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About time I put up a rides thread on my 1969 KE15 Toyota Corolla Sprinter, since its been 6 months since I bought it. The purchase came about as I had a hankering to own another classic besides the Celica, which I could put on club reg and use for the odd spot of hillclimbing, Sunday cruising etc, and be less precious about it - the Celica spends more time in the garage than it should because I am terrified someone will open their door on it in a carpark, or its raining, or the day ends in Y... etc etc. I spotted a KE15 on ebay that was a bit rough around the edges, but I figured in time with some love I could get it to fit the brief. I called the owner, and he quickly worked out who I was and that I was the silver RA23 owner. He said the blue Sprinter I was looking at was too rough for me, but he had another one (this one) that he thinks I would much prefer. He sent me some photos and he was right... I told the other half the budget for the fun car had just gone up, and promptly dashed over for a look. So I went and looked, and it was pretty. So I bought it, without a good look over I must confess, but it was too pretty not to have! That failure to give it a good look over has probably cost me a bit of money in hindsight, but I love the car so all is fair in love and car sales.... History as I know it.. bought from Tasmania 10+ years ago with plans to become a Group Nc racer, but fortunately for me that never happened. The Tasmanian owner had painted it red, from its original white, and it was a nice tidy job. Its been shed bound since that purchase 10 years ago, explaining why it still looks good. At some point it has been fitted with a stock 4K engine and 5 speed. The guy I bought it from fitted a weber 45 to it, which was clearly too big for a stock motor, so my mechanic Peter Robinson Automotive fitted a stock carby to get us up and running. I will eventually sell the 45, and try and get something more appropriate for the engine, probably a 38 or 40. It sat in Peter's workshop for a few months (like 3 months!) while I was away in Ballarat, and he gradually fixed up for me a number of deficiencies the car had. She had her public debut a week ago at TCCAV's Cars Coffee & Donuts and everyone seemed to like her very much. Photos (mostly taken by the previous owner) When I first got it home Then I found these through rollaclub Which will look even more ace when I get a better tyre size/profile on them This is her at Donuts Plans are to do some or all of the following: 1. Fit a smaller Weber 2. Fit some suspension that is more handling oriented 3. Fit semi slicks to the superlite rims as my "race rubber" 4. Maybe fit some period styled race bucket seats, and harnesses 5. Racing stripe and period style door numbers 6. Enjoy :)
Hi Guys and Girls, Just thought I would share some pics of my new ol school ride I bought last week from a guy here Reed, nice guy. He was pretty emotional about selling the car. And I know why.....I love it!!! Future plans are to upgrade engine to possibly 4AGE 20V, new wheels (14 inch), full respray and suspension upgrade. Would like some suggestions for hot wheels for the KE18 (pics welcome). So far all I have done in the past 10 days is clean the shit out of it and polished the chrome (Cut and machine polish next weekend). Ordered a new OMP steering wheel and quick release. Hope you all enjoy these pics I took today. PS: Yes Reed I'm looking after him...... :y: Cheers, Steve (The RollaClub regulars know the details but here goes.) - It's a 1969 2 door Corolla KE18 wagon. - Engine is a 4K from an KE70. - Gearbox is also KE70 5 speed. - Rising Sun roof decal professionally fitted. - Thermo fan - Extractors to stock exhaust (quiet) - Lowered 2" blocks in rear with KE70 top hats in front. - 13x7 +10 Dragway Wheels with 175/50 tyres. - SAAS woodgrain steering wheel and gear knob. (New OMP steering wheel and quick release ordered and fitting soon) - Temp, tacho and volt gauges. - H4 semi sealed headlights with mesh covers. - Bullet style fender mirrors. - Darkest legal tint all round. - Re-trimmed interior, not perfect but still damn good looking. (headliner is original and a bit ratty). - Original TEQ key! - Old style roof rack. - KE35 retractable seatbelts.