Corona_man

1979 Toyota Corolla restore

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Here's a Bit more pictures of the sewing. It's quite hard as the machine is super quick and i can't slow it done anymore. There's no room for mistakes haha.

Un stitched the old covers and traced them onto the new vinyl. Got them sewn up along with some pleats and piping. 

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So finally got the body painted. Now the fun part of putting it all back together. Also picked up some factory 13" rims , that I'm painting black, and putting on that white walls. Found the fastest way to Mask up wheels for paint is using cards. 

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So I started pulling the dash out, I want the interior to be all black, so am going to paint all the plastic bits. I also removed the heater box. The previous owner had disconnected it, I presume because it leaked. I pulled the heater apart, and got to the heater core, and.no surprise it had a small pin hole in it. I soldered it up and tested it, it's good now, so can put it back in and a warm working heater. Next on the list is new carpet 

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The dash pad needs to be fixed up aswell. It was covered in the same material as wool sacks haha. Very rough, I pulled it off and Iv seen worse dashes. I tried to recover it in vinyl but couldn't get the corners right. I couldnt pull out the creases on the corners,  so I have decided , I will fix up the holes and re paint it. Also got the engine bay tidied up and painted. Got the motor back in. I had a 3k block laying around, but no head. I am going to take the head off the 4k , that came with the car, and bolt that onto the 3k. Going backwards I know, but it came out factory with a 3k, and it isn't a race car. So got some gaskets and will get that done over the weekend.

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So ordered some bkack carpet and binding. Striped out the old worn carpet. I done the carpet in a few different pieces, not just one big piece.  I also made up a shift boot and handbrake boot , out of vinyl, and sewed it to the carpet. Then got some binding and sewed it around the edges to make it look tidier.

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You can see in the pictures, the way I done it in separate pieces, then glued it all down. I didn't bother with underlay as I'm not to fussed with the softeness and noise. The few yellow bits in the photos are where the seat rails bolt On, il bolt in the seats then cover the rest with carpet.

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