Something different. A tale about a car lost and forgotten

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  1. rage

    rage Paid Member

    Something different...

    A friend of mine has had a wish for quite some time. To find and restore a classic japanese car.
    And he had found his muse.

    If you are a true car guy, you have feelings for a car, you can look past the flaws, rust and damage and see what she can be, someday...
    In this case i felt sad and sorry when i saw the car for the first time.
    For this particular car has had a rough life and was abused and abandoned. She would probably end up on a scrapheap in the not too distant future.
    The mission was to try and save this piece of history and restore it to full glory.

    My god what did we get ourselves into...

    I present to you: '71 Toyota Carina TA12


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    One of only 5 remaining TA12's in the Netherlands at that time.

    The good things: Car still had all paperwork and was complete. Meaning: Most bits of the interior and exterior trim was there.
    The bad bits: She's rotten... very very rotten. engine was dead, but she was "freshly" painted... although not in the way we like it.

    the engine bay:

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    well, let's get her inside and start tearing her apart so we can have a good look at how bad she rly is.

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    nothing a bit of paint can't fix.... right?

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    the mighty 2T engine. allthough seazed up, rusty and an allout disaster at this point :(

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    did i mention that we might have bitten off more than we can chew?

    finding replacement parts for a pretty rare and forgotten car, that's going to be fun. so we need to restore and salvage as much as possible.
    like this power brake cylinder.... right...

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    and with a bit of luck we found a spare bit of rust :)

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    someone had found it in a haystack while cleaning out a barn. we asked one question before buying it: Does the crank still turn?
    the answer was yes so we picked it up for scrap value.

    we realised we had to strip the car down to the last nut and bolt in order to do a full resto on her.

    we thought dor sills were optional with this model car as this model didn't have any :)

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    brakes were in great condition aswell

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    nearly done with the breakdown

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    In order to do all the welding it would be usefull to be able to turn the car on it's side or upside down.
    so we made a set of A frames from wood.

    wood? yes... wood. plain simple cheap timber y0

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    the hinges:

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    and bolted on the car:

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    makes working on the sides and bottom sooooo much easier

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    time to clean the body back to bare metal and get rid of all that paint muck on the car

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    *meanwhile across town in my friends garage*
    work continued on the engines and he was doing a bit of headwork, flowing ports, seating valves etc.

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    Meanwhile the restoring of various parts is going quite well.

    a before and after shot :)

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    replacement sills going in

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    copying and replacing bodyparts bit by bit

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    still have a looooong way to go

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    any guesses what this is going to be?

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    the old radiator support was too far gone. so JW (my friend) made a replacement from scratch

    and now for some tasty engine pics.
    as we had 2 engines to play with we had plenty of choice in parts

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    prepped and painted block

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    preparing parts takes soooo much time but the results are hard to argue with

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    JW coulden't resist doing some custom valvetrain work and replaced the spring system with clamps

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    the stock ride height is soooo not done in this day and age so whe will sit a little closer to the ground.
    By doing so there was a need for roll center adjusters.
    Why buy if you can build it yourself?

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    Found a set of Mikuni carbs instead of the ori single carb

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    too bad they didn't fit :(

    so let's create an adapterplate :D

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    engine comming along nicely :D

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    in the meantime bit by bit is getting a full makeover. often little parts are overlooked like door hinges etc.
    but JW is restoring each and every single part.

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    also found the perfect set of rims for the car: '76 wolfrace rims :D

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    the bottom of the doors was badly rotten and needed replacing

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    welding parts of fenders together to make a decent fender again

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    meanwhile the bodywork was held up a while when i blew my GTT engine and the Carina was left on it's side
    against my garage wall while i rebuilt my engine.

    after my GTT was back on the road the work continued and most of the welding is done

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    test fitting the panels to see if the welding didn't warp the engine bay too much

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    test fitting the rear axle to figure out how to fit a swaybar to the rear.
    the cas didn't have this stock so needed to be custom made

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    meanwhile parts left and right were nearing completion such as the tailgate:

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    JW managed to find a few original emblems :D

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    3 guesses:

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    a hint :D

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    when carparts meet artwork :)

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    and let's lighten and balance the flywheel because why not? :p

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    a reminder what the front looked like:

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    during construction:

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    getting there :)

    and men can sow too!

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    sandblasting the whole body to get rid of the last bits of paint, rust etc.

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    coating the underside

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    inside

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    fitting suspention :)

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    on her old wheels for the first time in almost 4 years!!

