.

Hopefully there are no major problems!

04-21-2010, 01:01 AM
looking good man. you've got some really good dudes helping you.

04-21-2010, 02:56 AM
It's coming along, Just wish I could get more time with it. Almost done cleaning the block and after that comes paint followed by putting it back together.

Oh and Aaron, I found you can get the valves out to replace the seals with a socket and a magnet. Pretty easy.

04-21-2010, 04:56 AM
It's coming along, Just wish I could get more time with it. Almost done cleaning the block and after that comes paint followed by putting it back together.

Oh and Aaron, I found you can get the valves out to replace the seals with a socket and a magnet. Pretty easy.

Now that's gangsta.

Check this out. The first page has pics of this guy power washing his block and painting it:


04-25-2010, 02:31 AM
Well I had lost my camera and had some pics on it, luckily not much had been done, and what had, I got pics with Jason's(tuner4life) camera. So here's the update.

Been spending most my time cleaning the block prepping it for paint. Man this is a pain in the ass if you are doing it by hand. Didn't want to do a dip as I didn't want to take out the pistons and such.

Almost done:

Best stuff in the world, and cheap too!

New cleaning tools. Tried to use a soft metal brush, but that just got torn up in 5 mins. $5 down the drain too. This time I got some heavy duty ones!

These are the colors I'm doing my block, head, valve cover, and header. The one on the left is a can of primer, the one in the middle is a shiny silver for the head and header, and the blue is for the block and the valve cover.

Random teardown pics:

More to come soon, and if you guys need anything specific information wise or picture wise, just let me know. Hoping to be done within 2 weeks.

04-27-2010, 07:57 PM
Okay small update today, go everything finished being clean last night and proceded to paint everything I was going to.


Tonight I am going to be working on putting everything back together with the new gaskets and pumps.

05-21-2010, 06:34 AM
Little update, engine almost done being put back together, and the old one is out. But now I have a new problem, my tranny is shot. There is a 50 cent piece size hole in the front and some how the speedo cable anchor got ripped off the top of the tranny.:wacko: Need a new one, but don't have the funds right now because of no job. Would love to swap it with a s54 though.

09-07-2010, 01:22 AM
You never updated!

09-11-2010, 07:02 PM
This car is done and back on the road.