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Unhappy The end has come

I kinda hoped to hit the 809k kms target set out here
https://www.toyotanation.com/forum/1...made-moon.html
but the Mother(fokking) Nature had yet another go at my Rolla. I cannot understand what do trees have against my car.
A branch broke off and swung right up her front when she was parked in the woods while I was out hiking.
That is the second time this kind of sh1t happens to her. First was back in 2012 when the rear hatch got whacked.
Fortunately she was still driveable (oil lines and radiator survived) so I could make it home after just some emergency repairs to secure the broken headlight.
So her flawless record of never letting me down remains intact.



I was dreaming of turning her into a sleeper with a Blacktop or even a 4AGZE swap, but with the whacked front, messed up A/C lines and other rust damage that needs fixing, it will be too much for me to handle, both technically and financially.
The clutch is starting to slip a bit, I guess either because of slightly leaking oil pan gasket or leaking rear main seal.
The clutch is somewhat irrelevant if one is considering a swap anyway, but the rust is just too advanced and as far as I can tell it has started to rust from the inside.
This is where the left fuel tank strap used to be.


And the right one, right next to where the rear crossmember bolts up to the body.


Then there is the front crossmember that starts to fall apart and presumably the rest of the body is not that far behind.



As much as I hate it, I guess I will have to say goodbye and take her on the last journey to the yard.
I have pulled out the front and straightened her up the best I could and put a junkyard hood in, to make her look at least half decent for that last ride.
Ehh, somehow I was hoping she would survive until the end of times.




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That tree did you a favor. Slapped you in the face and told you to wake up! That rust damage is not really fixable.
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That's so sad sorry to hear her journey is now ending.
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That tree did you a favor. Slapped you in the face and told you to wake up! That rust damage is not really fixable.
In a way I knew it. I did a borescope kind of inspection of the rear and the upper part of the body (above the rust holes) was still well intact and protected with a rubber-ish layer. I was in touch with a shop that did full restoration of vintage cars, including rebuilding of body parts. Their verdict was that they could do it, but at the same time they warned me that it would not withstand the daily driver usage. It would be good for a show car, going to meets and stuff, but would start falling apart anyway in 4-5 years time if driven on daily basis. So the cost and effort were just not justifiable.
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That's so sad sorry to hear her journey is now ending.
Thanks for the sympathy.
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Sorry to hear that. Although the rust in the cross member looks a bit scary. Rustproofing is one of the (admittedly few ) weak points in these cars. Even on warmer and drier climates, as in southern Europe, had some, especially around the windshield which can remain hidden by the rubber moulding for a long time..

Sadly, there is a time when you have to admit defeat and let go. Have you decided on the replacement?
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Shame. Good luck with your future autos. I agree, that rust damage looks pretty unsafe.

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That sucks! I guess cars are the same where ever you go... Stupid rust.

This is why I don't go to church, because I truly believe that god hates cars.

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Yup, thanks for feeling with me. As for replacement, time and wallet will tell. But as far as I can tell it sure as hell won't be what I would like Neither 7th gen Corolla, nor Mk4 Supra is made anymore, and GT86 is too expensive. But I am not very rational yet.
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This is why I don't go to church, because I truly believe that god hates cars.
I'd have to disagree on that I do believe that god is the ultimate race fan. A true enthusiast of uninhibited speed and acceleration. Just look at how he made the world. Take gravity for instance. This gives 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds. That is Formula One territory. The Earth is spinning at over 1000mph. Not to mention how fast it is flying around the sun at whopping 66000(!)mph.
Rust, road salt and speed limits/governors are clearly the work of Satan, communists and eco-maniacs. Which is all the same really
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Sorry to hear. I'm struggling to keep the rust away from the rocker panel and rear wheel arches on mine as the last couple of winters have been extremely salty shall we say. I might have to declare defeat in a year or two.
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I might have to declare defeat in a year or two.
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Well it's either that or welding in and painting at least one new rocker panel and possibly a real wheel arch. Thankfully I see no structural rust issues under the car. But given I'm in the fortunate position that I don't NEED to drive a cheap old car - I do it by choice - I'm also drawing the line where I don't want to drive it around with a bunch of rust issues, whether structural or cosmetic. So when that time comes I'll either be that crazy person who throws perfectly good money after an old car to replace body panels, or I'll simply get rid of it.
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I'll either be that crazy person who throws perfectly good money after an old car to replace body panels, or I'll simply get rid of it.
Or you could be the guy who goes out and buys a spot weld driller and a welder... You are known for bothering to procure the correct tool for a job.

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Sad about your car but unfortunately that happens. This is one of the reasons many cars can start to show rust in only 5 years especially in Salt states. That's why it may pay to not get too emotionally attached.
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Well, lesson learned although that would have been impossible, her being my first ever set of wheels And to paraphrase a famous pirate:
A car is not just an engine, body, suspension and wheels. That is what a car needs. But what a car is, is freedom!
(Jack Sparrow, Captain of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean)

And my Rolla has given me that freedom every single step of the way
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