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#1 mattyhacks71

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 04:33 PM

Picked up this '81 Corolla wagon for $350. Has 184xxx kms, automatic trans, a cracked wind shield, a broken RF window, but runs good and I think it's awesome.

 

When I got it

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Present day

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#2 datsunfreak

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 04:36 PM

Cool.  :thumbup:

 

Had an '80 wagon the same color a couple of years ago. I also threw the rear bumper in the trash.   ^_^


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


#3 mattyhacks71

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 11:21 AM

Update time

 

On Van isle we have a scenic drive local car guys will refer to as "the loop". Its about 270kms of half winding, bumpy coastal road, half winding bumpy logging road. Various slices of west coast beach utopia along the way.

Long story short, the Corolla blew the head gasket at about the half way point, naturally somewhere lacking cell reception. A kind fellow in a Jeep stopped and gave me some water to fill the rad and I limped in the rest of the way.

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So to retain the ability to drive myself to work I fixed it.

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All is good for know with the wagon. I really do like this car, but the recent work and the work that still needs to be done exceeds what I'm willing to do for this car at the moment. So naturally, I bought something else that needs just as much work (wtf is wrong with me).



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Posted 26 December 2014 - 11:28 AM

:thumbup:  I have a '82 2dr. buried in my garage at moment but will get some attention shortly! It's weird having a car that parts are cheap and readily available for.........


You shut up.  You're not helping

 

Not super hard.  You just gotta know the right people.  You now know the right people.  Welcome to Ratsun.

 

Fresco historia, hermano.

 

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 11:28 AM

Bought this no start '87 GTS, 250kms, bit of rust, decent not drifted or raced car overall.

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Short term is to get it running and driving and take care of any normal maintenance it may need. Long term is yet to be decided, I feel like the car would be further appreciated as an clean unmodified GTS hatchback. But one thing at a time!



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Posted 26 December 2014 - 11:34 AM

Recent oics of the wagon

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 12:09 PM

So to retain the ability to drive myself to work I fixed it.
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All is good for know with the wagon. I really do like this car, but the recent work and the work that still needs to be done exceeds what I'm willing to do for this car at the moment. So naturally, I bought something else that needs just as much work (wtf is wrong with me).


Wuts that orange thing for???
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Posted 26 December 2014 - 12:38 PM

For the lulz

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 01:21 PM

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 02:25 PM

Wuts that orange thing for???

 

Why the head gasket went!



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:38 PM

The 86 was a jallopy so I sold it for what I paid. Needed more work than I wanted to put in! Not a problem though, more money for the 510 and the wagon.

 

Speaking of which the wagon is getting suspension soon. 86 front struts with Tokico shocks, Megan like lowering springs, t3 camber plates, rca's, as well as stock 86 brakes. Not sure the plan for the rear yet. Being leaf springs I'm not sure of the best way to get low but still have the durability and feeling of tightness for autocross/drifting. Might start with removing a leaf and possible adding blocks just to get the ass down as well when the front gets done.

 

Pics from a nice coastal cruise couple weekends ago

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 10:44 PM

Also ran autocross this past weekend. Went pretty good considering its a 34 year old, stock, automatic station wagon. Came pretty much at the bottom but I did beat a modified Genesis coupe which was embarrassing on his part.

 

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 09:52 AM

Love those wheels on there :cool:


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Whenever I think that I'm out of my mind for putting this much time and money into an old Datsun, all I have to do is look some of your threads to know that I'm not nearly as whack as you are.

You're going to skin a few knuckles, stand up too fast and bump your head, hunt around the floor for the nuts and bolts you dropped, invent a few new cuss words and when you're finished you'll say "That wasn't so hard after all!"


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 03:36 PM

Even though every old Toyota has had them on at some point I like them too! 



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Posted 06 December 2015 - 03:56 PM

So I just realized I neglected to post anything on the wagon for a while. The past year has been an interesting one, many ups and downs for both me and the wagon.

 

 

In the spring I put a bit of money into suspension, I got some used AE86 struts with tokico blue inserts and megan lowering springs, and ordered some fancy/expensive camber plates from t3.

