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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old July 10th, 2019, 19:30 Thread Starter
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original owner '86 trying to bring back after a looong sleep.

Hello,
I am the original owner of a Super Red '86 that I drove off the showroom floor.
My grandson has taken interest in it and we will comprehensive rebuild on it for him to drive.
The car has been sitting under a cover since a small accident since 1998. It is complete and in amazingly good shape inside and out, (96k original miles) if I remember correctly the clutch was worn and oil was passing through the valve guides on high revs.
I also have a tricked out 88 SC that probably was the reason I didn't fix it originally didn't fix it as it has almost twice the power after mods.
I am looking for tips about pitfalls as we try to get it back on the road.
Thanks for the help,
Art
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...oil was passing through the valve guides on high revs...
Probably through the rings. Oil through the valve guides usually shows up when you first start the engine.

Often the fuel pump will seize up if left idle for a long time.

Both of my 86 cars died when the frame rusted from the inside out. It was the big tubes that run along the sills. It was scary. There were places where the undercoating was still intact, but with no metal under it. I hope that is not your case.
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I'm currently getting my 87SC swap car back on the road after sitting for several years. Not quite as long as yours has sat but off and on for the last 15 years.

Engine is probably in need of a reseal then.

I would probably pull the motor to do that instead of flushing old fluids out and filling with new. Then you find you have to drain all the new just to fix the problem. Unless you can drain all the new neatly into containers to reuse after attempting to get the car running.

Fuel filter
New Toyota red coolant
distilled water
Tranny fluid Redlind MT90 is good but any transmission fluid will do
New clutch
Engine seal kit (OEM) if available
Exhaust gaskets
Oil
new Spark plugs
Check condition of radiator Primedriven.com sells new OEM like Radiators
Please check your tires as even old ones that look new are bad after say 6 years. Best to just replace them
Check brakes, you know normal maintenance stuff
Don't go overboard unless you have the money and want to.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old July 12th, 2019, 07:55 Thread Starter
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The body/interior are in excellent shape, it will need a full mechanical rebuild. I am toying with the idea of a 20V, if it was for me a 1.5, but it is for my grand son who is a new driver.
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The body/interior are in excellent shape, it will need a full mechanical rebuild. I am toying with the idea of a 20V, if it was for me a 1.5, but it is for my grand son who is a new driver.
Nice to hear from an original owner. I still have my 87 MR2 purchased new in Nov of 86. No longer a daily driver but still solid and looks good with around 145000 miles on the odometer.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old July 17th, 2019, 23:53
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Haven’t heard someone say “tricked out” since probably your car went under that cover hahaha
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