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It all worked fine for a few weeks but the car started to lose power, run out of gas and become sluggish. I replaced the turbos, injectors and EPR sensors, got the ECU reprogrammed, cleaned up the plugs and tightened them up. No improvement. Finally, I was getting worried that I might need a new engine.
I finally got the car to the garage where I was greeted by this:
Well, that's a problem...
It took a little bit of sleuthing, but it turns out that the factory installed two sets of plugs, low and high octane. Both were slightly damaged but, luckily, I was able to save them and swap them out. What's happening here? I get the feeling I'm on to something.
Well, let's go back to the beginning of this saga. My car was originally a 2010 Toyota Vios, which included a 5-speed manual transmission.
I've mentioned how I'm from the school of thought that believes that a manual transmission and a limited-slip differential is the best all-around package when it comes to performance. It's just too much fun to get back in the seat and work the gears manually, and it just feels like a no-lose scenario when you get the car's wheels spinning.
However, I decided to bite the bullet and order my engine from Aussie Performance in Sydney. I had some time to spare, and it looked like an adventure. To be honest, I don't even remember if I did or didn't have a manual transmission.
I bought a 6-cylinder 3.0L engine for a little over $30k, which is really a steal. Since this engine was an aftermarket unit, it was fully decked out with some quality components, which had been tested in a wide variety of applications.
In Australia, I was a little bit short on time, but when I got the car back in the states I did a little bit of research and was able to get a decent deal on a rear-wheel-drive, manual transmission car with about 45,000 miles.
It was a great deal and, of course, now I can't imagine going back.
The engine came with a full oil and filter change, so I didn't have to do that. The transmission was in good shape, and I was also a bit surprised to find that the car had been serviced very well.
After swapping out the engine, it didn't take me long to figure out that this car, like most Toyotas, was originally equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The drivetrn was basically in excellent condition, and since I had a manual in my garage, I decided to swap the tranny over to my other car, a 4-speed automatic. The whole job took just under two hours and was a breeze.
The last bit was having the car aligned. It was nice to have a manual-transmission car to take the time to do this.
The car has been great to drive. It's not my dly driver, but it does everything that I need it to do, and it does it without getting on my nerves. The car feels like it has a long life ahead of it, so I'm not in any hurry to get rid of it.
The only downside I have found so far is that, as I suspected, the car has a little bit of body rust. I don't think it's anything serious, but it's a little worrisome to find a place that isn't covered in rust on a car with so much history.
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I have tried to do as much research on the car before I bought it as possible. However, this project was largely driven by my desire to own a car that I love and use every day. I'm certn there are problems with this car that I've not yet discovered.
The engine is an older 1.8L 4-cylinder rated at 87 hp. In addition to the standard gearbox, the car came with a 5-speed manual and a 2-speed automatic. There are also a few minor things that have been worked on to the car, such as the radio and windshield wipers.
The biggest issue for me, like most people, is the condition of the car. The pnt on this car is a little rough and the interior and exterior don't look very good. This project has been very time consuming and has cost me more than I can imagine at this point in time. However, there are many good things about this car and I'm looking forward to putting it back on the road.
While this car is from a different era, I think that there are many good lessons to be learned from its story. I hope that someone else can find a happy ending with this car, rather than simply driving it until it breaks. This is a great project to watch as it continues!
For more on this car, check out my blog at www.mcclurejr.com/automotive-projects/
Thanks to your efforts and time with this car, my wife and I will have a great place to spend the weekend this August. I will be bringing the car to the local Classic Car Club show for judging at the beginning of the month. I'm sure it will look great and it's not for sale. What a unique project!
If you're a reader of The Motor Company, you might have already noticed that we haven't written anything lately. We do apologize for that, but I'm going to try to change that for good starting today.
For the past few months, I've been doing a lot of traveling for work and family. I've gone to Kansas City, San Diego, and New Orleans for trning and then flew back home. I've gone to a new job in Kansas City and started a new family.
This is a different kind of travel schedule than what I'm used to. In the past, most of my traveling was for vacations or short trips to visit family. I was even lucky enough to visit my daughter in New Orleans and meet her new baby. That was the first time that I ever met my own grandson!
Now, instead of being able to just have fun during my travels, I have to think about things like getting to work on time, how to