View Full Version : Alexandra - 93 Alltrac

04-11-2013, 04:48 AM
So.... she popped up on craigslist. I'd seen her there about a month ago, and decided the price was too high for what was being sold. And here she was again, for a cool grand less. I told myself: "Self, you have Gracie and Hannah to care for, a man can only have so many women in his life!" And that seemed to be working, until my dad said, you should go drive it. And I did. And now I own it. Funny how that works.
Anyway, she's rough, but she's a 93 Alltrac, and she's mine. She's got a crappy bodykit that is falling off, one of the worse and most half-assed paint jobs I've ever laid eyes on, the door sensor always reports that the door is open, killing the battery, she has an awful bodykit, some of the most classy wiring work I've ever laid eyes on, a really crappy bodykit, no cupholders, and still has the stock radio! oh, but the pop out cup holder is missing.

Without further ado, here is Alexandra:









- RC front bumper
- Stock rear bumper
- Loose the skirts
- Fix door sensor (Always reports on)
- New fluids
- Swap wheels with Gracie (I don't like these wheels and the tires are shot)
- Speakers, amp and radio, fortunately I have all of those things sitting around...
- Struts, springs, and boots.
- Figure out why there's so much play in the shifter.
- Adjust the gas pedal action (how is that done?)
- Figure out the rest of the problems :p

04-11-2013, 04:55 AM
Oh yeah, saw that one on Craigslist. Good on ya rescuing her. Time to get to work! :hehe:

04-11-2013, 01:16 PM
Yay for car rescue! Are you going to put it back to the original color?

04-11-2013, 02:49 PM
Yay for car rescue! Are you going to put it back to the original color?

Absolutely. I'm gong to have to go sand some rust off it already, and I don't think it's had this paint too long...

04-11-2013, 03:12 PM
That poor car, but good job on bringing it back into the community where it can be cared for :D If there is already visible rust, I'd hate to see what is hiding under the body kit.

Step 1: Remove body kit and assess rust issues
Step 2: Correct electrical gremlins - that can be dangerous

I've had my st165 for three years, and I've only driven it a handful of times. Take your time to fix it the right way, especially since you are not in need of a daily driver. In the end, it will be worth it.

04-13-2013, 04:45 AM
So, it was pointed out to me that I had no engine pics:

You can see the lovely paint mess. An aftermarket blowoff valve, and an IC without its box. and a radiator that is leaking. I'm hoping to find some fluid on the garage floor in the morning, otherwise I'll know exactly why the kid I bought this from was selling it for $4K


04-28-2013, 04:43 AM
That almost looks like a rear bumper from a 7th gen celica.

04-28-2013, 04:32 PM
To deserve a prize for rescuing a 93 in behalf of the Toyota gods. Looking forward to the transformation!

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04-29-2013, 06:05 AM
yeah that was on Craigslist a long time, different stories every-time...i stayed away not only for lack of funds but due to the stories.

04-29-2013, 06:28 AM
I know that I've probably gotten myself into a huge money pit, but I haven't seen any serious looking rust, and that's what I'm most concerned about. I know that it needs at least one new wheel bearing, the plates haven't been good since 2008, so I'm thinking she doesn't smog well, and there's just a lot of hack jobs around. I can clean up a lot of the electrical myself, and do some of the mechanical myself, but I bought her knowing that she was going to be a seriuos project and a serious money pit. Hell, I haven't even driven her since I brought her home.

04-29-2013, 01:38 PM
Yeah, no rust is a big deal. Nice to see she is in a good home!

05-01-2013, 11:05 PM
So, it was pointed out to me that I had no engine pics:

You can see the lovely paint mess. An aftermarket blowoff valve, and an IC without its box. and a radiator that is leaking. I'm hoping to find some fluid on the garage floor in the morning, otherwise I'll know exactly why the kid I bought this from was selling it for $4K


Congrats on the new acquisition.

