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    1979 Toyota Corolla

    My first Nostalgic Japanese project Car! And here she is (exactly how I drove her home yesterday):





    A view of my other "Toy" in the background, 2010 Dodge Ram R/T





    The body is pretty straight, a few dings here and there, and some surface rust around the windows. Also the rear taillight panel has some rust, especially where it meets the trunk. Will definitely need to look for a new panel, or work on it and get the trunk seal on there.

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    Re: 1979 Toyota Corolla

    Some interior shots:



    As an avid audio lover, I will be definitely addressing this "hackjob" and doing a much better install:



    Aftermarket air conditioner was added, and it works!


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    Re: 1979 Toyota Corolla



    Found some "junk in the trunk" - thought it was pretty cool to have the lug wrench bag and jack:




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    Re: 1979 Toyota Corolla

    And the business end, 1.2 3KC mated to a 4-spd manual







    She ran like a champ the whole way home. Couldn't help but have the biggest grin on my face when driving this car. It reminds me of my 1964 Ford F-100, just the basic, no frills cruiser, but just the feeling it gives you. It's not something easily described, it has to be experienced.

    Two things that will need to be addressed are an exhaust leak up front (it has a complete new exhaust, but they must not have tightened the bolts enough at the manifold) and we have a little stutter when coming to a stop. She likes to cut off and die, but cranks right back up. I imagine it's a vacuum issue, and plan on starting there, then working up to a possible carburetor rebuild.

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    Re: 1979 Toyota Corolla

    Love it! What are your plans?

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    To bring her back to her former glory, and use as a daily driver. The Ram isn't getting the best fuel milage, so I leaned towards this car because of how well it has been maintained. Sure it needs cosmetic work, but I have been itching to learn body and interior. So it's a win win!

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    Re: 1979 Toyota Corolla

    Keeping it mostly stock then? There is something special about a nice, original vintage car

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    Re: 1979 Toyota Corolla

    ah the good ol' 1.2L :lol: car looks good. should be an awesome project :tu:

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    Re: 1979 Toyota Corolla

    Thank you for the kind words. I would like to keep her mostly stock, but part of me wants to add some modern conviniences since she will be a daily driver. May do a few "upgrades".

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    Re: 1979 Toyota Corolla

    Nice find and she will serve you well, as do most old Yota's.

    And I would say add the needed modern stuff. Nothing wrong with a nice MP3 stereo, or modifying the stock one to have an AUX in.

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