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Old 05-31-2016, 08:28 PM   #1  
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Schmelly's New Ride

Long story short the Maxima's registration is up and it needs emissions testing, but I haven't had time to track down the CELs between school, work, and track. So last month I seized the opportunity to finally pull the trigger on a MR2 while the Maxima waits on the sidelines

Its a 91 NA 5MT T-Top with 163k miles weighing in at 2646lbs without the spare tire. Its been through a neglective owner or two, but runs well and the previous owner included a handful of extra parts.

Mods that it arrived with:
-Full Aluminum radiator with silicone hoses
-pokeball shift ****
-eBay/no name STS
-eBay/no name intake
-"GodSnow" Fart Cannons
-broken interior door handle
-various missing splash shields
-broken ebrake cables
-heavy 17.4lb 16x7 wheels

I have since replaced the ebrake cables and installed a header he included along with the stock muffler.

The car will eventually see either my rx7 wheels or my other set of milennias along with more weight reduction and likely a 3mz-fe (3.3L V6) running on a 1mz-fe (3L V6) ecu.
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:05 AM   #2  
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Sweet congrats man! Does this one have working AC?
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:50 PM   #3  
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It does for now.
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:27 PM   #4  
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Love that bodystyle....with a certain kit they always reminded me of the old Ferrari 308GTS/328. Would've liked one to toy with myself
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I always loved them. But the problem around my area is salt destroys everything.Hard to find good cars and hard to keep them nice
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:24 PM   #6  
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Thanks guys!

The car has 186k miles now, and I've only put on about 200 miles since May. At this point 2nd and 3rd gear would give a nice little thunk/grind when shifting at high RPM.

So I pulled out the stock S54 trans and replaced it with a 1994 Camry S51 trans. The '94 trans has similar 1-3rd gears (with upgraded synchros) and 4/5th are geared taller for camry fuel economy. I had to drill out the transmission case to swap over the S54 shift assembly in order to use the FWD trans in a mid engine layout.

Left: S54 Right: S51

3D Printed Jig to drill S51 case for S54 Shift linkage.

S51 with S54 Shift Linkage
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