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post Apr 5, 2010 - 10:22 PM
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You might be asking yourself, "Self, how does a person who just sold their Celica make a progress thread for a Celica?" The answer is easy: you go buy another Celica. So I picked up a '96 GT hatchback with a blown engine.

The story: My brother's friend got the car brand new in '97. It's a '96 model though... gotta wait until the end of the year so you can get a good deal on a car! So back in 1997, a slate gray Celica pulls into my driveway. I've never seen one before. My brother is always telling me about how fast the car is. Flash forward a few years and I find myself with a '96 ST sitting in my garage and I find out that my brother lied to me and that these cars aren't fast at all. So here I am, 3 Celicas and a Lexus IS 300 later, and I miss my Celica. I had my hopes up for a swap and a GT4 front end conversion. So what did I do? I called Marc tonight and asked him about his old Celica. I knew he never changed the oil and never even checked it. I knew he blew the engine up. Tranny is still good, body is still good. New brakes and tires. Even has good blades on the windshield wipers. So tonight I call him and ask if he still has the car and he said he'd let it go for $250. I was there in 30 minutes with a check in hand. The car I grew up watching, the Celica that made me love Celicas, is now mine. Forgive the bad pictures, since it was night before I got there to buy the car. Better pictures coming later.









Like I said, the motor is blown. Not a big deal since I am doing a swap anyway. It was lady driven at first, and ladies suck at driving (no offense, ladies.) So she cracked the skirts and had a body shop remove them. No big deal since I am putting TRD skirts on. The car needs paint. No big deal since I was painting it anyway. Needs a new head unit... You get the idea. That's literally the extent of things that are wrong with the car. Everything else is in good shape.

Plans for the car... I'm still undecided. It's definitely getting a 3S, whether it's a BEAMS or a 3rd gen -GTE.

So... here I am, 6gc. It was a long month without a Celica, but I'm back and I'm here to stay.

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Update: 5S-FE to BEAMS 3S-GE wiring explained with pictures:

EA1 Plug: Pins 17 and 4 need to be bridged. Pin 17 needs power when pin 4 has it. Pin 17 is in the lower left corner, black w/red trace. Pin 4 is the big black wire at the top, center of the plug. Doing this gives the BEAMS spark. Pin 17 coming off of the EA1 plug can be snipped and covered up, left alone. (See picture 1.)
EA1 Plug: Pins 2 and 12 need to be bridged. They are both ground wires, white w/black trace. (See picture 1.)
Clutch start wire: Black w/yellow trace. This one is a bit tricky to explain. There are 3 vertical plugs next to the ECU. On the body side of the plugs, you have a white (19 pin) plug, light gray (13 pin) plug, and dark gray (17 pin) plug. The clutch start wire is pin 18 on the white plug. Move it to pin 17 on the dark gray plug. (Refer to picture 2.)
• If using your OEM tach and a tach adapter, you'll need to intercept the tach signal going from the ECU to the gauges. This comes from plug C, wire 27 on the ECU plugs. It's a gray wire. (Refer to picture 3.)
Cruise control wiring: I have a 1998 USDM Celica. In my case, no wiring changes were necessary and my cruise control works perfectly. I believe that this is standard across the board of USDM Celicas, although some pre-98 models may still require changes. Further research from others is necessary.
Airbag light: To get your airbag light to function properly, you run a wire from the EA1 plug to the light gray interior plug (either pin 4 or pin 5, I have read separate posts saying both and I chose not to do this step so I cannot confirm which pin it is.)

Picture 1. EA1 plug: At the top, pins 2 and 12 are bridged together. These are grounds. In the middle with the yellow butt connector, you can see pins 17 and 4 bridged together, red w/black trace and plain black wire. At the bottom of the picture, you can see the unused and covered wire that used to be pin 17.


Picture 2. Body plugs next to the ECU. Here you can see the clutch start wire in the bottom left corner, black w/yellow trace.


