1981 Toyota COROLLA

Started on Oct. 26 by DEATHTRAP

Ride Rating

8

81 4DOOR. STOCK 4 CYL/5 SPEED WAS DITCHED IN FAVOR OF SBC 350/350 TRANS. HAVEN'T BROKEN THE STOCK AXLE...YET! VERY UNASSUMING! AN ALL ALUMINUM 5.3ltr IS WAITING IN THE WINGS FOR WHEN THIS GETS BOREING!!

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Latest updates

March 09

Passenger side header

The passenger side header is almost completed. Just some finish welding and off to the sand blaster shop.

March 09

Header Build

The headers are coming along nicely. It is definately a labor of love and very slow going.

Jan. 07

Headers are cooling along nicely

I have been slowly roughing in the tubes with mild steel. They are looking pretty good so far I think. The primaries are 1 7/8 stepped to 2 inch with a 3 1/2 collector outlet. This should wake up the ...

March 27

Operation shock tower reinforcement complete

The rear shock towers were a little rotted out in the back of my car when i got it. One actually broke out. This called for an emergency repair. Now I have finally made time to finish it off. It ...

March 23

Unknown wheels

I found some wheels and I can't find any info on them. But they look good and I am gonna use them.

Jan. 24

Found some heads

My friend and i were able to swap out some heads on a core motor to get a pair of 243 castings. They have awsome flow rates and a little higher compression.

Jan. 24

HERE IS THE MOTOR WE FOUND

We found and junk engine core with a spun rod. My friend has extra parts laying around so we are doing a junk parts build just to see how fast it will go. All of the parts are going to ...

Jan. 24

HERE IS SOME MORE PROBLEMS

Got started last weekend and found out that this work is not too bad. I should have done this in the car like my friend said, because there are clearance issuse. Time to start over again. On the upside thing ...

Jan. 20

Building headers step 2

Slight modifications were necessary to get the 1 7/8" tube into the flange. I have only one done right now. One to go. Then the nightmare begins!

Jan. 20

Building headers

Well, ran into my first challenge. I found out that the pipes won't fit in the flanges.

Jan. 20

ANYONE TRIED TO MAKE HEADERS?

My friend and I are going to change a few things this year. So, new stuff has to be built. I am going to make a solid attempt at making headers. How hard can it be?! Right? Well, we are ...

Nov. 05

Side bars

Straight door bars just are not gonna work with how small the door openings are. I bent them for easier in and outs. And what a world of difference. They are not gonna be legal for going real fast. But ...

Nov. 05

Supports for the supports

I needed some gussets to go in the corners for support. I found some nifty ones on an off-road rock crawler site. And i think they add a nice touch.

Nov. 05

Needs some structure

Now that the motor is in and still has a massive hole in the fire wall,I feel that this needs a little more structure and support. I bought some pipe and barrowed a chopsaw and got to grinding. I was ...

Oct. 28

Chrome!

This muffler adds some bling. A it helps give the unassuming look. Now it blends in with all of the other small tuner cars.

Oct. 28

I needed another muffler

I bought a cheap muffler to make it quieter. I welded a small pipe to the larger 3.5 pipe just before the exhaust cutout and welded everything together. And the dump is hidden under the car and behind the back ...

Oct. 28

More fab and cutting for the dump

I need another small arm to help actuate the dump lever. I used an old park brake cable abd 2 small heim end to attach both ends. I cut a small lever and drilled some holes to match the handle. ...

Oct. 28

Exhaust cut out

Now that i have the dump constructed,i need something to control it. I drew out a shape and cut it out in 3/16 inch plate. Drilled out some holes to make it look snazzy and sanded off the outside and ...

Oct. 28

Exhaust is too loud

The sprint car muffler help quiet the exhaust down some,but it is not enough. I came up with the idea to add on a poser muffler for stealth mode and open up a dump somehow. First step is to make ...

Oct. 28

Time for exhaust

No one makes anything for a sbc and corolla swap. Everything has to be made including exhaust.Old exhaust pipe was used to slowly piece bends together and route the tubes to form an y-pipe with 3 inch pipe. Then 3.5 ...

Oct. 28

Air filter box

Since the motor was set so far back the carb sets right under the cowl vents. When it rained,there was nothing to stop it from going into the motor. I bought a carb hat and bolted it on. I constructed ...

Oct. 28

Radiator top

After the side brackets were built,i fiberglassed them in so air would be trapped and forced to go through the radiator. Then a top needed to be made. Imade the outer structure out of weldable steel and then fiber glassed ...

Oct. 28

RADIATOR SHROUD

I was given a very nice radiator from a friend and it was a little too big. But it was nice and i was determined to use it. So, i was forced to make brackets and a shroud. Because the ...

Oct. 27

MASTER CYLINDER RELOCATE

HERE IS ANOTHER VIEW OF HOW FAR IT WAS MOVED OVER.

Oct. 27

ITS BEEN A LONG ROAD

HAD TO MOVE THE MASTER CYLINDER TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE NEW MOTOR AND TO HAVE FUNCTIONING POWER BRAKES.

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Comments

Jan 20, 2012 9:35 p.m.
deveous9:
Excellent ride. One of my biggest regrets was selling my te72 and I always wanted to do a v8 swap. Keep up the good work.
Jan 25, 2012 2:21 p.m.
DEATHTRAP:
Thanks. The hardest thing about doing this is having to make "everything". New style front suspension and a narrowed bigger rear end is coming soon. The only thing toyota left on it will be the body. Total sleeper.

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