We have lost one of our own.

General discussion about our beloved Tercel 4WD cars
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Mad_Marx
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My tercel:: 1986DLX (K.I.A. by a Texting Driver, currently being uses as a parts car) 1986 SR5 AC, Cruise, Sunroof a.k.a. TERC II Electric Boogaloo (restoration in progress). 1984 SR5
Location: Boise, ID

Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by Mad_Marx » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:21 pm

Very sad to read this, I've been traveling and am just catching up. Tom will be missed, he was one of the first to trade messages with me here.

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by NWMO » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:11 pm

After a great weekend with the Rusty Frog and first long trip (with some off-roading to boot), I’ve found myself wishing I could have shared the experience with Tom. Tom was very well read, had a wonderful vocabulary and a penchant for poems. Though I only visited him once, he made a difference.

Tercels and Time

Functional, fit and capable,
With lines and angles unmistakable,

This little bird won’t fly fast,
But it was designed to work and to last,

Ready for the trail or road,
Simply get in and drive, it will go,

If not for the rust worm and passing years,
These little birds would still be found far and near,

Before cars were being self-driven by design,
This little car was built to drive and I’m thrilled it is mine.
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart"

In remembrance of my friend ARCHINSTL:

T4WD augury?
"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by terceldude » Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:54 am

Sorry to BUMP an old thread but since I didn't post on it yet, I just had to..

From the looks of the picture, Tom (whichever guy in the pic he was) looks like he was a nice guy. I had some political setbacks with him in how he responded to them but I surely know he was liberal and that satisfied me because he was open to a lot of things, almost anything.

If Tom could listen to me now, I would deeply apologize for our sometimes heated discussions I have had with him and deep down I deeply respected him and his work on this site.

I know he has contributed greatly in discussion threads and possibly even technical information on different ways to repair/modify our T4wds and I think if he has any sons, they will strive to continue his legacy whatever that may be. I will gauge that they shall keep his T4wd as well and that he will do whatever in his power to keep it running for a long period of time.

So long my fellow Librother! Long live your T4wd. May you find peace in Heaven amongst my Dad, Elvis Presley, Prince, David Bowie to mention a few..... :) :) :( :(
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Matt_M3
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My tercel:: 1986 Toyota Tercel 4WD "Goldie"

Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by Matt_M3 » Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:42 pm

Forum followers- this is Tom’s nephew posting and I spent last weekend I spent time in ‘Goldie’ and found a treasure trove of pictures of my uncle and receipts from years of modifications and maintenance. Although, I have warehouse space to store her I do not have enough time to drive and enjoy her. I have decided it is time to let her go. I have 70 years of car magazines from Uncle Tom, his 1952 GE fridge and more tools from his basement then you could imagine. I will always have a piece of him with me.

Does this forum have advice on marketing and selling his prized car this summer?

Thanks, Matt

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My tercel:: '84 Tercel4wd w/extensive mods
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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by Petros » Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:21 am

Hi Matt,

welcome to the forum! Happy to have you visit.

there is a for sale section in this forum you can list it in, where only Tercel4wd enthusiasts here will see it. also, there is kind of "sister" Face Book page for Tercel4wds that also lists cars for sale to Tercel4wd enthusiasts on FB, many are members of both forums.

There are many on here that know and remember Tom fondly, and perhaps some that would be very happy to purchase his Tercel4wd, he refereed to it as "Goldie". his many adventures, as well as trials and tribulations, with Goldie are well documented in the archives of this forum, both Tom and Goldie are legends here. he really made this forum and fun a lively place to visit daily to see what adventures were getting posted next. We often get new members looking for a good condition Tercel4wd to purchase, here and on the FB page, so these are good places to list it. For tercels in good condition they can fetch an excellent prices, so do not undervalue it.

glad to "meet" you, and good luck with finding a loving home for "Goldie", I am sure Tom would appreciate it very much.
'87 Tercel 4wd SR5 (current engine swap project)
'84 Tercel 4wd (daily driver, with on going mods)
'92 Mazda MPV 4wd (wife's daily driver)
'85 Tercel 4wd DLX auto(daughter's daily driver)
'01 Honda Civic (other daughter's daily driver)

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My tercel:: 1988 Corolla 4wd Wagon (AKA Corolla All-trac) 5speed, AC, Power Sunroof, Windows, Mirrors, Steering, Locking, Diff Lock, 14" Corolla SX Alloys with Silica Hankook Tyres, 4afe, King Springs, Upgraded Headlights, Full Synth oils, 210,000kms
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by Mattel » Fri Apr 24, 2020 4:49 am

Hi Matt,
On to top of what Petros mentioned. Thanks for getting in touch with us and offering it up for sale to the members. We miss Toms presence on this forum and his musings and valuable information are here for all to read.
I was always hoping to get to meet Tom when I get to the USA again. I chatted to him sometimes about bicycles and he had quite a depth of knowledge!. I'm not sure if you found in his Tercel parts some retractable seat belts? These are rear seatbelts from a wrecked Tercel 4wd from Australia that I sent over for him as they were mandatory over here(along with a tube of vegemite) they are very rare in the USA as they weren't fitted to your cars and he told me hadn't fitted them. They could be really useful to someone on here that carries passengers in their Tercel if you were to sell them separately to his car.
All the best. Matt
Previous: 83 Tercel SR5 4wd, 84 Tercel SR5 4wd
88 Corolla 4wd Wagon 5speed, All power options, Fact Sunroof, Diff Lock, 14" SX Alloys, Hankook Tyres, 4afe, King Springs, Upgraded Headlights, Full Synth oils, Tow Bar, 210,000kms

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by NWMO » Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:48 am

Matt,

Thank you very much for reaching out here, eleven months passes quickly and my vocabulary has stagnated. Tom was a gifted writer that made reading a joy, even reading simple posts about these quirky cars. There is one fellow I’m trying to help find a Tercel for, but Goldie might be too nice and/or out if his price range. He has owned one before and misses his old Tercel.

Chris
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart"

In remembrance of my friend ARCHINSTL:

T4WD augury?
"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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Re: We have lost one of our own.

Post by NWMO » Mon May 25, 2020 9:32 pm

The first anniversary of Tom’s passing has fallen on Memorial day. Thank you first to those that have sacrificed by serving and/or supporting our armed services; particularly to those who never made it home and those who did make it home, but left a piece of themselves on the battlefield. Freedom isn’t free.

With this gift of freedom, I got to meet Tom Maher and I remember him today as well. He loved these cars and was a wonderful friend and member here on the forum. Let’s not waste our gift of freedom on divisiveness, but search out shared interests and make an effort to be friendly one to another.

Chris
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart"

In remembrance of my friend ARCHINSTL:

T4WD augury?
"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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