Wingsforwheels

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  1. Wingsforwheels

    KE55 Build Thread

    Sadly just before Christmas my beautiful ke55 was stolen when I was visiting my parents in Canberra, joyridden and torched on the side of a major road. I've been to see her at the wreckers yard, and she is completely done. The firefighters put the fire out before it reached the engine bay, so I have the car now at a mate's place and we're going to pull the engine and any other front end parts this weekend, then post them up here and on the forum if anyone wants them. Pretty awful way for a great car with a lot of love put into her to go. At least she was insured, and they'll be another (hopefully corolla!) project soon. Here she was at the most recent show, a fortnight before this happened.
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    WTB- Programmable ignition

    Just got a sec to watch this, what a great video! Love that bus, and he has me convinced about EFI! Thanks for having a look through reviews, I couldn't find too many except that the VW guys seem to love the black box. I'm going to order one now, it should come after Christmas. One quick question--I need to draw vacuum for the MAP sensor. I currently have one runner (i.e. one throat) on the manifold tapped for vacuum for the brake booster. Would this be an OK source for MAP vacuum, or does it pulse too much being just one cylinder? CB also sell these kits: http://www.cbperformance.com/product-p/2040.htm but if I need to tap the other cylinders I think I'd rather pay a little less and just do it myself. Thanks!
  3. Wingsforwheels

    WTB- Programmable ignition

    The black box looks promising--I'll have a look into reviews tonight, and if no one has a similarly cheap ecu spare, I could just bite the bullet and order an accuspark and the box. That way I can give a write up on here on whether they're any good!
  4. Wingsforwheels

    WTB- Programmable ignition

    The accuspark sounds great, and easy to install! I love the idea of never worrying about points wearing, grease on the rubbing block, etc., and it's cool that it is hidden under the dizzy cap too. This may be a silly question, but would this be different to adjusting the timing a few degrees with a 12mm spanner as you normally would on the Bosch distributor? Like you, I always have a set of spanners, sockets, points, plugs, condenser, fuel hose/clamps,etc. In the car, so this adjustment would be fine if something were to go wrong with the ignition box. It occurred to me I have a second complete Bosch dizzy from my 4k (the 5k came with a 4k dizzy as well). I have checked it for play, and it is in good nick too. If I go down this path I'll look at locking up the advance mechanism later this evening.
  5. Wingsforwheels

    WTB- Programmable ignition

    Wow lots of detail guys, thanks a lot. I take your point about using a better and more consistent trigger than points. So it sounds like the other two options are 1) electronic dizzy, (either the way you suggest Dave, or with the in-built ignitor as Banjo says), or 2) upgrade to Accuspark in a points distributor. Because of what you say about the Hall effect system Banjo, I am leaning toward option 2. Banjo, you say that the 3k Nippon Denso dizzy is the best for this kind of system. I could put a separate post up to see if anyone has a spare, but alternatively there is an Accuspark unit for the larger Bosch dizzy which I found here: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Toyota-Corolla-KE55-4K-Electronic-Ignition-Conversion-Kit-for-Bosch-Distributors-/163154525979 so I could convert my current one and go down that path. I pulled it out tonight and the mechanical advance looks easy enough to lock up. The vacuum advance on this one just unscrews too. Is there another reason you prefer the 3K dizzy? Cheers
  6. Wingsforwheels

    WTB- Programmable ignition

    Hi Banjo, Thanks for the quick response. The ignition upgrade is for a 5k, with a mild road cam, slightly higher compression and twin Dellorto 40s. At the moment it has a 4k Bosch dizzy, which I am running with just the mechanical advance (no vacuum). It has no octane switch. The dizzy has very little side to side play. I read somewhere that you can check the wear on the dizzy cam lobe and shaft by putting the pickup for the timing light on the coil lead, and seeing if the marker on the crank jumps around--it was very uniform when I tested it this way. I remember reading a while ago that you set up programmable ignition with the silicon chip setup, and am hoping to do something similar to this, potentially using points as the trigger rather than upgrading to an Accuspark. Cheers Jasper
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    WTB- Programmable ignition

    Hi all, I need to have my distributor recurved, and thought it would be fun to go down the programmable ignition timing route instead. Does anyone have a programmable ignition setup they want to sell? I'm not worried whether it's MSD, silicon chip, etc., but preferably something that could be triggered by points. Will probably need postage to Canberra. Cheers
  8. Wingsforwheels

    Awesome Engine Upgrade

    Wow! Might need a little bit of a suspension upgrade in the front, and some wider rear tyres!
  9. Wingsforwheels

    Overheating?

    Quick question--is the sensor the right size for the hole in the thermostat? I found it hard to find adaptors when I looked for a friends cars, and when we finally did it cost twice as much as that gauge!
  10. Wingsforwheels

    KE55 Build Thread

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  11. Wingsforwheels

    KE55 Build Thread

    Uni holidays have started, and I've had some progress (kind of) The downdraft kept developing more and more issues, until I decided to spend a little more and scrap the 32/32. I picked up a set of Dellorto DHLA40Fs on a redline manifold, have rebuilt them and fiddled with the linkages to get that perfect. Now to the bolting up... But I just cannot figure out how anyone can get these manifold bolts in! The outer/upper bolts near cylinders 1 and 4 are in such tight space with the curve of the intake runners that I can't even get a spanner on to the 14mm bolts. I've tried with studs and nuts, but this didn't help much. The ones underneath are more annoying but I think with the starter out they should be accessible from under the car. Someone suggested hex head bolts and a long ball end Alan key socket fitting, so I guess that might be my next try. Has anyone had success fitting these manifolds with regular bolts or studs and some tool configuration I haven't thought of?
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    Tighe 104 cam

    Sorry to take so long responding! The cam has been sold.
  13. Wingsforwheels

    Vacuum advance

    I know with mine I could tell the plate mechanism was seized by feeling it, but sucking on the diaphragm it was clear it wasn't punctured because it was like sucking on a blocked straw, i.e. no air getting through. Seems like the previous owner had gone 20 years without oiling the vacuum or mechanical advance mechanisms--I bet that would be common, being hidden under the points, etc.! A couple of drops of oil and some wiggling back and forth and they were perfect again
  14. Wingsforwheels

    10yrs ke25

    This is a beaut! I found the seals from Rare Spares for my ke55 pretty good--put them in 6 months ago, good fit and no sign of cracking yet.
  15. Wingsforwheels

    4k

    I've got a complete 4k minus any hang ons i.e. No carb, dizzy, gearbox, etc. It's also missing the sump nuts and timing cover bolts,so I'm thinking if anyone wants spares I'm happy to give them your way for free plus postage if you're not in Melbourne. Let me know if you need a head or blkc or timing cover, pulleys, etc. Also have stock intake and exhaust manifold s up for grabs. Gotta get rid of everything ready to move!