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#1 Western Revheads

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 10:41 PM

Name: Mitchell

Car: 1982 Toyota Corolla KE70

Motor & Driveline: stock 4k-c auto, soon to be manual 4 speed

Suspension & Brakes: stock

Wheels & Tyres: stock

Interior: Vinyl Back seats, Front Cotton ripped so got sheep skin covers on them now has bucket seat for driver and AE86 ADM passenger seat

Body: got a lot of rust in the boot, and doors, swapped the front doors to AE71 doors, I think they look way better.

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I got the car because it was cheep and they are easy to fix. also my Mum, Dad and Grandma, had one each all at the same time back in the 80's, so I grew up hearing about the cars. My Mum and Grandma, both had KE70 sedans
and they were the light blue colour ones. They both got them the same day from the same dealership and the number plates were different by one number so my mum got the door rubber guards so they could tell them apart.
My dad had the AE71 Wagon, and he told me just the other day, (these are his words not mine) "The 5 speed wagons flew, I was once going on a camping trip with your Mum, going up to Queensland, and I was going down a mountain,
and there was not a single soul on the road, so I just floored it. I got pulled over doing 170 kph, and the cop said I'm not gonna give you a ticket cause no one is gonna believe me that a toyota can go that fast. I got off with a warning." XD
I'm upgrading the transmission to the t-40 4 speed manual, the auto still works, but slow, the engine it self is overrated, the car is also in half good nick, lots of rust but nothing that can't be cut out or rust converter put on it.
The car was owned buy a nun and a co-worker of the nun, only driven on weekends to church, got it off an old lady. comes from South Australia, Adelaide, now in Victoria Melbourne.
needs a paint, the parts are all good, no dents, only rust holes, and their not visible, needs a good fix, I have a YouTube channel that I'm showing the build of it. starting to look good.


https://www.youtube....prnt8QAB67Fzycw


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Edited by Western Revheads, 08 February 2017 - 01:55 AM.

Here's my KE70 RE-Build Build and transmission swap.
http://www.rollaclub...nsmission-swap/
Here's my YouTube about it
http://www.youtube.c...prnt8QAB67Fzycw
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Posted 29 October 2016 - 05:38 PM

Hi mate, I've upgraded a KE70 Auto to a 4A-C Manual. Very good upgrade in my opinion. If you have the money I highly recommend sourcing the parts and just upgrading it to an A model engine. I was fortunate enough to get a 200,000 4A-c for $60. I did this about 3 and half years ago, there is a very useful walk through in the FAQ section I think, it' somewhere on this website. I had to very slightly adjust the shifter hole for my upgrade and obviously drill the master cylinder hole (which I did poorly lol). I have stuffed up that hole twice, the first car was fairly neat but I found out later that it was too tight and damaged the cylinder and fluid leaked everywhere, the second time was fine but the hole was noticeable, so take your time and drill it nicely with the hole saw, but other than that it was a piece of cake.

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 07:49 PM

thanks ms85er i might stick with the transmission swap for now just to get it road worthy, then think about that upgrade.
Here's my KE70 RE-Build Build and transmission swap.
http://www.rollaclub...nsmission-swap/
Here's my YouTube about it
http://www.youtube.c...prnt8QAB67Fzycw
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#4 Western Revheads

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 09:50 PM

Sorry everyone I got told it was a K-40 gearbox not T-40, I keep forgetting that.
I've done a lot of stuff since the original post, I sanded the boot and painted it with waterproof rust proof paint, also putting rust converter on a lot of exposed rust points.
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I've also picked up a repair manual book
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I got a few parts for the transmission swap the manual transmission for one, I need to reseal the top gasket, and I gave it a clean before I did that.
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also I got new rear seats, as the original cotton ones were ripped and it was cheaper to get new ones than get them re-upholstered. plus they are Blue vinyl, so I have installed them.
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also cleaned up the badges as they had obliviously never been cleaned as the had grass and mold growing on them.
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got a new gear shifter knob from autobarn, it was a SAAS rip off brand, it had multiple gearbox design stickers to put on it.
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and I just today (melbourne cup day) installed new mirrors on the passenger door, still need to swap the drivers door to the AE71 door, but I have a mirror for that too.
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all in all its starting to look good, I just need to cut out all the rust from the boot seal trim, and replace the metal, going to do that with aluminium, and then I can get a RWC for it and get it registered in Victoria.
As it is a South Australian car it was registered there when I got the car I got it unregistered. So rust remove and replace, and the RWC and Register then Transmission swap begins.DSC_0009.JPG
Here's my KE70 RE-Build Build and transmission swap.
http://www.rollaclub...nsmission-swap/
Here's my YouTube about it
http://www.youtube.c...prnt8QAB67Fzycw
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Posted 02 November 2016 - 10:11 AM

nice progress!

