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    My '71 Kujira Crown Project

    I found this engineless 1971 Toyota Crown on craigslist one night out of boredom and got the idea that this could be a good candidate for my project car. I'm not much of a mechanic myself, however, I became friends with a co-worker (at my new job that I got in the summer) who had his own workshop and worked with mostly Nissan 240SXs and one Datsun 240Z. He had suggested that I should look for a project car to work on for good fun and something to not bore myself with my daily 1999 Honda Accord (In lovely...beige) that was passed down from my brother.

    This all started due to my habit of going to craigslist every couple of nights to look for an interesting car that I COULD buy, but not really keep. Since my parents are really strict on how money is spent... (Part of our family culture) But the Toyota Crown really hit the spot for me, I fell in love with it just looking at the pictures off of the craigslist ad! (Which could have been a bad thing.) After talking with my friend about the possibility of working on a Toyota Crown (I had several concerns with it not being a good candidate since he likes to work with Nissan's and I decided to bring a Toyota. Although I feel that Toyota might be in my blood.), we agreed that it would workout.

    The car was listed on craigslist for $950 and I emailed the person who put up the ad showing my interest. Turns out the person who put up the ad was a friend of the owner. We talked for a bit about setting up a date for my friend and I to look at the car. (It was up north about an hour away from us) Took a trip up north, liked it, and went back to negotiating with the owner. Got it down to $800 (couldn't go lower, but tried), bought it, got a trailer, and then brought it to my friend's workshop. (I didn't even tell my parents that I purchased it, but they found out eventually) I never thought I'd have myself an interesting car at this age. It may be ambitious, but I was sure it would be worth it. I knew the Toyota Crown existed, but I never knew about this generation and that it was sold in the U.S. Uniqueness is what got me. I love being different.

    Enough talk, time for the pictures! (Sorry for the amount of pictures)

    Picking the car up from the barn:




    On the trailer back to the workshop:


    Dropping it off at the workshop!






    Interior and close-ups:



    Even came with a record player and three 8-tracks! :lol:

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    Re: My '71 Kujira Crown Project

    I love it already :tu: :tu:

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    Very cool!

    Theres a few of us crown enthusiasts over at www.toyotacrowncentral.com - should be a lot of info you can share!

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    Re: My '71 Kujira Crown Project

    what an extremely lucky find!

    awesome car man :tu:

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    Re: My '71 Kujira Crown Project

    This is why the guy stopped emailing me
    Good job saving it.

    PM me if you ever want to get rid of it.

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    wow! awesome found!!!! :tu: :tu: :twisted: :twisted:

    :roll: :roll: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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    Re: My '71 Kujira Crown Project

    Huge +s:
    - uncracked dash pad
    - uncracked steering wheel
    - red. RED.
    - corrosion looks minimal
    - (factory?) 8-track
    - windshield looks good
    - more parts around for the 60-series than the 50-series

    -s:
    Can't think of any, actually. Without an engine you save yourself the "do I get rid of the original?" dilema and you can shoehorn in some 5MGE / 7MGE number.

    Wow. That's a deal.

    Mike

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    Thanks for the comments everyone! Much appreciated. :tu:

    Quote Originally Posted by brownmagic
    This is why the guy stopped emailing me
    Good job saving it.

    PM me if you ever want to get rid of it.
    Oh! I didn't know that there were others looking at the car as well. ops: They didn't tell you anything about anyone else looking into it? Well, if things go towards a downward spin, I'll consider an offer. Hopefully there will be something else on offer if I do end up finding it a difficult job. There is a Datsun 510 wagon for sale in Maine as well for $500 and I would buy it if I didn't already have this.


    Quote Originally Posted by palatine
    Huge +s:
    - uncracked dash pad
    - uncracked steering wheel
    - red. RED.
    - corrosion looks minimal
    - (factory?) 8-track
    - windshield looks good
    - more parts around for the 60-series than the 50-series

    -s:
    Can't think of any, actually. Without an engine you save yourself the "do I get rid of the original?" dilema and you can shoehorn in some 5MGE / 7MGE number.

    Wow. That's a deal.

    Mike
    It was an amazing barn find, having been in the same barn for around 30 years. Not too sure about the red, although to keep some costs down, I think I'll repaint it in red, just not what was on it. The 8-track is from the factory and it was great to find a well kept interior. Downside was that the seats had tears in them and the driver side door catches on the fender. There is rust on the rockers and a moderately sized hole in the trunk. Planning on cutting it out and welding new pieces. Also, did the '71 Toyota Crown come with a factory sunroof? Can't seem to find much information on that. Also surprised to hear that the parts for the 60-series Crown is more common. Looked through a classic car buying guide and found that the 1971 Toyota Crown in "restoreable condition" is worth $740. Although the book was not very specific. Though the fact that the almost all of the car was there (except for one major part, the engine :lol probably made it worth the $800.

    As for the engine, I was thinking of finding a 1UZ-FE for it... Not sure how well that'd go for originality, but I'm not sure about restoring it to original condition.

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    Re: My '71 Kujira Crown Project

    Quote Originally Posted by MedigoFlame
    Also, did the '71 Toyota Crown come with a factory sunroof? Can't seem to find much information on that.
    The pop-up glass sunroof like your car has in an aftermarket add-on. Sometimes installed by the dealer, sometimes installed down the road by the owner. Almost never installed by the factory.

    Good rule of thumb is, if it doesn't say TOYOTA on the glass, it's not factory.

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    Re: My '71 Kujira Crown Project

    Quote Originally Posted by john
    The pop-up glass sunroof like your car has in an aftermarket add-on. Sometimes installed by the dealer, sometimes installed down the road by the owner. Almost never installed by the factory.

    Good rule of thumb is, if it doesn't say TOYOTA on the glass, it's not factory.
    Ah ok, thanks for the information. :tu: We were all unsure about whether the sunroof was factory or not. Though, I think the latch for the pop-up sunroof was a giveaway. Something about the plastic latch didn't seem era correct. Am glad it doesn't leak though. :lol:

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