November 7th, 2011
So after 6 and a half years of shooting cars through a viewfinder of a camera, I finally purchased my first RWD car — a Toyota KE70 which was made in the early 80′s. The car is dead standard running the 4KC 1.3L with a 5 speed gearbox. I picked it up just over 1 week ago for $600 as is. The amount of rust is very minimal which is a great start. I immediately fell in love with the car as soon as I saw it was the colour it was, sure, for some it’s probably not very appealing but it’s actually quite rare to see KE70′s in this particular colour.
The interior is as clean as the exterior. For a car that was made almost 3 decades ago I was so surprised to see one in this condition. The dash is a lovely beige colour with only 1 little crack in the dash. It also came with a Toyota ball shift knob which I’ve never seen before and will definitely be replacing my skeleton shifter from Japan. Every component works, even the analog clock in the cluster.
Over the week of owning the car I’ve picked up some spare parts to freshen things up a little bit. We managed to track down and pull out some rear EA Falcon which happened to be King springs so they should be a kilogram or two heavier. Other parts such as spark plugs, drive belt, oil and fuel filter, rear taillights, radiator, oil and coolant should help the little 4KC run a little smoother. The car hasn’t been driven on the road for about 6-12 months so I’m really looking forward to stretching its legs once I get a RWC and registration.
So, here is what I wanted to show you mostly. Last night my mate Robo brought around his 14 x 7 +0 (UEO Spec) TE37s to test fit on my car. Sure, most KE70′s these days run old school dished SSRs, quad headlight and lips but I want to style mine away from the crowd. I think these wheels suit the car so perfectly, 7J +0 is so ideal for standard guards. Note: these two photos are photochopped, the car still has standard suspension, I just wanted to see what they would look like once we lower the car. It’s always good to play on the computer to see what you want before you spend the money.
Here is one final shot a little closer. I think this will be around the height I will run the car, just in line with the top of the tyre. Personally, I think the colour of my car can pull of any sort of wheel. We’ve also tried Watanabes, TOM’S Igetas and Hayashi Streets but I think these work wonders. After a while I will be looking to change from the standard KE70 lights to DX front and rear. For now I want to concentrate on suspension and getting this little girl on the road.