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Fred's 1983 KP60 Toyota Starlet, take 2! 
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Something I knew! (blacktop ITB manifold air routing detail) https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 2773012480
Something I didn't know (blacktop MAP sensor damping) https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 3412211712

I will be trying one of those on my beloved hotel when I next get the opportunity to play with it. Fingers crossed the stem seals cure it. I doubt it, though.

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Sun May 15, 2016 11:36 am
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Sealed the deal on these, just now! :-)

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Sun May 15, 2016 12:04 pm
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I did a little impromptu work on the KP tonight, and finished the grill mounting improvements: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5972276227

And noted that it's still an utter failure, living up to its name: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4351674368

Moved her back against the engines and BBQ, too, so there's a bunch more room at the front of the garage for GP use. Including getting her half out to work on the back of her.

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Wed May 25, 2016 8:06 am
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Tonight the second 4age got chained up and hoisted up into the air. This is how it looked: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 8622990337

I suspect a bad bottom end in this engine, so I need to get the sump off and verify that I'm right, or wrong, and make plans accordingly. If the bearings are fully gone/spun/loose, the head will be damaged, too. Hopefully not, but...

The crank in this engine is damaged anyway, on the outside, the nose has been ground/mangled away. So I'll need a new crank from some other similar 4age (only two crank types) to make it right again.

Tomorrow I'll whip the sump off and try to figure out what the story is. Fingers crossed! Expecting the worst, hoping for the best.

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Sump and windage tray are off. Looks OK. Fairly clean and though I can move the rods along the crank slightly (normal play), I can't get any slop out of them in any other direction! Good news! A couple of pics of it:

Windage: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 2916994048
Crank/rods: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4147767296

Next steps:

1) Find new crank, probably from a silvertop
2) Find sprocket and disk, definitely from a blacktop, or use the ones from the smoky blacktop
3) Pull rear main and oil pump off
4) Install with new bearings/gaskets as required
5) Find a bell housing and run it up on the bench :-D
6) Install in Starlet :-)
7) Lose license :-p

Dreams are free. Unlikely to progress beyond this point anytime soon, sadly.

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Sun May 29, 2016 4:33 am
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Cunning plan for a trigger signal and code combination documented in my mind, jogged here:

https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 9059471361
https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 9475271680

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Brought home the new wheels for this tonight, nice and light, just the wrong offset, so I can't try them out until I can afford some spacers. What I do have, though, is some tyres that are close enough to correct to work for test fitting and a bit of a play. They're basically ruined 205/50R15 R888s that some BMW owner destroyed. I paid too much for them a while back (80 bucks for the 4, no big deal) and thought "I'll chuck them on something at some point" and this is it. In inches, rolling diameter for the 205/50R15 is 23.1, just a hair bigger than the 22.6 of the current 13" piles of junk. I can re-evaluate what I want once I'm up and running scuffing the last rubber off of the worn out R888s. References:

https://tiresize.com/tiresizes/175-70R13.htm 22.6
https://tiresize.com/tiresizes/195-50R15.htm 22.7 < super close.
https://tiresize.com/tiresizes/205-50R15.htm 23.1

Pics/proof:

Weight: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 3502053376
Stored: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6090562560
J160 box: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 8555209729

The J160 is one I bought a while ago, and Nige was nice enough to pick up and hold onto for me. Thanks Nige!!!! <3

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Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:12 am
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Re those rolling diameter numbers, here's a KP60 on 15s with 175/65R15 tyres, which have a diameter of 24.0 inches, significantly bigger than stock:

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It is lowered on "super low" springs, though, which helps make them tuck in and not look bulgy.

I don't think it looks out of place on 15s, personally. Many KP and AE fans prefer 14s, but to do that you have to suffer on brakes. Speaking of which, I should revisit the brake measurement situation now that the new wheels are in hand. Ref: viewtopic.php?p=41545#p41545

Ref: https://tiresize.com/tiresizes/175-65R15.htm 24.0

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Fred wrote:
Thus the minimum inner diameter under which they can fit with the correct sized rotor is 336mm, or 13.228 inches.

The thickness of that outer piece is about 25mm, and a further 4mm to the edge of the pad, which we'll split in 2 for clearance, and call 27mm, implying a correct rotor diameter of 282mm. Obviously it'd be OK to go a bit bigger or a bit smaller than these figures, and my measurements could be a little out anyway, but looking at the wheels I have on hand: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 7748806656


https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6817507328

Looks like I have a comfortable 325mm to work with, probably more as we get away from the flange and further into the centre of the vehicle. I have no idea what's possible/reasonable in that respect at this point, but will need to find out before choosing rotors. Pessimistically, though, 325 is 11mm under my ideal for the calipers, so I'm 11mm under the ideal rotors, so my rotors should be max 270-272mm. I think the Lantis ones are 274mm, so they're no good. Might run something with alloy hats like I will on the truck, anyway. Then I can pick and choose the position to suit myself. That should also mean that I don't even have to machine the stock hubs. I will need longer studs in there, though, and I'll need to do that to the rear end, too, in order to fit these wheels up and try them out on the street :-)

In other news, the second 4age is tucked in the corner to the right of where you see it hanging in this shot: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4053237760

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viewtopic.php?p=41577#p41577

I've been doing some more research on this topic and have decided that I don't like where the handbrake is, either.

135mm from dash to knob centre in third. My arm at full extension, dead straight.
255mm from dash to knob centre in fourth. My natural position for neutral.
70mm further back than current fourth, my rear most position, elbow touching seat.
Steering wheel is roughly 50 to 100 mm further back than the shifter in neutral.

Arm also fully extended and dead straight to handbrake handle in down position.
20-50mm further back would work well for me.

200mm from shifter centre at floor to tip of handbrake handle. Is this what I said above? Sort of.

Shifter is angled back pretty heavily to be even vaguely comfortable, as it is.

Sampling five vehicles, three manual, four with proper handbrakes, I found that the Starlet handbrake could go back as much as 80mm to be where the other three are, and that the other two manuals put fourth gear in the most comfortable rearward position, with neutral just forward of there, and third being maybe 80mm before the extent of my reach.

Reading through that, new fourth should be 70mm further back than old fourth, and old fourth is 200 further back than the hole centre, and new fourth is 70 behind the new hole, meaning that the new hole should be exactly where the handbrake handle tip is now, and the handbrake should go back enough to be clear of the new shifter in neutral.

I think. A couple of pics/tweets:

EDIT in morning. Too tired now.

Blacktop clutch disks are 210mm OD: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 1561903108
J160 shifter swap nets 53mm, not 55: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6642085889
Making sure the boxes don't leak stored on end: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 3428917248
Shifter moved forward: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5072184322
Close up of the same: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 4025583616
Two J160s stored on end: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 9916867584
Metal on drain bung: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 9541922816
Cleaned drain bung: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 6293475328
Handbrake location: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 3950065664
Comfortable holding: https://twitter.com/FredCookeNZ/status/ ... 5775923200

EDIT2: DONE!

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