Bring on autocross season!
A couple local breweries are really getting into the hazy DIPA thing and I’m so about it. Triple Crossing Brewing - Cryo Nectar. 8% ABV DIPA
Made a shoe-string-budget splitter from an old alumacore sign, lawn edging, self-tapping screws, rivets, and scrap metal mounts. I’m still looking for some struts to secure the front, but I think it’s turned out pretty nicely!
When we last left off, the transmission was on the floor to replace the clutch.
This is what came out when I removed the fender liner and started poking around with a screwdriver.
Apparently all many of my favorite motorsports documentaries are on Amazon Prime. The “Killer Years” series which covers F1, Group B, and Moto GP, “1", and “Senna” are all on there and I had no idea. So is “Rush”, “The Man and Le Mans”, and “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman”.
I caught him by tossing a bandanna in the air. Poor little guy wouldn’t fly away when I tried to release him outside, it was so cold. Now I’m playing phone tag with different places locally to figure out what to do with him.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Now that the suspension was done, it was time to move on to getting the car back to a drivable state.
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…
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.
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.
Unfortunately I don’t have any good pictures of mine since it’s been on jackstands since I bought it :(
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.