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by Ace
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wondering about different axle ratios on Tercels
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: Wondering about different axle ratios on Tercels

Since my older 1983 Tercel has the taller 3.73 final drive ratio, I'm thinking it's not a good candidate to try taller tires. I've always gone with the standard size 155/80R-13 tires and I guess I'll stay with them.
by Ace
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Engine noise
Replies: 12
Views: 208

Re: Engine noise

I used to have a 'tick' in my Tercel motor which had me concerned until I decided it was the fuel pump. The fuel pump runs off the camshaft so it's a slower rate of 'tick' than other engine faults. Eventually I had to change the fuel pump when it developed a fuel leak and I haven't had the noise sin...
by Ace
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!
Replies: 10
Views: 212

Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

In 1980-81 I drove a newer AMC Eagle for a few hundred miles, borrowed out of the company motor pool. I tried it out in some sand dunes near North Platte and got it stuck but dug it out myself. Another time I drove it across Nebraska when I-80 had bunches of snow, got over-confident and spun out dri...
by Ace
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Wondering about different axle ratios on Tercels
Replies: 5
Views: 169

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: 314

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: 138

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: 317

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: 296

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: 275

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: 423

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: 423

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: 1187

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: 267

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: 2962

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: 402

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...