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klapa
05-26-2010, 01:30 AM
Thought I'd kick this off - though I'll likely not be starting any work on the car for a couple of weeks.

I have "logistics" to consider first - and that is to have a good place for the work. I need to reclaim my single car garage from ten years of marriage and basic indifference - this involves getting an outside shed to hold washer and drying machines along with yard tools and other junk that has accumulated over that time.

In parallel with the above is to get my GT going as a reliable "daily driver" so that I might be able to sell my current daily driver, the STX - as three cars is one too many - both for parking and finances.

My strategy is to first "fix what is broke" and then to improve on what I have. A refinement of this strategy would be to first sort out the worst problems - and tackle them first - then to hone in on the more minor problems in parallel with "improvements".

I was planning to have photos in the "garage" section so as not to "clutter up" my project thread here - but find the "garage" does not seem to work - so here I will post a few initial photos of my project car - along with some comments.

I will start this project by "making my list" of potential problems and things to fix - sort of "taking inventory".

The body has problems that will be the LAST to be fixed - chief among these problems are some rust in the rear quarter panels and a little on the front fenders:

http://www.nashdom.com/SideViewDriver-smaller.jpg

Same on the passenger side - tho the rust is worse on the front fender which is much more easily replaceable:

http://www.nashdom.com/SideViewPass-smaller.jpg

The interior has no carpet - and maybe for now this is a good thing - as I can hear every noise and vibration from the car - and I need to hear those "new noises from an old car" to know my car - as much as I would wish that there were none.

There are vibrations at certain speeds that do seem to be due to exhaust - but there is also a "grinding" type of noise that happens - and this noise always seems to happen under the same driving conditions - when driving with a medium to light load (a constant speed on level terrain with no power applied) on the engine and drive train there will appear a this grinding noise. This grinding does not sound like gears grinding or tearing themselves up against each other - it rather sounds like a bad bearing - yet it is not constant - it only appears at certain times under the above conditions. This noise does seem to be coming from nearly under my feet - and will go away if I push in and then let out on the clutch - sometimes to continue when the clutch is let out and other times to just disappear. Thus I would think this is some issue with the clutch or transmission - yet it could also be something in the front drive train. This is the "noise" I am most worried about.

Aside from the above - there is this noise that comes every time I push in the clutch to shift - "whew whew whew whew" - but I think this is just the turbo "spinning down". I have never had a turbo car before - so there are many noises here that are new to me. Note that I have been very careful initially here - I have not yet even had this engine above 4500 RPM. The turbo seems to kick-in around 3000 RPM - and the thing sure revs "easy". This car - in the "southern vernacular' - will "run like a scalded dawg". :)

I got the car up on a lift today - and have some photos which show some problems - at least most notably one of the four front sway bar mounting bolts rusted out:

The worst - the one of four sway bar mounts: (bad picture)

http://nashdom.com/SwayBar2-smaller.jpg

Another view:

http://nashdom.com/SwayBar1-smaller.jpg

Basic view of rear diff:

http://nashdom.com/RearDiff1-smaller.jpg

Basic View looking towards front:

http://nashdom.com/FrontEngineView1-smaller.jpg

Drive line and exhaust view 1:

http://nashdom.com/TunnelView1-smaller.jpg

Drive line and exhaust view 2:

http://nashdom.com/TunnelView2-smaller.jpg

So - that's my basic starting point here - it could be allot worse. The engine seems to run fine - it is advertised to be a JDM transplant - and I believe that - because the guy who sold the car to me (from now on in this thread to be known as "the kid") has been honest about everything else.

The body plate notes a manufacture date of 08/90 - while the title indicates a 1991 model - thus I suppose I have a 1991 and not a 1991-1/2 - whatever blurred meaning that has - I'll find out as time goes on. Added that the engine is a transplant - and most of the "electrical things" are sort of "flopping around" in the engine bay indicative of being changed out.

bloodMoney
05-26-2010, 01:40 AM
Looks good! I would nip that sway bar mount now as it looks like your driver's side is soon to follow suit.

Secondly, pull off the rocker cover just behind the passenger door and see how well that metal has held up. There could be problems hiding under there that are not obvious.

These are the first two things that I would take care of BEFORE you try to put it on the road. Trust me. We had to buy Stacy another alltrac just so that I can put our first one away to completely restore the underbody.

Good luck!

Shadowlife25
05-26-2010, 01:45 AM
Klapa, any way I could get you to follow the Tutorial on how to post photos and upload them to the site so they get resized?

The pics are good, they're just HUGE even on my 21" monitor. ;)

klapa
05-26-2010, 02:44 AM
Klapa, any way I could get you to follow the Tutorial on how to post photos and upload them to the site so they get resized?

The pics are good, they're just HUGE even on my 21" monitor. ;)

Shadow - lol - I could barely find the "quote button" to answer you!

Sorry!

I defiantly need to learn this stuff as those pics a ridiculously HUGE and completely clutter up and detract from the thread.

What happened - I was under the car on the lift and my darn batteries wnet out!

So I had to run (on feet) to the store and get new ones while I still has access to the lift and forgot to set my camera to make "smaller pictures".

If there is some way here to "make all that better" I'm up for it dude!

Sorry to be such an internet dunce here.

DudeMan
05-26-2010, 02:53 AM
Photobucket re sizes them automatically.

Good luck to you sir, i hope the rust doesn't get the best of you.

Flat black All Trac, lol.

klapa
05-26-2010, 03:01 AM
Thanks Dude,

As far as the rust getting the better of me - I hope so too.

Looking at it - I don't think it is so big a problem - some rust - but only in a feww places - tho the places do seem to be "strategic" ones.

Lonestag
05-26-2010, 03:39 AM
Sweet find man, I'm jealous.

Fix that sway bar, the one on my 90 GT broke loose and made a real bad knock everytime I turned.

Have Fun!

klapa
05-26-2010, 04:12 AM
Looks good! I would nip that sway bar mount now as it looks like your driver's side is soon to follow suit.

Secondly, pull off the rocker cover just behind the passenger door and see how well that metal has held up. There could be problems hiding under there that are not obvious.

These are the first two things that I would take care of BEFORE you try to put it on the road. Trust me. We had to buy Stacy another alltrac just so that I can put our first one away to completely restore the underbody.

Good luck!

BloodMoney - I take it from you and other's that the first thing to do before even driving and looking for other problems is to remove the front sway bar before more damage is done to the mounts.

I thought the same myself as soon as I saw that damage and also remembering vip09 advice to Celica9303 over in that thread.

I know for a fact that also at least the passenger side ball joint is out.

So - tho I'm disappointed here (I REALLY want to drive this car!) - I'll sit it on the side - wait for the garage space to clear up before driving it anymore.