Matteybeans ms65 1973 crown

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Small update

Put some tyres on my wheels and test fitted for the first time since I brought em. They look good!





Managed to finish mucking around with motor and have put fresh oil in and replaced spark plugs. Dizzy cap and rotor look mint so havent bothered replacing them. 



And Painted driveshaft


Will fit this weekend and put some trans fluid in. 



Thanks for looking


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Holy Shikhimova time flies.


2019 turned out to be a very hectic year. Partner got pregnant, we got engaged, and decided to smash out the rest of our house renovations before our girl was born.

Anyway with riley born and renovations finished it's time to get back into this and boy have I been chomping at the bit to finish it.

Turned out the diff setup was as hori as the front engine mounts and me being a clever cunt I didnt check it before going to chch to strip the parts car so I needed a new one.


So what did I do? I went and brought another diff off harry.. from chch.


Decided I might aswell upgrade so got the whole disc rear end of an ms112 crown and the GC even threw in a 4.1 ratio diff which is the factory spec ms65 3 speed auto 

Needs a complete overhaul and paint.

Got the rest of the panels painted









Now that I've got the rear end I'll swap it over. Hook up the driveshaft and fill trans with fluid and hopefully fire it up in the rear future.


Also brought a square headlight JDM front

Nos Ms90 kioto headlights. Ms90 surrounds and a ms75 pre facelift grill 




Exciting times ahead.



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Got stuck into the diff over the weekend. Rotors and calipers sent away for skim/rebuild 

Changed the diff head out to the 4.1 which is the factory for a ms65 3 speed auto and gave it a clean up and paint








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Swapped the diffs over. Old one I'm led to believe is off a 308.. Australian by the look of it.






New ms112 rear



Also got all the skimmed rotors, rebuilt calipers, flexible brake hoses and brake pads. Got some diff oil aswell







Only thing that had to be swapped over was the hand brake cables, everything else bolted up.


I've bled the brakes and adjusted the hand brake and all feels good.

Fitted driveshaft, filled diff and transmission with oil and started trying to tackle the wiring.. doesn't start off key so will need to do some digging and try see.


Getting close now.

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Put the rest of the front end on.

Headlights arent working seems no power to the relay from switch side because when I press down on this the lights work. Fuses are all ok. This has been spliced into loom. Going to have to remove cluster ect again to trace behind dash..  So decided to take a break.








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Ok so still havent got that relay to work so will make up a new one/buy one.


Took the crown for a hoon down the road. Went ok... ish. The steering isnt quite centered and turning right sucked. Need to re center. And apart from the no exhaust and motor running like pooes it was a success.

Still need an exhaust if anyone knows someone keen I'm in pukekohe. Wanting mild steel. Will use factory 4m cast extractors.




Also cleaned up and painted the grill and surrounds flat black.







Also connected up the throttle linkages so accelerator works off pedal. 


Getting close.

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shit time flies.

some people say i need better work life balance but i say life is riding a bike to keep your balance you have to keep moving, anyway shit yarn ive been busy.


not too much has happened with this but it is closer.

took for a hoon down the road which didnt end well because no exhaust = fumes from combustion circling back around into the carb at idle/low speeds.


managed to sus an exhaust of a ms65 crown but had the earlier 4m motor so just had to change flange and im away.








the rest of the exhaust also got painted black but no photo..

all fitted but leaked at manifold i had wrong gasket still will get some rtv tomorrow and try again


also the radiator i had got started to leak once up to temp so i soldered it up and it appears to have fixed the leak.




i also purchased a new wiring harness with relays i just need to wire back to under the dash, brought the washer kit from supercheap auto so shes a squirter boys


plan on giving it another go once home from work today another road test is on the cards.


i need to get this one finished so i can get the corona driveable i havent touched it since i snapped an axle at oldschool drag day 2018 i think



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Ill eventually get around to having a play around with this grill and facelift headlights


Looking for another pre facelift crown badge and toyota if anyone has them





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Had a productive weekend

 Got the headlights working with dip switch got horn up and running and removed the ridiculous speaker boxes on the doors . There was some left over vinyl so i hole sawed and patched over

 Not perfect but 100x better than previously 












Treated myself to some hydraulic wheel dollies so handy for small garages



Cars running like a bag of dicks not sure why..

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Cars still running like complete shit

Did a compression test came up alright. Plugs 2 and 4 were abit oily but maybe from rocker cover that use to leak I've since replaced gasket and I think when I checked plugs last time might of dripped in..


Anyway I'll start from the top and go over it all including checking the electric side.. 12.9 volts could be the issue..



Anyway I will persevere..




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Cars still running like crap.. ive set the carburetor to factory 4m specs but the carbs for a 5m. Idle and revs allgood but under load it really struggles and smokes like fuck.


Managed to get couple drives up and down the road.. sump appears to still be leaking which is a real pain because the huge fuck off cross members in these crowns give no clearance to access all the bolts... think I'm going to have to pull the motor

. Buggar


Picked up a 6 pin voltage regulator off a mate of mine that came from his old ke35.. I assumed toyota would of used the same.. yep I was right.


Well that sorts out the low 12.8v while car running issue






Didnt fix the issue with how the cars running though.. 



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Can anyone recommend a mechanic in Auckland who is good with old cars? This 4m has defeated me I've tried everything and I can't get it running properly. Everything is new on it and I can't figure it out so it's time someone else does.





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Sumps all gooed up and torqued back on fuck I hope it doesnt leak.


Did a bolt check of the motor and decided to paint the front bits of the alternator



I've marked a reference point in the electric choke housing and rotated it 2 clicks clockwise and see how it goes once I fire it up.



Before I put the motor back I'm going to check and make sure all the lights/indicators are still working/replace bulbs, general bolt check all round and put motor back in tomorrow/Sunday

Gasket goo says wait 24 hours so I'd better wait that Atleast. I dont want to pull it back out again.



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