Re:The MR2 Australia SW20
OK boyz and girlz we have some action happening with the car.
I bought a supposedly fully built 5SGTE from eBay and although it was still a good deal, the head wasn't built at all so needed reconditioning. I put some larger valves in it and new springs and it should be ready for pickup on the weekend. It has 3SGE NA cams in it. I picked up the bottom end last weekend. It had been built properly (kind of) though I got my engine guy to strip it anyway to check and it came up OK. He had to modify the crank though to fit the 3SGTE flywheel. We didn't elongate the holes in the flywheel like most people do. We redrilled the holes in the crank instead and fitted a dowel for strength.
Once I get the head back, I'll put it all back together with new water pump, oil pump, seals, gaskets etc so it is perfect. I used the ATS 5SGTE head gasket as it apparently has much better water flow than just using a 3SGTE gasket. Apparently the 3SGTE gasket blocks off too much of the coolant galleries in the 5S block.
That's the update for now. We'll see how it all goes together.
Oh yeah - I forgot to say that I'll be changing from the gen2 3SGTE inlet manifold to a side feed 3SGE one. I have it here ready to go.
More news and pics to come soon