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by Ace
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Canadian Tercel With Wooden Rear Suspension!
Replies: 3
Views: 61

Re: Canadian Tercel With Wooden Rear Suspension!

It's certainly not safe for highway driving so it IS crazy. If/when it busted loose the car would be all over the highway, endangering others. It's not even a good quality 2x4. It would be OK only for a parts car that stays parked.
by Ace
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Road Trip! T4wd Recovery for North of 64
Replies: 23
Views: 2646

Re: Road Trip! T4wd Recovery for North of 64

I came across this interesting story (from over four years ago) while looking for information about something else. Wondering how things turned out in the long run for this car. I have to say, it sees like a huge gamble to buy a car sight unseen at a distant location. What seemed like a "good b...
by Ace
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: 3rd / 4th gear woes
Replies: 13
Views: 138

Re: 3rd / 4th gear woes

I wouldn't be too sentimental about it if it has multiple issues with engine and transmission etc and it seems like too much time and money to fix more things. Retire it or unload it, unless you enjoy working on older cars to squeeze more miles out of it. But I'm not clear about whether it might jus...
by Ace
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: What have you done to your wagon lately?
Replies: 218
Views: 7206

Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

I have done very little to my '83 Tercel over the last couple years, just basic maintenance. It's reliable and economical, only 137,000 miles so it might outlast me at the rate I drive. One of the best investments I ever made; I bought it in 1984 when it was only a year old. It has been a two-seater...
by Ace
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Parts: New and Used
Topic: Front Drivers Side Window Regulator needed!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Front Drivers Side Window Regulator needed!!!

I have to lube my window mechanism every so often (roughly 5-year intervals?) or it gets hard to crank and risks busting the cranking unit. It's mainly the sliding parts of the window scissors mechanism that bind from dust accumulation etc. For easier servicing I cut some strategically-located holes...
by Ace
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: 1989 2wd Tercel muffler replacement problem
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: 1989 2wd Tercel muffler replacement problem

Muffler shops typically weld the mufflers in, which makes it less handy to replace yourself later on if you're not a welder. Some muffler shops play the game of insisting that you need to also replace the entire tailpipe etc. I got tired of that with with my short-lived "lifetime guarantee"...
by Ace
Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Head liner sag is such a drag
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: Head liner sag is such a drag

Suggestion: cut/slit the headliner in an "X" pattern across the sagging part. Fold back the corners to see what's in there. Use a construction-grade contact cement to glue it back up. Follow the glue instructions to let it dry, then stick the parts together. Not the most aesthetic repair b...
by Ace
Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Replacing rear coil springs
Replies: 17
Views: 666

Re: Replacing rear coil springs

Just curious why it is necessary to replace the springs. Where they sagging?
by Ace
Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Windshield wipers quit, link arm in cowl came off?
Replies: 19
Views: 1452

Re: Windshield wipers quit, link arm in cowl came off?

Yeah still working as of 1-30-2017. Apparently this is a not uncommon problem on various older cars. It would be nice if the ball joint bushing parts could be more standardized so new replacements that fit correctly aren't so difficult to find.
by Ace
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Plastic Connector/Coupling For Rear Wiper Linkage Arm?
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Plastic Connector/Coupling For Rear Wiper Linkage Arm?

I see this thread started years ago, but the problem is likely to be occurring more on these older cars. The bushing looks same or similar to what I had to repair on my Tercel front wipers.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8585&hilit=wiper+linkage+bushing
by Ace
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Wiper Linkage Assembly - How To Fix This?
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Wiper Linkage Assembly - How To Fix This?

I wonder how this turned out for the original poster. I went through the same problem a couple years ago and I see ARCHINSTL posted a link to my documented repair procedure. I wasn't able to find a new replacement part but I improvised an effective retainer for the old bushing, which has worked OK s...
by Ace
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Reluctant To Start Immediately
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Reluctant To Start Immediately

Petros, your comment about ethanol fuel blend reminds me that I switched to using mid-grade gasoline (with lower ethanol content?) in recent years as an experiment. It may have been another factor in making the car easier to start. I believe the higher grade gasoline produces better MPG sufficient t...
by Ace
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: factory gas mileage
Replies: 13
Views: 331

Re: factory gas mileage

I almost always average 30+ MPG with very conservative driving and mostly highway miles ('83 Tercel with manual transmission). When the car was newer I could consistently average 36 MPG on long trips. My MPG figures seem lower with the newer ethanol-mix fuels.
by Ace
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: My '84's Storied Past.....and Present!
Replies: 28
Views: 778

Re: My '84's Storied Past.....and Present!

A quarter million mile Terc might not even be halfway through its life yet! :D That's not a realistic expectation in the real world. Most Tercels are scrapped after 200,000+ miles, which is still good life for an econo-car. Mechanically competent people can keep them going longer but the economics ...
by Ace
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Reluctant To Start Immediately
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Reluctant To Start Immediately

I used to have a long-standing problem with my Tercel being hard to start if it was unused for a few days. It would start easily if it had been driven in just the last day or two. I wondered if the carburetor bowl was somehow draining down. I resigned myself to cranking it for a few seconds, waiting...

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