I found this very cool photo on FB. The post said it was a “Kalgoorlie bush wreck.” Google time… Found it! This must be the coolest group on Facebook. Applied. Note: Kalgoorlie was originally called “Hannan’s Find,” and what Hannan found was gold! So I guess Kalgoorlie is the Sutter’s Mill of Australia (both caused […]
This is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I asked the guy who posted it to Twitter for more info, and he told me it’s from Iceland. If anybody knows anything else about it, please comment on this post. #monstercrown #bigfootkujira #monsterMS60
I happened to be watching an 8mm home video of a German family visiting Pattaya in the late 70’s and spotted what could very well be my MS-60 Toyota Crown: It seems to be the right color and model, and these cars were originally used for government bigwigs, so it’s possible that one of them […]
This is my Kujira’s VIN. There are many like it, but this one is mine. Well, actually, there are probably a thousand or so left in the world. This one’s still mine, tho.
History of the Toyota Crown Mine is first year (1971; pre-facelift) fourth generation, and was an abject market failure because it was too strange-looking for its time. Of course, that’s why it looks so cool now.
The Crown needs to be stripped, patched, and repainted. The last time it was done, it was done poorly. I’m thinking about using a shop just around the way, so I can go watch over the work every day. Just need to save up some money now.. I’m sure I’ll have enough in a few […]
After five months of being held hostage by a rogue body shop, a brief return home, and then a serious accident caused by a negligent repair shop, the Kuj has returned. These are the kinds of photos I really wanted to take before the accident, but I never had the chance. The body shop to […]
After owning a 1971 MS60 for a few years now, I can tell you one thing: It’s been pretty damn near impossible to find spare parts for it. After spending countless hours trying to find parts overseas on the internet (because there were almost none advertised in Thailand even last year) that I could afford […]
Wouldn’t it be cool if Max learned to drive in my daily driver? Manual steering, manual gearbox, manual windows, hell it even has optional (as in factory option) non-retractable seatbelts!
I got a mail out of the blue today from the previous previous owner of the Kujira Crown I bought last year: I owned the Crown before you bought it off Chris. Thought you might like to hear how I came (although it was in my wifes name ) to be the proud owner of […]
It took a while, but I found a Japanese commercial for my car on YouTube: You think that’s seventies bad? Here’s a bonus video to remind you of the timeframe: /////////////////////// What were you driving/doing back then? (Waiting for a steam locomotive? Skipping gaily through stacks of hay in a dried-out rice paddy?)
Wow, that’s pretty dope. But I’ll see your violin/turntables and raise you a Hasidic reggae genius: This live version is actually better than the album one.
I need another car – just a reliable beater to convey me around town – since I want Nam to drive the Cefiro (and its newfangled safety features) when we move to the new house. The new house is within walking distance of my university, but I need something for rainy days and whatnot. I […]
It’s been six weeks since my last post… On October 5th, at around 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, I wrote about how the whole country was flooding from heavy rains of the past week and how our neighborhood usually floods, but that this time the drainage systems in our area were working really well. Later […]
Tucked somewhere in between a bunch of other cars in an underground parking lot in Bangkok, a true legend is waiting for Sumitomo/Dunlop brake seals that are probably impossible to find… Reading this forum post from 15 years ago reminded me why I had to change out my entire brake system for the Crown. There […]
It’s good to see new blood at Toyota giving a shout out to touge. I miss my Silvia. Plus, there’s the official successor to Initial D making the jump from manga to anime: Almost makes me want to throw a 2JZ in the old Crown.
1971年の首都高速 Toyota Crowns have always been popular as taxis. My crown is a rusty old trap car at the moment, daddy needs to save money for a new paint job.