Woodsport - Engine Conversion Specialists

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Bodywork services

At Woodsport we used to offer MR2 restoration and respray work, but due to concentrating on engine transplants, we dropped this service. However I'm pleased to announce that Woodsport has re-opened it's bodyshop to all MR2 restoration work and painting services.

As of 2007, we have had a fully equipped bodyshop and spray booth capable of turning out paintwork of the highest quality.

We will be offering everything from touch ups to full restoration work and complete resprays, bodykit fitments, custom bodywork and accident repair.

Here are some examples of previous bodywork and resprays carried out at Woodsport.

red mk2 autopista

Mk1 just painted


Mk1 wheel arch repairs, no matter how badly corroded the arch is we can rescue it and return it to its former glory, in fact we pride ourselves in being able to repair these arches to a better standard than original. We take proper rustproofing and inner arch sealing measures so that the rust cannot come back, for many many years.

Full Mk1 wheel arch restorations that include the A, B and C panel are £350 per side with all panels/paint supplied, sills are replaced at a cost of £150 per side and front wings are painted front and back and fitted for a cost of £450 with the panels supplied.(bookings for thistype of workis subject to our current workload,please ring for availability)

We offer complete restoration packages too and can fully restore a shell back to original.

From this.

To this.

All paintwork is mirror flat, much better than the factory paint finish. A lot of time is taken in the preparation and detailing, as MR2 enthusiasts, we realise the need for attention to detail like overspray on things that should be removed or masked, for example wheel arch liners or suspension components.

We are also offering complete bodykit fitments, you supply the kit and car, tell us what you want plus any custom bodywork that you'd like and the rest is done by us.

Prices range considerably depending on what you require and all enquiries will be quoted for at a very competitive rate.

Single panel spraying e.g. wing are costed at £150 per panel with all paint/materials included. Full resprays start at roughly £1500 with a rising cost for any body repairs that need carrying out, all car parking dents/imperfections are removed so that each and every panel is flat.

So we can basically offer everything from simple spoiler painting to full Mk2 TRD bodykit fitting to complete MR2 restorations.

All work comes fully guaranteed and we have highly accurate paint matching that guarantees perfect blending into panels that arent being sprayed.


Woodsport Wide Arch Kit and Conversions

At Woodsport, we are proud to be able to offer a custom Wide Arch fitting and painting service. These arches are designed by us, and form a universal template that can be trimmed and adjusted to suit any cars body profile or wheel width.

We can offer everything, from the basic supply of these arch panels - for the DIY man at home to carry out his own fitment, or we can offer full fitting and painting services ourselves.

The arch panels are made from high quality GRP and cost £250 delivered for a set of four.

Once trimmed to your required width and bonded to the car they look something like this....

Later on when they have been blended and painted they look like this....

The overall effect...





The same arches fitted to a Mk1 MR2...

And a work in progress....


How much does fitting and painting cost?

The fitting and painting of these arches very much depends on each customers requirements, typically a pair of rear Wide Arches fitted, blended and painted to a Mk1 MR2 rear only is around £1500 all in, that includes the cost of the arches and all paint/materials and labour.

For a full set of four wide arches fitted, blended and painted to a Mk1 will be around £2500 but this option also includes a complete exterior respray of the whole car.

Fitment of the wide arches to a Mk2 MR2 is much more involved due to the arches overlapping bump strips and bumper sections, which need to be addressed by either completely blending out the bump strips or making the arches 2 or even 3 piece sections. Prices for this type of work start at £3,000 but also include a complete respray of the whole car.




Woodsport Messenger


 Williams review....


On the train up to Durham I, in reality, I had some idea what to expect. As a previous customer of Woodsport for a 3vz-fe conversion, a 2gr-fe conversion would be similar, right? But how wrong could I have been!  

The results of Pauls work an hour later when at Woodsport were simply stunning! The car was pristine, the engine and the engine bay were immaculate and it was hard to believe it was the same car I had dropped off a few weeks earlier.   

Turn the key in the ignition of a 3.5 litre MR2 and from the moment it fires up there are only two things that are guaranteed. The first is you know just from the sound, that it is going to be a powerful car. The second is that, every time you drive it, you will have a smile on your face! The only thing putting a downer on that moment was knowing I had a 270 mile trip back to London when I couldn’t explore the full potential of growling V6 behind my ear.

Having filled her up with premium gasoline (defiantly recommended!) I joined the A1 ready to settle into the running in stage.  At a cruising speed of 65mph she ate up the miles effortlessly, refined and relatively quiet, a general nice place to be. 

Then you go for an overtake.  MY GOD! Drop to 4th gear and bury  that right hand pedal and the noise! The torque! The acceleration!…. One word…  Beautiful! In the words of Jeremy Clarkson, ‘you turn the big thing in the middle to make it turn, you push the middle pedal to slow it down and you push the right hand pedal to make more noise! And what a noise!   

… Well that was a few months ago now and I’m pleased to say she still puts a smile on my face every time I drive her. If anything, an even bigger one as she’s now fully run in and I can now unleash her full potential. Where better to do this than at Brands Hatch. To see the look on the face of a 944 driver in his dedicated track car as he gets lapped by a 20 year old Toyota. To be able to out drag XXR’s and M3’s. This engine is a brute! And I absolutely  love it!     

Last but not least to sum up Paul…

I truly believe there are three types of people in the world:

  1. The type that when a challenge is thrown at them just walk away.

  2. The type that will take on a challenge and fail hopelessly on so many occasions they just end up giving up, but hay they had a go… (this is me!)

  3. And then there’s Paul. A person who seems to conquer any challenge thrown at him and just for good measure, makes it a little better.

Paul, you’re a legend. Big thanks for all your hard work and I will no doubt be seeing you shortly for a supercharger as I have officially now managed to ‘Tame the Beast’! 

All the best, and keep up the good work!