Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

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Mattel
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Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

Post by Mattel » Sun May 17, 2020 12:23 am

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/05/12/jun ... ion-wagon/ Still has an amazing interior despite all the bondo and rust.
Previous: 83 Tercel SR5 4wd, 84 Tercel SR5 4wd
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Re: Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

Post by AugustusFerdinand » Mon May 18, 2020 12:44 pm

Only 123k on the clock and by the look of everything but the body likely mechanically sound. As an 83 owner I want pretty much everything from the transmission back, but the quote about it being photographed last winter tells me it's all gone.

Not that I'm in the area anyway...
1983 Toyota Tercel SR5 - 7AGE swap in progress

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Re: Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

Post by MrWrench » Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:17 pm

I happened to meet Murilee on a Lemons Rally a few weeks back. He was a very nice guy and told me his love for these old cars. He sent me the Clinometer he wrote about in the article listed below.

https://www.autoweek.com/car-life/diy/a ... linometer/
1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 winter driver rescue
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1986 Toyota Tercel SR5. - Recent wagon rescue/project.
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Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

Post by Mattel » Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:36 am

MrWrench wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:17 pm
I happened to meet Murilee on a Lemons Rally a few weeks back. He was a very nice guy and told me his love for these old cars. He sent me the Clinometer he wrote about in the article listed below.

https://www.autoweek.com/car-life/diy/a ... linometer/
I'm a big fan of his work and have read a lot of his stuff since his Jalopnik 'down on the street' days and often post his articles on here as he has owned a few of these cars. he a real interest in underdog cars as well as some of the more strange exotic stuff. I'm glad you met him!
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: Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

Post by splatterdog » Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:33 am

That's some amatuer level rust. Check this out
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Heroic measures were put in place. Yeah, a lot of work but this free parts car has been running great for 10 years or so. I might have to cut this back out at some point and save it for later, it's 304 stainless.
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Re: Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

Post by dlb » Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:42 am

Maaaaaan. How are the rest of the crucial components on that car, SD? Sway bar ends, where the lateral control rod mounts to the frame, the frame itself, etc -- did you have to do similar work in those areas too? Looks fantastic now though, awesome work.

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Re: Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

Post by splatterdog » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:23 am

Bar ends were good when I put urethane in. Visible frame channel pictured was tested with stabs from a sharp screwdriver and always being lifted on a hoist from that spot. Front control arm areas where I've seen the worst rusting are surprisingly rust free as is the rear lateral arm point. The primary reason the ice fishing conversion happened was I needed something to shore up the rear lower trailing arm areas. The fishing holes are structural members with a full length frame rail added to the backside of what's left of the rockers. Car still felt rigid before repairs commenced other than 2 winter ago I had snow kicking my heels. I had powered through at least 3 feet of hard packed snow on a plowed lake road that drifted in since the weekend before. Should have made my own path, like on the way out. Always amazed at the belly dragging capability of these cars!

Thanks for the compliment on my hillbilly engineering dlb.

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Re: Autoblog.com Super Rusty T4wd find

Post by Erikwi » Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:02 pm

as mine was a minnesota car im amazed how much rust these get.
mine was nothing like that. spotless floors.

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