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And this might be another sign of my severe ocd (in case you guys haven’t already noticed from seeing how well I try to keep my garage organized) but soo far I’ve spent about $300 replacing missing or broken nuts bolts clips and fasteners with new oem Toyota ones.
Nothing wrong with a little OCD! It is really nice to see a new owner actually taking good care of a Sypder with proper parts and repairs, and fixing sloppy prior work. As a sign in a top shop said - There are 2 ways to do a job. Do it right, or do it over.

Good job, and enjoy!
 

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Getting a lot done quickly, and in a single car garage no less. Respect! I see that fellow CT license plate too. Stay dry this weekend!
It’s nice to meet another MR2 owner from CT! I live in southeastern CT near the casinos. Hope your mr2 is under shelter. Mine will be riding out the storm in my garage.

I think you're the first person to solve the 0440 code wihout asking for help.
Well… I did do quite a bit of research on here using the search function! The evap systems on these cars are pretty simple. With that being said the logic or lack there of built into the ecm makes it hard for the system to self diagnose faults. More modern Toyotas (usually 2010 and newer) have an evap self diagnose function using tech stream. Its really slick. It will pretty much tell you where there is a leak in the system or what the faulty component is. From what I understand Toyota did this in response to the older Toyotas such as the ones we own being so difficult to diagnose evap malfunctions on. Anyways, I started out by checking the operation of all three of the vacuum switching valves, all checked out good. Then I bought a smoke machine and smoked the system. To make a long story short I first incorrectly diagnosed the leak from the vent as a leaking gas cap. Then misdiagnosed it as an internal leak in the canister. Finally I changed the vent valve on top of the fuel tank and problem solved! Plus I have a brand new oem evap canister and fuel cap :)

Nothing wrong with a little OCD! It is really nice to see a new owner actually taking good care of a Sypder with proper parts and repairs, and fixing sloppy prior work. As a sign in a top shop said - There are 2 ways to do a job. Do it right, or do it over.

Good job, and enjoy!
Thank you for the kind words! Ive replaced alot of poor quality aftermarket parts that had failed on cars sometimes weeks or even days after they were installed originally. If the oem part is still available it’s what I buy. There are of course certain exceptions to this rule. Im amazed at the things I still keep finding missing off this car. Maybe the previous owner was trying to save even more weight by leaving half the nuts and bolts off?
 

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One of the biggest things I have disliked about the MR2 since I’ve bought it is the seats. I have always hated leather seats and I found myself sliding around in the seats going around corners. Also, when it’s parked out in the sun with the top down the black leather would become scalding hot. And add in the worn out leather on the drivers seat and I knew it was time to find some new seats. Fortunately I ran across someone on here who had original equipment cloth seats he no longer needed. After a not so fun trip to New Jersey and I had said seats in my possession. A few parts were missing or broken on these seats so I swapped over parts from my old seats. While the seats were apart I re-painted the seat tracks. Unfortunately it was windy yesterday and the garage door was open while I painted them in front of the garage. I ended up covering the car in overspray from the spray paint cans. I did have some luck though. The wax I keep on the cars paint saved me. It’s going to take some more scrubbing with a clay bar but I have about half the car cleaned up. Thankfully the coat of wax didn’t allow the overspray to stick to the paint. I find the cloth seats to be more form fitting and comfortable and much better looking then my old worn out leather seats.

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on the left is an area I just cleaned off with a clay bar. On the right is an area that still has overspray on it.
 

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I bought and installed new oem Toyota headlight housings. The old ones had a bunch of small spider cracks in the plastic lenses and even after trying to buff them still looked pretty bad. The new ones are a very big improvement!

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Looks great! Mine is starting to have spyder cracks on the inside lens too. It's the $200 for 1 headlight is what stopping me from ordering a set 😥
 

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Looks great! Mine is starting to have spyder cracks on the inside lens too. It's the $200 for 1 headlight is what stopping me from ordering a set 😥
They are definitely not cheap :/ Im hoping that someone comes out with replacement lenses for the headlights at a lower cost in the future.

Around here we just call them "cracks".
Omg! 🤣 I never thought of it that way! I just called them that because they cracks were arranged in a pattern like a spider’s web.
 

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Finally got around to painting two spots under the mr2 that had gotten worn down to bare metal due to a previous owner bottoming the car out. I was happy to have gotten some fresh paint on the areas before they got any more rust on them. I used Eastwood’s 2 part epoxy primer and 2k chassis coat black. These are by and far the best rattle can paints I have ever used. Well worth the $25 a can price! I also have not had much of a chance to do much in the way of modifications to the car so far due to most of my budget going towards fixing broken/ worn out things on the car. So I splurged and bought myself a Toyota racing development oil cap. Rumor has it that it adds another 10 horsepower 😉

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I put plastic sheeting over the car this time! I remembered my lesson learned from painting my seat tracks in front of the car on a windy day.

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Here’s a before and after of the area that had gotten its paint worn off. Upon close inspection I could actually see scrape marks in the metal. I spent a good deal of time prepping this area for paint and even filled in the frame rails with fluid film and replaced missing body plugs after painting.

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