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I live in Valemount, BC.

I drive a dreamy 1993 toyota wagon with miniscule miles that has been looked after wonderfully.

I have a 1982 Toyota Corolla (3TC 1.8l automatic) that I am putting back on the road.
The motor blew. I have no real good indication why. The 3TC is meant to be a brickshit house, but for some reason mine gave up at only 285,000 km. While it leaked an incredible amount of oil (from everywhere it seems), it didn't blow with lack of oil. It ran funny for a while, my mechanic friend tested and found poor compression in a cylinder, and then... it was gone.

Other than that and it's rust trouble, the car is in fine shape and I intend to drive it for a million miles.
The project for this summer is to swap motors. I found a low miles (157,000 km) motor for it and will swap soon.

Much of the body is disintegrating, and I want to fly at it with fibreglass, but if I take out the metal that should go I'll have no guide for the shape. any ideas? The lower part of the doors are also going, and I know that they will be difficult to do because of the shape.

When the motor and the body is repaired, rims ground of rust and polished somehow, then I will paint it green with black flames.
I want larger wheels and to raise the whole thing 2 inches for better clearance in my mountainous home.
 

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I wish to heaven mine was a manual, but I've got no delusions about having the time or expertise to change over. I'll have to be happy with the auto.
How would I find out the body style number of my corolla. It's a three door lift back.
Have you made mods to the 1.8?
 

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Check under your hood, on the firewall there should be a small plate with information. The code should be on there.
Haven't done any mods under the hood yet, but I have a big box of parts I still haven't had the time to install (45mm DCOE Weber, electric fuel pump, K&N with some more goodies). Put a GT Grant steering wheel, and cd player inside.
 
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