• Toyota South Africa Motors is in the process of restoring a 2000GT.
• The team that would head up the project is father-and-son duo Wynand Strydom Sr and Wynand Strydom Jr from Generation Old School Benoni.
• This is the second chapter in the series - the next Chapter delves into the auto-body works and details on the chassis refurbishment.
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The team heading up the project is father-and-son duo Wynand Strydom Sr and Wynand Strydom Jr from Generation Old School Benoni, where they are performing a complete nut and bolt restoration.
Neither had seen or worked on a 2000GT before making the journey even more unique. The team believes in the revival of parts rather than replacing them, which preserves the value and originality.
Toyota SA provided Generation Old School with literature about the 2000GT, which details every single process to disassemble the car and every part number.
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Once the car arrived at their garage, the body was separated from the chassis; nearly 53 years after the marriage of the two, they are once again apart, only to meet again when each has been completely restored.
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Wynand Jr has confirmed that the overall condition of crucial components is good, with only minimal renewal work needed. There are, however, other components that need to be completely refurbished or replaced. Four such items are the magnesium alloy wheels - which need special paint preparation and paint to restore them to their original colour.
On the interior front, the intricacies of the facia make it stressful to remove items in the hopes that none break. For example, the wood trim (which covers the entire centre console) is brittle and faded. It is also extremely thin. The chrome detailing cannot be bent when being removed, and it is said that many of the wires are crumbling at the slightest touch.
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Various components have been labelled and placed in plastic bags for refurbishment. The body and the chassis are at Dino's Classic Restoration, where minor dents and deformations are being removed.
Paint preparation is one of the most essential aspects - not only to precisely match the original paint - but also because it was a key decision factor in this project. MF10-10207 is the chassis number, and according to records, its original colour is listed as Thunder Silver. However, there are whispers that it should remain Solar Red.
This is the second Chapter in the series - the next one delves into the auto-body works and details on the chassis refurbishment.