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 Post subject: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:33 am 
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Hi, came to know of this KE50 in the countryside. Went to have a closer look. The task looks daunting. Rotten doors, to the extent that tapping it-like tapping a touchscreen phone-is enoughfor your finger to poke through! Holes in the rear door and water gutter end. Lower parts of fenders flutter like flags in a breeze, broken grille, tail lamp and dash face, missing bumper ends and a host of other small bits. And it has no engine to top it all.
I have not seen one on the road in ages. Should I proceed, given the loads of parts needed?

Sorry but I'm having trouble uploading pics. Will try to once sorted


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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:59 pm 
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Would love to see the pics on this one. It sounds pretty rough from your description. I would lookd for one that at least has all the parts included.

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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:07 pm 

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peek under it and take a look at the frame, if it looks alright i would try to get it roadworthy again. if the frames rotted might be better to see if you can strip it for parts

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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:41 pm 
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This kinda depends on your skills and how willing you are to get one of these cars. I have seen an oval window VW bug hauled out of its watery grave (bottom of a small pond) and be fully restored.

What kind of TE51 is it? If it is the fastback version, I would be more inclined to save it rather than the te51 liftback. Transmission still there? auto or stick? As stated above, you should inspect it as best you can and consider how much work and $ it will take to bring back.

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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:43 pm 
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pics finally!


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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:55 pm 
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Skellington wrote:
This kinda depends on your skills

can do basic stuff myself, problem is finding a body repair shop willing to keep that thing encroaching his premises for a year or so!

and how willing you are to get one of these cars.

dont know of any still on the road

I have seen an oval window VW bug hauled out of its watery grave (bottom of a small pond) and be fully restored.

What kind of TE51 is it? If it is the fastback version, I would be more inclined to save it rather than the te51 liftback.

its a ke50 liftback. te's were not imported here.

Transmission still there? auto or stick?

no. last motor it had was a 1n. everything was removed.

As stated above, you should inspect it as best you can and consider how much work and $ it will take to bring back.


est €2-3k. for the bodywork alone!!! of course there's the engine and tranny. And suspension, steering and braking parts which have to be made new. and that's half as much again


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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 8:32 pm 

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doesnt even look rusty, see if the engine turns over or if you can manually turn it at least

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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:33 pm 
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79Supra wrote:
doesnt even look rusty,

...see the rear view pic. And the lhs door skin is rotten, its hn by branches, as is the slotted panel.
see if the engine turns over or if you can manually turn it at least



See above, it has no engine


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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 11:42 am 

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looks like a sick project to me!

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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:56 am 
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its now in my garage


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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:50 am 
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haha. to me this says period-correct racer. if any panel is too far gone, make a replacement out of fiberglass. n2 style flares, single-stage paint in a factory color, a built k or t motor with slide throttle side draft carbies, custom 4-link rear maybe integrated into a roll cage.

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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:22 pm 
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What engine?

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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:52 pm 
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whit wrote:
What engine?


presently none. looking at a 4/5k. Bodywork requires too much work before I can think of that though.


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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:36 pm 
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OH OK I was thinking it may have had a 2TB?

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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:44 pm 
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Haha. Euro LB's and coupes only got the 3k


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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:53 pm 

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TE51 was also sold in Europe. It had 2T engine :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Abandoned KE50 liftback
PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:24 am 
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But not here

Will post a build thread of her shortly


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