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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    " I just tested it and got 14.1 km per litre (7 litres per 100klm). " Ouch- That's what the 4AGE returns running the 500km up to the Woolshed and back.. and you've got a lot more motor there!
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    Engine and electric issues.

    Just for fun... before you drive it anywhere, take off the radiator cap and fill the rad to the brim. Leave the cap off, start it up and idle it to see if water gets pushed out by bubbles before the thermostat opens after about 5-10minutes. Occasionally #4 head gasket goes, but if not then maybe a valve is burnt. The compression gauge will show a burnt valve, but not a head gasket blown.
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    How To Build A Rally Car

    The big job was fitting a plastic roof to make a glasshouse for growing seedlings- and it even has a wind-up wall! The electricity went off one evening and all the next day, and that's when I discovered there were no lamps or candles at Auburn Vale. What sort of 1920s farmhouse is this?? I dug out a lamp and made sure it worked for next time! I'd moved one of Steve's farm cats down to Auburn Vale and she'd had kittens down there. Now I have them living under the deck outside my room- but that's preferable to what lives IN the room with me! ..and if you're ever taking bets of centipedes versus redbacks, I can give you a clue.. Anyway- back up tomorrow for another hit! Maybe get those struts done AND the gearbox mounts if the MiG is back. No doubt there will be lots to do setting up the inside of the glasshouse too-
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    How To Build A Rally Car

    Well, here we go again! ..as a follow-on from the last project, extremely successful but typically short-lived... http://www.rollaclub.com/board/topic/64027-how-not-to-build-a-rally-car/ We started yesterday on this poor unsuspecting AE71 that thought it was going to live its days out quietly under a tree... after the tree had dropped a branch on it and smacked in the roof and screen, allowing Steve to buy it for $300! I started on the interior while Steve raced around trying to find where to store everything. By morning tea the car looked like this- The back looked like this- and the front looked like this- I really wonder how much of these cars were made in Aussie and how much in Japan. Who could be so fking cheap to paint the pedals HALFWAY UP then leave the pedal box to rust!! WHAT Toyota quality!
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    How To Build A Rally Car

    Steve had made a 40M long test vege garden and the smaller sprinklers were falling over, so we made a pyramid out of old waratah posts. Lewis said that was too complicated and found an old plough disc. I welded a post on that and we had the world's simplest stand.. That was the only un-used disc in the steel dump, but there was a worn one so we welded extra feet on that for the third sprinkler. They will do the last part of the green manure crop too, its not hard to move them around while the big sprinklers are fixed in place. While I was away Steve had cleared out the storage/junk shed part of the woolshed and moved the two spare cars out to a new home. Now we need to re-roof this one too! Then they stripped the timber cladding off the Woolshed North wall and fixed the rotted posts. The corner one was especially bad!
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    How To Build A Rally Car

    OK, so a trip or two back Steve ploughed a couple of hectares and planted a green manure crop. When I arrived up in Jan it was growing well, but suffering the drought- The solution involved a big handful of cash and an ex-Council diesel water pump. Not cheap, but a nice setup, pumping out the dam and covering about 2/3 of the crop.. With another handful of cash it was powering irrigation sprinklers. In the workshop I found the usual chaos, this time the Landcruiser farm ute. I needed the rally car's gearbox mounts welding, and the welder was back at Kempi being fixed, so I cleaned the hubs and fitted new bearings. We took one hole of the dustcover for a Terratrip probe and I put the struts together. Then the next problem.. The bushes in the camber adjusters are for 15mm strut shafts, pretty usual, but Bilsteins are only 14mm, so it was awaiting new bushes to be made. The AE86 springs don't match any spring top, KE70, Corona or Celica, so we made custom ones there too. Meh- forgot to photograph them, I'll do it this week.
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    What Makes You Happy Thread

    haha!! Cheapest performance mod ever!!
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    Engine and electric issues.

    You'll have to check the sound system wiring, some guys hook them to permanent power sadly. If its stock then it will be more lying under the dash with a light following wires and making sure the ignition barrel does actually turn off the ignition. KE70 wiring diagrams are on here somewhere. The carb problem sounds like a blocked jet, and like Big G says, pull the jets out, squirt them out with cleaner and squirt through the drillings in the carb. If you've got access to a compressor use that, or just get a 10ml syringe without a needle and push petrol through the drillings. A full stripdown would be best, but hey.... filter also as Spirit said, and just check the points gap & timing in case.. The choke raises the idle speed as well as doing mixture richening, so maybe the idle speed needs checking.
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    Mystery squeak

    " the squeak goes away when i put even the slightest amount of pressure on the clutch. " If you're quite confident in this then it limits the options- Clutch pedal/pedal box vibrations Does it have a cable?? A likely source of squeaks if it does, it vibrates a lot when relaxed. Clutch arm going into the gearbox. Does it have a spring pulling the clutch arm back off the pressure plate? Thrust bearing Spigot bearing ..and that pretty much cover the components that get affected when you press the clutch pedal. Something may be making the noise as the result of the general engine vibration, rather than being worn itself. Also notable that its only when the car is under motion, when the motor and components are tilted under force compared to relaxed in neural. That makes it hard to crawl around searching for it.
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    Easy Performance Improvments

