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    1973 RT104-GT Pics for JNC.

    I see some discussions about my unique ride so here is the link.

    http://www.turbocreations.com/corona/rt104gt/

    And here is the famous car in November 1976.




    and in November 2006






    One and only in Australia, not many anywhere else.

    And its genuine


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    I remember this car...

    Just as a side note, Christian ended up selling your 280zx when he went back overseas. Not sure where it lives now.

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    one and only? Whats the story?

    Car looks great, did you restore it after it was rallied?

    Btw, Do you still have it? And how much would you sell it for? :P

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    what an incredibly cool version, liking the purple!

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    The Time line of RT104GT-MQFG.

    http://www.turbocreations.com/corona/rt104gt/


    In Dec 1973 RT104GT-MQFG serial number 012064 was prepared for the Toyota Division in South Melbourne (Australian Motor Industries).
    It was driven off a boat in Feb 1974 and registered LUO833 sight unseen by Vic Roads and began its life as a developmental car that AMI was going to assess for suitability to import in limited numbers.
    I understand that the MD of AMI drove it around along with a purple GT Celica.
    I am told more often it did 180's on wet roads when driven by his wife on Yokaham radials.
    It was quite powerful to drive..
    It ran the Toyota high compression 18RG engine, P51 F series gearbox and 4.111 7.5 inch LSD.
    The live rear axle is totally unique to TRD nothing like a Corona, it has pins and locating rods and the whole car set up more like a sports sedan than a Corona.
    It had a top speed demonstrated of exactly 200 km/h at 6500 rpm in 5th.
    In 1975 it passed thru dealers including Weribbee and then onto Stawell Dealer Nalders and was driven by mechanic Steve Baird.

    I saw it once in the main street of Ballarat in 1975 and again at the Golden Mile Hill climb at Ararat where I believe it set a course record for a production sedan.
    In June 1974 Modern Motor did a full page liftout story in full colour.

    TOYOTA STATED
    NO IMPORTS OF THE GT CELICA OR CORONA WILL OCCUR.


    In late 1976 Nalders called me and said if I wanted it to go to a Toyota Dealer in Campbellfield and offer them $4500, I could buy the car.
    It was being trucked to Sydney.

    I intercepted the car on a Friday and paid $2000 deposit and the balance on the Monday and acquired it with 52000 km of developmental time on the speedo.
    I was told go away take it away do not tell people that these cars are for sale cos they are not going to be offered here in Australia.


    In 1977 Toyota approached me to use the car as a service vehicle in the 1977 Singapore Airlines London to Sydney Rally and it was used to service ultimate Class A winner Wes Nalder and Noal Richards in their 3KB Corolla Coupe.
    It was seconded to Toyota again in 1978 to support the three Celica GT's driven by Hilton, Hurrey and Nalder in the Repco Around Australia trial and again conveyed personnel and parts to wherever they were needed in the east coast regions of the rally stages.

    It was often used to run ahead of the pack to trip the CAMS radar traps, which would result in a crew being disqualified if caught speeding.


    The car was never rallied per-se it was set up for rallying with 90A alternator and four Cibie Super Oscars and a sump guard, the original steel wheels widened to 6 inches and monroe shock aborbers.

    We often fitted new parts to test for Toyota including a W50GT box and 3.9 diff on occasions.
    We also fitted the first disc brake rear end for a live axle.
    Another was imported and fitted to Hurreys GT Celica in 1978.


    The car was retired with a leaky head gasket around 1980 and sat in my shed until 1992 when I sent it to the Toyota buffs in Mosyton (Jenkins) and they cursed and ground and stripped all the scratches and dents and restored it.

    By 1986 many spares came into the country via API at Springvale and the car nearly had a 3TGTEU fitted but we decided not to bastardise it and leave it original.



    In 2004 I totally sourced all the bearings and rebuilt the diff and gearbox.

    I pulled out the 3.9 and W50 box and refitted the P51 Box.

    The early Toyota 9.7:1 CR head was retired with its small valves and bad gasket retention.


    The head is now a stronger later Yamaha with better valves and it runs on PULP OK.

    A top overhaul with rings and bigends was done around 150,000 km.

    New clutch and pressure plate, thrust bearing and drive train repairs.

    It is so original it still runs a points dizzy, we have not upgraded to electronc but have the parts.

    The only other MOD was to fit rear disc brake calipers, but it still has a rear drum hand brake.
    And we still have the old drum brakes ala Corona. ops:
    KM 242000 still has original steering box, tailshhaft, it has had new tie rod ends and balljoints.

    The bonnet is not original or the radiator as we hit a roo back in 1978.


    To the best of my knowledge I have only ever seen a GT or coupe in japan and no other GT in Australia or New Zealand of this mark.

    Maybe someone can tell me otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F3ARED
    I remember this car...

    Just as a side note, Christian ended up selling your 280zx when he went back overseas. Not sure where it lives now.
    Yeah I saw it on the OZDAT site and gave the boys a rev for passing up a car with a $4000 engine.

    Cheers
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    very nice Car. Is that the original paint color for the car or a special one too I've never seen that type oc paint color.

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    Without getting too far off topic, yeah the engine in the Z was pretty damn good, abit too good for christian as he kinda-sorta put the car sideways into a gaurd rail on the Great Ocean Rd lol.

    Not sure how good your memory is, but im his girlfriends cousin - the "young" bloke [i say it that way as it was a few yrs ago now...] that drove the car after Christian stalled it about 9 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RT105BONG
    very nice Car. Is that the original paint color for the car or a special one too I've never seen that type oc paint color.
    Original colour as per the plate is 903 and you will find the colour on the Toyota calendar.

    The erason this car has survived and most other Coronas rust out is the double hot dip the car had as it was prepared for the CEO of Toyota Australia.

    The coating was so difficult to remove that when we refurbished it we ust cleaned up the rust in the lower panels and took the clear back to base coat and repainted in two pack using a coulour match from under the boot lid.

    The two photos are 30 years apart NOV 1976 and NOV 2006.

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    The car sounds quite unique! Was(Is) the car still running leafs during its stint as a developmental car?

    Are you daily driving it? A car this great needs to be driven!

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