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#73697
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 46
It sure feels great to have the MR2 back on the road.
She's driven 500 miles in the last 3 weeks without missing a heart beat.

So I made a purchase from GotTwoTubby in the form of a Blitz panel air filter.

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So it was off to the shed to dismantle the MR2 for the night.

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The airbox was filthy. So it was out with the hoover and WD40 to clean out the inside of the box.

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Old filter out.

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Then settled in the new filter.

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With the airbox complete it was time to pay attention to the Throttle Body.
I doubt it was ever removed from the car, as it was black with carbon gunk.

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I used Carb cleaner to dissolve and then wipe away the gunk.
Some difference. Ideally I'd love to remove the whole unit and polish it as I did on my corolla project.

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Then I reassembled everything, all looking nice and clean now.
BTW, has anyone here ever removed their resonator box?
I was tempted to do so, but I wasn't sure if it was a wise move as I've never had a car with one before.
Anyone got any thoughts? To me it looks like it is just added weight.

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The bay looks neat but needs a little bling. I've some red silicon hosing left over from other projects that I think I'll use on the vaccum and coolant lines.

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Then being an LED nut as I am, I fitted some Cree LED parking lights.

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The photos look terrible, but I promise they are not tacky blue, but more a clear 5000k white.

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I'll try and get better pictures on my camera next time.
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#73703
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 57
Looking well Rex, Kc'd
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#73709
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 42
I have not got too tubby
That's just a few Christmas pounds

Looks great as always keep up the amazing work
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#73717
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 33
Great Job. would be good to see ya on May meeting.
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#73891
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 46
Small update, I got some Lockwood door sill trims on eBay or a small fee.

They are badly scratched in places, but I plan to refurb them.

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They sure are a clean fit though.


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I tried 2000 grit sandpaper but it still is too rough on them.
Has anyone got any suggestions before I completely sand these back and buy new 'MR2' decals to place on them?
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#73911
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 106
Have you a DA polisher? I got mine back to a decent finish with mine - needs to be redone again

any difference with the blitz filter?

Also whre'd you get the CREE parking lights? ebay?
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#73917
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 57
Looking well! Did you try autosol on them and buff by hand?

Kc'd for the update
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#73921
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 46
@eringobragh; I've a cheap Lidl car polisher that I could try.

The Blitz filter hasn't made a huge difference other than some increased throttle response. But this also may be due to cleaning the throttle body.

Like all panel filters Im sure you'd see the results on a dyno.

The CREE bulbs came from Alixpress.

@Bommie, thanks dude.
I think they may be too rough for hand polishing. I'll try and get some AutoAutosol and let you know how I get on
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#73925
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar - I'm back! 2 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 106
lidl one won't cut just buffs. might work - as mentioned use autosol - thats what I used.
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#75744
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 2 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 46
Well lads, just some updates on the MR2.

The door sills are still in the shed, I must get around to fitting them.

I've gotten some nice stainless steel door lock protectors in the meantime.
- Its the little things that count.

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The MR2 actually had trouble pre NCT whereby the jack went though the sill during some routine work at home. I had suspected the car had the sill of death at the back passanger side for a while now. I chanced my arm and put it into the NCT, but it failed for th rust as I expected. So the car was sent off to my local bodyshop for a sill rebuild.

I have no photos but the rust wasn't severe at all. The affected metal was cut away and a new piece was welded on and moulded into the sill. The car was reput into the NCT and it passed no problem. So I was delighted to say the very least. :)

So this is the point where I am currently at. The same bodyshop is going to respray the sill next Monday to make the repair invisible. But this got the auld cogs turning in my head...

While the car is in for respray work I've decided to do multiple jobs.

1. Colour code the sills.
2. Colour code the rear spats
3. Colour code the front lip - I have purchased (recieved) a Rev3 version lip from SteveH. This too will be fitted to the car and colour coded in crimson red.

I've been debating for a while whether to colourcode the car or keep it red and black. Colour coded has won ot in the end.

My overall aim is for the car is to make it a colour coded crimsson red rev1.
Like this... (but not as awesome)

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I'm the market for a nice set of 15 or 16 inch alloys too. I like the Rev3 alloys I have, but I'd love a sporty aftermarket set to throw on from time to time.
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#75788
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 2 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 57
Good stuff rex, Kc'd it's the little touches that make the difference
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#75840
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 46
Thanks man, I cannot wait to have it back from the bodyshop next week.
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#75962
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 46
Dropped the car this morning into my local bodyshop along with the new front lip.