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    a lot of hours spent on getting the body rdy for primer

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    epoxy coating

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    the long and tedious work of sanding/filling/sanding/filling commences

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    JW managed to preserve the original hood as we found the car. will be a great table for a photoalbum of the build on car shows

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    the engine bay was painted in speccle paint. not something you see a lot but it gives a cool effect and it masks the welding seams a bit

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    and some more sanding...

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    i can't tell you how much work sanding is. everytime you think it's perfect, you take a step back,
    check it all and find a slight indentation or other small fault and you can fill it again until it's perfect.

    and finally! primer day! and yes, still in my garage. everything in this build is DIY

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    and at long last: paint!

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    now the fun begins!
    rebuilding the car bit by bit.
    boxes and boxes filled with restored parts are waiting to be assembled

    remember the part about a guy and a sowing machine?

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    fitted te correct wheels

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    brand new bumpers

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    fitted the swaybar

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    a couple of before and after pics as a reminder what it used to be

    JW himself:

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    engine bay

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    brakes

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    horns

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    Still a lot to do but she's come a long way :)
    and the true definition of a DIY guy is JW, everything you see is done by himself with the occasional help from me.
    the car has not left the workshop once since it got here 4 years ago. not for sandblasting or paint or anything.

    will post updates once something more is done on the car :D
     
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  2. davehart

    davehart Paid Member

    Amazing!

    From when you first got it to how it is now is staggering. I'm sure many members on here would love a little shed to do something like this :)
     
  3. dac69er

    dac69er Super Moderator

    i wish i had the room to undertake such a project. i must admit, the scale of it is scary. soooooo much work.
     
  4. Jay

    Jay Admin

    That is truly breathtaking. Unbelievable transformation!

    How long do it take in total?
     
  5. Rob H

    Rob H Paid Member

    Hats off to you lot!! that is a project and a half!! well done lads!
     
  6. rage

    rage Paid Member

    took 4 years to get to this point. we had a couple of other projects that came during this build so the carina was often tilted on it's side against the workshop wall waiting for her turn.

    projects that happened during the carina project were:

    my GTT rebuild (twice)

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    wich took about half a year to complete.

    my daily rebuild:

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    and a ep71 custom engine project.
    a 2e bottom, 5e pistons, 4e head just to see if it was possible'

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    but these projects all in all took 1,5 years off the build time for the carina. so i guess you could say it's been 2,5 years sofar into the project.

    you can see the carina hanging on it's side in the last pic waiting for her turn
     
  7. EP91_Chris

    EP91_Chris Paid Member

    Amazing work, you have made that in to something truly epic.
     
  8. killer_beast

    killer_beast Registered User +

    Great project!
    :)
     
  9. H_D

    H_D Paid Member

    Epic work.
     
  10. 5e colin

    5e colin Registered User +

    trully amazing work !!!!!!

    and any1 who wants to see the complete build tread can come and see the tread on starletclub nl wel worth a view no corners cut
     
  11. rage

    rage Paid Member

    problem is that it's in dutch and the build thread is currently 100 pages long :D
     
  12. 5e colin

    5e colin Registered User +

    ^^^^ pictures say more then words :)
     
  13. hookie663

    hookie663 Registered User +

    Un real mate unreal uve got good hands
     
  14. turboloon

    turboloon Registered User +

    good read ..well done mate:)
     
  15. Fizturbo

    Fizturbo Paid Member

    Lost for words :eek:
     
  16. SupaStu

    SupaStu Paid Member

    Amazing build, not my first choice of colour tho! But old school cool :D Some serious knowledge and skill you both have!
     
  17. Killamats

    Killamats Registered Trader <a href="http://www.toyotagtturb

    This is truly amazing. Not just the work, but I love to see an old classic being restored to its full glory, especially when its done to this detail.

    I really enjoyed going through this thread and seeing pictures of this amazing transformation!!
    I would love to make a restoration some day, the only problem is time...

    Hats off man!!! You have all done an amazing job, keep up the good work :)
     
  18. rage

    rage Paid Member

    thx lads :) it's been a lot of work. when you get to work on fixing rotten spots one after another you start to think that there is no end to it. every time you fix a spot you notice another spot you previously missed. but the project is finally nearing completion :D
    we are very near to starting the engine for the first time which will probably flood us with all sorts of problems that will need fixing.

    will post updates on our progress :)
     
  19. artmull

    artmull Registered User +

    Truly dedicated and awesome work! I have one question which is why not use the front cross member for a '82 Corolla and fit the rack and pinion steering instead of the steering box?
     
  20. rage

    rage Paid Member

    82 corolla's are hard to find here. most pre 90's cars are scrapped/rotten/exported
     

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