Category Archives: My MR2 mk1 restoration

MR2 Suspension wars – removing control arms, torque arms and other suspension components

Back when I removed my engine from my aw11 mr2 for the first time I was certain that was the most labor intensive and physically demanding job I will ever have to do on the car. I was very wrong. Continue reading MR2 Suspension wars – removing control arms, torque arms and other suspension components

How to make your coolant overflow tank white again

My coolant overflow tank was sitting in my car for far too long and it was simply horrible. With a ton of 30 year old sludge, dirt, discoloration and anything else you can imagine. Good quality replacement coolant tanks for my car (1987 MR2 mk1 AW11) don’t exist, and used ones are usually in similar condition. Continue reading How to make your coolant overflow tank white again

Cylinder head porting and polishing – how to diy guide video

All I can say is “Holy f**k porting and polishing a cylinder head takes forever! Imagine a number of hours you think its going to take. Now whatever you imagined, double, or heck, even triple it. I ported and polished a 4 cylinder head from my 4age 16v bigport engine from my 1987 Toyota MR2 mk1 (aw11) and it took me 40+ hours, probably more since I lost count somewhere along the way. Continue reading Cylinder head porting and polishing – how to diy guide video