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Update 26/9/2016

Righto, fair bit of catching up to do in this blog!   Been a fair bit happening since last update.     The car has been moved to my dad's place, where we have much better tools and a more appropriate workspace. Despite the abundance of STUFF laying around the garage, we've managed to fit the car in. It's a good thing it's only a small car! -dad's also a carpenter, so you can imagine the amount of gear that's in the garage, haha.   Since the car has been moved;   Removal of remaining chrome trim, quarter windows, door panels, badges, windscreen wipers, etc. Pretty much everything that needs to be taken off to spray, has been taken off. Yet to remove windscreens.   Purchased new rubbers from ebay for doors, windows, boot and windscreens.   Paint stripping of roof and right hand rear side.   Sanding down a large portion of the car, next up is inside the door frames of the shell, and inside of the doors themselves.   It probably wasn't mentioned earlier in the blog, but both of the doors had seen better days where the latch is fitted. Driver side door had cracks, passenger side had nasty botched welds. Both doors were repaired recently and are ready to be sanded and sprayed.   Nothing in the way of engine work yet. Still on boring old bodywork :/     Plan to repair my widened steelies that I got with the car originally, but will be waiting on funds, so potentially after the car has been registered and roadworthy etc.   Starting to get the ball rolling after a good three years and almost four months of.... not.   I get my P's march 7, 2017. We are hoping to have the car registered by then,     Fingers crossed. Wish us luck!

1969 SPRINTER

1969 SPRINTER

 

Panelbeating Start

Got the sprinter taken away to be panelbeated just this Wednesday.   Getting the driver side door actually repaired instead of replaced! Much happier with that, rather than chucking a new one on. Keeps a slight bit more originality. (Not that I'm going for that with this build :P)   So, for the door, the front two guards, and the stonetray, is all sitting at $1500. We'll also be getting a quote on getting the rest of the exterior straightened out, and in primer. So if all goes well and I get a quote within budget, I'll be bringing it home covered in grey primer, or even better with a full spray job! -- We're gonna go with red again, I imagine I'll just ring CO-OP TOYOTA to get the original colour of the red for the respray.   Have a desire to do an engine conversion, 4age, 4agze, 3tgte, 3tc or maybe even a rotary??? 12A, 13B, main goal being power. I don't know about a rotary, as I don't want to be constantly doing rebuilds etc, but you can pack a lot of power into a small engine with a rotary, and the Sprinter is dead tiny, so it'll probably end up being the most FAST motor, but it miiiight be overdoing it. As of yet, no serious plans, but pondering around what motor to chuck in it (ONE DAY). For now though, leaving the little 4K in her and focusing on getting it ROADWORTHY AND REGISTERED. That's the main goal as of now.   Eventually, when I'm older and have the funds I'll want to do the engine conversion. But, maybe that's a stupid teenager phase that I'll grow out of. But, whether it is or not, you can't deny that a 300+ horsepower car that weighs next to nothing is a cool concept. Especially with those good looks of a KE15.   Still need to track down some mags, but the panelbeating will set my funds back a fair way I imagine, so that can wait.   dead keen to get this beauty going!   Yet again, having trouble posting pics.

1969 SPRINTER

1969 SPRINTER

 

Work Started

Got started working on the KE on the Saturday just been. Took out the struts and LCA's all well and good. Put in the xt130 LCA and adjust the caster arm to match. Problem is I couldn't undo the tie rod end. So work stopped.   My mechanic helped me and showed me a trick to release the end and it worked! So Monday after work I fitted the other LCA and all was good until I put the struts in. Never new there was a 5mm difference in the strut tops between the 82 model and the 84.   So now I have to change over the ops just when I thought all was good haha.

MartyJ

MartyJ

 

Ke Auto Build

Hello   Finally I have gained some motivation and time to start my build!   I will have pictures coming soon. This blog is mainly so I have a record of what my car has been thru with me haha   Cheers and welcome to my build.

MartyJ

MartyJ

 

Finally Making A Real Start!

Hiyas.   a couple weeks ago we got me sprinter on a traya and we took it out to brighton, (my mum's house) so me and y step dad can start work.   I can't UPLOAD PICTURES FOR SOME REASON!!!         :POSTPICS!:   . i guess so... ha ha   Far out... Oh well, hopefully it will work another time.... What I've done so far: Took out the radio in it. After much struggling... took out the rear upholstery, and seats. Fitted a new radio, again wth many struggling...   and the chrome trim is comig off. only trim left to do is badges, lights and bumpers. then well start panelbeating and sand her down ready for a spray

1969 SPRINTER

1969 SPRINTER

 

How Much Is Original?

