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PostSubject: My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van   My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van EmptyWed Apr 12, 2017 8:35 am

Hi!

This is my 1995 silver Corolla hatchback. Not really an AE101, because it is a the 2.0 liter naturally aspirated diesel (Toyota 2C engine), which means it is a CE100, and not very fast, but thanks to the low-rpm torque, she climbs mountains with ease!

This was a few days after my acquisition:

My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van IMG_20170102_152237

My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van IMG_20170102_152201

This is the 2-seater van version. It is known as a "Star Van", with small stickers on the quarter panel that say exactly that. I don't know for sure the background of this variant, if it was a market specific thing, only sold here in Portugal or if it was also available on other countries.
The story I was told (not sure if it is true) was that, since van versions of hatchbacks are very popular in my country, with the E90 generation the main Toyota importer began converting basic diesel 3 door Corollas into vans, by removing rear seats thus extending the boot, and installing a wooden floor, a big rubber mat and cargo separator behind the front seats:

My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van IMG_20161226_111128

These vans were then called "Corolla Star Van", name that lasted until the E120 generation, when the name changed to "Corolla Bizz".
During the E100 generation, it was marketed in two trim levels, the base (which I have), and XL. The base has power steering... and that's about it! Thankfully, most of the outside is shared with the regular 3-door, so it already looks great and can be made to look like an FX or SI.

Focusing back to mine, I got it with 305000 km (around 189k miles), and it has now 312 thousand Km. In good health mechanically, and excluding the trunk, the interior is in great condition. She needed some love on small details, normal for such an old car:

-some panels (hood, left fender and spoiler) had the clear coat quite burned (if you look to the first pic you can see the left wing is not very shiny)
-a small dent and scuff on the driver's door
-cracked driver's mirror housing
-cargo (boot) cover was incomplete
-broken headlight tabs
-most of the dash illumination was out or quite dim
-dome light did not work
-rusted drums

and so on... I don't intend on doing big mods, first a mild restoration first, she will be the shiniest and happiest Corolla round my area, and let's see where this leads to...

First I replaced the old cassette Grundig radio with a generic MP3  unit I had laying around, and the factory door speakers with a pair of Sony Xplod. Unfortunately, they are tiny (only 10cm / 4") due to the low clearance provided by the base door cards and brackets. So the audio is just temporary.

Meanwhile, the paint was fixed, here is how she looks now:
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Installed white LED's on the interior (where possible), including dome light:
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At some point I even had blue:
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Changed front bulbs to Philips Racing Vision, which provide a whiter (and more powerful) illumination, even with the standard headlights - and even look cooler!
My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van IMG_20170212_213229

License plate LED's
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Painted the drum brakes - blaaack, + 5 hp!
My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van IMG_20170318_171142

And got some goodies from an XL (actually from an XLI; petrol):

Sun visor with mirror:
My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van IMG_20170228_143811

Boot light... which seems that there is no wiring for Sad - I may need some help with that.
My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van IMG_20170408_113826

As I'm writing, she is out for replacing the windscreen, because last week it got hit by small rock on the motorway and it developed an enormous crack! Sadly, the guys at the shop found some rust after removing the glass, so that needs to be repaired first... Nothing serious, it is pretty much the only spot with rust on the entire body, but it's still a bummer.

What do you think? Still very far from many of your cool cars around here, but tell me what you think. If you have any suggestions, speak your mind Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van   My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van EmptyThu Apr 13, 2017 7:34 am

Oh neat, I never knew this version existed! Thanks for sharing, and good luck with it Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van   My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van EmptyThu Apr 13, 2017 7:53 am

Thanks! I know that a van based on the wagon also exists, but the info about the hatch-based van and its origins is quite scarce. My manual does not even mention it, leading to believe it might be a local conversion.
Actually they sold very well, there are still many around, in various state of love or neglect.
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PostSubject: Re: My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van   My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van EmptyMon Jun 19, 2017 2:03 am

Things have been slow on this side of the Corollaland. I had a problem with the brake master cylinder, which had to be replaced. Quite a hit on my budget, but still it hasn't stopped me. I installed the center storage compartment and cupholder from an 8th gen:

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Was not as easy as I expected! The cupholder assembly on the Euro 8th gen is one piece with the dash, so I needed to cut and test fit a lot to get it to fit nicely, but the final result was great. Only needs a layer of paint to blend in with the rest of the interior. Maybe plasti dip?

And also got a replica of the SI lip (it is the same as the FX GT lip). It is ready to paint and go into the car, but disaster hit. I crashed, and this was the result:

My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van 69802cfae63c703a73e07498c8ea894

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Grille, left headlight, bumper and hood got badly damaged, core support and bumper support are also bent Sad It was a low speed hit, but the other car hit me with his corner right in the middle of my front. Vitals were not affected, neither the frame. I had the alignment checked, it was slighlty misaligned but not from the hit, the left front tyre had some uneven wear, I took the opportunity to bin the crappy chinese front tires and replace for better ones.

I just need the final decision from the insurance company (which sadly is not a speedy process), and then the rebuild begins.  The Corolla shall soldier on, but for now progress on the "build" remains halted...


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PostSubject: Re: My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van   My '95 CE100 - commercial variant - AKA Star Van EmptySun Nov 19, 2017 3:35 am

Happy to see the forum came back!

The rolla got fixed - bumper, grille and headligh replaced, all OEM from a part-out vehicle, the hood and all the metal got straightened (shout out to the panel beater, did a fantastic job!).

I took the opportunity to install the FX lip replica I already had. PAinted the foglight covers in black and the door frames in black to give a visual continuity to the glass area
This is how it looks now:

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Better pictures to follow soon!

The boot light actually was easy - it was already pre-wired, the connector was just hidden behind the panels.

The metal panel and mesh between the seats and boot was faded so it got painted.

The only bad news is that the fascia around the radio started to crack, and it can't even now hold the buttons on the side. They are very difficult to find, and new ones are schockingly expensive!

Small improvements, but that accident really held things back for a while. On the pipeline there is an audio upgrade, which I will use the chance to get that pesky dash panel fixed
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