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JohnAE82

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PostSubject: 84 2wd tercel rwd swap   Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:33 pm

Ive neen searching and asking around with no luck, maybe someone here can help.

I just bought a 84 tercel as a toy to rally around in. Been thinking about putting ether a rotary or nissan vg30de in it. The engine is already mounted longways so custom mounts and that part is done. I know these cars came in 4x4 how hard would it be to put a rearend in it? Or is the fwd models very different from the 4x4's?
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PostSubject: Re: 84 2wd tercel rwd swap   Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:36 pm

fwd are very differnt that the 4x4 a lot of shits the same alots differnt where the rear end goes is differnt. Im sure it could be done anyway, but is it really worth the effort is for you decide.
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PostSubject: Re: 84 2wd tercel rwd swap   Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:56 pm

Just what i needed to know, thanks! If I do it wont be anytime soon, gonna do a little stuff to this 3AC and have fun with it until it blows.. if it ever does lol.
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PostSubject: Re: 84 2wd tercel rwd swap   Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:25 am

The 4x4 tercels are all wagons. your best bet would be to look under a wagon and look under yours and see how much space you have. the wagons use the same rearend ad suspension as a Sr5 corolla. You are at an advantage in that the engine is longitudinal, so converting it would not be the utter, impossible mess that converting a FWD corolla would be, but it would almost certainly be cheaper (and MUCH easier) to just buy a Starlet. Why invent the wheel when there are a stack of them to chose form?
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PostSubject: Re: 84 2wd tercel rwd swap   Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:16 am

It wasnt my intent on swaping it to rwd when I got it, but seeing the engine already long ways, plus knowing it came in 4x4, has me really thinking. Plus trying to find any RWD toyota down here is impossable. The ones you do find are way over priced (drift tax).
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PostSubject: Re: 84 2wd tercel rwd swap   Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:14 pm

If you are going to rally it seriously you need to look at the rules. switching drive ends may put you in too high of a class.
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PostSubject: Re: 84 2wd tercel rwd swap   Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:37 pm

By rallying I mean racing around on back country roads. If I do swap it will be a drift pig/drag sleeper.
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PostSubject: Re: 84 2wd tercel rwd swap   Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:09 am

Done more research on this. A live axle of any kind is out, too much fab work to be worth it. Looking into a IRS, maybe from a MX-5 or 240sx. With those its just 4 mounting points and bam, its in. The issue  now is with the strut placement. 

Going this week to cheak on a 13b from a 88 fc.
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