Just bought a 1981 Toyota Corona DX (rt140?) with a 1600cc 12R engine with a 4 speed tranny. PO told me that the car was parked for a while as he didn't have time to use it and partly because he just bought a scooter and was using it more often that the car. So rather than letting it just sit and rot, (it was parked under a low tree) he decided to sell it.
So yesterday straight after I logged out of work I went to his place and paid the guy Php26500 (around $610.32 if I'm not mistaken) to take "midori" out of his hands.
Note: These are the photos posted by the PO on a local classifieds website here.
After a brief chat with the owner about the rotting Mitsubishi Celeste I saw on another street (the guy was a old school J-tin fanatic like myself) we shook hands and off home I went. While driving the car I made mental notes on what needed to be done to make the car road worthy again. I noticed that under acceleration the left rear wheel made a clanging sound which could be a bearing giving out. Also noted that the engine was waaaaay under powered which could just be a tune up issue. And I don't know if anyone noticed but the car is lowered like heck. While I do like the shakotan look, this is gonna be my daily/family driver so new shocks and springs are in order.
Im also wondering if I could get a second opinion on something. On my way back from the PO the engine suddenly sputtered and then cut. When I opened the hood I saw through the carb window that the fuel chamber was full (past the half mark). I drained the carb and after a few attempts of starting the engine sputtered back to life and then ran fine. This happened a few times (thrice exactly, the second and third time I just tried to turn it over after the engine died). My plan this coming Wednesday is to clean the carb and fuel tank, wondering if anyone can give me a second opinion if I missed anything that could have caused the issue.
Thanks for looking. 8)