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