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post May 30, 2014 - 11:36 AM
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Year: 1995
Model: ST
Frame & Type(optional): AT200
Engine: factory 7A-FE
transmission: Not sure

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Hello everyone, my name is Marcos im 21 and I live in Dallas, Texas.
Like I posted in the other thread I have a Blue 1995 Toyota celica st coupe. with roughly 245,xxx miles on the odo.
Originally from Illinois I think and I think I'm the second owner too. Came with every service record since 1995. Has been well taken care of.
But with the high miles comes more maintenance. Only thing I've done is oil change basically a week after I bought it. Because the
I haven't done much to the car so far. But pictures are more fun then words.

Here it the car with a cold air intake my first upgrade basically. Notice the paint fading on the hood roof and trunk. I plan on painting it all a matte or flat black, so itll be a black and blue scheme and so the car wont look so old. Im hoping it will look nice.









The second thing I did to it was paint the black steelies, since it only had three hubcaps when I first got it, and I hate hubcaps with a passion so those came right off as I got home that day. First I was maybe thinking on painting them red since I have red pinstriping on the car and I found a can of paint that had a red hue to it.
And it was dark so I was like that will work so I lifted the car cleaned the wheels with some degreaser and a scrubbing pad and gave it a go.

Both wheels cleaned




And the car lifted up.



So what I did basically was take all the air out of the tire and I had some index cards laying around so I placed them between the tire and the rim to protect the tire from overspray, fairly easy for anyone who wants a different color on their wheels and doesnt want to waste money on unmounting the tires to paint them a different color.



Heres the paint that I thought was red. (My paint specially made for graffiti artist)


So I did a coat of it and it came out a dark pink color, so I was like whoa thats bad and wouldnt look right on the celica.


So I had a can of fresh white paint for backup just in case I didnt like the other.
Its a nice white and fast drying


So I have it about a couple of coats of that white on the two wheels that I had cleaned and it came out okay, I ended getting overspray because I did a bad job on the covering of the tire.



You can see the overspray here, it bothers me that you can see it but ohwell and I was too lazy to cover it with black so I just left it alone, I was just anxious to see how the looked on the celi, and I really liked it with the blue color.








What yall think?
So I only had enough to do two wheels that day so I was rolling around town with two white and two black steelies lol, tacky but no biggie.

So later that week I had some more time on my hands and said well Ill knock out the front wheels too.

So I lifted the front and got to cleaning them, I also inspected an oil leak I have, I cant seem to find the source but Im leaning towards the front main seal.


So I leaned from last time and prepped the wheels better this time, and removed all the air I could to easily fit the index cards better to prevent overspray and this is what I got.



I put them long ways at first then the second row I just filled in the spaces, for anyone else who wants to try this.

Close up


So I only had enough for one more wheel, so I only have one black steelie and three white, lol and I have no money right now to but more fresh paint, since I dont want to buy a diff. white and it be off.


But if you're on my left side you'll see them like this. And I also rotated my tires since they where wearing more on the front then the rear.

I have other Ideas for it, I have some fog lights of a Lexus es300 they are yellow projectors, and I have a wink mirror form my del sol I just need some time to install it.

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post May 30, 2014 - 1:01 PM
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Looks good. You can scrub tire to remove overspray. There are several topics on how to install fogs and the wiring


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post May 30, 2014 - 2:14 PM
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that actually looks suprisingly good for a car from the midwest. hopefully no hidden rust. smile.gif


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post Aug 17, 2014 - 5:10 PM
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So sadly yesterday my celi stopped on me on the freeway, well at least the engine, and the only person I can blame is myself, I failed to replace the front main seal, and the radiator when I had money. So I basically blew the headgasket on my 1.8 because I failed the replace that 6 dollar seal. FML
Now I can either just replace the headgasket, or swap for a 5sfe. Not sure what I should do right now. The 5sfe swap could be nice because I can get the engine and tranny for about 250-350 depending on the mileage, not so bad is it?
post Aug 17, 2014 - 11:50 PM
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installing a 5S-FE is not a simple bolt in. you also need the 5 speed trans. you need the GT shifter cables, and you need to modify the passenger side of the frame for the engine mount. then there is the wiring differences. they are small, but there are some.

after all that work, you could install a V6 for about the same cost. Im developing a kit that includes the engine mount and Y pipe.


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post Aug 18, 2014 - 8:45 AM
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go 4age! smile.gif


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post Aug 18, 2014 - 10:13 AM
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QUOTE (cheela @ Aug 18, 2014 - 6:45 AM) *
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worst idea ever.


