1968 Toyota Corona Unorthadox Hot Rod- Heretic – Hot Rod Magazine

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Can Hot Rod’s Faithful Congregation A Toyota As One Of Its Own?

It’s maintaining orthodoxy and doctrinal in the High Church of Hot Rodding. when it seems that major tenet of the theology has perfected and is infallible, someone along with a car that is better because of its apostate of exactly that tenet. But if one bedrock belief upon this religion has been it’s this: Real hot don’t start out as Toyotas.

Mitch Allread wasn’t in the when that particular was preached. And he happened to own a ’68 Corona two-door coupe he was using as his daily driver one day, he decided he wanted like a fenderless ’32 that was something completely a ’32 Ford with from a 4.0L, DOHC, Lexus V-8. And, for or worse, he had the talent to make it

Toyota sold a bunch of during the ’60s and ’70s as the was establishing itself in America. as boring a car as has ever been by any manufacturer, the Corona was a unibody with a 1.9L four up sending a pokey 90 hp back a four-speed manual or ToyoGlide to a solid rear axle on leaf springs. As common as in Southern California during era, Coronas are less seen than Lamborghinis

Allread’s job is welding together car and hot rod pieces. Components from his Welding shop, in Newhall, often ship out to North for installation into NASCAR Cup machines, and he’s built cars that compete in West Coast circle series, but the Corona is the first car he’s built for himself.

Knowing that the Corona’s structure couldn’t handle the of the Lexus V-8, he started by up a tubular steel space with a 106-inch wheelbase 10.7 inches longer the stock Corona’s). The front consists of upper and lower A-arms on either side he fabricated, plus Carrera inside Afco coil

In back there’s a Speedway quick-change solid axle by three links and a Watts dampered, again, by Carrera and Afco coilover springs. RGP rack-and-pinion steering handles chore, while the braking consists of Wilwood 1231/416-inch rotors at each corner by six-piston calipers in front and calipers in the back.

The engine was from a wrecked ’92 SC400 and installs in Allread’s essentially unmodified. Naturally, for the original exhaust manifolds, had to build the entire exhaust himself. It funnels the waste down the center of the car, an X-pipe to two mufflers, and out each of the car.

The result is a very un-Lexus-like a loud tenor that something like two old Kawasaki screaming along just each of the driver’s ears. not a bad sound at all, actually. The SC400 donated its four-speed transmission and the shifter that it.

Lexus drivetrains are justly for their smoothness and quiet, but in any engine and transmission using motor mounts and its inherent is undeniable. Rated at 250 hp when it was into that Lexus the Lexus V-8 probably isn’t much more than 260 in but it sounds and pounds like an

Powder Blue and Orange a natural color combination, but if it was enough for Le Mans-winning Ford and Porsche 917s, it’s enough for a ’68 Corona. the Gulf stickers as a nod to those

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