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kleinbl00  ·  121 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Shopski: MR2 Intake Pipe

The Gobot MR2s are a hoot to drive and far more available (and reliable) than an X-1/9. That said, I wouldn't work nearly that hard to keep one running. We discovered early on that the quickest way to fudge an intake or radiator hose was to befriend the local auto parts store and wander around back amongst their formed shit to find something to cannibalize; I woulda hose-barbed and RTV'd the thing and called it a day.

Have you seen the Toaster Project? I find it slavish to the point of insipid but I'm also the kind of troglodyte that wonders why you need a hose clamp and a box cutter where a fuckin' Leatherman will do.

lm  ·  121 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I looked for other cars with similarly shaped pipes, and I didn't seem to find any--there are no pick-n-pulls out this way, and the proprietors of the various junkyards are no-nonsense characters that don't take kindly to requests to "just find something kinda like this".

I thought about a couple ways of doing this but decided that if I was going to bother to re-make the intake pipe I might as well make it good. Otherwise I'd have just scrounged the classifieds on various MR2 forums until I got a used replacement in reasonable shape.

I agree on the toaster...but then again, I don't have a book deal as a result of doing something that seemingly pointless! If I were to go about making something complex from scratch, I'd rather read this instead.

kleinbl00  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

linky no worky.

I'da been tempted to relocate the MAF and make it work. The minute I find myself contemplating "brazing" and "aluminum" I know it's time to contemplate something else.

lm  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  


kleinbl00  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've been gifting Gingery books for ten years now.

lm  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Man, I almost bought an X1/9 a few years back. Then I realized that owning two mid-engine two-seat sports cars was maybe not the most prudent of choices. Now I own two MR2s so I guess I'm dumber than I used to be...

kleinbl00  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sell one. Buy an X1/9. Or sell one. Buy a Datsun 1600. Or sell one. Buy a Triumph Spitfire. Or sell one. Buy an MG Midget. The choices are endless.

lm  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Or an RX-7, or an Audi Quattro, or a Miata, or a Celica/Supra...or some motorbikes.

I really ought to graduate first, though...

kleinbl00  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Take the easy way out. Build yourself a rotary MR2 with Quattro suspension.

rd95  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Two MR2s was probably the right way to go.

kleinbl00  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Naaah. A restored x1/9 has a nonzero resale value.

Not only that but the suspension is eminently adjustable. You can tweak the shite out of an X1/9. Plus the X1/9 is kind of the apogee of Moroder-is-god go-go Bertone styling while the Gobot MR2s are kind of the nadir of various Japanese houses ripping off Italdesign poorly.

    In France the MR2 name was shortened to MR to avoid the similarity in pronunciation of MR2 with the French words est merdeux, meaning "(it) is shitty".

I can see one MR2. Two MR2s is...

Whelp, let's put it this way. It's a better car than the Fiero, which isn't saying much. But the Fiero is the basis for an entire generation of kit cars. It's an extensible little monster.

lm  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In my defense, one was supposed to become a parts car...that one also has a supercharger.

I've been thinking about grafting a double A-arm suspension onto an MR2 for a while, but I'd be doing that just "because I can" because there's no way in hell it'd be economical or rational to do that.

kleinbl00  ·  120 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Said the man who nuked a pair of vice grips and tried silver-soldering aluminum rather than moving the MAF.