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post Aug 18, 2014 - 7:58 PM
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with 235k miles I'd hardly say it's your fault. changing a main seal is a big pile of work.

probably the best thing that could have happened for the sake of your motor longevity. But for the money and time, your best bet is to just get another 7afe.


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QUOTE (ricochet1490 @ Aug 18, 2014 - 8:58 PM) *
with 235k miles I'd hardly say it's your fault. changing a main seal is a big pile of work.

probably the best thing that could have happened for the sake of your motor longevity. But for the money and time, your best bet is to just get another 7afe.



Yeah that is true,
So recently what happened, I thought the coil was out so I ended just replacing the coil to the Dist. And it was after barely making it home, the car didn't turn on anymore. Which is lucky. Since I didn't see water in the oil, and I eventually got it fixed, and basically verified that the head gasket was blown.
Im guessing it was between cylinder 3 and 4 since those he two pistons in those two cylinders where black, and number 1 and 2 where still clean.
And The rings scraped up the cylinder walls, and number one piston has a slight ding on one of the edges, only noticeable if you look closely at it. Im curious on what could have caused it.

And I never got to painting the other wheel white.

But recently I was reading up on some different swaps and at first I wanted to go with the 4afe head and 7afe block, for good power on the low end and top end, then i figured out it wasn't much of a noticeable difference.
So I looked upon doing a 5sfe swap but the motor doesn't have much of a hp gain for the price of just rebuilding the 7afe.
So I threw that out the window.
Next I thought up how about turbo and thought of the 3sgte and read up on that swap and seemed it wasn't for me since you could have a v6 with almost the same power, and threw out that idea of the 3sgte because, well v-6 why not.
So I remembered i saw a thread of a v6 swap that kurt95gt was doing and I fell in love, At first it seemed like to much custom work, but upon reading all 58 pages or how ever many there are, it didn't seem so hard.
Just how awesome would a v-6 1mz 1995 toyota celica coupe, lowered on some nice wheels sound, that sound like an eye catcher to me.
And i was already researching prices and i can find the engine around 200 to 350 dollars depending on mileage, which isn't bad i might say.

So what does everyone think?
I want to run a poll on what engine swap I should do to the coupe, even though im leaning more towards the 1mz.

I also want to note that I want it to be functional and all with working a/c since I do live in Texas, and Texas weather isn't a joke if you have no a/c, trust me I know.
Ill post photos of the 7afe and the damages that was done to it once my internet speeds up.
I also posted a video on my Instagram, for those that have an instagram.
My user name is evolmarcos, follow if you don't mind photos of baby photos, i just had a girl shes a month and 4 days old.
post Oct 17, 2014 - 7:32 PM
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worst idea ever.


why ?

im usually a 3s guy but i say v6 ps you are lucky and have the 2post spoiler looks so good
post Oct 17, 2014 - 9:48 PM
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QUOTE (PrimeLuxeZ @ Oct 17, 2014 - 7:03 PM) *
Next I thought up how about turbo and thought of the 3sgte and read up on that swap and seemed it wasn't for me since you could have a v6 with almost the same power, and threw out that idea of the 3sgte because, well v-6 why not.
So I remembered i saw a thread of a v6 swap that kurt95gt was doing and I fell in love, At first it seemed like to much custom work, but upon reading all 58 pages or how ever many there are, it didn't seem so hard.
Just how awesome would a v-6 1mz 1995 toyota celica coupe, lowered on some nice wheels sound, that sound like an eye catcher to me.
And i was already researching prices and i can find the engine around 200 to 350 dollars depending on mileage, which isn't bad i might say.


I would keep researching on the v-6 swap if that's what you are leaning toward, just reading through Kurt's thread may make it look easier than it is. It will come with a big headache, lots of hours, and money being thrown away. And I'm sure you may realize (and i don't mean to insult you whatsoever) but your going to spend a lot more than 250-300 bucks to actually get a v-6 working, just wanted to throw it out there.
But if you do the research you can get a v-6 in smile.gif I know Kurt loves his

Side note if that doesn't work out I have a low mileage 7a FS, but it's in NY.

way to throw out my baby 3s frown.gif she's wonderful and you gave her no chance lol.. jp, do what you want. Not what other people want, it's your car!


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post Oct 17, 2014 - 9:52 PM
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Thought about a 7A-GTE/GE or a 9A-GE?


