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    *Update* From Perfect to dead in 50 miles - RT119 build

    The timeline: 8/2/2013

    9:30am - Loaded up all our tools and set out for a 2 hour drive to pick up my 1976 Toyota Corona wagon.

    11:20am - We arrive, speeding the whole way and getting a little lost. The wagon is beautiful. The owner said the wagon was "choking" a bit and assumed it was the carb. I assumed it was the fact that the gas cap had been replaced by a plastic bag which had formed a perfect funnel for rain water to pour in. We were both right...

    3:45pm - After removing the carb, replacing it with a weber 32/36, draining the gas tank twice, and numerous trips to the gas station with my 1 gallon container. We had finally gotten it running. More than just that, she was purring. The most brilliant sounding motor I have ever heard.

    5:00pm - Rush hour traffic and many hills. She "choked" a bit here and there but managed to keep going. We reached the half way mark and then she gave up. Fluids exploded from the engine bay, smoke pouring out, and a sound I can only describe as if a very tiny person was inside the block, banging away at it with a very large hammer. We removed the thermostat to release pressure, the foulest slug came spewing out. After an hour or so of trying to push the wagon across 4 lanes of non stop traffic, speeding between 70 and 90mph, we gave up and called a tow truck.

    10:30pm - My Corona wagon has reached its new home. We are beaten and exhausted. I couldn't have been more furious. She was perfect...

    Today it rained, as if the universe knew it needed to wash our pains away. Tomorrow we begin to tear the motor down. It's time to rebuild and make her purr again. We've got a lot of work ahead of us and more money then I want to even think about at this point. But it will get done. I mean, just look at her. Would you give up now?






    Updates to come. Stay tuned...

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    Holy crap...it's perfect! Good luck and have fun with the engine, def worth it! Kool lookin' hood emblem...wonder why there's the Celica dragon on it? Nice score.

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    Nice looking wagon. That's sad that it ran so well then quit on you. It was showing you how nice it could be so you would fix her back up.

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    very nice! shame about the troubles, but sounds like you're on top of it.

    i hope you plan on removing that awful window tint. i'm sure it's served its purpose, protecting the interior. time to thank it with a heatgun, razor blade and/or acetone.

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    The wagon looks nice. Is the body solid? How's the interior? What are your plans?

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    The body looks great. I think this little hiccup will be better in the long run of you owning the car.

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    Quote Originally Posted by floridaguy
    The wagon looks nice. Is the body solid? How's the interior? What are your plans?
    The body is completely solid. If there is filler, I can't find it. It is a true one original owner (kind of). The OG owner bought it new in '76 with 12 miles on it. He kept EVERY document, bill of sale, all service records up until last year. Garage kept and daily driven. Then it was parked. 5 Months ago I went to look at it but didn't have the funds to buy it and the owner said he would save it for me. He didn't. Sold it to a girl who drove it about 10 miles and parked it. She put in a new alternator and let it sit. She had to move out of state so she listed it on Craigslist. Feeling like it was the fish that got away, I had to buy it.

    The interior is decent for its age. A few cracks in the dash, minor stitching rips in the seat, and dingy carpet. Other than a good detailing and a few seam repairs, it should be fine. Original radio, speakers, and A/C work.

    The plan: (Already changed my mind in the past 4 hours.)

    15x7.5 wheels in front, 15x8 in back, haven't decided which wheels yet. 3" leaf spring blocks on the back. Coilovers in the front.

    The window tent will come off. Not sure if I will leave it off or black it out. I'll know once I get the old tent off.

    As for the engine. Rebuilding the 20r and may do the 22r/20r hybrid, weber 32/36 or possibly side drafts, header, and a empi stinger tip on the exhaust pointed to the sky. (Stolen idea from Justin's Datsun 610 Wagon).

    Everything else will stay original until it's needed to be updated.

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    such a good find. and i really want to hear about this dragon emblem you have that comes on celicas

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    Was this the Corona wagon that was in St. Petersburg?

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    Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build

    Yes, got it in St. Pete. Broke down outside of Lakeland.

    Patrick, I've been searching but can't find any info on the hood ornament. All I know is that it's original according to the OG sales document. Part of an upgrade package it looks like. I've never seen one before, even on a celica. Freakin' sweet though. Not coming off.

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