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As most people here, I have always been a fan of Toyota’s history. My first love from Toyota was the Toyota Supra. My Mother purchased a brand new 1982 Toyota Celica Supra which has turned into a 1JZ money-pit. My Father purchased a 1987 Toyota MR2 thinking that my mother would be willing to part with the Supra. Thankfully she did not sell either! The MR2 was a N/A automatic that saw several reliable years of service. It even chauffeured me to a high school prom. The car went to a garage where it sat for more than 10 years. As other cars have come and gone, the MR2 was stored safe and sound. Now that I have satisfied my appetite with two MKII Supras (check my sig), I was asked if I would like to purchase the MR2 from the family. How could I resist! My first car was a 1987 Toyota Tercel where I vowed I would never own another 4-banger. I guess you should never say never! The MR2 design, history, and 4AGE engine was not worth passing up.

After installing a new Optima Red Top battery, making sure fluids are topped off, and tires are the correct pressure, I set out on the 2-hour voyage home. Here was its condition, once in my possession.



Wow this engine bay is filthy!



I then changed all fluids, belts, thermostat, plugs, wires, cap, rotor, brake pads, rotors, brake lines, etc. After 4-hours of scrubbing and cleaning, the engine bay looked like this:




I made a few simple upgrades to the braking system: EBC slotted and dimpled rotors, EBC redstuff pads, and Technafit red brake lines (Turns out George will sell other items than Supra parts. Thanks!)



I then used Mothers clay bar and Meguiar’s TechWax 2.0 and it is smooth as silk and looks showroom ready.







I drove it regularly for a little over a week, then the idle started wandering. After some research and advice, I bled the coolant lines again. Once I started the engine again, I get this…




Time to change my first head gasket. These mid engines drop out the bottom, so up on the MaxJax lift and ease it down.



All went well until the Harbor-Crap furniture dolly decides to snap, letting the engine topple…what a disaster! I move the lift up and hoist under the car to straighten it up.




Tear down…
Seems like such a tiny engine compared to the inline six! I have some rust to remove and clean up the block while I am waiting on the head to come back from the machine shop.



I then went on a shopping spree at RockAuto, my local Advance Auto for most of the cleaners and high-temp paint on the shelf, a MR2 specialty shop (TwoRUs), TechnoToyTuning, and Mark at Vancouver Toyota.


Once I had the head back, I de-rusted (that a word?) and painted/polished everything I could. Here are some progress pics…





I really, really wanted to get the old parts car and do an auto to manual swap, but given that the parts car has been rusting in a field, I did not wish to trust the manual transmission. So back-in the auto transmission goes…for now!



I used my timing light and multimeter to set the timing and TPS, respectively. I then used my shop press to press in polyurethane suspension bushings all around.

Cleaned up the front and rear mounts and pressed in new bushings...


I changed sway bars, put new shoes on the oem wheels, and visited my local Toyota dealership for an alignment.
 

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Final test of build...

After all that, there was only one thing left to do…Run the AW11 hard on the Tail of the Dragon!



As much as I wanted to take a supra, the black 84 had made the trip last year and the 1J was still not ready (oh the drama! Haha). The MR2 was supposed to be a daily driver while I worked on the 1JZ, but you see what happened. So off to test the mid engine design on the dragon.






We had a great time! Hope you enjoyed the build.
 

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thats awesome man. with that new lift of yours you wont even have to hate your life when you work on it.

i have seriously considered getting a beater MR2 myself. but only because i have access to a rack. pretty sure you do just about everything shoulder deep from underneath the car...

you should get a supercharger for it!
 

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Thanks all for the nice comments. I appreciate it.

thats awesome man. with that new lift of yours you wont even have to hate your life when you work on it.
It is a serious time saver and makes certain tasks so easy! I have always wanted a lift and this little guy is perfect.

you should get a supercharger for it!
The goal was to just fix the BHG and be done...but then I wanted to repaint, wash bay, reseal, ARP's, polish....etc etc. With what I have in this engine rebuild, I should have purchased a Black Top 20V engine and swapped it in. After the Supras have been completed, and restoring her 67 beetle, I will turn back to this for a manual swap + turbo with GZE pistons or manual swap with a blacktop motor.

Good to see you guys at the Dragon and thanks for sharing the video. You did a great job on that car. It looks and sounds great. Oh, jealous of the garage too.
Mark, those comments mean a great deal coming from your attention to detail. Oh, and the intake and exhaust are OEM, with the exception of a Magnaflow replacement cat. It was fun hanging out at the dragon meet. The rain put a damper on the additional driving we wanted to do, but nice seeing you guys again.
 

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It was a beautiful car Chad, it ran well and looked great. Your work and attention to detail is really nice and comes through in your work. Could you tell us more about that lift? Looks interesting...
 

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I would GET RID OF that lightweight crank pulley/harmonic balancer before it gives you rod knock. Clean and paint up the stocker with a silver undercoat, then anodize-it red (spray paint) to match the other pulleys.

