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Thread: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL

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    69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL

    So this is the other ride I had up here, which was lost in last month's time travel hiccup - I'll just re-up the photos and fill in the brief blurb, there's a lot less to tell with this one; hopefully that'll change soon as there's only a couple more jobs to do to my NX Coupe before licensing, and my old Holden is now unregistered so the rush to patch that up is over - the downside was I had to buy another horrid holden wagon to commute so there goes a big chunk of change that could've gone towards one of these.

    I bought this in 2010 purely because I'd never seen one before and it wasn't nearly as dilapidated as my RA23, also I had plenty of disposable income at the time at not many overheads so I guess it was a bit of an impulse buy I could just never bear to sell off. As far as I know it was an Australian sold RT72 corona hardtop, I originally thought it was an import as the speedo is in mph but it has a Sydney based dealer stock number plate in the engine bay so not sure how that fits, but anyway, the guy I got it from had bought it as is, and apparently a few people before that had done likewise. A RT112 coupe owner on the toymods forum filled us in on the details he learned when it was originally for sale; where ever it originally came from, around the 2000 mark a naval sailor restored it and resprayed it, rebuilt the 18R and gave it slotted discs, lower springs, some sort of weber carb up, extractors, MSD ignition system and electric water pump. Apparently it was complete and he was selling it back in 05 as he was being sent on tour overseas. The only major problems are the rust in the roof, and a hole in the rear lower quarter - from the look of the paint damage on the roof somebody didn't prep properly and moisture got underneath. There's another section not pictured where the rust progressed to the weather sill which is going to be a biatch to plate up :/

    The original plan was to keep it dead OEM and historic rego it as a weekend car but as rare as the old girl is it's probably not the only one left, and the SL is by no means a GSS which are the real rarities, so I'll likely do a bit of modification. I'm by no means a toyota engine expert, but what'll probably wind up happening is the RA23 will get a 4A of some sort and the 18R-G currently in there will get dropped into this one. It's double wishbone front and leaf live rear so I'm not pushing anything too extreme, just a bit of tweaking whilst keeping reasonably period and manufacturer correct.















    And this is the time and water damage, has slowly gotten a bit worse since then but that's the worst of it.




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    Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL

    :shock: :tu: GSS or not. Thats a beauty right there. Heck, that one and the other one you posted are sweet.

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    Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL

    Very cool indeed!! 8)
    Love those rakish lines...

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    Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL

    Jealous!!!!! Your Toyota coupes are just too beautiful

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    Pics coming tomorrow but long story short is the panel shop made a start on the roof and it's pretty much as bad as it gets - bog up to 18mm in some places and holes here and there. Not ideal.

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    Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL

    That's a good looking little car

    Still have it?

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    Yep, still under construction - those headlights are Hella I'm fairly sure, I'll have to check if they're the same all round but the inside two have bits of rust at the bottom but the outers are fine - a detail for later on.

    So this was what we started with;

    Rear right lower quarter


    Passenger side runoff


    Drivers side roof




    So after a lot of saving my pennies it went off to the guys at Blue Dog Garage (https://www.facebook.com/BlueDogGarage?ref=ts&fref=ts) for some TLC. The guys know their early Toyotas backwards - I thought I was excessive at 6 cars, the owner of Blue Dog has over 120! A mixture of Aussie and American muscle cars and dozens of crowns, celicas and ronas. Also dogs. 12 somewhat deaf blue heelers at last count, all rescues. The RT72 is in good hands.

    This was the first step; removing 18 layers of body filler



    I have no idea what this poor car went through in it's earlier life but I'm surprised it didn't collapse under the weight of THE BOG. I mean sweet velociraptor jesus, it was over 20mm thick in places! Whoever did it actually welded a rod in under the roof to support the weight!

    Fortunately it doesn't look like it was rolled, the pillars are too clean, but it would appear that the roof had something dropped on it or someone jumped on it and then it was left to rust.

    Passenger side uncovered
    [IMG]http://i379.photobucket.com/albums/oo238/zanellos/P1010709.jpg[/IMG



    Fresh steel going in the drivers side


    They'd actually already patched in a few holes in the centre of the roof with plate and have done an awesome job getting it back into shape.

    The one other secret the strip down unearthed was the original colour...



    Pale yellow. I'd hoped after pulling the seats that it was an old, dirtied up original white but no, it was yellow. So that's my latest food for thought, what colour do I go with? I liked the blue, but it was a domestic Ford metallic that didn't really match the 70's styling so was planning on the original blue until I saw the white - white works with anything, awesome wheel options, interior is already black, I'd like another white car. The quandary is that as a collectible originality adds value...that said it's a terrible shade of yellow - the Belatrix Yellow on the 2000GT; that's a nice yellow, I could live with that yellow....pale yellow....?

    http://www.toyotareference.com/coronamkii/1969-1972

    I'm open to some thoughts on this - the MX22 was originally that browny gold...am I destined to drive poo coloured cars?

    And I've convinced myself that the RA23 is a lost cause and doesn't need it's twin solex 18RG anymore.... so that'll be the next adventure

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    Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL

    I've never seen so much body filler outside a star convention before!

    I say go back to the yellow. I know it's not the most glamorous, but it has a 1970's charm that can't be replicated. White always works of course, but my vote is for the baby-poo yellow.

    Colors are subject to fads like most other things. Originality however, is not subject to the whims of popular opinion.

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    Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL

    What MX22?

    I like the toyota beige with vinyl roof. :tu:

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