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original motor or swap?
3RC 36%  36%  [ 9 ]
3SGE 64%  64%  [ 16 ]
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 Post subject: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:20 pm 

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Location: midwest
just picked it up last weekend. trying to decide whether to do a full factory restore or more of a resto-mod with a Beams 2.0L/6spd conversion...it'll be a long term project either way.

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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:55 pm 
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I would not bother with the 3RC. Beams might be too extreme in my taste. I have an 18RG in mine as I like more old school than new stuff. either way, enjoy and make sure to upgrade the brakes and diff. and suspension and etc etc etc.... just like what happened with mine.

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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:49 am 

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what all did you do to yours? can you share some ideas/info?


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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:12 am 

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I have a 67 4 door auto.

I just planned on doing an updated R series, 20R or 22R doesn't need to be fast.

If I find a good deal I would make a 4AGE fit.

Needs brakes and steering restored though.


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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:30 am 

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Location: Seattle
A BEAMS motor would be a great idea! The sky is the limit for good applications though. F20c, 4age 20v blacktop, 3sgte. All are great choices. The beams motor is a neat idea though. Depending on cost i would say. The s2000 engine is a really great engine though. The full swap including transmission all the necessary wiring etc is between 2500 to 3700. So depending on the cost difference to a beams i would consider it. The output of the f20 or f22 is significantly higher. I really like nicely restored classics with modern engines. It is just really nice to have a cool old car with out the headaches of an old car. Cold starts, fuel economy, powerbands, replacement parts. Everything benefits from ditching weird old low output engines. But hey, to each their own.


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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:53 am 
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beams and 6spd would be sweet. keeps it oem in a roundabout way.

otherwise full resto to stock specs though! a completely mint, stock looking car packing a 3SGE, 6spd, good diff and brakes (all good stuff where it doesn't show), stock interior down to the factory radio, crap seat belts etc.

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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:28 am 

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yea, thats exactly what i have in mind. classic body in and out, but modern mechanical components all while keeping all in the toyota family (i work for them too so that's a plus). that's why the S2000 wasn't really in contention, as solid as that platform would be, it's always seemed wrong to me when hotrodders swap other makes' engines into their projects like a 2JZ in a silvia or a chevy in a ford.


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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:06 pm 

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I understand. I hold no allegiance to auto manufactures when it comes to that sort of thing. I only try to hold allegiance to regions. I like to promote those that pushed their technology to the limit. I feel like for the na 4 cylinder honda wears that crown.


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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:59 am 

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3sge with itb`s :tu: :tu: :twisted: :shock: :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:10 pm 

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errolae92 wrote:
3sge with itb`s :tu: :tu: :twisted: :shock: :shock:



if your not gunna do a ground up factory resto on it then beams it

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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:03 pm 

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Where are all these midwest coronas coming from lol
Jealous :(
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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:48 am 

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Good thing you did a poll! Get a solid answer from the masses and all that. Wait, 7 votes to 7?

Balls.


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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:46 am 

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Personally leaning toward beams right now.


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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:53 am 

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i would say beams 8) im about to yank the 3rc in mine in favor of my ported 13bt in my turbo2. since im switching to the darkside :twisted: (cough)ls1(cough)

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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:55 pm 
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Nice good project u got there. I too, have a 69 rt but currently in the back burners. A 3sg would be a great and nice engine to put on. Rt engine bay dont have much space so make sure u get measurement first to c if it would clear it.

I for one is putting an 18rg on my project rt52(currently in the back burners). Great to see another rt being restored. :)

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 Post subject: Re: my 1968 RT52
PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:23 am 
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3SGE i guess. The old engine stuff you have there will cost a lot of effort to get it running. Sort of coupe chassis, isn't it?

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