Posts Tagged ‘KP61


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!


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:


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:





KP61 x TRD – on it.


UK Builders doing it right!

Browsing my regular Forums over the last couple of weeks has turned up two builds that really blew me away with their awesomeness! It’s now really cold and wet and dark for 23 out of 24 hours so it’s good to see some fresh builds coming out of peoples garages.

The first was spotted on Driftworks and belongs to simo1. Build thread HERE

OK, I should mention this car is from the ROI – Edited for geographical correctness.

With a killer paint job, TRD suspension, front lip and a selection of wheels to die for this little KP already looks amazing and it’s not even finished!

The best part is, it’s still K-Series powered!

The second build I spotted was on Retro-Rides and belongs to hongkongphooey (I love forum nick-names!) Build thread HERE.

He has transformed his TA22, in what seems like a few days, into this show stopper which I can see every retro/ jap magazine in the business fighting to get a piece of, and rightly so.  Not only is this a stunning resto with some amazing modifications (more on that in a min) but the details are fantastic; Check out the BMW 7-Series light conversion and the digi-dash and gauges!

The icing on the cake is of course the lump filling the gap between the front struts; long gone is the T2 motor and in its place sits no less than an SR20 with enough trick bits on it to worry super-car owners!

I couldn’t make a UK builders thread without mentioning Stu’s Sapporo again. The car is now fresh out the paint shop and looking better than ever. Bags and Works, could there be any more win?

Build thread HERE

Time to get back in the garage I think!