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Patrick De Leon: 1980 Toyota Corolla

Patrick De Leon's 1980 Toyota Corolla has been in the family for over 30 years. "It comes with a lot of memories," De Leon states. The original owner of the car was his best friend, "it was his daily driver in high school," he remembers. The original 2TG engine was built by Ben Alameda Racing in 1984, but after that the Corolla was sidelined for 20 years. "It was 2016 when my daughter convinced me to bring it back to life," De Leon mentions.

Most of the interior is original except the front MK2 Toyota Supra seats, which were installed in 1987, and the instrument gauge clusters that was custom-built by his daughter. De Leon's Corolla is 98% period correct with some touch of modern technology. 

"We debuted the Levin at the Japanese Classic Car Show in 2018," he mentions.

The 1980 Toyota Corolla Levin was restored by Drickstar Garage, including paint and bodywork. "A father-and-daughter team," De Leon states.

Owner: Patrick De Leon
Location: Sunland, CA
Vehicle: 1980 Toyota Corolla Levin
Horsepower: 190
Club: n/a

SOCIAL

Facebook: /patrick.deleon.31
Instagram: @dricksar_garage

Photography by Dennis Dasalla.

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ENGINE & PERFORMANCE

  • 2TG/3TC hybrid bore; 89mm, size: 160
  • 2T engine block, overall stroke: 78mm
  • 3TC crankshaft
  • Toms main bearing
  • Toms 123mm connecting rod
  • 89mm pistons
  • Wiseco 12:1 Comp

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EXHAUST

  • Borla

PERFORMANCE ELECTRONICS

  • MSD 6AL-2 Programmable

DRIVETRAIN

  • GTS T50 transmission
  • GTS LSD rear-end
  • T3 close ratio shifter
  • AE86 limited slip rear differential, 4:31 ratio

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WHEELS & TIRES

  • Watanabe wheels - 13x7.5
  • Vitour tires - 195/55/13 (f), 215/50/13 (r)

BRAKES

  • OEM GTS disc brakes (f/r)

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

  • Gecko coilovers
  • T3 adjustable panhard bar and rear sway bars

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EXTERIOR

  • Foha front spoilers

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LIGHTING

  • Hella fog lights
  • Bosch courtesy and brake light

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INTERIOR

  • Personal steering wheel
  • Custom AutoMeter gauges
  • Momo horn button
  • TRD shift knob

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AUDIO & MULTIMEDIA

  • Pioneer KP500 FM Stereo Cassette Player
  • Pioneer PT6 tweeters
  • MB Quart 5" front speakers
  • MB Quart 6x9 rear speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate 12" subwoofer
  • Rockford Fosgate amplifiers

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FAVORITE MODIFICATION

"Sound system. It's retro, old school."

SHOPS & MECHANICS

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