This Time Lapse Restoration of a AE92 Toyota Corolla is Mesmerizing

This old Corolla has seen better days, but an Australian DIY-er brings it back to its former glory, and then some

In times when modern cars become more tech-heavy, complex, and synthetic, there are those among us that appreciate the simplicity that older automobiles provide. Moreover, if you are someone with a DIY inclination, wrenching on a car brings you joy, and this is exactly what we see from Dingel-DIY. The YouTuber shows us, in detail, how an old, beat-up Toyota Corolla, destined for the scrapyard, can be brought back to its former glory.

This Time Lapse Restoration of a AE92 Toyota Corolla is Mesmerizing
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The process starts with the purchase of two E90 series Corollas – one pre-facelift sedan and a facelift liftback. The latter is, apparently, the donor car since all good parts have been stripped away from it, leaving only a shell. Of the two cars, the sedan is getting a second chance of being drivable. It’s a classic case of making one car out of two, and it all starts with yanking out the engines from both cars and seeing what’s usable. The sedan version, in particular, seems to have the 4A-GE “Red Top”, which is rated at 128 horsepower at 7,200 RPM and 105 pound-feet (142 Nm) at 4,800 RPM, for non-US markets.

The car gets a complete engine overhaul, a refurbished interior, and a new exterior color. They say you can’t keep a good car down and this Corolla is the definition of a good car. Maybe not in terms of performance, but definitely in terms of dependability and the level of simplicity allowing you to work on it yourself. But don’t take our word for it, check out the video below to see it brought back to life, in this detailed time lapse video.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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