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PostPosted: August 14, 2018, 8:41 am 
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So I bought my 7 a few years ago Already road worthy but i never met or talked to the Guy who built it.
I have slowly figured out whats what over the years. but i am still not sure what my suspension is from.
either a old Datson or Toyota?
The brakes in this car have always been a bit rubish So i need to figure out what i have before i can see what up grade options i have.
I am adding pics to help.
I am not even 100% sure if the fronts & the rear are from the same vehicle? who knows.
The rear end is about 50 in in width.

Bolt patt is 4 x 114.3 i think

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if you have some ideas let me know. Or can think of a good place to search.

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PostPosted: August 14, 2018, 9:52 am 
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Those callipers and rotors look very similar to the 1979 Toyota Corona pieces I'm using for the Topolino build. Same with the diff, I even have the same rear brake hose to line 'Y' I see in your pics. Bolt pattern is also 4 x 114.3 (4 x 4 1/2").
You can check pictures of parts on Rock Auto.
https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/toyota,1979,corona,2.2l+l4,1276006,brake+&+wheel+hub,caliper,1704

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PostPosted: August 14, 2018, 11:47 am 
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Yeah you are right it does look just like yours. Are u using corona front spindles? Cause they look completely different.


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PostPosted: August 14, 2018, 12:34 pm 
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Yes I am, and yes they are different from your spindles, mine are modified from McPherson strut spindles. Your's most likely come off a Toyota truck.
But I do think you are looking at an older Toyota front end.

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PostPosted: August 14, 2018, 10:05 pm 
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Yeah, looks like old Toyota stuff. Rear diff looks like Toyota's copy of the Ford 9". 70s to mid 80s.

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PostPosted: August 15, 2018, 12:31 am 
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I could be wrong (and probably am) but those look kinda like early Toyota Land Cruiser front brake calipers, however 1) no land cruiser ever had a 4x4.5 bolt pattern, and 2) they used vented discs. That being said, the face of those wheel hubs with the 4 rectangular pockets looks fairly unique. I would suggest that you seek out an experienced old school Toyota mechanic at a dealership and show him those pictures to see if he recognizes the hubs or calipers. You might also be able to narrow down the source of the brake rotors from the diameter, thickness, and hat height.


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PostPosted: August 16, 2018, 11:12 am 
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Front spindles look like the ones I am using from an 80's Toyota Van. I believe the calipers are the same as a Celica. The calipers are cheap from RockAuto.
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PostPosted: August 17, 2018, 7:28 am 
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I would bet the front spindles are Toyota, but they can not be from an 80's Toyota Van. I'm using Van spindles and they have bolt-on steering arms. I'm also using 80's Celica disc and they are vented. You may be looking 70's vintage Toyota parts. DaveW


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PostPosted: August 17, 2018, 6:28 pm 
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the brakes a defiantly corona ... but the spindle doesnt look like a corona, or a van or pickup or a celica ,or corolla from that erea that i can find good picks of.


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PostPosted: August 18, 2018, 9:04 am 
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Early 70's Toyota Corona including spindles.

Solid rotor, 3 bolt LBJ, and steering arm on same side as the caliper narrows it down a bit.

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Didn't the original owner have a build long on here or am I thinking of another car?

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Vintage build modded with miata drivetrain by Hedtrip: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=15484&p=170654&hilit=corona#p170654

To be more precise, Toyota Corona 74-78, Corona Mark II 69-76. Other models invert the LBJ.

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PostPosted: August 19, 2018, 2:45 pm 
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Thanks...
Yes that is my build log but i am not the original owner.

im not sure if he had one or not. someone on here did find a pic of him & post it on my thread.


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