    Well, lift gives more torque, duration gives more power... Pick a cam that opens quickly, so its 050" lift figures will be a tad higher than others. They will also be limited in the max rpm from opening the valve open & closed too quickly. The max lift will depend on the size of the spacer you can put under the shim to make up the heel grind. I have heard of shims flicking out of motors, but I expect it depends on the rpm you're going to use and if it approaches valve bounce or not. If you're going for mid-range feel rather than peak rpm then the porting job isn't so important.
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    The Girl's Ke70

    Over 6months of faultlessly running up and down to Woolshed Rallying at 1100km a time, and my wiring finally caught up with me! Out in the middle of the countryside it died pulling away from a railway crossing. The wiring for the idle-up valve that goes into the airbox must have swung back and been caught by the water pump boss, then torn off and shorted out. It runs off the same ciscuit as the injectors, so the motor instantly died. A young guy driving from Melb up through NSW to the Gold Coast stopped for a hand, he was mechanic and had everything in his ute, but it just needed a new injector fuse and a wiring tidy-up. What I also found as I pulled a plug lead off to check if we were getting spark was that the leads have gone brittle down in the valley of the head. So its running a nice blue Nissan lead on #1 at the moment!
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    The Girl's Ke70

    Well, Imageshack has closed all the free acounts and deleted the photos, so I will work through them slowly replacing them if I have copies. Sorry about that, but it seems the web dream is not permanent. Anyway- here's the best KE70 wiring diagram I have found- https://www.dropbox....adfile.jpg?dl=0 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Back in 2008 the girl was on her L-plates, and we went down to Sydney to buy $1800 worth of 1983 KE70 auto. Very clean & very tidy. Her first driving lesson was driving it back to Orange over Bells Line of Road, where she found out that playing 'Need for Speed' does NOT qualify you for the real thing and 35kph corners do not mean 70! Once we got it home it had a wash and a cat chammy down, then she was off for driving experiences.
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    What Makes You Happy Thread

    "Well, Just got a call from the missus"- That's the great part.. Not only is she coming home but she's recovered enough to make phone calls.. Took months before my youngest bro could, although he recovered 100% after a time. Good news!
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    How To Build A Rally Car

    '. It doesn't get any better' You're right! I'm up here this week, I'd better take the photos I never remember to take!
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    Engine conversions. For a ignorant dude.

    First, go and find a gearbox shop that can completely rebuild your K-series gearbox. Greater power will break it, and I have never found a shop that can supply the cage roller bearings that run directly on the shafts. They also wear the shafts away so make sure the shop can rebuild the shafts as well. Personally, I think K-gearboxes are dead and will be the factor that kills our cars. You don't need it done now, but its no good doing a conversion with no spare parts in the future. After that you have the T-series gearboxes behind the T-motors and A-motors. The T-motors are Toyota's first attempt at DOHC, a compromise 8-valve motor, but still a giant leap ahead of the K. You could fit an 18RG motor and W-series gearbox from a Celica but they are all old and worn by now too. After that came the 16-valve A-series, the most swapped motor, and it uses the T-series box also. The most recent motor will be the Altezza 3SGE with the J160 6-speed gearbox. We are part-way through fitting the gearbox into a KE70, although behind a 4AGE and not the 3S motor yet. You can easily look up Wikipaedia for these motors and boxes, and the cars they went in. From then you run out of rear-wheel-drive options in newer cars, so it becomes a much bigger job. LittleRedSpirit's car is superb, you could do that. You could look to ute motors as you say, but all ute gear is very heavy and you are putting it in a light car. The diff would be a much heavier weight banging up and down in the back of a KE70 compared to a 2-ton Hilux. I wouldn't use anything from a ute, get the lightest gear you can. Finally are the options of non-Toyota, the Nissan RWD S-series and Mazda's MX5. The RWD layout makes them easier, and that is getting harder and harder to find. How many small RWD cars are left?? MX5s and BMWs..?? So- simplest is the 5K, then you have to change mounts and crossmember for a 7k, then a 4AGE, which is as hard as any of the others from 2T to 18RG to 3SGE. After that you're on your own...
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    ..and that's exactly why aviation worldwide is stuck in a 1940s timewarp with splash-lubricated push-rod Lycoming engines on light aircraft and helicopters, and why we don't have a carbon-fibre helicopter flying anywhere at all. Testing and standards become a way to limit new competition into an industry, it favours wealthy established concerns. Sounds like road trips to Orange will be more popular in the future. We have Great Western here and two other old-fashioned walk-around wreckers an hour or so away.
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    The Rwd 2Az-Fe Thread.

