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1968 Toyota Corona Ride: Resurrection

Resurrecting an old car is all contradiction… It’s fun but frustrating, are rules but no rulebook, the closer you get to a the farther away from it you end up, it a patient hand but a quick

I bought the 1968 Toyota to learn and get that all-important on experience. I knew very that I needed to employ a of inspiration…a rally cry if you may. is a quote from the great coach John Wooden, let what you can’t do keep you doing what you can do .” I saw this in the of my son’s middle school and it to mean I was going to do as much of the by myself as possible.

I would by doing, and always do what’s by the car.

Some quick for the beginning resurrection-ist…

A big chunk of will be spent on tools.

is needed, you may well work a day or two on a single bolt.

A rare car means rare replacement

Finishing one task may require one or two other tasks.

For instance, a brake line may require the oil filter. Yep, Resurrection, in biblical terms, is hard – bringing a car back from the takes one down a different for every car and its unique circumstance. follows are the highlights and lowlights of my own

I had been eyeing the Craigslist ad for old school import for months, but for a car that hadn’t seen the in nine years was steep and the seller knew the rarity is a Corona Hardtop Coupe. The ‘60s Toyota Coronas are sought after old school but a vast majority are four-door

As time went on I watched the ad and reappear like a lighthouse in the night. Each time it dark I thought someone out came to their senses and it. I sold the wheels off my Evo IX as well as my 67II medium format in preparation for a harsh tax season – but went my way and the day I did my taxes the Corona back on my screen with a $1,300 price tag.

tumblers fell into and I went to check it out. during our conversation the seller he would consider $1,000. I on talking and later, to my amazement, an offer of $800, which he at $900. Then my hand reached out and a shake later I was the of a 1968 Toyota Corona coupe .

To get an old car running takes the skill of Sherlock Holmes and Smokey combined. You need to deduce ails the car and figure out sometimes ways to cure it. The first to do is quiz the seller and get all the info as about what is right and is wrong with the car.

will get you going in the right the car will let you know what it from there. Process of is a key component when it comes to the …… automotively speaking.

The 1.9-liter cylinder 3R-C engine run with urging, as long as was gas can connected to the fuel pump. The the car had been taken off the road was due to a brake master cylinder. the battery tray was obliterated, the gas had a distinct Swiss cheese about it and the Toyota’s ‘bubbly’ extended to the rocker panels and lips.

So the road back to the meant a master brake a relocated battery and repairs to the gas I started my project in the trunk. I out the old tank and found a local to fashion a new top for it. I sanded the trunk, it with bed liner and installed a relocation kit.

I then made a ‘custom’ liner to finish the job off.

If doing a rebuild on a time plan in plenty of downtime for parts when working on cars like the RT52 coupe …chances are your local autoparts store won’t squat. Luckily it seems car has a gur,u and Carlyn Dinkler of Hill, NC “specializes in 1965 to Coronas”… talk about a market… but I am glad to know the In the time that it took me to do of the trunk work, I found and he landed me an elusive master

Epic battles await the daring enough to tangle a 40-plus year old car. My showdown was with the clevis The clevis pin looks like a but has no threads on it. A hole on the end is home to a pin and the clevis serves as a pivot that allows the brake to properly pump the master

Mine would not budge… for a and a half I hammered at it, froze it and a C-clamp/PVC pipe concoction in an to remove it – to no avail. The only I accomplished was expanding my dirty vocabulary.

After my muscles and were getting me nowhere, I the Internet on that sucker and up with the Clevis Pin Remover  The tool is similar to the I had in mind, except it’s by an air wrench. The tool was substantial in and price ($140,) and I also had to buy an air but I howled victory screams as pin was bullied out of its hole!

After replacing the master rebending the brake line to the clearing the brake lines replacing an axle bearing the help of my nephew David a Toyota technician) and bleeding the car stopped. It was barely a step up Fred Flintstone, but it stopped!

The gas was dropped in and I found out I had some quality issues. Note: in a reusable, see-through fuel My Mr.

Gasket piece was a godsend, me to poor gas quality and floating sealant in the tank. I also that the carburetor’s idle screw does not react to full-lean or full-rich settings, but the is to find the sweet spot in the travel.

Having attained a poor, sputtering idle I was and ready to make the mad dash 3.5 to the local repair shop, Repair, to have the brakes and car checked out.

It was hot in the car but I was already profusely. The 3R-C fired to and I pounced on the gearshift lever the I heard a hesitation that at an idle.

The car swung wide out of my driveway and I took full advantage of momentary hesitation and we were in and toiling down the road. The was loud and deliberate, the transmission adding to the howling-wind sound

For the first time in nine the Corona was motoring down the under its own power! Despite any I may have with wrench or the hard fact was it was me who made all possible…and for that fleeting I was a king. The car pulled hard on my first brake test but the worked and I triumphantly pulled, actually, into the Hansville parking lot – making sure to the a parking spot in the side so I’d have an additional runoff just in case.

The shop the wheel bearings and swapped out contaminated pads and related the steering components were worn.’


A quick call to and my nephew and we have since out all the steering gear and sent the to Carlyn for a rebuild.

Now that got the car on the road, it’s revealed a … The two-speed A-10 Toyoglide to second then seems to a slipping sound and ’downshift.’ So says the rear bands may to be tightened or a rebuild is in the works. is also a mean oil leak the flex-plate separates the … and engine, likely a failing rear seal (which is a bear to

If I had the funds I would seriously an engine swap, a Toyota 22RE, 4A-GE, Nissan KA or.

is merely the first chapter, my with this classic are a never-ending story. In an endeavor as this, the journey is more than the destination…but I sure love to cruise in this old on a regular basis one day. is, I spied a classic Bronco a cab stuffed full of parts and two tires down the road…yikes…

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