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8/29/18 2:32 p.m.

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Daniel Sartin owns the 75th SW20-chassis Toyota MR2 built. Its previous owner, MR2 fanatic Martin Valent, swapped in the turbocharged engine from his Celica All-Trac. “The engine was fully rebuilt with all OEM Toyota parts, down to the sealant,” Daniel explains.


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bmw88rider
bmw88rider SuperDork
8/29/18 2:39 p.m.

Nice. That looks almost exactly like the one I owned. My wheels were just a bit more cooper in color. So much fun even in stock form. Always wish it was a slicktop though. 

te72
te72 Reader
8/29/18 9:37 p.m.

Internet hot rod of the month, a magazine feature on some of the cars on our forums, now in the magazine... on the website.

 

Hey, I'm having a laugh at the circle of media life here, and I love Mr. Twos, so it's a win-win for me! =D

dansxr2
dansxr2 Dork
8/30/18 7:57 a.m.

I currently have the engine out and installing JDM Head, GT3071R Turbo Kit, Megasquirt PnP2, Larger Fuel Pump, Top Feed Fuel Rail, Stagebe3 South bend Clutch and add ons to support E85. All on top of the forged and balanced rotating assembly.  Should be a very fun car when I'm finished!

te72
te72 Reader
8/31/18 10:26 p.m.

In reply to dansxr2 :

Sounds like it should be comparable to the JGTC / GT500 cars of old, output wise. Should be a very fun car indeed...

turtl631
turtl631 HalfDork
9/1/18 8:19 a.m.
dansxr2 said:

I currently have the engine out and installing JDM Head, GT3071R Turbo Kit, Megasquirt PnP2, Larger Fuel Pump, Top Feed Fuel Rail, Stagebe3 South bend Clutch and add ons to support E85. All on top of the forged and balanced rotating assembly.  Should be a very fun car when I'm finished!

Have you considered a more modern turbo? EFR would be best but even a GTX would be a big improvement in spool and response.  Having driven old and new, it's definitely worth it.  

dansxr2
dansxr2 Dork
9/3/18 7:06 a.m.

I considered a few options, GTX3071, Precision 5180 (I think it was), and an EFR.  I found this whole TCS Motorsports Kit used with 5k miles for less than I could have got bought any of those turbos for.  The car is just a fun fair weather ride as I drive ~30 miles each way to work in beautiful West Virginia.

crankwalk
crankwalk SuperDork
9/4/18 9:12 p.m.
te72 said:

In reply to dansxr2 :

Sounds like it should be comparable to the JGTC / GT500 cars of old, output wise. Should be a very fun car indeed...

I thought these raced in GT300?

te72
te72 Reader
9/6/18 11:08 p.m.

In reply to crankwalk :

I was referring to the 3S-GTE, it was used in the GT500 Supras, rather than the 2jz, which was deemed wholly unnecessary for the power output. Better fuel economy, lighter, same basic design in the engine architecture, it's a win win, and they did fairly well with that choice.

 

It wouldn't surprise me to learn of the SW20 being used in the GT300 class, but I'm less familiar with those cars.

randyracer
randyracer New Reader
9/19/18 9:43 a.m.

In reply to dansxr2 :   West Virginia, lucky you, Dan, I have been through a couple times, so many terrific winding mountain roads.  Old school, not flattened and straightened.   And nice MR2 there!

 

randyracer
randyracer New Reader
9/19/18 9:45 a.m.

In reply to dansxr2 :  It’s Randy Pobst, btw, maybe we’ll cross paths at an event sometime, I’d like to see the MR2 

 

dansxr2
dansxr2 Dork
9/22/18 8:11 p.m.

In reply to randyracer :

Hi Randy!  Thanks for the kind words!  WV is definitely a fantastic place to call home!  Would love to chat sometime and a ride along!

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