MRS Joe

V8 AE101 Corolla - "The Cookie Monster"

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So.... i've talked about this idea for years. This will be the official intro.

This will be picture heavy, I intend to update as I go, every so often.

 

My passion, addiction, obsession, whatever you wish to call it, with the 7th generation Corolla chassis goes back to when I first started driving. "The Green Bastard" for those of you who remember it, was the first car I drove. I literally drove the crap out of that car, to the point of putting it through jumps worthy of the dukes, and nothing would break. Ive owned many other cars (the list is long) but I always kept coming back to that chassis. It feels light when you drive it. Its predictable and is capable of things other manufacturers at the time dreamed of achieving. As its been put by many articles regarding the 7th generation corolla, "it is built to lexus standards in terms of fit, finish, and materials, at a compact car price". I agree. There has been many expensive cars that I have been fortunate enough to had the chance to drive, and my corolla's have always been able to put the same grin (if not bigger) on my face.

Most of you know of my corolla builds, and those that don't can reference my old silver 20v one is the most recognizable that Derrick currently owns. Anyone who drove it, usually was totally surprised by its capabilities.

Here's Clarkson's review of it, its pretty funny. (Europe got the hatch as we never get the good cars here)

 

I like to think outside the norm, outside the usual box. Its ironic how outside the box ends up in the most "cookie cutter" car, albeit the best selling car of all time.

Over the years I started collecting pieces toward this pipe dream project. I waited until I came upon the right parts for the right price.

The original idea was to stuff a longitudinally mounted 4 cylinder (20v 4age) into a AE10X chassis Corolla. After researching power numbers and potential, it seemed pointless to put that kind of time and energy into the result of a 23-2400lb rwd sedan with 150-180 whp max.

This thought morphed into what became the v8 project.

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Last spring a friend was parting with his high mileage 1uz out of his ls400. Broken timing belt. I said perfect. Driveline was secured. Non interference aluminum Toyota v8 for the win.

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Years back I looked for and bought a FD Rx7 complete power frame with diff, axles, suspension, hubs etc. Only thing which was not there was the ebrake cables but I since bought new ones.

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Sub note: I specifically looked for a rx7 rear end as it shared the same factory track width as the corolla and has a simpler rear subframe to attach to any modified tub. The upper and lower control arms are attached to the subframe. The arms are all aluminum, and the whole assembly is light due to the design of the rx7, and as a bonus, Mazda used sealed spherical bearings in there bushings.

Unfortunately Toyota didn't make anything like this, the is300 and other rwd models were much more heavy, different widths, and difficult to bolt up. They rely heavily on the chassis for pivot points where as the rx7 rear is a contained unit attached to the chassis.


I had a 91' Cressida (you ask why didn't you just use that you dumbass) but when I went to cut the rust out of it, it was never ending, I kept cutting, and cutting, and eventually realized it was beyond the point of return. That car has sat at my parents for the last 8 years. Last autox'd it in 2005. In the end, everything happens for a reason. So this chassis was to become a part donor for the project.

Im going to try to use the cressida subframe and tunnel. There are kits bolting the v8 to the cressida, so i figure its a simpler starting point as well as having all the pieces handy and paid for.

 

At autox.

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Front clip

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So now to the project.

 

I decided I would use the "Green Bastard". But after looking at the chassis further, and knowing it needs a body integrity (written off and bought it back) it seemed less realistic to use that chassis.

Its been a good storage unit for corolla parts as well.

I saw project binky ( https://www.youtube.com/user/badobsessionmsport) and got the idea for "Pinky", my wifes pink 93 corolla. But again, after cutting into it this fall, the rockers and chassis overall had a bit too much cancer for the purpose intended.

So I went and hunted for a shell.

I found it in a 96' Corolla with a blown engine. Rural car, undercoated. Minimal body damage, almost no rust.

 

This is the starting point.

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As for the name, cookie cutter lead me to the "Cookie Monster". Didn't like any other names that seemed fitting.

This name was backed up by it having the optional built in child booster seat, which im leaving in.

 

My requirements are for the corolla to keep stock body lines and retain the stock interior. I know that will be a challenge with the added height of the modified cressida tunnel. Fortunately I have 1 to 2 spares of most pieces.

 

Progress pics: (This is one 4 hour period, thanks to the Janzen Bros)

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Funny clip to a oversight......

 

Mr. Janzen sporting his new 2015 sponsor's gear ;)

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Following day I got the dash out and last night the sound deadening came out. Gas tank, fuel lines, exhaust, brake system, pretty much everything is out.

Almost ready to cut....

 

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Firewall stripped.

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Ya Baby! Glad to see your postng this. Can't wait to see it.

So your grafting the front subframe and tunnel of the cressida onto the corolla? oh, Cool!

