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Old 07-14-2016, 09:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Reintroducing myself after being away for a while


I set up this accounts a few years ago with the intention then of getting some more mileage on an 87 Jeep Wrangler. Yeah, that didn't work and the Wrangler caught on fire.

Anyway, fast forward a few years. Now I live in South Dakota, where it's winter 9 months of the year and really nice for about 3. I bought an 87 Toyota MR2 from my brother for about $600 when I was moving to South Dakota. It has 215,000 miles on the original engine. It sat in my garage for a while not working; but its all fixed now and its on the road again.

So far all I have done is deleted the side mirrors. As of right now I am tracking approximately 31 mpg on a 29 year old engine. My mpg is being tracked by dividing the number of miles driven on the trip odometer by the amount of gas it takes to fill the car at the next fill up. It's probably not the most accurate but it works for now.

My goals for this car are to reach 300,000 miles on the original engine and to get 35 or 40 mpg while keeping the fun nature of it's drivability. I would like to autocross it eventually (for fun, so I don't care what class I end up in).

I drive Jeeps during the snowy season. We literally got snow higher than the doors at the hospital I work at during one work day, so the 4wd is really nice to have.

The MR2 is basically my summer weather commuter at this point. I drive about 20 miles to work one way.

My future aero goals for this car are to add a front air dam, add a rear lip style spoiler, and to start with lightening the car. My windshield is cracked very badly and it will be less expensive to replace it with lexan that to replace it with glass, so I will probably do that. While I am at it I've thought about making lexan T tops by replacing the glass in the current tops.

Thanks in advance for all the help.

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