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So I picked this car up from a local junk yard here in AZ. As I'm cleaning it, I'm noticing this car is much cleaner than I had originally thought. I figured I'd start a build thread to help me with motivation, questions and just overall learning more from this community.
Plans: Making an overall fun car, that can still be a comfortable daily.. Looking to make around 450-500whp with some weight loss, but still maintain A/C, Heat, comfort. Mainly because this will be driven by my girlfriend quite a bit.
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Car wasn't in the worse shape at all when I picked it up. Especially, after a quick wash. I'm in the process of disassembling it now to clean everything and remove everything I don't plan on using.
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Arizona junk yards are much different than NC, it appears. I'd love to find somehting like that in the junkyard

Best of luck
400+ wont be easy, or cheap. Especially since youre starting with an NA.
But looking forward to this.

IF I can make a suggestion. Drop those placeholders, just post. When you open a thread it goes to the newest post, which would mean many would/will never see those pics and updates.
 

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Good score for sure. Well worth building on from what I see here. Very much agree that 400+hp not something you'll need for a daily. 250-300 real easy and still real fun.
 

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Oh sorry fellas, I should have mentioned, I'll be swapping this and adding a turbo, a2w, a butt load of fuel, e85, and possibly stand alone.

Arizona junk yards are much different than NC, it appears. I'd love to find somehting like that in the junkyard

Best of luck
400+ wont be easy, or cheap. Especially since youre starting with an NA.
But looking forward to this.

IF I can make a suggestion. Drop those placeholders, just post. When you open a thread it goes to the newest post, which would mean many would/will never see those pics and updates.
Oh believe me, this was definitely a one off. A friend knows the owner of the junk yard and he called me asking if I needed any parts for my brother's MR2 and when he sent photos I told him not to touch it haha. I really feel like I got lucky on this one

And yeah definitely, thanks for the heads up. Sorry about that, I haven't been on the forums in quite some time. Is there a way to remove them?
 

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As others have said... If you want a really fun car daily driveable MR2 that even your GF can drive, then do a 2GR swap instead of trying to build up some rusty old 3SGTE. It'll be done a lot sooner and will cost less in the long run.

Did you also power-wash the engine bay? That looks remarkably clean for a car that would up in the junkyard.
 

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The fact you say "possibly a standalone" tells me you don't know how to build a 400+whp vehicle. Good luck though and good find!
Yeah, I was debating on getting Fueltech because you can get ft450 with a harness and wideband for $1200-1300. It's super convenient to tune on since it has VE model and the I/O are super nice to have for control and monitoring.
As others have said... If you want a really fun car daily driveable MR2 that even your GF can drive, then do a 2GR swap instead of trying to build up some rusty old 3SGTE. It'll be done a lot sooner and will cost less in the long run.

Did you also power-wash the engine bay? That looks remarkably clean for a car that would up in the junkyard.
Oh you know I did haha. I failed to get a before photo, but it had some awesome rat turds all over :oops:
 

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Yeah, I was debating on getting Fueltech because you can get ft450 with a harness and wideband for $1200-1300. It's super convenient to tune on since it has VE model and the I/O are super nice to have for control and monitoring.
I think what he meant was, you will not be able to use a standard Toyota ECU to do anything to suit your goals. You MUST use something aftermarket.
 

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Oh I see. Yeah I don't think the stock ECU would be necessary anymore. The accessories shouldn't run off the stock ECU, except maybe A/C (which fueltech or haltech can control)? I need to deep dive into some diagrams before I make my final decision for sure.
I have to dive into how the steering adjustment works more though. I believe it may have its own controller and reads the speed
 

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Made some progress on the interior today. While the carpets were out, the gf wanted to do a deep scrub and washed them. She ended up touching them up with some fabric die because they had some faded spot.
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Decided to start my minor weight savings by pulling up some of the sound deadening. Dropped a total of a whopping 16lbs.
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Carpet dry and back in the car. I definitely need to order a new steering wheel, this one is crusty and falling apart.

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Also got some of these, I'm going to see if I can make them work for the lid. If they work I'll share for those who want something a little more cost effective.
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Oh I see. Yeah I don't think the stock ECU would be necessary anymore. The accessories shouldn't run off the stock ECU, except maybe A/C (which fueltech or haltech can control)? I need to deep dive into some diagrams before I make my final decision for sure.
I have to dive into how the steering adjustment works more though. I believe it may have its own controller and reads the speed
The engine ECU is mostly just for the engine. Although it does control the power steering, telling it when to shut off but the PS has it's own ECU. There are some inputs to the engine ECU from AC but mostly just to tell it that it is running. Other than that it's just the engine it controls. The SW20 has heaps of ECUs and control boxes for all the different parts.
 

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Thank you sir!!

So it's not quite the weekend yet, so no progress. I did happen to find a pair of seats I've been wanting for quite some time now at a local junkyard. They just need some cleaning.

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I had an FRS back when the first came out before there was much aftermarket support for them. One thing my gf and I could always agree on where the seats.. Mmmm one of my favs

DK Auto brackets are on the way as well 🤙🏽
 

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DK Auto Import Brackets came in and made this install so easy. Just a quick swap of the seat belt buckles and they bolted right in. I really like the fitment
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