Picture 3. Plug C, wire 27. This is the tach signal wire that needs to be intercepted for a tach signal adapter.


This post has been edited by richee3: Aug 26, 2014 - 10:01 PM


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Mine- 1997 Supra- TT 6 speed, BPU. 460 whp.
Hers- 1998 Celica GT-
BEAMS Swapped.
Ours- 2016 4Runner Trail Edition.

Posts in this topic
- richee3   Richee3's Progress thread.   Apr 5, 2010 - 10:22 PM
- - johnnehh   YES!!!!!!!!!...   Apr 5, 2010 - 10:27 PM
- - SwissFerdi   TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE...   Apr 5, 2010 - 10:31 PM
- - 2celicas2love   i like that color, are you going to change it? 250...   Apr 5, 2010 - 10:55 PM
- - richee3   Thanks guys. I am not sure about the color. It...   Apr 5, 2010 - 11:27 PM
|- - hurley97   QUOTE (richee3 @ Apr 6, 2010 - 12:27...   Apr 6, 2010 - 6:19 PM
- - cheela   welcome back, it's like you never left at all....   Apr 6, 2010 - 12:06 AM
|- - Johnnyny   nice   Apr 6, 2010 - 2:33 AM
- - Keiri   I'm not saying welcome back Daniel because you...   Apr 6, 2010 - 9:25 AM
- - richee3   Lol I thought you guys might have forgotten who I ...   Apr 6, 2010 - 12:04 PM
- - njccmd2002   SWEET, i have been looking for a deal like this, ...   Apr 6, 2010 - 12:14 PM
- - Heindrik   QUOTE (richee3 @ Apr 6, 2010 - 1:04 ...   Apr 6, 2010 - 2:23 PM
- - njccmd2002   ^^^ BEams baby, no turbo, fun to drive.. but yea...   Apr 6, 2010 - 3:08 PM
- - Spider77   Congrats...an IS and a new-ish project celica!   Apr 6, 2010 - 5:51 PM
- - richee3   I may do that, NJCCMD. I have started looking into...   Apr 6, 2010 - 10:37 PM
- - SwissFerdi   Wow, that color is beautiful...from the picture, I...   Apr 7, 2010 - 1:16 AM
- - bloodMoney   I KNEW IT!!!!! I'm glad...   Apr 7, 2010 - 3:25 AM
- - richee3   Turk- I couldn't get a good picture of the car...   Apr 7, 2010 - 5:45 PM
- - GriffGirl   I just saw a 6th gen in that color by my house the...   Apr 7, 2010 - 5:52 PM
|- - richee3   QUOTE (GriffGirl @ Apr 7, 2010 - 6:5...   Apr 11, 2010 - 4:17 PM
- - Zake   that looks like the same color as my car. my wind...   Apr 11, 2010 - 5:27 PM
|- - richee3   QUOTE (Zake @ Apr 11, 2010 - 6:27 PM...   Apr 11, 2010 - 5:31 PM
- - Ted95   3ssssssss!!!!!! lol   Apr 11, 2010 - 6:22 PM
- - richee3   I took the valve cover off to powdercoat it and pr...   Apr 11, 2010 - 6:42 PM
- - richee3   After talking to bmj67, I have decided to try and ...   May 1, 2010 - 3:59 PM
- - Keiri   Dan, I say take your time and rebuild the engine -...   May 1, 2010 - 4:27 PM
- - bloodMoney   ^^^^ Werd. Learn all you can about rebuilds from ...   May 1, 2010 - 5:22 PM
- - johnnehh   If you part it out I will drive all the way out th...   May 2, 2010 - 1:24 AM
|- - richee3   QUOTE (johnnehh @ May 2, 2010 - 1:24...   May 2, 2010 - 9:58 AM
- - Keiri   QUOTE (richee3 @ May 2, 2010 - 10:58...   May 2, 2010 - 12:43 PM
