I thought'd I'd share my "other" Jap car that I've been working on and driving daily. This is a 1985 Toyota MR2 Coupe, 88k miles, and was always well cared for and maintained in New Mexico.
The car sold new in Albuquerque, and was the very first MR2 sold at that dealership. This car is one of only 2,500 manufactured in 1984 for early release on launch date in 1985. It's had one repaint in a metallic blue that's a shade darker and bluer than the factory color. All original interior, wheels, engine, etc... Not bad for a cheap beater-driver, but I couldn't leave it alone...
A set of Enkei RPF1 rims with some Dunlop Direzza tires massively updated the look of the car! Still hadn't polished the paint or really detailed the car at this point earlier this summer. Really fun car to drive, and being mid-engined is a totally new experience for me. I love it!
Momo Monte Carlo steering wheel replaced the sun-damaged original piece. Very high quality and fits the look of the interior!
It's at this point that I took the car on a 4,000 mile road trip around the Southwestern US, here's a few pics from that trip:
You can read all about it here, on my blog: https://theycallmemr2.wordpress.com/
I opted to install a spoiler on the rear, settled on a R34 GTT Skyline JDM-only spoiler, painted flat black just to see how it looks:
Later, I wrapped the spoiler in some vinyl Carbon Fiber Wrap:
Fabricated a complete 2.5" exhaust system, wound up being a tad too loud so I added a 2nd resonator just before the tip and that fixed the droning issue. It's got a nice burble to it, but not fart-canny or to rappy. I may be building a new system this winter, I would love a center-exit exhaust!
Pulled the car in the shop last month to make some changes. The factory windscreen had a huge crack in it from my road-trip, so I had Safelite come out and do a new install.
I decided the roof needed to be a different color than the body, so I took this time to prep the surface and spray on some VW Black Magic Pearl Paint. Took some time and hell of a lot of effort, but I got it buffed out and I'm stoked!
So here's how it sits now:
Plans this winter include:
Changing out the factory boxy seats for a set of NA Miata seats.
Custom Center Console
Different Rear Spoiler
Daiyama Coilover Suspension
General Detailing and Maintenance.
Should be getting it in the shop here soon, so I'll post updates when I can.