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#31 Twincam.GTi

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 08:00 AM

AE92 - How many left? ...

hmmm....

...Does that include toys/models of them :D ?

If so :

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And then after a bit of work-

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...I really do need to get out more! :P

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 05:59 PM

hey i have one of those kits too, reminds me of how the rolla looked when i got it

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 08:40 AM

^
Hey thats great, you finally got one.

I remember you asking me about one in a post over a year ago.

Made it as your car yet?

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 05:43 PM

nah just kept it how mine was when i got it , std.
id need god knows how many kits to make a replica of it currently :lol:

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 03:45 PM

Where can I find that kit ??!! Great for playing around with body mods and I haven't built a decent car model for ages...

Here's my AE92 following it's new brakes and wheels, just got to fit the new tailgate and sort out the sunroof and that's the body done for the time being.

Suspension and under the bonnet after christmas.............................

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:21 AM

dreamcatcher Posted Nov 10 2007, 04:45 PM
Where can I find that kit ??!! Great for playing around with body mods and I haven't built a decent car model for ages...

Here's my AE92 following it's new brakes and wheels, just got to fit the new tailgate and sort out the sunroof and that's the body done for the time being.



The model kit was produced by Tamiya from 1988 to 1992. It has the part number 24073 and was a 'kerbside model' - no engine/opening bonnet. Occasionally they still come up at model fairs or the 'dreaded' ebay.
It is a 1/24th scale kit and is the only representation I know of in the 'toy/model' world of our AE92's.

Nice car, I see you have some front mudflaps fitted in some way. Toyota told me many moons ago that you cannot fit them to the front due to bodykit but I was so sick of the road filth up the side so I too fitted some makeshift ones on.
Tailgate rotten? I 've been hearing a lot of this of late, although I've never come across it myself.

This thread is good I was beginning to think there was none left! I haven't seen another AE92 GTi round my part of the 'woods' for over a year.

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 06:40 PM

sweet lookin rolla, yep i had the dreaded rotten tailgate, fitted a brand new genuine one and after a couple of years i had bubbles on that one, seems the outer trim on the bottom of the rear screen rubs on the tailgate and eventually rubs through the paint, remove all traces and then put some sef adhesive clear acetate where it touches.
i got my kit from fleabay in the states but took like 2 months to arrive

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 08:31 PM

Just realised that I bought my 'rolla from the guy who started this thread - hi Peter, how's your Gti doing ?

Yep, my tailgate is rotten as a pear, but I have a 100% rust-free replacement in my garage just awaiting finishing paint - unbelievably, I won it on EBay last year for 99p !!!! Felt so guilty when I picked it up that I gave the guy a tenner for it !!
He did give me a load of other bits as well, like headlights etc. which I'm happy to help people out with if necessary (I'm not advertising these items for sale here, just willing to help out if someone gets stuck)

Next on the list bodywise is to paint the skirts, bumpers and spoiler to match the rest of the body, plus get the sunroof panel replaced when I can find one to replace mine with !! If you've got one that is repairable I'd definately be interested. All that will have to wait till spring though due to money and the weather being too cold and wet for painting in my old garage.

I'll probably do the suspension before then though, as I'm currently running on lowered springs and std shocks, which isn't great - I quite fancy a Jamex kit as the price seems pretty good. Anyone got any other advice suspensionwise that's not going to break the bank ?

Will save the engine work until everything else is done, I'm just thinking along the lines of rebuilding the original 4AGE at present, but thoughts of a 4AGZE conversion do tempt me .......... ;)

Great to see that enthusiasm for the AE92 is so strong, are there any meets down South ?

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 02:21 PM

Hoping I’m not boring or patronising anybody but I did this ‘buyer guide’ based on my own experiences for a few members in the past when asking “what to look for when buying a AE92 Corolla GTi.

So here is the ‘repost’ again – hope it is of help.


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What to look for on a GTi (AE92). – based on my experiences!?

Bodywork:

The Corolla AE92 model is believed to be one of those cars whereby the top-of-the-range model rusts the worst – in other words the GTi version is believe to rust more than the ‘standard’ (e.g. GL); versions of the model!

