I picked up a Toyota MR2 mkII project car - I think I'll name it Dan Gurney

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  1. w1jim

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    They'll never catch me - running my MR2 as the pace car at NHMS for the SCCA races...


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    For the Win!
     
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    Great looking restore job..

    Congrat's...
     
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    Still having fun with it - I'm planning on having the stock 135HP engine replaced with a 4th generation 260HP turbo engine shortly.

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    Still a gorgeous, fun-looking car ...
    Please keep us informed!
     
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    Those MR2s are just fantastic. Great looking/handling cars.
     
  9. w1jim

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    After enjoying the MR2 for two years I decided it was time for an upgrade so I had the 130HP swapped out for a 260HP JDM turbo engine.

    Had to sell off some unused gear from the museum.

    Sell toys from column "A" to upgrade toys from column "B".

    I also designed a boost gauge from a 3-Bar map sensor and a programable TFT display.


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    Awesome! I need to get my MK1 out of my parent's garage one of these days. No one can resist the temptation of a turbo engine in the MKII.
     
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    Bad ass.

    That is intercooled right?
     
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    Yes, You can see the three silver air pipes going from the (cold air) intake filter to the turbo to the air intercooler and then back to the throttle.

    On the right you can see the grey vacuum line going to my 3-bar map sensor.
    That connects to a 5 volt regulated power supply and interconnect box that I built and mounted in the trunk.
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    My SS is packing 290/310 (HP/TQ) but it weighs about 3200 lbs.
    What's that lil MR2 weigh? Closer to 2K?
     
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    I wish - it's actually a very strong chassis with multi -layered steel - but weighs about 2800#.
     
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    great thread!
     
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    Now it really is a baby Ferrari! :yes: :thmbsp:
     
  17. SuperjazzyJa

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    A neighbor had the 89 supercharged model. He let me drive it once. It was scary quick off the line!
     
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    Gotta love turbo motors!
     
  19. w1jim

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    Driving her as much as I can before the weather turns.
    My new avatar.

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  20. w1jim

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    It's been a while since I've updated this thread.
    Last year I put in a bigger intercooler, associated plumbing and a reproduction of a TRD rear chassis support.

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    Since I have an affinity for high g forces I put in some front sway bar mount chassis reinforcements to avoid ripping out the mounts.

    I also replaced the headlights with LED units. They're so bright that you can't tell when the fog lights are on - so I replaced the fogs with LED driving lights.
    Interesting thing is that on most cars the headlights are wired with the common between high and low beams connected to ground. On the MR2 the common is tied to 12v and the grounds are switched. Normally not an issue but LEDs are polarized - so I put in relays to switch the polarities.

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    After doing the engine swap (from 130 hp to about 260-280hp) I quickly found out I needed more rubber on the road - so I went with 17" Enkei wheels (7" wide front, 8" wide on the rears).

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    So - no shock - having a great time with it; lots of power and handles great!!

    Finally, here's a shot from the pace lap yesterday.

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