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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:44 pm 

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Some minor but important things are getting done. The summer heat in OK is pure evil. Driving around in a tin can without insulation is unbearable. So, Chuppy's been getting some insulation to keep the cold in and hot out. I bought the insulation off of Ebay for a decent price but quickly realized I could have gone down to Lowe's and gotten the same stuff...

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I've also begun making the door panels. I decided to use aluminum--its simple and works. The panels have insulation on the back side and will be painted black.

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Rear interior panel in the middle of getting painted:

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25 years ago headlights sucked...or people had way better night vision. Having had previous good luck with Autopal H4 housings, I bought another set.

Stock left, Autopal right:

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Installed:

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Autopals are cheap and better yet, they have nearly the same beam pattern as Hella H4s. Chuppy's a budget project...I like cheap over name brand Bling! Bling!


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Looks great! thanks for keeping us updated. Nice Hot Wheels collection, btw.


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Thanks for keeping us updated. And awesome work.

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I am loving this project, keep up the updates!

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cool car keep us posted :tu:


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The new goods:

Weber 32/36 jetted for my engine. Purchased from http://www.racetep.com

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Holley FPR:

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Blurry photo of fuel pressure gauge and coolant temp sensor adapter:

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Pro-Sport Oil Pressure and Water Temp Gauges--different colors because the red one was a good deal:

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Finished Aluminum door panels:

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Looks good! I love seeing cars that one may have thrown away restored by another. :tu: Makes me want to go out and find a KP61!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:19 pm 
I have to congratulate you on a great job on your car. Today, I really took the time to read all of your posts and progress - good stuff and very informative.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:59 pm 
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looks fantastic with those rims, and you are really making the interior look like a nice place to be.
whats it go like with the weber?

keep up the good work!

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Thanks guys. The interior is coming along pretty well.

As for the Weber, I don't see why every Starlet doesn't have one. Brilliant carbs. Much better acceleration, starts easier, and is way smoother throughout the rpm range.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:18 pm 
I just got my 1981 kp61 and ran across your build here. I have a weber on my engine too and ironically the guy who owned it sprayed the valve cover red too. He must have seen your starlet. Anyways I was wondering were do you get all your engine parts such as gaskets and bushings etc. I know you used some aw11 parts there but oem parts are very hard to find, especially the valve cover gasket. Also do you happen to know were I can find a passenger window and a windshield I want my kp looking good like yours.


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You know, sending him a PM or an email might have been better than digging up a 2 year old thread from a user who isn't around any more. :wink:


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I didn't see the date and I'm new man give me a break.


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kpsexy1 wrote:
I didn't see the date and I'm new man give me a break.


Don't worry, da freak didn't mean anything by it. Welcome to JNC and post some pics of your ride pls!

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kpsexy1 wrote:
I didn't see the date and I'm new man give me a break.


I did. That's what this :wink: means.

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 Post subject: Re: Project Chupacabra KP61
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:35 am 

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Back from the dead. Went from a Weber 32/36 to a 38/38 quite a while ago. Added a Martelius exhaust manifold.

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Chuppy's coilovers are also complete--riding on Tokico inserts, ebay Miata coilover perches, Tanabe Springs, T3 camber plate, GTS brakes with Hawk pads. Whole setup cost less than $300. This includes finding donor Corolla GTS strut and brake assemblies at the junkyard. Bad pic...calipers are of course rebuilt and powdercoated.

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That was all a couple of years ago. Since then, things have gotten interesting:

http://vimeo.com/99308024


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 Post subject: Re: Project Chupacabra KP61
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:01 am 
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Awesome! Have you had the car on the road yet?


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 Post subject: Re: Project Chupacabra KP61
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:05 am 

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looks very impresive your car restoration, thanks for share! keep update


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 Post subject: Re: Project Chupacabra KP61
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:34 am 

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It's actually been on the road since 2007. I guess you would call it a "rolling" project. It's never left me stranded on the roadside.

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Anyways I was wondering were do you get all your engine parts such as gaskets and bushings etc. I know you used some aw11 parts there but oem parts are very hard to find, especially the valve cover gasket. Also do you happen to know were I can find a passenger window and a windshield I want my kp looking good like yours.


Gaskets I get locally at someplace like Autozone or--the best thing you can do--is get a complete gasket set. Eristic (I think that's how it's spelled...) makes a complete gasket set that you can usually pick up off Ebay for about $80. They may be an off brand but they would just fine. The 4K is a lot less temperamental than say, a tuned 4AGE like I have in my AW11. As for a window--no idea except the usual places online like here on this forum, KP61.net, Club 4AG. OEM body parts are a pain to track down. You can still get engine parts easily because the K series engine is used in Toyota forklifts...they just converted it propane. So, make Ebay your friend--search for KP61, KP60, Toyota 4K, Toyota 4K-C, etc.

Trust me, you don't want your Starlet looking like mine in its current state. :wink: It's a Japanese rat rod. It gets looks and always gets positive replies. Just about every time I drive it, someone wants to stop me and talk about it and sometimes make me an offer to sell it. However, Chuppy is not going anywhere. With the 4K tuned to the 38/38, Kameari flywheel, TRD LSD, the ported intake manifold, iridium plugs, headers, and side exit exhaust, it's just too much fun.

I haven't changed too many gaskets on the 4K but I plan to start building up a spare 4K-C. I'll swap over all of the current parts plus be adding either lightweight underdrive pullies or Gilmer pullies, a hotter cam, and I'm investigating higher compression pistons.

Does anyone know what my choices are for pistons? I know Kameari makes a nice set but they're $1500. I paid only $800 for the entire car...

I'll be doing the port and polish work on the head as I've been doing pnp jobs for a while now. I'm also trying to track down a 4.1 or shorter final drive.


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