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by keith
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Cars for sale
Topic: 1983 Tercel 4WD wagon for sale. Louisiana
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: 1983 Tercel 4WD wagon for sale. Louisiana

The front oil seal leak is a chronic problem on this model and easy to fix. I use a breaker bar with the right size socket on the front pulley bolt, wedge the breaker bar handle in the frame and hit the starter momentarily. The bolt comes off easy. An impact wrench also works. Remove the pulley and ...
by keith
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: solar panel battery charging?
Replies: 7
Views: 273

Re: solar panel battery charging?

It will hold heat better than you might think. I would have recommended that you treat the 2x4's with a sodium borate solution like Timbor or Boracare before putting on the Tyvec. It is pretty harmless to humans but it resists most bugs and stops most wood decay. Because it is water soluable, you st...
by keith
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Cars for sale
Topic: Bryan's find SOLD on L.A. CL!
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Re: Bryan's find SOLD on L.A. CL!

I'm guessing that the estate sold it for $3k, the buyer made quite a bit of profit.
by keith
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: rad fan staying on after engine shut off, even in cold weather
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: rad fan staying on after engine shut off, even in cold weather

In most vehicle today, if the fan is running when you shut down the engine, it will continue to run for about 10 minutes. It's based on a timer and not temperature. If the fan is coming on after shutdown, then either the coolant temp sensor is going bad or you actually have an overheating issue and ...
by keith
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2001 +/- GM V6 4.3 Coolant Leaks
Replies: 11
Views: 791

Re: 2001 +/- GM V6 4.3 Coolant Leaks

splatterdog, your link has a major issue. It doesn't say whether it used the Subaru conditioner or some aftermarket stop leak. It also does not say when it was added or how much. The Subaru conditioner is a liquid that remains liquid until it exceed some high temperature, 1800F if I recall correctly...
by keith
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2001 +/- GM V6 4.3 Coolant Leaks
Replies: 11
Views: 791

Re: 2001 +/- GM V6 4.3 Coolant Leaks

The water pumps on all truck V-6 and V-8 engines of this era are prone to leaking. The GM 3.8 engine has a history of leaking intake manifolds because half of the manifold is plastic. I've heard that its the gaskets themselves and I've heard that the plastic half is known to crack. Have not heard of...
by keith
Sat May 19, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: FWD 4 speed to 5 speed conversion question
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: FWD 4 speed to 5 speed conversion question

I wouldn't make the conversion. It was during this period, late 70's through the early 90's that a few cars had both a 4-speed and a 5-speed version. In most cases, the fifth gears was in a separate housing as is the case with these transmissions. The gear ratios of 1-4 do NOT match between the 4-sp...
by keith
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Cars for sale
Topic: 1987 Tercel SR5 4x4 Wagon for sale
Replies: 9
Views: 954

Re: 1986 Tercel SR5 4x4 Wagon for sale

I bought a 71 Maverick once that had one of those RV vents in the roof. As I drove it home, another driver gawking at it hit another car. I removed it.
by keith
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: I can't believe it didn't make the list.
Replies: 2
Views: 538

I can't believe it didn't make the list.

Two of the contributors at Road and Track listed the 13 quirkiest cars ever made. I can think of at least a dozen cars that are as quirky or quirkier than most of the 13 on the list. OK there is one really quirky one but it was never a production car. The Tercel 4WD wagon was not on the list, nor we...
by keith
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Cars for sale
Topic: 1988 Toyota Tercel SR5 4wd 190k
Replies: 6
Views: 1081

Re: 1988 Toyota Tercel SR5 4wd 190k

I don't know, I converted ours over and it worked just fine.
by keith
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Tercel standard
Replies: 40
Views: 3737

Re: The Tercel standard

The 57 Vette had an optional FI 283 cu in, 283 HP engine. Very rare as it was hard to keep it in tune.
by keith
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Tercel standard
Replies: 40
Views: 3737

Re: The Tercel standard

"For many years all of the Japanese cars and many of the European cars had cast iron blocks, and aluminum heads with no head gasket problems," I beg to differ, they had a lot of head gasket issues. They used a softer alloy of aluminum then. I have a theory about the Vega. I've seen a few that went 1...
by keith
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Tercel standard
Replies: 40
Views: 3737

Re: The Tercel standard

Almost all Aluminum engines are made from the 319 alloy. The Vega engine problems weren't from the alloy, it was a design issue. But in GM's defense, it was the first use of this alloy and a lot was learned from it. Later engines benefited from it. I think Mercedes was next to use the alloy and didn...
by keith
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Tercel standard
Replies: 40
Views: 3737

Re: The Tercel standard

It also gave me a chance to redesigned the water jacket to improve coolant flow around the combustion chambers. So we showed them a new factory head, and our almost identical head made of better alloy, which externally looked identical (kind of hard to inspect the internal water jacket). Which allo...
by keith
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Tercel standard
Replies: 40
Views: 3737

Re: The Tercel standard

I just had too replace all the brake lines on my 2007 Silverado. Now I know why mechanics charge thousands to do that job. You have to drop the gas tank and lift the body about 4" off the frame on the drivers side.