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I would keep researching on the v-6 swap if that's what you are leaning toward, just reading through Kurt's thread may make it look easier than it is. It will come with a big headache, lots of hours, and money being thrown away. And I'm sure you may realize (and i don't mean to insult you whatsoever) but your going to spend a lot more than 250-300 bucks to actually get a v-6 working, just wanted to throw it out there.
But if you do the research you can get a v-6 in smile.gif I know Kurt loves his

Side note if that doesn't work out I have a low mileage 7a FS, but it's in NY.

way to throw out my baby 3s frown.gif she's wonderful and you gave her no chance lol.. jp, do what you want. Not what other people want, it's your car!
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Oh yeah I understand on the price, ,but 250 to 300 price range for the 1mz seems good.

Well it was more of a firestarter for me, I understand it can get pricey, but I want something different, or not the norm, like in the area where I stay.
Maybe even turbo the 7afe slowly but surely. But done right the only thing I can seem to find forged are the rods.

Are there any threads in the forum talking about different swaps and how much they usually cost on average?

I can only imagine how it would feel driving the Celi with a v6.
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I'd either do the V6 swap or just stay with the 7A. Smaay recently did a swap with the ST, it's here as well to read up on. Also the least of your worries at the moment, but it seemed like only the hood and roof was really bad on your car. Could consider painting them in gloss black and buffing out the rest of the paint that's there.


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post Oct 18, 2014 - 8:36 AM
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QUOTE (Box @ Oct 18, 2014 - 1:10 AM) *
I'd either do the V6 swap or just stay with the 7A. Smaay recently did a swap with the ST, it's here as well to read up on. Also the least of your worries at the moment, but it seemed like only the hood and roof was really bad on your car. Could consider painting them in gloss black and buffing out the rest of the paint that's there.

I've been searching for diff swaps and trying to read up on them, I just haven't dug deep enough on 6gc.
That's exactly what I was planning on doing. Since the hood roof spoiler and trunk are all like that, I want to go with a uniform look so it doesn't look so raggedy with the clear coming off. Since its starting to peel off to the b puller and all, I wannt to catch it before it gets worse. But I was thinking flat black with it.
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worst idea ever.


why ?

im usually a 3s guy but i say v6 ps you are lucky and have the 2post spoiler looks so good

2nd this

v6 looks like an amazing project, but when it's done it has to be the most amaing feeling. Plus like Johnnyny said, that 2 post spoiler is thumbsup.gif

Another plus to v6 swap is that there are very active member's here who I'm sure would be willing to give you advice for when your stuck on a point. Only thing I would say is get someone else to do the wiring. From what I understand, bare in mind I have never done it, the wiring is the absolute most time consuming and headache inducing part because of the shear tedious nature of getting all the wires correct.


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QUOTE (HaysoosKreesto @ Oct 18, 2014 - 10:52 AM) *
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worst idea ever.


why ?

im usually a 3s guy but i say v6 ps you are lucky and have the 2post spoiler looks so good

2nd this

v6 looks like an amazing project, but when it's done it has to be the most amaing feeling. Plus like Johnnyny said, that 2 post spoiler is thumbsup.gif

Another plus to v6 swap is that there are very active member's here who I'm sure would be willing to give you advice for when your stuck on a point. Only thing I would say is get someone else to do the wiring. From what I understand, bare in mind I have never done it, the wiring is the absolute most time consuming and headache inducing part because of the shear tedious nature of getting all the wires correct.


Thats exactly what im thinking, and imagine opening up the hood to another celica enthusiast or honda enthusiast. I was thinking thw coupe looks better without but if thwy are hard to find i guess ill keep it. i was actually gonna buy another trunk to exchange between apoilerless and with spoiler.

doing a wire tuck with the engine swap would be nice. difficult but nice.
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Let me revive this thread.

Jan. 14, 2015

Okay so for the past two months or so, after I was thinking about the v6 swap, it was a good dream while it lasted lol. Sense I needed the car asap since I was moving out and the Celica was my only transportation I had to kick it in high gear. So the easiest way for me to get it running I thought at that time was just rebuild the engine and use the same head. MISTAKE #1 So I bought a timing belt/ water pump kit and also a head gasket and head bolts set with all misc. seals and gaskets.
I dont have photos of them, I paid less then $90 bucks for them, they are mishimoto brand off of ebay. pretty good quality and matchup to the original.

