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    Ryan's TE31

    I purchased this TE31 a few months ago. It is a 1976 deluxe edition which has a 2tc with a 3 speed auto in it. It has 38k original (non rolled over) miles.















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    Re: Ryan's TE31

    Interior shots:





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    I gave the car a good wash and started waxing some parts. I used a pressure washer since it needed some major cleaning / oxidation removal. Windows turned out nice, and the paint... not so much.

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    I also rebuilt my carb. I knew nothing about these down draft 2 barrel carbs. Didn't seem to be too tough. I soaked all my metal parts in the Barrymans cleaner so it looks brand new now.


    Spare tire area had some rust. Looks like someone took the car to the beach a long time ago and had sandy/salty towels sitting in there. I vacuumed, wire wheeled and painted.




    My grill was looking a bit dingy, so I gave it a little TLC.
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    Durring:





    After:





    And a for fun pic:

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    Still on the quest to get the car to run / idle correctly, I adjusted the valves. I am a bit phobic of dirty internal engine parts. Does this look normal? I want to clean out the sludge in here, but not sure if it even matters.


    carb rebuilt, Valves adjusted, old points set, and engine timed, vacuum lines all checked, and still not running right at idle. I used the carb spray trick around the base of the carb and around the intake gasket and found my vacuum issues. I ordered the parts to fix that and a bit more.

    I put a new exhaust on the car since the original is pretty tore up. I went with a 2" pipe, original cat, and an Aero stainless muffler. The car sounds a bit smoother with out the pitter-patter of 100 tiny rust leaks.



    I picked up a few parts that I will eventually use:








    I think that brings me up to speed on my TE31. I really enjoy working on this car.

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    car was in great condition and it seems to be getting better and better! looking forward to more updates :tu:

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    I love TE31s, and the progress on yours is inspiring! The grille turned out great. Can't wait to see it with the new seats and those Supra wheels. 8)

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    Looks great!

    May I ask what mind of cleaner you used on the grill? I'm searching for a good metal polish.

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    Thanks for all the kind words.

    Quote Originally Posted by RChives85
    Looks great!

    May I ask what mind of cleaner you used on the grill? I'm searching for a good metal polish.
    My metal parts are still raw, so if anyone has a good recommendation, I'm all ears.

    Quote Originally Posted by Camshaft
    I love TE31s, and the progress on yours is inspiring! The grille turned out great. Can't wait to see it with the new seats and those Supra wheels. 8)
    I must be doing something right then

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    Update: I have taken apart the front of the 2tc to replace timing chain and components, water pump, and thermostat. My idle has been off due to it being off on its distributor gear. It was advanced so much that I couldn't see the mark with the timing light. No wonder it didn't like to run under 1600 RPM. I have also cleaned the manifold and re-gasketed it.
    Stuff to instal:

    Before Pic:

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