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Thread: 1987 Corolla GTS Liftback Resto-Build

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    1987 Corolla GTS Liftback Resto-Build

    Myself:

    Well I guess I can start this off with a little bit of an intro seeing as how I never really did that. Been creeping on Dori for almost a year now, looking up tech and looking for parts that I need for my hopefully over-winter project. Until last year around this time I was always mainly a Subaru guy, owning almost at least one of every model. I’ve done a fair bit of work with them, basically enough to almost know every odd bolt, from complete builds like this one will be, to the odd engine replacement over a weekend. This was my pride and joy for many years, a 1997 Impreza L with full JDM running gear, pushing almost 400hp;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI7sL...FE8844&index=2

    Subaru was always my favorite but I've always had a passion for almost any car. I've owned MR-2's to Evo’s, Camry’s to Civics and 80’s sports cars to a 2010 Mercedes C-class. What’s helped me great deal with owning more cars than years I am old, is since I was 15/16 years old I’ve been importing cars for myself and friends. This has also helped me a great deal when it comes to sourcing those special rare JDM pieces that you’ll see in the future on this car. Besides the importing, I work full time at my families company, Raylin Manufacturing Ltd. We are a sheet metal job shop, that also does powder coating, which you’ll see has also helped me out tonnes along the way. Hopefully that’s enough about me, now onto the real reason for this thread.

    The Car:

    I bought this 87’ GTS Liftback basically on a complete whim. A friend of mine needed the money and was willing to let it go for more than a fair price, and I had always wanted one, but never really looked too hard. So like I said, it’s a 1987 Corolla GT-S Liftback, done almost 300,000km now and is on it’s second engine, which iirc is a high-ish compression big port w/ TVIS. It was originally a Vancouver car and has only done less than 20,000km in Alberta since it’s last service at Granville Toyota in 2006. Very minimal rust, and only where it’s quite easy to fix. It was basically stock when I picked it, save for some welded on exhaust, and Azenis on Supra’s. When I bought it, it still needed to pass an OOP, which I was quite familiar with thanks to importing. For it to pass it needed 3 things; pinion seal was leaking and needed replacement, power steering either needed a new pump or to be switch to a manual rack, and some rust needed to be fixed on one front fender where it made it’s way right through the sheet metal. So all that was fixed without too much hassle, besides trying to do a pinion seal for the first time without a lift. But even before all this, the car had 2 seized brake calipers and a leaking brake master. I’ll throw in some pictures here from the day I picked it up to the day it finally passed OOP. Day I got it it was in dire need of a good polish, which you’ll also see the results of.

    If I had to choose a direction that I was going with the car, it would just have to be a fun daily, plus restoring it to its original glory. A clean and simple build.

    The day I picked her up:











    Testing out Polish:





    Tackling the Brakes:







    Replacing Pinion Seal:





    Before/After Interior Cleaning:

















    After Exterior Polish:











    My First Rust Repair:



    Engine Bay Cleaned:



    Steering Rack Restored:



    Installed:
    (Also the day it passed OOP)



    Now that it was street legal entirely it was my summer daily and one time track car for the summer of 2013. Got to stretch it’s legs for the first time at the first annual Rev for Le Cure. Added a few new OEM parts + a couple simple parts before the races.

    TRD:



    T3 Extended Short Throw Shifter:



    New OEM:







    Basically since then the car has been parked in my garage where I’ve been slowly disassembling it for the past few months. Basically at the point now, where parts are starting to go back on.













    The list:

    Exterior:

    Front and back JDM Zenki Trueno Bumpers
    New OEM signal lights
    OEM ‘Trueno’ Badge
    Trueno Mudflaps
    Trueno Chrome window visors
    Sprinter Trueno Rear window Shade
    Advan Carbon Fibre Hood, OEM Style
    Modiride Carbon Fibre Fenders OEM Style

    Lights:

    Cibie BOBI headlights + Osram 70/65w H4
    Cibie Airport 35 fog lights + Narva Rangepower +50 H3
    Sprinter Trueno Taillights

    Interior:

    New and used oem parts to freshen up the 25 year old insides
    Random eBay ‘TRD’ floor mats
    Domo

    Engine:

    Half Red top 4A-GE w/ TVIS
    Colt Cams Stage II Intake 261 degrees total duration (223 @ 0.050") and 0.326" lift (8.27 mm)
    Colt Cams Stage III Exhaust 268 degrees total duration (229 @ 0.050") and 0.328" lift (8.27 mm)
    Fidanza Cam Gears
    OBX Tri-Y Header, Ceramic Coated
    Custom Type 316 S/S Mid-pipe
    Brave 60mm Cat-Back Exhaust
    TRD Spark Plug Wires
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    TRD Oil Cap
    TRD Rad Cap
    ATV Battery
    Electric Fan Conversion
    Greddy Mag Drain Plug
    T3 Single Row Crank Pulley
    Techno Pro Spirit Engine Mounts (-10mm)
    Techno Pro Spirit Trans Mount

    Drivetrain:

