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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old February 19th, 2017, 22:16 Thread Starter
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1991 MR2 Daily Project Weekend Car

Double posting from other MR2 site:
I figured to keep updates on my MR2 build.

Currently the car needs a lot of exterior work since it's been sitting, thankfully the person who I got the car from had the entire car primered then plastidipped to help keep the body clean.

Here's when I picked up the car:

Since I can't post links/embed yet, I uploaded them.

All the gray is primer, and all the red is dip. The entire car was dipped with the intention of keeping it protected from the elements, and it has started to fade from the sun and weather.
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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old February 19th, 2017, 22:17 Thread Starter
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There were a few rust spots:
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post #3 of 46 (permalink) Old February 19th, 2017, 22:18 Thread Starter
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Here's the progress over the next few days:
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post #4 of 46 (permalink) Old February 19th, 2017, 22:20 Thread Starter
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I made some room in the garage to fit the MR2:

Some close ups of the rust spots and treatment:
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post #6 of 46 (permalink) Old February 19th, 2017, 22:23 Thread Starter
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Wiped down the engine bay a bit:
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Took off the bumpers:
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Working on getting the amps inside the compartment where the stock sub was:
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post #8 of 46 (permalink) Old February 19th, 2017, 22:24 Thread Starter
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Added LED to the cluster:

HVAC was also modded for red LED buttons and white backlighting to match this EQ:
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I try to work on the car little by little everyday after work, the plan is to the car ready for the summer for weekend fun or auto-x events. The motor is already rebuilt and the only mechanically bad parts were the knock sensor and ECT sensor which have been replaced.

I need an EMS to properly run boost but the car won't be on the road until April at the earliest.

I should be able to post URLs now

Did some crude bondo on the side wing piece to delete the power antenna hole the other day. I could've smoothed it out but I wanted more material to shape the curve.
Also new headlights under the piece:




A bit more room to work now:


Amps are mounted. Wired up the driver side door and rear speakers, passenger side door will be tomorrow.


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Looking great to me so far. I need to fix the rust around the t-tops on mine as well. One word of advice though, you may want to move your sub around to the passenger side. That's where I have mine and the few times I've sat in the passenger seat I've found it's not very enjoyable having it fire straight into your back.
I'll see how I like it behind me, I was planning to run low bass. I want to be able to use the storage compartment on the passenger side.


HVAC:







Soldered up the key ring while watching the Patriots' winning touchdown




Picked up the kouki rear set from a local part out and started testing parts for the led retrofit

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Original plan was to wrap the entire car but stopped midway as I figured I could paint the car for not that much more!

but wrap progress anyway:

Testing the vinyl on the fender:
















More LEDs! Just ordered my Oil temp/pressure, wideband, boost gauge and A pillar pods. Lots of :twocents:

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I found paint that matches the vinyl very well but when I tested it on the handle I messed up by touching it too soon.

Side vents are primed and this is the second attempt at the handle





Deciding if I want to continue wrapping the car or not. quarter panel is just a hair too long to wrap without a lot of stretching.
I was going to spray can the roof/quarter if the white matched but it's slightly off.

Otherwise I will strip the wrap and reprime low spots and spray the car with base coat/clear coat. Suggestions/comments?






Testing out the rings behind the lens, protoboard comes today so I can finish the tails.



Headed to Sherwin Williams right now to see cost of paint locally and if it's viable then I'll buy it locally versus waiting online.

awesome news, paint from Sherwin Williams Automotive finish is
1 Gal - White that I picked from book - 183
2 Quarts - reducer - 60
1 Gal - Clear coat and (1 quart) hardener - 85

Total ~ 330 for enough paint for the entire car and hopefully the jams too

Ended up picking up a gallon of primer and other items too and spent $550!



Wideband gauge will go in the heater vent so it's aligned with pillar




driver side jams scuffed and ready for primer:
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Removed hood and trunk with help from a friend:



Selfie while waiting for first coat of primer to dry on hood and trunk underside:




Testing gauge placement and color
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That's all for right now, thanks for looking!
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Wow, impressive. Keep up the good work and keep us updated.
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Was able to take off the last of the dip on the quarter panel last night (after removing most of dip but before final removal):


Dipped parts left:
Passenger Door/Mirror
Passenger Rocker
1/3 of trunk

Good news is I don't need any of those parts to spray the body jams!
I'll be masking off the car when I get home today, wiping down the jams and few small areas that need to be primered again and primering!

I'll be using my go pro hopefully for this part so I can time lapse it, I should've did this from the start but it would've been a lot of footage/files
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Sorry, I lied. No go pro footage as idk where my batteries are.

backmasked the jams:






used some amazon packing paper then my roll of 3M masking tape



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primer!








I missed some edges so I'll do that tomorrow since it was getting late but overall it came out smoothly!
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Great work! excited to see more of this.
I'm not good with body work, and it's been hard for me to find someone that knows mr2's and can do solid body work in my area. I have my spoiler off as well, and need the holes filed and some small dents fixed before I can start with paint
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Great work! excited to see more of this.
I'm not good with body work, and it's been hard for me to find someone that knows mr2's and can do solid body work in my area. I have my spoiler off as well, and need the holes filed and some small dents fixed before I can start with paint
I wouldn't call myself an expert but I know enough to try to tackle this myself.

I've accumulated tools over the years and so the expense wasn't that bad.

For beginners wanted to fill holes, I would use a piece of aluminum flashing ($5 for a pack at home depot/lowes in the roof section) and some jb weld to cover the backside of the hole. Then use some bondo/filler putty to just fill the hole after the JB weld cures. Then sand, repeat bondo if you sanded too much or there's missing/low spots, then primer, and paint This is also assuming you don't have a welder, which I don't.

you may be able to push the dent out from the backside with hammer/dolly method but I believe most would use a stud welder which welds a small stick to the metal and let's you pull the metal out using a slide hammer. Then once it's closer to the original shape you can fill with bondo and sand, etc.

I'm more than happy to provide my insight on how to do things.

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Subscribed! Nice work, looking forward to seeing how it turns out. I'd worked in a body shop (Maaco ) while I was in college as a sander and wished I'd learned to paint and weld. Learning to weld now and have found a booth here in LA that'll rent out for $60/day so I'm trying to figure out how best to get my car to a point to paint it. I'll probably be IM'g you with some questions.
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