Saved Another One From The Crasher

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My tercel:: 1983, DLX 4wd wagon with 4.1 manual gearbox, tow bar). Manual steering. 313,000 kms. Tercel 4WD SR5, 1987, 500,000kms. Other car - 2003 Rav4, AWD, 2l manual, Peugeot 407 Diesel (93,000 miles) in Ireland for use when on holiday there.
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Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Jonymoto » Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:34 pm

Bought this 1987 T4 SR5 on ebay for $190 Aussie. PO had it for 25 years and was driving it until 3 weeks ago when it developed a bad noise from the engine. So he decided to sell the whole car for parts and said it had very bad issues. He said the gearbox was good and that's what I primarily wanted it for. It's done just over 500,000 kms. I took it home on a car trailer. Gave it a good clean in the engine bay and outside. As soon as I started it I had an idea what was wrong with it. Removing the aternator belt confirmed a lot of play in the water pump and noise disappeared after I started the engine without the belt. It also has a small crack in the windscreen and a faint noise from the gearbox which disappears when the clutch pedal is depressed. I guess on of the bearings is starting to wear out. I haven't been able to drive it on the road yet as it has been de-registered. I'll sneak out one night after I've fixed the water pump.
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My tercel:: 1983, DLX 4wd wagon with 4.1 manual gearbox, tow bar). Manual steering. 313,000 kms. Tercel 4WD SR5, 1987, 500,000kms. Other car - 2003 Rav4, AWD, 2l manual, Peugeot 407 Diesel (93,000 miles) in Ireland for use when on holiday there.
Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Post by Jonymoto » Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:36 pm

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My tercel:: 1983, DLX 4wd wagon with 4.1 manual gearbox, tow bar). Manual steering. 313,000 kms. Tercel 4WD SR5, 1987, 500,000kms. Other car - 2003 Rav4, AWD, 2l manual, Peugeot 407 Diesel (93,000 miles) in Ireland for use when on holiday there.
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Jonymoto » Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:44 pm

One from the front
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Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by rer233 » Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:47 pm

Wow, good for you- what a score! Sure wish I could find something like that here in the US mid-atlantic rust belt. Be sure to check the tranny oil level (noise sounds like an input shaft or cluster shaft bearing to me.)
if it aint there, there's a good chance it won't break!
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85 SR5 Blue
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My tercel:: 1983, DLX 4wd wagon with 4.1 manual gearbox, tow bar). Manual steering. 313,000 kms. Tercel 4WD SR5, 1987, 500,000kms. Other car - 2003 Rav4, AWD, 2l manual, Peugeot 407 Diesel (93,000 miles) in Ireland for use when on holiday there.
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Jonymoto » Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:56 pm

As you can see it is rust free, even underneath. I feel like I've stolen it at that price. I did a compression test on all the cylinders at the weekend with the engine cold. I don't want to do it hot until I've fixed the pump. They range from 165psi to 185psi.
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Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Gottolovem » Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:46 pm

:oldgeek: Wow what a deal love the euro bumpers

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My tercel:: 1983, DLX 4wd wagon with 4.1 manual gearbox, tow bar). Manual steering. 313,000 kms. Tercel 4WD SR5, 1987, 500,000kms. Other car - 2003 Rav4, AWD, 2l manual, Peugeot 407 Diesel (93,000 miles) in Ireland for use when on holiday there.
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Jonymoto » Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:53 pm

I guess if I had not bought it, it would have gone to the wrecker as I was the only bidder. Most likely the wrecker would've crashed it as there's not a big demand for Tercel parts in Australia.
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Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Gottolovem » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:13 am

I have another idea send it to San Francisco. :oldgeek:

Tell me when i need to be their to pick it up :mrgreen:

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My tercel:: 1983, DLX 4wd wagon with 4.1 manual gearbox, tow bar). Manual steering. 313,000 kms. Tercel 4WD SR5, 1987, 500,000kms. Other car - 2003 Rav4, AWD, 2l manual, Peugeot 407 Diesel (93,000 miles) in Ireland for use when on holiday there.
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Jonymoto » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:47 am

Unfortunately it's right hand. Drive .
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Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Gottolovem » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:07 pm

Jonymoto wrote:Unfortunately it's right hand. Drive .
Even better :mrgreen: :oldgeek:

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Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Petros » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:15 pm

great save. do a trans flush with ATF/gear oil mix, and put in regular gear lube to the proper level the trans noise will reduce or go away.

I have often run across very decent looking rust free tercel4wd in wrecking yards that just needed a clutch or a head gasket, likely some mechnic told them it would cost more than it was worth so they sold it to the wrecking yard. it is such a shame, a good running clean one will sell for $3000-3500 around here, well worth fixing. I blame the idiot mechanic that either did not know what he was talking about, or just did not want to work on a car older than they are.
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My tercel:: 1983, DLX 4wd wagon with 4.1 manual gearbox, tow bar). Manual steering. 313,000 kms. Tercel 4WD SR5, 1987, 500,000kms. Other car - 2003 Rav4, AWD, 2l manual, Peugeot 407 Diesel (93,000 miles) in Ireland for use when on holiday there.
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Jonymoto » Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:04 am

Thanks guys. I will replace the water pump this weekend and follow your suggestion Petros regarding the gear oil change.
As an aside has anybody thought of or converted a Tercel to all electric? Just something that crossed my mind as a project. Probably will be too expensive I guess.
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Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Mattel » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:07 am

Hi Jony, thats a great score! wow how is the paint on it? is it in good condition too? looks like one I saw on the side of the road in Ormond a year ago. you should enter it in the classic toyota event on soon in Melbourne! That bearing could be the throw out bearing in the clutch. worth doing both at the same time if you get around to it!
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Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by Gottolovem » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:51 am

Jonymoto wrote: As an aside has anybody thought of or converted a Tercel to all electric? Just something that crossed my mind as a project. Probably will be too expensive I guess.
I know a little about electric vehicle's and the tercel has to much weight to it. Your better off with the 2wd version :oldgeek:

Even a 2wd isn't a great choice when it comes to weight.

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Re: Saved Another One From The Crasher

Post by helipilot77 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:19 pm

I actually considered converting a T4 to electric drive. I don't yet have the shop needed to take on such a project but Totalled out Nissan Leafs can be had very cheaply. You could gut the drive components out of it and build battery pack for it. In the end you could end up with a quick little classic car.
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