TE72 project makeover.

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TE72 project makeover.

Postby bossman12 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:54 pm

So about a year ago I picked up a 82 sedan from a fellow forum member. I had been searching for while and just wasn't happy with what I was seeing out there so I kind of gave up for a while. Then one day I stumbled across this beauty and I knew I had to have it. The guy I had purchased the car from had this thing sitting in his garage for some time and had dialed in the engine (smog legal 4age) and suspension. This is the engine I had already had in mind of dropping in and the suspension was perfect which saved me alot of time and money so this was a perfect starting point for me. This is my build of taking an already great TE sedan and just taking it to the next level (tastefully).

This is where my journey began...
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First things first get the Hayashi's freshened up. They are nice wheels just a little rough.
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This is them after.
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Next step is to get rid of the aftermarket fender and lower valance and install and oem one. Then mount and fit the chrome bumpers. Lastly remove all the exterior trim and before the silverfish gets sent out to the paint shop.
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The silverfish at the paintshop getting prepped, primed and painted.
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I work for a Benz dealer and found a color that was very close to the corolla's original silver with just a bit more metallic in it. I love the way she came out!!
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Now to start with the interior color conversion and piecing her back together. Being a Benz tech I decided to incorporate some of the materials used in those cars and put them in mine. Alcantara is standard on all the AMG vehicles and I love the way it looks and feels. So I decided to wrap all the trim peices, headliner and rear speaker tray in it.
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A close up of the headliner.
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Freshly painted door panels and interior pieces.
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I have a buddy who does carbon fiber work and he offered to use his magic on the center console.
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Test fitting the carbon
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After a couple coats of epoxy. Still a work in progress.
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This is the front part of the console completed. The storage part of the console took him a while, so we'll come back to that later.
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Moving on... After sending out the bumpers for new chrome and then mounting them I came to realize that the turn signals had no where to mount. Since I didn't want to have anything welded onto the bumper after just chroming it I cut up some scrap metal and busted out the welder. The brackets I made came out very ugly but the lights are centered and definitely aren't going anywhere.
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Still working on the interior... cutting and fitting the new carpet.
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Luckily the dash on my car was in relatively good condition. But like all old vinyl dashes they have some cracks. In order fix the cracks on mine I cut out the back sections and filled them in with some quick hardening epoxy. Then I sanded them smooth and sprayed the entire dash with some rubberized undercoating and lastly painted it.
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Got the headliner and some of the pillars back in.
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The silverfish only had a Recaro on the drivers side when I bought it. After searching for some time I located a matching Recaro in Japan. 10 weeks later... here it is.
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Just picked up the rear seat from the upholstery shop. Perfect factory pattern but now in black.
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Here is the interior all finished.
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Here is the completed center console. I told I would come back to it.
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And here is the silverfish all finished up... for now.
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Re: TE72 project makeover.

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Postby oldeskewltoy » Wed May 01, 2013 2:26 pm

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Postby John H. » Wed May 01, 2013 8:27 pm

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby Jeonsah » Wed May 01, 2013 10:01 pm

Sweet ride! Great work on the body, interior, and engine swap. That swap looks very nice in there! Keep up the hard work!

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby bossman12 » Thu May 02, 2013 8:37 am

Thanks fellas. Some future plans are to eventually do an itb setup, cams and lower the rear end ratio because the rpms sit a bit high on the freeway.

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby Garage7RP » Thu May 02, 2013 6:06 pm

Nice TE! What is the name of the paint shop?

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby bossman12 » Thu May 02, 2013 8:57 pm

Garage7RP wrote:Nice TE! What is the name of the paint shop?


The shop is called All Quality Collision and Restoration in Orange. The guy has a great shop and does awesome work.

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Postby OG UTOTMO » Mon May 06, 2013 5:02 pm

i know the owner of that car it was actually 3tc auto with working ac when he purchase it. The swap was done by daniel d custom work which the engine came from his 83 e7 and he that swap bar and ref. so glad it went to a good home oh by d way what happened to the lip?

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Postby Big Mike Socal Muniz » Tue May 07, 2013 6:50 am

OG UTOTMO wrote:i know the owner of that car it was actually 3tc auto with working ac when he purchase it. The swap was done by daniel d custom work which the engine came from his 83 e7 and he that swap bar and ref. so glad it went to a good home oh by d way what happened to the lip?


You must mean "former owner", Jonathan did own this car at one time and a lot of skillful hands have touched this car before (we even met Daniel who did the wiring on this car this past weekend) . But Luis now owns the car and has done a lot to make it look the way it does now, and is evident since winning 1st place this past Saturday for the "Best Old School Modified Corolla" category at Toyotafest... Congratulations Luis on your 1st show!

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby Deuce Cam » Tue May 07, 2013 11:33 am

What are the wheel specs?

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby bossman12 » Tue May 07, 2013 11:53 am

OG UTOTMO wrote:i know the owner of that car it was actually 3tc auto with working ac when he purchase it. The swap was done by daniel d custom work which the engine came from his 83 e7 and he that swap bar and ref. so glad it went to a good home oh by d way what happened to the lip?

When I picked up the car the lip wasn't on the car. It was also pretty beat up and not in the best condition so I sold it.

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby bossman12 » Tue May 07, 2013 11:54 am

Deuce Cam wrote:What are the wheel specs?

Wheel specs are 13x7 with +7 offset.

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby Deuce Cam » Tue May 07, 2013 12:59 pm

Nice. I'm usually not a fan of 13's, but those look perfect on your car.

Edit: Look what I found:

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby hachigo87 » Thu May 16, 2013 1:48 am

Nice tasteful transformation, I couldn't agree more with everything you've done to her. Keep up the good work sir and congrats on your first show! ;)
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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby bossman12 » Thu May 16, 2013 9:19 pm

Thanks guys! I went to T.O.R.Q with no expectations at all other than to just have a good time, so winning was definitely a big surprise. :D

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby yellowsnow4free » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:36 am

bossman12 wrote:I work for a Benz dealer and found a color that was very close to the corolla's original silver with just a bit more metallic in it. I love the way she came out!!
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Hey bossman12,

What color is that? Your description sounds a lot like the color on my car.

Thanks! :D

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby bossman12 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:45 pm

yellowsnow4free wrote:
bossman12 wrote:I work for a Benz dealer and found a color that was very close to the corolla's original silver with just a bit more metallic in it. I love the way she came out!!
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Hey bossman12,

What color is that? Your description sounds a lot like the color on my car.

Thanks! :D


Yellowsnow4free If i remember correctly the color is called brilliant silver but i know the color code for sure is 775.

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby yellowsnow4free » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:41 pm

bossman12 wrote:Yellowsnow4free If i remember correctly the color is called brilliant silver but i know the color code for sure is 775.

Thanks bossman12! :)

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby toywagon82 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:55 pm

I love the way that centerconsole looks!
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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby OG UTOTMO » Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:40 pm

what r ur plans 4 d oem center console?

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby Trader » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:49 pm

Nice project. Does anyone know where I can get OEM Panels for the 1982 TE72 4 Door Corolla? I need 2 rear 1/4 panel, and Trunk Panel.

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby Lapdance » Mon May 04, 2015 11:54 pm

Im definitely stealing the rubberized dash idea. Car looks great. Love the headliner as well.

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Re: TE72 project makeover.

Postby mananaja » Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:30 am

The guy I had purchased the car from had this thing sitting in his garage for some time.
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