Ditch the body kit in it's entirety. Remove whatever shitty aftermarket alarm system it has (Yes, even if it does have remote start). Get a nice used stock factory top mount intercooler and do away with the BOV that is on there. Replace the Radiator with a nice aluminum one. You can find them on ebay and they work a treat with a slimline electric fan that you can pick up at O'Reilleys in the 10" size (Trust me, you only need one).
Any stereo wiring/add on electrics that have been put in place, remove them. And remove them properly and inspect your wiring for any breaks and repair as necessary with quality connectors. Check to make sure that the wiring going in to the ecu is undamaged and if needed, repair as well. Buy yourself some dye to run in the oil and find leaks with a handheld UV light (blacklight).
The engine bay looks pretty decent so outside of checking the fluid levels in the battery and potentially replacing it if need be, it seems everything is there and relatively unmolested. You will want to get all the vacuum lines replaced since they are cheap and just take a small bit of time to replace. Well worth the peace of mind.
If one wheel bearing is shot, just replace them both. Double check your springs and ensure they have not been cut or altered in any damaging way.
Check to rear differential for leaks and if any are found, get it taken care of.

Those are most of the main things to be concentrating on at this stage. May not sound like "fun" stuff to do, but your car will serve you better for it and give you trouble free years of operation. Better to start from stock rather than guess at some other yahoo's misguided attempt at making things "better". ;)

Best of luck and I look forward to seeing it progress.

05-02-2013, 05:59 AM
Soon as I have the money to do this, I'll be doing the same with my 94. Worst part is I'm the moron who hacked a bunch of stuff up, so I'll be fixing things the right way and wondering why I ever did that in the first place.

Either way, looks like you have a sweet project on your hands. Best of luck and I also look forward to seeing the progress

05-02-2013, 06:54 AM
Soon as I have the money to do this, I'll be doing the same with my 94. Worst part is I'm the moron who hacked a bunch of stuff up, so I'll be fixing things the right way and wondering why I ever did that in the first place.

Yeah, I've been there too. just got done undoing all of my bad work on the 90 I just sold...lol

05-20-2013, 09:02 AM
Getting trip permits issued for her so I can smog her this week. Wish me luck.

The Captain
05-20-2013, 07:18 PM
She's got a crappy bodykit that is falling off,

she has an awful bodykit,

a really crappy bodykit,

I'm going out on a limb here and assuming you don't like the body kit. LOL!

Good find! Every salvageable Alltrac deserves to be resurrected. And all it takes is time and money!

Good luck!

05-21-2013, 07:03 AM
I'm going out on a limb here and assuming you don't like the body kit. LOL!

Yeah, I'm a big fan of keeping cars stock.

05-23-2013, 05:54 AM
Well, failed emissions. Apparently front turn signals are not optional in Oregon.

05-23-2013, 06:41 AM
This may be a rhetorical question, but is there a state where front turn signals ARE optional?

They are required in Colorado, but nobody uses turn signals at all, so I guess it'd be about the same...

05-23-2013, 08:05 AM
Well, I figured I needed them, but I didn't know that I needed them to test the emissions of the vehicle. Apparently that's a big deal. My ABS being non-functional and it's light being on is not, however, an issue.

05-23-2013, 12:51 PM
Well, failed emissions. Apparently front turn signals are not optional in Oregon.

Which is one more reason to hate that body kit...

If you just want to get it legal, any 90-93 Celica bumper you find a junk yard will fit.

06-29-2013, 03:37 PM
So, it's been a while, but I have not been completely Idle on this project. Gracie is now officially sold to my room mate, and we pretty much finished putting her all back together yesterday, so I can now turn my full attention to Alexandra.

The front bumper came off, well ripped out two of the mounting holes on the bumper and I took it off. I think i've found an RC bumper and crash bar, so that's exciting. I've also fixed all of the warning lights but the ABS. But mostly I've been buying up fun stuff, so here's some pics.

Got a bunch of stuff at pick'n'pull:

The most most exciting thing to find was a full set of floor mats. They're dirty, but they have very little wear on them, and so many of these have a giant hole where the foot for the gas pedal rests. A little cleaning and they'll be good to go.

Also picked up a couple things on the forums from pitcelica:

And picked these up from a guy over at AT.net:
Those are porsche 911 Brembo callipers for the front, although I still need a stock sized set of STi rotors to make them work. Should be everything else I need however except new pads. These things are absolutely massive:

08-06-2013, 05:05 AM
So, it's been a long time coming: an update!

