Friday, February 27, 2009

Little bit of surface rust and a few items that need some attention... like everything!

Found out the two knobs on the left are labeled H and L. One for High Octane gas and Low Octane Gas depending on what you use!

Also, no turn signal lever. The horn ring is the turn signal, turn it left or right to activate the signal. Cool!

Door panels are toast. Windows barely roll down. Outside door handles are frozen solid but they work inside. Surface rust EVERYWHERE.

I do so like a challenge.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pulled the drums off the front, seems clean enough. No fluid left in the lines, bearings looked good, but going to replace them any way.

Found out the aluminum pistons had corroded themselves into the sleeves of the cylinders. Hey, they are only $166 each from Japan! I'll take 4!

Rear brakes took about 2 hours to get the drums off. Steel cylinders on the back but I did find on of them on eBay for $15! The rest need to be hunted down.

Enough of the brakes, time for the engine and transmission removal.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

After 30 years, this is the rust that had fallen off the hood into the engine, and everything was covered in surface rust. Luckily most of the nuts and bolts are coming out with a healthy does of WD-40.

Carb has been corroded with a few living creatures in it. The alternator, distibutor and fuel pump all look about the same... dismal.

Looks worse than it is. Some good clean up and a few hundred hours of work and it should be back on the road...

Looks barn fresh to me! Parts came apart easily despite how bad it looks.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Rear Tail lights are in sad shape, but still there. I have the trim but it will need major surgery to get back to what it was.

Left rear light has a hole from a crunch, but the trim is still there, luckily.

Front headlight surround has also been eaten away and hopefully there is enough there to rechrome it.

Front grille lip has also rotted away but the grille and the emblem are still in great shape.

LF turn signal surround also is rotted away, RF seems to be OK which is odd seeing that the hood rusted completely away on the right side.

Hood is a lost cause, rusted through all over and broken on the right side so much so that the hood latch isn't part of the hood any more.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Restoration of my 67 Toyota Crown Wagon

Day One: Purchase the car.

Olympia WA, $250. So the journey begins. Been sitting outside, protected by moss since 1979! Hood is rusted through, surface rust in bizarre places. All trim is intact. Doors won't open, handles won't even move. So I bought it.

Back end had been run into a pole or two along the way, broken tail light and a nicely mangled bumper.

All the trim is there, all is decent condition. Wet inside, most of the rubber is past it's prime. Interior is more rusty than the exterior.