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Old 29-06-2019, 21:51   #1
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So here I go again...

I will have to wind back the clock to the beginning of 2017 for this one.

For a long time now I have had a goal to take on another project from the ground up with which to learn new skills and hone old ones. I have also had a long standing desire to own a truly 'old school' Japanese car. The shortlist wasn't exactly short, but it contained many recognisable JDM icons such as the Nissan/Datsun Z-Cars, Toyota Celicas, Mazda RXs.... you can see where this is heading.

The market is pretty active for this era of car these days and like any would-be buyer, I spent hours on Ebay and classifieds searching for the next project with varying degrees of success. Several cars caught my eye and several discussions held with buyers and yet, for one reason or another, I could not commit to a purchase. It wasn't until one night whilst visiting a friend (who was also in the market), when scanning ebay with generic search terms for classic cars, we stumbled across a '75 Toyota Corolla TE37 SR5. Never heard of it? Me neither. A brief google search will return you the following details:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Corolla_(E30)

1974-1977
2-door hardtop coupé
FR Layout
2T-C — 1.6 L (1588 cc) I4, 8-valve OHV, carb, 75 PS (55 kW)
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,370 mm
Length 3,995 mm
Width 1,570 mm
Height 1,375 mm
Curb weight 880 kg

Retro Japanese car
2 Door Coupe
Runner
Salvageable
Cheap
Potential
Distance

The only immediate negative I could see, and a large one at that, was the car being located some 300miles away in Edinburgh, which meant factoring in the logistics of trailer rental, travel and the risk factor of leaping into the unknown.

I was on the fence.

Further searching commenced for potential candidates until we came across a Datsun Sunny B110 1200GX-5, which really caught the eye of the Nissan/Datsun fanboy friend of mine.
Whilst hastedly reading through the advert we noticed the location of the car was also in Edinburgh and in fact was being sold by the same importer, ideal!

So a deal was struck for both cars, a plan formed and the seeds of another project sewn.

Collection Day

Northbound


Corolla TE37 SR5




Datsun B110



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Old 29-06-2019, 21:51   #2
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I'm going to use this project to really push myself and learn, take things up a few notches from the Evo build and really get my hands dirty, theres nothing to loose.

The gloves are off and my wishlist looks a little like this:
  • Roudy 3SGE 'Beams' engine and Altezza J160 6 speed box
  • Throttle bodies and custom headers
  • Caged and strengthened chassis
  • Wide body mods to allow 16x9 wheels
  • Toyota AE86 front suspension design
  • Rear 4-link suspension and axle Road/Rally inspired
  • Improved brake system
  • Improved steering arrangements
  • Race inspired clean interior setup
  • Bodywork styling
  • Link ECU and custom harness

The list goes on.

My plan of attack looks something like this:
  • Strip down
  • Damage assess the shell
  • Mount chassis to a rollover jig
  • Source engine and gearbox
  • Source rear axle & 4 link setup
  • Body repairs and modifcations
  • Rollcage
  • Blast or dip chassis
  • Paint
  • Electrics install
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Enjoy

Theres really not many of these cars arout so I've allowed my imagination to take over a little. What images/renders I have found interesting on the internet I have posted below..



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Funky interior











I set about literally ripping the interior out as 99% of it was total junk. The carpet is the household type which had been glued to the entire floor. To make things worse, someone has glued sponge/foam to many of the panels in the rear and this stuff does not budge easily.

As the glue had dried brown, I couldnt immediately tell where the rust ended and the glue began.



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It's actually surprising this thing was even running and driving when I fetched it
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Engine and gearbox out

I actually sold this setup on very quickly.











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Nice mate. Love the look of the wide bodykit
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A closer look at the shell now the engine is out.

I don't think I could positioned the axles stands in a more precarious place










Some better shots of the interior (mostly of the ruined floor)











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Now some shots of immediately noticeable exterior issues.













The state of these front wings

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I love a good project thread. Looks like you've got your work cut out there and I imagine parts aren't the easiest to acquire but she definitely has potential and I like where you're going with it!
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