I have still the '72 mod KE20 my father bought new in 1972 when I only was 7 year old. I loved it then, and I love it still. It has made 540.000 km with one overhauled of the engine, and a change of the gearbox after 260.000 due to leak of oil. Rust, yes, but have been fixed. We only drive it some km every summer now, so it still can feel it's alive.
I have a '71 ke20. The first car I ever drove without supervision as a youngster was a ke20.
I'm putting a 4age engine in mine.
Well my father went to Japan in 1977 and bought a KE20 2 door, Coupe seats, I Deluxe with front disk booster and having AC, heater, lighter, automatic antenna, turbo charger, 4 speed gears.
Fog remover on back mirror, one fog light which threw the light like a tube light all over the road.
The car has a 1197cc engine, floor fuel pedal, simple tires not radial. Imported that car by ship. The car was just arrived a day before my birth.
1992 was first time I drove that car, and on a straight road when I press the fuel pedal, those cars never stop and go and hit the speed 140 KM/H on a straight road.
Well I love her, and just call her 74. I make a profile named Knight on tagged and put my car pictures there, step by step.
I drive a lot, and a lot of new cars, but 74 still has its own taste of driving. I will always wish to talk with the guys who are keeping the same car and same model with lot of love. I made that car's first engine over all in 1998. Till then everything of the car was original. Even the car back light bulbs are written Toshiba.
Now recently in 2009, I again put a new color, peal white on that car, and almost gave the car a new look. But still the door, windows, wind screen and back screen rubbers are original. I want to replace them with genuine ones or the best ones, but I don’t know where I can find them. I just use the car for local drives in the city on my vacations.
One thing is great; you never feel the small humps on the road during the drive of that car, and it’s very clear to see the edges of hood. I will tell you the stories of my car time by time and we can enjoy this site.
I'm using a KE20. Actually it's my father's. We've been using it from 1981. I need to find original buffers for it. Other than that, it's in perfect shape.