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Thread: 1983 Starlet KP61 Rebuild

  1. #21
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    I got some goodies in the mail today. Looks like these brakes have been sitting on the shelf since the 80s. No more soft brakes.



    A GIANT box labeled fragile. It could only be the last known KP61 Windshield in the USA. and yes its brand new. :grin:
    Last edited by A DOG; 01-22-2019 at 03:07 PM.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
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    Where did you buy the windshield?
    Plasma Plum Pearl 85 SR5

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholaswj View Post
    Where did you buy the windshield?
    Rock Auto has a ton of parts for these old starlets. Although this was the last one they had in stock. They get more in every now and then.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    Dropped the starlet off this morning to get a new windshield installed.



    No more of this GINORMOUS CRACK!

    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    A friend of mine surprised me and took some pics of the windshield install. I didnt even know he worked there but its cool he took a couple pics.

    Old Windshield out


    New glass and gasket all shiny and ready to go
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    Did they fix that rust in the bottom passenger side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkie View Post
    Did they fix that rust in the bottom passenger side?
    I'm sure they didn't but it will be something to look into over the next few years. Eventually i want to tear the starlet apart and fix any rust. All though there isnt much.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    I have had the same rust patch on my A6 celica and my A6 supra and it broke the windshield both times. The rust bubbles up and creates pressure which causes the crack. I only say because you mentioned this was the last windshield in the solar system.

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    Is that windshield held in by the seal or urethane? might be safe if its just the seal.

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    Did some work on the starlet today. Found a universal windshield squirters kit. Worked out pretty good. Also did front turn signals off a 2001 subaru 25RS. I just mounted them up with zip ties for now. Also removed the front fan since it wasn't working anyway.


    I'm loving the new windshield


    Interior with the tercel seat and TRD shift knob.


    I did a little rear fender rolling. But I need to do more. Next is shocks.


    Last edited by A DOG; 10-17-2015 at 07:10 PM.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    A little update.

    I ordered up the fender mirrors from thailand.(why does nobody carry these in the US)

    I also got the passenger side headlight surround from a starlet guy in Germany. So i will be having my friend scan it and 3D print a new headlight surround for the drivers side. Then i can finally put my front grill and headlight surrounds on. I also rolled my fenders the other day to clear room for the celica wheels.

    Here a couple pics from the local car meets i run in Bozeman, MT

    Chilling with my R32 friend


    Evo lurking in the background
    Last edited by A DOG; 01-22-2019 at 03:08 PM.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    Winter has arrived in Montana.



    Last edited by A DOG; 01-22-2019 at 03:09 PM.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    Took the Starlet to my Mechanics shop for the rear brakes and spark plugs.



    As you can see below the rear brakes were caked with nasty old fluid from leaky cylinders.



    Then proceeded to drift all the way to work after a fresh snow overnight.




    I was going to weld the rear end but now im going to wait until spring. Driving around with even an open rear end is very scary in this light car. If it was welded it would be a death wish. Next thing on the To Do list is Camaro rear shocks, mr2 front struts, cut one coil out of springs and install fender mirrors.
    Last edited by A DOG; 01-22-2019 at 03:40 PM.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    Can't tell if those are snow tires. Got snow tires? It will lessen your feeling of terror - until you use them to their full advantage and improve your corner entry speeds.

    Is there not an LSD that will fit that axle? What axle do these little cars come with?

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    Studded snow tires would make everything awesome. I drove a lowered 2wd toyota pickup through winter with studded snows. You need LSD or welded diff to go anywhere though.. spinning one tire is the worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkie View Post
    Can't tell if those are snow tires. Got snow tires? It will lessen your feeling of terror - until you use them to their full advantage and improve your corner entry speeds.
    Is there not an LSD that will fit that axle? What axle do these little cars come with?
    no snow tires yet. But i am getting some soon. There are LSD for these but almost impossible to find and they're very pricey.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dugwillis View Post
    Studded snow tires would make everything awesome. I drove a lowered 2wd toyota pickup through winter with studded snows. You need LSD or welded diff to go anywhere though.. spinning one tire is the worst.
    I want to weld the rear diff but that is also very scary on the snow and ice. Downshift and the rear end just floats sideways. But i am a pretty good driver and I'm going to weld the rear end come spring time for the summer of drifting.



    Here is a little slo mo teaser.
    https://www.facebook.com/andrew.hert...72330428922321



    Next parts to buy are snow tires and shocks all around.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    I ordered up some new intake manifold gaskets in the mail. When they came in I realized they sent me the upper intake gasket and the exhaust gasket.



    So i had to make my own lower intake gasket. Turned out OK


    Car seems to run much better. But it still has a vacuum leak somewhere i have to find. It will run smooth but every now and then it will stutter and idle really low.
    Last edited by A DOG; 01-22-2019 at 03:12 PM.
    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    Quote Originally Posted by A DOG View Post
    no snow tires yet. But i am getting some soon. There are LSD for these but almost impossible to find and they're very pricey.
    I think I just found one for a 1982 KP61. What's your budget? (How much do these weigh?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Aaron GE View Post
    I think I just found one for a 1982 KP61. What's your budget? (How much do these weigh?)
    I would be interested in a JDM LSD. These starlets weigh around 1600 lbs.

    Here is a little video I put together. We went and did some snow rally Thanksgiving day. Girlfriend brought her 2005 Forester XT.

    1983 Starlet KP61- Autocross/drift
    1991 Nissan 240SX - Drift car
    http://www.drift406.com
    http://www.facebook.com/drift406

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    I meant the diff. How much does a diff weigh? (No housing, no ring gear)

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