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by stefando
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Overheating saga..
Replies: 20
Views: 832

Re: Overheating saga..

Hey everyone, Update is that the temp sensor started working correctly after thorough cleaning of grounds in the back of the dash gauge unit. Car does not overheat- never over halfway unless climbing up our steep driveway in 4wd. The big thing of value I can share is that the head bolts really neede...
by stefando
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Tool Talk!
Topic: The perfect wrench for starters
Replies: 15
Views: 2732

Re: The perfect wrench for starters

and this starter looks like it's been in there a while. not to say they do not fail, but that the old used factor parts fail less often than the after market parts. Awesome- well I'll fix this one up then and have a quality backup! contacts and some brushes maybe. Contacts seem super worn and "seat...
by stefando
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Definitive List of Ways to Lift a Tercel 4wd
Replies: 48
Views: 7500

Re: The Definitive List of Ways to Lift a Tercel 4wd

I threw some monroes on the rear, ran air lines- everything in under an hour. Made a huge difference even with no spacers up front (fresh strut cartridges). I'd highly suggest this $60 mod for anyone who wants a reasonable rear lift without increasing tire size, the car just looks normal and level....
by stefando
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Gallery and Projects
Topic: Stock Suspension
Replies: 9
Views: 316

Re: Stock Suspension

I would advise against the lift on a daily driver unless you have a specific reason for needing it. that would be to clear larger tires, because you regularly drive on deep rutted/rocky roads and need the extra inch or two of clearance. Unless your suspension is in good operating condition you real...
by stefando
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Definitive List of Ways to Lift a Tercel 4wd
Replies: 48
Views: 7500

Re: The Definitive List of Ways to Lift a Tercel 4wd

I threw some monroes on the rear, ran air lines- everything in under an hour. Made a huge difference even with no spacers up front (fresh strut cartridges). I'd highly suggest this $60 mod for anyone who wants a reasonable rear lift without increasing tire size, the car just looks normal and level. ...
by stefando
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Tool Talk!
Topic: The perfect wrench for starters
Replies: 15
Views: 2732

Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Just got a set of these from my father in-law as a gift, he's an old time FJ mechanic and had way more money for tools than I've ever considered. They come in handy but I still like fixing everything on my car with my one trusty toolbox- part of the reason I love this car. I just threw the 10, 12 a...
by stefando
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Tool Talk!
Topic: The perfect wrench for starters
Replies: 15
Views: 2732

Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Thanks Petros, I find this car much more reasonable to work on than my previous cars (tdi, 318ti, subi) and it's rewarding to just eyeball a size and be right 90% of the time. I'll clean up the starter tomorrow- I thought it was probably a good call to grab it, everything else valuable on the car ha...
by stefando
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Parts: New and Used
Topic: Transmission 85 For sale
Replies: 9
Views: 222

Re: Transmission 85 For sale

Awesome, I thought about the potential for this car to hit the road again someday. It's an Oregon car, non SR5 with a bit of rust but nothing like the east coast. The PO says it drove okay but it would need a whole lot of work all around- Paint's peeling, interior is pretty trashed but the good thin...
by stefando
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Parts: New and Used
Topic: Transmission 85 For sale
Replies: 9
Views: 222

Re: Transmission 85 For sale

The motor was run without oil so they sold me the car for parts, the transmission and transaxle/ diff combo setup is all fine.
by stefando
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Parts: New and Used
Topic: Transmission 85 For sale
Replies: 9
Views: 222

Transmission 85 For sale

Hey everyone, I recently bought a parts car off a friend who drove it without oil (oof). I have an 83, so certain things are just not swappable but overall it was definitely worth the 100 dollars. The transmission shifts good, drained dark though (I heard wasn't there) and I want a backup but it's t...
by stefando
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Tool Talk!
Topic: The perfect wrench for starters
Replies: 15
Views: 2732

Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Just got a set of these from my father in-law as a gift, he's an old time FJ mechanic and had way more money for tools than I've ever considered. They come in handy but I still like fixing everything on my car with my one trusty toolbox- part of the reason I love this car. I just threw the 10, 12 an...
by stefando
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Overheating saga..
Replies: 20
Views: 832

Re: Overheating saga..

Sorry, I wasn't clear about that: I do not have an aftermarket temperature sensor installed. Since this erratic behavior of my stock sensor and gauge, I thought I would put in a dash mounted gauge and aftermarket sensor in the port where the OE one goes (to have a more accurate idea of what's actual...
by stefando
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Repair Guides
Topic: Brake Up-grades MR2 Parts Vented Rotors Corolla Spacer Figs
Replies: 110
Views: 20919

Re: Brake Up-grades MR2 Parts Vented Rotors Corolla Spacer Figs

This is an awesome writeup- so happy to know this is here when I finally upgrade my brakes next summer. Petros, thanks for all the effort you put into this and all of your tercel-ing, I've gotten to know this little car a lot more thanks to you. This is an extremely worth while endeavor, my wagon ha...
by stefando
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Tercel4wd.com merchandise?
Replies: 133
Views: 98686

Re: Tercel4wd.com merchandise?

T shirts left? Medium if you got 'em
by stefando
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Tercel 4WD Parts: New and Used
Topic: BRAND NEW MONROE MA700 AIR SHOCKS WITH ADAPTER
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: BRAND NEW MONROE MA700 AIR SHOCKS WITH ADAPTER

thanks Mattel, I didn't remove it but I noticed it could use a couple rubbers. Put those monroes on this afternoon in a couple hours, so happy with how it rides up the driveway- anything is better than trashed shocks I suppose but I realized the noises I was chasing all over the front end this past ...