Time for another little update.
While I spent the first couple of months of ownership just enjoying the Trueno on any backroad I could find, I have lately been getting stuck into a few small projects on the ol' girl.
It started with getting the lower bodywork absolutely perfect (see page 4 of this thread...). For that I also had to remove the black decals along the side of the car, which actually suited me fine as flicking through some Trueno brochures had revealed that the black stripes were not original anyway. Yes I confess, I do have a bit of an fetish for keeping my classics quite original.
Next up were getting the authentic look for my number plates. The "RW 4360" was a number from 2007 when the Trueno was imported from Japan into Hong Kong. I managed to buy an old number which should be 1977 correct, and then had the new plates done on old-school metal plates rather than the butt-ugly reflective plastic types that are used nowadays here in Hong Kong (similar to those used in the UK). I'm probably just being anal, but I think it actually makes the Trueno look better...
Despite my fetish for originality I also treated the Trueno to a very subtle bumper-tuck on the rear. The bumpers on these TE61 are quite bulky in comparison to the neat little items on the TE47, but I can live with that in the name of keeping things original. However, for which ever reason the rear bumper sticks out from the bodywork about 1 inch more than the front bumper does. It just looks odd and out of place to my eye. So the rear bumper was tucked in just short of an inch so it now extends from the bodywork the same amount as does the front bumper, and as a bonus the rear bumper now also lines up perfectly with the small indent on the rear fender made for the rubber wrap-around part of the bumper. A very subtle change that most would never even spot, but a big improvement on the overall aesthetics of the Trueno.
Finally, I also had a set of new lower body decals made up from the pics in the period Trueno brochures. It was actually quite a project, as I got quite pedantic about the whole thing and insisted that they need be 100% as original. At the same time I took the opportunity to put a bit of colour on the Trueno. Here's the result:
In the meantime my 13" Watanabe have also arrived from Tokyo. YAY!!
I'm well excited...
So I need to figure out how wide tires I can fit under the standard and unrolled arches, but before I can do that I really need to sort out the suspension first. I've already bought a set of King springs for the front which will lower 1 inch. But I need to source new shackles and bushings for the rear axle as well as blocks that will lower around 1 inch. Any thoughts on where I can best get these parts from.