Toyota Corona 1973 Power Steering?

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Old 31 Mar 2014, 11:40 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Toyota Corona 1973 Power Steering?

Hey guys,

I just got given a lovely old 1973 Toyota Corona SE for my 17th birthday, and was told to repaint, service and modernize the thing just for some fun.

I opened the bonnet, and notice three small containers full of fluid.The first two are both brake fluid. But then there is a third container, which is full of a different type of fluid.

I was told there was no power steering, as the car is almost 40 yrs old now. But I have just noticed a small pump to the left of the engine block.

If anyone is familiar with this sort of set up, please give me some advice on what the container could be, and what the small pump is.



Yes Beavis, Corona.

Its a damn sexy thing too.
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Old 31 Mar 2014, 11:54 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Lol corona
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Old 01 Apr 2014, 12:10 am   #3 (permalink)
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small container?

cant see the fluid. so IDK what's up there. sounds like this needs some attention. brake fluid containers denote continual topping off with fluid.

the little pump,

depending on what state this was slated for new, might be an AIR pump. injecting fresh air to the exhaust ports. early emissions equipment. the pump itself takes no power from the engine. removed, you can spin it freely by hand. it also helps cool the exhaust vavles. so leave it on. nothing but good things with that.

some cali models for instance, had AIR pumps as early as '67. earlier maybe. i had that on a cali issued 67 cutlass. so i know it was employed on some vehicles that early.

commonly, ignorantly, someone may have already removed everything but the pump. prolly see brass plugs on the exhaust manifold where the injection happens.

otherwise, i've no fricken idea what the pump is.



along with that *maybe* a dual diaphram vacuum advance/retard distributor. disconnecting/plugging the retard portion of vacuum, one can then road time it and get a few more degrees out of her. proper tuning of distributor usually entials re-mapping of distributor fly weights/springs and vacuum diaphram spring to match a cam upgrade. venting the retard side of the vacuum diaphram of coarse.

more advance w/o pre-ignition, allows for more power. be it all by itself, a drop in the bucket. none the less, along with other mods addded up.

this likely didn't come with power steering. but, being a RWD platform, it's possible.
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