69 W34

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69 W34

Postby orphage » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:29 pm


I'm Orphé from Quebec, Canada. Last year I bought my dream car: a matching number 69 Toronado with 74k miles but I just started working on it. The car spent the last decades in a barn and except for the front end that is damaged and some surface rust, the frame, the floors and the engine are in a very good shape. The rims still have their bias-ply tires!

The car comes with a lot of cool options like the famous W34 high performance package, bucket seat & console, floor shifter, front disc brakes, HD cooling and 8-track player. The only options I miss are AC (canadian car...), rear defogger and power lock.

Engine serial no: 39M617439
Transmission serial no: 69-OM-2366 & 39M617439
VIN no: 394879M617439

I'm planning to work on the following in the next months in order to pass the inspection, body work will comes after:
- Replace all filters and oils
- Rebuild the power booster, brake calipers, master cylinder
- Rebuild the carburator
- Repair the radiator
- Replace the timing sprockets and chain (I purchased a Cloyes True Roller)
- Wrap the wire harness with Tesa tape

And I'll buy the Kanter steering kit when my budget will permit it.

I got the factory service manual, the Fisher manual, etc., and have a lot of knowledge since fix my cars for the last 20 years so I'll do as much as possible myself but I'll need advises from you guys for sure!


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Otto Skorzeny
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Years Owned: 1966 Toronado

Re: 69 W34

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:54 am

I would recommend against the Kanter products. My experience with steering and suspension parts from them is horrible. They are poor quality , Chinese crap that fell apart soon after installation. Rubber disintegrated, king pins wore out, etc.

Engine parts are of similar poor quality (rocker arms, push rods, etc). I am aware of many others who have had similar experiences with Kanter's abysmal quality parts. One friend's '57 Cadillac was on a stand being restored. The rubber suspension and steering parts from Kanter fell apart on the car before it ever made it on the road.

If you are going through the entire wiring harness, you may want to consider buying a new wiring harness from one of the following companies if your existing wiring is brittle or worn.

YNZ Yesterday's Parts Complete reproduction wiring harness for all makes and models

Rhode Island Wiring Service, Inc. Wiring harnesses for all years, all makes and models
567 Liberty Lane, PO Box 434
West Kingston, RI 02892
(401) 789-1955

If you want to have your carburetor rebuilt, Daytona Parts does a fantastic job. They've rebuilt about 6 carbs for me, including the Q Jet in my Toronado. Daytona will also sell you a kit to do the job yourself if you desire.

Daytona Parts Company Carburetor parts and total rebuilds. Helpful information over the phone to tune or fix your own as well.
Ask for Tim Hewitt.

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