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 Post subject: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:31 am 
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Hello JNC,

My name is Nick. I'm 17 years old, live out in the PHX, and I just picked up this 1979 Toyota Corolla.
55k on the odometer, and 5-speed.

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PO said the engine was rebuilt recently, and that he went through the entire fuel system.

Problems right now: the brake lights and indicators don't work, the windshield is cracked, driver-side window doesn't work, dash is cracked, tint is peeling horribly, wiring is a mess, no radio, gauges don't work (only speedo), and a few other things.

I picked it up from some small town called Oracle. It was late and I didn't want to risk driving the 90+ miles back home after dark, so I dropped it off at a buddy's house in the nearby Tucson for the night.

I will update and take more pictures tomorrow!

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:02 am 
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Location: Tucson, Az
Thats a great find! Not many of those body style around. Yeah, post more pics. would love to see more.



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Make sure that when making that trip to phoenix t check coolant levels and that engine operate on normal heat range b4 making that trip. If If coolant reservior boils over take out thermsotat and replace b4 driving off for phoenix. If u say that only speedo works. Check fuses maybe some are just blown. U would want the other gauges to work to be on the safe side.

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:32 pm 
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Thanks! I messed with a couple fuses, and got some of the gauges, brake lights, and the tachometer to work. I can't tell which fuse is which though because I'm missing the fuse panel :td: The coolant is nice and healthy, but my temp gauge is still not working.

Another thing: I'm having trouble with the ignition timing. The car is backfiring badly, barely accelerates, and dies when I come to a stop. I tried setting it last night, but the timing mark is way off. When I have my distributor advanced fully, the mark is barely on the timing guide. Do I just need to re install the distributor? I'm not driving it back until I fix this.

Oh, and this: I filled up the tank yesterday, and it was leaking! It was leaking from the top-right of the tank, looking in. I have it circled in blue:
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Anyways, here's some more pics!

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my buddy's Z31
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I have no idea what the white buttons do
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messy
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"damn, I wish I had one of these!"
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-Nick

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:40 pm 
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Location: Coarsegold California (around fresno)
Love the body styles on these sport coupes. Looks like you have some work ahead of you with this one.

PS- can you send me those steel rims when you get new ones? 8) I think they fit the car well.

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 11:01 am 
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A little inspiration? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 3:21 pm 

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Location: Mesa, AZ
Nice find! If you need any help I live off of Gilbert and Brown in Mesa.


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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:18 pm 

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love the car, body style. props for saving this beauty


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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 10:48 pm 
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thanks for all the love, guys!

I went down to Tucson yesterday to rescue my little coupe. I replaced the cap and rotor, and spaced the plugs. That made it at least idle. Timing is good. I was able to determine my problem: my secondary barrel isn't working properly. Even when I force the throttle plate open, no gas comes out. I'm thinking it's because of a vacuum leak, and misplaced vacuum lines. Because of this, it has hardly any power. We ended up flat-towing it home (140+ miles). I'm currently rebuilding a spare carb, so hopefully this will be all it takes to get it running!

stopping for an eegee (Tucson icee) before we take off!
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my view for 3+ hours
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back home, safe and sound!
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my two JNCs
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state of the workbench
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More updates will come!

-Nick

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:52 am 
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flat tow! omg. Should of done the spring flip to make your secondaries work like a mechanical setup. Carb is easy to rebuild, only mine ended up running too rich and I went with a Weber. Love your car, and cant wait to see it progress.

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:36 pm 
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Skellington wrote:
PS- can you send me those steel rims when you get new ones? 8) I think they fit the car well.


+1, I love these steelies, wish my Celica had come with a full set of them. It's remarkable how similar your dash is to mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:32 pm 
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Cam, your dash is cracked like mine too? :)

Skellington, I tried the spring flip, and still no fuel. I rebuilt my carburetor, but my vacuum ports don't match up with the diagram; therefore, vacuum leaks. I'm looking for a 32/36, and plan to just replace it.

pics for clicks
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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:49 am 
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nfelge wrote:
Cam, your dash is cracked like mine too? :)


No, thankfully! It's a bit different than yours, but the basic layout & styling are the same.

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:32 pm 
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haven't posted in a while. here's a quick pic to show that it's still alive.

my TE51 and my buddies KE26
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will update soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:28 pm 
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I was just wondering about this car. Looking forward to updates.

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:13 pm 
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not bored enough to update, here's a pic I just snapped though :)

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:18 pm 

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Bout time You made it on here nick car looks sick


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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:56 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:18 pm 
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well, here's the update:

It's been a while since my last real post. The major things are that I bought a Weber 38. I bought some smaller jets, but still couldn't tune it to pass emissions. Turns out the advance springs in my distributor were faulty :(. I passed emissions the next day. My buddy (toywagon82) tipped me on some old school wheels in a nearby town, so I went and scored those. A couple days later, my old tires gave up and left me on the side of the freeway. Thankfully, the same buddy sold me his barely-used tires off his wheels he was selling. I got them mounted and on the car the next day. I removed all that nasty window tint, and I figured out what was causing my electrical issues. My fuse box has bad corrosion thanks to a leaky windshield seal :td: . My radiator is giving out too, so that's next on my list. There's a spare aluminum one hanging around the shop I work at which I'll be jury-rigging in soon. After that, it will be time to get low :) also thinking about taking advantage of the spare turbo in my garage :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:40 am 

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wow, I love your car! here in PT only have the liftback body and even these are very rare.

need to have some patience, you have there some work ahead...

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 Post subject: Re: Desert TE51!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:16 pm 
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Nice car. I'm also a fellow te51 owner in the mesa area.


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