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Postby simple » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:17 pm

Hello,

Glad to have found this forum. About to take ownership of a 1988 ST165 ISMA Champion that was on ebay last week. Should make for a great project. I've tried to find one since my neighbor had a beautiful black on black ST165 back in the 80s/90s. I also fell in love with the All-trac system when I owned a 1995 and then 1997 Previa S/C LE a few years back. So good in the snow!

I've gone to the junk yard to find parts but there aren't many Gen 4 Celicas left. Still I have high hopes I can find a BLUE dashboard and steering wheel as the current ones are facked.

...then comes the rally build...maybe...
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Postby r-town » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:14 pm

Hello welcome! There were actually two 1988 IMSAs for sale on eBay, which one did you get? The one from New Mexico actually looks in pretty decent shape.

1) https://www.ebay.com/itm/324021756056
2) https://www.ebay.com/itm/164026063579
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Postby simple » Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:07 pm

I bought the one in New Mexico. Excited that it is all original. Not so excited it hasn't been run in nearly 18 years.
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Postby simple » Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:42 am

Just picked it up
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Postby underscore » Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:00 pm

Nice score!
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Postby simple » Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:49 pm

Washed out the mouse nests in the engine
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Postby simple » Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:50 pm

Then got the wheels off and test fit the new ones
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Postby Rick89GTS » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:25 am

Nice white AllTrac! Always good to see more 165s here. Welcome!
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Postby simple » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:06 pm

Well engine crank will not turn clockwise. A little play backwards but not seeing pistons moving.

I've got it soaking with some fogging oil and marvel mystery oil in there as well.

Any other ideas?


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Postby underscore » Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:13 am

It's a non-interference engine and I'm assuming you'll want to do the belt anyways so you could cut the timing belt off and see if it's the bottom end or something in the head that's stuck?
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Postby simple » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:19 pm

Timing belt is fairly new. About 10,000 miles ago. Looked at procedure to remove. Definitely labor intensive. On the fence on cut vs remove. Really want to know what is stuck. Wish I had x-ray vision

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Postby underscore » Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:24 pm

In that case I'd just pull the valve cover for starters, and just check the timing once it's turning.
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Postby simple » Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:46 pm

Forgive my ignorance but what would the valve cover off be able to show me? All I can see is cams right? Did you mean timing cover?
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Postby underscore » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:10 am

If there's anything funky going on up there stopping it from turning. I once bought an engine (long story) that had the exhaust valves on two cylinders rusted open so I presume they could just as easily get seized shut.
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Postby simple » Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:30 am

Confirmed cams and pistons move. Just not more than a little bit.
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