78 Toyota KAI-Rolla TE51 Liftback Deluxe

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Dustparticle
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78 Toyota KAI-Rolla TE51 Liftback Deluxe

Post by Dustparticle » Fri May 03, 2019 11:12 pm

Hello from Austin Texas. I just bought a 78 Corrola TE51 Liftback Deluxe for me and my buddy to work on together.
She's got a 2TC with ~57k miles and A40 3-speed auto.
Short term plan is to keep it as stock as possible but modernize it to be a reliable daily driver: Holley Sniper EFI kit, electric fan, electronic ignition, fix AC, etc.
Long term plan: mild street cam, maybe better suspensions and a 4-speed/OD down the road.

Here's what we've gotten so far: https://youtu.be/y2x25ga1MSg

We will work on it more this weekend if the weather cooperates.
Stay tuned!

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Re: 78 Toyota KAI-Rolla TE51 Liftback Deluxe

Post by Dustparticle » Sat May 11, 2019 2:43 pm

In the second episode, we focus on fitting the exhaust header, mounting the O2 sensor for the EFI and deleting the smog pump.
Feel free to comment and we’d love to hear your thoughts on the project.
https://youtu.be/EelotkzELMc

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Re: 78 Toyota KAI-Rolla TE51 Liftback Deluxe

Post by AE25 » Mon May 20, 2019 2:17 am

Tidy looking te51 you've got there. Always interested to see new parts adapted to modernise the 70's equipment . Keep up the good work! I'll be keeping an eye on your progress for sure.

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Re: 78 Toyota KAI-Rolla TE51 Liftback Deluxe

Post by Dustparticle » Thu May 30, 2019 4:48 pm

Part 3 of #KaiRolla the 1978 Toyota Corolla TE51 Liftback Deluxe build is now up on YouTube!
In this episode, Garret fitted the Holley Sniper EFI + 3TC intake and fabricated an "organic" looking throttle cable bracket:
https://youtu.be/LVljoTsEaIA

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Re: 78 Toyota KAI-Rolla TE51 Liftback Deluxe

Post by Dustparticle » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:48 pm

Happy 4th y'all! We seem to have assembled all the necessary components to convert the little 2tc to EFI. BUT WILL THE ENGINE RUN?!?!? HOW WILL IT SOUND!?!?!?
https://youtu.be/yYi4XvBNUwE

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Re: 78 Toyota KAI-Rolla TE51 Liftback Deluxe

Post by Dustparticle » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:20 pm

As the project progresses we have been collecting smaller tasks that need to be addressed before we can finally driving the 78 Corolla Liftback. We need to install our rebuilt alternator, install our water pump pulley (after deleting the mechanical fan), install our new (appropriately sized) throttle body bolts, install our electric cooling fan, plan and route the new Holley Sniper EFI engine harness, extend the coolant temp sensor wiring, and replace the transmission pan gasket/shift shaft seal.
https://youtu.be/WaSO3cMGbaY

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