1986 Toyota Corolla LE (Parts) (Orange Co.) $1

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Old 08 Apr 2010, 09:00 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1986 Toyota Corolla LE (Parts) (Orange Co.) $1

Looking to get rid of my car, either in parts or whole (preferably whole). It has thwarted my best efforts to revive it, and I have since given up. Here's the quick facts:

Car: 1986 Toyota Corolla LE sedan.
Automatic trans, ~130,000 miles. Ugliest shade of brown ever.
FWD, 4 doors, 1.6L '4A' engine (blown). Currently registered, non-op.

History of events leading to ultimate demise: Car blew head gasket. Head gasket was replaced, valves were ground, head was resurfaced, and car was tuned. A few days later, the increased cylinder pressure blew out an oil ring. Car sat for a while, then went back into the shop to replace the oil rings. Also replaced were the timing belt, radiator, oil pump, and all filters. Had the carburetor rebuilt, and replaced the battery. $1500 later between the two repairs, and I figured I had a car that should last 10 more years with nothing more than minor maintenance (fluids, belts, etc.)

It was not to be. Three weeks (21 days) later, the head cracked. (Anyone who tells you water and oil don't mix hasn't seen inside the valve cover of a car with a cracked head.) I was quoted another $1000-1500 to find a *used* head and install it (naturally, no guarantee as to how long that one would last either.) The car has now spent the past year sitting, while I contemplated either towing it out to the desert and burying it in the sand, or donating it for use in a demolition derby.

So, we come to today. I know I'll never recoup the losses so fiendishly devoured by the brown beast, but I figured I'd see if anyone wanted to salvage parts off of it before it's sent to the scrap yard. If you'd like the whole car, even better. Make me an offer. If you have a 1986 Chevy Nova, most of the parts are interchangeable.

If you're a half-insane out-of-work mechanic that believes he/she can fix the car... who knows. I may (stupidly) take one more shot at repairing it. (It's ugly, but I have some inexplicable sentimental attachment to it, even now. Go figure.)

I'm also curious as to how much this car is worth to auto recyclers, so if you're in that line of work, let me know.

The car looks like the one in the picture, except brown, dusty, and with a slightly dented rear bumper, from a hit-and-run years ago.
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