it’s slow going but there is progress.
but not where I want it to be yet, as seen below.
doing some rust repair on the corolla with some new metal.
it’s a bmw 325i (e30) with a manual and a bunch of 325is parts, like the lsd, and a maintenance list of recent work a mile long. the previous owner had it 11 years. it was a steal of a deal.
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.
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.
this is that te wagon with the crazy 14×10′s (I think). anyways great shot
fyi… this is all kinda of awesome.
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
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
This TE wagon that showed up at the nisei meet in L.A. this year has got to be the freshest TE wagon this side of the pacific.
it’s a 79-80 toyota corolla wagon, I always thought they were cool, but this just steps it up a lot.
the wheels are 14×10 0-offset diamond racing, with 185/55r14 tires very tightly stretched onto those wide steelies… massive stretch.
the front wheels are pushed out so far because he is running NRCA’s (negative roll center adapters) which push the bottom of the strut/hub assembly out 1-2″
the diamond racing steelies are becoming very popular because of their endless sizing options and budget price…. but are no less awesome.
lovin the quad headlights and the air dam… even with the stock massive bumpers
and one shot in the distance
I think this has got be my favorite car in several months… it’s just really cool!
thanks to “Hasback Photography” and to http://speedhunters.com/ for the pics
The japanese classic car show is this sunday, april 26th 9am-3pm!! I seem to miss it every year, but not this year! I’m sure my expectations are a tad too high but I’m still really excited, plus it’s gonna be a nice warm day and it’s at the beach.
this is a preliminary post, i’ll add more to it later…
the toyota carina would be an awesome project car, they are cheap, old, and based off the old ae86 rwd platform… oh and they came in wagon form. These would be awesome with a light tuned 4ag engine, some homemade coilovers and some nice wide wheels.
unfortunately they were never sold in north america, but I can at least blog about it.
it’s not for everyone, but I’ve always been drawn to the slightly odd 4dr and wagon siblings of the “sport” versions of certain cars. I I want all the speed and Chassis bits of the popular cars but with a more interesting exterior.
too bad this one is soo small…. I tried for hours to find the original