- - SwissFerdi   PART PART PART! I mean, keep it. If you do p...   May 2, 2010 - 12:45 PM
- - richee3   Alrighty, so after contemplating selling the car, ...   Jun 17, 2010 - 7:55 PM
- - pagii   nice richee! haha im gonna start one up too ju...   Jun 17, 2010 - 8:22 PM
- - SwissFerdi   Good stuff R2.   Jun 17, 2010 - 9:02 PM
- - Keiri   Now this is what I like to hear! Good choice ...   Jun 18, 2010 - 9:33 AM
- - njccmd2002   yeah man, its easy to pull out and put in an engin...   Jun 18, 2010 - 11:24 AM
|- - richee3   QUOTE (njccmd2002 @ Jun 18, 2010 - 12...   Jun 19, 2010 - 12:02 AM
- - richee3   Small progress, but progress nonetheless. Today I ...   Jun 19, 2010 - 2:38 PM
- - pagii   "Took the valve cover off, started to take th...   Jun 19, 2010 - 4:25 PM
- - njccmd2002   wow look at all that nastyness.   Jun 19, 2010 - 6:15 PM
- - Keiri   Dan, That looks filthy...and the description is w...   Jun 19, 2010 - 9:33 PM
- - richee3   Told you guys that maintenance wasn't at the t...   Jun 20, 2010 - 1:01 AM
- - njccmd2002   any news?   Jun 23, 2010 - 10:18 PM
- - richee3   Took another look at the fuse box.. It was incredi...   Jun 23, 2010 - 10:49 PM
- - stephen_lee   go dan! we got swaps going around the same ti...   Jun 24, 2010 - 2:16 PM
- - Bigblock   richee3--- I see you've been bitten & you...   Jun 24, 2010 - 3:15 PM
- - richee3   Why have I taken the covers off of my seats? And w...   Jul 8, 2010 - 8:31 PM
- - Johnnyny   finally sheesh..   Jul 9, 2010 - 3:11 AM
- - Spider77   You took off the cover so you can take out some cr...   Jul 9, 2010 - 4:57 PM
- - njccmd2002   you bought leather and relocating the battery   Jul 10, 2010 - 8:05 AM
- - richee3   ^^ Close. Not leather. They're some of Vincent...   Jul 11, 2010 - 3:32 PM
- - stephen_lee   win   Jul 11, 2010 - 11:27 PM
- - benzo   cool!   Jul 12, 2010 - 12:57 AM
- - richee3   Here's a picture of my custom battery box. It...   Jul 17, 2010 - 2:05 PM
- - johnnehh   Looking good!   Jul 17, 2010 - 2:08 PM
- - stephen_lee   very nice   Jul 17, 2010 - 3:15 PM
- - D-Man   I'm likein it!! keep it commin!...   Jul 17, 2010 - 7:15 PM
- - richee3   Front seats are reupholstered- interior is nearly ...   Jul 18, 2010 - 6:19 PM
- - stephen_lee   SEXY!! do it yourself?   Jul 18, 2010 - 8:36 PM
- - rave2n   Ah those seat covers, just did mine this weekend. ...   Jul 18, 2010 - 8:43 PM
- - richee3   Got the front seats reupholstered. It wasn't v...   Jul 18, 2010 - 8:45 PM
- - 97celiman   Is it just me or do they seem really loose on the ...   Jul 18, 2010 - 8:57 PM
- - richee3   Couple of quick pictures. I'm torn between del...   Jul 25, 2010 - 9:01 PM
- - dustin15brown   Just buy my 3s and call it a day   Jul 25, 2010 - 9:28 PM
|- - Johnnyny   wingless is gross imo   Jul 25, 2010 - 9:42 PM
|- - richee3   QUOTE (dustin15brown @ Jul 25, 2010 - 9...   Jul 25, 2010 - 10:32 PM
