Started on April 10 by deveous9

1981 Toyota Corolla TE72

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. UPDATE: 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 !

Latest updates
Feb. 01
Dry Ice Helper

I finally got around to remove the heat insulation from the interior flooring. The only …

Nov. 15
Streets of Willow Track Day

I took my Corolla to the Speedventures HPDE event at the Streets of Willow track …

Nov. 01
Relocated the electric fan

I decided to place the electric fan in front of the radiator for better air …

Sept. 17
on stock rims

Here is a picture of my lowered corolla with the stock 13” wheels. I think …

Sept. 17
Lowered with new wheels

I bought a set 15” Cressida wheels on craigslist for 50 bucks and I think …

Aug. 28
end result

figured I should might as well use up all the primer that I had and …

Aug. 28
fixing the body

I finally got some time to work on the body. It didn’t take much effort …

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June 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

July 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.

July 16, 2009, 6:49 p.m.

Nice...Looks like a fun project! What do you have in mind for suspension?

July 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.

July 19, 2009, 6:49 p.m.

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!

July 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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