Geez, it's been over a year since I updated this thread... Well, time for an update. This summer I ran into continued problems with the engine on this truck, and wound up replacing it with a rebuilt KA24E and just throwing the old one away. Seems that before I bought it, the truck got water in the engine/trans and that kinda ruined everything... Transmissions was overfull with watery oil. Not fun. So after spending a metric crap-ton of money, I finally have a reliable truck with decent power. I'm still tempted to try a header and better flowing exhaust, but I'm afraid I'll muck up the O2 sensor. :/
Anyways, here's how it sits now:
I'm selling my blue 1985 Toyota MR2, partially to fund new projects, partially so I can buy a TIG welder. So this truck will be back in the shop in the next few months for a proper interior and stereo upgrade. Might get around to finding some wheels too.
Ugh, they used duck tape to mask off the machined surfaces? And they left silica dust pouring out of every orifice? Eh, I'd settle for finding a high durability paint and paint the transmission. No one is going to fault you for using a factory appearing silver/aluminum colored paint. Unless your goal is Concours judging, in that case, don't listen to lil' old me.
I purchased PhotoBucket's 30Gig storage package last year due to the volume of images I wanted to store. This costs me ~$30/yr. No image losses for me, and it appears that is one way of bypassing the PhotoBucket paywall. They really only shut-off users with "free" accounts. Until I lose my pics, I'm staying.
Alright, here's what going to happen: We're going to be installing a set of custom Daiyama Coilovers. These are one-off parts that a bunch of us MR2 guys commissioned and had made specially to fit these cars. They're set up to be fully adjustable from super stiff, to factory comfort. I'll also be lowering the car by at least 40mm in the process, and since this is not my daily driver and doesn't really need to have ground clearance, I might go even lower!
Oh, and also the wheels are potentially getting painted Bronze instead of the factory Silver. I'll wait on that until after the coilovers are done. So all together, some pretty epic mods that should take this car one step closer to the next level!
Car is getting some much needed upgrades in the shop. I'll post pics as the project commences. Needless to say, my Rambler is taking back seat to this car at the moment. I have lots of money in parts that need to get installed rather than sit in the closet...
That's an unwritten rule, technically the only requirement us 1972 or older... But yes, I've heard stories of gate-guards and more blocking 100% import cars. Other option is buying a spot in the swap meet and claiming you're there to sell American parts and the Datto is your parts-hauler...