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by Mark
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: New Drive axles , not remanufactured
Replies: 5
Views: 32

Re: New Drive axles , not remanufactured

I don't think Toyota has made OEM drive axles for decades. What problems have you had with the "shit" re-manufactured ones? Petros, your problem seemed pretty obvious and it seems crazy that that would pass any kind of quality control. Every drive axle I've had has been re-manufactured and I haven't...
by Mark
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Finnegan the Space Donkey
Replies: 3
Views: 21

Re: Finnegan the Space Donkey

When you really break it down, what more do you really need. Our ancestors for tens of thousands of years probably lived in less (their huts didn't move at highway speeds).
by Mark
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: 1981 Tercel Hatch
Replies: 33
Views: 659

Re: 1981 Tercel Hatch

I just took the ferry to the mainland and spent the day in Vancouver, Canada visiting my sister. Vancouver has had crazy money flooding in over the last few years and it's full of supercars driving around. I was driving my 1st gen '81 Tercel and I had more head turns and looks than all the overprice...
by Mark
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: 1981 Tercel Hatch
Replies: 33
Views: 659

Re: 1981 Tercel Hatch

You have the best collection of vehicles. Way better than Jay Leno!
Seriously.
by Mark
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Ignition problem
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: Ignition problem

I think it's the ignition switch in the steering column. Looking at the wiring diagram, in the start position, both the starter circuit and the ignition circuit should be getting power, when you release the key to the ignition position, only the ignition circuit is getting power. It sounds like in t...
by Mark
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Installing trailer hitch
Replies: 64
Views: 2285

Re: Installing trailer hitch

One thing I noticed that I never knew before is that behind the rubber cover, there's a thick block of some kind of foam or something. I'm guessing it's for absorbing the impact from a crash. I've been rear-ended a couple of times at low speeds while stopped at traffic lights. I wonder that if this ...
by Mark
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Installing trailer hitch
Replies: 64
Views: 2285

Re: Installing trailer hitch

I was a bit worried about the extra weight of the new piece of steel, but I stood on a scale and weighed them and the new piece of tubular steel only weighs 11 lbs extra compared to the old metal part of the bumper that it is replacing. I guess an extra 10 lbs or so won't really make a difference.
by Mark
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Installing trailer hitch
Replies: 64
Views: 2285

Re: Installing trailer hitch

I removed the metal part out of the bumper today and I got a length of steel rectangular tubing (4"X 2") to try and replace it with. I also removed the parts of the bumper that bolt into the wagon body. I did a bit of cutting, but I mostly tore them off by hand by wiggling them back and forth. The n...
by Mark
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Installing trailer hitch
Replies: 64
Views: 2285

Re: Installing trailer hitch

So an update with my trailer hitch saga... Lately when towing my small trailer with a 10' zodiac on it (in total, probably less than 500 lbs), I've noticed an occasional popping and or creaking noise coming from somewhere around the bumper or trailer when driving. Here's what I was towing: IMG_0489....
by Mark
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Rust around licence plate bolts.
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Rust around licence plate bolts.

The reason I took off the back panel and found the rust holes was because I was wire-wheeling/rust converting/chip-guard painting the bottom edge of the hatch just like you were in that link Archinstl. You can see the black strip along the bottom edge in some of the photos. All those holes under the...
by Mark
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Rust around licence plate bolts.
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Rust around licence plate bolts.

I took the inner plastic cover off from the wagon hatch a couple of days ago and found big rust holes around where the licence plate bolts screw in. This picture is from the outside after removing the outer plastic ATM trim: IMG_5132.JPG IMG_5133.JPG I cut away most of the rusted area and brushed th...
by Mark
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: bad CV joint or something else?
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: bad CV joint or something else?

I've had a cv joint go bad and knock in turns when the boot was still good and I didn't feel much play. I think water can get into the boots and dilute the grease. I opened a boot up once and the grease flowed out like black liquid, even though it was cold. It was diluted in an emulsification with w...
by Mark
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Repair Questions
Topic: Carb. choke breaker question
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: Carb. choke breaker question

It's a restriction that creates a delay of maybe 1 second in the vacuum being applied to the choke breaker diaphragm. This allows the choke to be fully closed for about 1 second, allowing a rich mixture for starting. To be honest, I don't know if it would be that big of a deal if it wasn't there at ...
by Mark
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: 1981 Tercel Hatch
Replies: 33
Views: 659

Re: 1981 Tercel Hatch

And the fuel canister should be there but probably needs clean. Mine has the charcoal canister, but it's only for fuel vapour from the fuel tank. The line from the carb bowl wasn't put in until the second gens (up here anyways). It sounds like in the US, the 1st gen was more advanced (pretty much i...
by Mark
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: 1981 Tercel Hatch
Replies: 33
Views: 659

Re: 1981 Tercel Hatch

Regarding the smell of unburnt fuel, here are some differences between my 1st gen '81 and my second gen '84 4wd wagon that might account for that: The '81: - Has no catalytic converter so when it's cold in the morning there is some fuel vapour in the exhaust. In California, it probably doesn't get c...