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post Nov 8, 2007 - 1:08 PM
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Quick background:

This project was "started" by a board member from Ohio. After a year of frustrating stories and miss leading information i decided it was time to transfer the my car to Speed-Source to be completed.
Upon arrival to speed-source we soon realized the reality was much worse than first anticipated. The problems ranged from exterior damage, terrible wiring, torn apart interior with missing parts etc etc etc.
I was on the verge of parting out this project. Literally trying to decide between continuing or selling the shell and spare parts. This was a tough time. Especially realizing the wasted year of turmoil and money i had just been dragged through. It was not cool, and I'm still very upset, disappointed and devastated.

So, what's the plan now then?

The plan is already in effect. The swap has started over. The engine is out and being torn down and gone over. After seeing the level of craftsmanship that this project had been subject to, it was the only option.

At this point, I'd like to thank Carl at Speed-Source for being willing to take on this project. They're top quality guys and will make sure things are done right. They've worked on members cars here like jgreening's past 3sgte Celica.

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**pictures taken of project after being received by Speed-Source.**

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Wiring:







Exhaust welds:







Interior:





Engine bay (nowhere near complete):





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post Nov 8, 2007 - 1:12 PM
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Where the **** did you have the celica before! It looks like a toddler soldered those wires!


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post Nov 8, 2007 - 1:20 PM
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yea that soildering looks terrible. Are you doing a V6 5spd swap though?, or are u swappin an auto tranny in? It looks like it will be a nice project when its done, but sorry to hear about all that other stuff you had to go through.
post Nov 8, 2007 - 1:36 PM
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it looks like soldering and welding are not the guys specialty, however everything else looks perfectly normal.
now that its in carl's hands, im sure it will be finished to perfection.


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post Nov 8, 2007 - 2:07 PM
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wow dude, wondering where you have been, sorry to hear about the troubles.
good luck with the new place.
post Nov 8, 2007 - 2:13 PM
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DAM!, wasn't your car just repainted a while back? those morons should not operate a swap shop if they cant keep your car scratch-free! I hope you get this done swiftly now..
post Nov 8, 2007 - 7:03 PM
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Thanks guys for your support. It has been tough in many ways. I might need the local 6gc Ohio community to give me a hand and go pick up some parts for me. Drop me a PM if you're near Cinci. Thanks.

QUOTE(Valo666 @ Nov 8, 2007 - 12:20 PM) [snapback]612339[/snapback]

Are you doing a V6 5spd swap though?


Tranny being used is a e153 5sp (manual) from a solara.

QUOTE(95celgt @ Nov 8, 2007 - 1:13 PM) [snapback]612356[/snapback]

DAM!, wasn't your car just repainted a while back?


Yes it was. The body was in perfect condition prior to this project. mad.gif


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post Nov 8, 2007 - 8:13 PM
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QUOTE(lagos @ Nov 8, 2007 - 12:36 PM) [snapback]612346[/snapback]

now that its in carl's hands, im sure it will be finished to perfection.


There. Corrected that for you.

I would say "good luck" snap. But, you don't need it with Carl at the helm.


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QUOTE(lagos @ Jul 10, 2006 - 1:55 PM) [snapback]454118[/snapback]

i know your trying to do the right thing for your motor, but this is one of those times where you should just trust the guys who have had their swaps for a while and have done a ton of research into this.
post Nov 8, 2007 - 8:58 PM
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man, sorry to hear about all this bad luck, man.
without a doubt carl will take care of you.
everything ive ever seen from him has been nothing but top notch.
hopefully you can prod him enough to join and participate in the thread, i'd love to see him around.
anticipating the finish product!!


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post Nov 8, 2007 - 9:59 PM
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Good LUCK! That is going to be a beast when finished. BTW Keep us updated, Even though I don't have a 6GC anymore, Ive always dream'd about a V6-6GC.. [this was before K-ESD had it, we talked about how it is a sick swap...]

post Nov 8, 2007 - 10:23 PM
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Good luck,

isn't your engine some kind of 1mz -3mz hybrid? I hope you get that figured out, it's all in the wiring after all.


