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    MS55 Crown Convertible -Australia

    Hey guys, my anmes Daniel and I've just signed up. I've followed the blog for a while now.

    As said, I own a 1969 Toyota Crown that has been made into a convertible. The car is in need of some TLC, but it being tax time, I'll have some extra money laying around

    To start with, I just want to get her looking good and running well. There's a 4M under the hood. Already spoken with a Toyota mechanic who's a friend, told me he's built a fair few modified 4Ms! Down the trsck there will probably be a lumpy cam and dual carbies I'm thinking for the theme of my build, I'd like to go down the lowrider road. Not a full blown one, but definitely something cool. May start off in primer with some pin striping, but I've got a show stopping paint job in mind for the final product. Wire wheels would be cool, but I'm also liking the thought of some decent reverse meshies with some lip. Let me know

    I'd also love to get some MS51 doors and fit them too this, help keep the lines of the car as the old standard doors look out of place

    So this is my plan, hope to hear from you guys soon

    Cheers

    Dan

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    Do you know the story of this car? Old show car maybe? Is it a 4 door, with the back doors welded and the the top chopped? The only 2 door versions i have seen where utes. Sometimes i worry about modding my crown to much, therefore taking away from the original style of the car. With yours you can do anything, someone already chopped the top off!

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    Hey CharlieBucket. The only info I have so far:

    It was owned by an old bloke who lived in the Riverland (huge area known for it fruit growing here in Aus). He drove it up until 2005 when he passed away. The owners I bought it off had it sitting in their front yard up until early this year when I bought it off them for a measly $350.... Yes, only $350 It was a sedan thats had it's roof chopped and the rear doors welded. That's why I'd eventually like to have some MS51 doors on there . There is a massive bar running from LHS to RHS which is for rigidity.

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    The cops here in SA are known for not knowing the actual laws and will defect me at the drop of a hat. That's why I'm calling around a few places to day to find someone to help me with a roll bar. I've thought about it, when this happens I'll just rip the rears seats out all together and have a 2 seater convertible.

    After some more thought last night, I'm thinking black primer with yellow/green pin striping and a nice set of polished hubcaps with red or white walls! Let me know what you guys think.

    Cheers

    Dan

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    I have actually seen a few photo's on ClassicCrown where there is a Gun Metal Gray MS55 convertible. Again, it was here in Australia over in the Eastern states I think. This isn't the same car, this was blue at some point in it's life

    BTW, my avatar pic is my daily. A 1989 Crown Royal Saloon G! V8, full leather interior, touch screen tv I'm currently building her into a VIP cruiser, just bought some more parts so I can put in my UAS bags within the next couple of months

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    does it have to have a roll bar to be legal? if the chassis has been strengthened already it should still be strong enough without the roll bar?
    alot of older convertibles didnt have roll bars and i think it would spoil the look of this car.

    looks like a good find and the price was certainly right! looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    Fibbles, I've been told because it's a '69 sedan converted to a convertible that it HAS to have one. Apparently there isn't supposed to be a bar underneath bracing it. I was like you to begin with, but if the roll bar is built minimalistic I think I can pull it off without destroying the overall look of the car..... Should make it look like a half cage :P

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    that sucks, but if you can make it look like its meant to be there then it shouldnt look bad at all! me being the tight arse i am would clean it up and rego it to drive as is!
    i like the sounds of your plans for it though!

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    Flat black, 16" steelies with red glitter paint!
    MS51 doors? Are they longer? Wouldn't that be a crazy amount of work?

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    Charlie, yes they are longer and yes it would be ahuge amount of work. But somones already spent a lot of time and money on chopping the roof, so it is well worth it! I'm actually thinking of some Moon disks to start off with.... What do you guys think? I've ordered a few pin striping books off the net. I've always loved this art style, its about time I just start doing it

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    Re: MS55 Crown Concertible -Australia

    So I've just received the rego papers to put the Crown under my name. As soon as it's rego'd I'll be parking it at my place where surgery shall begin Already have a new 4M lined up, with 20 thou k's on it. Also, the pin striping books are here, ordered some extra supplies which will be here before the months end. Still debating the wheels now...... What would you guys prefer to see? Also a mate of mine has all the parts for a disk brake upgrae also In the next few months I want her in decent running order, that way I can hit the pavement once it warms up again

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