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 Post subject: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:48 am 

Joined: Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:47 am
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Location: Misawa, Japan
The car was originally ordered as a municipality vehicle for a city in Aichi Prefecture. The city used it for visiting officials from 1984-2011. In 2011, the car went up for auction and sat for months until a DoD employee here in Misawa made an offer. After some negotiating, he was able to get the vehicle for cheaper than expected and planned on adding it to his collection of automobiles stateside. Unfortunately, he ran into some issues and was considering selling the car. Ironically, when he was trying to decide to keep/sell the car, I happened to see him parking one day and had the usual car talk. I had no intentions to own such a car but just out of the spontaneous idea of "I've never owned something like this," I asked him if he was planning on selling it. This was October 2012. After months of emails and phone calls, he finally let me purchase the car May 17th for an astoundingly low price. Here are a few specs:

1984 Toyota Century VG40
16,000 km
Power locks
Power windows
Power wing mirrors
Power trunk lid
Auto dimming headlights
Self adjusting hydraulic rear suspension
Dual audio control
Dual climate control
Column shift auto
4.0 liter V8
Digital tachometer
Horizontal speedometer
Power reclining rear seats
Power massaging rear seats
Rear folding reading lamp
7 layers of black paint
Hand built made to order only
Japanese Royal Family's vehicle of choice

I have already added a few of my personal touches but have a few more plans. So far:
Espilar lowering springs (approximately 2" drop)
Junction Produce taillights
Junction Produce fender indicator lenses
Removed the seat covers

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:20 am 

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Oh Yeah baby......cool 8) 8) 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:55 am 

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that thing looks amazing, and with 16,000km its not even broken in yet

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Man that is clean! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:31 pm 
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Astounding.

A popular "modification" on some of the imports that made it to Australia is to switch the E and U around on the CENTURY badging on the rear. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:37 pm 

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Im jealous. Looks clean. I wish we had those here in the U.S.


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:12 pm 
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do we get color pics? any other plans for this thing other than drive and enjoy?

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:00 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:47 am
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Location: Misawa, Japan
Thanks everyone, I'll post more pictures as parts come in. I'm having some center bore/wheel fitment issues at the moment.

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:40 am 

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Location: Misawa, Japan
New plates...

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:49 am 

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What a beautiful car! You're very lucky!

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:53 pm 

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Location: Misawa, Japan
Thanks everyone. I've been searching for a steering boss kit but can't seem to find one for the VG40 model Century. I'm also attempting to find a set of Junction Produce front bumper turn signal lenses to match the taillights and side markers but apparently they're made from unobtainium. She just rolled 18,000 km today and I have loved every minute behind the wheel!

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:42 am 

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Stunning! Congrats. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:36 pm 

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Sitting here at my computer and Im in aw of how clean it looks. I wish I could take pictures of your piece of art (Toyota Century) , unfortunately we live in different parts of the world.


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:21 am 

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hi im raypul very nice toy i didnt know they existed untill some time ago.i wonder if you could help since youre living in japan.i need to buy a power steering box for my 1973 toyota corona mk11 mx22 maybe you know a scrapyard or a breaker from where i can buy. cheers raypul


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:15 am 
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Congrats on the purchase! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:06 pm 
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That car is so cool!

Congrats!


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:02 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:47 am
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Location: Misawa, Japan
Thank you all. Yesterday, she rolled 20,000 km. Not too bad for a 30 year old car.

Raypul, unfortunately, I don't have the time to search for parts. However, if you find something on Yahoo auctions or any other Japanese site, you can forward me a link and I can see what I can do.

Quick Update: I haven't done much to the Century in a while. Just driving, enjoying, and taking care of a few minor maintenance issues while I'm still in Japan. In six months, I'm headed back to California with the Century and my plans are to put it on air. Hopefully, she'll be ready for Toyotafest 2015!

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:54 pm 
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Those lighted plates are SOOOOO cool!!! I went nuts when I would see one during my time in Okinawa. What a cool car!


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:43 pm 

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Awesome, love Century.


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Century (VG40)
PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:47 pm 

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Wow...beautiful!


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