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 Post subject: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:33 pm 

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So truth of the matter is I've always wanted an AE86 GTS hatchback. Unfortunately for me, they have long since priced themselves beyond what I can afford. I did at one time have a mint condition '87 SR5 Coupe, but I ended up selling it for a daily.

Then yesterday I was at the junkyard, and noticed in the impound lot a rather familiar looking rear end. The spoiler and body color rear bumper tipped me off to the possibility that it might be my unicorn. I talked to the cashier who said that security would have to walk me back, but they were understaffed that day, and would have to come back the next day.

So after a sleepless night, I arrived at the junkyard when it opened. The security directed me to an employee who would take me back to look at the car, but when we headed back, it wasn't there. It turns out that morning it was put into the yard. :x

I ran down the rows hoping it had not yet been discovered, and 8 rows in, glimpsed a winking flip-up headlight. I ran to it, and looked it over. A real GTS hatch, 1985, in red with the 3 tone red interior. Only 200k miles read on the guage cluster set in a dash that showed just two cracks. Except for the gas tank which was pulled to put it in the junkyard, it was complete.
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I quickly took the crayon that the security guard gave me, and scrawled "HOLD" on the windshield, and viciously guarded it until a forklift could come, pluck it from its grave, and give it a second chance at life.
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I called the head of the junkyard, and set in motion all the paperwork to make it mine. I paid for it, and went over it taking pics, to figure out the parts I would need for its homecoming once the paperwork is ready, and I can rescue it from its private impound lot. I imagine it and the Subaru that share its little spot of safety are glad that their roads haven't ended just yet.
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So now I must start to track down a GTS fuel tank, driver's taillight, and get some wheels and tires ready for it when it comes home.
It's a great feeling to finally have checked another off my list of dream cars (my S30 Z is another), and an even greater feeling to know that I single-handidly saved a GTS hatch from
becoming scrap metal.

I want to have it ready in time for the Japanese classic car show in SoCal, and I plan on leaving the junkyard markings on for the show.


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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:57 pm 
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That is cool that you saved this car. Did they give it to you for a decent price?

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:11 pm 
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it would have been a shame to crush that car, need's work, but who cares it's a 86! Great save!


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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:35 pm 

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Congratulations on the find! Great to see this car saved! I wish you the best of luck with the project :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:53 am 
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What a great story :) Good luck with the build

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:12 am 

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Hey, i see myself in one of the pics. haha.


Now you can go to sleep knowing that its YOUR car now. haha

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:29 pm 
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nice savvvvvvvve....... and a beauty. :shock:

good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:19 pm 

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Awesome!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:32 pm 
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Nice save.. 8) Since they took the gas tank out shouldn't they still have it? keep us informed on your progress.


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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:31 pm 
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:tu: Amazing save. Enjoy the ride.


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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:51 pm 
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Wow cool find! Good on you and good luck with the project.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:26 pm 
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great story! good on you for saving it. it looks like kind of a basket case but i've seen worse made into better.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:34 pm 
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i have a similar story on the same year same color gts hatch i found in a yard in eugene oregon in a bush!!!

very nice brings back memories.. cant remember the last time i saw a truly stock GTS hatch.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:53 am 
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Glad to see it saved. Had the same experience, except mine ended the wrong way. I was able to grab some parts before it was crushed, tried in vain to buy it before it went across the scales. It was heartbreaking to watch them spear it with the forklift and dump it on its side. :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:44 pm 
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Once a car is on the junkyard here, it is lost. Only parts could maybe obtained, you'll never get the car raodlegal again. Good find!

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:37 pm 
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That's Blinn North, how in the $&@* did you get it out at all!?! I was just there on monday, I didn't see it! I am glad you saved it!!!! Now where is my damn MA40 Supra rear end!?!


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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:32 pm 

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such a cool story.... it doesnt look that bad to end up for parts :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:25 am 
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Great job! I'm also curious what you paid, my experience has been pick & pulls won't let go of something in the yard unless it's for stupid money. An immaculate '84 Celica GTS coupe is in my local yard, pisses me off. Nobody has taken anything but the wheels and valve cover. :/

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:12 am 

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Good job on the save! you used to be able to do that around here but the yards are getting stricter about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved it! The junkyard AE86
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:36 pm 
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You saved it from the verge of its end! Great!!

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