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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:29 am 
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toydatto wrote:
So how has your Weber carb been? Are you still using the mechanical fuel pump? I noticed you have a fuel regulator.

After some road trip issues I'm done with my factory carb and all of its vacuum hoses. I've been looking at JZcelica's thread of your car and want to do essentially the same thing. I really enjoy driving it, just want it to be predictable and reliable. Thanks!

jzcelica added an electric fuel pump when he cleaned out the tank. The Weber runs very well, though would probably benefit from a quick tune. This fuel pump/Weber combo is great for start-ups. It's always cranked on the first turn, even after sitting for a couple weeks. I mostly just poodle around town as it's on antique plates, but the setup seems very solid, with tractable power at first and nice cruising behavior (especially with the 5-speed, which I highly recommend). I do tend to get a bit of fuel smell in the cabin, but I'm betting that's from the rusted-out exhaust.

I'd say follow jzcelica's path, the car works great.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:47 am 
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:tu: gorgeous wagon

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:32 am 
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Hipstergram pics!
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Gave her a wash yesterday then tried my shitty Walmart buffer, but the paint just stayed dull as ever (though it did look great until it fully dried). Only way I've got it to respond is hand polishing with cloth and compound. That's going to take a loooong time...

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:19 pm 

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congratulations!!

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:35 pm 
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Wagons RULE!!!


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:53 pm 
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damn that thing is sweet... love the colour too...

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:50 pm 
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Been working hard on the paint. The paint is old (not the original paint, but very old), and is total shit. The clear's been gone for a while, it's rough to the touch and full of dirt. But I love to color to death and I think I can save it.

Last week I washed it and tried my shitty Walmart buffer, got nowhere. This weekend I've been using good old elbow grease and been hand polishing it. So far, I've just used some compound and clay bar with microfiber towels. Here are the first results on the roof:
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As you can see, it's responding really well. I'll keep going over the whole car and then hit it with polish and wax. I've never really messed with this stuff before, but it's pretty rewarding. Now, to go rest my poor arms...

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:18 pm 
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Just been working on the paint. Using Meguiar's compound, clay and polish by hand. Takes a long time, but it's a rather zen activity and I dig the results.

Teaser:
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That paint was totally matte and full of dirt when I started... feels good, man.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:51 pm 
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wow! cant wait to see the final result!! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:06 pm 
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Mori7 wrote:
wow! cant wait to see the final result!! :tu:

Be warned, my arms might fall off before it's all finished.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:20 am 
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Very nice!

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:22 pm 
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So, what had happend was I accidentally found myself with six cars again in December. As my homeowner's asscoiation can bearly deal with my Cressida being outside, I had to use some clutch problem solving to keep three cars in a two car garage. Ended up throwing the Mark II and Miata on dollies and pushing them against the wall to make space for zee German interloper. When I sell this house, I'll be sure to mention the three car garage...

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It was supposed to be a temporary arrangement, but my lazy ass only just sold the Bimmer Saturday.

Anyway, it's back to working on the wagon now that I can actually get to it again. I keep all my projects on battery tenders, and damn if the Mark II literally started on the first crank. Love Toyotas!

First order of business was to get it off of the dollies. Check that suspension droop!

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During the hibernation, its antique plate expired, so this morning I went down to the tax office to renew it ($61 for five years, score!) and applied to use year of manufacture plates. So much better than the godawful standard antique plate with a buggy on it!

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So yeah, excited to get back on the road with this thing.

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Next steps are kinda fluid at this point. I've got some headlight mods to install and I have a whole new taillight set I'm going to clean up and paint. There's nothing mechanically wrong with it now, so I'm just going to keep working on the paint, finding small projects to work on, bolt on some cool old school stuff, and most importantly drive.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:26 pm 
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Now that she's legal again, I took her out for a shakedown run this evening. Everything seems to be running nicely, though it stumbles a bit with sharp application of the throttle. Carb probably needs a tune.

Also, driving a loud, low car with one 1973 licence plate and no inspection sticker (legally, mind you) has me looking for cops enough, so not having a working speedo is really not working out for me. Now, to read up on fixing that...

Anyway, I've fallen back in love with this car. Hard.
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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:03 pm 
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looking perfectly gorgeous!

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:08 pm 
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BeanBone wrote:

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How did you park these cars so closely without damaging each other? :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:20 am 
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ansarghani wrote:
How did you park these cars so closely without damaging each other? :shock:


Slowly drove it in with a spotter. Good thing it was a convertible so I could climb out! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
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Great build. PM sent.


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:16 pm 
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Checking in now that it's been a year.

Car is still running great. Always starts on the first crank, doesn't overheat even in this insane Texas heat (without A/C, I'd overheat well before she would). I threw on the front plate, as it probably cuts down my chances of getting pulled over (in Texas, antique cars don't have to run inspection/reg stickers in the windscreen like normal cars, so I look a little sketchy from the front without a plate as well). Had to create some brackets for it to fit. I actually like how it looks, as the license plate dimples are very visible with the plate off. Plus, old school plates just look cool.

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Still have some polishing to do, I really should get an exhaust fabbed, got a few badges and trim items to fit, really should source an un-cracked repeater and new rear window rubber, using an iPhone for the speedometer is not exactly optimal, the stock one-speaker radio could use an update, and I have a set of yellow hi-beams I might through on. But in general there's not too much to do right now :wink: .

Thinking about selling some other cars and/or saving up to really focus on this one and source some proper wheels. Maybe a full resray and a 1UZ way down the line? Only time will tell.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:00 pm 
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Beautiful wagon....we don't see many of these in Australia.

What do you mean by proper wheels? Those look great and suit it well. :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Toyota Corona Mark II Wagon Build
PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:04 pm 
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AussieSteve wrote:
Beautiful wagon....we don't see many of these in Australia.

What do you mean by proper wheels? Those look great and suit it well. :tu:

Thanks!

They work alright, but they're fake Hayashi Streets. I'd like to get a set of real vintage low offset wheels eventually and keep these as spares (or swap them onto my Cressida).

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