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Need Help...Mr2 Needs Engine Swap

New member. Inherited my Dads Baby (an '88) about 11 years ago. Strongly emotionally attached to this machine. The engine has died and we need to replace. Time to either spend a small fortune to have someone swap the engine or turn it into a project car and attempt to do it ourselves, except we have no clue how to do so. Looking for help, advice, references and/or support. Any takers? Car got its start in Northern California and has been a TX resident for the last 10 years of its life (it was my fathers 4th or 5th Mr2...he LOVED them) he taught me to drive in the 1st he ever bought and now I own the last he ever bought. I can't bear the idea of parting with it and hubby enjoys (well, past tense) the HELL out of driving it. Please? Any help is appreciated! Looking forward to learning and meeting you all.
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What happened to the original engine? If it is not rebuildable, have you found another 4AGE for the replacement? If you have a direct replacement, the BGB gives the procedure to R&R the engine.
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New member. Inherited my Dads Baby (an '88) about 11 years ago. Strongly emotionally attached to this machine. The engine has died and we need to replace. Time to either spend a small fortune to have someone swap the engine or turn it into a project car and attempt to do it ourselves, except we have no clue how to do so. Looking for help, advice, references and/or support. Any takers? Car got its start in Northern California and has been a TX resident for the last 10 years of its life (it was my fathers 4th or 5th Mr2...he LOVED them) he taught me to drive in the 1st he ever bought and now I own the last he ever bought. I can't bear the idea of parting with it and hubby enjoys (well, past tense) the HELL out of driving it. Please? Any help is appreciated! Looking forward to learning and meeting you all.

The Toyota service manual is green. People on here call it the Big Green Book, or BGB

If you can find a digital copy (which should be a google search away "AW11 MR2 BGB" ought to do it) it would walk you through engine Removal & Replacement

A set of metric sockets, metric wrenches and pliers, and an engine hoist ought to be most of what you need
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There's at least a couple shops in Texas that specialize in MR2's and I don't know if you're near either one but they are DD Performance Research in Sealy and ATS Racing in Denton and who knows maybe they can refer you to someone else closer to you.

Do not take your car to some random shop that has never worked on an MR2 before. Whenever someone does this they end up either with a non-running car or way over budget or in a dispute with the shop.
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What happened to the original engine? If it is not rebuildable, have you found another 4AGE for the replacement? If you have a direct replacement, the BGB gives the procedure to R&R the engine.
Not sure what happened. Hubs was driving, said it started by stalling at idle, then later loud horrible noises he says he cant describe, then when he came to a stop heard a loud rhythmic clatter. Very very loud. Shop said it's the engine but that they cant help with repairs.

My brother found this engine online 4us

1988 TOYOTA MR2 Engine (1.6L, VIN A, 4th digit), w/o supercharger, (4AGELC eng) on lowmileageparts.com
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New member. Inherited my Dads Baby (an '88) about 11 years ago. Strongly emotionally attached to this machine. The engine has died and we need to replace. Time to either spend a small fortune to have someone swap the engine or turn it into a project car and attempt to do it ourselves, except we have no clue how to do so. Looking for help, advice, references and/or support. Any takers? Car got its start in Northern California and has been a TX resident for the last 10 years of its life (it was my fathers 4th or 5th Mr2...he LOVED them) he taught me to drive in the 1st he ever bought and now I own the last he ever bought. I can't bear the idea of parting with it and hubby enjoys (well, past tense) the HELL out of driving it. Please? Any help is appreciated! Looking forward to learning and meeting you all.

The Toyota service manual is green. People on here call it the Big Green Book, or BGB

If you can find a digital copy (which should be a google search away "AW11 MR2 BGB" ought to do it) it would walk you through engine Removal & Replacement

A set of metric sockets, metric wrenches and pliers, and an engine hoist ought to be most of what you need

Thank you!!! I was confused. This is extremely helpful!
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There's at least a couple shops in Texas that specialize in MR2's and I don't know if you're near either one but they are DD Performance Research in Sealy and ATS Racing in Denton and who knows maybe they can refer you to someone else closer to you.

Do not take your car to some random shop that has never worked on an MR2 before. Whenever someone does this they end up either with a non-running car or way over budget or in a dispute with the shop.
Thank you! We are in Houston but visit Denton often so will see if they can refer anyone. Tytyty!!!
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The Toyota service manual is green. People on here call it the Big Green Book, or BGB

If you can find a digital copy (which should be a google search away "AW11 MR2 BGB" ought to do it) it would walk you through engine Removal & Replacement

A set of metric sockets, metric wrenches and pliers, and an engine hoist ought to be most of what you need

Pretty much any reference you will need can be found on the OPC subdomain of this site. =D

The MR2OC Online Parts Catalog
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... it started by stalling at idle, then later loud horrible noises he says he cant describe, then when he came to a stop heard a loud rhythmic clatter. Very very loud. Shop said it's the engine but that they cant help with repairs...
Well, actually it sounds like the clutch, not the engine. It certainly could be either, but I suggest some more diagnostics before you commit to a course of action. For example, check to see if the noise changes when you disengage the clutch, or when the car in in or out of gear. Unless you have total faith in this shop that you took it to.
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