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Glenn's Toyota Corolla

Glenn's Toyota Corolla

1984
1999
2000
2001
Mod List

This is Glenn's 1984 Toyota Corolla.
Click on all the pictures to get big ones.

1984

It was originally an AE71 Spirit, which meant that it had a carburetted 1600 SOHC 4AC motor, 5 speed gearbox, "sporty" seats that had red stripes, a big fat ugly red stripe down the side, and a pointless rear spoiler.

Here are some pictures of how it looked in 1984, according to the Toyota sales brochure.


[really big version]

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1999

This is how the car was bought in 1999 for $250. It wasn't in a very attractive condition, but the body was basically straight and there was only a few rust spots - the rear wheel arches, between the tail lights and at the back of the roof.
It also had a small amount of panel damage at the front and needed new bumper bars. The rear quarter glass was broken on the driver's side, none of the front window winders worked and there was lots of missing interior trim.

On the mechanical side there was not a lot that really needed replacing. The diff was noisy and had lots of play but seemed strong enough, the motor was sometimes a little smoky but was decent. The front brake calipers were seized, the master cylinder was leaky and all four tyres were bald or worse, down to the canvas. The spare tyre was blown.

A few months was taken to replace the needed panels, fix the brakes and get new tyres, as well as fix up the windows and interior. After that was done and there was some money, the car was taken to the panel shop for rust repairs and a paintjob.

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2000

This is how the car looked after being painted, lowered and 15 inch ROH Reflex wheels added, with 205/50R15 Kelly Charger tyres. The suspension and wheels were not added until the end of 2001. The car now looked and handled a lot better.

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2001

As had been planned all along, at the end of 2001 a twin cam 4AGE motor was installed. This motor was the main reason this type of car was bought in the first place, because the twin cam motor has the same block as the original 4A-C motor. This would make the conversion easy, because the new motor bolted up to the original engine mounts and gearbox.

The following are pictures of the new motor. 4AGEs look cool.

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UPDATE : September, 2002

The car was sold to its new owner in January 2002 (and replaced with a Volvo 240!), who repaired the abused Corolla and now has it back on the road - most likely abusing it some more :).
Never did get any burnout photos up here of this car, unfortunately, even though a video can be seen here.
Hopefully the new owner will be obliging, 'cause since a new (well, secondhand) diff was installed the little Corolla has a tendency to spin both wheels and gracefully slip sideways when you drop the clutch...


Mod list

  • ROH Reflex 15" wheels with 205/50 tyres
  • Lowered King springs (about 1.25" lower than standard)
  • KYB shocks
  • 4AGE DOHC EFI motor, with pod-style filter, 2.25" exhaust and extractors
  • Fully sik mate sports steering wheel
  • Pioneer CD Player and Alpine 6x9" speakers

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