Emblems and Exterior Details

By: Bob Goodson
July 5, 2020

Author: Michael Yount


I’ve always enjoyed little touches that ‘make the car mine’ – but look like something the factory might have done.  Big kudos to Dave Barton out in TX – he’s my go to for helping me make custom emblems using adhesive vinyl overlays.
This TE21 came originally with a 2TC hemi 1.6L engine.  It had little “1600” emblems in the grill and on the deck lid.  When Mr. Diaz built the car, the original 1600 motor was replaced with a 3TC — basically an 1800 cc version of the same engine — a 7mm longer stroke in a different block.  I wanted the emblems to reflect the motor in the car.  A nice little touch – especially because this body style never came with the 3TC/1800cc motor.  The colors match the colors we used with the vintage Toyota logos on the wheel center caps.

The Corolla’s of this vintage had a very specific emblem in the center of the grille.  It has a stylized “C” with a crown of blossoms or stars.  Here’s a picture off of an ebay ad (asking $103!!!)  for an original one.

Mine was in a little worse shape than the one above.  So, bring on the red Testor’s lacquer paint and a toothpick.


  1. Jay

    Nice touch!!

  2. Michael Yount

    Thanks Jay – I love doing little things like this that most folks don’t even notice.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe To The News for Purists

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our content and projects.

You have Successfully Subscribed!