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Old 26 Feb 2011, 09:21 pm   #1 (permalink)
chuck
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I'm looking into buying one of these. Any tips on problem spots to check
out on a car this old? Certain frame areas and the like? 1.6 I4 5 speed.
TIA!
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Old 27 Feb 2011, 07:08 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Feb 26, 10:21*pm, chuck <ch...@invalid.net> wrote:
> I'm looking into buying one of these. Any tips on problem spots to check
> out on a car this old? Certain frame areas and the like? 1.6 I4 5 speed.
> TIA! * *


I had a 1975 Corolla sedan with the same engine with four speed tranny
and the frame rusted through at the left control arm. There was much
rust on the left side of the engine compartment too. The ignitor was
bolted there and it literally fell off. The frame broke in two while
driving which dropped the engine and crossmember about six inches.
Tore up the plastic fan blade and screeched pretty badly but I drove
it home about 15 miles and eventually junked it. Good luck. Al
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Old 28 Feb 2011, 08:01 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Sun, 27 Feb 2011 03:21:16 GMT, chuck <chuck@invalid.net> wrote:

>I'm looking into buying one of these. Any tips on problem spots to check
>out on a car this old? Certain frame areas and the like? 1.6 I4 5 speed.
>TIA!

What area of the country?
In salt free, dry areas the body stood up relatively well, but in the
wet and salty areas they rot out along the top of the fender apron,
the frame just below the firewall and under the front floor pans.

The 2TC engine was pretty well bullet-proof. The te38 series was a
pretty nice body. The 5 speed transmission is a simple bolt-in
replacement and well worth the effort if you are doing any highway
driving.
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