I'm not after sympathy; this is for anyones information... Here is what occurs when a Celica is dropped into 2nd gear while cruising at 75mph.
So back in August i got my 2000 VVTL-i 6spd Celica... absolutely stoked!!!
Cruised to the coast the weekend after i purchased it, but unfortunately on the way home I miss-shifted due to lack of familiarity with the shift gate and picked 2nd gear coming from 6th instead of finding 4th.
Letting the clutch out most of the way for the split second before i realised what Id done was enough to see the engine spin quickly to Im guessing somewhere between 9,000 - 10,000 rpm, but the engine braking brought the car down to 60mph very quickly. Luckily it didn't compression lock and send us skidding into another car or a barrier.
Instantly there was something wrong with the clutch & the engine didn't seem the best either. I finished the drive home & got it towed to the mechanic on monday. The entire clutch assembly needed replacing & flywheel machined. But the engine was a little bit rough still, and upon further inspection 6 of my outlet valves were bent as they had clipped the pistons due to the excessive rpm. So the head was sent off to have my valves replaced and re-seated.
All this resulting in an aus$3000+ bill and a month without the Celica.
The engine is a bit noisier after all this, and i'm not sure if all the power is still there. So my next service will include a thorough check-over and dyno to ensure everything is back to norm.
An interesting miss-hap that occurred during the rebuild process, was that the engine reconditioner put the rocker-arm/plate (?) on back-to-front (outlet over inlet & inlet over outlet). This resulted in no 'Lift'. The cause was that there are tiny oil holes over the outlet side, so the computer would pick up the error and terminate the 'Lift' process.
Toyota in my area know of one other occurrence like mine (Celica's aren't common in OZ) and said i got off lucky compared. Has anyone ever seen or heard of a similar thing happening???
like i said, this is just for peoples info... hope ya learnt something