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Hey Rollaclub, I've been posting here for a while now - lurking even longer - and figured it was about time I shared some details of my current projects, being a silver KE55 XX coupe and a buff KE55 sedan. First the coupe... I first owned a yellow KE35 when I was 16 in 1989. It's my profile pic. After a couple of years I had thoroughly trashed it, so traded "up" to a VK Commodore, then an XF Falcon, then a ZA Fairlane before picking up another bright brown KE35 around 1997 for $800. I drove that 35 around for 6 years before blowing a head gasket. At which point I bombed it up with a 5K, extractors, paint & interior and polished XX alloys, then regrettably sold it too cheap around 2003 (no photos of the done-up car unfortunately) Throughout the last 10 years I kept the twin carb sprinter manifold, hoping that one day I'd get another coupe. Suddenly I realised there didn't seem to be many around any more and started getting anxious about finding one. After a bit of hunting I picked this one up in Toowoomba for cheap. While it's a bit rough in places - there's some rust coming through after the previous owner gave the paint a freshen up - there's a lot to like about this car. It has a reconditioned GEM long motor that has done 1500km. Everything is tight. Doors go "thunk" when you close them. Everything works. After two or three years of sitting idle, it fired right up and purred away. Underneath the car is clean, neat and thankfully rust-free. Anyway I finally got it home this week, after sitting in a friend's truck yard in T'bar for the last 6 months. Time to get my excitement out and start tinkering! Here's some snaps from when I got it home; Future plans: A quick snick back, deal with the rust in fibreglass (I'm going to fit TE37 replica flares over it anyway) and paint in acyllic and clear coar - probably in a grey colour. Fit my twin Sprinter carbs to the GEM reco'd engine. Maybe pop the head off clean it up and slip in a cam. I'd really like a 7K (or a 3RZ long term!) but the 4K will do for shits and giggles until someone takes out the sexist leftie tards at the child support agency. Extractors and a 1 3/4 exhaust Go over the brakes and suspension, repair replace as necessary for rego. KE30 front and rear chrome bumpers. I have some Gold 15x6 Superlites (currently on the sedan) that I'll test fit, but I reckon it'll need 15x8's by the time I fit the flares. Drive it on Sundays. Thanks for looking. Updates as they happen!
I thought it was about time I posted SOMETHING about my cars on here. I have a 1977 4 door KE30, a 1974 (?) 2 door KE30, and another 4 door KE30 for parts, I think from memory it's a '77, plus I have a stock pile of 4k engine parts and interior parts which I will be putting on here after I have what I need for my builds. The original plan was for the yellow 4 door to be my project car as I had one years ago with a 2TG conversion which I stupidly sold, and needed something to fill my void! But came across the 2 door and the white 4 door plus all parts. I will post some pictures (by some I mean lots) and write my plans along the way. This will eventually be a build thread when I have the time/funds to commit and knuckle down with my projects, but until then just showing what I have got. The white KE30's drive line will be transplanted into my 2 door, after i source carbi's/rebuild kit etc (manifold is on it's way). It's a 2TGEU but I'm going to stick with the carb as it's as far as my mechanical ability allows! This is the first car the day I picked it up around 2 and a half years ago. It had run out of rego a few days before I bought it. It looked pretty straight. This is how she stands today. I have only recently began stripping bits and bobs for a respray. Again, time is limited along with money! The plan with this 4 door is to do it cheap enough for a roady and use it as a daily to get rid of my fuel loving VY SS Commonwhore. Currently trying to work out the ignition issue where it will run but only when you hold the key between on and start. I have 3 different ignition switches I have tried and 2 different barrels. Surely they're not all bad? Seats if anyone is interested? Very rough I picked up the following: Too many parts This is what I wanted it for! Can do my 2 door conversion 4k if anyone wants it, comes with the box. Could be a 3k I'm unsure. And that's that. I have interior and engine parts coming out the ears.. will keep the thread posted when I manage to get any progress... The 2TG out of my first corolla which was a 1979 KE55
Going to replace my clutch, so while I'm at it I was thinking of taking the flywheel off and resurface and balance it. Then I might as well get it lightened, but by how much? From here http://www.1stgencel...php?f=11&t=9444 stock 2T flywheel weights are: 2T-B 12.5 Kg 2TG 9.0 Kg There's the Aluminum flywheels from Fidanza and Spec in the USA: Fidanza 4.3 Kg (9.5 lb) Spec 4.3 Kg (9.5 lb), another source said 14.0 lb Then the high end flywheels by Kameari and Toda: Kameari 4.4 Kg (Street) 3.7 Kg (Race) Toda 3.5 Kg It's for a road car, so probably don't need to go as light as a Fidanza. Though the 3TC has plenty of torque and I can cruise around in 5th gear at 60 Km/hr easily. Maybe machine a stock flywheel to a weight in the middle somewhere, which doesn't compromise the structure. Has anybody had an aluminum flywheel in their 3TC/2TG, or a lighten stock one? Worthwhile investment?