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1  Results / Autocross / Re: September 8th Event 7 Results on: September 22, 2019, 10:30:29 AM
Had a lot of fun at the practice autox on Saturday.  Great to see everyone after a few years.  I hope to be back in Richmond full time in the next 2 years.

If anyone got photos of my GTR doing a lawnmower impression...could you send me a link? Smiley
2  General / Classifieds / Re: 1985 mr2 race/auto x/solo/street car on: April 08, 2014, 06:10:50 PM
Very cool.  Someone should get it!  Then heckle me to get mine back out some weekend to race against!
3  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 1986 Toyota MR2 with autox upgrades on: November 26, 2013, 05:54:01 PM

Hey Cliff!  Long time no see.  Where you been???

Interested in selling the frunk plastics separately?  I've been looking for a set for my car.

Actually I reinstalled them along with the interior.  Had to adapt the big piece to fit
around the aftermarket master cylinder brace, so you probably don't want that anyway.

Got a question for you though - remind me how/where the tool kit mounts?
I put the jack back in its bracket but there are three square white plastic nubs
around it and I can't remember what goes on them.

I do have a bunch of original parts that I replaced along the way, some of which are
still in good working order (albeit a bit grimy with age).  Feel free to come by sometime
and pick through the pile.

Bought a house, and the projects all promptly stalled.  Moved, got everything set up, a tree fell on one of the garages, and things REALLY stalled haha.  Still want to hang out with all you guys, promise!

No worries on the frunk plastics, people sell them cheap on MR2OC fairly often, I just prefer to deal with people I know when possible.  Will definitely swing by sometime soon (maybe next week after the holiday?) to catch up and look at parts.  I'll bring beer or cokes, your choice Smiley .  

EDIT: And I'll bring my Toyota big green manual, and we can double check on tool kit mounts. 
4  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB: 205-225/50/R15 Tires on: November 25, 2013, 06:52:45 PM
Bump!  GRM Challenge was last weekend, and the Integra did pretty darn well for a stock car!

Scott, I finally got your wheels unmounted a week or two before the event.  Really sorry for the long delay, can I bring them by one night this week?  Maybe provide some interest% in the form of beer? Smiley
5  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 1986 Toyota MR2 with autox upgrades on: November 25, 2013, 06:51:16 PM
Sorry to see you selling it, I'd tell you to replace it with something awesome, but I've ridden in the Porsche, so that's kinda already covered Smiley

Interested in selling the frunk plastics separately?  I've been looking for a set for my car.
6  General / Classifieds / 17x9 ASA Wheels, E36 Sizing and Bolt Pattern on: August 11, 2013, 11:31:41 AM
Hey all,

I have some stuff I'd like to get rid of that I'm not to going to use any time soon. First up is a set of brand new 17x9" ASA wheels:

The 17x9's have been discontinued, they now stock 17x8 for less money. I paid $720+shipping, asking $650. Includes valve stems and all that. Fitment is E36 BMW. Probably works on most 5x120 cars, depending on offset.  Ordered a non-staggered set deliberately for tire rotation, so they're all the same size.


7  General / Classifieds / Re: Miata stuff for sale on: March 16, 2013, 07:58:34 PM
Bolt pattern on the 15x8s?

Yes, they should fit Wink.  I use all my old Miata wheels on my MR2!

Just make sure they don't rub on the strut or fender!
8  General / Open Forum / Re: Garages, you say? on: February 25, 2013, 03:11:54 PM
Long time no speak!  I've missed you guys, just been busy with work, shop, and trying to find somewhere to live.  I got the drivetrain out of the MR2 and am doing a quick refresh (gaskets, seals, timing belt, etc.) while its out. 

LOL   there goes my Toyota trophy....  it was nice while it lasted.   Grin

If you're willing to help the competition by offering advice about poor compression on one cylinder,
let me know.

