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Daily Driver Review - 2005 Toyota Matrix XRS Daily Driver Review - 2005 Toyota Matrix XRS

What makes a car a good daily driver? Is it comfort? Fuel economy? Is it dependent on the amount of stuff and/or passengers it can carry? Is reliability the most important aspect? Everyone has different priorities of course. When I was looking to retire my MR2 from daily driving duties, there were a few key features…

1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 6 1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 6

After bringing the faded paint back to a shiny glory in the last update, it was time to address one of the most annoying problems with the car - the bouncing idle.

Beerlopnik - what's Oppo drinking tonight? Beerlopnik - what's Oppo drinking tonight?

I just opened a 3 year old bottle of what has become a local legend. Usually the ginger fades over time, but man 2014 must have been a good year because it’s still there. Back on Beer Advocate’s old rating system this thing had a perfect 100, and I really think it’s well deserved.

Just rolled into the shop... Just rolled into the shop...

CX7 turbo in the shop today was street parked in the city when apparently some kind of altercation occurred, and the poor Mazda served as a trusty backstop to some (my guess) 9mm. 2 rounds through the bumper cover, condenser, radiator, AC line, radiator support, and battery.

AW11 Exhaust Update AW11 Exhaust Update

You may remember my post a few weeks back about my rusty exhaust shearing in TWAIN on the highway. That was fun. Well, since that was the last OE exhaust for the Supercharged MR2's back when I bought it, and no aftermarket options exist for anything resembling a reasonable price, I had to go the DIY route.

That's not gone well.... That's not gone well....

On my way back to work on my lunch break in my MR2, and all of a sudden it gets CRAZY loud. Limped it home and found this. The muffler was the last new OE part for the Supercharged MR2s in North America when I bought it, and no more exist. There are no bolt-on aftermarket options. The cat was part of a downpipe…

1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 5 1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 5

The last updated ended with my taking the car on its first big voyage outside the neighborhood so I could bring it to work and align it before it’s inaugural autocross.

1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 4  1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 4 

Now that the suspension was done, it was time to move on to getting the car back to a drivable state.

Toyota - From Greatness to Mediocrity  Toyota - From Greatness to Mediocrity 

I am a Toyota fanboy. Every time I see that old “TEq” Toyota emblem, I am filled with pride stemming from a long history of fantastic cars. What really started it all was when one of my best friends got his first car in high school - a 1985 Celica GT. Helping him work on it was a major contributing factor that got me…

1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 3 1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 3

Once the front suspension was together, I took a few days off from working on the car until the rear parts arrived. Is there anything better than getting car parts in the mail? I submit that there is not.

Official - No Toyota Street Cars in FM7 Official - No Toyota Street Cars in FM7

Not sure if it’s been posted yet, but T10 announced that Toyota will not be in Forza Motorsport 7 other than a few select race cars. My heart hurts.

It's 8/2 so here are a bunch of AE82's It's 8/2 so here are a bunch of AE82's

Unfortunately I don’t have any good pictures of mine since it’s been on jackstands since I bought it :(

1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 2  1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 2 

With the front suspension measurements sorted, it was time to figure out what to do with the rear. The design of the mounting flange is completely different from any of the MR2 housings, and the struts themselves are sealed units.

1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 1 1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 1

I recently finally sold my 1986 Cressida wagon, not due to any fault of the car, but just due to lost interest. As much as I liked that car it just didn’t have that spark for me any longer. I realized as cool as the wagon was, I wasn’t driving it often enough, and didn’t enjoy the car as much as I used to. After…

I got a thing! I got a thing!

After selling my Jalopnik-approved brown RWD manual wagon, I turned around and bought a friend’s 1987 Corolla FX16 GTS that’s been sitting for like a year. I plan to build it to be an autocross/track car.

Got air today Got air today

Picked up this 26 gallon compressor for $50 from an estate auction. Hopefully it will be enough to (very slowly, panel by panel) paint my upcoming project car.

Finally sold my wagon. My brown, manual, RWD, LSD wagon.  Finally sold my wagon. My brown, manual, RWD, LSD wagon. 

Am I still welcome around these parts? Seriously though, I’m sad to see it go, but now it’s (hopefully) on to another project. Something equally boxy, but smaller and WAY lighter.

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