 

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Got the front down a little bit lower, but more importantly made the ride and handling SOO much better. Like night and day compared to the old sagged springs and blown shocks.

 

 

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 04:02 PM

Sometime in the early summer I picked up a rebuilt 32/36 Weber with an electric choke, a mr gasket fuel regulator and matching gauge for a mere $100. This once again was a major improvement, both for power and reliability. Plus the choke on the stock carb didn't work properly so start up was now easy.

 

 

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Also did some red krinkle finish on the valve cover. Unfortunatly don't have a picture of it on the car but it look really sharp against the white bay and chrome air cleaner.

 

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 07:34 PM

Middle to late summer this year I had gotten the car to a point where it was a really reliable daily driver. It had no FM radio so I would listen to the local AM news on my way to work, and on the way home I would just listen to my ipod. It held up well to how I treated it. I drove the piss out of this car basically every day, bangin through those 3 speeds with the auto shifter.

My buddies thought it was rad, chicks thought it was cute.

 

I started making a roof rack for her. I picked up some thule gutter feet for 10 bucks, welded a frame and cut some slats.

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 07:53 PM

My excitement about the roof rack project with short lived. On my way home from work the day after I was sitting at a stop light and the car behind failed to realize the light was red.... 

 

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The lack of a bumper didn't help. And of course the plastic crv sustained no damage besides a crack in the license plate cover.

 

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"My breaks didn't work for some reason" said the middle aged lady. I said something along the lines of; Oh okay, well we better call the police and a tow truck so you can get your car to a shop safely if you have no breaks. "Oh no it should be okay now". I mentioned I'm a mechanic, and breaks don't intermittently not work just like that.

She was clearly not paying attention, probably looking at her phone.

She offered me $300 for the damage. At this point I was so pissed that I told her to get fucked, and that she'll be paying it through insurance.

 

 

This whole situation left me pretty bummed out. My clean little Corolla was ruined by some bitch who couldn't comprehend why my "junky old station wagon" getting hit made me so upset. It's one thing to wreck a car yourself, because then you have no body to blame, but this was a kick in the pants to an already awful year.

 

 

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Insurance jerked me around for a few months. They didn't want to fix the car no matter how much I asked them too. I eventually accepted the right off, parts only title so it couldn't ever be driven on the road again legally.

 

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I brought the appraiser a bunch of "asking for way to much" local craiglist ads. He thanked me for doing his homework, and gave me a check for $2700!

I was pleasantly surprised because I was expecting under a grand. Financially it worked out for me, I bought the car for 350, put about a grand into it, wrote it off for 2700, bought it back from insurance for 300, and sold it to a buddy for 400! 

 

The car will live on in my buddies girlfriends hands, they may or may not have a parts car with a clean vin ;) wink wink

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 08:04 PM

This is the new daily driver/adventure mobile. '95 4runner, 3.0L V6 with 5 speed manual, 315xxx Kms.

It's nice, a lot nicer a newer than anything I've previously owned. First fuel injected car I've owned too.

It's a gas pig, the headgasket went the week after I bought it which cost me nearly 1000 bucks to fix just in parts. I'm currently in the works of looking for something else.

 

I do enjoy exploring and 4x4ing in it though, perfect to sleep in the back of and haul camping gear.

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 10:46 AM

Insurance company fought us on our sons 85 celica over what it was worth,,, finally gave us $2500. NADA lowest value that we asked for to begin with,,   with the totaled car included..  80s Toyotas aren't those cheap ass throw away cars they used to be 15 years ago. Hell just one tail light on your wagon would cost more than what the whole wagon was worth back then..


So somehow while i was driving back from Eaglerock swap meet i somehow caused YOU to post this,,,, do really think members on this site are that stupid to believe i caused it??

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Yeah i guess you do,,

 

BTW ,,,, the first person to call you a pussy,,,, ya might wanna check out his ethnicity ,, cuz i don't think it's what you think it is there snowflakeboy

 


..........................I shall call it, narclops.