1973 Toyota Corolla — Sport Compact Car Magazine

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Toyota Corolla Wagon VIII

A Cherished Memory Clad In Sheet Metal

If Derryk 1973 Toyota Corolla speak, it would recount a tale of faithful use, renewed appreciation and a mechanical

Derryk’s grandfather purchased the car years ago from a co-worker as a solution to an unpleasant commute. it had a straight body, the Te21 was pretty well worn at the as shown by its dull paint, a windshield seal, and a compressed driver’s seat. About six before his grandfather’s retirement, fossil-era Toyota got stolen and had to be from National City the Mexican border, where was paid to remove it from The Corolla required a tow back to Los since the thieves had unplugged its from the firewall, perhaps to someone from stealing the from them.

When Derryk’s grandfather the Corolla, now in need of an engine followed him to Missouri, where it a traffic accident that the left front fender, the and the front bumper. This in a polite $400 payout the insurance company, but the car remained in its condition.

When Derryk’s Steffany and her family moved to L.A. from Missouri, had the Corolla trailered back to for her use. Once in California, drove the Corolla within an of its life, only stopping it for the necessary fuel, oil and water to on the road. The car had fallen upon times, but its loyal service now it feel like a member of the so Derryk paid Steffany for the downtrodden Toyota and got to work on its

Getting the Corolla road-ready was a order, but Derryk’s previous with a modified 1974 station wagon had made him a fan of the and he sought to work similar with his grandfather’s old car. local junkyards were for the best replacement sheet and seats. Then Derryk Toyota junkies Juan and Lalama, the proprietors of R-rated in Ontario, Calif. loose on his A year later, he had this resurrected, performance-enhanced 1973 that roams the street

Juan and Jose replaced the stock engine with a version of Toyota’s bulletproof 3TC This popular four-banger, in this case was found the hood of a 1980 Corolla, an 89mm overbore to increase to 2.0 liters. The forged 10.5:1 are attached to the 3TC’s stout assembly, which has been and blueprinted. The cylinder head was ported with its hemispherical chambers polished, and along oversized valves and an aggressive TRD help provide this with some high-revving

A pair of Mikuni 44mm rest atop a TRD manifold and large volumes of fuel, excellent throttle response, as as add a sense of period-correctness to the car’s menu. A recurved distributor and an MSD 6AL box help provide the additional energy this high-compression requires. An equal-length Thermo-coated expels the spent fumes a 2.25-inch mandrel-bent exhaust

The rest of the Corolla’s drivetrain on proven components borrowed other Toyota vehicles. The is a five-speed unit from a Corolla GTS that, along a stock, lightened flywheel and a Dual-Friction clutch and pressure get the engine through the gears. Corolla uses a rear-end, with a LSD, that rested beneath a 1980 The axles are shortened and resplined Supra units that altered to accommodate the 3-inch axle housing, and the driveshaft is a aluminum unit.

The car’s suspension was modified for handling, but also ride was taken into consideration the vehicle would be driven The original front struts replaced with 1986 GTS strut housings filled Tokico adjustable shocks. The housings were modified a Ground Control coil-over that uses 200 lb/in. A front strut tower from Cusco in Japan stiffen the car’s front The rear suspension relies on reconditioned leaf springs and a of Tokico Illumina rear Urethane bushings are used on the control arms and in the rear

The stock front brakes replaced with vented and units pirated from a model Mazda RX-7 measure 12.3 inches in The rear brakes rely on cross-drilled and vented rotors and a 1980 Toyota Celica Rolling beneath the 1973 are early Supra wheels that were triple and shod with Yokohama tires.

The car’s exterior was a shade of white created by of Mario’s Auto Works in Calif. The Corolla’s very interior remains period-correct its vinyl seats and completely trim.

Derryk’s grandfather made it back to California to see the car in but did manage to see pictures of the vehicle and of it. The future for the vehicle is very as plans are to upgrade it with modern running gear engine, Electromotive Tech as well as a roll cage to suspension enhancements. Given the dedication, this 1973 seems destined to only get with age.

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