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 Post subject: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:29 am 

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Now that I'm coming out of the fog of early parenting, I am considering revisiting my 1967 Toyota Century Basket Case project. The car is complete with a ton of spare parts, though it will obviously need a lot of work. Engine hasn't been run in decades but low miles when parked.

The biggest challenge I can see (at least initially) is fixing the pneumatic suspension (cracked rubber air bladders leak). Has anyone had any experience fixing this aspect of the Century? Is it possible to convert to Spring suspension? If not, I do have 3 unused replacement rubber parts, which could be installed, but not sure if anyone on West Coast does that work? Any help, leads, appreciated. Or perhaps I need to be talked out of the whole project...


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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:56 pm 
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Maybe post pics of the suspension as not many people have probably even seen it lol. With pics people can start helping you brainstorm ideas to fix or replace with springs.

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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:54 am 
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if you can get part numbers, contact dealers and see if they're still available. if not, there are plenty of aftermarket universal solutions you could fab into a working air ride suspension.

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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:00 am 
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All I can think of is putting a 2jz in it, maybe leaving the exterior/interior stock.

But that's just me, :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:22 pm 

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OK, here are some pictures!

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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:44 pm 

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wow, would you ever consider selling it?

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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:50 pm 
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Really seams that you could remove the top hat and just get a new strut housing/spindle. Very interesting design. Never as easy on paper as it is in practice though lol.

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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:55 am 

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Not interested in selling right now, but if I get discouraged, I'll definitely post it here for sale!


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 Post subject: Re: 1967 Toyota Century VG20 - To Restore or Not to Restore?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:46 pm 
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Wow that looks like a big project. If you have the means to do this job properly, go for it. That would be hugely rewarding.

However, if you're a shadetree hack like me, pass this car on to someone who will do it up proper.

As for the air bags, I can't really help. I'd say look into a custom setup from Airlift Performance or similar.


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