1987 Corolla FX 16

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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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My auto trans truck (a 1995 F-250 diesel) stalls when the ATF is low.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Time for a manual swap?
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: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Ha, the wife does not like manual transmissions but it would make the whole thing easier for sure.

I went out and bought 10 feet of both sized vacuum hoses and am going to tackle that this week and just replace every vacuum line.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Eventually I'll make a proper thread for this but here's some teasers we dealt with on the cooling system:

This is what came out when I drained the radiator the first time:
rust water.jpg
Took a hose through the radiator, block, heater core:
hose through radiator.jpg
round 2.jpg
round 3.jpg
round 4.jpg
Water was still nasty. Needed to deal with that weird radiator hose that is NLA:
new radiator hose.jpg
it fits.jpg
Then I set a home grown flush up and kept putting distilled water through while running the engine until it came out clear:
home grown flush.jpg
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Holy moly, is that all rusty water? Had the previous owner been running straight water in it for years and years? I've never seen anything like that.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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It smelled like antifreeze still! I think it was just worn out and had been sitting for like 20 years...
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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On that note we're thinking of calling her Coffee or Espresso or Beans or something because of this that came out after the first flush:
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Yuck! Motorcraft has an aggressive rust removing chemical. Follow directions and don't leave it in too long if you try it, it's some strong stuff.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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I ended up putting the outlet over the side of the car as I poured more distilled water in (with thermostat removed) and did that until it ran clear.

I figured I'll wait until spring and see how it looks, and if needed use something a bit more drastic than the normal $6 flush I did.
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Re: 1987 Corolla FX 16

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Acquired this a few months ago from a friend of a friend. They basically gave it to me for free. Either he didn’t know what he had or it would have been to much of a pain to find a buyer. As far as i know it needs fuel pump and a battery as well as general maintenance from sitting for a few year. At first a thought this would be a great 4age donor car, however I’m starting to change my mind. The car isn’t worth anything as far as restoration goes but I’m starting to get ideas of a around town beater or something similar. I think the main draw of the car to me right now is the fact that i don’t have to worry about destroying it because it’s already so far gone, but i know its going to be a blast to drive. Thoughts anyone?

Also it is a 87 gts manual.
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