So, I am having fun. This could turn into more of a restoration than I planned.
I am putting a lot of hours into it, loosing track of time and staying up until 3am.
I figured out where that stain in the rear seat came from. It is the noise deadening tar-like material under the seat.
Something must of got down there and managed to liquify it and the seat soaked it up.
most of it is still hard, but some of it is lifting away with a putty knife.
I detailed the seats as much as I can. They are hanging outside to dry with the rest of the interior.
This car appears to have little rust considering the neglect from the previous owner.
I want to treat the small areas of rust on the floor pans, then cover with something that cannot hold moisture.
I am thinking a tar-like acoustic material. Anybody use the Amazon sound deadener?
I removed the passenger window motor assembly and the motor is rusted inside too badly to refurbish. Replacement is on the way.
Still have not removed the rear quarter motor. I believe the entire assembly comes out in one piece if I can figure out which bolts to remove.
Ordered lots of parts for the breaks.
Rotors, Drums, Calipers, Cylinders, Hoses, CV Axles.
While i am down there i think i might as well do the rest of the suspension parts,
Ball Joints, Tie Rods, Sway Bar, and all the other stuff, I thought about struts and springs, but I cannot find front springs.
Is it worth replacing the springs? I noticed the strut boots are torn so those might be bad.
The engine has a small oil leak, I believe it is coming from under the timing chain cover. Have not investigated this yet.
I know this should have come first before worrying about suspension and breaks. But I am not opposed to buying another engine and attempting to rebuild it myself.
I have never done it before, but I kind of like the idea of taking everything apart, cleaning and washing, and replacing worn parts seals, gaskets on the way back up.
And adding some pretty paint here and there to make it look sharp.
I am not a machinist so I don't really want to be playing with crank shaft bearings and stuff. But maybe I can learn or have somebody else do that for me.
I want to be able to trust the engine so i can go on long drives and don't want to break down hours away.
I did a bit of reading to see what other vehicles use the 3S-FE and it looks like several vehicles up until 2003 used it, Toyota RAV4, Vista5, Avensis1.
Will one of those engines work? or have there been changes over the years to prevent it from being a drop in? I have never done this before.
I added pictures for attention.