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9.5 because this car is going to be co-owned with my boyfriend of 7 years. I found this car while looking for cars for my disabled mom a few months back. I was trying to get her interested in it, but she was not having it so I got my boyfriend into it.

Now you have to understand, here in South Florida it is VERY HARD to find any old Toyota that isn't a clapped out, rusted to hell pig. The salty sea air eats these cars alive, it's a year round salt breeze not just salt up north from winter driving. Not only is it rare to see a Supra on CL down here, it's rare to see one that's not complete trash.

While this car DOES have some rust (it was from Virginia originally), it is a COMPLETE car. It's missing nothing. Even has the original toolbag and rear shock tower caps. One owner car, around 110,000 miles (odometer stopped at 89,000 though the speedo works).

Apology for potato phone pics, I haven't had time to give it a proper photoshoot just yet. We had been making payments on the car and just finished this past Friday. $2,500.



































Right now the car needs;

brake master cylinder
pair of exterior door handles, driver side broke
flush and fill on power steering since someone put in PS fluid not ATF
dome light cover, original was super brittle and crumbled in my hands

Precautionary:
tune up, spark plugs look lean, engine has a misfire but is full power
trans drain, filter, refill
diff drain and refill
 

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Congratulations Tanya! Looks nice and I'm sure it's in the right hands moving forward. Please remove the hitch before you break a shin. Good luck with it!
 

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Congratulations Tanya! Looks nice and I'm sure it's in the right hands moving forward. Please remove the hitch before you break a shin. Good luck with it!

Hahaha yeah that's my biggest fear right now since I super clumsy!
 

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Just got done doing some work on it. Car's blower motor was making a lot of noise and not doing anything so the bf took it out, and of course had a nice little mouse nest inside it. I spent the better part of an hour after he vacuumed it, trying to Lysol and scrape the gunk off the blades. Got it back in, and it blows air now but it's definitely got some blockage probably in the vents. And stinks to high hell. Yay dash removal time :eek4dance:

While he was messing with that, I ran a boroscope down all the cylinders and checked the compression. Confirmed it is a 84P high compression engine. Spark plugs show signs of running bad gas, some yucky deposits on one or two. Compression was 170-180 on all cylinders on a cold check.


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Was the rear sunshade standard on L-Types?
No, this sunshade is aftermarket. I don't know from what company, but it's actually better quality/design than the factory Toyota sunshade as it has more bracing, and a brace that goes across the glass and not through it.
 

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Yeah, I noticed the two "extra" supports between the ends, and that's why I asked. All the OEM sunshades have a single center support that mounts through a hole in the glass IIRC....
 

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While he was messing with that, I ran a boroscope down all the cylinders and checked the compression. Confirmed it is a 84P high compression engine. Spark plugs show signs of running bad gas, some yucky deposits on one or two. Compression was 170-180 on all cylinders on a cold check.
Tanya, I thought that 1984 Autos came with the low compression 1983 motor.
Other than running a bore scope down the motor, is there any other way to see whether it is a hi comp or low comp motor? Are the Cam pulley teeth square tooth on low comp versus round tooth for high comp motors? Also, are there 5 holes on the cam timing gear for low comp versus 3 holes for those on high comp?

I'm asking because I have never had the upper timing cover off of my wife's '84 automatic. I just assumed it would be a low comp motor.

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Tanya, I thought that 1984 Autos came with the low compression 1983 motor.
Other than running a bore scope down the motor, is there any other way to see whether it is a hi comp or low comp motor? Are the Cam pulley teeth square tooth on low comp versus round tooth for high comp motors? Also, are there 5 holes on the cam timing gear for low comp versus 3 holes for those on high comp?

I'm asking because I have never had the upper timing cover off of my wife's '84 automatic. I just assumed it would be a low comp motor.

Dale


I was under the impression of that as well, but this car was built in JULY of 84 so I was a little curious if it might have gotten the newer engine which it did. You can also see the knock sensor bung on the block, which is a way to tell. And yes, it would have the newer cam gears (although I have not checked mine, it's just an assumption). I would also assume it would have the newer belt set up too.

I mostly ran the scope down to check the condition of the pistons because the engine has an icky misfire at idle, which i am 90% sure is because of bad gas.
 

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Thanks! We are super proud of our 3000lb baby! lol


Now if only we could get this brake master cylinder in a reasonable amount of time it would be great :rolleyes:
 

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Thanks! We are super proud of our 3000lb baby! lol


Now if only we could get this brake master cylinder in a reasonable amount of time it would be great :rolleyes:
Where's the MC coming from? I bought one from Rock Auto a while back and had it in 2 or 3 days.
 

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Where's the MC coming from? I bought one from Rock Auto a while back and had it in 2 or 3 days.
We were going to get a Centric from RockAuto but the shipping said 3-6 days... and we really kinda need this car to be operational ASAP
 
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