What have you done to your wagon lately?

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:29 pm

This is a first for me! I've never broken an axle like this before. I'm just lucky that I am able to get the last one in the city.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by Petros » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:21 pm

seen it before, not sure why, perhaps defective mfg. process for after market parts? leaves a sharp stress riser cut in the threads that eventfully fatigue cracks and fails.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by seantp » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:37 am

Head gasket replacement, spark plugs, wires and rotor, drums and brake cylinder, a caliper and front brake hoses, axle and rear transmission gasket, replaced interior and speedometer and undercoating. Lots of love for my 83!

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by seantp » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:38 am

Oh, and a one inch lift with a spacer on the front and MA700s on the rear.

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by seantp » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:57 pm

Repainted the lettering on my shift knob.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by Petros » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:02 pm

nice job! I have been considering doing that with mine as well.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Sun May 27, 2018 6:42 pm

Just got done pre wiring the car for a central locking system. Took me quite awhile but all looks and works well. Just waiting on the door lock controller to arrive this week and I'll have that sweet keyless entry.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by Petros » Sun May 27, 2018 8:53 pm

That is kind of cool.

you are going to a lot of trouble to try and "modernize" an old econo box. though I have to say I do enjoy the convenience of the auto locks with all of our newer cars. It is just they do require a lot more repairs/replacement than the old reliable and simple manual door locks on the Tercel. Mine all still work after 35 years and 400k miles.

On one or the other, or all of them, of our other cars, it seems there is always something to repair or replace on the auto lock or electric windows. so much so I just want to live with a non-operating window or just having to use the key to open the door. My wife's Lexus needs the auto lock servos replaced, they still work but unreliablely, my wife complains that she sometimes leaves the car unlocked because it. I find if I just double or tripple tape the auto lock they all will lock. Our extra civic (inherited from my mother in law when she lost her licence because she could not pass the eye test), the auto lock fob needs new batteries (I assume), so I just use the key lock. one of the electric windows on the honda will not open either, not a big deal but I hate to pull the door apart to track down the problem. both of these cars are half as old as my Tercel, and have about one fourth the miles on them.

While you are at it, there are aftermarket power window kits you can retrofit into your car. I think Amazon sells them.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:47 pm

I think it's boredom more than anything for me. I have nothing else to add to the car so I just browse around until I find something I like. The system is really basic and the parts are ridiculously cheap, so if something were to go wrong, it wouldn't cost much to replace anything. I think everything cost me 40 dollars about, for all 4 actuators and the comouter to control everything.

The only thing I do not like is that it isn't like the newer locking systems. Whereas you press unlock once and only the driver side door unlocks. If you press it once either lock or unlock, they all function at the same time. I guess I could get used to that. Once I get my AC back up and running again, I think I will have to try out the power window kit. Looks very tempting. Haha.

Again, out of boredom today, I decided to add plugs to all the doors, just in case if I ever want to pull the door off, which I will be doing tomorrow anyhow. Going a different route with the paint.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:15 pm

It's time to get serious this weekend. :)
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:55 pm

https://youtu.be/xcXnpAX2rEc

Just have to finish the rear windows someday. Haha.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by LowBuckCanuck » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:20 pm

I discovered my car's breaks are mushy as dog **** and feel warped so $90 later on rock auto and I have 2 rotors, pads, and brake shoes in the mail. Can't wait to install!

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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by Petros » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:37 pm

did you go with the brake up grade? you should consider getting the vented rotors, and larger calipers as I outlined in my thread on the topic. parts cost are only a bit higher but the up grade greatly improves stopping power and warp resistance.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by BaileySims » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:20 am

I acquired a hatch from an 86 auto 4wd dlx last weekend. Feels good to have my rear wiper back in action, as well as the third brake light for a bonus.
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Re: What have you done to your wagon lately?

Post by The Professor » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:35 am

I replaced the failed OEM rear speakers with new 5 1/4 in. Kenwoods. Finally the stereo sounds decent!
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