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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 6:33 pm 
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Agreed - this is going to be a tough looking streeter. Something about the front fenders and rear from c pillar back reminds me of the 67 chev impala, which is one of those cars that got me hooked on classics.

Didn't even know it had damage at the back, were you just going to patch it up or give the whole car a clean and paint?

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2014 10:00 pm 
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Thanks for the responses guys

I bought the car with all the damage around the car.

My brother-in-law is an auto body tech, and he is going to help me pull the dents out. Once the body is reasonably smooth, I'll have the car re-painted.

I am hoping to start on the body work in June


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 3:20 am 
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Good to see the rear light is intact despite the damage.. pulling the body is not difficult finding these lights is like finding hens teeth!

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Thanks for the responses guys

I bought the car with all the damage around the car.

My brother-in-law is an auto body tech, and he is going to help me pull the dents out. Once the body is reasonably smooth, I'll have the car re-painted.

I am hoping to start on the body work in June

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:30 am 
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ansarghani wrote:
Good to see the rear light is intact despite the damage.. pulling the body is not difficult finding these lights is like finding hens teeth!


Lucky for me, the car came with a spare set of lights! Still in the box the previous owner received them in, the newspaper wrappings are from Aug. 2003.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:34 am 
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In the glove box there has always been a blue vinyl pouch stuffed full of maps. I keep it in there because I like the nostalgia of maps and pre-GPS motoring. The maps in there tell a little of the history of the car.

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Maybe its time to swap out the maps for some that are actually of where I live!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:39 am 
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Hoping to put the interior back together soon, as my wife is finally starting on the shift boot. I wanted to cover up the big gaping hole in the trans tunnel, so I just cut up an old rubber floor mat. Just like the rest of this car, my solution is ugly, cheap, but functional.

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Once the carpets and center console are in, this won't be visable at all. Better than nothing!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:39 am 
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I have an appointment at a local performace shop to have an exhaust and trans mount made tomorrow! Hope i dont have to tow the car over. A few more things to figure out and the car may actually drive.

Installing an electric fan. Tight fight, but it ought to do

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Car is going here:

http://www.performanceoptions.net/


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:50 pm 
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Matches wrote:
Installing an electric fan. Tight fight, but it ought to do


You can always trim a bit off that fan "shroud" without negatively effecting it. Had to do that a few times... :P


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:08 pm 
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John, thanks for the suggestion. I certainly will if need be. I'll just take a Dremel to it

Today the car went to Performance Options in Oakland to have the exhaust and transmission mount made. I had been so busy at work the last two weeks I've hardly had any time at all for the car. So today was the first day I have started the car in a while, and the first day I have actually driven the car!

Only reversed out of my driveway and then into the shop drive way after the tow, but those few meters were SUPER exciting!

Can't wait to get the car back and have an exhaust on it.

Here is the car waiting for the tow truck, after being driven for the first time in 7 years!

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Here is the car at the shop:

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:51 am 
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Selling my BMW if anyone is interested

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/4521265545.html


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:19 pm 
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Just got the car back from Performance Options in Oakland!

Exhaust and trans mount made! So excited, really happy with the work. Sounds great. Not too loud, not too quiet.

http://youtu.be/NrQFtaWkW5A

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:13 pm 
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Today was a big day. My brother-in-law came over with a bunch of tools and supplies and we got to work on the big ugly dent in the rear. I'll let the photos do most of the talking.

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Meanwhile, I got to work on the bumper. I said, "but I don't know how to do this." Francisco just said, "You can't really make it any worse than it already is."

Good point.

So I started wailing on it with a 3lbs hammer and actually made some positive progress.

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While I was making a racket and slow progress on the bumper, Francisco was working his craft and making art. I had always thought it would be a very long time before I could afford to have the body of this car repaired. I am so happy and fortunate that my friend and brother-in-law loves his job and is happy to help out!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:01 pm 
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Won some super cool old gauges on FleaBay. Not sure how old they are, 80's? What do you guess?

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:01 pm 
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Mounted gauges where the ashtray goes. My car is missing the ashtray, and I can't find a replacement. Better use of the space I reckon.

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The sensors are all standard threads, so I need to adapt them to the British Standard Threads that Toyota used back then.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:36 am 
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The body work continues. I worked on this spot on the right of the trunk. When I got the car it was completely bowed upwards, like someone had backed over a tall rock. Didn't really show from outside the car, but inside it made the tool bucket not fit. So I beat the pannel back into roughly the right shape, and started treating the rust.

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While Franny continued to work on the big problem area at the left rear corner. He's a perfectionist, and spent all day making sure this repair will last the life of the car. We ended the day with a fresh application of body filler to be sanded and shaped next session.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:36 am 
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Matches wrote:
Mounted gauges where the ashtray goes. My car is missing the ashtray, and I can't find a replacement. Better use of the space I reckon.

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The sensors are all standard threads, so I need to adapt them to the British Standard Threads that Toyota used back then.


I just so happen to have one, its yours for the price of shipping cost.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:09 pm 
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Thank you!

PM me an email address and I'll send PayPal

You're very kind


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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:17 am 
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PM me your address please.

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My contribution to great looking car :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:55 pm 
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Did some frivolous shopping on ebay. Got a tool bag for the trunk and a vintage CORONA BELT BUCKEL! How rad is that? This Corona logo didn't show up for a few years after my car was made, but it's still super cool to have.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1973 Corona MKII build
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:38 pm 
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Here is my solution to all my fuel problems:

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Took the gas tank to Performance Options in Oakland, and had them weld a steel bung to the bottom. Now my under-car Bosch fuel pump is gravity fed fuel and we're done. Should have just done this in the first place! So easy.


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