time for the newbie to take his swing at the dead horse...
ok, I've read up on this thread and the other pages on the site about the vaunted 3S-GTE swap, so somebody tell me if I'm understanding this wrong:
a 5th gen celica will take the 3S-GTE swap, but it should not use the stock transmission. The GT and GTS has correct engine mounts for the swap, the ST will require new/custom engine mounts (how rare/how much)?
Is the following a reasonable path:
1. Purchase a 90-93 Celica ST (can't find or afford GT/GTS for my $1,650)
2. Sock away $$$
3. Later purchase a 2nd gen 3S-GTE engine with transmission both sourced from an MR2 (found this package on jspec site for $1,300 unshipped)
4. Find an experienced shop to drop it in
missing steps? the jspec site says it includes engine, tranny, ecu, wires, etc. but are they assuming I have a GT or GTS? How much of a headache (expressed in time and/or dollars) am I asking for by going with the ST as my base? I hate to do it, but I don't see a lot of GTs floating around for under 2 grand. I sent an e-mail to xatracing.com to see what they say, but they might sense that I'm broke and ignore me (can't blame 'em). thougts?