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 Post subject: *Update* From Perfect to dead in 50 miles - RT119 build
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:27 pm 

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Location: Apopka, FL
The timeline: 8/2/2013

9:30am - Loaded up all our tools and set out for a 2 hour drive to pick up my 1976 Toyota Corona wagon.

11:20am - We arrive, speeding the whole way and getting a little lost. The wagon is beautiful. The owner said the wagon was "choking" a bit and assumed it was the carb. I assumed it was the fact that the gas cap had been replaced by a plastic bag which had formed a perfect funnel for rain water to pour in. We were both right...

3:45pm - After removing the carb, replacing it with a weber 32/36, draining the gas tank twice, and numerous trips to the gas station with my 1 gallon container. We had finally gotten it running. More than just that, she was purring. The most brilliant sounding motor I have ever heard.

5:00pm - Rush hour traffic and many hills. She "choked" a bit here and there but managed to keep going. We reached the half way mark and then she gave up. Fluids exploded from the engine bay, smoke pouring out, and a sound I can only describe as if a very tiny person was inside the block, banging away at it with a very large hammer. We removed the thermostat to release pressure, the foulest slug came spewing out. After an hour or so of trying to push the wagon across 4 lanes of non stop traffic, speeding between 70 and 90mph, we gave up and called a tow truck.

10:30pm - My Corona wagon has reached its new home. We are beaten and exhausted. I couldn't have been more furious. She was perfect...

Today it rained, as if the universe knew it needed to wash our pains away. Tomorrow we begin to tear the motor down. It's time to rebuild and make her purr again. We've got a lot of work ahead of us and more money then I want to even think about at this point. But it will get done. I mean, just look at her. Would you give up now?

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Updates to come. Stay tuned...

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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:49 pm 

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Holy crap...it's perfect! Good luck and have fun with the engine, def worth it! Kool lookin' hood emblem...wonder why there's the Celica dragon on it? Nice score.


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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:38 pm 
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Nice looking wagon. That's sad that it ran so well then quit on you. It was showing you how nice it could be so you would fix her back up.

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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:33 am 
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very nice! shame about the troubles, but sounds like you're on top of it.

i hope you plan on removing that awful window tint. i'm sure it's served its purpose, protecting the interior. time to thank it with a heatgun, razor blade and/or acetone.

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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:38 am 
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The wagon looks nice. Is the body solid? How's the interior? What are your plans?


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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:57 am 

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The body looks great. I think this little hiccup will be better in the long run of you owning the car.


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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:01 am 

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Location: Apopka, FL
floridaguy wrote:
The wagon looks nice. Is the body solid? How's the interior? What are your plans?


The body is completely solid. If there is filler, I can't find it. It is a true one original owner (kind of). The OG owner bought it new in '76 with 12 miles on it. He kept EVERY document, bill of sale, all service records up until last year. Garage kept and daily driven. Then it was parked. 5 Months ago I went to look at it but didn't have the funds to buy it and the owner said he would save it for me. He didn't. Sold it to a girl who drove it about 10 miles and parked it. She put in a new alternator and let it sit. She had to move out of state so she listed it on Craigslist. Feeling like it was the fish that got away, I had to buy it.

The interior is decent for its age. A few cracks in the dash, minor stitching rips in the seat, and dingy carpet. Other than a good detailing and a few seam repairs, it should be fine. Original radio, speakers, and A/C work.

The plan: (Already changed my mind in the past 4 hours.)

15x7.5 wheels in front, 15x8 in back, haven't decided which wheels yet. 3" leaf spring blocks on the back. Coilovers in the front.

The window tent will come off. Not sure if I will leave it off or black it out. I'll know once I get the old tent off.

As for the engine. Rebuilding the 20r and may do the 22r/20r hybrid, weber 32/36 or possibly side drafts, header, and a empi stinger tip on the exhaust pointed to the sky. (Stolen idea from Justin's Datsun 610 Wagon).

Everything else will stay original until it's needed to be updated.

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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:21 pm 

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such a good find. and i really want to hear about this dragon emblem you have that comes on celicas

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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:17 pm 
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Was this the Corona wagon that was in St. Petersburg?


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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:36 pm 

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Yes, got it in St. Pete. Broke down outside of Lakeland.

Patrick, I've been searching but can't find any info on the hood ornament. All I know is that it's original according to the OG sales document. Part of an upgrade package it looks like. I've never seen one before, even on a celica. Freakin' sweet though. Not coming off.

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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:56 pm 
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WOW, that's some pretty freakin' bad luck mate! :td:
Car looks stunning though! 8) Very cool wagon and I love that old style Jap wheel trim.
What's the staus with the project? Hopefully she'll be back on the road again soon...

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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:23 pm 

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Got the engine pulled and in the machine shop. My guy is a bit backed up so it'll be a few weeks before the old 20r is brought back to life. Got the back end lowered with 2" blocks, still trying to find springs for the front. After looking at it my barn for a few weeks I decided to keep the stock wheels on. I may widen them in the future but for now she looks good the way she is. Expect cruising photos by Halloween!

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 Post subject: Re: From perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 build
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:44 pm 
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Looks like a clean looking car, mightve missed it but is it a manual or auto? +1 on that awful tint. King springs in Australia stock lowered springs for the corona if you get stuck.

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 Post subject: Re: *Teaser update* Perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 b
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:30 pm 

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Update coming soon.

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 Post subject: Re: *Teaser update* Perfect to dead in 50 miles - My RT119 b
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:36 am 
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Believe that the hood ornament is part of the 'Tiara' package. I know Toyota had one in the past, think this might be a continuation of it. Nothing special, just a bunch of dealer add ons and such, mainly appearance upgrades. Still freekin cool!

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 Post subject: Re: *Update* From Perfect to dead in 50 miles - RT119 build
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:07 am 

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After many issues with another project that kept getting in the way of the wagon, the 20r is finally rebuilt and looking pretty. Polished, ported, 20 over, new cam, obx header, and a ton on money. I was wanting the wagon on the road by Halloween but it looks like I'll have to settle for New Years.

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 Post subject: Re: *Update* From Perfect to dead in 50 miles - RT119 build
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:36 pm 

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Very neat!

As always, we want more pictures :)


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 Post subject: Re: *Update* From Perfect to dead in 50 miles - RT119 build
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:17 am 

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Motor looks awesome! Gonna look sweet in that wagon...have fun.


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 Post subject: Re: *Update* From Perfect to dead in 50 miles - RT119 build
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:38 pm 

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Hows that header working out for you? Looks like its going to hang really low.


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 Post subject: Re: *Update* From Perfect to dead in 50 miles - RT119 build
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:21 pm 
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Bump. Going to hit your new years mark?

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