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