Leaks

Not much has been going on with my MR2 recently, she’s been taking me to work and back with no issue. Recently I noticed a small puddle under the car when pulling it out of the garage.  It looks like I have an oil leak, maybe from between the head and block, also some kind of fluid was coming out from in between the engine and transmisison, not cool.

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Exhaust Smoke

Filmed some exhaust smoke I was seeing out of the rear view mirror

Tag and road test

I had my first successful road test today. Things went well, cruised at about 55-60 with no real issue. The steering seemed a bit touchy like it was tough to keep it going straight, but it was windy out too with TS Debby near by.


Major Progress

Since the last post I purchased another C-160 transmission, got it modded, and mated up to the motor.  I was able to repair the wheel bearing and that seems to be working well.  I also dropped the gas tank, checked that it was clean inside, and re installed it.  The motor is now installed and the car runs.  Today I got the tags registered and I can drive it on the road.  For pictures of the progress click on the “repair photos” link to the right.

Exhaust pics / intake

Exhaust installed

These will have to wait till later

Filters cleaned, re-oiled, and re-installed

Test drive, now with exhaust

Transmission seal replaced, brake MC replaced

Got my replacement seal today. I think it’s the same seal as on the C-50/C-52. I also got my rebuilt master cylinder in today and its install seemed to go without a hitch, the brake system is bled and the pedal feels good.

Seal is out, new seal is in and we went for a test drive around the neighborhood! She seems to pull a bit harder than I remember 🙂

Engine bay

She isn’t in the best of shape but here is a shot

She starts!

Well she cranks but won’t start. It looks like I am getting no fuel. If I looked at the schematic right the fuel pump should get 12v when the ignition is in the “ON” position. The 20v is a little different in that the ground for the circuit opening relay coil comes from the ECU and not the AFM and the ECU doesn’t seem to be providing the needed ground. I checked for codes, got an error for no O2 sensor, so plugged that in and rechecked for codes but the ECU returned none.

About the fuel. I guess the 20v doesn’t have the fuel pump on while the ignition is in the “ON” position. I ended up disconnecting the fuel pump, grounding the COR myself, measuring 12v at the pump, reconnecting fuel pump and waiting…waiting…waiting…THEN came the fuel. I guess with dropping the tank it takes a fair amount of time for gas to fill the lines back up. Now with fuel coming I found a leak at the filter, fixed that, but still no start. Pulled the high tension wire off the distributor and had my wife start the car while I checked for spark. Spark was there and next time I tried to crank her over she started!

Transmission Mods / Motor Install!

Tonight I picked up my old transmission as I’ll be needing a few parts from it. It was mid-repair as the shop was looking for parts.

HUGE progress today! I got the transmission modified, bolted to the motor, and got the motor in the car! It was a very long day and I know for sure I am going to sleep well tonight. Tomorrow will consist of hooking up coolant lines, wiring harness, filling fluids, and trying to start her up.