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    Small Restoration Steps Ten years ago, people...

    Small Restoration Steps

    Ten years ago, people saw the Corolla as a cheap and disposable fun car. They weren't wrong, as they could once be had for $500 in running shape. Now unmolested examples...
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    ECU Tweaks Base Tune Blaine at Carmena...

    ECU Tweaks

    Base Tune
    Blaine at Carmena Performance spent three hours doing a street tune which brought the performance of the car back to something comparable to the OEM ECU. We discussed...
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    Curious as I am, we measured the weights of the...

    Curious as I am, we measured the weights of the suspension parts before and after:

    Old strut assembled 9.7kg/21.38lbs
    New strut assembled 7.88/17.37lbs

    Old hub 3.34kg/7.36lbs
    New hub...
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    Now that I’m home, I’ve been able to spend some...

    Now that I’m home, I’ve been able to spend some quality time with my girl. First on the list was to prepare the suspension upgrades to go in.


    What I was running until then:


    Up front:
    -OEM...
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    Hey Ray, Sorry for the delay. I haven't been...

    Hey Ray,

    Sorry for the delay. I haven't been on the forum for a while. Send me a PM and we can connect regarding the cover.

    Adrian
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    The Pandemic Update: After the COP...

    The Pandemic Update:

    After the COP conversation, I felt that the engine looked a bit unfinished. So, back in December, Quinn from SpeedHero and I started another collaboration; an OEM style spark...
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    In the meantime, Warren put out an APB for anyone...

    In the meantime, Warren put out an APB for anyone wanting their headers ceramic coated through his company JSF Coatings. It's definitely something I've wanted ever since I ditched the 30 year old OEM...
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    Now that the basics are sorted out, let's blip...

    Now that the basics are sorted out, let's blip the throttle a bit and see what happens:




    https://youtu.be/zzLPK9Rkrr0


    Sounds good, but the throttle feels quite sticky. It's stiff and...
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    Fan Off: https://youtu.be/I-Qo5X4Y-wo ...

    Fan Off:

    https://youtu.be/I-Qo5X4Y-wo


    Everything's A-OK.
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    So the electric fans needed to be tested. ...

    So the electric fans needed to be tested.


    Fan on:

    https://youtu.be/nsFb5_iPhmM


    Turns on!
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    The base map that Battle Garage gave us seems...

    The base map that Battle Garage gave us seems about 10-15% rich at idle, which I guess is a good margin of safety. It's enough to get the car started, check the basic items that can cost you time and...
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    Then some other things were checked: -Bleeding...

    Then some other things were checked:

    -Bleeding the coolant
    -Fully grounding the electric fans as they'll be controlled by the ECU from now on. The former setup had a temperature switch....
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    So before the car was started, the basics were...

    So before the car was started, the basics were checked:

    -New spark plugs
    -95 Octane pump gas
    -Good grounds
    -Rebuilt alternator
    -Check the battery level
    -Checking the mechanical timing, etc.
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    Step 4: Tuning It's been a while since I last...

    Step 4: Tuning

    It's been a while since I last posted because Covid happened and there's been a lineup at BC Works. I guess that means they do good work.

    Anyway, Warren was thinking ahead and...
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    Step 3: It lives! -Battery connected and...

    Step 3: It lives!

    -Battery connected and charged: Check!

    -Grounds secured: Check!

    -Harness connected to all plugs and sensors: Check!

    -ECU connected: Check!
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    Step 2: Driveshaft Warren has an impressive...

    Step 2: Driveshaft

    Warren has an impressive collection of crusty old shafts. Which one of these princesses will fit the glass shoe?
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    Our Cinderella is an auto 3TC ('80-'83)...
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    Step 1: Shifter Cs short shifter in place...

    Step 1: Shifter

    Cs short shifter in place
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    See how they runsee how they run..

    https://youtu.be/Id1Fh8ayCFE
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    CHAPTER 5: FINAL STEPS Step 1: Shifter Step...

    CHAPTER 5: FINAL STEPS

    Step 1: Shifter
    Step 2: Driveshaft
    Step 3: It lives!
    Step 4: Tuning
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    Step 8: Intake filtration 159371593615935 ...

    Step 8: Intake filtration

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    Can't run an engine without a proper air filter. A simple temporary solution with a more elegant idea in mind for later...
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    Step 7: Clutch hydraulics Not that interesting...

    Step 7: Clutch hydraulics

    Not that interesting of a step, but a necessary one.

    Rebuilding the slave master.
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    New clutch soft line.
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    Step 6: Wiring The new ECU harness is set up...

    Step 6: Wiring

    The new ECU harness is set up for a GTS, but as my baby was born an SR5, we had to move a couple pins to match.
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    We had also piggy backed a new pin and plug for the...
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    The exhaust routes outside the steering column....

    The exhaust routes outside the steering column. We havent modified the location of the steering column, therefore, we should have no problems using an exhaust designed for a LHD AE86.

    Youre...
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    Hi Dave. Thanks a lot. Which clearance issues?...

    Hi Dave. Thanks a lot. Which clearance issues? Any AE86 header fits.
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    Step 5: Steering column adjustments Once the...

    Step 5: Steering column adjustments

    Once the engine was back in, we still felt that there was too little space between the steering column and starter. As you can see, there's a possibility the...
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    Step 4: Baby gets a new ECU Now that the...

    Step 4: Baby gets a new ECU

    Now that the engine is out, we thought it a good time to install the Haltech ECU and harness we got from Battle Garage.

    Coil on plug (COP) conversion with SQ COP...
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