Congrats on the trophy!  I look forward to a mostly clean, lighthearted sabotage-only, competition next year Wink

And I'm always willing to help, bring it buy once I'm into the new house and we'll have a beer and check compression. 
9  General / Open Forum / Re: Garages, you say? on: February 24, 2013, 06:57:54 PM
If you need a hand, I have a friend with an 88 SC that has dropped the trans himself so he's pretty familiar with at least half the job. Plus he recently did a head gasket and valve re-shimming so he knows all the ins/outs/do's/don'ts of it.

here's his email: skylinejeeteeare <aht> gmail

Thanks very much for the offer!  I think I'm in OK shape, but if I run into trouble, I'll definitely give him a shout!
10  General / Open Forum / Re: Garages, you say? on: February 24, 2013, 06:55:38 PM
Long time no speak!  I've missed you guys, just been busy with work, shop, and trying to find somewhere to live.  I got the drivetrain out of the MR2 and am doing a quick refresh (gaskets, seals, timing belt, etc.) while its out.  Fun times:

Also decided to pull the hubs and rebuild wheel bearings, brakes, suspension, etc.  Project creep galore, but I hope to have a very reliable season next year!

And.....i kinda/sorta found an awesome Lotus 7 rolling chassis for cheap and couldn't say no:

I hope to bring it out in 2014 with CBR1000RR power! Smiley.

Lastly, the shop will be going away eventually, probably this summer.  Shop v2.0 went under contract yesterday afternoon, and I'm VERY excited:

Once I'm in and settled, look for an invite for a VMSC cookout and movie night! 
11  General / Open Forum / Re: Garages, you say? on: November 21, 2012, 10:30:29 AM
It'll come out either way, I find it MUCH easier and faster to drop the engine/trans as a unit out the bottom of the car. 
12  General / Open Forum / Re: Garages, you say? on: November 19, 2012, 08:43:23 AM
So, a bit of bad news, I topped off the cooling system before I left last week, in addition to putting the battery on a charger.  When I came back to re-run the compression check, cylinder 4 was wet.  Turns out that's where the coolant was disappearing to.  Ah well. 

Starting pulling pieces off in preparation of removing the drivetrain.  Will use this as an opportunity to not only refresh the motor, but replace lots of coolant and vacuum hoses that are otherwise hard to get to, as well as detail the engine bay and check for anything else that might be broken/missing/out of place on a 27 year old car that's had multiple owners. 

Might turn into the classic, "While I'm in there, I might as well....", but dammit if it's going to be done, it's going to be done right! Smiley
13  General / Open Forum / Re: Garages, you say? on: November 12, 2012, 06:01:18 PM

I have unfortunately missed the last several auto-x's.....mostly because the MR2 started overheating.  So here she sits:

I ran a compression check, and the numbers came in at:

Cyl 1       2      3      4
    180   140   140   120

Which caused me about 3 seconds panic about HG issues before I realized the battery was dying.  I've got it on the charger over night, and will re-test tomorrow.  I'm hoping it's something simple like an old dried coolant hose, or a bleeding issue (bleeding the cooling system is a pain in the neck on these cars).  But now that I'm not traveling as much on weekends, I'm hoping to do a full overhaul.

Partial list of jobs planned during the off season:

-Strut mount replacements
-Steering rack bushings
-Oil cooler hoses and gaskets
-Full tune up (plugs, wires, cap/rotor, etc.)
-Clean body grounds
-AC system rebuild (never worked since I've owned it)
-Cooling system check, leak repair, and full flush back to OEM Toyota Red from the mixed soup that's in there
-Brake pads/rotors/fluid/lines
-Exhaust (flexpipe and cat)
-Distributor rebuild (if seals are leaking)
-Replace trunk lock cable
-Rebuild shifter
-PO sticker removal

I'm hoping to have her up to daily-driver capable status come springtime! Smiley
14  Events / Other Events / Re: Garage movie night continues! on: November 12, 2012, 05:22:21 PM
I am really happy this reached critical density Smiley.

If no one new wants to volunteer, I would be happy to have it at my place again.  End of the month, like Nov 29-30?

I will have to double check the available car movies in my collection. 
15  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB: 205-225/50/R15 Tires on: November 07, 2012, 11:56:05 AM
Scott, that's perfect, thanks!!

Been running around like crazy the past two weeks, and more to come this weekend, but I'll definitely take them.  I can probably dismount them at work one day next week. 
16  General / Classifieds / WTB: 205-225/50/R15 Tires on: October 30, 2012, 11:19:14 AM
Hi everyone,

As the topic says, I'm looking to buy some tires for a 15x7" wheel.  Not concerned about brand or tread depth (as long as they're not corded or dry-rotted), but would like a proper summer tire, rather than all season. I'd prefer cheap tires, as they may end up getting included on a GRM $2013 budget. If you have anything or know of anyone getting rid of a set (I know alot of Spec Miata and Spec E30's use this size), please let me know.

