1981 Toyota Corolla TE72

Started on April 10 by deveous9

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Its a low budget project with lots of potential. Bought this car from the original owner who had the car sitting for 10 years before he decided to sell it to me. A 6 puck racing clutch and a Weber Carb are in the works and with some luck it will be on the track soon.


Finally installed the BRD 6 puck clutch kit, weber 32/36 carburetor, headers and flowmaster exhaust. I am proud to say that it performed excellent on the Streets of Willow Springs Track. I pushed this Corolla past its limits and it held together just fine but I wish I had upgraded the cooling system because I did have a minor overheating issue which was caused by the stock radiator. A better cooling system and suspension upgrades are in the works. Viva Team TKO !

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Jun 9, 2009 11:22 a.m.
I love it! What kind of header are you using? If your stock clutch had any life left in it, I might be interested... Clem
Jul 16, 2009 11:43 a.m.
Sorry for the late post but I am using a ebay brand header and it does the job right. The clutch that I removed from the car did not have springs which leads me to believe that it was not the original style clutch. As far as I know all Corolla's came with spring loaded clutches but maybe I am wrong.
Jul 16, 2009 6:49 p.m.
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter):
Nice...Looks like a fun project! What do you have in mind for suspension?
Jul 17, 2009 1:12 a.m.
My low budget stops me from buying the expensive adjustable coil overs but for now a set of lowering springs and camber adjustable plates are in the works. Dont know what to do after that.
Jul 19, 2009 6:49 p.m.
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter):
Sounds like a great start! In my experience with the AE86, which shares essentially the same floorpan, slight lowering and adjustable camber make a big difference, especially if you refresh any worn bushings at the same time. I would suggest trying that and seeing how it does for you on the track. What you do after that can be guided by your experience behind the wheel. If you lower it a lot (like 3" a lot) without roll center adjusters (AKA bump steer spacers) you can get some bump steer and throw the handling balance a bit out of whack, so keep that in mind when choosing lowering springs. Have fun!
Jul 19, 2009 11:49 p.m.
Thanks for the tips and now I know who to ask for any AE86 swap questions.
May 16, 2010 11:33 p.m.
Financial difficulties forced me to sell my favorite, all time car. I made a good profit and I was even able to buy a cheap commuter vehicle with the profits.

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