I have a 1989 ‘G’ plater that I have owned over 14 approx years now and the only rust that I seem to be suffering is two spots on the front wings arches were the inner plastic arch bolts to them.

I heavily waxoiled mine when it was only 4 years old, plus I spray old engine oil (taken from the sumps of old British motorbikes) on the underside. I also periodically waxoil areas every so often and this appears to have paid dividends in later life as my car still hasn’t need panels, paintwork or welding … as yet (keeps fingers crossed!) despite being used as normal transport all year round!

However if the vehicle you are looking at has not had much ‘rust preventative measures’ then from what I have seen looking round scrapped versions round the scrapyards and repairs to friends GT/GTi’s in the past then check the following:

Sills - usually the rear area = M.O.T FAIL!
Inner rear sill and were torsion bar mounts = M.O.T FAIL!
Rear suspension/turret mount – this I have NOT come across myself but there have been warnings/mention of on certain forums = M.O.T FAIL (+ probably uneconomic repair!)
Tailgate – again not ever seen it myself but again examples of this have been mentioned on Jap car forums.
Rot in panel below backlights,
Windscreen surround - can rust along top
Sunroof – this was a problem when newish and was admitted by Toyota due to a problem of the seal ‘rubbing’ and they did do a ‘recall’ in about 1995 and it incorporated AE82’s, AE92’s and Celica’s unfortunately not everyone could be bothered to take there car in at the time (especially if “they couldn’t ‘see’ any rust”) so alas consecutive owners suffer. I took mine in back then and to this day my sun roof has never rusted.
Petrol filler pipe (from filler cap to petrol tank) - get underneath and check to see if heavily corroded or even leaking! This item as you will see is right in the ‘firing line’ of the rear wheel, roughly £100 approx. to replace (Toyota part only) plus every fitting it connects to will be rusted up as well. = M.O.T FAIL!


Mechanically:
Jumping out of 3rd and 5th is a problem on high milers (in fact was even mentioned in used buyers guides back in 1994).
Front wheel bearings – this again was mentioned in buyers guides when cars were still young. It appears there was a bad batch of bearings and thus only affected some cars; the problem was prevalent at around 40-50,000 miles. Of course most cars will have done more miles now and if needed replacing will have been done.
Rear callipers seizing their handbrake mechanism – MAJOR FAULT! Someone at Toyota should have been shot for the design of the rear calliper on the GTi! What appears to happen is the slide and mechanism gets dirty and seizes easily from it, so periodic cleaning (sometimes every 9 months) is required. This IS the major Achilles heel of this car!
Oil seal can leak around distributor area – it means removing distributor, if it’s just weeping – live with it!

Interior:
Very hard wearing, yet well finished, lovely multi-dial dash and superb supportive and comfortable seats (Two front seats from ‘scrappers’ seem to be desirable with Kit Car / hot rod and home car builders) Interior appears to have been designed to outlast the rest of the car!

Electrics:
Nothing/no problems - why should there be? … it’s Japanese!
Actually as regards electrical problems there appears to just be age related issues, such as wires going to map sensor cracking and the odd HT lead cracking up with age




As a drivers car I think a recent review in the Toyota enthusiasts magazine after carrying out a back-to-back test between the three 4AGE engine Corollas of the 80’s which was the AE86 GT vs AE82 GT vs AE92 GTi summed it up – they stated as a comfortable drivers ‘hot hatch’ which can be used as everyday transport round town or on motorways and swallow up long distance miles then the AE 92 GTi wins!
Of course I have to agree after over 14 years of commuting and motoring holidays abroad.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 09:34 PM

Where can I find that kit ??!! Great for playing around with body mods and I haven't built a decent car model for ages...

Here's my AE92 following it's new brakes and wheels, just got to fit the new tailgate and sort out the sunroof and that's the body done for the time being.

Suspension and under the bonnet after christmas.............................

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hey mate, u selling that car???

looks smashing!!!!!!!!!!

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