So… Where were we?
The last time I wrote about a Corolla, I had just hunted down a KE20 Corolla sedan, and transferred it to a shed for storage and work. It was an exciting trip; I was essentially towing a trailer-load of fun for me to discover! Before I go too far though, I’ll fill you in on what I’m working with.
The KE20 Corolla.
Resisting the temptation to paraphrase Wikipedia, it’s the second generation corolla. Over the world the KE20 Corolla was made in a four door sedan, two door sedan, coupe, wagon, and panelvan. Japan got the spicy TE27 Levin – a 2T-engined coupe with all the fruit. In Australia we got the KE25 from Japan, and the KE20 two door sedan, built in Port Melbourne. As the prefix suggests, Australia got the much-less-spicy 3K engine, with around half the power.
Cool Story Bro. Picsorban!
All of the parts that came with the car were stuffed into the dismantled interior, along with a bunch of other rubbish. A thorough clean-out was needed:
The wiring harness was fairly original, with just some subtle hints of a previous immobiliser, and this stereo wiring:
Not much to see here.
I met a friend along the way:
I always lamented the thought of having to chase down obscure parts just to have a reasonably complete vehicle. Buying a dismantled, unfinished project is probably a good way to end up in this position, but I was really happy with what I got with it, and the condition it was all in. There weren’t too many difficult parts to find or replicate.
I wanted to find out more about the condition of the bodywork, so the tear-down went further the next day with the rest of the interior and hanging panels on this nice KE20 Corolla. Bring on the high-pressure cleaner.