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 Post subject: New guy with an '86 Toyota MR2
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:37 pm 
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So I'm Seth, I am 24, I have a degree from UTI, I am working as a tech at a Honda dealer and I am going to school for Mechanical/Electrical Engineering. Last season I raced my step father's Mazda RX-8 in autocross and ever since then I wanted to get a project car for racing. I've raced my Subaru WRX wagon a few times but the fact that it's my daily driver and is prone to having a glass transmission I didn't want to blow it up. My requirements for a project car was that it had to be light, naturally aspirated, rear wheel drive and have pop up headlights. Most would go with a Miata but I wanted something different. So through my searching I found this a 1986 Toyota MR2 on the good old Craigslist that I picked up for $650. It's actually in pretty good shape for being a 26 year old car but the catch is that it only runs on 3 cylinders. Cylinder 4 has no compression. So my plan is to swap in a 20 valve 4AGE and race it hopefully before the end of this season.

My build thread can be found here. http://www.mr2.com/forums/mk1-engine-talk-modifications-swaps/Toyota-MR2-79994-noob-planning-20v-swap.html

Now on to the pictures!
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There's a little rust here and there but it's not a big deal. Just natural weight reduction.

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The 16 valve 4AGE. Running on 3 cylinders. It'll get pulled and in its place a 20 valve silver top 4AGE will go.

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Still has the factory badge on the hood.

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I love flip up headlights.

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The frunk. Pretty clean, still has its factory tool set, spare tire and all the correct plastic bits and they're not cracked.

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The interior. No rips in the seats and no cracks in the dash. Has power windows, power mirrors and power door locks that all work and the sunroof works too!

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Can't wait to take it autocrossing.

And as of 9-23-12 here's how the engine sits.
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