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Old 17 Aug 2011, 11:18 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default I just got a Toyota Solara!

I just got a Toyota Solara convertible!

I look forward to pleasant car conversations with you all (unlike on
alt.autos.toyota, where so many people seem so angry).

Not many questions yet, just three. I hope you can help me.


A. I need a copy of the shop manaul, factory service manual, REPAIR
MANUAL, whatever. I gather that I need 3 volumes, the two volumes
for the Solara, and the one volume supplemnent for the convertible.
Is that right? Unless they just got sold, I found the first two for
95 dollars on ebay, but I'm thinking maybe someone here wants to sell
his manuals from his old car, or you know a cheaper place to buy
these.


B. The car is 2000 Solara convertible, in pearl white (color 051) .
Duplicolor doesn't sell this color anymore, and Toyota doesn't sell
spray paint. If I get a scratch, I like to use spray paint. Any
suggestions where to get color 051?

And it's white, for gosh sakes. Isn't there a color still made that
is also the same white? :-) Or close?


C. With my Chrysler LeBaron. almost all the bolts, etc. were English
sizes and a small number were metric. Can I assume that every bolt,
etc. in a Toyota is metric? Can I put my English wrenches in the
house, to save space in my toolbag? I don't want to get stuck in
the middle of nowhere without a wrench size that I need.


Thanks a lot for any help you can give.
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Old 17 Aug 2011, 03:53 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:18:09 -0400, micky <NONONOmisc07@bigfoot.com>
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>I just got a Toyota Solara convertible!
>
>I look forward to pleasant car conversations with you all (unlike on
>alt.autos.toyota, where so many people seem so angry).
>
>Not many questions yet, just three. I hope you can help me.
>
>
>A. I need a copy of the shop manaul, factory service manual, REPAIR
>MANUAL, whatever. I gather that I need 3 volumes, the two volumes
>for the Solara, and the one volume supplemnent for the convertible.
>Is that right? Unless they just got sold, I found the first two for
>95 dollars on ebay, but I'm thinking maybe someone here wants to sell
>his manuals from his old car, or you know a cheaper place to buy
>these.


I see there is also the Toyota 2000 Camry Solara Electrical Wiring
Manual. If I have bought the other 2 manuals, do I still need this?

Or if I bought the two manuals and the convertible supplement?
>
>
>B. The car is 2000 Solara convertible, in pearl white (color 051) .
>Duplicolor doesn't sell this color anymore, and Toyota doesn't sell
>spray paint. If I get a scratch, I like to use spray paint. Any
>suggestions where to get color 051?
>
>And it's white, for gosh sakes. Isn't there a color still made that
>is also the same white? :-) Or close?
>
>
>C. With my Chrysler LeBaron. almost all the bolts, etc. were English
>sizes and a small number were metric. Can I assume that every bolt,
>etc. in a Toyota is metric? Can I put my English wrenches in the
>house, to save space in my toolbag? I don't want to get stuck in
>the middle of nowhere without a wrench size that I need.
>
>
>Thanks a lot for any help you can give.


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Old 18 Aug 2011, 06:11 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: I just got a Toyota Solara!

You can buy on-line access to all this information and more for short
periods of time at reasonable prices. You can even save the files that have
the information you need. Take a look at:

https://techinfo.toyota.com/

Regards,

Ed White

"micky" <NONONOmisc07@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
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>I just got a Toyota Solara convertible!
>
> I look forward to pleasant car conversations with you all (unlike on
> alt.autos.toyota, where so many people seem so angry).
>
> Not many questions yet, just three. I hope you can help me.
>
>
> A. I need a copy of the shop manaul, factory service manual, REPAIR
> MANUAL, whatever. I gather that I need 3 volumes, the two volumes
> for the Solara, and the one volume supplemnent for the convertible.
> Is that right? Unless they just got sold, I found the first two for
> 95 dollars on ebay, but I'm thinking maybe someone here wants to sell
> his manuals from his old car, or you know a cheaper place to buy
> these.
>
>
> B. The car is 2000 Solara convertible, in pearl white (color 051) .
> Duplicolor doesn't sell this color anymore, and Toyota doesn't sell
> spray paint. If I get a scratch, I like to use spray paint. Any
> suggestions where to get color 051?
>
> And it's white, for gosh sakes. Isn't there a color still made that
> is also the same white? :-) Or close?
>
>
> C. With my Chrysler LeBaron. almost all the bolts, etc. were English
> sizes and a small number were metric. Can I assume that every bolt,
> etc. in a Toyota is metric? Can I put my English wrenches in the
> house, to save space in my toolbag? I don't want to get stuck in
> the middle of nowhere without a wrench size that I need.
>
>
> Thanks a lot for any help you can give.



