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  1. He definitely went full '80s with his! The stone-flectors, rear louvre, windscreen banner, spotlights, jelly beans etc. are all great period-correct accessories that I would've wanted back then.
  2. Ahh thanks Pete! I should have a read back through myself. Funny to think I've had it that long now. And that it's still holding together. Almost long enough to forget how hard it was, and maybe start another! It does seem they didn't get the K50 over there Simon, as this was a '78 model - so not so "early" 5 speed.
  3. On the weekend I met a very passionate Corolla owner named Steve. He was passing through town and stopped by to show me his left hand drive KE35, a recent import from Spain. Steve also owns a mirror-matching RHD KE55, a KE50 and has a KE35 convertible in the works - all painted in Bright Brown. Interestingly it's fitted with a cable operate T50 mated to the 3K. The clutch cable on the right hand side is actuated by a cross-bar from the left hand side clutch lever.
  4. No doubt it could look even better if I stanced it out, filled those guards and dropped it on it's guts. It would probably garner heaps more likes on The Instagramme! But I don't think I'd enjoy driving it as much. And I'd probably have to cut the guards inside the flares too.. I did go to the All Jap show that year! With Littleredspirit Matt and his AE86. While I still have enthusiasm for fixing all the little niggles, I decided to have a crack at tuning the DCOEs on the weekend. Originally I had a decent amount of trouble getting my head around how Webers work. So once I had a tune that worked I pretty much left it and it's been that way for four years or so. But it wasn't ideal. The idle was a bit weak and erratic - occasionally popping, occasionally dropping revs, and it'd fluff and gasp a bit at 1/3 throttle - so I'd just push through that hesitation and floor it. I dug around and found my "Weber Carburettors Tuning Tips and Techniques" book by John Passini and set about re-reading it. Gosh it's dry reading! But very informative, even humorous at times! Maybe I never really set the idle mixtures properly. or they crept over time. But anyway resetting them at 1.5 turns out and fiddling with the linkage resulted in a solid smooth purring idle that inspires confidence in traffic. And the sound gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Next I read the section on emulsion tubes and compared my F11 tubes with the F16 tubes that I'd fitted as a Facebook recommendation. I wish I'd taken a photo to show you all the difference. The extra holes in the top and bottom of the F11 looked to be more progressive than the all-or-nothing holes in the mid section of the F16 emulsion tubes so I swapped them over. Lo and behold - that's what they're like to drive. Far more progressive and civilised at part throttle. More like how I imagine a 2TG would've been off the showroom floor. And no more popping and carry on at deceleration. The tune now sits at; 33mm chokes 135 main /F11 emulsion /180 air correctors I'll see how that goes for a while and keep an eye on the plugs. Very happy!
  5. What a shame! I saw those extra layers when I had mine apart, and actually treated and epoxied one little patch in there, hoping to at least give it some longevity. Fortunately mine seemed to have at least some factory primer/base coat in those areas and weren't too bad. It hasn't been parked outside overnight or in the rain for 7 years now because ponding water in the rear window corners would keep me up at night 😄
  6. The wheels were a bargain buy. I got them from a fellow forum member for $150, back when the forums were still abuzz. They came up good with a polish and paint. I certainly keep in dry in the shed to keep those rear window quarters clean. Ironically you'd probably have a crack at repairing that rust now, if you still had it. The poor old KE55 is underrated I reckon!
  7. I finally got around to fitting the 13' Jovites. My neighbour is managing a new tyre store so he sourced some cost-plus 205/60/13 Nangkangs, fitted them and passed them back over the fence. It's fair to say that the lighter wheels have transformed my enjoyment of the car! Steering turn-in is vastly improved, along with handling and dampening. No more crashing and shimmying over bumps. In hindsight those 15' Superlites were far too heavy for this car. Now it's a lot more fun to drive. Also installed a factory radio where there was once a hole, hooked up the tach and replaced the dash globes - just a few niggles that had been on my mind!
  8. Looks like a survivor Steve! A set of OEM alloy wheels would jazz it up I reckon, whether from a later model Corolla or maybe even Echo wheels.
  9. The 17x7 +50 are indeed 2mm further in than the 16x7 +48 that were on it. It does appear more though doesn't it? They certainly appear further in than the ZR 18" wheels, which fill the wheel well. Spacers have been mentioned, but I dunno - I'm in two minds. I've never really been a fan of spacers! But it would definitely help visually on the rear at least.
  10. Looks like a great project so far Carlos. Oh I remember when I had the chance to buy one of Lou's lovely KE17s for a few thousand dollars in the early noughties.. I wish I had!
  11. It really pops in the sunlight! Digital photos seem to lose the sparkle of the cyan metallic flakes
  12. I was growing tired of the plain 16x7 wheels, while wanting to keep an OEM look. I feel the OEM 18' wheels are just too big and low profile for driving I do so, I purchased these 17x7" 86 GTS wheels from a fellow on a Fakebook page - turns out he's a tech at my local Toyota dealer - and buried them in the shed for a few months. Then the next door neighbour landed a new job opening a new Yokohama tyre store. Of course he convinced me that I "needed" new tyres! So with 27,000km on them and still plenty of tread left, I swapped the 16x7" wheels for the 17x7" 86 wheels, with some lovely cost-plus Yokohama Bluearth GT tyres. Not super sticky, but so much better than the Bridestone Ecopia tyres they replaced. And well suited to the fortnightly parental Brisbane-Toowoomba-Brisbane-Toowoomba-Brisbane driving duties that this car is used for 95% of the time. They're not the most aggressive looking upgrade, but I figure it's a nice performance/comfort compromise. And still looks like it could be a dealer fitted option. Though I had to grind down the inside of the front caps by 1mm to get them to fit snugly over the hub. Love this car!
  13. I did a half-arsed search on eBay and found some half decent tail lights for $40 each. Gave them a wash, spent half a day masking them up and gave them a quick spray with gloss black reconditioning paint. They came up ok! Next best thing to Levin lights anyway.. old new !
  14. It was a long journey! My thread on the Aus-deck forum about my current project is almost as long. I'm joking - I don't think there is a deck building forum.
  15. Yeah I see you can get ~$200 kits of the special primer and chrome, to be applied with an airbrush. Might have to give it a try. They're getting quite dull. And the lenses too.
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