17  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: October 17, 2012, 08:09:53 AM
I'll try to be there as well.  Might get caught up in Fredricksburg Saturday afternoon. Could you send me the info?  Thanks!
18  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: August 15, 2012, 06:37:53 AM
I will be there as well!  Sorry for the late notice, been a rough week. 

Any movie is good, looking forward to a cold beer with you guys.
19  General / Technical Help / Re: C5 Z06 Service Column Lock on: July 20, 2012, 04:52:09 AM

That's did you eventually get your fault message on the DIC to clear?  Did you just reset it, and it never came back?

And yeah, cars that had the recall done got an ECU reflash to limit speed to 1 mph via fuel cut when that message is active.  It starts and runs, it's just exceedingly speed limited.  My shop is 20 miles away or so, I suppose I could take an entire day and drive it up there! Smiley

Thanks for the help guys!  I'm leaving on vacation for a week, so I'm just going to cover it up and work on it next week....should be much more motivated after a week of swimming and jet skis!
20  General / Technical Help / Re: C5 Z06 Service Column Lock on: July 16, 2012, 04:30:35 AM

Thanks for the response.  Yes, I've searched the Vette forums a fair bit, and tried charging the battery, resetting it, pulling the fuses, and doing the "wheel shake" trick, all to no avail.  Only remaining fix I'm aware of is to pull the relay behind the passenger kick panel and see if that resets it.  I'm planning to try that tonight, I didn't have the right tools at the apartment to get everything apart. 
21  General / Technical Help / C5 Z06 Service Column Lock on: July 15, 2012, 06:09:19 PM
So, the Z06 has succumbed to the dreaded "Service Column Lock" message, and my car has had the recall done, so it can't be driven over 1 mph with the message/error active. 

Plan is to pull the relay and order a Column Lock Bypass.  However, I'd really like to limp it up to the shop (20 minutes away).  Anyone have any advice to clear the message and get it driveable temporarily? 

Barring that, does anyone have a car trailer I could borrow one afternoon this week after work?  Will reimburse with beer!!!
22  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: July 15, 2012, 06:06:14 PM
Thanks to everyone who came out!  I think it worked out really well.  You guys are welcome to come back for a beer anytime. 

I think Ricardo said he'd host the next one, otherwise I'm happy to do a repeat at my place!!!
23  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: July 11, 2012, 06:38:48 AM
Excellent question, took the home theater apart last night and went to the garage to make sure everything worked, and at 7 things were still a little washed out on the projector from the ambient light.  By 8-8:30 things were looking good.  So I would like to plan on 8pm for people to get there, and after cracking open a beer and touring the shop, we can start the movie shortly thereafter.  Run time is 106 min, so we should finish right around 10pm.   
24  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: July 09, 2012, 06:57:26 AM

Just checking in now that we're getting close.  I got the Subaru finished and the bike put back together, and both are running and driving.  I am planning to go up there tonight to set the projector up and make sure everything works.  It also looks like the temperatures this week are going to be a bit more reasonable, which is great. 

So far I've got:


As definite yes's, some others have expressed interest.  If you're planning on coming, could you please post up?  That way I can get a count for pizza and PM directions to people.

Thanks!  See you Thursday!
25  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: June 28, 2012, 07:38:51 AM
Hey everyone!

Just wanted to post an update.  I am tentatively planning on July 12th (Thursday), for the first one.  Planning on showing Senna at my garage.  Was hoping to do it this month, but currently the Subaru and one of the motorcycles are in a million pieces all over the garage floor, so I wanted to finish that and get everything cleaned up first.  Please let me know how that works for everyone's schedules.  My garage is pretty close to the intersection of I95N and 295, heading towards Ashland. 

Also, I had an idea:  I'll cover the pizza, and everyone brings a six-pack of their favorite beer to share (I will only mock you slightly if this is Bud or Miller Smiley ).  Thoughts?  We did this a couple times in Ohio, and it was always entertaining getting to try 5+ different beers. 
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