View Full Version : Tops Down Ya dig 1991 Toyota Celica convertible

07-06-2010, 09:36 PM
Whats up everyone my name is Tony and I live here in Shreveport,LA. This is my on going project which now is in the process of being converted into a daily driver. So let me know what you guys think.

empty engine bay(soon to be 3sfe engine swap)

Suspesion Mods
Kyb struts
eibach lowering springs

Brakes/Wheels Mods
17x7 ADR wheels
crossdrilled and slotted rotors
carbon mettalic brake pads

Exterior Mods
RC/CS carbonfiber hood
jdm corner lights
jdm power folding mirrors
jdm rare 90/91 vented tailights
jdm foglights(not installed)
clear bumper lights
92/93 tinted tailights
diy roller sunshine red paint job

Interior upgrades


Current Status

UPcoming Mods
*sway bar
*zepher lip kit
*cd player
*rc front bumper
*ac/heat working

07-06-2010, 09:39 PM
Question, why the 3sfe?

07-06-2010, 09:41 PM
the price is there something wrong with the 3sfe engine.

07-06-2010, 10:12 PM
the price is there something wrong with the 3sfe engine.

nope, its just not really an option for an American celica.... atleast a celica.

07-06-2010, 10:53 PM
the price is there something wrong with the 3sfe engine.
No, nothing wrong with the 3sfe. Just wondering why you opted for a 3sfe as opposed to dropping in a 5sfe from the 5th gen celica (I think the gen5 vert came with the 5sfe stock right?).

07-06-2010, 11:44 PM
You are correct tim.

07-07-2010, 05:52 AM
But...why? I've considered many swaps for my celica, but never a 3sFe.

The Captain
07-07-2010, 06:30 AM
Damn, I was in Shreveport last week.

07-07-2010, 08:03 PM
But...why? I've considered many swaps for my celica, but never a 3sFe.

ummmmm just a cheap engine. my corolla trans is going out and i need a daily quick. in the future there will be a beams swap but as of today i need a car and the 3sfe is affordable at the moment.

Mr Celica
07-07-2010, 09:24 PM
but the 5sfe is probably even cheaper, dude... they put them in everything...

rav4, camry, celica.... i'm sure you can find it cheap.

i thought the 3sfe was the 2.0L engine from the like 87-91 camry?

07-08-2010, 10:31 PM
im getting the jdm 3sfe havent found a 5sfe for the same price yet unless im looking in the wrong places. if you know where I can get a 5sfe for less than $400 please le a brother know. would rather have a 5s but only have the cash for a 3s due to my dying corolla.

07-08-2010, 10:37 PM
Have you checked your local junk yards? The pick in pulls here sell motors for 150 or 200 if I recall correctly.

07-09-2010, 08:04 PM
ok my kyb struts and eibach springs came in today. so hopefully i can have them installed by the end of the weekend. also i see everyone saying not to go with the 3sfe engine. i have a quick question should i just get the 5sfe engine fixed. the problem was the block was leaking antiferze from the timing belt side i took the car to a shade tree mechanic thinking it was the water pump. so after the so call mechanic installed the water pump it was still leaking coolant. so he said it must be a freeze plug. do you think he installed the pump corectly are could it be a freeze plug.

07-13-2010, 08:09 PM
ok this weekend i felt was a success. i got my struts and springs installed and started to paint my car. if the week goes ok the motor should be back in the bay.
Pics of the struts/springs
So what you guys think more to come and hopefully the car will be on all fours by the weekend.

07-14-2010, 09:54 PM
How did you wire the mirrors? Do you have the mirror control box(for the folding part)

07-15-2010, 05:07 PM
my mirrors are not wired. im not very good with wires. heck my girlfriend had to wire my cd player lol. i have everything for the mirrors and mayb one day they will retract .

07-15-2010, 05:27 PM
dude I got a q? why is your front bumper like that? I've got a 92 convertible also and my front bumper looks way diff than yours.

Front bumber has a grille w fog lights to the end of them in a recessed area.

Just curious to know if that's the stock look, or was something done to it, or is mine "stock"

Even my mirrors are different than yours.

07-15-2010, 05:38 PM
i really dont know anything about the front bumpers. it could be a different trim or year. my celica is a 1991 gt. im sure when they came out you could fogs as a option. my side view mirrors are jdm. check out ebay and you should find some.

07-19-2010, 04:16 PM
Well this weekend was dedicated to getting the celica prep for the engine install. I had to install the suspension on the fronts to move the car so we can have more room to work with. Also started to clean the 5sfe up a little bit too. I also installed my trunk just to see how the car looks with the two tone. Man I have to say that roller paint idea has the celica looking good. When Im done I will take a close pic of the completed paint job.

07-21-2010, 08:35 PM
alrite guys got to work on the engine bay and painted it black. also took the water pump and timing belt off and replace them. hopefully by the end of the day we can at least have the engine bolted up. cant wait to be cruising again.

07-30-2010, 05:08 PM
ok this week got really bored and wanted to add some spice in my engine bay lol. so i painted my valve cover my favorite color baby blue so heres some pics of the project.
Also painted my jdm side view mirrors. let me know what you guys think.

07-30-2010, 07:15 PM
Very nice. I like the valve cover.

The Captain
07-30-2010, 07:52 PM
looking good. interesting color choice for the cover...

Go ahead and put widebody front fenders on now. :-)

07-30-2010, 11:09 PM
Looks great man! Have you bought the motor yet?

07-31-2010, 05:56 PM
they sale widebody fenders for the celica pls send that link i need them now lol. i was bored and had some left over paint and the ladys love baby blue valve covers. i didnt order the engine yet. actually i installed a new water pump and set the timing on the 5sfe. if that doesnt work i may send it to a reputable mechanic this time. if it wasnt so damn hot down here the engine would be in now.

The Captain
08-01-2010, 03:54 AM
they sale widebody fenders for the celica pls send that link i need them now lol. .
Toyota still sells 'em. Click "the secret project" on my siggy to see how to do it.

09-07-2010, 03:40 PM
Ok Ok i know its been awhile since ive updated the celica. I just bought a Honda Accord wagon for my daily while my celica sits up. Ok so lately I got the 5sfe bolted down. Next thing on the list is new drive axles and get the car to fire up. So here is some pictures over the weekend.
Getting ready for the engine drop
Lol i like this pic my house actually looks like a real garage
The engine is in
Now the car looks ready to go
Now waiting in the yard to finish her up
so let me know what you guys think.

09-07-2010, 03:58 PM
looking good dude, keep it up

09-13-2010, 03:23 PM
thanks the car is coming along. now i have to order drive axles and it should be ready to go again.

09-14-2010, 03:24 AM
There could be a few things that would cause an antifreeze leak. HG, water pump, crack in block, gasket. My motor leaks antifreeze when its full (from the back of the motor, passenger side). But if I let it leak out it stops after about 12 oz's and doesn't leak again. I learned to quit topping it off lol.

On the 3sfe questions from earlier, I am not sure the 5s is better. The old 4th gen I had (3sfe) felt like it had more power and did a shit load better on gas. My current experience with the 5s is it is sluggish and sucks on gas. The 3s I had averaged between 36 and 40 MPG. Both had cone filter and gutted cat.

Good work so far.