first post here! I've just recently purchased a 77 mx32. I was in a bit of a situation and had to buy something quickly to use as my daily, and picked it up with registration ready to go for a great price. To be honest I didn't really think anything of these old beauties until I picked it up, immediately fell in love with the shape and lines of it!
The man I got it from kept it maintained for his elderly mother, and they were the first and only owners so it has been well looked after, he also swapped a crown 5m? engine into it. It was pretty beat up on the outside, but I checked my local wrecking yard and found another indentical 77 (it was even the same gold/brown colour!) for $300! Stripped everything we needed and some extra parts and sent the shell back to the wreckers.
My partner has been spending some time putting on all the replacement panels and just getting the car nice and straight ready for paint. Basically all i've done so far is bolt up the fender mirrors, then it went straight into the shed.
My plans for it:
firstly, I love minitrucks, that's the only scene i've ever been into, the state i live has the toughest modifying regulations relating to minitrucks (or anything in general really), I have never been able to build one to the potential I wanted, they draw alot of attention! A sedan like this, is a bit more un assuming, so it's a bit easier to fly under the radar as such!
I put on a minitrucks and customs show, which is coming up in october, so I want most of this work to be completed before the show (8 weeks away!)
- Paint a deep burgundy/cherry black OR dark brown (possibly with an off white roof)
- Air suspension, the rear is going to be very simple, but the front might be a bit more troublesome with the strut set up (so if anyone knows any alternatives, that would be awesome!)
- wheels, unsure at this stage, I might keep the steel rims and just paint them a gloss black with a chrome dress trim, until I decide which direction I want to go
Long term plans - if I keep the car long enough, it will be getting a 2jz engine transplant but that's a way off just yet!
I understand the direction I'm going probably isn't a really popular one for these cars, dont get me wrong, I love the jdm and stance looks. But I can't stray away from the minitrucks and customs scene and as soon as I picked this car up, All i could do was imagine it sitting on the ground, I think it's going to look great!
I cant add any pictures until I get home, work has photobucket blocked and i can't add any attachements!