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by Ace
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wondering about different axle ratios on Tercels
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Wondering about different axle ratios on Tercels

I'm interested to hear comments about the different (factory) differential ratios on 4x4 Tercels and how it affected drive-ability and economy etc, especially from those people who have driven both versions. From the archives here: the '83-84 Tercel4wd with manual trans has 3.73:1 diff ratios front ...
by Ace
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Cars for sale
Topic: '85 Van AT on CL in SF, CA
Replies: 10
Views: 232

Re: '85 Van AT on CL in SF, CA

That's a nice clean practical van. Does anyone here have personal experience with those? Wondering about how they drive etc. I wonder if "new tubes" means new radiator and water hoses. Or exhaust pipes? That's odd lingo. I was looking to buy a van during an extended visit in Australia eight years ag...
by Ace
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: valve cover nut torque
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: valve cover nut torque

I tighten the valve cover nuts firmly by hand with a socket on a screwdriver-type handle. It's too easy to over-torque them with a wrench. The valve cover gaskets have to be replaced periodically because they eventually lose their elasticity for sealing. I don't like to put adhesive sealant on those...
by Ace
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Clutch pedal release sector
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: Clutch pedal release sector

After I bought my '83 Tercel in 1984, I remember having an issue with that plastic auto-adjuster sometimes slipping a tooth before it engaged positively. I adjusted the spring so the toothed sections made better contact and never had to deal with it again. Otherwise I suspect it would have been more...
by Ace
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: VIN Numbers on all the windows
Replies: 8
Views: 233

Re: VIN Numbers on all the windows

VIN etching is a theft deterrent. I hadn't heard of it before but some quick Google research brought up info like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIN_etching
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: 189

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: 309

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: 309

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 to my 1983 Tercel 4x...
by Ace
Wed May 17, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: severe vibration above 50 mph on acceleration
Replies: 37
Views: 954

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: 4
Views: 211

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: 2864

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 buy" t...
by Ace
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: 3rd / 4th gear woes
Replies: 18
Views: 352

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: 8329

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: 393

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: 141

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" Midas mu...