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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old March 28th, 2019, 10:10 Thread Starter
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I have an 87 project car that was put in storage due to life events. Now that life events have resolved, it is 8 years later. I was originally thinking about selling it, as I have other project cars taking all of my time and money, but no one is really interested in buying an old project, so I might as well try to get it running again. Which leads to my problems.

I haven't touched or seen this car in over 8 years and I have no Idea were to start. When it was put into storage, I was sorting out a silver top swap with an old haltech ecu. I do not have the original sensors or ecu. If I remember correctly, the haltech ecu had some internal problems.

So this is probably the wrong question to ask, but what is the easiest/cheapest way to get a silver top running? I was thinking of picking up a minisquirt and redoing the wiring harness and sensor set up to make it work. This seems too simple in my mind, so please tell me why it will not work and what I need to do to make it work.

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If you can build and install and tune a mega squirt setup then that would be your cheapest route, but somewhat complicated.

You could hunt down a silver top or possibly a blacktop ECU and run it but, if you are missing a bunch of the pieces to make the EFI work then you will have to piece it all together while being nickle and dimed to death.

Really need more information as to what you have to work with. Is the harness the stock one? Is it cut? Has the wiring been modified to work with the mr2 chassis?
Do you have anyway to connect to the haltech? Are you familiar with that ECU and tuning software or know someone who is so that it could be tested?

I’ve done a stand-alone install with a DIYPNP kit from diyautotune that is based on the micro squirt module. I have also done a full EFI conversion from large port to Smallport electronics in my corolla and honestly the diypnp kit was easier and way more powerful in terms of flexibility and tune-ability and in the end it’s cost me about half as much as hunting down all the parts for the smallport conversion.
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