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Today, I had the exhaust pipe REPLACED from the CAT to the SS muffler. Sounds good. The guy cut out the bastard resonator. Omar is good, but *I haven't seen his work *(in Shoreline), yet. Aluminized, he said.
I looked at Yelp* and there were stellar reviews. He did that with hangars complete for $200 and was finished in 45 minutes! I took the time for a few beers, across the street at a casino. Yes, I wore my black terrorist mask!

Traffic was so crappy on the way back home, I didn't really TEST ON IT! I'll need a freeway on ramp.
The old pipe just rusted out.
Fast and good? YEP.

He and his brother ,Aydin, does not drink alcohol, but I gave them a pint of Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum to give away: A tip for getting be in and out FAST!

Recommended exhaust work: Famous Ballard Muffler in Shoreline, WA.........KILLER DEAL! 206 783-7530


I should do a sound byte, soon.
 

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i need a new exhaust built up for my van, guess i'll head up to WA to get it done :p


Got a lift in the shop space i share with a couple buddies finally, been cleaning it out little by little. Sold a couple of project cars that were cluttering it up a bit. Buh bye 71 datsun 521 and 85 rx7, gone but not forgotten. Use the process to get a nice welder, no idea what I'm doing, but gotta start somewhere...

Sure is easy doing things up high. This van would be a pain to do certain things without a lift, as the engine is under the seats. You actually unlatch the hood just in front of the front passenger seat, and flip that enter thing back. Going to knock out the timing belt this weekend because i don't read japanese so the stickers saying what maint was done make no sense to me, and it's prolly aged out anyway. Should be much easier from the bottom with the radiator out and standing right in front of the engine.


What did i do to the supra you ask? Nothing lately, it has the premium spot in the house garage so I see it all the time, just haven't really changed much to it. Trying to sell off many many parts i have acquired over the years, again to make space for projects... Lots of suspension stuff from years of me trying different rates and such. Thinking about turning an extra wheel or two into water hose reels for the house.
 

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Why don't you post the Japanese lettering? There are those here that can read it for you.
 

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Buy a fancy 22 " wheel from a scrap yard. It will hold a LOT of garden hose. Get a hub bearing for it, too. Weld /bolt a bolt to it for a crank. Wind it up, Gamble!
Go to Yelp* to find a good exhaust repair shop in your area. That's how I found mine.
 

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Green valve covers look good. Had to change gaskets so...
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I've been driving the ol' girl hard all summer, must've put on 4-5K since spring (all highway).

It was running good until yesterday. I guess when I changed the rad, one of the hoses leaked out ATF, so was low and began slipping. It was funny because the stick didn't show it. I added some OTC additive, which only made it worse 😣

I didn't have a filter, so just drained out what was left in the trans and replaced with 3L new ATF. Runnin' smoo-ooth!!

Thank god it's a Toyota!
 

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For an ATF change, I like to drain it from the pan and then start the engine, put in gear and wait about 5 seconds. When it goes into "neutral", shut 'er down. That will purge the trans cooler of old ATF.I use ATF+4, but it smells bad.
The 'filter' in my '84 is just a screen, so I never change it. A guy can take it off and clean it, I suppose.

Dang, the fill tube is really small! Add fluid slowly! Measure what you drained out and put that much back in. slowly.
I had to add a transmission fluid cooler to my Griffin radiator because they do not have a trans fluid cooler integrated.
It takes an extra few ounces, along with my spin-on filter.

An add-on pusher fan helps to control trans fluid and coolant temperature.
BTW, summer temps will kill your transmission, if the fluid temps get too high. Knee-knocker gauge.
 
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Washed, clayed and waxed my car yesterday. It was super filthy. Clay mits are pretty awesome and cut down on the time of that process as you don't need to knead a small clay bar during the work.
 

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I washed my car in the front yard to give the grass a little water. I used that 303 stuff. Looks OK and really easy to use!
Wet car, spray it on, rinse it off. Blow dry with my leaf blower- came out perfect!;)
 
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Driving country roads it gets dusty and a new touchless carwash just opened up down the road offering specials, so I drive thru. I don't really like the final blower effect esp. on the louvers (up n down pressure), afterwards I always check the trim and chamois wipe down.
 

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Started her today for the first time in 2+ months after some maintenance:
New plugs, wires, cap, rotor,
filters, hoses (so many hoses), thermostat, water pump,
belts, top end seals, timing belt, tensioner, etc.
Did some other maintenance while she was apart and stripped/painted the valve covers, rebuilt the oil pressure regulator, upgraded the thermal compound in the igniter, etc.

Fired right up after topping off the charge on the 11-year old battery. Gotta dial in the timing still before putting the coil/cap covers back on and bolting the under-engine pan back up after searching for leaks. Oddly enough, the only issue I ran into was one of the simplest. The new Denso plug wire set worked fine, but the cap-to-coil plug didn't fit for some reason. I'm reusing the old one for now since it didn't have too many miles on it. I'm just running distilled water for cooling for now before flushing again for the final fill. I did find some leaking oil from the AC compressor, so I left off the belt so I can revamp the system soon. The AC was working when parked, so it couldn't have been too bad. Still, might as well freshen that system up too.



 

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I just installed a new set of Toyo tires on my car. I've decided to avail of a bundle after watching videos on YouTube, and reading reviews online. I've tried some test run around the neighborhood and so far I am impressed. I am expecting that this tire will perform well even in the winter season. Btw, I would love to know the opinion of those members who have the same set of tires.
 

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I just installed a new set of Toyo tires on my car. I've decided to avail of a bundle after watching videos on YouTube, and reading reviews online. I've tried some test run around the neighborhood and so far I am impressed. I am expecting that this tire will perform well even in the winter season. Btw, I would love to know the opinion of those members who have the same set of tires.
What model/size tires? On which wheels?
 

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Sunday I put the battery in my blue 85 beater and started it to move it to mow around it and drove it around for a bit. Hadnt driven it in at least 6 months. Old faithful fired right up and purred like a kitten!. Its a rustbucket, but still mechanically perfect!
 
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Why don't you post the Japanese lettering? There are those here that can read it for you.
Or just use Google Lens, it will translate all sorts of text/signs/symbols if you are lucky!

I have still to order a new radiator cap, the first one I got was much too small.. Also, since replacing the regulator, it won't charge well, maybe I'll switch back to the old again, now that I've replaced the charge lamp relay.
 

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Did some small final adjustment and went for a couple of shorter test drives. Car had been sitting since january and i just got it back together after getting a new cylinder head in. The old one had cracks in it, making the oil heavily contaminated with water. I actually was a bit afraid that this would have been the end for it since parts for 5me is not easy to come by here, but i found a refurbished head on eBay in the US that i bought. Things are looking promising now and i do not see that white goo on the oil filler cap after driving it :)
 
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