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

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

Post by Rednecklawrence » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:50 am

bryanthompson wrote:
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Perhaps someone on the forum here would want it?
Even if its just shell, if it's in good shape I would totally want it! Too bad you're in California...

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

Post by bryanthompson » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:05 pm

Mattel wrote:
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Great Super 8 footage! Amazing how modern the car looked in context to the malaise sedans and cars of the time. They still look good today and don't look 35years old.
So well said. This is exactly how I felt in 1983 as a little kid when I saw it on the showroom floor in Scottsdale. It really looked like nothing else I had ever seen, and truly ignited my passion for Car Design. I became a car designer the day I locked myself inside it at the dealer and we took it home. I’m so grateful to have found it again.

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

Post by bryanthompson » Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:04 pm

A small update today. The carpet kit that I sourced all the way from Australia is now installed. I still have the original and I am planning to have it cleaned just to see if it’s usable still.
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Post by Hoodwagon » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:15 pm

Bryan it is looking absolutely great! Will be so unique when done
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Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by bryanthompson » Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:16 pm

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Can anyone please help me source two center caps? We are so close to the finish line with this restoration. Looking for all the details to be perfect. TIA.
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Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by Petros » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:11 am

you may have to fabricate those center caps, seems every year someone is looking for one for their own cars. Seems it would be easy enough to fab a center hub from ABS plastic and paint it silver, and glue it into place.
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Post by bryanthompson » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:01 pm

Petros wrote:
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you may have to fabricate those center caps, seems every year someone is looking for one for their own cars. Seems it would be easy enough to fab a center hub from ABS plastic and paint it silver, and glue it into place.

I’m looking into having a set 3D printed from a scan of an original. I’ll let everyone know how that goes.

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Post by bryanthompson » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:39 pm

Visiting the progress today.

It’s down to the nutty gritty mechanical details. They all lols so happy, refurbished and new again.

Also, went ahead and had the blue ‘85 alloys powder coated and am looking into having center caps 3D printed.
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Post by bryanthompson » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:45 pm

Just a reminder that the donor car will be available with a very nice brown interior. Hit me up if interested.

Prefer to sell the whole thing rather than piece it out or send to wrecker. So many good rare parts remain.
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Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by ARCHINSTL » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:49 pm

Bryan -
If you decide to part it out ... viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13239
Tom
T4WD augury?
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Re: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by Petros » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:08 pm

what does it need to make the parts car a daily driver? or is it too far gone?
'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: 1983 Toyota Tercel 4WD SR5 : Life in Pictures / Lost & Found: RESTORATION DOCUMENTED!

Post by bryanthompson » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:19 pm

Petros wrote:
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what does it need to make the parts car a daily driver? or is it too far gone?
It’s better used as a kit of parts to make another Tercel into a very nice, brown interior car. We’ve cut pieces of the frame where needed.

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

Post by travelbyota » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:09 pm

Really nice job on that Tercel and what a great story!
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Post by bryanthompson » Tue May 01, 2018 6:50 pm

Check these out. Flawless 3D printed center caps from Hollywood 3D Printing! Call them if you want more (feel free to tell them to use my digital file)

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

Post by Mattel » Wed May 02, 2018 5:04 pm

Great detail Bryan,

When your project is complete have you thought about writing an article? I imagine that Jalopniks readers or similar would really enjoy this story!

I recently had my Corolla 4wd (all-trac) wagon used by Toyota in a comparrison test with the latest CH-R AWD and will be written up for the largest new car site in Australia. It was a fun thing to work on!
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