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 Post subject: Project: Mango, 1972 Corolla TE27 *Update 9-28-08
PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:35 pm 
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After reading the recent blog on scrapping cars (which pisses me off), I am happy to announce one that they won't be able to get their hands on. After searching for some parts for my Datsun 260Z about 2 years ago, I found this TE27 at the Pick-N-Pull in San Antonio. About 9 months later, due to waiting on paperwork authorization from Austin, it is now mine.

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I have only recently started on this, as I was still working on my Z when I got the car.

At first I thought the hood caught fire, but nothing is melted in the engine bay so at least the car wasn't used for a BBQ pit. Anyway being a lot of surface rust, I had it blasted with baking soda...
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Afterwards, I wiped it down with thinner and scuffed it for good measure, followed by Dupont Etching Primer...
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Note the pitting and marks, not too serious though as there is enough metal. A few more years though and there wouldn't be a hood left.
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I looked closer at the wire harness under the hood and it wasn't melted, but mice did get to it. The main damage done at the firewall.
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So I removed the harness, which includes the dash wiring.
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A close up of the damage. It could have been way worse.
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All soldered and heat shrink tube attached.
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After inspecting the rear body panel damage, I straightened that with a 2X4 and sledge hammer. Also had another trunk lid and bumper handy to check gaps and fit. Much better...
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The car was originally a 2 speed Toyoglide. I plan on converting to a 5 speed. Here are some of the essentials that I got from a parts car a while back.
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The tranny tunnel floor shift plate will also need to be converted. Here is the auto. It is spot welded from the factory. It must be cut and removed.
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Here is the manual already cut and ready to install...well almost ready, I need to clean it up some more.
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Here is where I am at now, removal of the engine/tranny.
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Now I can clean that mess up better. The real fun comes when installing the motor in a nicely repainted engine bay.... :)
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The 2T-C motor. Crankshaft still turns, but will take apart for further inspection later. If all is good, it will be rebuilt with sidedrafts and a mild cam.
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More to come! :D


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 Post subject: te27
PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:25 pm 
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Man I saw this car in another forum and I just love what you are doing with it............ EXCELLENT WORK :tu:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:51 pm 
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dude, you ARE keen!

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Great work you're doing there,friend! :tu:


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excelent work, much respect


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This is almost identical to my ke25, including the toyoglide. Hah hah. So good to see that you saved this baby. Will keep watching your thread. You sure seem committed.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:17 am 
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WOW, great find.. yet another TE27 in our ranks, and in Texas too.

Good thing you found that when you did, if I had known about it I would have been down there in a flash to get parts for my car. :D


You wouldn't want to trade that for a RA28 in need of a little love, plus some spare parts, would you? :D

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Pardon my ignorance,but could someone explain the "mango"-bit. What's fruit got to do with Corollas?


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RoadsterViking wrote:
Pardon my ignorance,but could someone explain the "mango"-bit. What's fruit got to do with Corollas?


It's a nickname. TE27 coupes are refered to as "mangos", where as the TE21 sedans are called "peanuts".

I don't know where it came from, it is just a common nickname.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:12 am 
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I think it goes with the shape of the cars.
But I have no idea who started naming them... very funny.

This is a great thread with lots of picture of your restoration.
I can't wait to see its progress!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:11 pm 
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Thanks for the support guys. Kingtoy, that RA28 sounds tempting as I love those liftbacks, but I'm already into this one now.

Yeah the mango term I first heard on Tom's Corolla Page http://www.bigflea.com/corolla/ about 8 years ago. I'm also guessing that it's the shape resemblance. At least it's not a lemon! :lol:


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kingtoy wrote:
I don't know where it came from, it is just a common nickname.


I got twenty bucks that says Puerto Rico. 8)

All the kooky Toyota nicknames seem to come from there...


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:56 pm 
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i think i remember seeing that car at pick and pull. i use to frequent it allot when i had my corolla. Thanks for saving it :tu: :)

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te27 are in the shapes of peanuts or mangos.. funny but puerto ricans have another name.."candungo" which means something like container or trash can..i guess cuz of its unique shell..

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Japanese love to give models of cars nicknames.

I think it's there that Mango came from :)

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oldschoolfool wrote:
Thanks for the support guys. Kingtoy, that RA28 sounds tempting as I love those liftbacks, but I'm already into this one now.


Damn :cry:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:43 pm 
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Some updates starting with rust repair around the battery tray area.

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The bracket that holds the battery tray was wasted, after removing it from the fender apron, it was also eaten through.

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One of the few useful things left on my parts car, which happened to be the fender apron section and bracket. So I cut that to weld it in

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Rusted area cut out for the replacement.

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Here I separated the bracket from the apron with a spot weld cutter to clean and remove the surface rust from all sides.

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Here the apron section is cleaned, sprayed with zinc-weld primer and trimmed to fit flush. Ready to weld.

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After welding. Next is to grind smooth.

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The bracket must still be spot welded, but I need to cut some rust from it and weld in new metal and then spot weld it to the apron. Also there is some rust on the frame rail near the radiator support in case you folks didn't see in the pictures. I'll be working on that next...

Also cut out the auto shifter plate.

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Spot welded the manual tranny plate in.

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Applied seam sealer for corrosion protection. Also applied zinc-weld primer to the part before welding.

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Still a long way to go.....


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmFwVb6I4j0
Came across this nice video.One of the best sounding cars I've heard in a long time!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:11 pm 
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That's an awesome video! Keeps me inspired, especially with the Corolla and Celica articles in Issue #2. I know the last update wasn't much, but right now I'm working on the left front frame rail at the radiator support. Apparently the battery acid did more damage than I thought, but nothing that can't be fixed.

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More updates soon...


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:14 pm 
Alfadog wrote:
Japanese love to give models of cars nicknames.

I think it's there that Mango came from :)


Or Peanut (KE20)


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