Other than that oversight, great build and nice car! Also envious of the lift. I didn't know they made 2 post lifts that will fit into a normal garage! Cool! Then again, I never had to shop for one because I rent, but it gives me another thing to dream about. :)
 

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Thanks guys for the comments.

I would GET RID OF that lightweight crank pulley/harmonic balancer before it gives you rod knock. Clean and paint up the stocker with a silver undercoat, then anodize-it red (spray paint) to match the other pulleys.
The pulley kit is from TechnoToyTuning and he emphasized only the positives (probably because he wanted to sell his stuff!) to having a lightweight pulley, claiming stability at up to 10k RPM. The OEM unit looked a bit rough and knowing how the 4AGE stays at higher RPM, I thought it was a good purchase to change. You may very well be correct, I just didn't think about the possibility of rod knock.

It was a beautiful car Chad, it ran well and looked great. Your work and attention to detail is really nice and comes through in your work. Could you tell us more about that lift? Looks interesting...
Cee-Jay, thank you for the compliment. Your supra looks better than ever...especially those wheels! The lift is a Danmar MaxJax lift purchased during the last Black Friday sale. I have a thread showing a quick install located HERE.

I have had both supras, her mini, and the MR2 on the lift...works great. The MR2 was on the lift for a couple months during the repair...no issues. I have not tried the Tundra, even though I tried to install it for all my vehicles. The only issue was a leak from the plastic drain port and gasket. The manufacturer replaced it without hassle.

My workshop garage doors are wider than the ones in my home so be prepared to avoid the garage door tracks. But other than that, I would highly recommend this setup. Drill 5 concrete anchor holes per post and torque it down. Let me know if you have any other questions, as I am happy to help.

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Welcome to the SCCA !!!!!

I got word that there were regional SCCA SOLO events being held. My plan was to attend an event and see what it was all about. I went to observe and get to know some of the guys. They are a very friendly group, and insisted that I need to run the MR2 today. The 1JZ needs a tune and the newly acquired 6M is still on the engine stand, so the AW11 made the trip.

I went off-course, with some brake lock-ups, and tried to get the feel. One of the vets gave me some pointers on a ride-along. This was excellent information and my times continued to improve. Mid-way through the day a fellow racer came up and said, "Something is wrong, your car rolls well, corners a bit sluggish, and doesn't transition well." It was then that I remembered that I had not changed out the shocks/struts since the Tail of the Dragon meet. It was there were I felt that I had lost two corners. I have the replacements sitting in the corner of my garage, but have been focusing on the 6M. I wish I had replaced those now.

I will post times later, once the official results are known. Here are a few pics of the event.







I have to choose a track car. The AW11 would be a great choice, given that it is nimble, but underpowered. Most importantly, I had to take the T-Tops out in order to fit in the car with my helmet!! Haha ! This was crazy! I was laughing right up to the starting line, run #1.

I need to decide which supra to use. I will most likely use the 6M P-type since the turbo choice on the 1JZ is just to slow for the responsiveness I need. So you will see some additional questions in that 84 supra thread and hopefully some event pictures from next month's event!

I had a great time and now understand why a few of you guys love it so. I am hooked. The research and P-type track-car settings have begun.

Welcome to the SCCA! :thumbsup:

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SCCA Event - 9-15-13

With another SCCA event scheduled, it was a mad dash to get the Supra ready. With a mis-shipped packaged preventing the installation of my new fuel pump, I was left to race the AW11 again.

This was not my fastest run, but it gives you an idea of the course. Pardon the cell phone video. I did not have GoPro today...oops!


A couple of images from the day. It figures Jamie would get a great shot of only 1 of 2 cones hit that day...




Yeah, yeah...one cone down! Arrgh. Haha





Aside from the carts, here was the fastest car of the day. I believe he also placed at Nationals....3rd maybe. This is one bad machine!



The other Toyota at the meet:



I love this stuff! Hopefully the Supra can be involved next month.

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I love those little MR2's! I almost bought one when I got rid of my Fiat X1/9, but needed a bigger car.

You did a very nice job.

And I see the FWD Celica doing its "Dog at a fire hydrant" routine!
 

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I love those little MR2's! I almost bought one when I got rid of my Fiat X1/9, but needed a bigger car.

You did a very nice job.

And I see the FWD Celica doing its "Dog at a fire hydrant" routine!
Haha. Yeah. Great group of guys. I am looking forward in running the Supra during the new season. The AW11 is a fun little car and I would swap a blacktop and c51 if I didn't have so many projects right now.

Thanks for checking this out.
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Still love these little things, i agree, one of the only 4cyl's i would ever own

i have a friend whos super into mx5's, he tells me nothing can smash it around an autocross quite like one, and i always argue the lightweight, mid-engined madness that is the AW11; what an awesome car indeed :thumbsup:
 
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