Ryan from Kona, Hawaii here with our new to our family 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon.
So far, I've gutted the filthy tan interior, dyed the carpet & seat belts, repainted the dash and plastic trim, and installed some speakers in stock locations and wired for a 300w MB Quart sub I'll be doing a custom fiberglass enclosure for inside the wagon rear panel.
I'm in dire need of some direction on what exterior stuff can interchange with this car, as 1. the front grill, lights, bumper are barely hanging on, and 2. the wife isn't fond of the quad headlights and massive bumper and would prefer a swap of some sort. Same with this diner table of a rear bumper. Would love something chrome and tighter to the body, but anything is better than it's current state. Any tips/links would be appreciated! There isn't a lot of donor cars, and no pick-a-part wrecking yards here on the big island of Hawaii, so I'm kind of dependent on Ebay, Rock Auto, Craigslist, you kind folks, or other recommended parts sources.
I just ordered the cressi calipers, drilled/slotted celica rotors and 2" drop blocks...hopefully all to be installed next week. Also on deck is steaming the tired purple tint off the windows and retinting with 35% all the way around. The motor runs fantastic and doesn't really need any attention, but eventually I can see a Weber going on there.
Here's some pics of what it was like, what I've done in the last three weeks, and things along the way.
The jacked up front end that I'm very interested in ditching in favor of a two light or round light setup and more compact bumper. PLEASE let me know if anything would bolt up to this frame that will work.
Think we'll just get rid of these rigged up mirrors in favor of fender mirrors.
Gonna remove the tow hitch. Like the front bumper I'm VERY interested in a tighter bumper option, maybe something from JDM, Australian or UK market? Please, please let me know if I have a better option than replacing this rubber bumper.
She's not pretty, but she runs great. The motor will get some detailing, but no mods for now. A/C will be recharged next week.
Pretty representative of the condition of the old tan interior plastic. In good shape physically, but badly needed a repaint.
Stained, tired interior in need of some TLC and vinyl dye.
Smelled pretty musty.
Carpet and belts in need of a dye job.
Blank canvas! Time to get to work!
Seat belts dyed by soaking fabric in lacquer thinner, then SOAKING the belt with basic satin black spray paint. Seriously soaking it during spraying, not just spraying it on lightly. Went back and spot treated a couple places the black was thin, then masked the buttons and sprayed the plastic.
After a rub down with some vinegar, most plastics were hit with some satin granite Rustoleum plastic paint. Much better!
After carpet was RIT dyed a royal blue and reinstalled, the dash came out for repaint.
My pride and joy here, the refinished dash.
Finally, the rear interior. The blue RIT dye turned out a little to purple for my liking on the tan carpet. Will probably go black later after exterior mods/repairs are done. Same with rear/front seats. For now it looks and smells a 100 times better than when we got it. MB Quart sub and amp are going in the right rear 1/4 panel in a diy custom fiberglass enclosure, leaving plenty of room for hauling stuff to the beach.
That's about it for now. I really would like some input on exterior swaps available for the front and rear bumpers, grill, headlights. Any tips?