I'm new around here and just picked up this pretty sweet 1994 toyota corolla. This is my second corolla, my first corolla is a 1985 GTS coupe that is currently in pieces.
Plans for her is to remain my reliable daily driver, and secondly to enjoy the car a bit more maturely that I have with my 86.
I'm not looking for any specific high power output, or to win trophies (or even enter shows, lol). Just enjoyment of driving it, working on it, etc. the 86 has been wearing me out, she will be on her 4th motor in the next few weeks. and this is only out of a little over 5 years of ownership. hopefully the ae100 won't give me the same heartaches as Lola (the 86's name) has.
Current things about the AE100 (haven't figured out a name yet)
clean body with minor dents (meh)
paint is faded at the roof and hood (due to bad paint being left from NUMMI in 1993)
DX with the gold lettering, yet is bare bones everything.
AC works! and heater too! (the 86 has neither)
clean interior, no cracks on dash, no stains at all
only one owner prior to me taking over. She was a really nice lady that is retiring in a few years. she cried as i took the keys D:
has the 1.8 7a motor
In the past 2 days of ownership, I have put on about 200 miles from driving all around the south bay area. Mostly to get a feel for everything and breaking her in. Cruised through the local mountain road at a cautious "brisk" pace (front tires are bald!). and driving through the mountain roads i've become quite attached to her. shes really nimble, and surprisingly quick! however towards the end of the run at around 3am the driver side axle started clicking and only got louder.
So after a few hours of cursing and busting knuckles with my friend earlier tonight, we replaced the driver side axle with a new vatozone unit with one of those sweet lifetime warranties.
And I also found out that there is a good chance that one of my uncles had helped assemble her going through NUMMI here in Fremont in 1993. Sweet!
For now, I'm only going to keep up with her needed/scheduled maintenance.
And do the taillights up in LEDs. Still haven't decided what pattern or design Im going to go with.
I do have a wish list, like paint, AE111 blacktop 4ag, reclinable bride seats, and some cool lookkin wheels too. But these will come after the 86 is finished with my wallet >_>.
I'll be updating here as my car's progress comes along. So I'll be seeing you guys around here.
If you want to see my ae86 build log, you can see it through my minkara page:
and the LED taillight conversions that I do as well:
Oh, and some cool links that i've found related to E100 corollas from japan: