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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Stripping for paint
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:40 am 

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Just read through this whole thread and am very interested to see the finished product in the end here. Just kind of curious as to why you're giving up on the 3TC and going for a 5VZ, especially after all the work you put into it so far?

I actually have my eyes after an SR5 liftback just like this so I'm curious to see what all you dig up and what I can expect in the near future!


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Stripping for paint
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:18 am 
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The reasons for wanting a 5vz are as follows.
-New engine with better design.
-Possibility of sitting further back and giving a better weight distribution.
-I fill a v6 will give me a better all around performance since I want to be able to play around with autox, drift, drag and anything else lol.

Right now its just the plan. Could get a wild hair up my ass later and keep the T, but I have concerns that a motor this old will start having availability issues. If I wanted to find a spare block locally, I am screwed. I have no doubt what the current motor can do, but I am interested in trying to build her for the long haul......and I can move the MS to the new motor :)

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Stripping for paint
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:47 pm 
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So, here is my current status of Milla.

Here is the ghetto paint booth I made. The next one will have improvements.
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And here is how she currently looks with primer.
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The roof needs some sanding, and a few spots need slight smoothing. First time priming/painting with a gun. This weekend I hope to prime the rest of the parts and then color. Its possible to be done this coming weekend...........but I'm not holding my breath lol.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Stripping for paint
PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:15 pm 
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Nice progress. Keep it up.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Stripping for paint
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:47 am 
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Well, here is how the paint turned out. Definitely some issues from my laziness on stripping the old paint and little things, but I am happy that she is now one color and I have painted my first car. Learned alot for my next paint job.

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Definately had issues with laying down primer and color in good coats.
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Here is where it shines that I should have allotted more time for this project and stripped it all down to metal. The chem stripping I did was not very consistent.
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Looks ok in the pic, but pretty sure the sun is going to point out alot of issues.
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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Sitting for winter
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:55 pm 
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Well, small update for Milla.

I got a good car cover and moved her out of the garage for the up coming winter, so figure I should post some current state pics.

She still runs and drives. I am just slowly working on speaker pods and interior. Nothing special till the day she is fully stripped and given a full overhaul.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Sitting for winter
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:36 pm 
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Well, small up date.

She now has a cheap eBay header on. Can't do much till I atleast get a test pipe cause my o2 sensor is only reading fresh air due to position to the end of the header.
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And here is the old exhaust. Finally removed the small ass exhaust.
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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:10 pm 
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So, small bit of knowledge gained today.

Last week I add my ebay header and today added a pipe to it so my o2 sensor would get some readings. Now when idling I went from 14.7 to 16. I did not expect such a drastic change to how the motor runs just by opening the exhaust. So now I need to get some tuning time in. Should be interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:19 am 

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:shock: , my soul, this poor car. :(


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:49 am 
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sidedraught wrote:
:shock: , my soul, this poor car. :(


And why do you say that?

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:57 am 

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Paint job is very bad? Did you do any prep work before you painted the car?

The attention to detail on the dashboard is also not very nice.

Unless that was your intention?

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:21 am 
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sidedraught wrote:
Paint job is very bad? Did you do any prep work before you painted the car?

The attention to detail on the dashboard is also not very nice.

Unless that was your intention?

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All of these things were learning steps for later rework. Dashboard is going to get redone as is the paint job when I replace the motor so I can also paint the engine bay.

The car had sat for far too long and I just wanted to learn somethings while being able to drive the car.

And yes, I did some prep work when I painted, but I realized after that my inpatients got the best of me. I should have sanded it down more and got some high build primer.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:39 pm 

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Cool, hope to see the finished product soon. :D


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:19 pm 
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So, here is an update to where Milla stands and what the future holds for her.

She recently lost alot of compression in cylinder 3 and runs better when I remove spark from the cylinder. Never got around to a leak down test as I have decided this motor has served its time and done well for the years of abuse it had taken from previous owners. With the engine in the current state a new plan for its future has been planned out.

After Sept 13 I will start removing the EFI and parts for the 3tc as her future self is going to be a 1UZ.
Once I have removed and sold some of the parts I am going to finish my Celica Alltrac.
Once the Alltrac is driveable and in a good spot then the Corolla will get a complete overhaul so I can finally do things right:
-Redoing the dashboard to move the tablet more to the center.
-New seats
-Non eBay crap steering wheel
-1UZ w/ W55 or 58 trans
-Hopefully RP steering
-Redo the paint correctly, but the same color
-Get MS working with the 1UZ
-New rear end and drive shaft
-Coilovers all the way around

So, with that list this willl be a long time project, atleast a couple years. I am partially making this post so I can remember what I need to do lol.

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