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NZPer­for­manceCar : Hey, Nic. Tell us how you got into cars?

Nic: Hi. It would have been just grow­ing up around friends who all had a pas­sion for cars, and I al­ways dreamed of own­ing a low clean-look­ing car as a kid. My first car was a ’80 KP60 Star­let, which I owned at about 14/15 years old — [I] swapped it for a Honda CR80 motorbike, which, at the time, I thought was a good idea, un­til I brought it home and got an ear­ful from the par­ents and [was] forced to sell it two weeks later.

That’s the age to make dumb de­ci­sions though. Have you had many cars since?

I’ve had five cars since I got my li­cence but, hands down, this Corolla has been my favourite. There’s just some­thing about it that means I would never be able to bring my­self to sell it, no mat­ter what!

And what was it about the KE36 that drew you to it?

My KP61 had just been writ­ten off, so I was look­ing for an­other old Toy­ota. As soon as the KE36 popped up, I fell in love with it and pretty much bought it as soon as the in­surance money from my Star­let went into my ac­count.

It is one of the bet­ter Corolla shapes, that’s for sure. Did you al­ways in­tend to mod­ify it?

From day dot, I had big plans for it, but, be­ing 17 at the time, I didn’t have much coin, so it meant sav­ing up. The first thing to come was the Star Sharks, and I had them re­fur­bished at lo­cal out­let Pine En­gi­neer­ing. Then I cut the springs and put two-inch blocks in un­til the WOF ex­pired, and it sat around for months while I stripped it back for a re­paint. It was a de­ci­sion made to get rid of the ‘poo brown’, which was a big mis­take, although the red is still ex­tremely nice!

That it is! Is the build over now, or is there more to come?

It’s never over; I’m just en­joy­ing it till the next chap­ter rolls round. I don’t want to say too much at this stage, but ... brap.

Oh yeah, we know what you’re talk­ing about. En­joy the fu­ture braps, Nic.

NAME: NIC BALL // AGE: 21 LO­CA­TION: CHRISTCHURCH // OC­CU­PA­TION: BUILDER

EN­GINE: Toy­ota 4K, 1290cc, four-cylin­der, lumpy cam, dou­ble valve springs, ported and pol­ished head, elec­tronic dis­trib­u­tor, dumpy ex­haust tip DRIV­E­TRAIN: K50 Five-speed IN­TE­RIOR: Re­caro fish­net seats, Momo wood­grain steer­ing wheel EX­TE­RIOR: Re­sprayed...

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