View Full Version : The XLE. Tuner4life's 1993 Camry XLE winter beater.

09-07-2011, 03:39 PM
Recently I picked up a pair if 1993 camrys for $900. One (the XLE) has damage on the rear quarter panel and door, is generally beat up, and has 225k mi. But runs awesome! The other is an identical car except a LE model. That one will be my wife's winter car. It has a good body and bad transmission and will be another project thread later.

This thread will be detailing my progress on the XLE (damaged one). I will be using it as my winter car, and generally just fixing everything as cheaply as possible. So I guess consider this thread a guide on how to NOT properly maintain a car lol. I will be having some fun with this one, so stay tuned.

First some initial pics:






09-07-2011, 04:02 PM
I picked up a new door at the local junk yard on their half off day,(it's actually dk green, not black, but you cant really tell, lol). I installed it, and, with the help of several large hammers, a heavy duty rope, a tree, and a couple screw jacks, the quarter panel is pushed probably 90% back in the right spot. It still needs quite a bit of massaging (which I will probably never do). The latch was about 2 inches away from the catch when I put the new door on. and now it latches shut like brand new. The section of quarter panel behind the wheel is way to rusty to try to flatten out much better than it is now. I may cut a piece from the junk yard sometime in the future to replace it. But only if I can get it during another half off day at the yard lol. For now I still need to scrape the purple tint off the windows on the new door, and switch the door panels. But I had had enough for last night.




Now I just need to throw some black rustoleum on it...

09-07-2011, 04:05 PM
I also scored a pair of working hood struts. Woot!! Now the hood stays up on its own.


09-07-2011, 04:17 PM
It still needs:

-either 1 matching XLE wheel, OR 3 matching steelies
-snow tires
-huge ass fog lights
-maybe a cheapo roof rack

09-08-2011, 06:33 AM
i love the 92-96 camrys, even better they are the 3rd gen

09-08-2011, 08:17 AM
You have some work to do but it should be fun

09-08-2011, 01:35 PM
Shoulda bought a pair of 3rd gens lol!!!

That is the idea with this one. Have as much fun as possible on the super cheap.

09-08-2011, 01:37 PM
I normally dislike bumper stickers, but I figure I'll make an exception for this car.


09-12-2011, 02:37 PM
Finished pulling the quarter panel out. It is as good as it is going to get for now. (It's just a winter beater right?) I rattle caned the whole area with sealer primer and then Krylon Indoor/Outdoor gloss black. It is still wrinkled, but from 100 feet or so, It looks fine, and the door shuts like brand new. Body work is done for this winter.




Does anyone know what I could use to get the awesome purple tint off of my Junk yard door?

Before I can drive it, it still NEEDS:
-Valid plates

The Captain
09-12-2011, 03:11 PM
It'll get you through. Nice job!

09-13-2011, 10:36 AM
Does anyone know what I could use to get the awesome purple tint off of my Junk yard door?

razor blade and goo gone

10-18-2011, 08:53 PM
A recent trip to the junk yard yielded a working clock, unbroken radio trim and console latch, new interior door handles, and 3 stock steelies to match my 1 steely currently on the car. The horrible alloys will now be used as full size spares.

Also got it aligned, and somehow it came out perfect. huh, who knows...