Now I get the Cookie moster name. Ha!

I drove a silver 2001 corolla hatch in germany when I was there with my wife.Ya, quite different than ours.

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Subscribed! Can't wait for more updates.

 

That shell looks likes it's in excellent condition from the pictures. Nice score!

 

So what happens to Pinky now... Ice racer? :D

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Nice, 'cept the link for Clarkson's review points to some video of Beau and a  ..... nevermind.

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Awesome! Let me know if/when you need a hand and/or codriver. :D That car will be insane!

 

After you watched it Jim I just got "Error"...what did Beau do now! lol..he broke the internet...he must be a Kardashian in disguise.

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Hahaha you guys are nuts.

 

^ x2

 

Joe, you are a madman. This thing will be a beast! I'm sure it will help you hit all the cones even faster!

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I tried to name it Blue Balls but Joe was having none of that.

 

It'll end up in E Mod.

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I tried to name it Blue Balls but Joe was having none of that.

It'll end up in E Mod.

"The Pepsi Can" or "Angry Smurf" could also work..

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Ya Baby! Glad to see your postng this. Can't wait to see it.

So your grafting the front subframe and tunnel of the cressida onto the corolla? oh, Cool!

Now I get the Cookie moster name. Ha!

I drove a silver 2001 corolla hatch in germany when I was there with my wife.Ya, quite different than ours.

 

What class do you expect it to be running in?

 

Itll be soon. Cleaning up and purging to make it a liveable habitat for the next 6 months. Once its done ill shoot you a text.

I spent the other evening reading through your build on the seven, the word "amazing" summed up my thoughts.

I wanted to import a hatchback, but the end cost made me realize its not the most ideal. This is a nice example.

http://www.ae101ownersclub.com/t1118-alan-v-s-900bhp-corolla-4wd-monster

 

The MR2 is E street. The Corolla will be E-Mod. One car for each end of the autox spectrum.

 

Subscribed! Can't wait for more updates.

 

That shell looks likes it's in excellent condition from the pictures. Nice score!

 

So what happens to Pinky now... Ice racer? :D

 

Pinky is the backup when we need a beater. Sits on storage insurance until a tree, wildlife, or I find a need for it again.

 

Nice, 'cept the link for Clarkson's review points to some video of Beau and a  ..... nevermind.

So it's back to Corolla Joe? And what of the MR2?

 

Fixed. Youtube can be stupid sometimes.

 

I guess ill become MRS Corolla Joe.

The mr2 is not the most practical. Every time I mention parting with it, my wife simply says "No, end of conversation".

 

The end goal with this build is to create an amazing handling sedan, with autox in mind, and hooliganism the ultimate priority.

Id love to use it for the drift days in gimli, solosprint/lapping, and a extra 4 door when its needed.

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Thanks to Jeff for spending the day cleaning the garage with me.  I also started purging some of my obnoxious corolla parts collection.
Interior is now in the basement with the wife's blessing. I sealed off the glass (protection from cutting/welding) and removed the sound deadening (interior) off the floor pan.
Rough cad template in position for trans tunnel hole to be cut.
Almost ready to cut a huge hole. Just need to put 2 braces I have in mind to keep the front square.

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So last night ended up being a big night. This was my goal to reach before Christmas and I have done so :)

Car is prepped to move forward....

 

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Made a CAD Template. Techniques acquired from watching from Project Binky.

 

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But then I got a bit carried away....

 

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Oops, how this this happen.

 

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Well I couldn't stop. I had to go big or go home. I left the garage at 11:30 last night after a beer and having left it in this state:

 

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No, it actually was this state :)

 

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Look closer, the oe rad even fits. I knew this was a match made to be.

 

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Now is when the fun gets to begin.

Time to ask santa for more cardboard :)

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Haha cardboard aided design. 1UZ looks nice and snug in there!

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After doing a couple FWD to RWD conversions myself, an item to think about is that a lot of RWD cars are triple layer on the tunnel/firewall area as a makeshift scattershield. I don't know if it's already on your list of parts but buying an SFI bell or blanket is a good idea depending on how you put your tunnel back.

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Careful, you may get a call from the Aussies wanting the technique for the V8 Super Car series.

 

Holy crap. Even the coolant ports line up. You sure you didn't work for TRD in a past life?

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It fits! Shocked at how much clearance you have after eyeballing both last time. Hood clearance looks pretty good too.

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You are a sick, sick man. Awesome!

My only tip is to keep the power and pinion angles the same when viewed from the side to cancel out driveshaft accelerations/torsionals. Plan view offset doesn't matter much either, as long as they're also parallel in that plane.

We spend a lot of effort ensuring we meet those goals - and if we don't we're rewarded with lots of noise/vibration and short driveshaft life.

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