'86 MR2 AW11. My newer new old ride. Back to the 80s

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  1. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Blue plate = original California registration. I bought this car from the original owner a few months back.

    I always loved these little cars.

    Within the first 100 miles the engine started having major issues so I took it out and cleaned / rebuilt and replaced everything I could. Runs great now. Super fun to drive.
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The 80's vehicles were pretty much the last of the true driver's cars. I like my Samurai for that reason. Absolutely nothing on it is automatic....it's all manual.
    Not built for speed, comfort or looks. Just plain old driving on any terrain.

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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    Is that a MR2 or a Fiero?
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    AW11!! nice super clean too!
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    Too many photos to post here but since buying this car I dropped the engine, replaced every gasket and hose on the engine, battery, starter, suspension joint / arm / shock and spring, tires, brakes and I've done a lot of deep cleaning. It's coming along nicely now and a very good little car to drive. I have my electric car which I usually drive to work but this thing is super fun and easy to just hop in and have fun. I really love the style and the overall feel of driving it.
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    Yeah the interior in that car, and the 4age is what I fell in love with when I test drove a friend's I almost bought one (has to have t-top) but ended up with a miata, sucks cause now they're popping up again
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    Nice. Always loved the first gen MR2's
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    LOL this nigga Hans called it a Fiero. Man, I'd be pissed. Either way, clean car. Plates stay with the car in California? That concept seems... strange.
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    I live in CA

    It can keep its original plates forever which makes it clear it's "classic" and was always here (nice to show it's probably not rusty etc). Before blue it was black and yellow. Before that yellow and black. Some 80s cars got a different plate as the blue ones phased out.
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    I drive this thing to work a cpl days a week. It's incredibly good for an 80s car. Handles great and very nicely designed interior etc
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    After changing both front inner and outer tie rods, ball joints, strut tops, springs/shocks and sway bar droplinks and bushings, the car STILL had a clunk sound over bumps coming from the front.

    I figured it was the steering, so I took off the passenger side tie rod again last night (UGH) and wobbled it up and down. Sure enough it clunks badly there.

    There's a plastic bushing that goes into the end of then steering rack. $5 part. I wish I had replaced it last time I took all this crap apart :(

    Once I replaced it and re-assembled everything, the steering is finally CLUNK free. Very exciting.

    I also lowered the idle speed because it was racing along at 1300 RPMs. I have tons more parts to install still. Then I gotta address the paint. ugh what have I got myself into.
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I know the feeling. Always a WIP.