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#59325
MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 46
Hi guys. Going to create a project thread here for my new MR2. If its not in the correct area please let me know.

Bought this car in June 2013 and have it insured as a classic car.
It's a 1991 Rev 1 GT T-Bar. It is a UK import with the same UK owner for the last 21 years!

It's totally original and has some nice upgrades/features.
- Entire professional respray.
- Rev 3 alloys.
- Full leather interior.
- OEM upgraded Leather Momo steering wheel from MR2 G-Limited.
- Clifford alarm.
- Rare OEM Premium Sound System.


The car the day I got it:

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The car now in March 2014:


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Current Spec:
- Full leather interior.
- Full professional respray.
- Genuine Momo G-Limited steering wheel.
- Clifford alarm system.
- MR2 Rev 3 alloys.
- New rear 'X' brace sprayed 205 metallic black.
- Rare 'Man in Dandism' optional extra mats.
- Toyota cup & coin holder single din.
- Genuine TRD Oil cap.
- TRD wheel dust caps.
- Upgraded Bass speaker unit.
- Clear side indicator lenses.
- Clear front indicator lenses.
- Rare El-glow MR2 boot badge panel optional extra from Japan.
- New Exedy Clutch.
- New brake pads.
- Upgraded interior light with X2 40SMD LED boards.

Future Plans:

- Fit upgraded OEM speakers/ tweeters.
- TRD radiator cap.
- Leather seats refurbished.
- Upgraded shocks.
- Oil change.
- LED interior conversion.
- Turbo rainguard.
- Vented service back side panels. (Not horrible TOMs scoops :laugh: )



Thread start:
Today I bought a new X-brace (Thanks got92tubby) and sanded it back down.
Painted it 205 metallic black. Turned out really good.


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Took it for a quick drive then tonight.


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#59326
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 88
look forward to watching this thread ... good man ... nice to see another 2 getting the royal treatment
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#59327
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 42
Looks great dude . Kcd for starting the tread
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#59329
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 80
beautiful car bud throw a bit of laquer on the xbrace bring up the shine a bit land on an induction kit the noise those engines make are unreal
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#59336
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 57
looks like you got yourself a nice one there Rex Kc'd for luck with it
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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 62
Nice to see another red rev1
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#59439
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 46
Thanks for all the encouragement folks.
So I also got a Rev3 OEM lip from got2tubby. I sanded it down with both wet and dry sandpaper.


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Got the base coat on this evening. Seems to be turning out well. I'll try and line it up to the car this weekend and see how it looks.
What do people think, red or black?

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Removed horrible dealership stickers today and got a new tax/insurance disk. Then I waxed the car to celebrate my first day of full insurance :)


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#59441
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 80
before you finish the splitter sand it back again and give it some plastic primer the ordinary primer wont last it will peel red is the way to go same as the car
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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 57
good work Rex! x2 on spraying it red
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#59590
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 46
Still waiting to spray the lip, probably will go with red

In the meantime I blackened the rear light trim using peanut butter as advised by members here. Thanks!
The results were amazing!
TOP LINE = Before
BOTTOM = After


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#60081
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 46
Ok small update on this. Used silicon cleaner on the rear centre panel this evening.
Over the moon with the results. Worthy of a "man in dandism" I reckon.


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Also took the car to the TOC big meet. Was great to see Bommie's car as well as Mitch's old D4d Mr2.
Two lovely cars. Anyways here was mine:


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Hope to do the final coat on the lip this weekend.
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#60083
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 106
nice bus - and great condition for year - if thats been in the UK have you checked the sills?

More info in here :

www.mr2.ie/mr2-forum/8-performance-and-r...5-sos-save-our-sills
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#60089
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 42
Looks great dude.fair play keep up the good work
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#60502
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 46
@eringobragh

Thank for the link. Luckily the car was brought over in the mid 90s so the sill rust is minimal.
I will follow your advice and treat them hard to find places.

My clear OEM headlights arrived today. Does anyone have any idea how remove the actual lenses from the main plastic holder.
It's clipped on in 4 spots, but they look very fragile.
I might try a heat gun to seperate them as they are filthy.