:wtf:Well, upon closer inspection of my motor...   after thinking for a whole year it was original,   it turns out the motor in my sprinter is actually a 4K and so is the spare one.   the spare car (my dad's) has a 3K I it.   So, that explains my dodgy extractors.   Whoever has done this probably knew what they were doing, because it all looks (and mine drives)pretty good.   funny though, my master key fits dad's boot nd fuel cap...   so my theory is that a bloke has had both of these cars just plainly to mess about with....   dads was rego'd until 1996 and mine until '97   dunnowhattothinkofthis

1969 SPRINTER

1969 SPRINTER

 

Back Shed Find

Here's a basic build thread of my T18 Corolla. Pretty basic build to start with, really it's just something to occupy my time.   Started out as a paddock basher and had been attacked by the blokes grand kids with about 6 coats of rattle can race paint.   I picked her up for $300 with no vision as to where i wanted her to end up. Still don't know now haha.   I'll let the photos do most of the talking, with brief descriptions to go along.   Hope you enjoy the thread!

Cleighton

Cleighton

 

Door Death

something horrible just happened today...   Was turning my car backwards and uphill to get her facing downhill so petrol could run to the motor, when BAM! my driver's side door starts bending backwards on the star picket stuck in the ground around a tree. after I stopped bawling, had a loook at the damage and it MAY be able to be fixed. hoorray for making stupid mistakes! More money i'll have to start spending on her soon.   Door on my parts car is rusty, but usable. Dad assures me shit happens and I guess there is no point worrying about it too much. Might post pictures, but don't hold your breath.   Be sure to leave a comment telling me I am an idiot. ;(

1969 SPRINTER

1969 SPRINTER

 

Little Stuff I Done

Time 4 an update!   Took off the stupid (not working) spotlights, pumped up the tyres to prevent driveway disaster, Fitted an overly large ariel, polished all the chrome, Got an over expensive car cover and (finally) got some more fuel! but exhaust is still buggered (hangs low)   *snuck her onto the road briefly* drives awesomely   only on the road for a roll start by the way ;)   Got some more cash recently too, sooooooo soon will be getting a few more things!! (Panel beating? Mags?)     been driving a bit, am waiting so bad to get my licence, so I can drive my beauty!   Having trouble with pics, will keep trying.

1969 SPRINTER

1969 SPRINTER

 

First Drive Almost Finished

got to take it for a drive and she runs sweet :)   spare engine on the stand and time to build a racey k motor .... i could put a big motor in it but i think I'm just going to go with a k series motor to keep the car in the theme of an ol school jappa..

visuli

visuli

 

Rear

back end of her, somehow my reverse lights aren't working, and it isn't the bulbs. another job that i'll get round to.

1969 SPRINTER

1969 SPRINTER

 

Project Lpg 4K-T

Ok in the up coming months i will be starting my next crazzy engine experiment useing a 4k-c with a twist, designated LPG and boost. FOR THE RECORD... I have done this befor on other small and large engines.   The plan... all manurfacturing of BOTH intake and exhaust manifolds are custom in house. Turbo is not chosen yet. Balanced and compression in low 8S. mild cam and head work (not looking for 8000rpm) and hardened valve seats. Designated lpg lets you move around more freely with emisions. Electronic dizzy (i don't want a 5k).   Thats the basics. work has started on the two types of intakes iv designed so whatever performs best, one looks like a typical early efi intake and the other has more length in the tubing. I chose to make my owne because i can and its oneoff. No pictures untill turn key. This is a draw through system (no carby) around 8+ adjustable boost.   The block has already been moded, bored to fit oversized acl's and ALL sharp casting ridges ground smooth and turbo oil feed and returns to sump. can't remember what size it was done in 09.   Thats all for now bizzy with other projects but feel free to coment just don't fill it with just use a biger motor pleas. Thanks...

SEM600

SEM600

 

Forsale My 1971 Rt80 Corona Converted 5Speed

Hey guys I've got money issues and I'm longer able to afford to keep up my coronas needs, complete ground up resto 12 months ago just finished spent well over 20k on her, bare metal respray, 5 speed supra box conversion with hardened geared box, an 8rb engine putting out 108hp at the rear wheels, motor done 4000kms (just ran in) twin delorto webbers for an amazing Subaru like sound, lumpy cam, great note from the exhaust. Interior, late model lancer seats and re trimmed dash, old celica wheel and pistol grip shifter with starter switch. Hard to believe the amount of work in this, under body gloss with blue high lights, eg; springs, sway bars, new Pedders sports shocks and lovels springs, every bush , bearing and bolt was replaced so cannot fault! Everything works like new apart from being fast haha, This is a sweet ride and hate to sell her but if your looking for a clean corona, check her out! Have hundreds of pics to share... Looking for $6000 as is with everything rego the lot has damage to left hand fender nothing bad but will repair if needed but will be asking $7500, just some paint on the guard and its new, I've recently replaced the grill that was cracked.

delorean88

delorean88