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 Post subject: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:13 pm 

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After about two weeks of waiting, my 1970 Crown arrived today from Saskatchewan. Purchased online based on the seller's word and a bunch of pics, I had an idea of what was coming, but that was it. "Good shape" can mean different things to different people.

I had a 1969 Crown about 15 years ago. The frame had a few holes in it, and when the carb went supernova in the snow one day, I traded it and a 1971 parts car I had to the local Toyota dealership in exchange for their old Land Cruiser plow truck for some LC parts I needed. It was a good deal at the time. The '69 was amazing on the highway – super comfortable, super quiet, and the 2M with Toyoglide wasn't exactly a slug on the road.

So a few months ago I decided it was time I start looking for a new project to tinker on. I'd seen a 1973 RT90 Corona coupe close by; green with black hood too. It looked great and had been for sale for a few months. Figuring it would be for sale for at least one more, I took my time and ended up missing it by a few days. That made me get focused and I started checking ads across the country and as far south as San Francisco. After looking at a few options, I decided on this Crown. It's a 2M, a 4-speed, and hey, even the same colour as my first Crown (#1422 alhambra red). I booked a transport for roughly the same price as the car, and quickly wrote that sum off. I'm not doing this because it's practical.

The day finally came and the transport company called around noon today. I booked it home in the LC (not the plow truck, my DD of 16 years), and actually saw the Crown flying down the highway on a flatdeck ahead of me. And now it's here.

Well, I'm pretty impressed. This thing is in remarkable shape for a prairie car that sat in a field for seven years. After it was semi-abandoned, this guy I bought it from picked it up, and he had it for a year before passing on the project. Listening to him describe it on the phone was like listening to me describe work on my Land Cruiser. He'd obviously loved working on it and brought the engine bay back from a greasy mess to where it is now.

First on the list is getting power brakes back and re-doing the rear cylinders. Hopefully not too many suspension pieces are needed (any suggestions for idler and pitman arms?). I've got another windshield for it and a new gasket on the way from Carlyn.

Bonus: a spare carb, a set of NOS rear lights, and the original keys!

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I'll be in the driveway for the next couple weeks..


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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:18 pm 
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Awesome, congrats!

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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:51 am 
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That's a beautiful car, it looks to be in great condition! Nice find. Can't wait to see pictures of it off the truck and all shined up, although the engine bay looks pretty clean already. :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:40 am 

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Thanks - I am pretty stoked so far. The frame looks solid, the rocker panels are intact, springs seem OK. Starts just fine but coughs out with a bit of throttle. Lots to work with here though.


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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:03 pm 
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Very cool find! Looks to be in fantastic shape. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:43 pm 

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:tu: looks pretty clean


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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:43 pm 

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Very nice.

that price seems right for a bushing kit.

and timing pieces are pricey but you probably wont have to do it again.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:55 am 
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Can I have it?!

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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:03 am 

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shane_lxi wrote:
Can I have it?!


No, but maybe a temp swap for Julian's Trans Am? 8)

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hey JNC - what's the best way to handle a panhard rod's damage?

This is what I've got from some sloppy towing during transit:

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The frame shop wants me to leave it in place so it can be pushed back. Instinct tells me to get a 2x4 and push back on the opposite spot it was yanked from. It looks like about an inch and a quarter thick solid steel. It's up in the air where Hansen's is going to accept my claim or not. I've got new bushings to go in, so it'll be coming out anyway.

Has anyone dealt with something similar?


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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:54 pm 
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If youre planning on lowering, you might just wait til then and have a shorter one built or look for an adjustable aftermarket bar that bolts up, ae86 maybe?

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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
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beautiful car. The shape of the MS55 is one of the prettiest ever.


Try Mooneyes for parts. They got a couple of those restored if i remember right.


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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:52 am 
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palatine wrote:
Instinct tells me to get a 2x4 and push back on the opposite spot it was yanked from. It looks like about an inch and a quarter thick solid steel.

Has anyone dealt with something similar?


Dealt with the exact same thing. Took it off, clamped it in the vice (bent spot in the center of the vice jaws), heated the bent spot and slowly closed the vise until it straightened out. Let it air cool, popped it back in and it worked fine for another 5+ years (point at which I sold the car).


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 Post subject: Re: 1970 MS55 Crown has arrived!
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:28 pm 
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Cool car. I was looking at a complete 60's era crown at the parts yard a few months back. First time I have ever saw one. I think the heat and bend method would work fine for a panhard rod. Just get it as straight as you can, then roll it on a flat surface to check.

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