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Ragify's 1987 Corolla Wagon


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Hi all,
Meet PogoSan. Affectiontely named so by the Girlfriend.

A strange specimen, imported from Japan, a Ke74 "van" featuring high roof and some other goodies.

Other goodies include a mighty 5k-j twin squash, t50 gearbox (from the factory!) and a lot of ride height.


My plans include:

Fix rust + paint.

Restore interior.

Retro sounds.


Retro jdm wheels. (Ssr mk1s?)

Extractors + exhaust.

Carbs. (Quad cvk carbies?).

Msd ignition.


The distant future may include:

Full engine rebuild.

 - Cam.

 - Solid lifters.

 - Head skim.

Lightened flywheel.

Electric fan.


Who knows...


I am currently stripping down the car for sanding back, rust repairs and paint. More on that soon.

Cheers, Oli.



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Ok we're back.





The car's all stripped out and I've found some nasty surprises. I need some advice. I've got rust around the bottom of the windshield.






And some gnarly stuff on the front ?crossmember? right under where the bottom radiator hose must have leaked. See hole in ?crossmember? right above bracket.



(It should look like this...)



Dad recons these rust areas are "too specialized" and should be dealt with by a panel beater. I recon finding a rust free cut for the complete piece on the bottom of windshield, cutting out the old, drilling the spots (see photos) and fitting and welding it in would be a job but is doable. I'm umming and arring about the little bracket. It seems important. I could just cut it out, weld a patch in and fab up a new bracket. Or I could get it done proper by a panel beater. I'm not sure. Help me out here please!


More update material(rust) to come EDIT:(tomorrow).



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