View Full Version : '84 P-Type Restortation
01-10-2009, 02:16 PM
About 2 months or so ago I bought a white '84 with the intent to give it to my father for xmas so we could work on restoring it together. Well, I gave it to him and he said he liked it so now we are on to the restoration. He will be buying all of the parts and we will work together intsalling them.
I will post our progress from time to time to let you guys know how its going.
We wanted to start on the brakes first since that is pretty much numero uno on the saftey side of things. As of a few days ago we have orderd from Toyota: all new rubber brake lines, new pads all around, caliper rebuild kit for the front(rear rebuild kit is disscontinued),and a master cylinder rebuild kit amongst a few other things. I ordered the rotors from elswere mainly becuause all 4 rotors were like 380 bucks! That would have literally doubled the total cost of everything we got.
We havent started installing anything just yet(we are waiting on those rotors). But I will update when we do. I'll post some pictures up of the car and all of the goodies we ordered when I get off of work.
01-10-2009, 02:34 PM
take lots of pictures.!!
I have an 84. Still pretty much all original. Could you add some details about the overall condition of the car, why Supra, what is next after brakes, etc..? I would like to hear about what you are doing as I will likely need to do what you are doing sooner or later.
01-10-2009, 05:51 PM
Well I wanted to do something with my dad because we don't really do much together other than watch tv or go out to lunch occasionally. So I got him to agree to restore a car with me, he wanted a '69 Camaro convertible, but after seeing how expensive even a rusted out shell is he decided that a Camaro was out of the picture. He wanted to do another car from that era, but to me they are all too expensive and I didn't really see anything that would be fun to me anyway. So I found this Supra on Craigs list, It is in great shape other than a little hatch rust for $800.
That is in the price range of something that I could afford. So knowing my dad would probably loose interest if we didn't find something rather soon I picked up the Supra and gave it to him for xmas. I dont really know if he likes it all that much, but I like it and I can get parts for cheap for it. :) Considering the state of the economy I thought that it would be pretty stupid to buy a $10k camaro shell then spend $100k to get it in a condition where you could drive it. He can spend $10k on the Supra and have a very nice stock looking car with a 2JZ or something(maybe I can talk him in to it).
After the brakes we are targeting the suspension since at the moment as you are coming to a stop, and you modulate the brakes properly, you can make the front end bounce like its sitting on hydrolics. After that we will probably work on the drive train and finally the interior and exterior.
Here is a pic of the car and the goodies we have so far.
Here is a thread with a few more pics of the car.
01-17-2009, 02:52 AM
As one who bought an 84 in 84, I like them. Basics I'd recommend are:
- Flush the brake system
- Flush the power steering system with DEXTRON-III AFT (do NOT put PS fluid in it)
- Drain and refill the Differential (loosen the fill plug first - and it is LSD for a P-type)
- Drain then refill the manual tranny
After you flush the systems, the grunge in systems will come loose so you have to repeat about two months later.
01-22-2009, 04:52 PM
We installed all of the brake components a few days ago. Unfortunately we didnt take any pictures. I just orderd every suspension part from Toyota that was still availible. I will try to take pictures of the suspension install and the new brake stuff that we installed when ever these parts come in. Now I just need to find some springs, struts and ball joints.
01-29-2009, 03:28 AM
Just picked up the parts from the dealership today. All we need now is struts, springs, ball joints and inner tie rod ends.
08-30-2009, 01:23 PM
Time for an update I suppose. The suspension stuff was installed several months ago and other than a new alternator there isnt much to report.
Here are a few pics of the Supra with and my friends '77 Celica.
08-30-2009, 10:01 PM
Looking good man. Hopefully it will work out as you hoped and you and your dad will get to spend quality time together. Restoring one of these old things can really test a relationship so remember patience and walk away when it get to tense. Should be a nice project and it looks like you are starting with a good car, which is rare in the south. Most are rust buckets by now. Once you get beyond the basic suspension and engine you will find that Toyota parts are very limited, which is where you'll find this forum's Wanted and For Sale section a God sent. I hope to finish my project in a few weeks (6 yrs) and going to Gulfport/Biloxi for Cruzin The Coast event in October. Maybe I'll see you around.
Take care and good luck
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