Project Crown: Inspirations Large & Small | Speedhunters

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Project Crown: Inspirations #038; Small


When I last left off my ’69 Toyota Crown Wagon I had gotten the car titled, got it rolling, and had begun to ready it for the next of the build. Today I’d like to a couple more small on the project and also touch on of the Crown-related inspiration (and I found during my recent in Japan.

Let’s begin by back to January for the JCCA New Meeting. Among the large sea of cars I saw that day was this 50-series Crown Custom not unlike my own. Interestingly, I recall ever seeing particular car before – either in or in a magazine.

That was surprising, how nicely done this was.

While I was ecstatic to across such a nicely wagon, it was a slightly bittersweet to see a car was about 10,000 times than mine. This was the car that people will put in classified ad to show “what it look like” rather a picture of the rusty heap are actually selling.

Not only was the car in beautiful shape, but it had been modified in very taste. The ride height was down nice and low and the wheel was perfect.

Those are 14″ Fortran – an extremely rare vintage – especially in a five lug pattern. five spokes it almost like a Magnum 500 rallye but with a giant lip and small Also, check out the center with the Crown logo.

details all around.

Unfortunately I able to find the owner to more about the car and see the engine but I came away very regardless. While I doubt my car ever be this nice, the was spot-on.

While I was in Japan, I had the chance to do some browsing for Crown-related collectables to add to add my collection. I it would be fun to share my findings you guys.

After all, isn’t down miniature versions of real car one of the funnest parts of ownership? My collection is full of versions of cars I’ve in the past. Yep, the real might be long gone, but the remain…

Of course it’s easier to find miniature of certain cars than A Crown Wagon isn’t a Toyota 2000GT or Hakosuka when it comes to icon but I was actually able to dig up several scale versions of the old wagon.

begin with this of Tomica Limited Vintage I brought home. The Limited series is made up of highly 1:64 scale replicas of a of classic Japanese automobiles, with a handful of imports. are dozens and dozens of vehicles in series, so finding a specific can be tough.

I knew the Toyopet Wagon was part of the series, but finding it proved to be quite a

After coming up empty at different hobby and diecast (more on this in future I finally found someone the Limited Vintage Crown at the JCCA swap meet. At yen it was pricey for a 1:64 scale but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to it again. I didn’t see another anywhere else for the rest of my

It turns out this particular car was a release, making it rather to find today. Once I it up and got a good look at it, I was amazed at the Rubber white wall working suspension, a fully-detailed etc.

Once I found out how and rare it was, I didn’t so about the 2,500 yen. even the same color as my Crown! Or at least the same mine was when sold in 1969…

In addition to the normal Limited Crown Wagon, I found a version done as a of a patrol car from the Osaka Department.

It has all the same details as the version, with the addition of red and a megaphone on the roof.

It even has steel wheels and walls while the other has white walls and shiny I’d certainly be lying if I said didn’t make me at least the idea of painting my car up like a police cruiser…

After I the Limited Vintage Cars, I found a few more miniature Wagons – including these scale replicas from “80 Car Collection”. These are actually for use on scale dioramas or model layouts, but they also great standalone models.

I the white and blue JAF service car Japanese AAA) in a hobby for about 600 yen, while the one was found in a used diecast for a ridiculously cheap 100 yen.

they are a bit smaller than the Vintage models, the detail is very impressive.

But gets smaller! In the same used shop, I also found set of three Tomytec 1:150 (N gauge in model railroad Crown Wagons.

Here’s one sitting on my finger just so you can see how small these are…

But even given microscopic size, all of the key details are Along with two normal this particular set also a fire department car complete a light on the roof and correct

Finally, a view of all three together. From left to 1:64, 1:80, and 1:150.

Ok back to my 1:1 scale Crown for a moment. While I haven’t a whole lot of progress since the update, I was able to get the original 2M and automatic transmission out of the car the other

Since the motor was was already disassembled when I got the car, it was rather easy. Disconnect the speedo cable, transmission engine mounts and she was ready to be

And out it comes! I guess one good about working with a old car is not having to sweat about the paint when doing sort of thing…

Now it’s off to for you. The car came with all of the engine parts, so at some in the future I might get this reassembled and running for the sake of At the moment though, I still to figure out what exactly go in its place…

Just look at all the room! So possibilities…

While I wait to out exactly what’s going in of powerplant, I thought I’d try to clean out and up everything that I can. I by pulling out the factory center for a good cleaning.

After for so many years, the console was pretty gross. I know it never be perfect, but I figured I’d it apart, break out the Brillo and try to get as clean as possible.

The metal has plenty of pitting, but I was able to a lot more presentable for the time Small steps, but any progress is progress, right?

That do it for this project update. Now to to the next stage…

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