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One Sweete MR2 my project story

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Posted on: 07 September 2009 01:15 PM
big-sweete
Full Club Member
Male, Richmond, North Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Make: Toyota
Model: MR2 GTi T-Bar
Total Posts 88

"I have been meaning to do a write up for ages now so finally found some time to put this together. My name is Si Sweete and my kid brother owns this site so I should have done this a long time ago!! I started off in 2003 with a standard 1992 Toyota MR2 2.0 16v Gti T-Bar. The car was very tatty when I first got him so spent a lot of time on the body work and got him to this stage I then decided i wanted to update the look of the car so along came a set of 17's deeper lip spoiler and I colour coded the side strips I then got the oportunity to take the car off the road for a time so decided to change the car slightly. After looking round I decided i wanted some side skirts change the front and rear bumpers and a respray. After some research I found that this wasn't going to be cheap. Being quite handy myself I decided to cut down on the costs by doing most of the work myself so i set to stripping the car down. All parts that could be removed were I then purchased a turbo engine lid which looked far better than the original one. I wanted to bulk the rear end out a bit so kept the original bumper and added some Phoenix rear spats which weren't the best fit so I blended them into the bumper. I also filled the aerial hole to give the spoiler a smoother look. I struggled finding some side skirts that kept the original side vent so I bought some bomex skirts cut the bar out of my original vents and blended it into the bomex skirts. These were then sanded down and mesh fitted Then came the hardest part which was putting a sander to the lovely glossy paintwork but it had to be done in preperation for painting also all dents and imperfections were filled and smoothed. I wanted to update the rear end but always liked the shape of the lights so added a smooth rear panel Next was the bonnet I wanted a Carbon Fibre vented bonnet but just couldn't afford one so instead bought a fibreglass vent and cut my original bonnet and fitted and blended the vent. The result was brilliant While at a show I saw a car with lambo doors and really fancied them had a search round and was going to cost _Ǭ2000 owch!! Until I found a set of hinges in Japan for a quarter of the price and decided to have a bash and fit them myself. First of all the front wings came off Then the door was taped in place and the original hinge removed The new Lambo hinge was then fitted And up she went!! After weeks of minor odjustments to get them lined up with the wings without catching they were done. The wiring loom for the door was then extended so it sould reach with the door fully up. Then off to the bodyshop for a few weeks for a new coat! I wanted a dark metalic grey and the bodyshop suggested adding a flick of gold and red to the paint which looks fantastic in the sunlight. Here he is back home ready to be put back together. I managed to get the car back on the road just in time for my wedding Then just this year I stripped the wheels down sprayed them black and polished the lips. Treat myself to some new Bilsteins with TRD inserts and 40mm lowering springs and gave the car a much better stance. So here he is now finished. Hope you've enjoyed "

Posted on: 07 September 2009 03:52 PM
snoon
Basic Member
Male, Wakefield
United Kingdom

Make: Nissan
Model: Pulsar GTiR
Total Posts 65

"Start on making ti faster now! Looking good mate "

Posted on: 07 September 2009 03:54 PM
big-sweete
Full Club Member
Male, Richmond, North Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Make: Toyota
Model: MR2 GTi T-Bar
Total Posts 88

"Thanks mate plan for the future is V6 transplant from a Toyota Camery witha supercharger bolted on for good measure!! Liking your Pulsar "

Posted on: 07 September 2009 07:32 PM
JSweete
Full Club Member
Male, York
United Kingdom

Make: Nissan
Model: 200SX
Total Posts 2060

"looking good bruv great to see orgininal pic to how it looks now!! def needs engine doing next though "




Posted on: 10 September 2009 10:11 AM
Lucy
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Female, Lancs
United Kingdom

Make: Fiat
Model: Punto
Total Posts 199

hehe nice car hunni love the cheesy title too

Posted on: 10 September 2009 10:15 AM
big-sweete
Full Club Member
Male, Richmond, North Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Make: Toyota
Model: MR2 GTi T-Bar
Total Posts 88

I just couldn't help it!! Wouldn't have worked as well if my surname was Smith!!

Posted on: 06 July 2010 05:43 PM
big-sweete
Full Club Member
Male, Richmond, North Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Make: Toyota
Model: MR2 GTi T-Bar
Total Posts 88

"Not done a huge amount to the old boy recently but needed a new exhaust last month for it's MOT so thought id treat myself and go all out!! Ordered a Japspeed stainless steel Manifold: Japspeed stainless steel down pipe and Flexi and Japspeed stainless steel de-cat Now I couldn't really find a back box that I liked for the car so went to Powerflow in Newcastle to have one made up to my spec to fit all my new shiny bits!! First all the heatshields were removed: Then the old rusty system removed - this took a long time due to everything being seized solid! Old box off New S/S Manifold fitted Downpipe on Then the fun starts building up a back box first pipe on and finally after nearly a full day all fitted A huge thanks goes to Lee at Powerflow for his patience as every bolt was seized and needed heating then the tig-welder decided to pack up! But worth the hard work system sounds fantastic very deep and not too loud either the car seems to pick up better too. "

Posted on: 18 July 2010 11:18 PM
JSweete
Full Club Member
Male, York
United Kingdom

Make: Nissan
Model: 200SX
Total Posts 2060

looking good there bruv look forward to seeing how it sounds.




Posted on: 07 August 2010 07:51 AM
IckleTia
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Female, Leeds
United Kingdom

Make: Peugeot
Model:
Total Posts 214

i like it looks sexy

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