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    The Mung Blue! Revisited.

    So for some this is a repost of old news. For some people this might be new. I figured since the old dk is back I would make a new build thread with some of the same pics I had on here before and some that no one has seen.

    As a backgrounder I originally picked up this car with the vision of essentially cloning my very first car which guys at the track one day called ?The Green Mung? and the name stuck. This present car is my 14th corolla. It was my father who encouraged me to try some things that maybe didn?t fit into my period accurate image perfectly. I took his advice and so far the outcome has made me more excited about what I might do next.

    This is a not a finished project by any means (are they ever??) it?s a sort of old meets new, and yes I still consider 86?s new because when I had my first car well, they were pretty damn new. But damn, that was quite some time ago, and time just keeps on moving. So enough jibber jabber, enjoy all the before and afters of the 1974 TE21 Mung Blue.

    Started with this nearly finished project car, little rough here and there.







    The first order of business was to swap out the auto which had a slipping low/rev band and swap in an early T50. Really one of the easiest swaps that can done on these cars.

    Good bye borg warner!


    Hello T50!


    Little skim on the flywheel?.and the sides.


    Next was suspension and wheels. I bought some ae86 struts from a junk yard, and of course the car I had to take them off was in the center of the deepest mud puddle. But for $30 it was worth it. Proceeded to do the short stroke thing but using illuminas meant for the rear of an mr2.

    How can you not upgrade this? I mean really?.






    Wow! Stock hubcaps FTW!!!





    I chose some Nissan iron cross wheels which were the same as the ones I had on my first car. I think it was about 6 hours total of hand sanding, priming, and painting.

    Before:


    After:


    Started on building a medium grunt 2TC for the job. I built it from a spare that I had stripped out of a coupe that was too far gone to save. Rebuilt a head in my spare time, got some Solex ADDHE carbs shipped from Italy mounted on a mikuni short intake, and cast, yes CAST pistons sent from Taiwan. The golfball pistons increased compresion from what I measured at 8 to 1 up to 9.4 to 1. Leaving me room to go crazier later.



    Old pistons:

    New pistons:


    Cam and lifters reground by Geoff at Colt Cams. Might do something even wilder from him soon.


    Decided that distributors are no longer cool, so EDIS was my option. Scavenged parts from an ?02 focus, ?93 escort, 76 corolla, and ?96 paseo. Together they work.





    Motley crew of parts including MJLJ unit from autosport labs.


    The coil that most EDIS users choose, ugly!


    Paseo coils, pretty!


    Never underestimate the creative power of beer and pizza?.or pizza box!


    VR sensor bracket made up.


    All painted and no where to go.


    Also cut up a dizzy to drive the oil pump.


    Added this rev limiting PCB with current ramping resistors. Autosport labs cooked it up to create a spark cut hard rev limit.


    Or you could have said "sorry, my kidnap victims keep kicking my elbow, it made me drop my crack pipe and swerve"

    -bangnscrape

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    So this mess:


    Went to these messes:




    And became this:


    Interior work up till now has taken a second seat to other things. So far the only things done have been removing the factory instrument cluster and installing and sr5 one, installing wink mirror, some scat seats, etc. I actually made the door panels myself using a jigsaw to cut out ?? hardboard and then stapling my chosen fabric to them. Its actually how the factory made them too.













    Mustn?t forget the replacement of the dashpad with a brand new Toyota part. Great find!





    Much better with no cracks.



    Now I left the header mated to the stock exhaust. This served a great purpose in acting like a governor. It kept me from flogging the hell out the motor too early during the break-in. I still believe in break-in periods but today due to the use of finer stones for honing, the break-in period is much shorter than many years ago. I removed the stock exhaust and used off the shelf mandrel bends to achieve a custom fit. Went through three muffler before settling with a super turbo?.for now.




    The doug thorley header is the only left today that fits in this bodystyle.




    BEHOLD! A rare look at what does NOT come on an early corolla rear-end. No panhard rod, no swaybars. Just shocks and springs.




    From day one I had to have the bodywork on my mind. 34 year old paint is crap. It was crap when it was new and one of the reasons these cars had body issues in the first place. This car had seen some minor collisions so not everything was straight (and still isn?t).



    POR-15 is your friend!


    Living in an apartment sucks. It made everything so much more difficult to do. Lots of asking for a place to do major work, so body was done is little stages when the weather cooperated. You should have seen my tarps up at the inlaws backyard while it snowed. Anything to get the panels done, one at a time.



    Things like the replacement of windshield gaskets are not for the faint of heart.






    When in doubt, have your old man help.


    The front fenders and valance were replaced with fibreglass. The valance my friend Cory brought back on a flight from New Zealand. He told customs it was a boogey board. LMAO!



