info on the 4age for those contemplating a swap

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info on the 4age for those contemplating a swap

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'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)
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Re: info on the 4age for those contemplating a swap

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Great info! Gives me some food for thought on my grand schemes. I smell a 20V 4AGE, big brake kit, rear disc, suspension refresh and manual transmission swap in my future.
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Re: info on the 4age for those contemplating a swap

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eightyfive4WD wrote: Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:49 pm Great info! Gives me some food for thought on my grand schemes. I smell a 20V 4AGE, big brake kit, rear disc, suspension refresh and manual transmission swap in my future.
if you do not have a manual transmission now, why not find a T4wd with a bad engine and use that as your project 4age "Tercel4wd GTS" project car, rather than attempt that on a DLX with a working drive train now.

that way you will have a working car while to do a ground rebuild up on a rescued SR5.
'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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Re: info on the 4age for those contemplating a swap

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Petros wrote: Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:19 pm
eightyfive4WD wrote: Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:49 pm Great info! Gives me some food for thought on my grand schemes. I smell a 20V 4AGE, big brake kit, rear disc, suspension refresh and manual transmission swap in my future.
if you do not have a manual transmission now, why not find a T4wd with a bad engine and use that as your project 4age "Tercel4wd GTS" project car, rather than attempt that on a DLX with a working drive train now.

that way you will have a working car while to do a ground rebuild up on a rescued SR5.
That is also a good idea! The main issue I'd have with that at the moment is strictly a lack of space and time to dedicate to the project.
In reality it will be a while before I get to any engine swap plans. Maybe not years before brake & suspension upgrades, but I am at a critical point of my Engineering degree currently and time is quite a commodity. So at the moment, most changes I can make to the Tercel will be relatively low-cost and minimally fabricated.

In addition to this, the T4WD I recently acquired is in fantastic shape, and with only 52,000 miles on it. I'm certain I could eventually find another T4 in good shape, but I doubt it would be in a condition quite like the one I recently acquired.

For the moment, I plan to continue to do as many small tasks on my Tercel as I can chip away at while I finish my degree. Thorough detailing & leak inspections, electrical refreshing and overall making sure the Tercel is completely up-to-date on maintenance tasks.
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I am considering my time with this Tercel now as my "value building" time. I will get to the fun stuff eventually!
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