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Offline gorchex

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1981 Celica Gt The Old Grey Ghost
« on: Jul 11, 2018, 12:34:14 am »
Hi new to you folks I recently purchased a 1981 toyo Celica GT at an estate sale you all gonna drop dead here 125.00 and it runs sorta still all the crude in the gas tank decided to drop into the gas and it decides when to crank over an run. I noticed first off the A\C was not working looked at the toggle switch they hooked up fried like a green tomato burnt to a crisp as was the factory wires. As well as the blower motors wires where burned hamburger meat as well . Even with all the wire damage she fires an cranks up runs. So far i pulled out the front dash and did some minor repair work on the dash panel's and getting it ready to change a few things on it like a switch for the Electric Fuel pump and looking for the factory switches are a pain so going after market panel looks decent for it. Redid most of the wires harness and tightened them up. More room now under there The sad part was that all the nice electronics that came from the factory where fried by either the fusible link blowing or poor grounding after a kid tried to rewire a new stereo into it he took out the EQ and fried the cassette deck and scalped their wires out of them an redid the front speakers only poor back speakers left undone but they are fried jbl's 3 1/2 loud speakers 2 ways . So far new wiring in the dash the dash has been redone. First time for using Dip it Plastic coat on something like this but it was suggested by a toyo club member here in Birmingham Al. they look really good  the dash cluster panel has peeling badly so off it came and was powder coated with plastic coat primer then powder coated with Silver looks good with out the grains from the laminate plastic. So now I am hunting down all info on the A/C system wiring diagrams i can find haynes book on order as well as chiltons. I do have one problem I have encountered at the battery the blue fusible link wire is fried like no tomorrow. looking for advice or info there to replace it as i am putting on a hot lead board and taking them off the battery post               

Offline Edge13

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Re: 1981 Celica Gt The Old Grey Ghost
« Reply #1 on: Sep 06, 2018, 01:30:23 pm »
That looks complicated.

Offline danf

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Re: 1981 Celica Gt The Old Grey Ghost
« Reply #2 on: Sep 07, 2018, 02:53:33 pm »
Ahh wiring.

For the fusible link you really need to replace it. It's probably what protected the whole car going up in smoke given the other damage you've found.

It'd be easiest to find a factory service manual, as I don't know if the other repair manuals will list proper ratings for the fusible links. You can usually find fusible links @ napa but you need to know the size. Toyota measures them in square millimetres. From there it can be converted into AWG and you can buy some. Smaller sizes like 22awg are hard to find but larger sizes like 18, 16, and 14 can be found at napa for around $6 (from memory...)

Also, remember not to solder fusible links, they're crimp only.
SELECT celica FROM toyota WHERE year<=1985;

1985 GT-S
-Rebuilt engine: bored .020 over, oversize valves, new cam
-Thorley header w/heated O2 sensor at collector & all new exhaust
-Impact6 strut bar
-3.9LSD rearend, which is now slipping
-Lots of bodywork and new paint!
-New cd player to cover up all those squeaks and rattles
-JK short-throw shifter