Excellent idea to purchase a manual for your car. Will come in handy the more you work on it.
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Posted 02 November 2016 - 02:25 PM

ahh of course I forgot ke70's were a cable clutch weren't they, disregard my comments about drilling the hole in the firewall :P, looks like its coming along nicely, the reverse light wiring is super easy to find, it's on the firewall near the id plate, one of those 6 plug connectors, I can't remember which ones of the top of my head but I think they are on the right or left end.

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 09:59 PM

I swapped the drivers door today (right side for america XD) and put the new mirrors on both the doors now, it looks great, just need to paint them then they will look amazing.
also I took off the scuttle board a few days back and painted it white, because it had a lot of surface rust on it. so I sanded it back with a wire brush attachment for my electric drill, back to bare metal.
Then I painted it and baked it in the car, cause Australia and car means hot AF, so it cooked up nice.
Looks good too.
Got my mate Michael to help me with the door today, big tip if replacing door get a friend to hold door then you do the bolting of the hinges.
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Edited by Western Revheads, 11 February 2017 - 11:59 PM.

Here's my KE70 RE-Build Build and transmission swap.
http://www.rollaclub...nsmission-swap/
Here's my YouTube about it
http://www.youtube.c...prnt8QAB67Fzycw
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Posted 24 January 2017 - 07:02 PM

Ok so its been awhile and I've not done anything on the manual but I will be in the next month or so, need to get the cars RWC so I can legally change the transmission without having the car tested and stuff like that.
So I've done a few other things since last time, I've installed a new steering wheel, Nardi personal, I've replaced another door hahahahaha, only one of the original doors left now and I've installed a Tacho dash in replacement if the analog quartz clock, also put in a new racing seat for the driver as I think a cool racing seat look is awesome in this car. All of this stuff can me found on the YouTube channel if not in a video by itself then in a larger video.
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Edited by Western Revheads, 08 February 2017 - 01:27 AM.

Here's my KE70 RE-Build Build and transmission swap.
http://www.rollaclub...nsmission-swap/
Here's my YouTube about it
http://www.youtube.c...prnt8QAB67Fzycw
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Posted 24 January 2017 - 07:12 PM

I've just relized that I've never really mentioned how much rust was in the car, only body work rust,
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Here's my KE70 RE-Build Build and transmission swap.
http://www.rollaclub...nsmission-swap/
Here's my YouTube about it
http://www.youtube.c...prnt8QAB67Fzycw
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Posted 25 January 2017 - 09:03 AM

Thats just nature doing weight reduction for you.

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:00 AM

hahahaha yeah weight that I need for registration and RWC hahahaha
Here's my KE70 RE-Build Build and transmission swap.
http://www.rollaclub...nsmission-swap/
Here's my YouTube about it
http://www.youtube.c...prnt8QAB67Fzycw
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:47 AM

I got an AE86 passenger chair the other day for a massive $20, so cheap and in great condition too, anyway I swapped the OG seat which was torn, but still comfy btw, which tbh I would still use if it wasn't ripped and didn't smell like ass and human slim. But I swapped the seats, and it looks amazing, the seat itself is wider and sits a little lower, not as comfy, but its clean and looks good next to the bucket seat.
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I'm proud of it, so interior is done no more need to fix that, its all done. BTW I love the bucket seat, its way way way more comfy than the OG seat it maybe on static rails but its far enough back for me and all the people I know who will drive it.

also if anyone is wondering if the KE70 stock seat rails fit the ae86 chair they don't without washers and drilling the floor fixing holes larger, bending the mounts on the seat to the left on the RHS and drilling holes in the rails for the seat to mount into. This was trial and error, but the AE86 chair is about half the weight of the KE70's chairs.
Here's my KE70 RE-Build Build and transmission swap.
http://www.rollaclub...nsmission-swap/
Here's my YouTube about it
http://www.youtube.c...prnt8QAB67Fzycw
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