Went to pick n pull and got myself some very nice parts off a car that had been broken into and vandalized. the Interior was absolutely trashed (and covered in something that made me glad i was wearing gloves). But the outside was mint. Got a front bumper with turn signals and fog lights, the faux-cf trim piece, and all three pieces of the rear spoiler.

Also tracked down the ABS problem to the rear right speed sensor:

This is where things get tricky. Toyota discontinued this part, and the dealers can't get it for me. Hopefully though, since only the wiring was cut I'll be able to just repair this. My plan is to strip back the heavy rubber parts, solder the wires, heat shrink each of them, then use larger heat shrink to cover the coating. Then I'll get some braided stainless steel (I'm thinking I'll cut up a sink or toilet feed line) and jbweld that over the fix. If that doesn't fix it up I'm in trouble because Oregon requires that I have working ABS since my car came equipped with it. :sigh:

08-06-2013, 10:36 AM
maybe if someones parting one out with abs, you may just get lucky

08-07-2013, 12:15 AM
If patching it back up doesn't fix it, I can trade you my sensor for yours, although I honestly have no clue if the sensor is good or not as I've never had the ABS functional.

08-08-2013, 12:50 AM
The ABS systems on our cars are incredibly primitive.
That being said, yes, you can repair the wiring section. No need for jb weld or any of that nonsense either. Trust me, it will just cause headaches.
Strip back a section of wire on either end of the portion with the break.
Use a high quality crimp connection (not the plastic coated shit they have on offer most places) to repair the break.
Use a section of heat shrink that will completely enclose the repair and extend about 3/4" past it on either end.
Use another section of heat shrink that has adhesive internally over top of it.
That should be all you need. Secure and watertight connection that should last for many years.

12-29-2013, 03:29 PM
Well, it's been awhile since I've been around, but that's actually good, work is keeping me really busy which is good since I'm working on a month by month contract right now.

Anyway, now that I'm not working 50 hour weeks and the temps are above freezing (We just aren't equipped for that around here) I repaired the sensor, and the multimeter test showed resistance that was just barely good enough. But the light didn't go out. Looking at the sensor it was warn, and I decided to go ahead and replace it. I ordered through Napa to the tune of too much since Toyota doesn't stock them anymore. The part I got came from Japan, was made by Aisin, has the original Toyota part number stamped on it, and says Toyota. I'm pretty sure it's the OEM part. That also didn't fix the problem. I pulled the front sensor again and it tests fine. At this point is suspect wiring (I've been avoiding looking at it because I just don't want to know), and I happened to get a pretty good multimeter for Christmas, so this week it's going to be time to check the ABS ECU and the wiring.

12-29-2013, 06:30 PM
Best of luck!

02-22-2014, 09:08 AM
I've pretty much had it with the ABS. I pulled the ABS fuse and I'm taking the light out of the dash, and that will take care of that.

in the meantime lots of fun things have been showing up at my door:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/12584124795_61df4ab269_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94309389@N07/12584124795/)
A set of JDM clear corners from Lithia Toyota

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7450/12584271683_0292ef074a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94309389@N07/12584271683/)
A pair of Whiteline strut tower braces, they're pretty beefy, and should stiffen her up quite a bit, hopefully this will make cornering a lot more fun

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2836/12584175885_17bb02a345_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94309389@N07/12584175885/)
My new Whiteline swaybar and Twos'r'us endlinks. For a kick, the new bar won't fit over the stupidly large aftermarket exhaust that a previous owner installed, and I had to pretty much destroy the stock endlinks. I'm debating whether to put the stock bar on with the new endlinks or not. I'm leaning towards doing it, since the car will ride real funny without it.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2839/12584189805_2345851f8f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/94309389@N07/12584189805/)
Here's the real treasure, found a local guy selling an RC bumper. It doesn't have the crash bar and has a few scratches on it, but otherwise completely intact, including the all of the clips and screens. It's a pretty good find.

Going down to the DMV before work monday to get new trip permits issued, then off to the DEQ.

02-23-2014, 07:02 AM
Good score on the bumper cover!

02-26-2014, 12:07 AM
wish someone over on the east coast would sell an rc bumper lol

03-30-2014, 06:50 AM
Got my trip permit last week and came home to find one of the tires had split a sidewall. So Friday I put Hannah (my 01 GTS) in the garage and put her on stands and borrowed her wheels for Alexandra. I ran a tank of supreme through her, she boosts nice and once I got the front wheels on all the way drives nice too.

