it’s slow going but there is progress.
but not where I want it to be yet, as seen below.
after tracing vacuum lines and reading forums and looking at vacuum diagrams (mostly the oil/coolant soaked sticker on my hood) I removed most everything I think I could… there’s a few more lines that I think I can loose, but I want to wait till the car is running then try those out.
I decided to plug off the egr (exhaust gas recirculation) ports in the head, i bough some m18x1.5 bolts and cut the heads off and threaded them into the ports with some JB weld, easy. I spent the other half the night drilling out a seized stud that I had to cut off on the exhaust manifold.
I had a coolant line explode on me when I was going 110kph during our move to the south end of the island, it was a little dramatic. so i had the car towed the rest of the way to the new house. My wife was following me in the van (which is now covered in coolant from the corolla) so i just got a ride with her.
Once I got home and unpacked, I started to work on the car and one thing lead to another, I decided to remove the egr system since it was in the way. I also need to drill out an exhaust manifold to down pipe bolt that was seized, I cut off with my angle grinder. looking around the engine bay I can see many things that can go in the thrash, I would love to grab a weber 32/36 progressive down draft carb and be rid of all these vacuum lines.
I had a little trouble removing the poorly installed cd player.
Just picked up a nice 1980 toyota corolla 4dr sedan te72 w/ the 1.8L 3tc motor. It’s slow… honestly a 32 year old pushrod motor hooked to a 3spd auto.
this build will be slow and on budget, no high dollar anything, not a drift car, just an old corolla getting lower, wider, and a bit faster.
it’s “rust free”, rocker, fenders, quarters, front/rear valences, hood, floors, frame, and truck lid are rust free, but the doors have rotted from sitting and the spare tire well is somewhat rotten from a dumb carpet placed under the spare.
the car has recently had a lot of work done to it:
every single part of the brakes is new
new front wheel bearings
new head gasket, plugs, wires, cap/rotor, fuel filter, rad hoses…..
blah blah blah… just a bunch basic maintenance of stuff I don’t need to do now
it needs doors, a manual swap, and wheels (something between 13×7-14×8, 15′s sometimes look to big on these… not sure).
I’ll be building coilovers the old way, with sw20 rear shocks up front, with threaded sleeves (~400lb/in) and cut the casing down 50mm and get some rca’s and camero rear shocks in the back w/ cut down ae86 rear coils. simple but quite effective.
I have more pics, but you get the point, there’s not much to see but it is clean and straight.
progress done today:
-fixed the passenger door that wouldn’t unlock.
-vacuumed about 3 lbs of pine needles out of it.
urgent requirements: (aside from being lower and wider)
-new starter so i don’t have to hit it with a wrench while turning the key.
to bad it was stolen recently.
So I got a 1987 2-tone grey corolla gts (ae86)!!! I’am very happy to finally, after a year or so of relatively uninteresting cars, to have something so buildable and with RWD! That and it’s my 4th corolla GTS. it has a few silly things I don’t like, the garden trim front lip, some cheap driving lights and ebay an exhaust tip, those will be gone soon enough.
There are a lot of upsides to this car, it’s an ’87 with the 7rib block, it’s a coupe, there are NO rust holes, it has the cool 2-tone grey paint, it came with a cusco lsd, and a set of 13×8 rota wheels with advan a032r race rubber (still street legal DOT tires) with tons of grip. the car also has the power steering and the EGR system removed…. both are things I would have done myself anyway.
I went with my friend Geoff to Vancouver island, who drove me to the ferry terminal and came with me as a walk on passenger to go get the car, I was on a tight time line… I caught the 5pm ferry to the island which arrived at 6:40pm and I needed to get on the 7pm ferry back. needless to say i was in a rush, we got off on the car platform because it’s always a faster way to get off, and we ran up to the passenger drop off area parking lot to meet the guy selling it. so i gave the car quick look over, paid the dude, signed the paper work, and hopped in the car to try and make it the 1-2kms back to the U-turn route so I could get to the toll booth and try to catch the boat… at this point with 60 seconds driving experience in this car I pushed the Advan track rubber about as far as I could on the on/off ramps provided, it was enough for Geoff to brace himself thoroughly….it was 6:54 when I pulled up to the toll booth and I basically drove straight onto the boat with maybe 3-4 cars behind by the time we set sail. I got the car home “safely” by 9pm.
