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Old 05-01-2021, 12:55 AM   #171 (permalink)
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I'll have to get pics, the whole frame for the engine/suspention needs rebuilt/replaced besides the rear end issues, and the existing problems I already knew about. It's basically spend $1000+ into this car, or one in pretty good shape runs like $1500. Generally I don't mind throwing a bit of money at a beater, but I think this one is being a bit too much of a money pit (first toyota that I ran across that is like this).

I'd atleast like to find another car that has a bit more integrity to start with for cheap, say with a bad engine, or something like that. I also have a couple older 92-96 era camry bodies around, those things basically don't rust. They are pretty heavy cars though, don't think the 1.5L would do too well in a ~3000lb car when the orig car is ~2000lbs, of course more frontal area too. Only like 108hp vs 130ish, so not a crazy amount less. I still have the corolla too, it's a bit easier to fix than the echo, just some square tubing and nuts welded in to bolt the gas tank straps to and it should be good to go for a couple years or so. It did sit a while, so not sure if there's any issues from sitting (brakes, lines, mice issues, etc).

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Old 05-01-2021, 01:09 AM   #172 (permalink)
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I'll have to get pics, the whole frame for the engine/suspention needs rebuilt/replaced besides the rear end issues, and the existing problems I already knew about. It's basically spend $1000+ into this car, or one in pretty good shape runs like $1500. Generally I don't mind throwing a bit of money at a beater, but I think this one is being a bit too much of a money pit (first toyota that I ran across that is like this).
I guess you could still harvest some parts from that Echo to serve as replacements for another one in a better shape, and rebate part of the cost selling its remains for scrap.


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I also have a couple older 92-96 era camry bodies around, those things basically don't rust. They are pretty heavy cars though, don't think the 1.5L would do too well in a ~3000lb car when the orig car is ~2000lbs, of course more frontal area too. Only like 108hp vs 130ish, so not a crazy amount less.
I'd rather try some Yanmar 4TNV88 or 4TNV84 turbodiesel into those beauties.

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