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Old 03-18-2009, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I'm new here and would just like to say hi to all you die-hard Corona fans! I thought I was the only one!

I previously owned a 1975 Corona 4 dr... loved it till the day the transmission went on it and had to part with it, due to no time/money/room to work on it...

Well about 15 years later, I now have an opportunity to pick up a 1966 corona (in need of a lot of TLC)... not sure how much I will offer the chap selling his lawn ornament, but I am thinking of the possibilities of this fine car.

Question, has anyone ever put a larger engine into a '66? I believe this particular one already has a 18R in it... anyone put a 20R or 22R into one? or (just talking crazy) thrown something like a supra engine into one? No idea if that is even possible (just dreaming out loud )

Thanks in advance!

PS. I did a search and didn't come up with much on engine swapping or the '66 corona, so sorry if this has already been discussed previously!
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Any reason why you're not going stock on this thing?
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Well I worked on my old 20R enough to know almost all the things that can go wrong with that engine (I believe the 18R is very similar). Not that I don't like those engines, Its just ... the way I see it, if I'm going to spend the money on a rebuild, I would rather increase the power while I'm in there.
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Stock is fair more valuable, but the choice is yours.
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The '66 Corona had light duty drivetrain and chassis components and weighed under 2000 lbs. So you just can't drop in a powerful motor and expect the transmission, differential, etc. to survive very long. Maybe the reason the car is now a lawn ornament is because even the 18RC with too powerful. The factory original motor was the 3RC.
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the main reason to ditch the old motor/tranny:


its heavy as $hit, and super hard to find parts for. cast iron block and head, then usually the tranny is all cast as well. a supercharged 22r and a aluminum 5speed are lighter then just a 18r. most parts for any 20,22r, or 22re, will work for each other, and they made 2Xr's from 1975-1995, and still in production in mexico.


if it has a "R" series eng most any newer one will fit with mild fab if that.

i think its a lil early for a 18r, so you might worry about the rear end, but that depends on whats in there and how you drive it.


i replaced a 18r and a A40 (auto) with a supercharged 22r hybrid, and a 85 supra aluminum W58 5speed. the ONLY fab i did was to drill 2 holes in the tranny mount bracket.

the writeup is here somewhere if ya dont belive me.
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Well, there are people that specialize in the really old Coronas.
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