There were/are a few down sides to this car aside from the lip, lights, and tip…..one was the aftermarket sunroof (installed nicely though) and as I found once I started driving the car was that the guy was a smoker…a heavy one…crap
another thing I found when I went to insure it was that it had a V.I. on it, that’s a vehicle inspection, which means that a cop pulled him over, deemed the car unsafe for whatever reason. this sucks because I couldn’t get the car insured to drive at all till it was inspected by a mechanic…. I use to be one, and after looking over the car I expected they’d fine a few issues, these “issues” would have to be fixed before I could drive the car legally…. so i drove it to a shop to get inspected…… 1/2 way across town with 7 year old Sask plates. to my surprise the car passed!
back to the smoker thing…. I spent an entire day cleaning the car…. and this was only the interior and I haven’t shampooed anything. this was just the “dry” cleaning, vacuuming and taking garbage out and getting the carpet clean. the shampoo will come later. but the coolest part of the day was finding one of the oooold Dori-Kaze club stickers (which I have been a member since 2000-2001ish) under the rear seat, it was all dirty and wrinkled but the sticker part was still good…
so the first mod was the DK sticker.
This ae86 (85-87 corolla gts, RWD…. but you should really know this by now) is just what an 86 should be. simple oldschool wheels and a do it yourself approach to the whole car. No crazy offset no dumb fibreglass panels loosely fitting and hanging off…. you get the point it’s not a high dollar build and it’s meant to be driven. it use to be that “high dollar” and ae86 would never be in the same sentence, things have changed much to my dismay…oh well.
I dig this car alot
Much thanks to roadsterdrift for this material!
Nice lowered scooter too
apparently only in white tho…my sister hates white cars.
I like white..it always matches…with white..that way you can just retouch a portion of the car…which is handy when your driving the hell out of it on a regular basis
as you can tell I’m not much of a fan of body kits and stickers
The wheels are ATS Kleeblatt’s, not sure on the size but I like them
such neat little cars, many of these do end up with 4age swaps nearly doubling the oem horsepower…fun
yeah this is the one of the crap boxes from motorfix crew in Japan, all the work they put into the car was a nice motor, suspension, and wheels…. but the rest was just left for fun.
the black top 20 valve toyota 4age motor, had 170hp factory from toyota, I’m sure it’s more now.
Yeah somehow I missed these two sweet corolla’s…. enjoy
I love this mentality that anything can be saved…. for fun, and hey.. why not?
so i know I’ve been neglecting the blog since the holidays, but life’s been busy. One the bright side of things I have been looking for a cheap project car, something I can really sink my …almost used another lame cliche, I want something i can be more creative with.
One car that really interests me is theE70 series corolla’s, they had the same suspension as the well known AE86 chassis corolla’s, but they had a simple body design and they were all carbureted (in north america at least). so all the nice suspension bits from the newer ae86 corolla’s fit and most the driveline stuff fits as well, and your bolt-in engine options are quite good, basically any T or A series motor is a fit.
I could go on for a while about all the sidedraft carb setup’s with different engine choices I’d like to try, as well as all the smaller wide (14×8, 13×8) wheels i’d want, all the suspension mods I’d build, and all the different body styles i’d want to try these changes on. Just for you information these corolla’s were available in 7 yes 7 different shapes.
so for once i’m gonna get off the forums and craigslist and get back to showing you some cars.
the 2 door wagon
the 2+2 liftback
the 4dr wagon
the 4dr sedan
a nice sidedraft carb’d 4age
Sorry peoples, I have been busy lately and haven’t had time for new posts. Hopefully some will be coming soon.
So my friend since I was 3 years old made the trip down to the japanese classic car show (JCCS) this year, even though his engine install was just finished the day they left and the car wasn’t completely ready for the show.
here’s the pics he sent me.
from what i can remember about the engine swap is that it’s a 7MGTE bottom end (mostly for the displacement and piston oil squirters.. and a few other bits) with the 5MGE pistons and head, therefore making it a 6MGE and the only real 6M part is the crank pulley. also worth noting is the 1uz throttle body and intake manifold that are all ceramic coated…
some of my info may be bad and seamus will most likely correct me.
from left to right here’s Pete’s 76? celica with a 7MGE motor (3L straight 6), steve’s ae86 corolla with a 1UZ (4L V8 from a lexus ls400), and seamus’s supra with the custom built 6M all on their way down from Canada to LA
I was checking out DORI-KAZE when i came across some event pics of the “captital drift season finale” in victoria by member “666″ and the pictures are actually really good and so are the cars. so here they are.
looking at these pics proves that toyota certainly peaked in the late 80′s
I found a few more photo’s of that TE wagon
Thanks to the japanese nostalgic car blog for the pictures
cool cool cool awesome…. and don’t even start trying to analyze whether or not it’s practical.. who cares…. you = fail, your brain = no
just love this damn thing
one thing to note… is the rear camber… these cars were solid axle… wish I knew what was in there.
Thanks to racer86 for finding this
either you get it or you don’t… and that’s cool, it’s not for everyone and that’s how toyota guys like it. we all want the old toyota’s to remain a niche group, it keeps things cool and relaxed with out all the marketing crap and attention that comes with other scenes.
it’s an acquired taste… and I love it
thanks once again to speedhunters for my liberal use of their pics