Alan Cesar Associate Editor
Sept. 21, 2012 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 MegaDork
Sept. 21, 2012 8:55 a.m.

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

4cylndrfury UltimaDork
Sept. 21, 2012 8:56 a.m.

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

Ranger50 UltraDork
Sept. 21, 2012 9:56 a.m.

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

Autolex Dork
Sept. 21, 2012 10:04 a.m.

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

92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
Sept. 21, 2012 10:16 a.m.

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

e_pie HalfDork
Sept. 21, 2012 10:19 a.m.

V6 Manual Camry? That exists?

Caleb
Caleb Reader
Sept. 21, 2012 10:19 a.m.

a TRD supercharger is needed here

92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
Sept. 21, 2012 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 Reader
Sept. 21, 2012 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 MegaDork
Sept. 21, 2012 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 Reader
Sept. 21, 2012 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 MegaDork
Sept. 21, 2012 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 SuperDork
Sept. 21, 2012 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 UltraDork
Sept. 21, 2012 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 Reader
Sept. 21, 2012 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 SuperDork
Sept. 21, 2012 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
Sept. 21, 2012 6:26 p.m.

Galants too with Eclipse stick swaps

sethmeister4 Reader
Sept. 21, 2012 10:52 p.m.

And Maximas!

JoeyM UltimaDork
Sept. 22, 2012 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 PowerDork
Sept. 22, 2012 12:40 a.m.

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

Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
Sept. 22, 2012 5:15 a.m.

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

fast_eddie_72 UltraDork
Sept. 22, 2012 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 HalfDork
Sept. 22, 2012 8:32 a.m.

Nice!

Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
Sept. 22, 2012 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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