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(AutoWeek)   The Rebirth, Short Life, and Death of a Shark-Fin-Equipped '85 Toyota Tercel Wagon. Yeah, biatch   (autoweek.com) divider line 24
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2014-04-22 10:44:37 AM  
Old Toyota love thread!

My first car was a '78 Yellow Toyota Corolla much like this one, minus the number "25" and add a black racing stripe and grill on the back window. Rocked that 8 track deck (which I could only find 8 tracks at the thrift store). I was 18, it was 1988. Leaked oil and water constantly. I had that car for about 5 years before I killed it.

gomotors.net
 
2014-04-22 12:07:37 PM  
...and this is why I praise Toyotas.  You really, really,  really have to work at killing a Toyota.
 
2014-04-22 03:53:17 PM  
I feel like I should put a shark fun on my xterra
 
2014-04-22 06:07:32 PM  
Daisy's mom was a bit scattered when it came to car maintenance, and she had some idea that getting an oil change meant that she never had to check the oil again [....] Yep, the poor abused engine had run out of oil and then thrown a connecting rod.

On the one hand, chalk another one up to women drivers.

On the other hand, God love the engineers at Toyota; this isn't the first time I've heard of someone running a Toyota engine without oil and it soldiering on until the bare metal gives out. Specifically, my grandpa lost an engine in a Toyota truck back in the 80s to a mishandled oil change (filter not installed properly or something, I forget how the story goes) and managed to drive the thing for a few days with no oil.
 
2014-04-22 06:11:21 PM  
My first car was a hand-me-down mid-70's Toyota Corona.... With the gas pedal floored, It'd reach 60 mph in 3 minutes.
 
2014-04-22 06:20:33 PM  
Currently driving my dad's 1997 T100. It'll roll over to 300k any day now.
 
2014-04-22 06:32:28 PM  
What pissed me off about the article is that there were no pictures of the farking car post-fin-install.

There were several of the INSIDE in the junkyard (who gives a farking shiat?), and half the article was devoted to masturbating about the 'artist' and her 'other projects'.  And there's even a close up of someone drilling holes in the roof with the fin to match-drill.  There were even several pre-install, and one-two of the thing carrying lumber.

But not a single god damned picture of the car, with the fin, running or not. No, I'm not watching your shiatty phone video to see it either.
 
2014-04-22 06:53:33 PM  
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2014-04-22 07:33:02 PM  
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2014-04-22 08:12:23 PM  
I had one of those Tercel wagons in TFA for about 10 years - was a 4wd bad boy.
 
2014-04-22 08:24:04 PM  
I had 1982 SR5 Corolla that I found that had 52K on the odometer and was just starting to show some surface rust around the wheel wells. This was in 2001 and I paid $750 for it. Black on black on black, with a factory sunroof that came with two panels- one glass ad one metal. It was a rear-wheel drive car. I put a Weber carb on it and opened up the ports a bit with a dremel and got rid of the air pump and AC. For such an under-powered car (I figured it was putting out around 90HP at the wheels) that thing was as fun as hell to drive and I've owned a lot of cars over the years.

Sadly, it met it's fate one night while parked on the street. It was hit by a junkie lady with AIDS who totaled it. I chained it to a tree and pulled the body out enough so was at least drivable and drove it for another year until the exhaust lit the cardboard floor I had put down in the back on fire and the whole ended up going up in flames on the side of I-94 just south of Milwaukee.

/csb
 
2014-04-22 09:23:56 PM  

wjllope: My first car was a hand-me-down mid-70's Toyota Corona.... With the gas pedal floored, It'd reach 60 mph in 3 minutes.


My 1st car was also a Corona, a '74, and it had to be going downhill with a tail wind to go that fast.

It was almost completely rusted out when I sold it a couple years later, but I continued to see people driving it around long after that.
 
2014-04-22 09:28:07 PM  
Your blog sucks.

Fark needs a feature where you can see who submitted a headline next to the "Source", because this is the last thing I ever want to read from someone dumb enough to think it was worth my time.
 
2014-04-22 09:42:50 PM  

dragonchild: Your blog sucks.

Fark needs a feature where you can see who submitted a headline next to the "Source", because this is the last thing I ever want to read from someone dumb enough to think it was worth my time.


Just FYI, generally the really, really, shiatty links get 5 posts in the comments. I steer clear of most stuff that has less than double digits.  You'll rarely miss something 'amazing', because if it was, people tend to post a lot about it. But you will miss a lot of utter pointless paid for shiat, like this.
 
2014-04-22 09:56:57 PM  

Keyser_Soze_Death: wjllope: My first car was a hand-me-down mid-70's Toyota Corona.... With the gas pedal floored, It'd reach 60 mph in 3 minutes.

