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    SOLD Mr2 - White coupe for sale 54,000 miles - restored condition

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    Been on this forum a good while now and learned ALOT about Mk1's!
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    Bought locally from an enthusiast near me as I fancied an MR2 to make perfect and help me deal with a bereavement.

    You can read the info below or just look here for EVERYTHING that has been done to this car !

    https://mr2inmemory.wordpress.com/ to read the full restoration blog

    Inspection underneath welcome as I have a pit.

    Very well serviced over the years - many receipts
    MOT til August 2020
    Body work is tidy and the arches are fine, sills, floor good. under sealed and solid

    When I first bought it in May 2016, mechanically, it seemed in VGC on first glance.
    It was fitted with K+N filter, had just had an oil change and the oil was so clean it was like honey !
    Distributor seal replacement had been done
    Manual choke conversion done. Oil pressure healthy

    I later discovered room for improvement with exhaust, engine, suspension and brakes.

    Since ownership I have improved, repaired and replaced the following:

    Body: Sills and rear panels have been completely restored with factory metal - no over plating!
    Excellent condition overall - polishes up well
    I gave it a full clay / polish and detailed the engine bay including repaint of cam cover, removed underseal over-spray and full check underneath. Repainted / wax oiled many componants underneath such as Antiroll bars and brackets.
    Viewing underneath this car welcome!

    Engine:
    Flushed cooling system
    Replace oil and filter after 2000 miles
    Repainted rocker cover in original Toyota colours
    Checked condition of cams and internally engine looks like new with no sludge or yellowing of alloy parts!
    Definitely only done @ 50000 miles and had regular oil changes
    Fitted new gaskets to rocker cover
    Realigned TPS as it was jerky to drive slowly
    Cleaned Throttle body and adjusted idle
    Fitted new fuel tank (original one was rusty inside and causing power loss)
    Replaced Fuel pump and cleaned all pipes
    Fitted fresh fuel filter
    Cleaned out injector filter mesh (found no debris)
    Checked the Fuel / Air ratio using Wideband to make sure it was running correctly
    Fitted new Alternator belt
    Checked Cambelt condition - OK
    Replaced Rear engine mount bush to stabilise gear stick movement in Fifth
    Gearbox is perfect - no noises or crunches and doesnt jump out of gear or even try to !
    Changed Gearbox Oil as a matter of course and replaced with GL4 gear oil
    Lubricated Gear linkages
    Removed Breather pipe from chassis rail, replaced valve and fitted carbon canister to cure the usual petrol smell issue
    Fitted Battery isolator switch to prevent battery going flat when not driven

    Suspension:
    It had had KYB dampers fitted to the front already but rear was bouncy and handling felt like a boat so...
    Fitted Full poly bush kit to front and rear as 28 year old bushes were cracking
    Replaced rear shocks with KYB's repainted the struts and springs
    Painted suspension rear wishbones and tie rods
    Replaced all 4 Lower ball joints
    Replaced Rear Antiroll bar drop links as they were seized on when I reconditioned rear struts
    Replaced front track rod ends
    Wheel alignment done - handling pin sharp like a gokart now !


    Wheels + Tyres
    I have a full set of 5 original tear drop wheels with decent cheap tyres which I will throw in if I get asking price
    I upgraded wheels by fitting JR Racing Bronze wheels and new Toyo 195/50/15 CF2 tyres for safety in the wet and better grip all round


    Brakes:
    Replaced all pads with EBC Ultimax Pads
    Fitted new front discs - Rear discs were new already
    repainted calipers darker red
    The calipers are in very good condition with each piston's zinc plating still shiny and pistons are free to move
    Brake fluid Water content less than 1%

    Exhaust:
    Replaced Exhaust manifold gasket
    Replaced all nuts and bolts and retapped /replaced exhaust studs
    Checked manifold for cracks while off and painted the heat sheilds.
    Replaced Exhaust for Stainless magnex system - no loud but now a lovely sporty sounding tone - unlike the cheap mild steel system which sounded like a van !
    Bought a replacement rubber hanger to better isolate


    Interior:
    Fixed Speaker problems (one was not working)
    Rewired alarm system wiring as original fitment was a mess!
    Fitted original Leather Steering Wheel and Gear knob. (Lovely feel in comparison to rubber and plastic!)
    replaced rear mirror with mint one as the silver was degrading
    Added a clear UV filter film to the inside of the sunroof glass - to lower heat and UV rays on a hot day
    Interior is Perfect.


    I bought the car with 46700 miles on the clock and initially was surprised that such a nice car had 6 previous owners. I later found out that it had an intermittent fault whereby the car lost power after driving for 20 minutes which must have plagued previous owners into selling it on. After 1500 miles of head scratching and borrowing bits and testing everything electrical and mechanical, I found out that it had a rusty fuel tank and required a new coil and igniter! Thankfully Its perfect now with a perfect new looking tank and the fault is fixed.

    Why am i selling ?
    I am so incredibly impressed with the handling of this MR2 that I want to buy one with more power such as a 2zz 190bhp or a turbo converted one so i can try my hand at track days in an MR2 MK1. This MR2 is far too nice to take round a race track and I think I have made sure that whoever owns this car will be buying a decent well maintained car with no nasty surprises or faults so my plan is to sell this and then seach for a nice modified example or buy one with a dead engine and good bodywork and convert it myself. so there you have it !

    I want around 6995 for this car and in no rush to sell.
    Last edited by Evo4Jon; 9th July 2020 at 12:44 AM.

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    That looks really great Jon, I am sure the right buyer will come along looking for a perfect car with some sensible upgrades.

    Lovely looking wheels.

    Rich

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    I'm surprised that you're selling. I know how meticulous you have been about the car and whoever buys it will be very happy. Good luck!

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    Sorry to hear your letting this one go but glad your aiming for another one.
    It seems a well sorted car and worth every penny your asking for it.
    glws
    Yes i talk to myself, sometimes i need a professional opinion

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    Hello, I really enjoyed reading the blog on the MR2.
    Is the car still for sale? I am in the South of Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich135 View Post
    That looks really great Jon, I am sure the right buyer will come along looking for a perfect car with some sensible upgrades.

    Lovely looking wheels.

    Rich
    Thanks Rich. Lockdown has put a spanner in the works but I have had lots of interest!
    I will be sad to see it go, nut I need another project to keep me busy !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnmr2 View Post
    Hello, I really enjoyed reading the blog on the MR2.
    Is the car still for sale? I am in the South of Ireland.
    Hi John, The car has been provisionally sold to about 3 people. I will PM you if the sale falls through though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles27 View Post
    I'm surprised that you're selling. I know how meticulous you have been about the car and whoever buys it will be very happy. Good luck!
    Thanks Giles !

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