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Well...

1. Clean the car and the engine bay good. Remove grease and oil from engine. Water will get in spark plug galley and probably the dizzy cap (distributer cap). If it has not, then you have not cleaned the engine well enough.

2. Tune up. Dizzy cap, rotor, wires and spark plugs. Fuel filter. Air filter. oil filter. oil. Transmission fluid. Check timing. It is a good idea to replace the Cam timing belt. Replace any leaking gaskets. Flush and burp cooling system.

3. DO NOT try and get 1000hp the 1st day by putting a muffler and intake on the engine. This is not a hondah. I will be up front here, all these ricer bolt-ons may get you 4hp.

4. Now that the engine is tuned and working well, shut the hood and stay away.

5. read 1-4 again.

6. Inspect suspension, tires, and chassis.

7. Get the car aligned. This will give you a good idea of what may need replacing. Yes it is upfront dollars, but it is good to know.

8. Now if you are going to race the car. AutoX, Road race, Drag Race etc... review the rules. Whatever you do next will effect what class you will race in. So tred carefully.

9. Look under the seat and carpet for spare change.

10. Lift rear trunk carpet. Stare at the road surface below through rust holes. Those probably need to be fixed :)
 

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Glad it's a sticky!

Add stuff like...

1) What do I use in my transmission?
2) What type of oil/oil weight do you recommend?
3) What type of spark plug/plug wires do you recommend?
4) What type of oil filter should I use?
5) How do I check timing?
6) How do I check ECU codes?
7) What kind of service manual should I get?

Fun stuff like that cause they're always asked all the time
 

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blahhhhh... wrong.,
You will have a louder car with less torque.

1) What do I use in my transmission?
Oil works the best. Clean new oil. Many will tell you to add some hyper expensive oil. Yes that stuff is good and will make your car shift really smooth. But the majority of owners will do just fine with oils like Castrol Hypoy C.

2) What type of oil/oil weight do you recommend?
any oil will work fine. Todays el cheapo oil far exceeds the quality of the most expensive oil of the mid-1980s. Clean oil is the secret. Weight? depends on where you live... look in the owners manual.
3) What type of spark plug/plug wires do you recommend?
I use Champion. have been for as long as I remember, which is twice as long as the MR2 has been around. Copper plugs will get you more power. Platinum will last longer at the expence of power. Bosch platinum should stay in german vehicles and away from Jap cars. Wires? Stock is the best for 99.9999999% of you. Yes they dont look as cool as Joe Ricers 20mm thick wires, but yours will last much longer and will seal the plug valley keeping water out.

4) What type of oil filter should I use?
A clean one. There are personal favorites. I like Purilator filters.

5) How do I check timing?
Timing is controlled by the ECU. It shoudl never need adjusting. But then again there have probably been 5 or 6 16 years olds that have tuned up your car. So check it. Refer to the Manual (either the BGB or the Haynes manual)

6) How do I check ECU codes?
Refer to the manual.

7) What kind of service manual should I get?
I like the Haynes. For nooobs it is awesome and has lots of little secrets. The Big Green Book is the bible. Available at Toyota.
 

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my exhaust is filled with rust... the whole back is rusty... so, to get rid of rust i should use the rust remover liquid thingy? and anti rust coating?
what do i do with rust holes.. :eek: rust is beginning to scare me any help appriciated. thanks
 

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frexe said:
my exhaust is filled with rust... the whole back is rusty... so, to get rid of rust i should use the rust remover liquid thingy? and anti rust coating?
what do i do with rust holes.. :eek: rust is beginning to scare me any help appriciated. thanks
Your best bet would be to replace the exhaust. If you can't afford that I think there's patch up repair kits at autozone or checker, for holes in the pipes. It shouldn't cost more than $300 to get the exhaust replaces from the cat back, as long as you go aftermarket, cause the factory exhaust compononts from toyota (especially the catylitic converter) are expensive. I did aperformance cat-back exhaust set up for around $220.
 

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are there any guides on how to rep[lace your transmission fluid out there?
thanks
*Assuming your transmission is a manual*
There is a bolt (24mm head) on the front of the tranny, the side that is facing the front of the car. You can take this one off to check the fluid level and add fluid. The drain plug bolt is another 24mm bolt at the bottom of the tranny. Make sure you remove the top bolt first cause u don't wanna drain the fluid and find out that you can't get the other bolt off for somereason like stripping it cause then you wouldn't be able to add fluid in. Fill the tranny up until it starts to overflow from the hole where you add the fluid into and then put the bolt back in the hole.
 

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The first thing I did was to tear it apart & powerwash it to death.

Like this: http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/P9260020.jpg
& this: http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/P9260029.jpg

I did find $2 in change along with the residue from a can of coke dumped on the carpet probably a decade ago. The mud wasp nests were also pleasantly empty thankfully.

.. now where did that bolt go? :D

(Don't worry, I took pictures and labeled copious bags of parts).
 

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The first thing I did was to tear it apart & powerwash it to death.

Like this: http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/P9260020.jpg
& this: http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/P9260029.jpg

I did find $2 in change along with the residue from a can of coke dumped on the carpet probably a decade ago. The mud wasp nests were also pleasantly empty thankfully.

.. now where did that bolt go? :D

(Don't worry, I took pictures and labeled copious bags of parts).
You ANIMAL! What did you do to that poor car? ...have any more pics? :p
 

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You ANIMAL! What did you do to that poor car? ...have any more pics? :p
Not too many, but it started out something like this:
http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/P6060004 600 width.jpg
The one labeled "Hers" becuase it is going to be a gift to my GF of 9+ years.
http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/hers dads mine.jpg
Not pictured is the '93T that's parked offsite:
http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/93T.jpg

The inspiration to take on this came from crunching up my rusty old white/green '87 NA that I owned for 11+ years. I did a bit of gutting for parts before having it dragged away...literally.
http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/87curb1.jpg

Tonight the painting continued with clearcoat going on some:
http://home.wi.rr.com/bantz/2nd night painting.jpg

you have no idea how many parts I have around the place now. The garage is filled. The basement has piles under the stairs, in boxes, filling shelves, on old kitchen tables, in my room, at the foot of my bed, on my desk.... you get the idea. It really needs to get over the hump of painting so it can start looking like a vehicle again.
 
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