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    Abandoned KE50 liftback

    Hi, came to know of this KE50 in the countryside. Went to have a closer look. The task looks daunting. Rotten doors, to the extent that tapping it-like tapping a touchscreen phone-is enoughfor your finger to poke through! Holes in the rear door and water gutter end. Lower parts of fenders flutter like flags in a breeze, broken grille, tail lamp and dash face, missing bumper ends and a host of other small bits. And it has no engine to top it all.
    I have not seen one on the road in ages. Should I proceed, given the loads of parts needed?

    Sorry but I'm having trouble uploading pics. Will try to once sorted

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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    Would love to see the pics on this one. It sounds pretty rough from your description. I would lookd for one that at least has all the parts included.

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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    peek under it and take a look at the frame, if it looks alright i would try to get it roadworthy again. if the frames rotted might be better to see if you can strip it for parts

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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    This kinda depends on your skills and how willing you are to get one of these cars. I have seen an oval window VW bug hauled out of its watery grave (bottom of a small pond) and be fully restored.

    What kind of TE51 is it? If it is the fastback version, I would be more inclined to save it rather than the te51 liftback. Transmission still there? auto or stick? As stated above, you should inspect it as best you can and consider how much work and $ it will take to bring back.

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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    pics finally!







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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    Quote Originally Posted by Skellington
    This kinda depends on your skills

    can do basic stuff myself, problem is finding a body repair shop willing to keep that thing encroaching his premises for a year or so!

    and how willing you are to get one of these cars.

    dont know of any still on the road

    I have seen an oval window VW bug hauled out of its watery grave (bottom of a small pond) and be fully restored.

    What kind of TE51 is it? If it is the fastback version, I would be more inclined to save it rather than the te51 liftback.

    its a ke50 liftback. te's were not imported here.

    Transmission still there? auto or stick?

    no. last motor it had was a 1n. everything was removed.

    As stated above, you should inspect it as best you can and consider how much work and $ it will take to bring back.
    est 2-3k. for the bodywork alone!!! of course there's the engine and tranny. And suspension, steering and braking parts which have to be made new. and that's half as much again

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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    doesnt even look rusty, see if the engine turns over or if you can manually turn it at least

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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    Quote Originally Posted by 79Supra
    doesnt even look rusty,

    ...see the rear view pic. And the lhs door skin is rotten, its hn by branches, as is the slotted panel.
    see if the engine turns over or if you can manually turn it at least

    See above, it has no engine

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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    looks like a sick project to me!

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    Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback

    its now in my garage

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