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Thread: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

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    1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    Hello everyone,
    my name is George and I live in Slovenia. I always wanted to own some 70s jap car, but import for car companies began to be profitable only after disintegration of Yugoslavia, so only domestic or rare personal imports older than 23 years are to be found here. You can imagine my surprise when this old Corolla appeared on web auction. Guess who bought her :lol:
    She looks better on photos, sadly the car was restored in a BIG hurry, lots of filler everywhere, paint is faded on some panels, painted while assembled, terrible-looking welds, exhaust is in its last days, but engine and gearbox are great. Little 3K starts and runs like new, interior is complete and almost mint , still smells like 70s :lol: .

    The plan is to restore the engine bay first, since I dont have money/space/time to do a complete restoration right now. I will try to take lots of photos during the process, so maybe someone will find this thread helpful. Also, Im doing this for the first time so...

















    And sorry for my english ops:

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    Re: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    Congrats! Good looking car.

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    Re: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    For me, trim and interior parts are more important than bodywork if you get the car at the right price. Everything else can be fixed, repaired and repainted over time.

    Looks like you got a good one :tu:

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    Re: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    Very cool! 8)
    Congrats on an excellent purchase...

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    Nice! Excellent car. Take good care of her, a car like that deserves a good home and a loving owner.

    8)

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    Re: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    Thanks guys

    I started to work on the project, for now just little bits. Still want to drive her until winter starts.
    Dizzy seemed like a good place to start :P















    It`s not a mirror polish obviously, old screws and semi-polished parts will give the engine bay nice old look I hope. Condenser is going to be grey.
    A lot of work(fun) left.

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    Re: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    Valve cover on treatment


















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    Re: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    Nice work on the valve cover. how long did it take to complete? I have always liked the polished look. The probelem is, If you polish one aluminum piece, you have have to polish them all. I also like that your car has the early 70's grill. I dont see very many nice ones like that. Keep at it!

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    Re: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    Thanks

    valve cover took me about 2 days simple shapes made it quick :lol:

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    Re: 1972 Corolla 1200 Coupe

    Still got warm weather here so I took apart the voltage regulator.



    It looked like the print was lost :?







    When I started grinding, the top coat just fell off what a surprise lol



    So I just removed the rust and painted it with a brush, then sanded and put on some clear coat.





    Without flash looks good :wink:




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