I've been lucky enough to find the perfect project car, nestled into a barn in deep Shropshire (rural UK): A Toyota AW11 1988 MR2.
Unfortunately it needed a lot of restoration, but with a determined mind, helpful family, and a healthy bank balance, I pulled it back from the clutches of the scrap man.
How she looks now:
Now the restoration is much more than on the surface so here is a run down of what I've accomplished thus far:
- Fiberglass rear arch extensions
- Fiberglass front wings
- Golf MK7 R Exhaust (with working flapper valves)
- POR15'd floors, frunk, and boot
- Battery relocated to Frunk
- SW20 brake master cylinder upgrade
- Willwood 4 pot big brake kit
- VW Polo rear brake upgrade
- Coilover weld on collars, with adjustable damp and rebound shocks
- Polybushed completely
- Braided brake lines all round
- New boot lid + Spoiler
- Veins fiberglass front bumper
- Welded two holes in the floor
- Welded two holes in the sills
- So much waxoil
There is probably a lot more, but that's off the top of my head.
If you would like to read more in depth regarding the restoration, please take a look at my complete build log on TwoBrutalMR2 (P.s you will need to register, but if you like MR2s it's a really good community)
A New Heart
The reason I joined this forum is because my lovely MR2 needs a new heart. Her once bulletproof 4A-GE, rotted and seized whilst she sat waiting for a new owner.
Of course I tried to keep the donor in the bloodline, but the usual 3S-GTE and V6 options just weren't 'fun enough'
I enjoy being different, I love being unique, so I wanted to make sure my car was the same.
So after searching the internet during the winter, I stumbled upon this video . Now I know its in a Civic, but the noise! The power! The VTEC! how awesome is that!
The deal wasn't sealed quite yet until a friend of mine said he was stripping a few Civic Type R's and after finding the Hux Racing community, it just felt like Fate.
A few weeks later:
One K20a2 PRB engine, only 75k (miles) on the clock.
I stripped it down,
Sent a load to the sandblaster, and ordered the relevant rebuild parts.
Did a spot of painting
And now I'm just about ready to start building.
Now here is where this forum comes in.
There is a lot of shade being thrown around in the MR2 community regarding 'out of the family' swaps so it's difficult to get the help and advice needed to complete any project, like this, successfully.
So I would like you guys to join me in this build! So it can be more awesome than I could have imagined!
So please, stay tuned for more updates.
and any helpful advice will be greatly appreciated.