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Below are a few snaps from the TOC-irl meet in Portlaoise yesterday. I really think a 25mm drop would just suit the car perfectly.


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#76136
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 46
So the car has been away for  2 weeks getting:

Sill restoration.
Full underbody rust proof coating.
All major scratches removed.
Colour coded the skirts and rear spats.
Fitted Rev3 lip and colour coded it.

I am absolutely over the moon with the work.
The next plans I have for it:
- Slight 25-30mm drop
- TRD MR2 leads
- New disks

If anyone has these bits please drop me a shout.


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#76152
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 57
Looks like a new car! Awesome, the colour coding makes it in my opinion. Kcd
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#80123
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 5 Months ago Karma: 46
Time for some updates here

The car is back on the in 2017 road with new shoes.

Loving the BBS RX202 it just fills the arch gap perfectly.



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I bought a set of OSRAM Night Breaker 'Laser' bulbs for the car since the others had blown over the Winter. They are magnificent, I really like them. Perfect choice for me as I didn't want to go for HIDs on a 25 year old car. They'd look naff and blind everyone.

This way I can keep the keep the car legal and NCT safe, while still having a lovely white light. The photos are naff, butthe light is almost a pure white.

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#80127
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 4 Weeks ago Karma: 327
Very nice wheels there and lights always seem really poor on the SW20, those night breakers seem to do the job.
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#80129
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 4 Weeks ago Karma: 106
slipsliderg wrote:
Very nice wheels there and lights always seem really poor on the SW20, those night breakers seem to do the job.

Ive the old gen of the night breakers on mine and they are excellent great light from them

Rex where'd you get those Toyota lock covers?
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#80131
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 3 Weeks ago Karma: 13
looks very well...body is in fantastic condition...looks stunning, wheels look really good...lot of work put in over time...really stands out.
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#80135
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 2 Weeks ago Karma: 46
@eringobragh

Here is the link
www.aliexpress.com/item/4PCS-TRD-logo-Ca...c4-bfcc-cbc16810d4e1

My new centre caps arrived.
The caps finish the new wheels off nicely I think.

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I found some time to do a bit of tidying around the car too.
- The rear grill was gone a rusted and the black paint had faded.
- I sanded it down a bit and touched it up with some high temperature black gloss.
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The calipers looked naff too under the new alloys. So I also painted this matt black.
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I also got some nice new drilled and grooved calipers, I'll throw them on after the NCT.

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#80139
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 2 Weeks ago Karma: 313
Very nice, looks great!
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#80149
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 1 Week ago Karma: 106
Thanks for link ordered some
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#80151
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 1 Week ago Karma: 46
No problem mate.

Are you heading down to Cork for the Classic Toyota show at the weekend?
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#80153
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 1 Week ago Karma: 13
that is stunning looking...looks fantastic...everything u did with it stands out really well done job...Credit to you..well done
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#80155
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months, 1 Week ago Karma: 106
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No problem mate.

Are you heading down to Cork for the Classic Toyota show at the weekend?


Am working unfortunately Hope ye get the weather

What paint you use on calipers btw
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#80167
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months ago Karma: 46
@eringobragh

I went for Matt black this time around for something different.
Normally I go for gloss.

It's Simonz High Temperature VHT paint, only 7e in my local Auto Factors.

The Annual Toyota Classic Gathering in Cork was excellent last weekend. It was great to see some familiar new faces from MR2.ie

Here are some MR2 biased pictures.

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#80169
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months ago Karma: 29
Nice pics!! I should have parked mine near ... it was surrounded by corollas
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#80173
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months ago Karma: 46
@Mister2

Thanks man, I remember seeing yours at the side of the building.
It looked unreal, love the quadlight conversion and blacked out lights, suits it down to the ground.
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#80177
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months ago Karma: 57
Great pics Rex, nice to see you're still working away on the mr2
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#80179
Re: MR2 Rev 1 GT T-Bar 4 Months ago Karma: 46
@Bommie,

Cheers man, do you still have yours? Your build thread was epic, I used to love getting ideas from it. I met a few of the lads on here last weekend in Cork. They said the group has mostly migrated to Facebook now.
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