Hard to believe I purchased this car nearly 6 years ago now (I typically sell cars every 9-12 months). Honestly had I known prices were going to go crazy I should have just kept it original and sold it. But here we are. You can follow my original build thread here (Diamond in the Rough - Slow 02 5spd Build) although most of my pictures don't work anymore
Thanks to the power of social media peer pressure and a long desire I've always had to do an engine swap, I decided to put a 3UZ in my IS300. What I wanted to do here was document the process for others so that hopefully future swappers can get some value out of what I did.
Step 1 was to plan out what engine, transmission, and major parts I wanted to go with. I decided to go with the 3uz due to being slightly easier to find, closer to matching the electronics of my 2002, and slightly higher power output over the 1uz. I decided not to go with an LS swap mostly due to the ease of fitting this engine given that toyota had cars where both the 2jz and uz series bolted in.
For the transmission I would love to have used an R154. However, when I looked at used market pricing I decided to give the CD009 a shot, especially given I was able to buy one brand new direct from Nissan for ~$1700. Got some strange looks when I drove my electric car to the Nissan dealer to pick up an entire transmission, but it worked!
Creatively unloading this beast by myself.
Insanely good packaging by Nissan.
I have never once in my life driven a car with <100 miles on a manual transmission. All my other cars have had 60k miles or more (sometimes much more). So clean...
All of the stock release bearing that would be removed.