The final task on the original Rolla was to stick the Carib suspension into it, and basically revert it back to the car as I bought it, but slightly better.
Well, it was a good run with the Liftback Corolla, but unfortunately it’s become unfeasible to keep it going.
The manual swap wasn’t the only improvement on the cards for this car. Whats a sporty weekend/track car without some handing and braking upgrades?
As part of the manual conversion, we noticed that the inner CV boot on one side was cracked and leaking. Since it’d never be easier to do, I did it.
I had some concerns about the clutch, so day three was started with us plumbing it in and bleeding it.
After a long and eventful first day, it was time to get stuck into the manual part of manual converting.
Ever since looking for a Corolla, the goal was that it HAD to be manual. Autos are lame, and no good for a fun weekend/track toy. With my car, I made the compromise of an auto based on availability and cost, but with the knowledge it would be manual swapped in the near future. Well, that time has come.
Yes, that old game. I bloody hate rust, but unfortunately, I have found myself the proud owner of a car with some. Not bad, but in a bad place.
I don’t know if the previous owner liked to pick at it, or if they just had a casual chew on it, but the original four-spoke steering wheel was manky, so needed to go.
Since replacing the valve cover gasket, once the paint smell had burned off I could still smell a faint smell of burning oil from under the bonnet. This was strange since I spent a lot of time degreasing the area before replacing the gasket, there shouldn’t be any oil there.