1) I swapped over to the Whiteline swaybar in the back, I remember reading that you want the arms of the bar to run parallel to the ground. Is that correct?
2) I have a clunk from the rear. Reading, it looks like there are two obvious culprits: the rear subframe bushings or the rear differential. The bushings do look warn, and the car is a stock motor with 99k miles, so it seems unlikely that the differential is worn out. What's the best way to figure out exactly what's wrong?
3) I have lots of shifter play. Pretty much it's impossible to tell when i'm in a gear, shifter bushings?

03-31-2014, 06:55 PM
2) Check the differential bushing, the big one that sits right behind it. That's the most common one to have worn out and causing a clunk.

3) Check the "sugar cube", I believe that getting worn out typically causes a lot of play.

04-17-2014, 08:38 AM
I got my smog test done just fine, and title work sent off so hopefully I'll have a title in the mail in the next week or two.

Keep finding more classy work. Discovered that they welded up the original holes for the spoiler, and with the damage that they did to the deck lid to get that stupid wing on I'm just going to get a new one, and a new rear bumper at the same time. Also finally got around to getting most of the little pieces of glass out of the back (the kid I bought it from replaced the rear glass after someone smashed it one night and didn't clean up). Almost got the stupid rear bumper off today, but I'm gonna need to get the rear wheels off to take all of the screws out. I can only find a couple more screws there, but it feels pretty stuck. I'm hoping its just bondo. I'll be picking up a sander and a few other tools tomorrow to start getting some of the paint off and seeing what I've got. In the meantime, pictures:

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/13885424411_8cc2754d1d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/na1qVa)
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3676/13885426052_1b579d1803_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/na1rps)
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https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3738/13863635805_33e8bffa6a.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/n85KVx)
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3763/13885423261_731525fb89_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/na1qzk)

04-17-2014, 04:48 PM
Carpet under the license plate? Makeshift doormat?

04-17-2014, 04:54 PM
Classy huh?

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04-17-2014, 07:04 PM
Stay classy Hillsboro!

04-17-2014, 07:09 PM
It's even better, I bought it from a kid in forest grove. Way classier than Hillsboro

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06-18-2014, 11:19 AM
Wow, it's been a while. I have a title, and I have started dropping money like a fool. I think I picked an appropriate name, I wanted something classy and expensive sounding...

Anyway, I decided to get rid of the old tailgate and get a new one. Foolishly I left the wing thinking that I had one, only to discover that the narrowbody hatchback wing does not fit the widebody. Doh! But, I went ahead and swapped the hatch. I also got the rear bumper off, and I got a very expensive package.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3839/14427230046_8376eebf0d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nYTjRC)

my friend came by and we made short work of the hatch:
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/14448993882_65a4f56907_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o1NSub)
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2914/14470521433_3937cd0314_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o3HcSR)
My 7th gen Hannah peeking around the corner at her sister

Getting the bumper off was fun. I spent a bunch of time with an icepick digging the head of the screws out of the bondo (and the bondo out of the heads of the screws), so I could get this off. After looking at the skirts It's gonna be a lot of that to get those off. Theres a little surface rust where the bumper rubbed on the body, but the metal feels solid and it's not deep. So hopefully tomorrow a little work with a wire wheel and some rustoleum will hold it over till paint

And the expensive things arrived finally!
[url=https://flic.kr/p/nJsgAK]https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/14263910347_82a043aa89_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nJrc4x)
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3868/14427229866_b246232c53_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nYTjNw)
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5493/14450345385_50d1621e4e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o1VNeX)

I should have tires for those pretty little babies tomorrow. So just waiting for more packages to arrive and finish taking the body kit off

06-19-2014, 01:08 AM
Awesome! Progress is always fun :)

06-19-2014, 10:00 AM
Holy crap, two days in a row of car work!

Today I finally got the stupid body kit off completely. Well, most of it anyway. I predict many days with heat gun and putty knife ahead of me to get all of the fiberglass resin and tape off. But I digress. Yes, no more body kit, and no series rust under there. That's good.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5526/14477337963_b8992ae4f7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o4j9ce)
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