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post Nov 9, 2007 - 6:32 AM
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Colin, I'm glad to see this on the road to completion.

In the end it will be worth it biggrin.gif


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post Nov 10, 2007 - 12:44 AM
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QUOTE(Rayme @ Nov 8, 2007 - 9:23 PM) [snapback]612487[/snapback]

isn't your engine some kind of 1mz -3mz hybrid?


Yes, as of the moment it is. If we find major problems in its rebuild, we may go pure 1mzfe. We'll see.

I will keep this thread updated as best i can.

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post Nov 10, 2007 - 2:12 PM
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can't wait t'ill it's done !!! V6 FTMFW !!!

I wish you'd be around here, I'd help out to speed things up.

Once you get it you will soon forget about the pain you had to go through to get it.

Best of luck


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post Nov 14, 2007 - 10:21 PM
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The 3.3L engine is shot. Compression tests show uneven compression, and further inspection shows very poor craftsmanship - e.g. rust was even inside the engine. The guy who built this maybe had an eye for spray paint, but no skill what-so-ever at being capable in the area of rebuilding engines.

I will pursue legal action if Derek and i do not reach a reasonable agreement of reimbursement for my losses. I have already spoken to a lawyer.

A 1mz-fe 5sp V6 engine from a '00 Solara is the route we will be taking. It is a non vvt-i engine, 3.0L engine with 200 net HP @ 5,200 rpm (149 kW), and 214 ftlbf (290 Nm) of torque.

I'll post pictures of the "new" engine once it gets in.

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post Nov 14, 2007 - 10:28 PM
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ahhh NO !! Thats bad news


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post Nov 14, 2007 - 10:35 PM
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QUOTE(snapshotgt @ Nov 14, 2007 - 10:21 PM) [snapback]614311[/snapback]

A 1mz-fe 5sp V6 engine from a '00 Solara is the route we will be taking. It is a non vvt-i engine, 3.0L engine with 200 net HP @ 5,200 rpm (149 kW), and 214 ftlbf (290 Nm) of torque.

I'll post pictures of the "new" engine once it gets in.

keep your head up Colin, you will be uber happy after you get the finished product. With all of the sacrifice and heartache you've went through in the last year+, you deserve this completed. Don't give up, you're in way too deep now to give away what you deserve. You've got my 100% support, anything you need, let me know.


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post Nov 15, 2007 - 12:36 AM
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QUOTE(Batman722 @ Nov 14, 2007 - 9:35 PM) [snapback]614328[/snapback]

QUOTE(snapshotgt @ Nov 14, 2007 - 10:21 PM) [snapback]614311[/snapback]

A 1mz-fe 5sp V6 engine from a '00 Solara is the route we will be taking. It is a non vvt-i engine, 3.0L engine with 200 net HP @ 5,200 rpm (149 kW), and 214 ftlbf (290 Nm) of torque.

I'll post pictures of the "new" engine once it gets in.

keep your head up Colin, you will be uber happy after you get the finished product. With all of the sacrifice and heartache you've went through in the last year+, you deserve this completed. Don't give up, you're in way too deep now to give away what you deserve. You've got my 100% support, anything you need, let me know.


Thanks Dustin, means a lot. smile.gif

Btw guys, i'm looking for a full uncut 5sfe engine harness. Please PM or post if you can help.


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post Nov 15, 2007 - 10:22 AM
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Holy mess! Those pics are ridiculous! I would have punched the guy in the face with a baby for that shoty work! My first welds ever were much better than that mess! I wouldn't trust that guy to hold my dog! )alright, enough bashing, I just feel your pain)

Hopefully you can reach an agreement with that guy and not have to take it to court.

Good Luck with the new motor/shop!

Remember, VIDS and lots of PICS!


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post Nov 15, 2007 - 5:33 PM
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It sad that you lost some money but I'm pretty sure getting a complete new engine (and hopefully a new harness) will make the whole thing way easier now. Hope you get some cash back on that amateurish at best, job!


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