Another rescued T4WD

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MrWrench
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My tercel:: 1985 Tercel SR5. aka Spud
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Another rescued T4WD

Post by MrWrench » Fri May 22, 2020 7:45 pm

Found this 1983 a few days ago. Managed to pick it up today. It's unfortunately missing the seats, the clinometer and has a bad transmission. The body is fairly solid and the engine looks really clean. It's a non power steering, non AC car.

Car originally came from Oregon and has a Oregon title. Unfortunately it was already filled out so I'm likely going to have to do a surety bond to get it legal.
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1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 winter driver rescue
1985 Toyota Tercel SR5. Daily driver. Aka "Spud"
1986 Toyota Tercel SR5. - Recent wagon rescue/project.
* ISO - any 4wd manual transmissions *

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Re: Another rescued T4WD

Post by dlb » Fri May 22, 2020 9:05 pm

Ooooh, I love manual steering and no AC. Tiny, anemic engines like these really benefit from not having those extra duties. I got a manual steering and no AC 1991 corolla wagon recenty (2wd, mind you) and my first tank was 36 mpg and the second was 39 mpg. I couldn't believe it. Being a fuel economy miser, I was on cloud 9 after getting 39.

What's that brown stripe above the black rub strip? It looks like someone glued another rub strip or decorative strip to the car.

What's your plan for the car, parts or restore?

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My tercel:: 1985 Tercel SR5. aka Spud
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Re: Another rescued T4WD

Post by MrWrench » Sat May 23, 2020 7:56 pm

Well, the honest answer for the part out or restore question is both. Haha.
I'm going to swap a few of the parts and pieces that are nicer than the ones on the 86 to help my "restoration" of that car along.
I would ideally like to find a trans for it, get it installed with a new clutch. Put the slightly tattered interior from the other 83 field car find in it, go through the brakes and get her road worthy and sell it for $500 to a future or returning enthusiast for it to live on!
1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 winter driver rescue
1985 Toyota Tercel SR5. Daily driver. Aka "Spud"
1986 Toyota Tercel SR5. - Recent wagon rescue/project.
* ISO - any 4wd manual transmissions *

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