Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

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Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by helipilot77 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:44 pm

Went to my storage unit and saw this gem parked off to the side. These were a somewhat unsuccessful first attempt at a lightweight 4wd wagon. I remember seeing them around. They were first offered in 1979.

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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by Abra-Cadaver » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:01 am

THAT, my good sir, is not only an AMC Eagle... but that is a Kammback model, which is the rarest of those models. I almost bought one a couple months ago that was a 5 speed manual, extra rare. All my money was going into my tercel4wd at the time, otherwise I would have scooped it up.

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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by splatterdog » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:22 am

Junk, junk, junk! These were still around when I started wrenching and I worked on quite a few. Only worked on one T4 ever back then. Fortunately, other than "wagon" and "4wd" they share nothing in common. In typical Jeep fashion they would rust out even with all the oil leaking everywhere. Look at the spots, was the car rolled back for the photo. haha

AMC stood for either Aint My Car or American Made Crap..

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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by helipilot77 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:48 am

It actually had been parked there for some time. There may be a reason for it sitting in storage.
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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by Abra-Cadaver » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:37 pm

splatterdog wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:22 am
Junk, junk, junk! These were still around when I started wrenching and I worked on quite a few. Only worked on one T4 ever back then. Fortunately, other than "wagon" and "4wd" they share nothing in common. In typical Jeep fashion they would rust out even with all the oil leaking everywhere. Look at the spots, was the car rolled back for the photo. haha

AMC stood for either Aint My Car or American Made Crap..
x2 on the Jeep hate :lol:

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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by Ace » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:37 pm

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 driving too fast for the conditions, but no damage. It drove OK and was reasonably comfortable but I can't attest to long-term reliability. I liked the looks and the taller 4x4 stance but the fuel mileage was disappointing, only about 17mpg, which killed my possible interest in having one myself. As I recall it had a standard 258CID straight-six engine and auto trans. Haven't seen one on the road for a long time now.

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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by marlinh » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:47 am

A closer look at your roof racks please. Did you make them yourself?

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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by helipilot77 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:36 pm

marlinh wrote:
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:47 am
A closer look at your roof racks please. Did you make them yourself?
Yeah, I made it myself. I wasn't sure how it would turn out when it was just an idea in my head but I've gotten several compliments on it, and it has proven to be very useful. I'll try to dig up some photos of it for you. I had one on my build thread but haven't fully switched over to Imgur from photobucket. It uses some Yakima rack towers that came with the car.
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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by marlinh » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:49 pm

They look great! How are they attached to the towers?

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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by helipilot77 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:31 pm

With a carriage bolt

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Re: Genesis of the Tercel 4wd found!

Post by marlinh » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:40 pm

Cool, thanks for sharing.

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