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21
Oct
12

Project KP30:One Last Blast

before winter…

See you in Spring…

The KP survives another year and is safely tucked up at my Folk’s house for the winter.   Not exactly sure where this summer has gone, but another tax disk has expired and a I feel like I never really got out in the old girl much.  I’ve got a few ideas for stuff to do over winter but for now the Herald is coming up to mine for some (outlaw) work over the next few months. 2013: Less rain please!

 

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05
Jun
12

Project KP30: No More White Rap

The KP has finally dried out from the Speedhunters excursion so I figured I should catch up with some of the work it needs.  Firstly, the manifold was cracked so I welded it up and smoothed out all the joins.  I decided to run without the wrap this time; it looks like crap and inevitably changes colour and unwraps itself.  So, at the risk of higher underbonnet temps in traffic or something, I high-temp painted the steel bananas and re-fited them.

On the basis that it took me 3 weeks to get round to this I might get the other bits done by Christmas…ahh, I need more time to play!

30
May
11

Project KP30: Gifts from Koji

As if it wasn’t enough to source and send me a super-rare 6″ TRD LSD, Koji also threw in the box a couple of extras:

A Toyota Publica dealer brochure dated December ’75

And, AMAZINGLY, a TRD CDI module.  This thing is exactly what I need as I refuse to give up my points.

Thanks Koji!

International car friends!

03
Apr
11

Project KP30: Relocation Station Part #2

So, this weekend battery relocation escalated… Six weeks later here’s how it sits!

I got carried away and re-painted the bay and rocker lid.   That’s not what took the time though;  There’s been the usual mix of real life getting in the way of play time, but I did end up spending a whole week chasing electrical gremlins.  I knew me and wiring was a bad idea.  The problem turned out to be a combination of a dodgy earth and a (subsequently) fried voltage regulator (sorry, phone pics).

A massive shout has to go to Luke at WOSP Performance who sorted me out with a plug and play electric regulator (and a spare mechanical one).  I never thought I’d get one to fit the car second-hand, nevermind an upgraded electrical one.

Oh yeah, this pic shows how it was before.  I’ve moved everything under the wing and built a new loom to keep everything in the bay clean.

LSD plans have taken a back seat for now.  Thanks to everyone who helped me out on this.  I think I’m going to convert the axle to a 5.6″ over next winter and with that get some new wheels.  Now the weather is better I don’t want the car off the road!

25
Feb
11

Project KP30: Relocation Station Part #1

For this summer I wanted to shift the battery into the boot and tidy the bay up generally.  It won’t be a full on wire tuck, but I will be ditching the horn, voltage regulator, some wiring and erm the battery to give a cleaner look and more space to play.

This morning I picked up the cable and connectors I need:

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I stripped off the exhaust and carbs to change all the gaskets and misab rings.  I also wanted to see if the 4-1 manifold I picked up might fit…it’s not even close so I’ll be sticking to my 4-2-1.

I was really hoping to get more done over the last couple of weeks, but it’s not happened so the car is still in the air (and will be for a few more weeks)

I’ve also secretly been stuffing money down the back of my Sofa and have hopefully saved up enough to fund an LSD.   This will MAKE this car.  Having driven it with a welded diff it was a total animal, so hopefully with the ability to unlock, it will be manageable when parking and a total hang-wagon.  I’ve started making enquiries and have consulted Thomas Delien the font of Toyota knowledge (more on his car soon) and it appears the car has a “U292″ diff:

This means (in theory) a 6″ KP61 diff should fit, so if anyone out there has one for sale, any more info on what will fit or any leads as to where I can get one hit me up on the usual channels:

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13
Dec
10

Typical Scene Kid 2

I got this for the E30, but it fits the KP too.  I’ll be taking my BMX to shows this year then.

11
Dec
10

Retro Cars Magazine: COTY – Among Legends

It’s that time of year when all the mags round-up their years worth of feature cars and let the public vote for their favorite, and Retro Cars is no different.  I was stoked when I got my copy and my car had been nominated!   Even cooler than that is so has Yuta’s 240 (getting my vote!!!).    It was a great feature, beautifully shot by living legend Linhbergh (still one of my favorite ‘togs).

It’s a great mag this month and among a load of great writing, photography and feature cars is Ramon Portugal’s ’72 TE27.  It’s perfection with 20 valves and those TRD wheels.

Jan 2011 out now – go buy!

17
Oct
10

Daily Driven (Roadster: Sold)

Soooo, I sold the Roadster by accident and now my only car is the KP.

By accident?  Yeah, I’ve been toying with it for a while, but I’ve never found anything else that’s got me excited enough to want replace it with.  I was kinda getting on my own nerves talking about it, so just put it up for sale to see what happened…and it kinda sold in 48 hours.  So now I’m on the hunt for a new daily driver (any suggestions hit me up in the comments/ on Facebook).  Until then the KP will be on the daily grind!

04
Sep
10

Racer86.com & Cha Cha Racing Family: ありがとうございます

Today I received a mystery envelope…The post mark immediately gave away what it might be and I was excited to say the least!

I didn’t wait long to tear into the envelope; what I found was more than I ever expected!  I’ve been exchanging emails with Koji Iwasa from the Cha Cha Racing family now for a couple of days and he mentioned to me he was sending me one of his team stickers.  What I received was the following:

An amazing selection of stickers including rare vintage Tom’s racing stickers!  If that wasn’t enough Koji had included a copy of Nostalgic Hero, with his car in!

It goes without saying the team sticker will be taking pride of place on the rear screen of my car, just as it does on theirs!

I must say a huge thanks you to Koji and the Cha Cha Racing Family! I really appreciate their generosity!  This is exactly why I love old cars and car culture:  Two strangers, living thousands of miles apart, who speak a totally different languages, can share a passion for old Toyotas and racing cars – this is car life!

Koji:  Expect a package soon!

そんなにあなたの寛大さをありがとう、たくさんのステッカーや雑誌を私に送る!それは非常に感謝すぐに私はあなたに英国からの小包を送ることです!

02
Sep
10

Garage Life – Part #3

OK, so this has taken me ages to get together, but I can finally say my garage is fin…

alright, so not quite yet.  I’ve made some pretty good progress though:  The lighting is in and I’ve wired in some extra plug sockets; two major steps in making this place more than just a storage box.

My bench is also in and I finally got the door painted

Motivational poster

Floor still looks clean?  Yep, that’s because I had to re-paint after a water leak!

Right, time to get on the spanners!




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