1987 Corolla FX 16

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1987 Corolla FX 16

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"Hey Dad, that looks like a Tercel" as we drove by. My first thought was it was a Tercel EZ but no, it's a FX 16 with a 4A-GE! Going to go check it out in the morning as I was thinking of something light to tow behind the RV.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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My friend Mick has a pretty nice one as well as a sweet All-trac. Only came out as a 5 door in Australia

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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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We've been wanting a restoration project that isn't a carbureted car and this is pretty close to what we were looking for!

wow I wish we got the cooler cars like that here in North America
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Only 101K miles

they want 2K or offer for it so if everything is in good running shape I might offer 1.5, we'll need tires though that tires are shot
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Neat. I think former forum member Gottolovem had one of these and really liked it. I don't think I've ever seen one in Canada. They remind me of the toyota Starlet.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Didn't that model come with alloy wheels? Those look like steelies.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Bought her for $1,000 due to the various issues.

I think I'm going to make a subforum for 4A-GE stuff... since people swap those in anyway we can consolidate and I can ask technical questions there, perhaps people will know.

The Professor: This is the base model, with 13 inch steels standard with options for 14 inch steels/alloys.

Does have four wheel disc brakes though!

The idle is a bit low, and she'll stall sometimes when you stop at a light. I'm thinking maybe a tuneup?

We also found out the brake lights don't work.

OD light flashes and it won't manually shift into second, but it automatically shifts through all the gears fine.

The coolant overflow cap was busted... and it promptly shot coolant out the side of the car after a hill :lol:

The tires were rotten with half the sidewall gone so the first thing we did was clean up the alloys we got from Dan like 6 years ago, and installed 14 inch tires:
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Looks almost like a GTS now!
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Congratulations irowiki,

That looks like a fun car!

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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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those are awsome little hatchbacks. I think under appreciated, they look like econo box toyota, but with that engine, light body, disk brakes, can be made in a real sleeper. I find them every so often, one time a non=runner for like $500, but it needed too much work, and were I live I kind of need the 4wd. if I had lots of time and money, doing a sleeper mod rebuild/restoration would be fun. Rare, fast, and reliable/ modern high powered engine (with lots of performance parts available for the engine), a nice lightweight and simple hatch back body style, it could make a hair raising little ride. they are also very reliable too. I met a guy with one and he said his BMW friends would make fun of his car, but he could beat those heavy and costly cars in a race. they did not laugh at him any more.

as I recall, they also came with similar seats to the T4wd SR5, with the side grab handles. too bad you got an auto trans, most of them are 5 speeds. even so, I am kind of jealous, would love to see that one on the road. all the ones I have seen are kind of rough and neglected.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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I'm definitely onboard with the idea of a 4age forum section!
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What a deal !
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Still remember driving a Chevy Nova "twin cam", the only one I ever saw or at least worked on. It was more fun than the Iroc Camaro I drove the same day.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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splatterdog wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:41 pm Still remember driving a Chevy Nova "twin cam", the only one I ever saw or at least worked on. It was more fun than the Iroc Camaro I drove the same day.

was that an option on the nova labelled corolla. or something an owner created from a GTS twin cam? Never seen that before in the Nova trim.

It was not that unusual for a Corolla GTS twin cam, but it could have been more popular if toyota had marketed it differently, If they used noticeably graphics and grill on the outside, up graded seats and special alloy wheels and low profile tires. as it was you could not externally tell it from the SR5 corolla, despite drastic differences mechanically. it had the same boring all grey interior as the SR5 corolla, I guess it reflects the view of the manufacturer, they appeared embarrassed to sell a performance version of the car and wanted to hide it.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Petros wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:00 pmwas that an option on the nova labelled corolla. or something an owner created from a GTS twin cam? Never seen that before in the Nova trim.
Yeah all the parts specific to the FX16 so far also listed a Nova in the same year range. So it would have been the Nova version of the FX16. Guess it was rare?

She still stalls when put into gear. Going to replace plugs/wires/cap/rotor and check timing before digging into that one much further.

Fixed the brake lights, the 3rd brake light bulb socket came loose, the bulb then exploded and shorted out the fuse. In diagnosing that, figured out they stole the fuse from the 12v outlet which is why that didn't work either. But, after I fixed that the brake lights were staying on all the time. Turns out there's a little rubber bumper on the brake pedal that contacted the switch. Car sat so long the switch impressioned into the rubber. Replaced it with a nut and bolt for now.

In my parts ordering I have found out the upper radiator hose was specific to the FX16 (AE82) and is no longer available. It makes quite an interesting bend around the side of the engine because the engine was first used for RWD applications!
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I'm considering finding two different hoses with the right bends and joining them in the middle with some pipe.

The entire blower housing was full of a mouse nest, the flapper valve was set to recirc (so it was in the up position) and the mouse built on top of the flapper. As soon as I set it to outside air the whole thing fell down into the blower cage. Got the whole blower box out and got that sorted out.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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for that radiator hose, you can likely fab up a length of aluminum tubing and just use two short 90 deg hoses. I good muffler shop can bend you up a nice length of stainless tubing where you should only need two short lengths of rubber hose and 4 clamps.

you might also consider a very long "universal" type radiator hose, correlated to allow it to flex in any direction.

typically when an auto trans car stalls, it indicates a vacuum leak somewhere.
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