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Isaac's 1976 Ke35 Coupe


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Hey all, thought I'd share a few pictures and details of my ke35.

 

I bought the car last year in 2015. I traveled about 3 hours south of Sydney to pick it up! It has a 4sp manual powered by a 3k. I've been toying with the idea of building this car and swapping the engine but I'm still undecided. Torn between the idea of power and keeping things original.

 

This is the not long after I bought it. It was sitting on 15x6.5 inch Lenso wheels at stock height.

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The car had no center console so I rigged up a ke70 handbrake surround and installed the gear stick surround also.

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I installed a head unit in the centre console and carpeted the rear parcel tray. I put two 6 1/2 inch speakers in the tray, they still look sleek and don't take away from the car.

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At this point I decided to begin cleaning up a 5k from a ke30 that I had. The motor was filthy, I took it apart, replaced all seals, welch plugs and cleaned the valves up. Here's a few pics of the progress.

 

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After taking everything apart, the internals seemed to be in decent condition after a good clean.

 

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At this point I lowered the front and rear to get it sitting a little nicer. I used 2 inch lowering blocks to raise the diff.

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I then welded up a full 2 inch stainless steel exhaust and bought extractors also. I put a hotdog muffler in the middle and a normal oval shaped resonator/muffler in the rear. It doesn't drone at all and has a nice tone to it. I don't wake the neighbors up late at night either.

 

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I then put on some black chaser wheels. They are 15x5.5 inch. The offset is suited for FWD but I have wheel spacers to make up for this.

 

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I was happy with the look of the new wheels but I decided to add chrome dress rings and white walls. I also purchased original rear venetians.

 

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Within the next month or so I'll be putting the 5k motor in and installing a 5 speed manual (I've already picked this up). I hope you enjoyed reading some of the changes and stay tuned for any updates!

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It's time for a small update, over the weekend we took the old 3k out and put the 5k in as well as the k50 five speed box. We started at around 12pm and had everything in at around 8pm. It took a few hours the next morning to sort out some ignition timing issues. The TDC marking on the harmonic balancer was incorrect (someone may have used the wrong balancer previously) so we made our own TDC and went from there. My friends and I hadn't really had much experience with ignition timing before so we learn't along the way.

 

This is the motor before we took it out.

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The motor out of the car

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The 5k and 5speed in the car. We attached the gearbox to the motor before we put it in.

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