Other option might be to attack them with a power washer!


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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 46
The clear lenses I managed to clean, but they need some modification to fit my Rev 1

Good news is that I got some new goodies:

TRD fuel cap.

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Valve caps.

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MR2 drinks holder. (Makes drive thru's much easier)

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Trd Oil cap.

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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 154
Some nice goodies there Rex!
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#60869
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 46
Thanks a million man, yeah got lucky on eBay for most of these bits.


I got them all fitted today. Gave the a full days worth of attention today.
- Cleaned out a bunch of leaves from the air vents and fans. I literally filled a bucket!
- Took out all interior plastics and removed years of grime and dust.
- Put in my Cup/ Coinholder.
- Replaced all interior bulbs. (Clocks, Ciggy Lighter, etc)
- Resprayed wipers 205 metallic black.
- Carpets shampoo cleaned, and the same for Dandism mats!.


New Dandism mats, in great condition for theit age.
Gave them 3 bouts of shampooing

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Cup holders installed:

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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 80
fair play bud i love adding little goodies like the valve caps etc etc the car is looking great
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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 106
cozzy90 wrote:
fair play bud i love adding little goodies like the valve caps etc etc the car is looking great

I give those valve caps a week if your in Dublin! they'll be on some skangers BMX
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#60887
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 42
Looks great man. Love the fuel cap was lookin at one on ebay myself but i was too stingy was costing a fortune from aus

will kc you later all out at the moment keep up the great work
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#62034
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 46
I should have more updates on the way in the coming days.
The car is going into storage for the winter months at the end of November.

I hope to revamp the sound system, fit a new clutch, and get the underbody of the car painted during this time.
Until then...

Clear indicators.

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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 46
Thanks a million to "got92tubby" for meeting up and giving me a few MR2 parts that I've after since I got the car.

First and foremost I tackled the extremely annoying crackling in the back right speaker behind the driver.

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While I had the panel off I checked the sponge lining in the sides and in the sill for rust or moisture, and found none B).

I fitted the new OEM speaker and re-glued the sponge material to the back of the plastic panel. I replaced all broken clips with spares from my TTE Corolla project.

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Adding those guys in should make sure the plastics don't rattle on bad roads.

Next I tackled the subwoofer in the back on the car that was rattly at high volumes.
I took it out and the sound proofing sponge material had disintegrated into powder :fail:

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I intend to replace the entire unit tomorrow with a spare tomorrow.

I finished off with the subtle repairs.

Perfect uncracked ashtray.

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Perfect uncracked door handle surround.

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Next steps are to repair the subwoofer and install the new tweeters and subwoofers. :)
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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 106
did you fit those woofers yourself? I have a pair of them and amps from my breaker but can see no wiring in place for them
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Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 42
Glad your happy wit the parts. car is really comin along looks great. Kcd for the hard work.B-)
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#62289
Re: MR2 Rev1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 46
No man they were in the car from factory.
Replacing some bits in them now though as they are rat arsed

Thanks a lot Gearoid, couldn't have done it without your inputs
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#62465
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 46
Tackled the subwoofer tonight.
Pulled out the tattered speaker from the box.

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These are the positive and negative wires.

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My new 6 Ohm replacement speaker.

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Plugged it into the unit and into the car. Sounds the job!
Only have the front speakers to tackle now.

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These are the new front speakers I'll try to tackle this week.

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#62868
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 6 Months ago Karma: 46
Ordered a new Exedy clutch for the MR2, hope to have it here by tomorrow.
I checked all the fuses since my last update and there were a few missing or wrong.
Fixed them all up and got the right drivers side fan working again.


I also just won an e glow MR2 badge on eBay.
I understand that these are extremely rare, got it for less than 20e
I can't wait to fit it, I'll probably do the front speakers this weekend too.

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#63277
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 46
I fitted the El Glow badge today. I tapped it into the regplate lights, delighted with how it looks.
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As the car stands now:

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#63279
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 47
Well done Rex it looks great . kc`d
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Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 3 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 15
great job lad.. love watching build threads and seeing the car progress
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