Well.... yesterday we had another eventful day with KP's.... I finally picked up the free facelift KP61 off a mate of mine, ripe for deconstruction! Bit of a background story... he bought it 3 years ago hoping to make something of it, in the end it sat on his lawn for 3 years...
Here it is arriving on the car trailer...
As you can see, it has a set of US800's.... 13x6" to be exact, and all of them in fantastic condition, only very minor kerbing on one of them. Tyres are shot, but I have some sussed so I'll bung the wheels on the KPimp for a spell to see how she looks, then I'll sell them... if any of your are interested make me a sensible offer (they'll have WOFable tyres on them!)
So we set about stripping it....
Chucked it up on axle stands, and removed the 3K... yes, a 3K. The chassis plate said KP61R, indicating it originally had a 4K, but this one sadly had a 3K and a K40... along with the original 4K the car would have had a K50 as it was a Sprint. Found out it had extractors and a 2" exhaust system in savable condition... so those will be finding their way onto the KPimp in the near future, once I've tidied them up a bit and welded flanges onto various spots so you can actually take it apart to fit to the car, as opposed to taking the car apart to fit it!!!
And we ended up with this...
Chucked some 12" Starlet rims on it, and she's ready to roll! We're storing the shell, as it's 99.9% rust free, me and a friend have plans to build a race car from it at some stage, so there might be another project on the go one day.... keep tuned!
kp61.... I have a spare clock available now as well, so let me know where you are located and I may be able to sort something out!
Hey Snoozin... I would like to get that Starlet Clock, please! Been searching everywhere. I'm located in the U.S. Burbank, CA. Please email me so we can discuss the procedures and such: email@example.com
Well, something else the wreck yielded was a set of extractors, and a 2" exhaust, complete with resonator, muffler and a big shiny tip. Kinda ugly tip but it'l do for the time being, this is a budget build after all! They cleaned up nicely with a couple of hours worth of sanding, and a can of grey high temp paint.
Another few items I acquired on Saturday:
Along with these J market grilles from the wreckers, I also scored a cheap 2" tacho, so thats all wired up, and I've managed to make the little 4K spin to a very buzzy 6500rpm..... Of the 2 grilles, I used the bottom one as I prefer the badge, and I also scored a new boot badge as mine was cracked and perished.
Then I decided it was time to fit the mags. I needed rubber... so I cunningly acquired a free 1983 Honda Accord (used to be my girlfriends car, but long story....) which had 2 good tyres on it. Removed said tyres and sold the car for $120, to fund further developments on this car. Got another couple of good tyres off Paul's steel Datsun rims, and off we go! Once the tyres were finished I spent a bit of time with a tube of Autosol and a bundle of rags, polishing off the oxidisation left by 3 years of sitting out in the weather without attention..... result = NICE AND SHINY!!! (For US800's anyway)
So, I'm currently running around as you see it here, next step is to sell the US800's and fund new rubber for the SSR's, and get those suckers bolted on! Then, we lower it!
King's and Monroe shocks obtained at excellent prices.... and associated spring compressor and wheelnuts, also the product of some crafty hookups. Like I'd pay retail for anything.
And what a few of you have been waiting for, the SSR's are ready to rock. Got the holes in them drilled out a tad larger, and recesses machined in them to suit the shank and washer wheelnuts. Flush fitting, mmmmm..... Tyre's were criminally cheap.
Sneak peek.... watch this space!
All the bouncy crud is set to be installed this weekend, wheels and tres will be fitted following a wheel alignment next week (FREE!!!!!!!!)
Slaved away installing the new suspension 2 weeks ago... daaaaaayyyaam she's a totally new car now! Stops better, doesn't pitch and wallow through corners, turns in crisper..... definitely money well spent. Rims are also on, and with the wider 185's it holds the road much more keenly.
Here's a few pics from the shed.....
Haven't yet got any with the rims on it, I plan to take some over the Christmas break when I can properly clean the wee beast and have it looking spiffing! Also the rear sits a bit higher than the front, so the rears will be removed and compressed in the not too distant future to enable it to sit level with the front (and lower!). I figure I've uprated the spring rate as it is, so it shouldn't casue any untoward handling or spring rate issues that can be encountered when compressing a standard set of coils.
And this week, the audio has come together - I'm a music fanatic so it's only fitting that the KP has some quality sounds - albeit at a shoestring budget!!! Once again - success on the budget front. Heading up the system is a Pioneer DEH-P6450 CD player ($100), an older unit but still capable. This in turn feeds it's signals to an Audison VR404 4ch amp ($120), (4x45wrms or 2x135wrms bridged). I plan to use this initially to run the pair of Digital Designs DDC 6.2 component speakers ($200) from the front channels, and to bridge the remaining two to provide 135wrms to the DLS W310B sub ($140) for which I plan to cram into a 1cu. ft ported box, as per the manufacturers recommendations. Fibreglass pods will also be sculptured to house the components in the front doors, or possibly the kick panels, I haven't decided yet!
So that's the current update - total costs are currently sitting at a smidgeon over $1900, I have also purchased a period style MOMO steering wheel, date stamped for 1981 (strikingly similar to a Nardi so preferred by the drift set!) and a bosskit to suit, so I'll throw up pics of those and the new (also period style) tacho I have also bunged in there.
More good news.... I've been put on to a Liteace van, which apparently has a 5K powerplant, plus a T40 gearbox.... sooooo if it all checks out, I'll soon be driving home a rusty Toyota van to dismantle, and use as a parts mule for the KP. 5K and T-series box (plan is t use K-T bellhousing on a 20 spline T50)... yes please!