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Post by advawaits on Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:03 pm

Hey everyone,

I've just recently become the proud owner of an 81 Corona sedan. It's got a 22r with a 5-speed. There's a bit of rust, some interior degeneration and the doors either don't lock or don't open, but overall it runs pretty strong for a $800 car. I may have paid too much for it, but the way I see it, the margin of error bellow 1 grand is pretty generous.
I've been wanting to get into working on cars for a while now and though this would provide a pretty good doorway into the subject.
That being said, I've had a difficult time finding any sort of specific information regarding T130 anatomy. I probably wouldn't worry and just begin with engine stuff except that, whenever I drive between 50 and 70 mph, I can feel fairly strong vibrations coming from the back of the car. Below 50 and above 70, though, it runs pretty smooth. Should I be worried about the drive train, differential or something else back there? Are there any known issues with symptoms similar to my car's?

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Post by RT85CORONA on Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:18 am

Welcome to vc. Some pics would be great lol.. for your problem I would check the tire balance then check if there isn't anythingg bent in the rear end.. u can lift the car sit it on jacks and rotate the tires manually

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Post by mandalore on Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:54 am

I just got an '80 sedan, would love to see pics

I think $800 is an awesome price but what do I know lol Laughing
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Post by Fredricktflail on Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:23 pm

The shaking/vibration whatever you wanna call it is more than likely tires
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Post by advawaits on Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:59 pm

It's not letting me post any pics. All I got next to the submit button is (Max size per file : 0 Mb)

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Post by RT85CORONA on Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:28 pm

You have to actually use a third partty website like photo bucket then copy the img link n paste it

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Post by advawaits on Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:35 pm

Ok, here's what she looks like. Funny thing, though: about a week after I got the car, I drive it home only to find that the right tail light missing and the back bumper slightly askew. Either the bumper was warped before I go the car (which I didn't notice) and the tail light just happened to fall out or someone somehow managed to hit the right, back end of the car while I was parked on the right side of the street in a long line of other parked cars. Go fig. Also, that thing hanging down off the left side of the steering wheel is a non-functional cruise-control the previous owner installed.


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Post by a2ndopinion on Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:11 am

advawaits wrote:I drive it home only to find that the right tail light missing... the tail light just happened to fall out...
Yes, they are glued in. I've lost two corner lens that way. I have another set that I've soaked in hot water to get the lens off. I'm trying to get all of the factory adhesive off so I can epoxy them back on.

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Post by 81 corona 4dr on Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:42 pm

I would check the u-joints.

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Post by a2ndopinion on Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:04 am

I was going to say the same thing. I have a bad one now, but I know it'll get worse before it goes bye-bye.

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