1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post about yourself, your car, or your projects in here, share pictures of your car, or post trip threads!
Post Reply
User avatar
Mattel
Highest Ranking Member
Posts: 1294
Joined: Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:11 am
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: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by Mattel » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:45 pm

Bryan, Have you seen the liftback version of your sedan in series 2 of stranger things?

Image
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

User avatar
bryanthompson
Top Notch Member
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:38 pm
My tercel:: 1983 4WD SR5 Wagon : "The Brochure Car"
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Contact:

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by bryanthompson » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:01 am

Indeed! That car belongs to a friend of mine, and my sedan was used to shoot some of the interior shots!

User avatar
Mattel
Highest Ranking Member
Posts: 1294
Joined: Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:11 am
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: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by Mattel » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:48 am

Ha! brilliant. I've also got my Corolla Alltrac registered with a Melbourne Car Wrangler. BTW our car industry in Australia has now finished making cars here. Its quite devestating to the manufacturing although there will be some engineering and design presence still.
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

User avatar
ARCHINSTL
Highest Ranking Member
Posts: 6067
Joined: Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:52 pm
My tercel:: Goldie is a 1986 SR5 attualmente con Weber/also owned the first T4WD in STL in late '82
Location: Kirkwood, a 'burb of St. Louis

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by ARCHINSTL » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:34 am

Mattel wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:48 am
Ha! brilliant. I've also got my Corolla Alltrac registered with a Melbourne Car Wrangler. BTW our car industry in Australia has now finished making cars here. Its quite devestating to the manufacturing although there will be some engineering and design presence still.
Hemmings had a story last month on the closure: https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2017/10/1 ... ge-museum/
Story from Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hold ... SKBN1CP0JB

With Toy and Ford shutting down last year as well - how many thousands of jobs were lost bwtween the three? Plus, I guess, all Holden dealers eventually shuttering?

OT to Mattel's post, but...after my '83 T4WD died in late 1985 (Thanks, Li' Sis!), I looked at the 5-door Camry and the 5-door 626. I wanted the hatch because the youngest daughter was still racing bicycles around the Midwest and I could eliminate the T4WD's o/s rack. The 626 eventually won, because a lot of aero add-ons were available.
Tom M.
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

User avatar
bryanthompson
Top Notch Member
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:38 pm
My tercel:: 1983 4WD SR5 Wagon : "The Brochure Car"
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Contact:

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by bryanthompson » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:09 pm

F72211A9-A1CB-4706-8B61-4FC6D96A955C.jpeg
FB39B346-6D3A-4B23-A434-908B5CEA9B9F.jpeg



Getting so close. Today was final surfacing sign-off for paint. The workmanship is quite lovely. I did have to send it back to address a missing micro fillet behind the rear door. This poor car has been through so much that they lost the fillet that leads from the door to the C Pillar and, while it’s a small detail, it would have a massive visual effect if its kit corrected.

But they were happy to make the adjustment. See photos for better description.

FA287CA6-ACA3-4581-B737-A5A84988CB54.jpeg
24163179-C003-4622-82EA-10C0234E08F3.jpeg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
splatterdog
Highest Ranking Member
Posts: 1254
Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:26 am
Location: Minnesota, USA

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by splatterdog » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:13 pm

Nice catch, especially before paint. Definitely needed correction. Too bad they didn't compare with the good side first.

Nothing personal, but keep your 2 babies far away from the rust belt for all future winters please. :)

User avatar
bryanthompson
Top Notch Member
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:38 pm
My tercel:: 1983 4WD SR5 Wagon : "The Brochure Car"
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Contact:

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by bryanthompson » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:04 pm

8A1609D1-3A2A-4535-9073-BD31E7E61E62.jpeg
4C862F07-3C4B-4DFE-979C-539BD3213369.jpeg
4083696B-D20A-4218-8637-51DE29FC8731.jpeg
Such a nice match. The silver on these cars had a super fine metallic grain which was innovative in the eighties. They got it perfectly.

And, YAY fillet!!
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
bryanthompson
Top Notch Member
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:38 pm
My tercel:: 1983 4WD SR5 Wagon : "The Brochure Car"
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Contact:

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by bryanthompson » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:05 pm

We discovered an issue today where the driver side rear door will never quite align perfectly because of the accident back in 1986. But it’s not major and I think it’s okay; part of the car’s unique personality.

To correct it by another 5mm would mean cutting the car almost in half, so I think retaining the quirk can out way the time and cost of that!
127021F9-97D8-48DD-955F-0AB1CB27B593.jpeg
A4BFCC60-DC5E-4D20-85DC-1D1682216315.jpeg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Rednecklawrence
Advanced Member
Posts: 72
Joined: Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:52 pm
My tercel:: 1985 Wrecked Green SR5, 1985 Gold Rotten SR5, 1984 Cut-Up SR5. none of which are road legal... 2007 Subaru Outback AWD 5 speed

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by Rednecklawrence » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:16 pm

This project makes me happy. Can I do one too? :lol:

User avatar
Petros
Highest Ranking Member
Posts: 9719
Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:31 pm
My tercel:: '84 Tercel4wd w/extensive mods
Location: Arlington WA USA

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by Petros » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:35 am

perhaps you can shim the hing mount to fix it? May also take relocating the part of the lock on the door jamb side.
'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)

User avatar
bryanthompson
Top Notch Member
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:38 pm
My tercel:: 1983 4WD SR5 Wagon : "The Brochure Car"
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Contact:

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by bryanthompson » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:03 pm

Petros wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:35 am
perhaps you can shim the hing mount to fix it? May also take relocating the part of the lock on the door jamb side.
Correct! I think that’s how they’re getting it as close as possible. Fortunately, those window surrounds are going to be black.

User avatar
bryanthompson
Top Notch Member
Posts: 218
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:38 pm
My tercel:: 1983 4WD SR5 Wagon : "The Brochure Car"
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Contact:

Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by bryanthompson » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:49 am

Paint is happening!!

Door jambs complete.
IMG_0718.PNG
IMG_0719.PNG
IMG_0720.PNG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

Post Reply