    There were actually nights towards the end of the bodywork where I woke up from nightmares about sanding and blocking. My brother helped me quite a bit with the sanding.





    Open wheeled roadster?


    This was the point where I was almost feeling relief, but also feeling fear of what horrors of bodywork were about to show through.





    Then after another week of hand blocking it was back into the booth again.


    Then was the trouble of making everything in terms of trim and the like actually fit onto the car. People don?t notice the little touches like JDM small front marker lights, or the effort it takes to make a steel bumper fit fibreglass body panels. But I guess if no one does notice, then its success.



    Some little baby turbo mirrors, painted trim, and some stripes and I was very satisfied.









    Still lots more to do. Next I might finally be working on getting these to work. Staged injectors anyone???



    Or you could have said "sorry, my kidnap victims keep kicking my elbow, it made me drop my crack pipe and swerve"

    -bangnscrape

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    So nice and unique.
    Got some vids?

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    This project still blows me away. Amazing job!

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    I don't know why, but the door panels blew me away even though they were pretty simple to do.
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    Thanks guys! Some videos as requested. Note** these videos now available in high quality through a tab to click on the bottom right of the youtube window.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1It7I6ArRE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD8Rfgu2HxM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qljNnQzQ6OY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RYElPN12D0
    Last edited by sunray; 07-01-2008 at 06:47 PM.


    Or you could have said "sorry, my kidnap victims keep kicking my elbow, it made me drop my crack pipe and swerve"

    -bangnscrape

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    haha, that car is awesome. props.

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    Very well done project, 3tc ftw.

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    So still running the 2tc for the moment. I am trying to gather all the stuff needed for my what will be my last n/a motor for this car for next season. Going to put together a radical n/a 3tc and then it will be turbo time I think. Lots of suspension mods coming soon.

    Scott, thanks for taking the video of the last meet! And high quality tab is available.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH7RQHFRDlQ


    Or you could have said "sorry, my kidnap victims keep kicking my elbow, it made me drop my crack pipe and swerve"

    -bangnscrape

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    Hey man, not a problem!

    About the staged injectors...isn't the need for injectors being outside of the intake tract length for when the engine is at excessively high RPM? I read on the Jenvey site about the being used past 11,000 rpm...
    And come on...3TG

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    i showed my girlfriend your car.

    i think she wants to date you. :o11:

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    That pcb you added to the EDis/megasquirt can you send the link or directions to me? I'm assuming this allows you to use full blown spark cut, where as before with edis we could only do fuel cut?
    I am your 4ajesus

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    Quote Originally Posted by McLovin View Post
    i showed my girlfriend your car.

    i think she wants to date you. :o11:
    Well duh.. I mean, a nice TE21 or what.. 4 torn apart corollas and a torn apart 240 in a driveway?

    --edit, geez, I thought we got rid of that wink smiley that blew kisses.. thats.. just.. wrong.

    how about..

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    Gorgeous car. Very well done.

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    that's actually for a MegaJoltLiteJr

    Quote Originally Posted by TTC View Post
    That pcb you added to the EDis/megasquirt can you send the link or directions to me? I'm assuming this allows you to use full blown spark cut, where as before with edis we could only do fuel cut?
    The MJLJ was brent picasso's original home made EDIS controller based on early an early design of a MegaJoltLite that Grippo/Bowling were going to release that never materialized.

    I have an assembled early MJLJ, I wonder if this daughterboard will work with it?? I must find out, that would be awesome, I miss banging the revlimiter with little regard for engine damage

    I LOVE THIS CAR, can you will it to me....

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    Just thought I would post some pics for the shape of things to come. Managed to score some rare 3TGTE parts, so next year's build plans have been scuttled in light of this new aquisition.



    Maybe with this that I have had forever?



    And new fuel system is in!



    Or you could have said "sorry, my kidnap victims keep kicking my elbow, it made me drop my crack pipe and swerve"

    -bangnscrape

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    new fuel setup help with that stumble?

    Brett
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    Quote Originally Posted by celica-fiend View Post
    new fuel setup help with that stumble?

    Brett
    Nope, lol! But I now have a beatifully painted set of mikuni 44's (thanks Corey!) with the homogenous main circuit that I think will sort it out. That and the mikunis are better with fuel slosh. But once the turbo is on, its efi all the way!


    Or you could have said "sorry, my kidnap victims keep kicking my elbow, it made me drop my crack pipe and swerve"

    -bangnscrape

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    thats a real nice car you got there. the car sounds great. where did you find those cast pistons from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tosh View Post
    thats a real nice car you got there. the car sounds great. where did you find those cast pistons from?

    peace

    Thanks! I had those pistons sent from Thailand. You won't believe it but......$6 each.


    Or you could have said "sorry, my kidnap victims keep kicking my elbow, it made me drop my crack pipe and swerve"

    -bangnscrape

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