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 Post subject: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:26 pm 
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Location: Coarsegold California (around fresno)
I ended up with another project car. It is a 1975 (pre-smog for CA) TE38 E5. I bought it cheap. I drive 300+ miles to see the car. The ad said "Runs Good". I got there and he said it hasn't been driven for 7 years and he had just got it started. He had owned the car for a long time. It served as a first car for all 3 of his kids. I checked it over, bought it, did some minor engine work, and drove it 324 miles home with no issues. The car drives well, but an engine rebuild is needed. It has low power due to compression. It's ugly as sin. The pictures make it look better than it actually is.

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:42 am 

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Raaaaad, love the wagons mang! keen to see this


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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:09 am 

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looks familiar, was it on craigslist?


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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:51 am 
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Congrats on a new project!

Love the hood vent

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:41 pm 
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It was on CL in LA area. This thing is rough. Interior needs all new. It runs better and better every time I drive it. More of its electrical components are coming alive too. More pics
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 5:12 pm 

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very cool find.....In think we both are bit heavily by this resto bug. I remember cutting holes into my door panels for speakers back in the 80's with not even a slight bit of concern. If we knew than what we know now. Congrats and best of luck with this build. I think that the attention to these early 70's toyota's has been growing lately but is just getting started.


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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:00 pm 
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I finally did some work on my mesh wheels. The powder coat was really tough. I was considering putting these on the wagon.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:21 am 
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-Ya ugly as sin for sure. :lol:
-But it is a 75' best hood and its a 5 speed. :tu:
-Theres so much you can do I'm sure.
-You need a 75/76 SR5 TE37 dash/console. :idea:

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:27 pm 

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Love it. I got one just like it in the garage. keep us updated!


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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:27 pm 
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This is one cool Corolla wagon!
You could spend a lifetime searching for the beaten parts and replace them.

Or just maybe keep it as rough as it is for a while? You could use it to frighten your neighbors, it reminds me of the weirdo-dude's car in some late 1980's horror movie :D


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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:01 am 
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Goodies for the wagon.
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:26 pm 
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She might be a bit of a turd, but at least she's going to ride sweet after you install all those goodies.... :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:45 pm 
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Wagon is good and reliable. I haven't even put new parts on it yet -There's an old Toyota for you. I took it work and gave it a good steam cleaning on the paint, or whats left of it. I figured I would take a pic of it in the traditional spot. I love driving with the 5 speed. I do however, need to find a high ratio diff for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:54 pm 
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Update time! 8)
I did some work on my mesh wheels. 2 are about done.
Primer:
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Bright silver paint:
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Clearcoat:
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Assembled:
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The outer rim / lip is natural aluminum. it will be polished. Pics do not do justice. It looks like bright glittery paint under glass.

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:00 pm 
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Out with the old, and in with the new Weber 32/36. I have done this on many of my old Toyota projects, so I have it down. I got to this stage in about 15 mins.
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I replaced the gaskets on my valve cover gasket, and figured I should clean it so I can see if it leaks.
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After with new carb and clean-ish valve cover:
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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:23 am 
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Great work!! :tu: Bet she's a blast to drive now with the Weber and fresh suspension.
Can't wait to see her with a bit of mesh under those arches... :tu:
Any plans for the body?? Leave as is, or are you going to treat her do a coat of paint?

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:17 pm 
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I wish the suspension was done. I started making the coilovers. nothing on the car is changed yet. The paint will be cleaned up after I get all the mechanical stuff going to my liking.

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:57 pm 
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Ah right.
Well just keep at it and I'm sure she'll turn out great... :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Ryan's TE38
PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:34 pm 
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AHHHH!!!
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Ill look away and focus on my suspension...
MR2 SW20 rear struts
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Camber plates
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Waiting on my coil spring hats. I also ordered a bronze sleeve to fill the play between the camber plates and the strut.
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I also cut another inch and a quarter out of the struts, so they will be shortened by 2.25" total. 8)
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So far I have put well over 1000 miles on this car, NOT including the 324mile to drive it home.

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