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    1982 KE70 Corolla wagon - MotorFix style

    So after a long search for a Japanese "oldtimer" I got this last Thursday. It's a 1982 Toyota Corolla KE70 2 door wagon in more or less original state. Engine is 4K - 1.3l, carburettor, 8-valve OHV with maybe 55 hp.

    It was left standing outside a garage for three years so it's in quite a rough condition, but it fired right up! Plans are complete overhaul and either 4AGE blacktop or 1UZ-FE swap sometime in the future.

    I'll have to take a look at starter later today because it doesn't work. I've put a new battery in, it takes some juice (lights on the cluster dim a bit when trying to start) but nothing happens.


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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    Awesome find, can't wait to see where this goes!

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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    "but it fired right up!"

    Awesome! Its a Toyota after all. Should be a great project. I will be watching.

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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    hey man! amazing find,
    this car looks great! nothing more to repair, a little bodywork, and a 4age! and ready!

    for inspiration ... http://revsphotoblog.blogspot.com/20...n-anybody.html

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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    Thanks! I'm still looking for an inspiration so your link is realy helpfull!

    anyways, I took out the carpet today and was surprised there was not much rust on the floor


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    the only worse spot is on the drivers side just under pedals...


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    and door


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    somebody was playing with seatbelts so I'll have to take a look at this...


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    and finaly a shot of a whole engine bay


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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    the door appears to be really bad! try to find a better one :wink:

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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    IĘd like to, but i can't see this happening as I'm from central Europe and we don't have much of those cars around... I'll probably be better off repairing them

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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    is a rarity to see these cars on the road. here in Portugal I know where is one for sale of parts :P a last resort and if you feel that worth the shipping...

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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    lol the shipping would be too high on such a big/heavy item. It would be more logical to just go there with a trailer and get the whole car as a parts car

    Small update. I finaly managed to get the rolla on ramps so I could take a look at the starter.

    I got it out after almost an hour of trying as it's in the most fucked up place. The pinion goes out, but doesn't spin, not even when connected directly to the battery. I got the starter motor apart, changed one of the brushes that was too small and renewed the collector surface.

    Now the pinion spins, but only when connected directly to power source. So I took apart the solenoid as there was no connection between the + cable terminal and the one that powers the starter motor. That was quite easy to fix, but it still doesn't work. The solenoid pulls out the pinion, but it doesn't spin.

    Last possibility I can think of is there's a short circuit because the bridge between the two terminals is not insulated from the rod it's on that is grounded.


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    Re: 1982 KE70 Corolla wagon

    finaly got to order new solenoid today and it was cheaper than expected... I was told it will be somewhere around $70 and the final price is just $20 for a brand new one

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