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    1. Member yurikaze's Avatar
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      02-15-2013 06:37 PM #1
      So truth of the matter is I've always wanted an AE86 GTS hatchback. Unfortunately for me, they have long since priced themselves beyond what I can afford. I did at one time have a mint condition '87 SR5 Coupe, but I ended up selling it for a daily.

      Then yesterday I was at the junkyard, and noticed in the impound lot a rather familiar looking rear end. The spoiler and body color rear bumper tipped me off to the possibility that it might be my unicorn. I talked to the cashier who said that security would have to walk me back, but they were understaffed that day, and would have to come back the next day.

      So after a sleepless night, I arrived at the junkyard when it opened. The security directed me to an employee who would take me back to look at the car, but when we headed back, it wasn't there. It turns out that morning it was put into the yard. :x

      I ran down the rows hoping it had not yet been discovered, and 8 rows in, glimpsed a winking flip-up headlight. I ran to it, and looked it over. A real GTS hatch, 1985, in red with the 3 tone red interior. Only 200k miles read on the guage cluster set in a dash that showed just two cracks. Except for the gas tank which was pulled to put it in the junkyard, it was complete.


      I quickly took the crayon that the security guard gave me, and scrawled "HOLD" on the windshield, and viciously guarded it until a forklift could come, pluck it from its grave, and give it a second chance at life.


      I called the head of the junkyard, and set in motion all the paperwork to make it mine. I paid for it, and went over it taking pics, to figure out the parts I would need for its homecoming once the paperwork is ready, and I can rescue it from its private impound lot. I imagine it and the Subaru that share its little spot of safety are glad that their roads haven't ended just yet.








      So now I must start to track down a GTS fuel tank, driver's taillight, and get some wheels and tires ready for it when it comes home.
      It's a great feeling to finally have checked another off my list of dream cars (my S30 Z is another), and an even greater feeling to know that I single-handidly saved a GTS hatch from
      becoming scrap metal.

      I want to have it ready in time for the Japanese classic car show in SoCal, and I plan on leaving the junkyard markings on for the show.

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      02-15-2013 06:41 PM #2


      My uncle did the same with a Pantera twenty years ago. It's great to hear about a car getting another lease on life.
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      02-15-2013 06:41 PM #3
      My Toyota love goes deep. I applaud you for saving an AE86 GTS. Good luck
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      02-15-2013 06:43 PM #5
      Too many actual build threads going on lately!

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      02-15-2013 06:44 PM #6
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      02-15-2013 06:46 PM #7
      looking forward to seeing the progress on this. good luck!

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      02-15-2013 06:46 PM #8
      Nice, I 80s and 90s Toyotas (and all of them really)

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      02-15-2013 06:48 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by EuroPartsBin View Post
      Too many actual build threads going on lately!
      No doubt! Beats the usual beige camcord circle jerk in here.

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      02-15-2013 06:50 PM #11
      Many a times i have fantasized about taking an old car and restoring it myself. Currently, funds and driveway room does not allow for it, but i will fullfill this fantasy of mine.


      Kudos to you sir, looks like a great project! In for updates

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      02-15-2013 06:52 PM #13
      I dunno, it's pretty hard to get excited about something like this when there are people out there buying freaking Rondos. I mean, damn.... Rondo.



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      02-15-2013 06:55 PM #15
      I've always loved the idea of saving a car (especially a cool, rare one) from the junkyard and giving it new life.

      I always frown when I see the junkyard Cherokees when I go to pick. Then I realize that I'm there to steal their parts
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      02-15-2013 06:56 PM #16
      Why was it impounded?
      Abandoned?
      Just curious why it was junked to begin with.
      Usually abandoned cars have some major mechanic issue.

      Oh- and California is nice to old cars... as it it keeps rust to a minimum.
      But sun damage is another thing.

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      02-15-2013 06:59 PM #17
      I had a chance to grab one with a Inline 6 in it, the Supra model with a 5 speed for 2K a few years ago. Awesome condition. I am still kicking myself for not grabbing it

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      02-15-2013 07:00 PM #18
      That is awesome. Can't wait to see the progress!

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      02-15-2013 07:01 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Why was it impounded?
      Abandoned?
      Just curious why it was junked to begin with.
      Usually abandoned cars have some major mechanic issue.

      Oh- and California is nice to old cars... as it it keeps rust to a minimum.
      But sun damage is another thing.
      From looking at the car, I've come to the following conclusions. It was well maintained, but the owner wasn't an enthusiast. This car is bone stock. From the looks of things, the left front tire had a catastrophic blowout, and the owner didn't replace the tire, just let it sit. It wasn't abandoned as far as I can tell, but sold to the junkyard. Maybe someone's signifigant other grew tired of looking at it or something. The car still has its keys, and there's no metal flakes in the oil, or sludge in the cooling system that would tell of a blown headgasket. I won't know for sure what all its issues are until the paperwork clears and i can bring it home, but for what I paid, I believe it's worth it.

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      02-15-2013 07:03 PM #20
      woah...i was always under the impression that you couldn't pull anything from the yard in CA! good luck. i'm def subscribing
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      02-15-2013 07:07 PM #21
      Awesome. Totally in

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      02-15-2013 07:07 PM #22
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      02-15-2013 07:07 PM #23
      Looks like a piece...but I'm jealous!
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      02-15-2013 07:09 PM #24
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