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Swapping a '90 5S-FE into a '98 Camry

Old 05-02-2009, 01:53 AM
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Hey my name is Tim. make a long story short...I spun a rod in my camry but refuse to junk it. I was gonna put a 3S-GTE in it but that was too expensive of a project. So here's where I am now. I have the camry with the spun rod and I just purchased a '90 celica gt with the 5S-FE of that year. that car isn't running because it has a fried wiring harness, but i don't think that i need it to. I should be able to swap the long block into my car. my first question is whether that will work out. obviously the '90 5S-FE will bolt into my motor mounts, but will everything wire correctly. if not, will i need a new ecu, wiring harness, or both. i understand that i''m also gonna have to splice some wires. also, i figure i'm just gonna put the 3S-GTE into the celica shell afterwards and try to get my hands on the E153 V6 camry tranny. So yea...pray for that. What do you think about everything?
Old 05-10-2009, 10:42 AM
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The 98 engine may have an improved ign system using remote cam and crank sensors instead of these being in the distributor.

The sensors may be somewhat differant between engines, etc

I suggest you look for an engine of about the same year as the 1998.
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