A huge THX once again to all of you for the flattering words about my little Trueno!!
getting the rear end under control is not going to be easy... if I'm not mistaken your TE61 has leaf springs... There just isn't a lot you can do. It might help to try different shocks... AE86 rear shocks might fit... at least they both have a bushed eyelet on the axle end and a threaded rod on the top to fit the body. You also might look into poly mounts for your springs... keep them from moving too much. Not sure if your car is equipped with sway bars or not... I also don't know if there are any suppliers still making parts for your car.... BUT... there is an American sway bar manufacturer who does still show swaybars for the 75-79 models - http://www.addco.net/aftermarket/catalog/toyota/
Yeah, it is indeed leaf springs on the rear. And while there's a swaybar up front (haven't bothered measuring diameter...), the rear does not
have one. I'm currenly looking into my options. It seems King Springs produce lowering springs for the front axle, and I'm talking to both Bilstein and Monroe about new gas shock absorbers, but neither company has confirmed anything yet. Once I know what I'm doing regarding springs and shocks, I'll certainly keep ADDCO in mind for a rear swaybar. Thx for the link...
Consider joining up on http://www.rollaclub.com
This is an Australian based forum, and although I doubt there are any TE61's in Australia, I assume (but not certain) the chassis is common with the KE55. There is a wealth of knowledge for this model on there, lots of build threads etc.
You will certainly find out where to obtain polybushes to tighten the rear end up, what rear dampers are available, and sway bar options.
Signature swaybars in Sydney are a continuation of Selby swaybars which have been around for manyyears. Todd Selby runs it now, and will almost certainly have something either off the shelf, or specifications to make whatever you want. He is happy to ship too.
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As mentioned above I'm looking into springs and shocks first, but will also check up on Signature Swaybars once I'm ready for that next mod. Thx Parrot!
I too assume that the whole suspension set-up is identicle to that on the KE55. Will definitely join Rollaclub too...
Nice Sprinter you have there, I bet you get a lot of looks driving that in Hong Kong. Probably more looks then the all the lambo's and rolls royce's there.
When you were looking for your car, where there many vintage importers/dealers? it would be cool to check some out next time i'm in Hong Kong.
Do you know if an old car like yours can still get plates to drive on the Mainland? I was hoping it could be a loophole incase i'm ever more permanent in Guangzhou/Shiqiao one day.
Thx Benny! It does actually get a huge amount of attention on the road. Amusingly more so than much of the real big-cash exotica...
There's certainly not a lot of classic car dealers/importers here, but if you know where to look, there are a few out there. PM me next time you're coming to Honkers, and we can jump in the Trueno and I'll show you a few of them...
Is for getting Mainland plates to stick on your HK reg'd classic, I honestly haven't got a clue if it's doable. But if it's something you're seriously considering, I'll try to look into it for you...
To say that I am impressed is a huge understatement. Other than TE27s and AE86s, it is so hard to find any pictures/info on the web about other generations of the Trueno. And yours is just so cherry.
I am actually also interested in how the importation process into Hong Kong works? I am considering writing a master's thesis about automotive culture in China, and from what I have read it can be quite difficult to import older cars into the mainland. I hadn't considered the fact that Hong Kong's policies could be different.
How often do you see other classics there, other than at shows/meets?
I'm honoured mate!!
But you're right, there's virtually no info at all out there on my generation of the Trueno. It certainly makes things a bit more challenging!! But then on the flipside, I must confess that I also enjoy owning something this rare!
If I find out more about China reg. for Benny, I can let you know too. However, I can already say now that there is definitely a difference in Mainland policies and HK policies...
I must have sat here 100 times to watch the passing cars & bikes with a sweet coffee and waffle on Sunday mornings. One of the joys of living in HKG. Glorious Trueno too! What a great combination for those roads. Here it is in 2000:
HaHa... what a coincidence!!
Neko, do you still live in Honkers?? If so, we should meet up for a drive up Bride's Pool Road...