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Old 19 Aug 2011, 07:42 am   #4 (permalink)
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micky wrote:
> I just got a Toyota Solara convertible!
>
> I look forward to pleasant car conversations with you all (unlike on
> alt.autos.toyota, where so many people seem so angry).
>
> Not many questions yet, just three. I hope you can help me.
>
>
> A. I need a copy of the shop manaul, factory service manual, REPAIR
> MANUAL, whatever. I gather that I need 3 volumes, the two volumes
> for the Solara, and the one volume supplemnent for the convertible.
> Is that right? Unless they just got sold, I found the first two for
> 95 dollars on ebay, but I'm thinking maybe someone here wants to sell
> his manuals from his old car, or you know a cheaper place to buy
> these.
>
>
> B. The car is 2000 Solara convertible, in pearl white (color 051) .
> Duplicolor doesn't sell this color anymore, and Toyota doesn't sell
> spray paint. If I get a scratch, I like to use spray paint. Any
> suggestions where to get color 051?
>
> And it's white, for gosh sakes. Isn't there a color still made that
> is also the same white? :-) Or close?
>
>
> C. With my Chrysler LeBaron. almost all the bolts, etc. were English
> sizes and a small number were metric. Can I assume that every bolt,
> etc. in a Toyota is metric? Can I put my English wrenches in the
> house, to save space in my toolbag? I don't want to get stuck in
> the middle of nowhere without a wrench size that I need.
>
>
> Thanks a lot for any help you can give.



Every nut and bolt should be metric. As for the white paint, try
looking at "Pearl White" for other makes. The dealer should be able to
order little, expensive touch-up cans from Toyota.
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Old 20 Aug 2011, 06:41 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Fri, 19 Aug 2011 07:42:49 -0500, Leftie <No@Thanks.net> wrote:

>micky wrote:
>> I just got a Toyota Solara convertible!
>>
>> I look forward to pleasant car conversations with you all (unlike on
>> alt.autos.toyota, where so many people seem so angry).
>>
>> Not many questions yet, just three. I hope you can help me.
>>
>>
>> A. I need a copy of the shop manaul, factory service manual, REPAIR
>> MANUAL, whatever. I gather that I need 3 volumes, the two volumes
>> for the Solara, and the one volume supplemnent for the convertible.
>> Is that right? Unless they just got sold, I found the first two for
>> 95 dollars on ebay, but I'm thinking maybe someone here wants to sell
>> his manuals from his old car, or you know a cheaper place to buy
>> these.
>>
>>
>> B. The car is 2000 Solara convertible, in pearl white (color 051) .
>> Duplicolor doesn't sell this color anymore, and Toyota doesn't sell
>> spray paint. If I get a scratch, I like to use spray paint. Any
>> suggestions where to get color 051?
>>
>> And it's white, for gosh sakes. Isn't there a color still made that
>> is also the same white? :-) Or close?
>>
>>
>> C. With my Chrysler LeBaron. almost all the bolts, etc. were English
>> sizes and a small number were metric. Can I assume that every bolt,
>> etc. in a Toyota is metric? Can I put my English wrenches in the
>> house, to save space in my toolbag? I don't want to get stuck in
>> the middle of nowhere without a wrench size that I need.
>>
>>
>> Thanks a lot for any help you can give.

>
>
> Every nut and bolt should be metric.


Okay. I'll try to get over my view that metric measurements are a
communist plot to weaken the fiber of Western civilization, and it
will be an excuse to buy more tools. (I have sockets and combination
wrenches, but I could use deep sockets and allen wrenches, for a
start. I'm not sure what else.)


> As for the white paint, try
>looking at "Pearl White" for other makes. The dealer should be able to
>order little, expensive touch-up cans from Toyota.


There actually is a little cylinder of that in the glove compartment,
11 years old, I guess. But I've never been able to do a good job
with a brush, only with spary.

Duplicolor doesn't still make this color and that other company whose
name I forget seems to have been bought out by Rustoleum (which didn't
used to have paint by auto-maker paint number, but does now. However
it doesn't have this color.

OTOH, I found a company that will mix the paint to order and sell a
12-oz can for 20 dollars. Does anyone want the company name? I'll
find it if you do. In this case, they say it's a 3-layer
process, including the clear coat, so I have to buy the base coat too
as well as the color coat, so that's another 20 dollars.
Unfortunately since I dn't plan to to sand anything down, or apply a
base coat. I'm thinking in terrms of little scratches. But OT3H,
of the last 5 cars, in the last 37 years, all of which I have bought
paint for, for the most part I never used the paint. I never got
scratches, but I bought the paint anyhow before they stopped selling
it. . So I won't have to buy anything if I don't get any scratches.

My prime example of the advantage of this was my '67 Pontiac in
Mariner Turquoise. It had a lot of little scratches for some reason,
as if I had driven thorugh bushes with thorns. I took the car to a
carwash first, no wax, an d I sprayed the Duplicolor paint on, when
the car was 10 or 11 years old, and 10 seconds later I couldnt' tell
where the scratches had been. I didn't mask anything but the
chrome, just feathered the color and I couldnt' tell where the
feathering was, where the new paint was and where only the old paint
was. It looked great.

