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I purchased my 83 celica Supra back in September and I have the usual problems like rust, sun damage etc. well the other day after a rainy night I went to go ahead and turn her on to check if the fog light bulbs were working and the fuse box in the engine bay started to smoke and i immediately stopped what I was doing, I鈥檓 guessing I would need to replace all the fuses? Or would it be something else? Also I need tips on getting her started I already replaced the fuel gauge sending unit and need to replace the fuel sock filter other than that what should I do to get her running she hasn鈥檛 ran since 2004馃槀 would love feedback thanks again
 

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Fuse box started to smoke when you turned the car on? That's a little more serious than having just sat unused for 19 years as its a fire risk. Three possibilities come to mind: 1) the previous owner made modifications that had no idea what he or she was doing, created an electrical short somewhere and that's WHY it sat for 19 years before unloading their problem onto you or 2) during its slumber, Mickey, Minnie, Mortimer, Mighty, Jerry and Speedy set up housekeeping in the Supra and chewed through the insulation on a wire somewhere thus creating a short or 3) one of the relays in the fuse box has an internal short. You will only need to replace the fuses that are blown, but don't start pulling them all at random because whichever fuse(s) are blown may be your first clue where to start looking for the short. But if the fuse box continued smoking for a while, then sounds like the previous owners may have already tried putting in a higher amperage fuse than called for somewhere. As I recall, there's also a couple of fusible links in there. Make sure somebody didn't bypass them with ordinary wire.
 
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Rainy night? Could be water intrusion. Let her dry out for a week . Dry out the big black fuse box and check all fuses. You may have damaged the fuse box or fusible links.
If you see mouse droppings, then you might have to pull the entire interior apart to check for chewed wires.
 

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yeah it happened to smoke a bit wasn鈥檛 smoking the whole way only for a couple seconds.I鈥檝e went ahead and checked the engine bay out and there is one wire I need to check out one more time it鈥檚 damaged, other than that cars only had 1 previous owner supposedly the lady would always take its to the dealership but husband mentioned he attempted to fix something and it didn鈥檛 work out, I鈥檓 gonna check it out tomorrow and see what鈥檚 going on. Anything else other than that I should check out?
 

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yep super heavy rain unfortunately, I鈥檒l check it out as well tomorrow thanks
You should take it to the dealership and try to chat with the tech who worked on it. Might even need to tow. These cars are worth investing in. Try to find out what said husband "fixed".
 
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Man I would love too but I鈥檓 not in the position financially at the moment so I鈥檓 trying to do whatever I can馃, I got some things I could work on and I do have them in hand: fuel pump, oil filter and fuel injectors.
 

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... other than that what should I do to get her running she hasn鈥檛 ran since 2004馃槀 would love feedback thanks again
The electrical is certinaly one problem, but if the car has truly been sitting since 2004, there is bound to be more. First off would to be drain ALL the fluids and replace ALL rubber hoses and lines, brake lines, rubber fuel lines, coolant hoses, power steering hoses, heater hoses,... EVERYTHING! then put in new fluids and flush them out, and new fluid again. Plan on replacing all the belts and replacing the timing belt, I would NOT skip this.
 

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Inspect gas tank for rust, also.
 

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The electrical is certinaly one problem, but if the car has truly been sitting since 2004, there is bound to be more. First off would to be drain ALL the fluids and replace ALL rubber hoses and lines, brake lines, rubber fuel lines, coolant hoses, power steering hoses, heater hoses,... EVERYTHING! then put in new fluids and flush them out, and new fluid again. Plan on replacing all the belts and replacing the timing belt, I would NOT skip this.
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When I first got it I was able to use the dome light map, night etc and surprisingly the ac works so everything electronically was working but after it rained I believe that鈥檚 when water may have gotten in and got somewhere around the fuse box, I鈥檓 working on getting on the new lines at the moment, timing belt and the rest will be a must, already did the motor and radiator
 

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Everything was working when I first got it I was able to use the dome light map, night etc and surprisingly the ac works so everything electronically was working but after it rained I believe that鈥檚 when water may have gotten in and got somewhere around the fuse box, I鈥檓 working on getting on the new lines at the moment, timing belt and the rest will be a must, already did the motor and radiator
 
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