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I'm keeping this thread focused strictly on my 2zz swap that I am officially announcing today. I've been collecting information and parts for a few months, testing the waters, and evaluating the feasibility of various options with friends, colleagues, advisors, and loved ones. Today the 2zz engine and C60 trans arrived, so I am declaring my candidacy for membership in the 2zz swap club.

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After months of trying to source an engine locally, unsuccessfully, I came to the conclusion that the only way the swap would happen in my lifetime would be if I bought an engine long distance sight unseen and bit the bullet for shipping. I purchased this engine from Engineland, Inc., in Montreal, Quebec, after doing a cursory check of their reviews and customer feedback.

With the engine delivered, I'm a more than a little bit miffed that the supposed same-same actual engine that I actually purchased, with serial number shown in pictures, is still listed for sale on eBay:

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This after I went to the trouble of confirming with the seller that the engine I was buying was the one actually shown in the picture.

This means one of two things: Either they sent me a different engine than the one I contracted for with them, or, they are doing that to someone else, this being a non-exclusive or, meaning that both possibilities could be true simultaneously. Do you follow?

What I'll do tomorrow, among other things, is double check the serial number on the engine.
 

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Let's unwrap this thing, shall we?

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It doesn't bother me too much that the plastic engine cover is smashed. Collateral shipping damage.

It doesn't bother too much that the yellow engine oil dipstick handle is broken clean off. Again, collateral shipping damage.

It does bother me that the IDAC (or IAC as some call it) controller is smashed. That will not be cheap to replace.

The serial number on the ECU should help me to figure out what engine I actually have. Anyone care to take a guess?

Added to tomorrow's to-do-list: Check ECU S/N, Check Engine S/N, order new IAC.

PS. ECU 89666-12260 175200.7061 12v came from a 2002 Corolla. Fortunately, I already have a USDM 2000 Celica GTS ECU.
 

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Now let's take another look at this thing. Besides the items in the previous post, I did also pull the alternator and the fuel rail.

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Add to the list of to-dos for tomorrow:

Figure out what knock sensor is in there.

Do a compression check (by powering the starter, in case you're wondering).

Separate the trans from the engine and put the engine on a stand.

HELP NEEDED WITH THIS: Figure out what I've got on the exhaust side - can anyone tell me if I have air injection on this thing? And what's the funny looking port in the lower left quadrant on the hot side (Picture 4) - not familiar with that gizmo. [Tem was very kind to confirm on FB that it's the coolant drain, and that there is no air injection on this engine. Phew.]
 

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Thanks OK Spyder. You are right on both counts. Of course the air injection is obvious to anyone who has seen it before. And, by some stroke of luck, interchange info (rockauto catalog!) states that the Spyder 1zz IAC is a direct swap for this Corolla 2zz IAC, as well as Matrix and Vibe 2zz. Interchange info says that the Celica 2zz IAC is different. So the upshot is that I'll be able to use my Spyder's IAC to replace this damaged IAC.
 

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The fun continues. Compression check.

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In order, cylinders 1, 2, 3, and 4. I'll take it!

In case you're wondering, battery pack negative goes to engine block ground wire (in foreground), positive goes to starter main terminal, and alligator clip (red wire) bridges solenoid terminal to main terminal. We have turnover.

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Only the slightest little bit of oil on the coils. Too bad I have to open the VC to check the lift bolts, otherwise I wouldn't even bother with a new VC gasket.

The spark plugs are like new Iridium Denso's and they came out smelling faintly of gasoline. Wow.

The knock sensor is a single-lead type. Will keep.

Is it normal to find that the hot water tube next to the knock sensor is capped on a stock 2zz?

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Tidying up a little.

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Get rid of the palettes. Separate the transmission. Remove the clutch and flywheel (boy, was that clutch ever burnt). Use half a palette and some old shopping cart wheels to make a dolly. Then build an oil pan box.

Done for the day.
 

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Only the slightest little bit of oil on the coils. Too bad I have to open the VC to check the lift bolts, otherwise I wouldn't even bother with a new VC gasket.

The spark plugs are like new Iridium Denso's and they came out smelling faintly of gasoline. Wow.

The knock sensor is a single-lead type. Will keep.

Is it normal to find that the hot water tube next to the knock sensor is capped on a stock 2zz?

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Yes, it was an option for a coolant to oil cooler from TRD. Some blocks have it, some have plug
 

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nice topic!
Me too swap the engine soon and have the same problem with search of 2zz!!!

I'm italian...2zz very rare:concern:
 

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If it's a JDM 2ZZ, it will have the single wire knock sensor etc. just like the early USDM engines. The capped water pipe next to the knock sensor is for the factory oil cooler, so this is normal.
 

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very off topic.

is the celica TRD short shifter needed for 2zz/C60 swap or is the OEM/TRD shifter for the spyder work?
The cages are different, I'm pretty sure the celica trd kit won't bolt into the spyder.
 

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very off topic.

is the celica TRD short shifter needed for 2zz/C60 swap or is the OEM/TRD shifter for the spyder work?
For my other six-speed swap I got a TRD six-speed quick-shift from japanparts.com. The TRD comes in two versions, five-speed and six-speed. Generally, I am NOT a fan of TRD, but this shifter is absolutely lovely.

MikeV pointed out in another post somewhere that you can use the original five-speed shifter if everything in the system (bushings, cables) is working right. I'm gonna give it a go on this car, before I spring another $200 for a TRD quickshift.
 

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ok sweet.
cause i already have the TRD shifter for the spyder, so i should be good.
just making sure so i dnt have to spring for a another TRD shifter.

thanks for the reply guys.
 

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nice topic!
Me too swap the engine soon and have the same problem with search of 2zz!!!

I'm italian...2zz very rare:concern:
Luca, maybe check the international shipping rate from Engineland. Surprisingly cheap to get the engine from Quebec to Hawaii. Could be reasonable to get one to you in Italy.
 

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Yeah all the Corolla/matrix have that fitting plugged.
240psi seems really high, but if that's the number awesome!

the Corolla/matrix manifold is great and makes more power!
 
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