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    Facebook isn’t always a bad thing. Found these on the local market place today for $20 each.
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    One-on the left puts out 20000 btu’s, the sunbeam puts out 6000 so should be enough to keep my garage workably warm this winter after all.
    So I’m enjoying Noddy till fall now even though I’ve started sanding her down.

    And I have a lead on a working W 58 Toyota tranny that will work with the 5spd conversion kit. Buddy wants 1400 for the gearbox, I’m hoping he will take a grand even.. things are really getting hard to find and are the only one that’ll fit my needs so really, I’ll pay the whole nut if I have too.
    That’ll put my new wood lathe dream on hold another year, but I can live with that.
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    Looks like you can pay what you want for those, Mike.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-Celi...wAAOSw~CVdLU5I

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    I remember earlier in this thread that the previous owner kept good records and I would recommend you doing also.

    I had a conversation earlier today about how the parts store people don't know what they are talking about if it isn't on their computer with the model year etc etc.

    With good records you or the next owner will know what they need for replacement. Or at least know what you did.

    What is the VIN number on that Toyota you are looking for parts for?
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    I worked on a heavily-modified 56 Chevy a while back. It was awesome.
    They used donor stuff you could get from O'Reillys and neatly engraved each part with what it was for.
    I am certain there was a book at one time on all the little stuff. Old guys die and the car is sold.

    Book in the trash.
    Yeah write it down somewhere!
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    Ive ordered new replica owners and maintenance manuals for her as the glue has turned to dust on these original bindings.
    Iím keeping these as my working copies for ever, but will absolutely be providing an update post rebuild.
    Regarding the Toyota transmission, Purist would, and have already pointed out that sheís a Frankenstein, but thatís cool by me, sheís almost 70 years young, and still has some stride. For sure cruising at 70 mph is going to be breezy as hell with the top down, but it will be quieter by some 2000 rpm..
    and much like the vacuum boost upgrade, itíll be more felt than seen. By using the w58 the shifter location will remain the same so Iím not changing the esthetics of the car, just the enjoyment, and safety, and longevity of parts, IMO.
    I may be able to sell my working 1957 triumph tr3 4 spd (currently on the car) for enough to recoup some of the funds along the way to boot.
    Found a guy in Mississauga with a complete rolling frame and original rear end from a 52 I may acquire simply to have the original rear ended again, puts skinny spoked wheels back on the table for final style and drive options, if I want to go that way. Not to mention mine has had front frame damage where the bumper mounts I was going to have to deal with structurally any way.

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    Most of these oldies have smacked something, Mike! Mine included!
    The brakes sucked!
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    Decisions on Which Parts/Which Upgrades--it never ends so------------------The Beat Goes On---



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    This, for half the asking price of the Toyota transmission.
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    Biggest issue would be getting it home. Iím hitchless atm...
    My idea would be to swap everything over to this, seemingly minty frame set, then use my original for spare steel, in the future, if ever needed for spot repairs.
    Staying home today, had a molar pulled yesterday that did not come out willingly despite it being broken in half.. ouchy. Still couldnít sleep in though.
    Cheers..
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    Find a local MG club. Years ago, I restored a 60 MGA and a 52 TD, found a local MG club with a bunch of old guys, who had all the answers, tricks, endless supply of spares and turn wrenches. Some guys had garage machine shops and made unavailable parts.

    Somethings haven’t changed, my son and I have spent the past few years restoring a numbers matching 67 GTO. My son recently found a local GTO club with a bunch of great guys, they have all the answers, tons of parts and more than willing to share.

    In the 80’s the hot tip for TD’s was a Volvo drive train swap, with overdrive they were rocketships.
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    With my day off I went for a drive and grabbed some prep goodies from caswell.
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    The freaky white shapes are test cars for when I get to mixing paint.
    The paste and metal wax are supposedly great products Iíve never heard of but figured Iíd try. The gel stripper, well thatís to take her all back to metal before I get too aggressive with the sander.
    Going to add some colour change pearl to the clear coat and want to dial it in on something with curves, hence the baby car shapes.
    Want a subtle shade change on the wings and curves but nothing super modern.
    These cars didnít come with metallic paint originally, so Iím foregoing flake, but wanted to give it a lil sumptin extra..
    My car, my rules, hehe.
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