    lol! Is it written that they have to be an accurate representation of the gearbox?? Is it tested? I just grab comfortable small ones from the wrecker. That's a shame about the bonnet, its a unique trademark of the car.
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    Hi-Res Wiring Diagrams

    A friend came round when I was wiring the 4AGE and gave me a thick book of Japanese car wiring diagrams. Here's the KE70 one. I'll do the KE30/55 next. Its 6144x2060 by 2.28Meg, I hope it doesn't get re-sized on the server. Fail... turns into 93Kb... can't see a thing. Photochop does the same. Send me a PM if you'd like the real size, or if you have a server that won't re-size it. A poor wiring diagram is just not worth having.
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    KE55 Build Thread

    That is heartbreaking!! We've had two old school daylies stolen & torched in the last 5years, nothing replaces the work that goes into them. Car thieves are such a waste of oxygen, I'd treat them the same as horse thieves in the good ol' days.. string 'em up.
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    Ke70 coilovers

    Both mine are 340mm rear and 360mm front, a slanty and a flattie. The longer LCAs are on the Coronas, and I think the Celica but I can't remember.. they neatly take out the +ve camber on the KE70.
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    Ke70 coilovers

    Oh, so you'll know what its like to drive as a lowered car for sure! Find some soft bumpstops for the rear, we're using Falcon fronts atm, and take out the stock ones. Check if the shocks bottom out before it compresses the bump stops, or if the coils bind first. The diff is a marvel, it goes right up to touch the body everywhere at once if you check it w/o springs or shocks. The fronts may come with bump stops or not, but work out what crashes first when you run out of suspension travel. If you're not loading the car with 5 people and their luggage you can run it with quite different settings to original.
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    Ke70 coilovers

    "Basically the same as 86 but should be easier to find. These days though potentially just as hard. " Yep, it may depend on what you can find, as all these items are getting pretty rare these days. You could cut the seats off your KE70 struts and weld them back on lower down, a simple operation that gives you an idea of what height you want the car to run at. I'd chop the springs a coil or two, most people think its a terrible idea but its only got to last you a month of driving until you decide if its bottoming out too much or you're fine with it. With bumpy roads you don't want it too stiff or lacking travel. Then find 50mm struts to replace the little KE70 tubes. Corona setups are more common in the wreckers these days, or just buy aftermarket coilovers. If you get pillowball tops they will be very harsh and noisy compared to urethane. I'd try to find the lightest brake setup that works too, you don't need massive heavy calipers & discs pounding up and down as unsprung weight. If you're not getting brake fade currently then the KE70 setup is adequate for what you do. I fitted little Diahatsu ventilate discs & calipers, they weigh about the same, and one day I'll get 50mm tubes welded onto the KE70 hubs for larger shocks but the same steering setup. Find a larger rear sway if you haven't fitted one already, a Celica or an aftermarket one. One of the nicest handling tuneups you can do, along with Corona LCAs.
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    Ke55 Oil Pan gasket

    In theory you can do it in the car, but its a dog of a job. The new gasket has to go under the oil pump, which goes down low in the sump. KE70 sumps have studs in the front 4 holes which means the sump has to drop a lot to clear them, I'm not sure about your KE55. I lifted the motor as high as I could without taking it out to do it. So the radiator hoses came off but most everything else stayed attached. A better way would be to lift the motor a little and drop the crossmember, only 4 bolts and two engine mounts there. With the 6-speed in the rally car the only way to get the motor/g'box out will be to drop the crossmember and let it hang on the steering arms/castor rods, and having done it a few times a day in the last week it gets pretty simple.
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    How To Build A Rally Car

    OK, found one of the new sump height, this is the lowest I'd like the sump without cutting the crossmember. Lowering it tends to make the gearbox more level without hitting the floor. The gearbox shifter ends up here, hard up under the floor for the same reasons as the low sump. Options are to cut through the main crossmember of the floor, shown just above the bolt-holes in the shaft. or fit a really flat remote gear lever link, which is what we'll do. The mounts go on the angled faces where that 10mm bolt is, and we will hang the gearbox from up in the tunnel for more ground clearance.
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    How To Build A Rally Car

    Ah, back home after a short trip up there- We cut the engine mounts down and re-welded them, and started on the custom gearbox mounts made from KE70 sway bar mounts, urethane bushes and some 4mm plate. I'll get photos next time. We pushed the Slowdeo 4WD ute with the blown head gasket down the driveway to the road and put on a sign saying $450! If we can sell it for that we'll buy a Sam-Q remote for the 6-speed, otherwise we'll have to build one. I've left the body un-touched so we can swap the cross-member, motor and gearbox with the mounts into another shell easily without chopping the floor up. Kobar got stuck on the hoist for a few days with a collapsed front hub bearing, and they just got that going yesterday with a new diff locker too. Steve got the 4Ha of paddock disced up twice, lime & sulphur spread and a green manure crop planted all just in time to miss the rain! He did find time to do the gravel khanacross in Mao! ...and it was christmas so we needed christmas lights on the hangar!