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Post by Cody2130 on Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:32 am

Hey, I picked up a Corona wagon the other day from a forum member from Montana and figured I would hop in and say hi. I have been building/moddifying cars on and off for the last 13 years or so but in the last year have really started working on more old Toyotas. Last year about this time I bought a bone stock MX63 Cressida and started working on it, currently it sits about 4 1/2" lower than stock on 15x10 -25 wheels, strretched tires blah blah blah, currently in the process of doing a 5 speed swap and getting it back on the road.
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The Corona that I bought is all stock other than a Weber 32/36 but that is not going to last, plans for this year are lowering blocks, cut springs up front, Applience wheels, and a custom exhaust. Next year we will be doing an indepent rear suspension swap so I can get some camber in the back with coilovers front and rear, new paint and interior, and either an engine swap or a full wire tuck and shave of the engine bay. I will be doing something about the ugly ass front bumper cover, fab something that ressembles a rear bumper, throw a set of fender mirrors on it and I will be happy for now. Some pics of the road trip home
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Re: New Corona owner from the PNW

Post by Etohboy on Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:55 am

Lookin good!!!!
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Re: New Corona owner from the PNW

Post by a2ndopinion on Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:46 am

Cutting springs on a strut suspension isn’t a good idea, as the springs are preloaded, so it seriously F’s with the spring rate. Cheap generic Honduh coil overs can be had off fleaBay for less than $50 for a set of four. Just drop them onto the factory spring perches. It looks ridiculous, but works great!
On the rear of the Corona Wagon, being leaf sprung, it is easy to firm it and lower it. Get a pair of overloads from a Hilux truck, remove the two smaller factory leafs, and stick in the overloads upside down. This will drop it most of the way to the bump stops and firm it up considerably. If you want to go lower, THEN install lowering blocks, but you will have to trim or remove the bump stops.
With exhaust mods, the 2xR will lose a bunch of bottom end without adding more top end if you go larger than 2.25”, unless you are planning on going turbo and/or SERIOUS mods, including MAJOR head porting (20R head?) and BIG valves with a BIG cam. The best header (singular, thank you) is the OBX - it is stainless steel, so will last forever.
For the front bumper, a mid 80s Toy truck chrome front bumper looks great!

Just my $.02 worth, but I've been working on Celicas for over 15 years, and my Corona wagon for over 6 years. The Corona has a 1" longer wheel base than a Celica, with the same driveline.
Oh, which reminds me, the 3rd gen Celica struts and brakes (vented rotors) can be swapped out if you oval the bolt holes in the Corona steering arms to bolt to the Celica strut tubes.

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