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#3309369 - 03/12/14 12:34 PM Re: Junkyard Engine Cleanup -- Gaskets? [Re: andrewjoelpeters]
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good luck, i started on a similar path of hobby repairs and it has been very satisfying.
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#3309682 - 03/12/14 05:39 PM Re: Junkyard Engine Cleanup -- Gaskets? [Re: andrewjoelpeters]
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I don't think you have to go as deep as the head gaskets.

If the cylinder walls are rusty, you're going to pop the pistons out the top anyway, scuffing in the process. So you might as well scuff the pistons by trying to turn it over.

I would do the timing belt though and cam cover/ oil pan gaskets. Probably a distributor o-ring of some sort.

I bet the junkyard owner is tickled. "Someday my ship will come in and I'm gonna sell that tercel motor..."

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#3309765 - 03/12/14 06:57 PM Re: Junkyard Engine Cleanup -- Gaskets? [Re: expat]
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Registered: 09/03/10
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Originally Posted By: expat
Originally Posted By: Propflux01
I would check carb first. Then fill with oil and spin it over and see what it does. If you get pressure then give it a source of fuel and try to start it. If it runs, then you can spend $$ on seals and gaskets


You might end up using the carb from your old Oil Burner.


Agreed, I'd swap and then maybe try the orig after the engine is running properly... More than likely though, I'd rebuild it before I tried it...

As others mentioned replace/swap anything with rubber, if it has a mechanical fuel pump I wouldn't trust it as old diaphragms often rupture, that'll dump the crankcase full of gas and ruin a good engine in short order...

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#3310013 - 03/12/14 10:31 PM Re: Junkyard Engine Cleanup -- Gaskets? [Re: eljefino]
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Originally Posted By: eljefino

I bet the junkyard owner is tickled. "Someday my ship will come in and I'm gonna sell that tercel motor..."


I think you're probably right! At first he saw my out of state area code and told me he wasn't interested in shipping it because he likes to deal in person, but when I told him I'm actually nearby, it sounded like he was getting pretty excited.

Originally Posted By: TFB1

...if it has a mechanical fuel pump I wouldn't trust it as old diaphragms often rupture, that'll dump the crankcase full of gas and ruin a good engine in short order...


To the best of my knowledge 1st generation Tercels had an in-take fuel pump--would there be second one mounted to the engine itself?

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#3311139 - 03/13/14 09:33 PM Re: Junkyard Engine Cleanup -- Gaskets? [Re: andrewjoelpeters]
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Registered: 09/23/07
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Valve seals on Tercels were weak. Replacing them now makes perfect sense. I worked on a carb'd 1989 Tercel, and the camshaft driven fuel pump had to replaced. Typically you see a cam driven fuel pump on a carb engine but there are exceptions. It isn't common, but some carb engines do have an in tank pump.

I suggest replacing the water pump. The bearings might seize.

I am sure that your engine has a maze of vacuum hoses, since it is a carb engine with smog devices. You probably need to replace all of them, unfortunately, most plastic parts connected those hoses will crack.
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#3311204 - 03/13/14 10:19 PM Re: Junkyard Engine Cleanup -- Gaskets? [Re: andrewjoelpeters]
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while its out in the open pop the old freeze plugs and replace with brass. and do a back yard clean out of the water jackets.

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