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 Post subject: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:22 pm 
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So, figured I would post my main project here just to show and get the inevidable advice :)

My main project is my 1980 Corolla hatchback. The first one I ever owned was suppose to be a temp car till I could find a car I wanted. I liked the body but that was about it. Ended up loving the car. A year later had to get rid of it and decided I would buy one later when I could learn how to work on it and have a place for it.

Well, the time came to buy another one in 2005 or 06. Found one in Wyoming for under 500 with a mostly straight body and almost no rust. Drove up, test drove it and bought it. The car made the drive back to SLC with a shot carb and stuck caliper.

Here is how I received her.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:23 pm 
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Taken from my 3tcgarage thread. This was right after getting my house in July of 2009 and the only stuff that had been done is taking things apart.

So, I have had this car for years and bought it only as a project......so no need to rush. After buying her she has mostly sat until the last year where I have been taking things apart and gathering parts. I have acquired almost everything needed to have her running with EFI and edis. Just need new injectors and to quit being afraid of breaking something. She will be running a MS for fuel and spark. I have started running 3/8's fuel line and have a Walbro to supply it when I get her running.

The overall plan is to get her running NA and learn how to tune. When that is done I will get a turbo and exhaust and tune that. All will be done on the original motor. I hope to get the tuning down well enough before blowing the motor :) Once the engine blows, or figure I have a good hang on the tuning, I will be rebuilding the motor and stripping the whole car down. Figure I want to have fun with her running before taking her back down.

Here are some current pics of her state................I have neglected her for way too long.
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Where I am going to learn how to do body work.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:24 pm 
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More pics of progress I had made setting up EFI, alt upgrade, etc.

The exhaust about to be cleaned up a little after having the o2 bung welded on.
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Modifying the alt bracket.
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The furthest I can move the alt in now.
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Belt on. Plus I had finished the wiring for the alt at this point.
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Coolant sensor location.
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Power distribution.
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How her heart currently looks.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:26 pm 
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Copied from my 3tcgarage build thread. June 10, 2010.

So, the car idles reasonably well considering what tuning experience I have (none).

Current things to immediately address:
Clean up and reassemble my AE strut towers (getting new pads and calipers for fathers day :) ). Followed by install.
Figure out why tuner studio shows obscenely high (lean) numbers. With power applied it shows weird reads in studio as well.
Fix the plumbing from my fuel tank so I can properly install the tank.
Figure out why my oil gauge appears to show no pressure.

So, here are the pics of how her motor sits. I realized after trying to route my wires that I really screwed up my wiring. It could have been so much better. Oh well, I will address it when I blow up the motor or tranny (which ever comes first).

Interior setup. Still needs cleaned up.
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Battery location with temp battery. When I get her to a driving state I will get a dry cell.
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Overall.
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Relay box location. Not concerned with it be exposed to potential elements cause the car will only see good weather :)
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FPR.
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EDIS. The coil will be replaced by the coil setup off of a tercel. Prefer the cleaner look as seen in Sunray's pics.
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Trigger wheel and sensor.
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Second fuel filter and temp resting place for wires.
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Coolant sensor.
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AE stuff disassembled.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:27 pm 
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As of March 28, 2011

Here is the modified gas tank.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:31 pm 
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So, my immediate goals are as follows:

Install the new gas tank.

Reconnect the Megasquirt.

Troubleshoot my wideband cause of jack up readings.

Learn more about Megasquirt.

Repair/Replace my door panels while adding 6.5 speaker rings.

Install the new carpet I ordered. Molded, padded and all the good stuff.

Decide if I am going to try and reupholster my back seats, or get back seats out of a different vehicle and make them fit.

Install my 86 Supra seats.


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Looks like a good start duder. Be careful with those MS they can be tricky.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:11 pm 
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Yea. I did get her running with the MS, but it was sheer luck since the MS will give you a good basic map. It started cause of that, not cause of my knowledge lol.


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:29 pm 
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Current status:
I have the driver side bolted down and the passenger seat needs a couple more tweaks.
Started figuring out wiring routes for the front door speakers I will install.
Started messing with fiberglass to reinforce the old door panels.
Cleaned/torched my o2 sensor in hopes that it fixes it's weird behavior.
Installed my modified gas tank.
Tweaked my trigger sensor bracket to have the sensor closer to the trigger wheel.

Things to do:
Finish passenger seat.
Make holding bracket for the LC-1.
Finish door panels with speaker rings.
Install new gauges.

Current pics of the car and little pieces.
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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:19 pm 
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Well, she finally moved out of the garage today under her own power. Still haven't installed my radiator fan, so I didn't let her run too much. That and I screwed up the soldering on my relay box so she didn't always want to start. Found out it is the main power relay socket, so one more thing to address.

Proof that she left the garage today lol.
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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:38 am 
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UtahSleeper wrote:
Proof that she left the garage today lol.



My E7 coupe was in that state once......

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good luck and keep it coming

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:48 am 
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Sweet, all coupe's must be saved!

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:51 pm 
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oldeskewltoy wrote:
UtahSleeper wrote:
Proof that she left the garage today lol.



My E7 coupe was in that state once......

good luck and keep it coming


Thanks. I am hoping to actually drive her this summer and if she is up for it, try and hit the track just to see where she is at with whatever tune I have done.



And YES, the all should be!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:14 pm 

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Dude, looks excellent! Especially for being a car living in Magna.... I hear that place is all sorts of bad. Could just be unjustified SLC bias+bad high school memories. meh.

Either way it's coming along quite nicely, I dig the SR5!


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:52 pm 
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Thanks!! Yea, some parts of magna are bad, seem like most are North of 35th. My area is good, so thats all I car lol.

Hoping I can have this car legally driving in July. Would be nice since I rarely see any old imports.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
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that is probably the nicest Corolla body style made
nice project


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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:11 pm 
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Thanks. I love this body style and hope to improve it a bit, but that will come when I have driven her a bit.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:08 pm 
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pretty cool project you got going on man. :D

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:02 am 
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Thanks. Was hoping to do more to her this weekend but it didn't happen.

I think my goal for the coming weekend is figure out how to replace the windshield and then try and finish my dash so I can mount my new gauges in it.

And still have to finish the seat install.

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 Post subject: Re: 1980 Corolla SR5 - Eventual jack of all trades
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:10 pm 

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i think that there are enough classic guys in slc now that we should have a gathering of sorts..

thoughts/ideas?

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