Started on Jan. 8 by Carson

Toyota Terrarium


It’s actually a 1991 Toyota MR2. But I call it the Terrarium because of all the creepy crawlers I found in it. The guy at DangerZone was pretty confused when he asked me what Toyota model it was and I responded, “Terrarium.” I picked it up for a cool $500. That was the asking price by the way, I felt bad for getting such an awesome deal I didn’t push it with any negotiation. All it needs is a clutch…and a bath, and a lot of cleaning. Everything works, it’s very complete, very original and there’s not a dent on it. It was parked at the bottom of a driveway for 2 years with the passenger door cracked open and a berm of top soil, leaves, and animals on it. The interior was horrible, it smelled like nature…a damp, rotten wilderness. I have so far stripped the interior completely, power washed, scrubbed, shampooed, scrubbed, Iysoled, and reinstalled it. It now smells and looks as good as new. I haven’t done anything on the exterior other then brush the nature off, you can see little zig-zaggy worm tracks on the paint. Despite being covered in moisture, there’s no rust. Plans are to fix it, then rallycross the E36 M3 out of it all this coming season. more info:

Latest updates
March 10
It's Sold!

I sold this car this morning, I think the new owner is really going to …

Feb. 05
MR2 as a rally contender.

I was having some doubts as to how well this car would do on non-solid …

Feb. 01
Almost Clean!

The Terrarium looks less like its namesake after it has been hit with the high …

Feb. 01
Wax on, Wax off

Well no wax yet, but my wife wouldn’t ride in it to her birthday dinner …

Feb. 01
On the Road pt.2

I drove it to work and here is a picture, as promised.

Jan. 29
On the road!

After a few weeks of working on it a couple hours here and a few …

Jan. 29
Clutch progress

What a pain to do a clutch on this car. I looked like a chimney …

Jan. 09
Shifter boot

I made a shifter boot to replace the worn out factory piece. I’ve added it …

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Jan. 8, 2009, 9:21 p.m.

best story I have for a while.

Jan. 9, 2009, 7:19 a.m.

Keep the updates and pix coming here. Good stuff.

Jan. 11, 2009, 7:44 p.m.

Nice work on the shifter boot! I'll probably do something like that on my Golf. Great find, read your recovery story. <g>

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