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by Ace
Fri May 19, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2 free lada niva 4x4's in the kootenays
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: 2 free lada niva 4x4's in the kootenays

Russian built SUV's in Canada? Interesting. Apparently they became somewhat popular in Europe but it surprises me they made it to North America.
by Ace
Fri May 19, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inquiry from the blue: "Want to sell your Tercel?"
Replies: 13
Views: 149

Re: Inquiry from the blue: "Want to sell your Tercel?"

I used to sometimes talk to other Tercel drivers if I happened to be next to them in a parking lot with my Tercel. I would typically ask them how they liked the car and if they had had any major problems with it. My car is still relatively low mileage for the age so I wonder what kinds of problems t...
by Ace
Wed May 17, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inquiry from the blue: "Want to sell your Tercel?"
Replies: 13
Views: 149

Inquiry from the blue: "Want to sell your Tercel?"

Today, a guy knocks on my door, wearing a ball cap and with a few front teeth missing. "Hi, how are you!" My first thought is that he's another unwanted door-to-door salesman, and I just glare at him waiting to see what he will say next. "Do you want to sell your car?" Referring ...
by Ace
Wed May 17, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: severe vibration above 50 mph on acceleration
Replies: 29
Views: 678

Re: severe vibration above 50 mph on acceleration

This is a shot in the dark, but you might take another look at your engine mounts. You said you replaced a bad mount a while back. Maybe another mount is bad or failing, or the replacement mount too soft, and vibrates only under hard acceleration at speed. When you had the exhaust pipe incident, may...
by Ace
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Canadian Tercel With Wooden Rear Suspension!
Replies: 3
Views: 141

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: 2742

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: 18
Views: 248

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: 7662

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: 16
Views: 283

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: 109

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: 252

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: 719

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: 1515

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: 675

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: 148

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...

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