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Hi. I've just bought a new mk5 'GT4' to have a play with. I have a feeling that it might be a converted/swapped car as what I have managed to decode of the VIN points to a standard '93 Celica, but what I have as a car is somewhat different.
We took it to be inspected today, which is a legal requirement here in Thailand when you buy a car and they didn't pick up on the engine number differing to what is shown on the title documents, so I will investigate further if I can find the engine number underneath all the plumbing.
Exciting and expensive times ahead...

A bit about me - I'm originally from the UK, but have been settled in Thailand for the last 20 years. 1 wife, 2 kids, 4 dogs, 4 cars and 4 motorbikes.
 

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Congrats on your new car!

Too bad you can't drive too fast in Thailand's grid locks. It took 2.5 hours to drive 5 miles in Bangkok at 2 PM.

OTOH at night on Southern California's empty freeways, guys routinely cruise their sports cars, even small Toyota hybrids and motorcycles, past triple digit MPH.
 

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Pull the vin, match to the driver door edge info panel which will show specific model. Then match search on toyodiy.

Also, many Toyota dealers will pull history based on vin for you when you show ownership documents.
 

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Thanks Sefiro.

I have a fairly good mechanic nearby who does all my car stuff. He's had the car for a few days and basically the engine is f**ked. It apparently had 4 head gaskets used in an attempt to get it to work properly - not sure why they though that would work.
I have the option of getting a 2nd hand 5S-FE engine locally which is what I'll probably do. I need to go and check it out at some point. I'm, hoping its from a '93 or later vehicle as it makes life easier adding a turbo later. I was offered a 3S-GTE ST246, but after doing a bit of research came to the conclusion that it would be too much effort to get running.
 

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Wow, multi head gasket !!! Sounds like the block or head is warped. Have the mechanic cHeck and send it to be ground.

If you go with 92+ engine, they changed the ignition and added a knock sensor. You'll need the wire harness and ecu - or save the ignition from the old and plug the knock sensor hole (I swapped at 93 block into my 91 gt).
 

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I was thinking that they might have put a GTE head on a GR or FE block.

I have sourced a running 3S-FE complete engine to use for now with the possibility of adding the GTE turbo I already have to it in the future. This will hopefully mean I am dealing with 'known quantities'.
 

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Another update!

The 3S-FE engine is in and its running fine. I took it out today and only encountered a couple of small issues:

1. The wheel arch liners weren't very well attached and one side attacked my wheel. I don't know where to begin in finding a pair that are more or less intact.

2. The idiot mechanic overfilled the gearbox (the original 5-speed from the 5S-GE) with 4L of oil, so I have gear oil patches on my new driveway.

There are many other things that need sorting, but I'm looking into getting a turbo added first, as the 3S-FE is pretty gutless and needs some help. I fon't want to go mad, just fill in a bit of torque in the mid-range. I do have the 3S-GTE head and turbo stuff or I could just get the turbo chap to do a bespoke system for it. We shall see.

I could also do with replacing some (most) of the heater vent controls as mine are a bit random. If anyone has any or knows where I can get some from...

My car was featured on a Thai automotive YouTube channel. The didn't mention how much of a botch-job they made of it, only that it looks 'cool'.
 

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I found a local turbo 'specialist' who is going to fit a low pressure turbo from a diesel truck. What could possibly go wrong?
 
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