General Maintenance

Mileage: 255,634

Today my MR2 got a much needed oil and transmission fluid change.  I had noticed that going into gear was grinding, sometimes.  Gear shifts now feel smooth once again after the fluid change.  I had been at least a month since I driven her, you kinda forget how much fun it is.

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Lakeland Meet

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 We had a great meet at a Lakeland park last weekend.  There was a great turn out, good food, and good company to be had.  Also I fixed my leak, ends up one of my hose clamps had come loose on a coolant line…fixed!


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

Fuel Line

And finally I got a fuel line from Side2side racing to replace my cut/extended fuel line. Install was a breeze.

(wow my engine looks dirty!)

Throttle Cable

I also got a new throttle cable and re-routed it to replace my existing cut and extended throttle cable.

Coolant System Overhaul

Since the last update I overhauled my cooling system by replacing my cut up hose pieces with some silicone 90s, a 45, and straight. I also bought a “beader” for my aluminum pipes, to help make a better seal. I finished it off with t-bolt clamps to not cut into the silicone.

Clutch Line

Pardon the messy engine bay but I got a braided clutch line installed today 🙂

ITB Intake

Next project is going to be a filter setup for the ITBs that allows me to use the T3 velocity stacks I’ve had sitting around since 2005. My current K&N filters are not the right size for the stacks.

The filter and plate showed up today based on input in burdickjp’s thread and a quick test fit showed everything should fit nicely even with the new strut bar. I also took a shot of the stack in the filter, Pipercross suggests at least 19mm from the stack to the filter, got that covered.

Got the stacks and filter installed today!

For reference I ordered the C604D filter and C6006 blank plate. I hope to get the holes cut tomorrow at work for the throttle bodies and mounting screws.

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.