Hardly a build thread, this is more a small story of my recently purchased Corolla hatchback. Since this version is a European spec that was never sold in the US (well, I'm not even American, or live in America, I'm from Portugal...) I thought you guys might be curious about this oddity.
First, I'd like to present my car: It's a 1995 car, so at least I'm in the right section. It's a silver three door hatchback, pretty much exactly like the JDM FX version, chassis code CE100. If I remember correctly, for the European market this means it is a hatchback, and (to add further weirdness), it is a naturally aspirated diesel - powered by the legendary 2.0L 2C engine. 72 rampaging horsepower and a mere 97 lb·ft (132 N·m) of torque... but 50 mpg is achievable! The engine is famous for it's dependability and reliability.
Unusual? But wait, there's more: it's only a 2-seater. This thing is actually classified as a commercial vehicle, rear seats are removed to increase trunk space and a cargo separator is installed. (That's why it's called "StarVan" - actual marketing name).
(don't worry, I cleaned the cargo space properly afterwards)
Before I got the Corolla, I used to drive a SEAT Inca van (google it - it's basically a VW), and planned to sell it in a few months to help finance a decent car... and then this happened:
Doh! Not even a scratch on me, but a busted rear axle and a bent chassis meant the repair was too expensive for the value of the car, that I didn't even like that much anyway. The kind of car I'd like was still out of reach financially, my decision was to find a cheap but in decent shape car to be a "stop-gap" ride.
Enter the Corolla, and I actually started to really enjoy it! There's something
about it: a honest, solid, nice to drive, and good-looking car - a step up from the SEAT in pretty much everything!
Yes, I'll be keeping her for a while. But she needs some love, although in great health mechanically, an almost 22 year-old car is not perfect:
- Clear coat is quite rough in a few places
- A small dent on the driver's door;
- Driver's mirror housing is cracked;
- Dome light is not working - (wasn't - it's now working);
- Some of the tabs/brackets that hold the headlights and grille in place are broken.
- Part of the trunk cover is missing;
- Speakers are blown - I need to find out the right size first, are they stock ones 10cm (4 inch) or 13cm (5.10")?
Oh, and no rust!
These are some things that are going to be fixed - by myself or with some help. Call it a sort of mild restoration to make her looking pretty and healthy, and to have some fun in the process... I kindly ask for your help, because as much as I love cars, I haven't really did much work on them
..and I promise to treat her right and to show you the progress!