- - Batman722   good progress so far go wingless for a while, it...   Jul 25, 2010 - 11:23 PM
- - dustin15brown   i have no wing.... and it looks gooooooood   Jul 26, 2010 - 12:36 AM
- - stephen_lee   IMO wingless doesn't look right. ive seen 94/9...   Jul 26, 2010 - 11:46 AM
- - epocsirhc   I like this build alot. I might be getting a gt fo...   Jul 26, 2010 - 7:22 PM
- - richee3   I'm torn on the wingless. I hated it on my bla...   Jul 26, 2010 - 10:59 PM
- - richee3   Bump for a totally useless update! Today, I w...   Aug 2, 2010 - 8:13 PM
- - stephen_lee   RE: Richee3's Progress thread.   Aug 2, 2010 - 8:15 PM
|- - HectortheRican   QUOTE (stephen_lee @ Aug 2, 2010 - 8...   Aug 3, 2010 - 1:16 AM
- - samir0189   RE: Richee3's Progress thread.   Aug 3, 2010 - 1:22 PM
|- - richee3   QUOTE (samir0189 @ Aug 3, 2010 - 2:2...   Aug 3, 2010 - 1:30 PM
- - richee3   Just a teaser for you guys. Yes, I used a Honda...   Aug 9, 2010 - 11:33 PM
- - enderswift   get this thing ready for the next meet man!   Aug 10, 2010 - 12:02 AM
- - njccmd2002   oh those greasy days!!!!   Aug 10, 2010 - 2:03 PM
|- - richee3   QUOTE (enderswift @ Aug 10, 2010 - 12...   Aug 10, 2010 - 10:03 PM
- - Keiri   Quite the show sir. You're making some really...   Aug 10, 2010 - 11:05 PM
|- - richee3   QUOTE (Keiri @ Aug 11, 2010 - 12:05 ...   Aug 10, 2010 - 11:20 PM
- - JuMPiiN   What kind of head unit, i have a friend selling a ...   Aug 11, 2010 - 12:09 AM
- - 97celiman   dude. 60 shipped and mine is yours. it's not ...   Aug 11, 2010 - 1:33 AM
- - Keiri   Guys! Stop showing him those good deals...I wa...   Aug 11, 2010 - 9:13 AM
- - stephen_lee   are we swap racing? hahah   Aug 11, 2010 - 1:46 PM
- - PolliS_5S-FE   its kinda good though not getting the engine in th...   Aug 11, 2010 - 8:00 PM
- - njccmd2002   you like being covered in grease? thats scary. W...   Aug 11, 2010 - 8:13 PM
- - richee3   Lol I have no extra money, guys. Not buying anythi...   Aug 17, 2010 - 3:10 PM
- - rave2n   Go go progress! I personally hate axel grease...   Aug 17, 2010 - 3:13 PM
- - enderswift   those dcw's sure look awesome, way better than...   Aug 17, 2010 - 11:54 PM
- - richee3   My apologies for the delay, but I'm finally ab...   Feb 3, 2011 - 9:04 PM
- - chacha   would you kindly post a pic of the places you dril...   Feb 3, 2011 - 11:01 PM
- - bloodMoney   I think that I've decided to go a different ro...   Feb 4, 2011 - 9:35 AM
|- - Success21   QUOTE (bloodMoney @ Feb 4, 2011 - 9...   Apr 27, 2011 - 7:35 PM
|- - bloodMoney   QUOTE (Success21 @ Apr 27, 2011 - 7...   Apr 27, 2011 - 10:28 PM
- - richee3   RE: Richee3's Progress thread.   Apr 27, 2011 - 7:05 PM
- - SwissFerdi   Good luck as always pal.   Apr 27, 2011 - 7:46 PM
- - Stambo   YESSSS   Apr 27, 2011 - 10:04 PM
- - richee3   I ordered the clutch last Tuesday and I finally go...   Apr 29, 2011 - 7:21 PM
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