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First motor swap ever complete (3S-FE to 5S-FE)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dirtrip, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Dirtrip

    Dirtrip Guest

    Hello all!

    I'm not too sure how active this forum is but for the past few months I've been a lurker for advice on my own car and became interested in doing the 3S-FE to 5S-FE swap and long story short I did it. Pulled an all nighter last Saturday night and managed to pull it off and drive home the next day.

    The reason I'm posting about this is because I haven't seen much information about the swap other than it can be done. It is relatively easy to do but at the same time there are headaches along the way. I unfortunately don't have any pictures of the process because it is my daily driver and I wanted to get the hard part over with.

    The question is now; are there any questions about this swap? Or is it just so easy that people figure it out on their own?
    Thanks for the quick read, hope everyone has a good one.
  2. 89vertSE

    89vertSE Well-Known Member

    id like to know alot more about the problems you had, and it would also be nice for anyone else in the future for a how to/issues, also what year to and from you went to

    i got a 89 3sfe manual and want to do this swap when my motor is shot
  3. Mafix

    Mafix Owner Staff Member Administrator Donated!

    congrats! it is certainly a great upgrade from what you had. the upgrade from there is yet another swap but we can discuss that later in life. for now just enjoy the car.
    if you have the time please post a bit of a how to.
  4. Stig

    Stig ST162 Guru Donated!

    Yeah, it's been done a couple of times on here.
    Difficulty would depend on which 5S you used, ie the D4 has injectors in the manifold.
    How does the car feel/drive, what yr engine did you use?
  5. Dirtrip

    Dirtrip Guest

    Wow wasn't expecting such a response, thank you guys!

    I don't have much time at this moment because I have to go to work but briefly:
    89 Celica ST 3SFE (manual)
    Motor from 94 Camry SE (automatic)

    The injectors were tucked in between the intake manifold and the head so that thankfully wasn't much of an issue, other than getting the harness back to where it was. I eliminated the power steering for now because my steering rack had leaks so until I get a new one I have no assist in my steering. I bought a flywheel, clutch, pressure plate and throwout bearing all belonging to the Camry motor and surprisingly fit exactly to the 89 Celica transmission.

    The issues I'm facing currently are the fuel pump wont prime so I have to turn over for about 7 or 8 seconds to get the car to start cold, exhaust is louder than hell so I have to make a new one, and the least favorite issue I'm having that bums me out is the throwout bearing. I barely press my clutch down and it sounds like a thousand scissors snipping at once in the tranny. I can only assume it wasn't put in right. A friend that was helping me put it in so maybe they screwed up? Hard to say because it went in exactly how the old one was in but the sound to me seems like the bearing is spinning on the pressure plate fingers and cutting into them. I don't want to have to take it all out and redo that little thing but I might just have to. Otherwise the car feels so much better and the torque is a huge bonus compared to what it used to be.

    I'll give more details later, again thanks for tuning in!

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