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 Post subject: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:12 am 
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So this is the other ride I had up here, which was lost in last month's time travel hiccup - I'll just re-up the photos and fill in the brief blurb, there's a lot less to tell with this one; hopefully that'll change soon as there's only a couple more jobs to do to my NX Coupe before licensing, and my old Holden is now unregistered so the rush to patch that up is over - the downside was I had to buy another horrid holden wagon to commute so there goes a big chunk of change that could've gone towards one of these.

I bought this in 2010 purely because I'd never seen one before and it wasn't nearly as dilapidated as my RA23, also I had plenty of disposable income at the time at not many overheads so I guess it was a bit of an impulse buy I could just never bear to sell off. As far as I know it was an Australian sold RT72 corona hardtop, I originally thought it was an import as the speedo is in mph but it has a Sydney based dealer stock number plate in the engine bay so not sure how that fits, but anyway, the guy I got it from had bought it as is, and apparently a few people before that had done likewise. A RT112 coupe owner on the toymods forum filled us in on the details he learned when it was originally for sale; where ever it originally came from, around the 2000 mark a naval sailor restored it and resprayed it, rebuilt the 18R and gave it slotted discs, lower springs, some sort of weber carb up, extractors, MSD ignition system and electric water pump. Apparently it was complete and he was selling it back in 05 as he was being sent on tour overseas. The only major problems are the rust in the roof, and a hole in the rear lower quarter - from the look of the paint damage on the roof somebody didn't prep properly and moisture got underneath. There's another section not pictured where the rust progressed to the weather sill which is going to be a biatch to plate up :/

The original plan was to keep it dead OEM and historic rego it as a weekend car but as rare as the old girl is it's probably not the only one left, and the SL is by no means a GSS which are the real rarities, so I'll likely do a bit of modification. I'm by no means a toyota engine expert, but what'll probably wind up happening is the RA23 will get a 4A of some sort and the 18R-G currently in there will get dropped into this one. It's double wishbone front and leaf live rear so I'm not pushing anything too extreme, just a bit of tweaking whilst keeping reasonably period and manufacturer correct.

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And this is the time and water damage, has slowly gotten a bit worse since then but that's the worst of it.

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:34 am 

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:shock: :tu: GSS or not. Thats a beauty right there. Heck, that one and the other one you posted are sweet.


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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:06 am 
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Very cool indeed!! 8)
Love those rakish lines...

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:48 am 
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Jealous!!!!! Your Toyota coupes are just too beautiful

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:40 am 
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Pics coming tomorrow but long story short is the panel shop made a start on the roof and it's pretty much as bad as it gets - bog up to 18mm in some places and holes here and there. Not ideal. :(

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:20 pm 
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I like this pic.,what headlights?The inners look tinted?

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http://s379.photobucket.com/user/zanell ... 2.jpg.html

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:38 pm 
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That's a good looking little car

Still have it?

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:01 am 
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Yep, still under construction - those headlights are Hella I'm fairly sure, I'll have to check if they're the same all round but the inside two have bits of rust at the bottom but the outers are fine - a detail for later on.

So this was what we started with;

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Drivers side roof
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So after a lot of saving my pennies it went off to the guys at Blue Dog Garage (https://www.facebook.com/BlueDogGarage?ref=ts&fref=ts) for some TLC. The guys know their early Toyotas backwards - I thought I was excessive at 6 cars, the owner of Blue Dog has over 120! A mixture of Aussie and American muscle cars and dozens of crowns, celicas and ronas. Also dogs. 12 somewhat deaf blue heelers at last count, all rescues. The RT72 is in good hands.

This was the first step; removing 18 layers of body filler

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I have no idea what this poor car went through in it's earlier life but I'm surprised it didn't collapse under the weight of THE BOG. I mean sweet velociraptor jesus, it was over 20mm thick in places! Whoever did it actually welded a rod in under the roof to support the weight!

Fortunately it doesn't look like it was rolled, the pillars are too clean, but it would appear that the roof had something dropped on it or someone jumped on it and then it was left to rust.

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Fresh steel going in the drivers side
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They'd actually already patched in a few holes in the centre of the roof with plate and have done an awesome job getting it back into shape.

The one other secret the strip down unearthed was the original colour...

