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Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
9/21/12 8:52 a.m.

Say hello, and see our plan. This one's gonna get interesting.

http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/project-cars/1999-toyota-camry/camry-really/

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
9/21/12 8:55 a.m.

You have my attention. Also: First dibs when you guys sell it.

4cylndrfury
4cylndrfury UltimaDork
9/21/12 8:56 a.m.

"Hey, whats this thing doin' in here?"

Ranger50
Ranger50 UltraDork
9/21/12 9:56 a.m.

Dang... looks like the shifter has a permanent prescription for Viagra or Cialis.

Autolex
Autolex Dork
9/21/12 10:04 a.m.

liking this project already. Giant rear sway, coilovers, bushings, wheels&tires, cage?

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
9/21/12 10:16 a.m.

Exhaust. Dear god please an exhaust. The 1mzfe sounds glorious with a nice exhaust.

e_pie
e_pie HalfDork
9/21/12 10:19 a.m.

V6 Manual Camry? That exists?

Caleb
Caleb Reader
9/21/12 10:19 a.m.

a TRD supercharger is needed here

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
9/21/12 10:22 a.m.
e_pie wrote: V6 Manual Camry? That exists?

Yes, and is blessed with possibly the strongest FWD transmission known to man.

V6 manual Solaras also exist.

They use an updated (slight gearing differences and better synchros, including a triple-cone 3rd gear) version of the MR2 Turbo transmission.

Winston
Winston Reader
9/21/12 11:50 a.m.

Yep, those are key to the V6 swap into the Mk2 MR2. Pretty rare, though -- at least in the US.

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
9/21/12 11:52 a.m.
Winston wrote: Yep, those are key to the V6 swap into the Mk2 MR2. Pretty rare, though -- at least in the US.

I wouldn't say they're key... any trans that came in the MK2 MR2 will bolt up. They're just a little nicer than what was available in the SW20.

Winston
Winston Reader
9/21/12 11:59 a.m.

True, but isn't the flywheel or something a requirement? It's been a while, but I remember reading something in either the TwoBrutal or MR2OC forums about how everyone doing a Mk2 V6 conversion was always searching for some hard-to-find part that only came on the manual Camrys and Solaras.

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
9/21/12 12:03 p.m.

Probably flywheel. I think there's an aftermarket option out there, so i'd just use that. Lighter is better!

pres589
pres589 SuperDork
9/21/12 12:23 p.m.

This is a pretty cool project. I would have preferred using the inline-4 but I am probably in the minority. Will be watching the build.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy UltraDork
9/21/12 3:51 p.m.

my buddy owns an older Camry with a 5-speed and 150,000 miles.......should I ask if he wants to sell?

Geekspeed
Geekspeed Reader
9/21/12 4:31 p.m.

I see a whole new racing series being spawned out of this: Spec Family Sedan.

Mid-sized FWD 4-door sedans. You can have two flavors, SFS for 4-bangers, and SFS Super for the V6 models. Eligible cars include Camry, Accord, Taurus (old), Altima, etc.

Its either that or the Mini-Van Challenge.

irish44j
irish44j SuperDork
9/21/12 6:18 p.m.
Ranger50 wrote: Dang... looks like the shifter has a permanent prescription for Viagra or Cialis.

please call Maciek at redlinegoods and get him to make you a nice-looking shift boot for cheap :)

4g63t
4g63t HalfDork
9/21/12 6:26 p.m.

Galants too with Eclipse stick swaps

sethmeister4
sethmeister4 Reader
9/21/12 10:52 p.m.

And Maximas!

JoeyM
JoeyM UltimaDork
9/22/12 12:01 a.m.
Alan Cesar wrote: Say hello, and see our plan. This one's gonna get interesting. http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/project-cars/1999-toyota-camry/camry-really/

Please, please, PLEASE paint it beige and then spank a sports car with it. The humor value would be epic.

donalson
donalson PowerDork
9/22/12 12:40 a.m.

real question is how long did it take to find that v6 5spd optioned car?

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
9/22/12 5:15 a.m.

A week. There were two on the Orlando Craigslist within a 2 week period.

fast_eddie_72
fast_eddie_72 UltraDork
9/22/12 8:08 a.m.
e_pie wrote: V6 Manual Camry? That exists?

They exist, but their purpose for existence is to donate their engine and transmission to MR2s.

The_Jed
The_Jed HalfDork
9/22/12 8:32 a.m.

Nice!

Per Schroeder
Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
9/22/12 3:08 p.m.

Just did my first major work session on the car:

1) New window regulator ($100) to fix intermittent non-working one.

2)New headlights (60/pair) to replace yellowed ones

3) cleaned out oil pan and pick up ($10 for new gasket) to stop flickering oil light. Really crudded up--but now clean.

4) added Moroso oil accumulator to keep 1MZ happy in the future ($300 w/ sandwich adapter) and a fresh load of sythetic oil ($50)

Pics on Monday when I am back in the office.

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