After learning a hard lesson last year i spent a whole 1500bucks and got a racecar. I went with a rwd platform cause its new to me and honestly seem to have the most fun factor. I purchased an 85 corrola gts, motor is very strong and mechanically the car is not bad.
Highs: Rwd platform, forgiving and should be a great learning car
Car is very light and for 20years old is a pretty good bang vs buck racecar. Decent sized aftermarket with many experienced owners. Cheap insurance and cheap cheap tires 14 " :)
4 wheel disks all around and toyota reliablity.
Lows: Its old, some parts are hard to find. Live axel rear end isnt the greatest for track but its tough at least. Flippy light thingers are prone to breaking.
So far ive taken sometime to start repairing the normal old car issues. It has some rust in the rear wheel wells that is pretty bad. I plan on just welding new sheet metal to it and cut out the bad. Powersteering fluid leaks a tiny bit and its got a dime sized hole in the floor behind the passenger. Spare tire wheel well isnt in perfect shape, same deal cut place weld. The frame belive it or not is very solid. No real big issues except this, the rear drivers shock mount, which can be seen inside the hatch looks iffy. Its got some rubber goop on it which seems factory, but it looks like it has a crack and rust has started around it. When i do suspension im scared it will be to much for that weak link, especially under heavy load with r compounds. Any advice? I wish i had pics to show u, ill try to get em soon. As it stands its completly gutted, only a dash sidepanels and drivers seat, i guess iLL POR15 the few rust spots that im repairing and just spray CT rubberized paint on the floor.
Everything is so simple, i love the 80s' the layout in the engine bay is simple, the brakes are simple even the wiring harness is a joke.
So if anyone can help me with some rust repairs or welding that would be great, im trying to keep it grass roots so the cheaper the better lol.
Anyway things to look out for that i need, oil pressure,oil temp and water temp guages. An electric honda rad assembly, fuel cell SS fuel lines, and an FIA raceseat, non recline for a skinny guy. A guy in rockland is building my bar hopefully, the same who did chris's focus.
My best "gangsta jdm" pose lol
If the welding is beyond me can anyone recommenda good sheetmetal body man?