So I cleaned the head with some parts cleaner machine at my brothers old shop, thinking it was enough. I also painted the valve cover white and intake manifold black wrinkle paint came out better then expected. I Reassembled it all up with radiator and all, and it had a valve tick noise for a bit, I went to wash it and the old crappy radiator blew out on me for the second time, but it was fine it was a cold day and the car wash was really close. So I drove it around and parked it outside my house, couple days after I installed some ngk iridium spark plugs and I think that completely threw it off, since the sparking power of the new plugs was too much for the head gasket and already warped head leaked water into the oil and rusted the whole valve train and bottom end. Thats my guess or it cold of been just the head was crap already. Mistake #2 I should of just replace the head with a rebuild one.

So after that I gave up on that engine.
Still in the need of my Celica I searched on Cl for a 7afe engine. Being Geo, Corolla or Celica. So I found on that had a 7afe from a 94 corolla. So I went to check it out, and ended up buying it for $200 dollars including core charge and 30 warranty. The reason it was so cheap is because they didn't properly test the engine and it was removed by accident. So that was my risk I was taking.
So I bought the engine with the help of my in laws they gave me the $200 as an early Christmas present.

So as I trusted the people thinking the engine was ready to be installed
I took my sweet ass time cleaning it and making sure I didn't forget anything and painted the engine and the oil pans flat black.I reinstalled everything except this time I didn't install the radiator, or accessories just water pump, dist, trans, with axles and slave cylinder and the starter with only the exhaust manifold/catalytic converter. Just enough to start it. And I hooked up the battery fuel line, and as the excitement in me grew I got in and turned the ignition, at first it stumbled the first few tries then it fires right up. Barely, you can hear a piston knocking I'm assuming, at the lower rpms, and if you rev it higher it goes away, Im not sure what that could be. So in my head im just like exhausted by this car and a little bit sad from all the work i put into the engine to have it cleaned and all pretty if it doesnt even work, a wast of two days prep. How annoying. Thats where I gave up with that engine since it has warranty.



So finally it comes up to the past two days. If you count today which is the 14 When its being posted.
Yesterday we went to by dads house to pick up the Celica. Which was the 13 of Jan.

Since now my dad really needs his Del sol back and I have been DD it until I get my car fixed.

MODS on the del sol nothing really, thicker ignition wires, and CAI I took off from my Celi in the meantime. Its a 1995 Honda Del Sol with the 1.6l Dohc Only good thing about these engines are the 7200 rpm redline. And 5 speed tranny to go along with it.

my girlfriends stepmoms brother is going to help me with the next engine swap. Since I need the car ASAP
Us on the way there with the uhaul trailer to pick it up.
We where driving a 2014 Ford f-150 sxt 6 cylinder
Can pull 7500 lbs. easily according to him and even more. Pretty good for a v6 extended cab.

also, we had to use the floor jack to angle and move the car around since I forgot the keys. rolleyes.gif



Here it is on the trailer, went on easier then we expected. Good thing its a Five speed. The drive would of killed us just for the keys.




When we arrived in Venus, Texas. Very small town. Its my girlfriends step moms dads house/garage.



And today. the 14 of Jan.

We basically removed the motor/transmission and driver axle in about 2 hours give or take.



When I got there he had most of the wire harness removed.


No intake or exhaust manifolds wire harness and starter removed.


In the garage. Pretty good amount of room to work in.



Here I am being a proud Celica owner. LOL
Also If you're wondering I don't remember If I mentioned that I am Hispanic, my baby mamma/GF is white.
So thats why the difference in colors. Yay for interraccial. thumbsup.gif


Pass axle, the outer joint boot ripped and both axles click when turning will be replace asap.



Draining the oil for the third time.
I actually really like this photo for some reason.



Pulling it out.



Chillen like a villain.



The tranny that I had painted fat black previously.


Empty with no heart.


Loaded up and ready to go to swap out for another.



another shot of the celi in the garage.




Heres the place where I bought the engine from, that had warranty.




They had it on the top shelf. And also this engine had egr, the original one that I had bought didn't, so score for me.


Back on the truck.


That mexican is the one who sold it to me.


Dusty but its a good engine I also had to pay an extra $75 dollars for this engine because this one they know works for sure, it went through all there tests.




So tommorrow which will be the 15, I will hopefully have her done and running, all I need to buy is the oil filter and some new oil.
Ill also have more photos and updates tomorrow night.

Thanks Ill also post more photos of the other engine and me painting the valve cover and intake if I can find the photos.

PrimeLuxeZ

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good luck, I have 2 good 7A-FE heads here if you need one


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man. that sucks. but hey, 3rd time's the charm right? hahah. hope it all goes well and you can get your celi back on the road.


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