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Pale yellow. I'd hoped after pulling the seats that it was an old, dirtied up original white but no, it was yellow. So that's my latest food for thought, what colour do I go with? I liked the blue, but it was a domestic Ford metallic that didn't really match the 70's styling so was planning on the original blue until I saw the white - white works with anything, awesome wheel options, interior is already black, I'd like another white car. The quandary is that as a collectible originality adds value...that said it's a terrible shade of yellow - the Belatrix Yellow on the 2000GT; that's a nice yellow, I could live with that yellow....pale yellow....?

http://www.toyotareference.com/coronamkii/1969-1972

I'm open to some thoughts on this - the MX22 was originally that browny gold...am I destined to drive poo coloured cars?

And I've convinced myself that the RA23 is a lost cause and doesn't need it's twin solex 18RG anymore.... so that'll be the next adventure :)

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:25 am 
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I've never seen so much body filler outside a pornstar convention before!

I say go back to the yellow. I know it's not the most glamorous, but it has a 1970's charm that can't be replicated. White always works of course, but my vote is for the baby-poo yellow.

Colors are subject to fads like most other things. Originality however, is not subject to the whims of popular opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:46 pm 
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What MX22?

I like the toyota beige with vinyl roof. :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:33 pm 
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Yeah I have seen one with the black vinyl roof, I don't mind it but I think it suits the Rt11x series better.

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If you look at the engine bay that's the original color just with a bit of metallic for the exterior, like this;

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:14 am 
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Whooooaar.... that is a massive project!!! :shock:
Well done Sir, for actually putting in the effort to save this beauty, and for doing it properly too. :tu:

As for colour, it's all a matter of taste of course. Me?? I love yellow on classics. And any tone of yellow will do too. Actually I often prefer the pale yellow colours as they're really much cooler than the more typical bright yellows. And as you mention yourself, originality is of course an issue too. Especially with the amount of work and not least $$$ you're sinking into this cool little Corona...

Either way, I'll certainly be following this thread with interest! :D

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:56 pm 
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Thanks Anders, I think matches was on the money as well in that colours are subject to popularity, originality has that sense of nostalgia you can't get with a fresh colour. Don't get me wrong, it'll never be a matching numbers concourse car, I'm dropping the 18RG in with the 5 speed and driving it everywhere - but there are plenty of white Toyotas. It's actually really exciting to see a colour that hasn't been in mainstream production since 72 :)

They unearthed this gem with spirits on the engine bay paint :)

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I have to say, it kinda suits it.
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The roof is coming along - repairs are pretty much in and it's been heated and hit back into as close to shape as possible. Still very flexible so chances are it'll need additional bracing to make up for the metal work.

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It will inevitably need some bog loving, but nothing like before - and the panelshop understand how to prep and finish properly which is the main thing, no point doing what was done before and having the rust come back in 5 years.

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:38 am 

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Really nice! I like that yellow, would work out great with some dark watanabes :tu:
I want a 18rg too!


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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
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WAUW!! :shock: Absolutely loooooove that flat corn yellow. Very cool indeed. 8)
Being heavily involved with BMW 02's, this yellow reminds me of what is probably my all-time favourite colour for the 02-range. Super rare and only available on the early convertibles, Condor Gelb is to my eyes and awesome colour! This will be equally cool on your RT72... :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:01 am 
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So this is where we're up to;

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Very relieved to see it in such great shape. Not such a great feeling looking at the bank balance but some costs are worth it.

On the downside the paint code we thought we had turned out to be too dark - possibly a later variant or model colour mistakenly listed. I cleaned up a bonnet hinge in the original yellow and have sent it for a look under the spectrometer but there are concerns about the sample area being too small :( If anyone has any info from manuals or brochures on the code for the paint that would be greatly appreciated - these pictures I found have sent me into a small frenzy to get the colour right :D

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:22 pm 
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Wow great work!

Yeah, that yellow car is the tits. I'd be obsessing over the color too if my car were going to end up looking like that

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:21 am 
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18R-G 4 dayz yo! Sussing out the transplant engine

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When I first got the Celica the timing chain was noisy as heck - I thought I'd have to do the tensioner and guide but it looks like it might have been a simple fix. Lucky we only ran it that one time then stored it o_O

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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:59 am 

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Oh, that was really lucky! How hard is it to fit a 18rg in the rt72?


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 Post subject: Re: 69 RT72 Corona Mark 2 1900SL
PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:23 am 
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Fege wrote:
Oh, that was really lucky! How hard is it to fit a 18rg in the rt72?


As far as I can tell the mounts and general spacing fits up fine - I won't know how the W50 lines up until I get it out and measure it but at worst it should be close enough to live with.

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The only trick is the brake booster will have to be either remote or removed - that's a Ford KA Laser cylinder with no booster. Still have to submit the application to license it with such a setup so we'll see...

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