While I have not updated this page in quite a while, I have been hard at work with the MR2. The head gasket decided to blow about 2 months ago, a failure I can only attribute to chronic overheating from previous owners, which I also believed I have fixed now. I was treated to tons of steam pouring out the back end and a very bouncy idle on my way to school one day, and as soon as I could limped back home and started tearing down the head. This being m first major mechanical endeavor, it was no easy task, but with the help of the BGB it went fairly smoothly. I also replaced some rusted out coolant lines that run beside the block which may very likely have been causing overheating issues.
I also got the head machined flat and cleaned out well from a local machine shop. There was lots of milkshake where there should have been lots of oil =(.
She now runs like new, thank goodness. I just hope I survive the upcoming Michigan winter driving a lightweight rear wheel drive 26 year old car.