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 Post subject: '77 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:58 pm 
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Hey JNC'ers!

Well, with an ever-increasing desire to own a proper Nippon classic, I have been lurking around the forum without a profile for a fair few years now. As I've mentioned in my mandatory introduction of myself, I recently moved to Hong Kong which spurred me on to finally buy into the dream. Living in Asia, a classic Jap just seemed more appropriate than buying yet another BMW 2002 or other European classic. So the search began! During the past 6 months I've gone to inspect three different TA22 Celica's, a TE47 Trueno, an early RX-7 SA22 and just recently a Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO. I even posted a few questions for buying advice on the GTO in the "Mitsubishi Garage", but then the forum crashed and my posts disappeared. Either way, sadly none of those first cars I inspected even came close to living up to the sellers many praising words or my required standards.
But a mere three days ago it finally happened!! :D I bought my first ever Nippon classic...

JDM 1977 Toyota Trueno Sprinter 1600GT (TE61)
And she's everything I could have possibly dreamed of! :tu:

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There's sadly not a whole lot of history or documentation with the car, but she was sold new in Japan. She must have lived a very protected life, because in 2007 she was imported to Hong Kong by a collector and at that time she only had 46,000km on the clock!! It now reads 51,000km and granted, without extensive documentation I can't possibly be 100% sure that the speedo hasn't been once around, but the whole appearance of the car - inside, outside and underneath - certainly backs up the low mileage, as she's pretty damned close to mint condition! The light gray cloth seats look like no one has ever sat in them, and the underside of the Trueno looks like new with not one single sign of welding! She has received a fresh coat of paint at some point in her life, but is clearly otherwise an unrestored car despite her 35 years...
She's also very original and unmolested, which I plan to keep her. I think the only non-original items on her are a Stainless Steel header and sports exhaust, and then those 15" Compomotive alloys.

While many of my car-buddies back home in Denmark honestly haven't got a clue to what it is I've bought, I'm quite sure I don't need to introduce my TE61 much further with specs and all to you lot... :wink: Quite the contrary, I'm sure you'll easily be able to teach me plenty of nerdy stuff about my first JNC.
On that note I'll just add a few pics. They're honestly not the most flattering pics, but this is what I could manage at the garage only minutes after having paid the money.

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And I absolutely adore these OEM fog lights with "TOYOTA" scripted in the glass. How cool... 8)

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The inside is just ultra clean and in utterly perfect condition!
I love the many original and integrated auxiliary instruments not to mention the comfy high-back sports seats.

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Even the original radio/casette deck is still present! Guess I'll have to dig deep into those old boxes of crap in my mom's attic to find my old AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits and Pink Floyd tapes... :lol:

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Lovely little 2T-GEU powerplant!! :P
It pleases the ears with a sweet rasp, and for a 35 year old factory-spec 1600 it even provides very convincing pace. I'll want to clean up some of the paint though...

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Right now the Trueno is being treated to a full service with all new fluids, filters, spark plugs and belts.
After that the first projects will be fitting 3-point seat belts in the rear so I can bring my kids for a spin around Hong Kong, and then of course a subtle lowering to get rid of that 4x4 look. :roll:
From there on I just want to get out there on the road and enjoy my Trueno...

So what do the JNC pro's and die-hards think of my first Nippon classic?
All opinions, advice and suggestions are of course always welcome... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:27 am 
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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
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wow, this car is beautiful! I am green with envy! I own a TE51 myself; not the same, but brothers :)

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:56 am 
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dammit the pic's blocked here in my office. Must... find... a... way...

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
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What a stunning car! I sure wish I could have something that funky and original to drive every day.

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:28 am 
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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:05 pm 
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Beautiful car! Does the cassette player hold ten cassettes? It says so on the player...

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:48 pm 
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Woa! Its a sports coupe with a 2tg and a JDM front end. Sweet.

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:53 pm 
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AJS wrote:
Beautiful car! Does the cassette player hold ten cassettes? It says so on the player...


"TEN" is the company who made it. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:26 pm 
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Beautiful car, never seen one ever before!


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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:49 pm 
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WOW! Thanks for all your very positive responses... :tu: I'm flattered! :oops: :wink:
So I take it that it's a fairly rare model I've got myself here? Does anyone know production numbers for the TE61? And did all TE61's have the 2T-G engine or were lesser engines also an option?

AJS wrote:
Beautiful car! Does the cassette player hold ten cassettes? It says so on the player...


HeHe... I haven't checked yet, but perhaps it the forerunner to the multi-disc changer... :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
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Two thumbs up for your car sir! :tu: :tu:
I currently have a project car like yours... a Toyota TE66 Sprinter. I got it not as immaculate like yours. It has the same body like yours. But my tail light ang grill is different. I'm also using the other type of bumper. It runs on a 12T engine.

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:48 am 
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Thx budoyarle!! :D

Do you by any chance have a thread going on your TE66? I'd love to see it...

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
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Hi 02Anders!
I'm sorry, it's a TE62 not TE66. I was thinking of the other car while I was typing. :lol: :lol:
Yes, it has a thread here but I have'nt updated it lately... viewtopic.php?f=9&t=22896

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:37 pm 
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Budoyarle, I checked out your thread.
Looks pretty good - certainly has potential. :tu:

Before buying my TE61 I actually went to have a look at another Trueno for sale here in Hong Kong - only it was a TE47.
This car was red like yours and I thought the colour really suited it too...

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Ultimately it just wasn't the right car for me though. While I admire a lot of the craftmanship and vision that goes into modifying a classic, I just prefer my own ones in a largely original and unmolested state. The red TE47 was born a dark green colour, and while it was now sporting a 2T-G running twin 45mm DCOE Webers, the VIN plate said 2T-B on it. Furthermore the seats had been re-trimmed with black leather and I also found the alloys suited the Truenos design quite poorly. Last but not least, even without going into the whole original ~vs~ non-original debat, it just wasn't in near as good condition as my TE61 is.
Anyhow, the red still looked good on the Trueno body, so I hope you stick with that colour on your TE62... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
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Nice ride mate :D , finally I see someone here is in the same location as I am and also sharing a common interest of bimmers but I suspect this is not the right place to share since here is a JDM forum 8)

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
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WoW she's a little firecracker! Welcome to JNC :D

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
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:tu: Great story and great car. :D

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 Post subject: Re: '78 TE61 Trueno Sprinter 1600GT - JDM
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:54 pm 
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That's really nice man, we never had those here in Australia as far as I know, probably a good thing though, means I can't buy one :P

Really like the red over the white tbh, just accentuates the lines a bit and shows off that 2000GT-esque rear quarter a bit more - although the panda look is always a winner.

Any plans to modify it or just tidy up whatever wears down?

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