    Stage 1 clutch
    T3 Extended Short Throw Shifter
    Kaaz 2-way LSD
    Weir 4.11 Gearset
    Weir Solid Pinion Spacer

    In The Corners:

    Greddy Coilover Kit
    Cusco Panhard Rod (w/ poly bushings)
    Complete Polyurethane Bushing kit
    T3 RCA’s
    T3 Traction Brackets
    T3 Outer Tie Rods
    Megan Inner tie rods w/ Machined Spacer
    AW11 Manual Rack
    Power Steering Knuckles
    OEM rotors
    Project μ Type HC+ Pads Front and Rear
    185/60/14 Azenis on ‘Supra’s’
    Last edited by AE87_RA; 02-27-2014 at 07:36 AM.
    1987 Toyota Corolla GTS Liftback
    1990 Toyota Corolla SR-5 20v
    2012 Lexus IS350 AWD Luxury
    2003 Toyota 4Runner Sport V8

    @a_yeg_86

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    Matt? Sweet ride haha. I was gonna get those CF front fenders but you snatched them up in BC before Duy could ship them!
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    That's me haha
    Guess I'm pretty lucky to be in Vancouver quite often haha
    Brought the CF hood back with me from him too
    1987 Toyota Corolla GTS Liftback
    1990 Toyota Corolla SR-5 20v
    2012 Lexus IS350 AWD Luxury
    2003 Toyota 4Runner Sport V8

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    Loving the car btw
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    awesome looking hatchback!
    the stage II/III cam setup really makes a difference, I have that in my AE86.

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    92 LN130 | 76 MX13 | 87 Civic | 87 AE86 | 93 VZN105 | 81 TE72W | 85 RA64 | 85 AE86 | 93 RN130

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    How do the modiride fenders fit!? I am very curious to know

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    I've been wondering whatever happened to this car. It's changed hands a few times since I first picked it up. Nice to see someone finally making good use of it.

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    There is a lot of awesome in that car! I really loved those pinstripes too!

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    Ditch the T3 short shifter. If it hasn't screwed your transmission yet, it will.
    TRD or have your stock one modified at a machine shop is your best bet.
    Also the T3 crank pulley is questionable to kill bearings since it doesn't have a harmonic balancer and the tie rods are gonna seize up after two years in Edmonton. I highly recommend spraying your tie rod joints with some fluid film every now and then to keep them from seizing up.
    "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better and continue to do so."

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    excellent work dude! very nice and tidy

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    You say this after you sell me your T3 crank pulley...

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    lol that was a year ago. But all solid crank pulleys are questionable and thats because they are solid. The harmonic balancer in the oem crank pulley is there to absorb the vibrations the engine tends to create that may otherwise damage your crank or vibrate bearings loose.
    That being said i am comfortable enough to have a oversized solid crank pulley for my gze project which i got used and it didn't damage the previous owners engine either.
    If it was a proven engine killer nobody would make them, just the risk is there.
    "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better and continue to do so."

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    Haven't attempted the modiride fenders yet but I've heard they aren't bad when installed right. But I'll be sure to put up a post about installing them.

    T3 stuffs...
    I'm attempting to switch out everything that is mechanical. Crank pulley I'll take the chance on, if it hurts this engine then lesson learned.

    But thanks for all the help already, like I said, I've been into this car for less than a year so I'm still learning about what to do and what not to do.
    1987 Toyota Corolla GTS Liftback
    1990 Toyota Corolla SR-5 20v
    2012 Lexus IS350 AWD Luxury
    2003 Toyota 4Runner Sport V8

    @a_yeg_86

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    Super clean. Good to see you posted this Dude! Thought it looked faniliar!

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    Familiar from where? Haha I don't know names yet lol

    Side note: where should I look at getting the rear axle rebuilt? I have all the parts.
    1987 Toyota Corolla GTS Liftback
    1990 Toyota Corolla SR-5 20v
    2012 Lexus IS350 AWD Luxury
    2003 Toyota 4Runner Sport V8

    @a_yeg_86

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    Your Matt right? Haha, I have a forester and 1uz rolla project

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    Crap thought you were maybe cerealmaniac lol who's that then? Haha
    1987 Toyota Corolla GTS Liftback
    1990 Toyota Corolla SR-5 20v
    2012 Lexus IS350 AWD Luxury
    2003 Toyota 4Runner Sport V8

    @a_yeg_86

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    Not a clue but I got to stop by and see the progress!

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    Foresure bud.
    Tonnes of parts being powder coated at the moment and every nut/bolt/bracket is being sent in today for re-plating
    1987 Toyota Corolla GTS Liftback
    1990 Toyota Corolla SR-5 20v
    2012 Lexus IS350 AWD Luxury
    2003 Toyota 4Runner Sport V8

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    Waiting for parts sucks.. Should be 2-4 weeks before bolts are back from plating.



    See you in a few weeks!
    1987 Toyota Corolla GTS Liftback
    1990 Toyota Corolla SR-5 20v
    2012 Lexus IS350 AWD Luxury
    2003 Toyota 4Runner Sport V8

    @a_yeg_86

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