My 1st car was also a Corona, a '74, and it had to be going downhill with a tail wind to go that fast.

It was almost completely rusted out when I sold it a couple years later, but I continued to see people driving it around long after that.


Go home, you're drunk
 
2014-04-22 10:09:37 PM  
I drove a Tercel once... and I believe that was the worse car I ever drove.

It was a rental, which I returned and exchanged for something else the very next morning.

I couldn't even get my legs under the dash without being twisted around and that's with the seat all the way back.

I got a Corolla instead, which turned out so underpowered that I felt like I could barely get going when the lights turned green... and then learned that the ABS was very flawed and would decide to not let the brakes work once in a while... mostly while in reverse.  That is the only time in my life that I backed into another car (as it wouldn't stop no matter if I held or pumped the brake pedal).  Good thing I was going very slow, so no damage.

Then I drove one of their 1980-90's van.(I forget which year model, but they were all so very much the same)  I actually loved their science fiction look, but once in the driver's seat, I knew that I'd never get one.  Like the Tercel, it was horrible for the driver.  No space, the wheel hump was completely in the way so my left leg had to be folded either sideways or up, almost against my chest.  It was terrible in many other ways, controls were awkward, the steering was just bad overall,and the engine so very underpowered for a van.

Since then I never bothered much with Toyotas.. drove a few others, tried the hybrid, but never really overwelmed.  I did like a hardshell convertible Lexus tough that I test drove 2 years ago (already?).
 
2014-04-23 03:54:52 AM  
my parents had a brown toyota tercel in the mid 80s.  We used to sleep in the back with the seats down wen we drove from Bragg to Maryland for vacations.
 
2014-04-23 07:48:32 AM  

dragonchild: Your blog sucks.

Fark needs a feature where you can see who submitted a headline next to the "Source", because this is the last thing I ever want to read from someone dumb enough to think it was worth my time.


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2014-04-23 08:56:32 AM  
I had a corolla tercel.
Don't think they made too many of those.
 
2014-04-23 10:04:25 AM  

Jekylman: I had one of those Tercel wagons in TFA for about 10 years - was a 4wd bad boy.


My parents had a gold 83 with 4wd.  I totalled it after we had repainted it in 92-93. It had 314000 km on it and probably would have lasted another 200k.
I loved it,
 
2014-04-23 11:59:40 AM  

kroonermanblack: What pissed me off about the article is that there were no pictures of the farking car post-fin-install.

There were several of the INSIDE in the junkyard (who gives a farking shiat?), and half the article was devoted to masturbating about the 'artist' and her 'other projects'.  And there's even a close up of someone drilling holes in the roof with the fin to match-drill.  There were even several pre-install, and one-two of the thing carrying lumber.

But not a single god damned picture of the car, with the fin, running or not. No, I'm not watching your shiatty phone video to see it either.


Look very carefully at the first picture at the top of the article.
 
2014-04-23 01:07:45 PM  
My first was a creampuff color 1981 Toyota Celica GT Coupe.  Drove it for 170k miles until I hit a pothole and cracked both motor mounts.  The repair would have been $600 for a $400 value.  I was really, really tempted to fix it.  I'm actually in the market for one now, just for the memories.
 
2014-04-23 02:31:49 PM  

Otto_E_Rodika: kroonermanblack: What pissed me off about the article is that there were no pictures of the farking car post-fin-install.

There were several of the INSIDE in the junkyard (who gives a farking shiat?), and half the article was devoted to masturbating about the 'artist' and her 'other projects'.  And there's even a close up of someone drilling holes in the roof with the fin to match-drill.  There were even several pre-install, and one-two of the thing carrying lumber.

But not a single god damned picture of the car, with the fin, running or not. No, I'm not watching your shiatty phone video to see it either.

Look very carefully at the first picture at the top of the article.


In his defense, I don't remember that first pic being there when I first read the article. The editors might have realized "oh shiat, forgot the shot with the fin!" and added it later.
 
2014-04-23 08:50:52 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: Otto_E_Rodika: kroonermanblack: What pissed me off about the article is that there were no pictures of the farking car post-fin-install.

There were several of the INSIDE in the junkyard (who gives a farking shiat?), and half the article was devoted to masturbating about the 'artist' and her 'other projects'.  And there's even a close up of someone drilling holes in the roof with the fin to match-drill.  There were even several pre-install, and one-two of the thing carrying lumber.

But not a single god damned picture of the car, with the fin, running or not. No, I'm not watching your shiatty phone video to see it either.

Look very carefully at the first picture at the top of the article.

In his defense, I don't remember that first pic being there when I first read the article. The editors might have realized "oh shiat, forgot the shot with the fin!" and added it later.


Either it wasn't there or it didn't load. I wouldn't have ranted if it was.
 
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