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    Project #26 MR2MAN

    Hey everyone, time to share the new build. There was a milestone I wanted to reach and I hit it Sunday night. Some of you may know what happened to the Datsun, but some dont... That car was a blast but after a spun bearing ended that ownership I knew what was next. Someday I’d like to have a Porsche but for now a 2ZZ MR2 will do.

    Knowing that the 1ZZ was coming out, it let me be free to be picky elsewhere. I stumbled on a high mileage stock fairly clean body (from the pics). I wasn’t expecting to win it, but I did! After paying for a car I’d never seen in person I was at the AIIA waiting for my car... the delivery was quite a moment...





    It did run and drive and my buddy got this pic on the initial drive... haha smoking!! 250k miles, diff that wasn’t cooperating, tough to get into most gears, and yet it still pulled nicely once I laid into the throttle.





    It made it to my friends house a few miles away, but I wasn’t too confident it would make it to my house. Here I am admiring my purchase...










    The next day (5/30) it was dropped off at my house and the tear down began




    On the ground, but for not much longer.













    After a busy weekend, and a little mid-week evening work I got hit the milestone I wanted to get to before sharing it









    Ive already got parts coming from MonkeyWrench Racing, and have already bought a bunch of other stuff. I don’t want this on the jack stands too long ... shouldn’t be too bad right ? ( lol famous last words)
    Simon
    Current Car:
    -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
    -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



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    I also made a Time-Lapse video of my engine removal.


    https://youtu.be/pEoG5o8Fjpc

    and last night I spent some time in the garage cleaning the engine bay

    Before & After



















    Simon
    Current Car:
    -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
    -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



    Make R3V Great Again -2020

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      #3
      Subbed!

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        #4
        Sweet! What's the power bump from 1zz to 2zz? ~60hp? That'll be quite fun! Tell us about these "other parts". :)

        Sub'd!

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          #5
          Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
          Sweet! What's the power bump from 1zz to 2zz? ~60hp? That'll be quite fun! Tell us about these "other parts". :)

          Sub'd!
          Yea the 2ZZ comes in right around 190bhp and with a curb weight of under 2200# it should be a nice combo

          I already bought some stuff to stiffen up the chassis. Havent decided on suspension yet because I havent found the setup I really want yet, but I did already buy some wheels. While I wonder if I can get my SSRs back, they really arent the ideal setup as the ones I had were a square 16x7 all the way around. The wheels I bought are actually double staggered in a 15x7 front and 16x8 rear. Bought them from the Lotus forums haha... building a budget Elise means you can sometimes use their parts too
          Simon
          Current Car:
          -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
          -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



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            #6
            In 1996 to about 1999(?) I had a 1992 GL. Fun little cars.
            john@m20guru.com
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            Transaction feedback: Here, here and here. Thanks :D

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              #7
              How crazy are you getting with this?

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                #8
                Originally posted by amcp View Post
                How crazy are you getting with this?
                Define crazy! haha

                Likely not too crazy. I just want to have a car that I can drive hard and wont break my wallet when it starts falling apart
                Simon
                Current Car:
                -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
                -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



                Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                  #9
                  DD or trackrat or a mix of both? Ac/stereo?

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                    #10
                    It wont be the DD, unless somehow it becomes spectacular at it... With the joke of storage space though, thats not likely...

                    Plan is that it will be my canyon / track car, but it will still have A/C. Im not sure on the stereo side yet. Id like to shave some weight out of it, so we'll see
                    Simon
                    Current Car:
                    -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
                    -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



                    Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                      #11
                      man, sad to read about the datsun' demise. Honestly I was kind of hoping to see something about a k-swap in here! always thought these were a cool chassis to build off of. can't wait to see the progress and hear your thoughts compared to the last few cars you had!
                      89 325i 4dr s52
                      02 BMW 525iT m54b30/manual swapped (daily)
                      15' Honda Grom

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                        #12
                        Yea the Datsun was tough to let go, but I have to move on!... Being that it got parted out the budget for the new car was much smaller and while I considered a K-something swap, I decided to just build the car that Toyota should've built.
                        Simon
                        Current Car:
                        -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
                        -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



                        Make R3V Great Again -2020

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                          #13
                          If you squint, its basically a porsche ;)

                          GL on the build sir
                          Current:
                          1989 325i
                          1988 M3
                          1987 325ic
                          Past:
                          2001 330ci
                          2001 M3

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                            #14
                            OMG simon

                            Those cars are fun. Please turbo it and take me for a drive with the top down.

                            The 2ZZ is mean thanks to yamaha
                            Last edited by MrBurgundy; 06-11-2020, 05:53 PM.
                            Originally posted by wholepailofwater
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                            :devil:


                            WTB: Dove Grey e36 Front Door Panels (2 door)

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                              #15
                              Well... garage space is getting more limited. I better get to work swapping over the wiring and oil pan over so I can get the 1ZZ and dead 5-speed out of here. Gotta keep the wife happy and if she loses her parking spot she will not be happy





                              Simon
                              Current Car:
                              -2000 330i Estate, the dad-mobile
                              -2002 MR2 Spyder, the solo-mobile



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