40th Anniversary salvage rebuild

Inukshuk

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The plan is to fill the cooling system with distilled water, as it had green coolant in it when I took everything apart, and fill and drain it until everything runs clear, then fill it up with Toyota red. I'm not worried about sludge because everything was nice and green.
Perfectly fine to keep it all green. That was Robbie's advice to me when he rebuilt mine in 2012. 125,000 miles and 10 years later, all is well. GX and 100 had red, they are both now pink. Pink and red are compatible. Flame suit on!
 

HDavis

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Perfectly fine to keep it all green. That was Robbie's advice to me when he rebuilt mine in 2012. 125,000 miles and 10 years later, all is well. GX and 100 had red, they are both now pink. Pink and red are compatible. Flame suit on!
I read through the many debates on mud yesterday. There were several people backing up what you are saying with the addition that the Prestone green was preferred and just avoid the high mileage stuff. I'll probably still flush the system, but everything looks fine on this thing and who knows how long it has been running green. Hearing it from a trusted source I will probably just stick with the green.
 

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I read through the many debates on mud yesterday. There were several people backing up what you are saying with the addition that the Prestone green was preferred and just avoid the high mileage stuff. I'll probably still flush the system, but everything looks fine on this thing and who knows how long it has been running green. Hearing it from a trusted source I will probably just stick with the green.
Until it keeps you up at night...:LOL::devilish:
 

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I am determined to get this thing to a point that I can drive it around the block this weekend. I've gotten the trans cooler and the condenser mounted but I got stopped at the radiator. There was a koyorad radiator on the truck during the accident and the one I have I believe is an oem one. The problem I'm facing is where the trans lines connect to the radiator, they are different thread styles, with both being male. Can someone confirm that the radiator I have is oem and if there were other automatic Toyotas that had this style? Does anyone have these laying around?

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I got up early and ran to the junkyard to see what I could come up with to attach the transmission cooler lines. It turns out that a 95 Avalon uses the same threaded fittings as the 80 series. I bolted in the radiator, hooked up all the hoses then filled it up with distilled water and atf. I then hooked up the battery and the culmination of 6 months' worth of work came down to one moment. It cranked and cranked but didn't start, as it turns out I had not hooked up the coil wire. After that was plugged back in it fired right up and idealed out nicely. After bleeding the cooling system and adding ATF to the power steering reservoir, I decided it was time to drive it around the block. It made it, but I needed to add ATF to the transmission as it was jumping from first to second with a slight clunk. After adding more fluid, it smoothed out nicely and read right where it should on the dip stick. After getting it up to temp and driving it around the block many times there is no check engine light, it's got good oil pressure, and the lockers work. There is still plenty left to do, however, I had enough daylight to loosely put the headlights and valance in just to get a bit more satisfaction. It sure is nice to have made it this far!

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It’s coming together! Gonna be sweet!
 

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Nice!
Congrats!
 

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I decided to carry the momentum that I established to button up the front end and iron out a few things that will be required for the inspection. After getting the headlights hooked up, I realized the bright's were not working. I was able to trace it back to the combination switch. For the time being I pulled the pin from the plug and used a plug that I salvaged from Stout project that goes to a rocker switch on the dash. An additional item that was not working was the horn. I could hear the relay triggering but it was not getting power to the horn. I was able to find where the wire had been separated so I cut and soldered it back together. I've managed to put 8 miles on the truck in a 3 block radius and aside from needing an alignment everything is working exactly as it should. With that said that should be all that is required for the inspection and although this project is far from completely finished updates will probably slow down for a while now.

I can't extend my gratitude enough to those that shared their wisdom as I navigated this project. I could not have made it this far without the help from all of you great people, thanks for the support!

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