Mechanical Sympathy

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    MZEA12 Corolla hatch

    With polite persistence and conviction I was able to convince my Californian friend that there is indeed a template missing from my package, and a replacement is now on the way. Woohoo! Build day. The dealer has told me that once it's assembled a tracking number can be issued.
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    MZEA12 Corolla hatch

    Well the Blue Meanie is scheduled for production tomorrow, with delivery just over a month later. Happy to report that the spoiler arrived safely in the meantime! However the listing and installation instructions referred to a drilling template that hasn't made the journey. With the tyranny of distance and timezones I haven't quite been able to figure out from the seller whether it was included at his end or even if a template is provided at all - despite having it's own part number PT29A-12195-TL. It would seem that eBay have repackaged the item in the US as part of their "Global Shipping Program" before processing through customs and sending to me, and I suspect that the plastic sheet template was probably considered unnecessary extra packaging and thrown out. But the seller has been very helpful in providing me with the instructions and I think I could probably fashion my own template once I have both the car and spoiler in front of me - next month!
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    2 door KE30

    That's awesome!
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    MZEA12 Corolla hatch

    I wonder how this body kit would look with some bronze Rota Grids? Just jokes. This is apparently a 2ZZ RWD converted drfiter.
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    MZEA12 Corolla hatch

    Well I'm committed to waiting for the blue now, as there's a blue rear spoiler on the way from the US. That's what happens when I combine beer and eBay.
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    Ke55-S Xx Coupe

    Shame you couldn't make it - hope you've recovered!
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    Ke55-S Xx Coupe

    I expect you're right about the sanding and buffing the lenses. I think they also need some colour repainted on the inside to bring up the lustre of the Australian lens plastics. I had a go with waving some evaporated acetone over them, after I did it to my Echo headlights. That seemed to reflow the plastic and made a better base for some fine grit and buffing compound, though I haven't gotten that far yet. Indeed I re-read my post and it wasn't clear. I'm more so interested in how to re-chrome the surrounds. I painted them rattle-can chrome, but over a few months it dulled off to grey. I see you can get $200-300 chrome kits that are applied in multiple layers with an airbrush? That might be the way to go..
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    MZEA12 Corolla hatch

    It's fair to say that I'm coming from a low base with in the Echo Dave, but I was generally impressed. It felt like a nice place to be, even in the Sport, which just seems to lose a couple of silver garnishes on the wheel and dash over the SX, and the push button start. Soft plastics and piano black glossy bits throughout. The big central table seems contemporary (read, I reckon it'll date once tablets go out of vogue. It looks awkward in photos) but hey everyone is doing it. And it seemed well functional with voice recognition for texts/calls/music/directions. And doesn't obstruct the view from the drivers seat. The seats are grouse. SX CVT Ascent Sport manual I'm certainly keen to source a wing and a set of 18s once they come onto the 2nd hand market. (nb USDM yellow indicators - we get clear) part number PT29A1219508 apparently just "glues" onto the standard wing. Toyota Australia really shit me that they don't get onto the desirable accessories. We get useless bonnet stone protectors instead.
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    MZEA12 Corolla hatch

    Well after 16 years of faithful, faultless motoring in my NCP10 Echo - I got a flat tyre. So I bought a new car! I'd been watching the development and release of the new Corolla and last weekend I put a deposit down on a 'Blue Flame/Eclectic Blue' manual Ascent Sport with the factory option Satnav/privacy glass/Double J radio pack. Evidently nobody buys manual cars anymore, let alone bright blue ones optioned with Double J radio, so at worst it will be on the slow boat from Japan to arrive "before Christmas!" I would love to have bought a 6 speed ZR but the geniuses at Toyota Australia didn't think they'd sell any. It strikes me that Toyota's best cars are often their cheapest anyway. Nonetheless I was fairly impressed with the standard equipment, particularly the rev-matching gearbox, radar cruise control and speed sign reading. And I think Toyota have made a pearler of an engine in the M20A-FKS. The Ascent misses a couple of cool options that the SX gets, such as keyless entry and folding mirrors. But I figured I could add or arrange to get a couple of the other fruits myself, like the fog lights, leather wrapped steering wheel and a couple of silver garnishes. But there's no way I'm buying a CVT, launch gear or not. I've uncovered the part number for the USDM stick-on rear wing, and have hit the dealer up for a set of 18' wheels should someone happen to swap them out for some Rotas. Has anyone else had a drive or a look? The blue probably isn't to everyone's taste, but I've come from 16 years of silver.
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    Ke55-S Xx Coupe

    I've been getting the old nugget out to Coffee and Cars. It's fun to have a chat with all the people who have had an old Corolla - which is practically everyone. I still seem to struggle keeping the magic green fluid inside! Certainly winter showed the deficiencies in my heater core. The 13" Jovites have been repaired and 3/4 of them are polished. Taking my time. Think I need new rear axle bearings.. They're making themselves known at around a $1.20 on the highway. If anyone has advice on rechroming and buffing the tail-lights and surrounds, I'd love to hear it.
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    Ke55-S Xx Coupe

    I think I was surprised at just how small some of the cars were that had SR20s stuffed in, and just how big the turbos were. They must be a handful to drive on the street. Cheers! Indeed that's a common "critique". I have some friends in Toowoomba who manufacture split mono leafs and rear sliders for drag racing - they're always bugging me to reset the leaves/add a leaf and drop it on its guts. But mine was one of the few cars that negotiated the driveway out of the event without having to take a considered approach angle, so as not to scrape. So I know I'm being a fuddy-duddy about it, but it's practical and comfortable! I do have a staggered set of 13" wheels in lower offsets that I might get around to fitting soon. The tyres on the 15" "Superlites" are getting old, hard and slippery. I'll keep you all posted haha.
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    Ke55-S Xx Coupe

    You would have liked this one! A surprising number of SR20DETs stuffed into small street cars.
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    Ke55-S Xx Coupe

    Yeww!
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    Ke55-S Xx Coupe

    Matt I almost found some photos of your car! The raucous din of ITBs on greasy suburban roads, cutting through the still morning air on the way over was a highlight
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    Ke55-S Xx Coupe

    I agree, queuing makes me anxious. 6.45 with a large coffee to go! I'd better knock up a new thermostat gasket tonight then. A quick peek last night revealed a decent patch of greenery on the shed floor.