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You're going to continue posting progress on this when you get back into it, right? I'm very intersted in seeing your project completed.
 

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I still need to finish the other projects I have & get back on my 2. I've also been looking around for a fellow 2 enthusiast that might want to help me get the rear subframe sorted (& thereby gain personal insight into a potential LS4 MR2 project of their own where the help would be reciprocated) so I can speed this up. No prior fab work experience needed, but simply spare time, close proximity, & a love for these types of projects. There's a good chance that this first "mule" will be the first of at least a couple of these after I finally get a new shop put up. A solid jig put together for making the right subframe & engine mounts will give this swap a potential length of 1 month worth of weekends at most. Anybody in the Pacific NW interested?
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I'll find somebody eventually. Just a matter of time.
As I've said all along, I'm still willing to help you out with this project. You just need call me and let me know when you are wanting to work on it.
 

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Forgot to post this picture. I cut the rear firewall to make room for the rear exhaust manifold. I'll be moving this section of wall back a few inches as well as giving it an angle to clear the rear manifold and it's output flange/O2 sensor. I did this back when I had the shop.
 

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As I've said all along, I'm still willing to help you out with this project. You just need call me and let me know when you are wanting to work on it.
That's a deal, James. I didn't forget about you. I'll accept help from anybody else as well that is willing to trade for help with their own project. We all need to get our collective $#!t together and get our cars on the road! Especially me. Been too distracted by life.
 

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That's a deal, James. I didn't forget about you. I'll accept help from anybody else as well that is willing to trade for help with their own project. We all need to get our collective $#!t together and get our cars on the road! Especially me. Been too distracted by life.
Sounds good buddy. No worries, as we both understand life happens. Just give me a call when you're ready to start on it again and we'll get this project finished!! I agree, we need to get our cars on the road. Give me a call as soon as you are ready to start again and we can get back to work on it! :)
 

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Life is so inconsiderate! Hogging all of my time and $#!+. It's only a matter of time before my 2 is the sole distraction, but I'm still trying desperately to get a building of some sort up so I don't have to do this in my garage. A lift isn't necessary but it's a desirable option I'll do my best to regain. One way or another this thing will end up stealing all of my attention (besides my kids) & it'll get done. If only days had another few hours...sleep being kinda important, it also gets in the way. Anybody ever seen the movie Multiplicity? I could use a few clones...
 

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It's difficult to photograph. Basically while the engine/trans are in the bay the differential sits directly on top of the driver's side control arm mount at the rear subframe. They would like to hang at least a few inches lower than the space that mount now resides in. Google 4T65-E HD and look at how the transmission case is designed versus a 153 or most any other FWD Toyota trans. On the Toyota the differential sits back around 4" or so from the outermost edge of the case. On the GM trans it's flush with the end of the case. With how the MR2 subframe is designed to allow the driver's side inner CV to sit just outboard of the control arm mount it doesn't allow the GM trans to fit without altering the mount location. I'm likely going to lower the mount enough to clear the GM's differential as positioning the engine/trans higher isn't an option due to various reasons. The most obvious is that the differential needs to be between the hubs or close to it. With how short the axles will be, the angle will be too great if the differential was positioned as high as it would need to be to clear the stock control arm mount position. I'll take some pics in a few days, but looking at pictures of a 4T65-E & your own engine bay would make things much more clear.
 

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It's just been a month and a week...geeez! Never mind the years without any work performed. I had a car wreck(s) straight out of a badly written movie. One dude in a '95 Mirage hit my Mustang 3 times. I've been busy and distracted more than normal. I'm making a series of huge personal changes within the next few weeks (already dropped 10 lbs so far since Monday) & big things will start happening. Sorry I've gotten folks interested & basically sat on my ass as far as this project goes...hell...in more things than just this. I've decided to get busy in all corners of my life. Finally...
 

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Congrats on making healthy life changes. Be careful how fast you're losing weight. A healthy loss is 1 - 2 lbs a week, more than that could be pretty bad for your body (depending on the initial size of your body).

I'm curious how one car hits your car 3 times in a row.

Looking forward to seeing progress!
 

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I'm impressed with your work so far on this. I purchased a MKII last year and I just got it in the garage to start tearing it down. I knew I wouldn't have time to start on it until this year but when it came available last year for purchase I had to jump on it. The car has been in the driveway just over a year until I could get things together.

After some research here I plan to go with the LS4 Engine and F40 Trans. My car will be a complete disassembly and restoration at the same time I do the engine upgrade. I was originally going to install the 3.5 Toyota V6 but the V8 looks to be so much more fun.

I'm sure I will be needing some advice in the future since this will be a daunting task.

Thanks in advance
 
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