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PostPosted:Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:35 pm 
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Hi guys,

thought I should make a separate thread for my 1973 2-door toledo as I don't want to get the two mixed up! Here are some pics of it, as you can see it's in OK condition, has done 40 ish thousand miles however the odometer has been swapped so sadly it's no longer accurate. I have owned this car for just over a year now, haven't really done anything to it besides service a brake caliper as it seized on, easy enough job to do as it's the same caliper as many BL cars of that era.

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The car needs a few bits doing of course, which i shall be doing shortly:
- Starter I'd like to replace to a pre-engaged model as I'm not the biggest fan of inertia-types due to the relay they add, for some reason a single unit item seems a better idea rather than a relay sat in the bay
- bonnet needs spraying, I have a NOS one for this
- rust is starting to form in a few places including the vents on the top of the rear window
- steering bush needs replacing with a solid one, lot of play in the steering wheel
- gearbox bush needs replacing as it's not very tight, gearbox is the early 3-rail? one that feels like a spoon in a bowl of treacle to shift gears with.
- there are a couple of places underneath where light rust is forming so i'll need to catch those before any holes start appearing
- drivers seat is slightly ripped, not really that bothered by this

the car has had some filler used but I don't think it's ever been welded and looks OK. it's tuned very nicely and feels almost as if it's just been driven out of the showroom which is an absolute luxury!
This one out of my two I consider to be the show pony, it's not perfect and never will be but I think it's a bit of a gem. Will try and take pictures of anything I fix on it, currently sat in dry storage so hopefully doesn't deteriorate too much in that time.

Cheers
Jack

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PostPosted:Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:19 pm 
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That's a nice original looking 2 Door Toledo, where did it come from, did you get any history with it?

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PostPosted:Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:49 pm 
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That's a nice original looking 2 Door Toledo, where did it come from, did you get any history with it?
Cheers Tony! It started life in Sussex, then went up north to Warrington - I drove back last year in it which was about a 4 hour journey (going steady) with no problems! As for history I have quite a bit, including the original purchase receipt and service history from 1973 until 1982 ish. I think it had been on and off the road since then and dry stored. There are a couple of small rusty bits but it's all pretty much original bar a few things like the washer motor bottle, I have a spare to go in at some point however.

When doing the brake caliper it was almost as if it had never been taken off - all of the bolts were pristine and there were no signs of rust on the threads, absolutely mind blowing considering how old it is.

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PostPosted:Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:30 pm 
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Time for a quick update - I have managed to source a NOS Lucas M35J pre-engaged starter motor to go into the car, I am aware i'll probably need a spacer for it as it has an inertia starter on there currently. I prefer these as they're an all-in-one unit and have the solenoid attached to the body, and in my experience are less likely to chew up starter ring gear teeth. I believe the current starter has done exactly that to my ring gear so have bought one of those to go on as well. I haven't actually seen the car since putting it in storage early this year so ought to pull my finger out when back to normality a bit more.

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Before putting it away my girlfriend and I went to a cafe in it, look how small it looks compared to the massive modern cars around it! To think the one to the left is still called a Mini.. :lol:

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PostPosted:Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:07 pm 
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The size of the Toledo is a positive advantage to me, living, as I do, in the wilds of Shropshire, I can pick a path round the plentiful potholes and still stay on my own side of the road, whereas the much wider modern stuff has only a single path to follow if they wish to stay inside the white line on my local B roads and accept whatever the road throws at them! It is more nerve racking to drive the wider vehicle in such circs, I sold a lovely Volvo 850 estate for that reason. And if they meet an oncoming bus (we still see one from time to time) or truck, modern car drivers hunch their shoulders, close their eyes, wince and pray! I don't even slow down!

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