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Old 20 Aug 2011, 06:42 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Thu, 18 Aug 2011 07:11:43 -0400, "C. E. White"
<cewhite3@mindspring.com> wrote:

>You can buy on-line access to all this information and more for short
>periods of time at reasonable prices. You can even save the files that have
>the information you need. Take a look at:
>
>https://techinfo.toyota.com/



Thanks. I didnt' know about this sort of thing. Very interesting.



>Regards,
>
>Ed White
>
>"micky" <NONONOmisc07@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
>news:mcpn47l52juanlpqgsog5hbgr7n48oasqc@4ax.com.. .
>>I just got a Toyota Solara convertible!
>>
>> I look forward to pleasant car conversations with you all (unlike on
>> alt.autos.toyota, where so many people seem so angry).
>>
>> Not many questions yet, just three. I hope you can help me.
>>
>>
>> A. I need a copy of the shop manaul, factory service manual, REPAIR
>> MANUAL, whatever. I gather that I need 3 volumes, the two volumes
>> for the Solara, and the one volume supplemnent for the convertible.
>> Is that right? Unless they just got sold, I found the first two for
>> 95 dollars on ebay, but I'm thinking maybe someone here wants to sell
>> his manuals from his old car, or you know a cheaper place to buy
>> these.
>>
>>
>> B. The car is 2000 Solara convertible, in pearl white (color 051) .
>> Duplicolor doesn't sell this color anymore, and Toyota doesn't sell
>> spray paint. If I get a scratch, I like to use spray paint. Any
>> suggestions where to get color 051?
>>
>> And it's white, for gosh sakes. Isn't there a color still made that
>> is also the same white? :-) Or close?
>>
>>
>> C. With my Chrysler LeBaron. almost all the bolts, etc. were English
>> sizes and a small number were metric. Can I assume that every bolt,
>> etc. in a Toyota is metric? Can I put my English wrenches in the
>> house, to save space in my toolbag? I don't want to get stuck in
>> the middle of nowhere without a wrench size that I need.
>>
>>
>> Thanks a lot for any help you can give.

>


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Old 20 Aug 2011, 10:41 pm   #7 (permalink)
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On Sat, 20 Aug 2011 19:42:32 -0400, micky <NONONOmisc07@bigfoot.com>
wrote:

>On Thu, 18 Aug 2011 07:11:43 -0400, "C. E. White"
><cewhite3@mindspring.com> wrote:
>
>>You can buy on-line access to all this information and more for short
>>periods of time at reasonable prices. You can even save the files that have
>>the information you need. Take a look at:
>>
>>https://techinfo.toyota.com/

>
>
>Thanks. I didnt' know about this sort of thing. Very interesting.


I should add that I plan to keep the car 7 years or longer and I
typically spend 20 or 30 hours each year, spread out over maybe 60
days a year at first, 20 days in the later years, reading the shop
manual. At 15 dollars for 2 days, it's cheaper for me to buy the
manuals.

I am not suret if there is a copyright problem with what they do, but
cooperating with one would be a problem too.
>
>
>>Regards,
>>
>>Ed White
>>
>>"micky" <NONONOmisc07@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
>>news:mcpn47l52juanlpqgsog5hbgr7n48oasqc@4ax.com. ..
>>>I just got a Toyota Solara convertible!
>>>
>>> I look forward to pleasant car conversations with you all (unlike on
>>> alt.autos.toyota, where so many people seem so angry).
>>>
>>> Not many questions yet, just three. I hope you can help me.
>>>
>>>
>>> A. I need a copy of the shop manaul, factory service manual, REPAIR
>>> MANUAL, whatever. I gather that I need 3 volumes, the two volumes
>>> for the Solara, and the one volume supplemnent for the convertible.
>>> Is that right? Unless they just got sold, I found the first two for
>>> 95 dollars on ebay, but I'm thinking maybe someone here wants to sell
>>> his manuals from his old car, or you know a cheaper place to buy
>>> these.
>>>
>>>
>>> B. The car is 2000 Solara convertible, in pearl white (color 051) .
>>> Duplicolor doesn't sell this color anymore, and Toyota doesn't sell
>>> spray paint. If I get a scratch, I like to use spray paint. Any
>>> suggestions where to get color 051?
>>>
>>> And it's white, for gosh sakes. Isn't there a color still made that
>>> is also the same white? :-) Or close?
>>>
>>>
>>> C. With my Chrysler LeBaron. almost all the bolts, etc. were English
>>> sizes and a small number were metric. Can I assume that every bolt,
>>> etc. in a Toyota is metric? Can I put my English wrenches in the
>>> house, to save space in my toolbag? I don't want to get stuck in
>>> the middle of nowhere without a wrench size that I need.
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks a lot for any help you can give.

>>


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