The Corolla Blog
A much more manageable place to start
too much strut!
Pinion after clean up
One more borrowed from Vim Chand from his Bay Area Auto Scene coverage.
back side of the manifold.
Showing off that Toyotafest livery.
New bearings, new retainers, and new gaskets
Some last minute engine bay detailing. Photo lights come in quite handy to see what your doing in the recesses of the engine bay!
Even the car woke up with only enough energy to hold one eye open.
“slide area” …. No Hachi no, that’s not what that sign means!
glad to have a band saw handy
Clean up started but still intact with the original bearings.
Manifold in a blanket
After a quick pre-surgery bath.
Some aircraft stripper to find the stock metal under all that paint.
Standing in the rain staring at the very clean car trying to decide if it was going to get wet.
More than a little casting flash left over.
Stock-ish strut housings
Just a few new parts to install.
don’t forget to brush!
Megan Adjuster with the Swift spring.
after sand blasting and painting.
Next stop strut spacers
A little boiled bearing for the axle reassembly
Next I made some braces.
First step was to remove the inserts currently installed.
Remind me to get a “look but don’t touch” sign before the next show.
No more spring mounts
front side of the manifold
and then welded them in
A rainy start to Toyotafest.
Well it WAS clean.
TIme to do some welding.
Final mock up
Time to mark and cut
The cut offs were then chucked in the lathe to leave me a nice chamfer to weld in.
Swift spring with T3 10mm Spacer
Does the Corolla get driven? Yes, Yes it does.
Sitting in traffic on the 101… still in the rain.
Pinion removed with one bearing left to pull
The complete “as I got it” mod list
A plethora of parts from Techno Toy Tuning to make up the new suspension.
Megan Racing Coilovers at my current adjustment vs the Swift rear spring with a 10mm spacer.
The front portion of the APEXi muffler was re-polished to remove some sort of debris that had melted to it at some point.