1985 Tercel 4wd Restoration

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My tercel:: 1988 Corolla 4wd Wagon (AKA Corolla All-trac) 5speed, AC, Power Sunroof, Windows, Mirrors, Steering, Locking, Diff Lock, 14" Corolla SX Alloys with Silica Hankook Tyres, 4afe, King Springs, Upgraded Headlights, Full Synth oils, 210,000kms
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Re: 1985 Tercel 4wd Restoration

Post by Mattel » Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:42 pm

Great you got the cash but it's annoying that as the hit and run perpetrator is rich they won't have a mark against there name in the eyes of the law as they payed you out.
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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: 1985 Tercel 4wd Restoration

Post by terceldude » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:08 pm

cars-guy wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:44 pm
While the car was in paint for a couple weeks I took the time to clean up all of the parts that came off the car. The bumper frames got wire wheeled, stayed with rust converter and undercoated while the plastic got a thin coat of trim paint. The grill was cleaned and painted and the 4wd logos got touched up and the rest of the trim got cleaned. The mudflaps got the exposed metal support wire wheeled and coated, and in general every thing was cleaned, painted in some cases, rust proofed, and sprayed with Maxima SC1to protect it all and make it look new.

Great tip for installing gasketed windows. clean and spray a thick coat of SC1 on the gasket and let it sit for a day or two. It will soak into the rubber and soften it up plus its a very slippery coating and isn't potentially harmful to the rubber or paint like other lubricants. Apply it liberally again when you install the window and I swear it makes the gaskets pop right into place with little to no effort.

When I got the car back I just let it sit under a cover for 45 days to let the paint finish off gassing and then I cleaned it and applied mysterious science IE ceramic coat to the paint to protect it. Then I threw all the trim and every thing back on and here is the final result.

Overall nice job but why is the rear garnish still gray? :o

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My tercel:: 1985 Toyota Tercel 4WD automatic, lifted 1.5", 15 inch wheels

Re: 1985 Tercel 4wd Restoration

Post by Yaut » Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:10 pm

Great job! Thanks for bringing it back to life.
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Re: 1985 Tercel 4wd Restoration

Post by dlb » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:51 am

Just saw this post now. What an odyssey but wow, the car turned out sharp. Great work.

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