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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:56 am 
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WOW.

I didn't ever expect to see this on here.

I'd love to post pictures of the restoration process on my blog as it progresses. Shoot me a PM if interested.

This is incredible.

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I hope you get it going again soon! There's a set of NOS seats being sold on Yahoo Japan for a a few thousand dollars, but yours just need to be recovered. You can probably do that for a lot less.

A rebuild could take quite a while if parts need to be machined, so another option is for you to crate up the engine and ship it to someone who can rebuild it. In the mean time, I wonder if you can drop in a 2M from a Crown with little effort, and keep driving while you wait for the rebuild to be finished. The chassis is good enough, IMHO, to take an even bigger engine, which might transform the car from a mild mannered GT to a serious sports car. If you're going to do that, I'd swap out the gearbox for good measure as well. Just some ideas, here!

Since the engine is apart, now is the time to make some changes. I've been told that there are small changes you can/should make to the cooling channels to help aid the cooling system, and some porting changes which will provide more power. There's a guy I can put you in touch with who can help. PM me if you'd like details.

Yoshikawa probably still has some head gaskets left, which you'll need at least 1, or course.

You might also consider contacting Maine Line Exotics, who restore these cars regularly.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:42 pm 

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Just took a second look, and noticed that you retrofitted AC to your car. Any pictures of what it looked like under the hood? Where'd you mount the compressor? I'd love to see more pictures!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:53 pm 
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Wow. That is a piece of Toyota history. I'm so keeping an eye on this cars progress. A truly beautiful piece.


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WOW! :shock:


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thanks for all the inputs. Im currently looking for a mechanic that can get the engine up and running smoothly. Im talking to one who has a parts manual of the 3M and has done quite a few cars for our family.
What i need is a complete parts catalogue for the whole car so that i can restore it back to original as much as possible.

sorry, but i dont have pictures of the car with the engine on it.

i will get a head gasket from Shin soon.

thanks and keep all the advice and comments coming.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:11 pm 
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It really is very exciting to see this car on here as you can already tell by the responses so far. I too will follow this thread with perhaps a small portion of jealousy but predominantly a great hope for you to get this car on the road as soon as you can. All the best with this!

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I want you to turbo charge the thing, then cut a hole and put a scoop on the hood for the intercooler, then put low profile 20 inch wheels underneath, lower the ride height, put giant spoilers at the back, tint the windows, install a wide body kit, then finalize it with a wild paint job... NOT!!! Hell no!
Those are the type of cars that you can't modify to look better... they look their best as they were. Technically you can improve them but there's nothing like a stock classic! :) You lucky guy you!
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OkieRA29 wrote:
Closest I ever got to something like this was the Leica M3 .

What the heck is a Leica M3? A BMW? :)

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wow... amazing. definitely a gem there. good luck with the restore, looks like you dont have much work cut out for you :-)


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I never knew the Philippines had such an import crazed culture. My mom told me they have em everywhere, over there. 8)

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KresSlyda180 wrote:
OkieRA29 wrote:
Closest I ever got to something like this was the Leica M3 .

What the heck is a Leica M3? A BMW? :)


Don't I wish, it was just a camera :(

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man, i can't say much that hasn't been said already.
oh wait, i hate you! :lol: kidding bro.
my family an I are a toyota family. nothing else has been in my garage. im only 28 yrs old and have owned roughly 8 toyotas in 10 years. i can only wish i had a way to get the 2000gt. lotto maybe?? :lol: ill only have it in scale model for now..lol.
will be waiting eagerly for updates.

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:shock: :shock: Is there a possibility of me acquiring copies of those manuals?


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Just to set your expectation, Toyota tossed all of their remaining inventory for the MF10 years ago. There were unfortunately not many parts shared with other platforms, so the parts manual is mostly good for showing you how the pieces of the car go together (which is of course essential in and of itself).


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:41 pm 

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groupb wrote:
The person who can fly to manila to help you is Yoshitami Sekiya. He is a retired TRD mechanic who used to work for me.


Is he the same Sekiya that worked at TRD USA when it was in Gardena, CA? If so, I can attest he is good.


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thanks for all the replies guys. ill keep you guys posted with the progress. Im not rushing anything here as i want to get this done correctly.

@groupb : ive been sending you PMs the past couple of days but they dont seem to be getting through. I shot you an email instead. thanks for the help.


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This has to be one of the most interesting threads I've seen on here, and that is saying something. There have been some beauties. Have been watching closely.

PLEASE, keep us updated as you go, as I am fascinated by the whole story, and would love to see and hear of your progress.

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