Monday, August 25, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
I picked up this 1985 Toyoto MR2 up halfway through my senior year, after much sweet talking my parents and saving up. The original LBM paint was in reasonable condition, the owner had service receipts up until 2004, and I fell hopelessly in love with the retro interior on first sight. She ran beautifully for two whole days before overheating and suffering a blown headgasket.
However, a quick look at the crankshaft bearings show tons of wear. I pulled the pistons to find a number of stuck rings and poor cylinder walls. At this point I should probably have started looking for a motor to drop in, but instead I stubbornly decided decided I wanted to get the original motor running. So down she came for a full rebuild. I moved the engine to 410 Machine in Buckley as I had no indoor working space in my own house.
|Up on to jacks she went|
|Eventually I managed to get the motor out|
|Block HG surface after quick scrape|
|5-angle valve grind done|