Don Savet's 1976 Celica is just the tip of the Cartistics Auto Club iceberg.
Budoy Arle's ride is also seen on the car-show circuit, and the story of his car is one that I can relate to.
Name: MIGUEL "BUDOY" ARLE
Car: 1979 Toyota Corona
Restoration Tip: "Tiyaga lang talaga. At huwag masyadong magpapadala sa mga 'purists' na pine-perfect talaga. Dapat kung saan ka masaya, 'yan ang gawin mo sa kotse mo."
Why old-school?: "Basic ang technology. Madaling gawin."
The masilya (putty/body filler ) question: Is it a dilemma? Budoy says that it can't be helped when body repair is done. I have seen for myself what the outcome of welding and "buli" (metal beating) looks like, and no matter how good the latero is, there will always be imperfections. "Kailangan talaga ang masilya para habulin yung korte ng oto," Budoy says. The paint and body repair on his Corona is now three years old and there isn't a single blemish to be seen. That's proof of a proper job.
The best thing to do would be to make the putty as thin as possible. This is when you know if you have a good painter, and if the job is rushed or not. My advice is to keep an eye on the car that is being repaired. Visit the shop often.
The setup of this Corona is JDM, with trim options that fall under the 'Extra Comfort' version. The car was inherited by Budoy from his father, and let's just say that the car was ready to be scrapped. I think that Budoy carries an album around of what the car looked like before, but if you want "before" photos, check out Cartistics.net. "Sobrang giba na sya, pwede nang ipabakal," he says. I also learned that he chose to restore the Corona (because it belonged to his father) instead of going out to restore a Celica. I think you will agree that when a car holds sentimental value working on it makes it more meaningful.
Cool add-ons are these headlamp washers that came standard in Japan with this trim level. Budoy came across a photograph in a owner's manual and with luck managed to find the parts. Those tiny washers are a great addition to the look.
Budoy swapped an 18R-G (2.0L DOHC) engine in to replace the old 12R. Also notice the twin-side Weber 40s. He says that this engine-swap was the hardest part of the restoration, mainly because parts for the 18R-G are hard to come by. By the looks of things Cartistics are big big fans of side-draught carbs. I would love to have a single-side Weber 40 in my wagon. Maybe one day, after it's out of the shop!
Wheels are 13x9 Revolution alloys (for racing purposes only) imported from the States. Budoy says that they are lighter that those manufactured by TRD. The cool thing with these feather-light wheels is the stamp that says "For Racing Purpose Only," usually found on the inside.
Budoy is real proud of this custom touch. There's a light under the hood that you switch on by pulling an inconspicuous lever beside the right headlight. This is a great idea that I think I want to put in my wagon, especially as there is good chance you will tinkering plenty under the hood of an old-schooler. Now that I think about it, I haven't even seen a new car with a feature like this!
Lastly, here's a shot of the super-clean interior.
There's more to come from Cartistics, so keep logging on and catch you in the next post!