Corona_man

1979 Toyota Corolla restore

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Started stripping out the car today. Insides of the doors look good, no nasty rust hiding away in the bottoms as they usually do. Had to replace both bottoms of the gaurds , and the inside of the boot lid. And started doing panel work on the gaurds boot and Bonnet.  Also removed the bolt on flares , as they aren't my cup of tea.

 

 

 

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So, been busy the last few days, got the doors, guards, boot and bonnet paneled and primed. Now I need to move on to the body. Then get it all painted and move on to the more exciting stuff. I'm on the hunt for another 4k or 3k motor. I'm going to pull down the current motor and inspect the bores, possible get away with putting a new set of rings in it, but don't have high hopes. 

 

 

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Was away all weekend so didn't get anything done on the corolla. Some things turned up, got new front and rear windscreen runners, and some 13" white walls. I need to find some 13" wheels, just going for a factory look

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So I tried putting some 13" wheels on and they didn't fit. Could only fit 14" wheels on. I knew the struts were not factory though, as the discs and calipers on it now are a lot bigger and the rotors are vented. Done some research and pretty sure there off mx71 cressida. I have to find some factory ke30 ones back in though as I want to out it on 13" wheels 

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Been wet sanding all the panels today, they are all basically ready for paint. Still have to panel and do some rust work on the body.

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Also found some factory ke30 struts. The brakes were seized up and the wheel bearing arnt so good. I pulled the calipers apart and gave them a overhaul. Got a repair kit for them. Bored were good and piston and slide pins were still good.

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Got the repair kit and also new brake pads. Painted all the caliper bits while it was apart. Much better looking and work like they should. Now just waiting on a pair of new disc rotors.

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Not a lot to update. Got all my doors painted, so now just got the body and engine bay to do. Also got the new wheel bearings and brake rotors installed. Also notice when I drained the motor, about 7 litres of oil mixed with petrol came out of the sump. I'm guessing that's why it was smoking so much. Need to find out where all the petrol has come from

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So just been doing more panel work and a few rust cuts. Replaced both rear quarter bottoms and welded up then holes where the flares were bolted in. Also replaced the boot lip , where the rubber clips on. Rest of the body is reasonable straight, but rear qauters have a few dents. 

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Also stripped out the interior and painted the dash and roof lining. I want all the interior to be black and am going to upolster all the seats in black (well,  give it a go) .

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Got the windows all out, took forever to get all the tacky windscreen sealnt off. The plastic trim that goes inside the rubber is shot. There was no way to save it, it was far to brittle. I will need to find some new stuff. Also got the car all masked up, and engine out 

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Engine out and need to tidy up the engine bay. The wiring and hoses need to be sorted out as someone and done some dodgy wiring. Also still on the hunt for another engine.

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Got the engine bay cleaned up and painted. The body is all paneled and primed now. Just about ready to paint, just a few small imperfections to tidy up and then wait for a sunny day to paint it. All my painting is just done a a outside shed I rigged up made from corrugated iron roof and plastic sides. Not perfect but defanatly better then painting outside under no cover 

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So now just waiting on some fine weather to get the rest of the car painted. Started pulling the seats apart to recover them. The drivers seat was the worst, wasn't two bad, a few small rips but I want to learn upholstery . So figured I'd give it a go

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Here's my beast I picked up for $50. It's not a walking foot machine, if been told it's quite hard doing upholstery work without the walking foot, especially sewing vinyl. But I purchased a roller wheel attachment which is meant to help a little. 

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