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Off Topic => N00b Check-In => Topic started by: Colston on December 16, 2014, 08:46:58 AM

Title: Hello
Post by: Colston on December 16, 2014, 08:46:58 AM
Hello, my name is Colston and im from Visalia. i drive an 88' MR2 with 70k miles on it - NA Bone stock. it sat in some guys garage for close to 15 years with nothing but a broken starter. just to introduce myself I am 19 and part of a Lemons team called the California High Speed Fail, we only raced the button willow turrible in august for 8 and a half hours till we snapped a piston and it went off like a bomb. we are now on our third engine and it hasnt left the drive way since then  :willynilly: Nothing but bad luck with the 88 IRoc and used engines. I am in the middle of NASA's HPDE #3 and will be for a while because i am flat broke. i do have full equipment (suit, helmet, ect.).


The ol MR2 is my third car, i had an 85' celica GT-5 with 290k miles on it before i t-boned a 70s Lincoln (aka, a brick wall), and an NA 88' 13b fc RX-7 with 270k miles on it (rebuilt) that i tracked for HPDE 1 and 2, just sold it. I ran into this forum through a friend - john loveall- at a church event who gave me a link. nice to meet you guys!
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: BigMike on January 25, 2015, 08:03:11 AM
Hello Colston!! Very nice looking MR2! Yes BirdDog told me about you and I am eager to meet more MR2 friends in the Fresno area. That '88 appears to be Very clean!! My '87 just rolled over 300,000 miles and she is still going strong :greengrin:

Awesome that you've done LeMons. I don't think I read it, but what car did you guys build/race?

Wow NASA HPDE at 19 yrs old that is pretty cool man. I'm in my early 30s and this spring I'm planning to be on a track for the first time in my life (March 21/22, Thunderhill Raceway with my MR2). I've done my share of autocrossing but in my 16 years of owning my MR2 I've never been to a track. That's all going to change in 2015!!

I'll be in Tulare for a 4WD club meeting next, next Tues, Feb 3 with my MR2 from 6:30p ~ 8:30p. Would be need to meet up.

Thanks for looking us up and joining our forum. I like the black stripe down your MR2 and the two tone paint. I've always been a fan of two tone and my Rock Crawler (see my signature) is also two tone :thumbs:

Cya around and looking forward to meet'n ya someday :wave:

Regards,
BigMike
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: Colston on January 25, 2015, 02:27:42 PM
I raced the California High Speed Fail at button willow turrible. it has been a full time job keeping the car running, so we have not gotten a chance to really work on the cosmetics or the theme yet.


 I have really been having trouble the last few weeks with my MR2. It started sputtering and i lost all acceleration a few weeks back. After a few hours of trial and error, i found that the honey comb in my catalytic converter had broken apart and a chunk of it was wedged sideways blocking my exhaust. the back pressure was popping hoses and screwing with my fuel injection. I took it off and cleaned it all out (i made 100% sure it was clear) and it ran fine for a week or so. but now the sputtering is back, im leaking oil, and i am getting hard jumps and jerks on acceleration. I think i may have something lodged in my exhaust from when the cat first broke, and i think my tps or egr is bad or on its way there quickly. i love these cars, and because of that my patience is more lasting than with our chevy POS, but for only 70k miles - i think i am just on a streak of bad luck.
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: Colston on February 18, 2015, 11:31:15 AM
Oh my goodness, there was so much wrong with this car, but all small things. TPS was out of wack, distributor cap and rotor were corroded p.o.s's, catalytic converter and exhaust were both a box of Legos, oil cap was cracked, and a small puddle of water found its way under the aftermarket wires to cut spark from piston 3 and 4 after heating up. Runs good now, lets see how long i can keep it that way.
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: BigMike on March 09, 2016, 04:17:46 PM
Hey Colston,

Glad to hear your car is running better.......a year ago :gap: How is it doing since your last report? :wave:
Title: Re: Hello
Post by: Colston on March 10, 2016, 02:03:55 PM
Brake mater cylinder started leaking, an easy fix but brake fluid peeled the paint off the bottom of my front trunk (toolbox). other than that - car has run like a champ. Only changes since i bought it (that were not run of the mill repairs) are the stock triangle rims now on it, and a small shift nob. now at almost 90k miles and loving it. I am thinking about selling the mister after toyotafest and getting a 70' Triumph Spitfire.