By on December 29, 2010

Remember window louvers? They were sort of terrible, yet it’s still interesting to see them on a quasi-sporty Malaise Era car. This Celica ST’s louvers will soon be ground up and digested by The Crusher.

It’s sad to see another 20R about to get crushed. These engines should be immortal!

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30 Comments on “Window Louvers Aren’t Enough To Save This 1976 Toyota Celica ST...”

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    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    Wow this place even comes with blinds.
    Parking in the school parking lot in high school the only cars I can remember with louvers were old Mustangs and Camaros, although we are talking about a Midwestern school parking lot circa 1995.

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    Question about car recycling: Is crushing and shredding a car really an effective way to separate all the raw materials (steel, copper, aluminum, plastic, glass) so they can be reused?  I don’t see how they can automate separation of those materials, since the shredder will not physically separate them all.  The youtube videos I’ve seen of car shredding results in cutting the car into chunks ranging 3″ – 6″ in size that aren’t homogenous.  Wouldn’t it be more logical to just have a crew cut off the large pieces of steel for reuse and then throw out the remaining unidentifiable stuff?

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      The modern shredding plants really do automatically sort the materials onto different conveyors.  It’s a massive operation, but all together it can be visualized as a machine that takes a crushed car in one side and spits the various materials out into different bins.  There are a few videos of it on Youtube, here’s a 10-minute long one:

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      Most yards will send a crew through to strip out the copper wiring and aluminum parts before the car gets crushed. The number I keep hearing is that a typical car contains 50 bucks worth of copper wire.

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      Murilee, your copper wire comment gave me a thought- I wonder if there’s profit to be made by employing meth heads to sort scrap metal.  Those people get pretty aggressive over that kind of stuff but you always hear about them tearing up functioning machines (air conditioners, industrial motors, generators).

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    Window louvers need to come back! I want my next car to look like sonic the hedge-hog.

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    Tis a shame… I always thought these were actually reasonably good looking cars.

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      This one is a crying shame. It’s the straightest car I’ve ever seen in a junkyard. Aside from what looks like the front bumper pushed a tiny bit back, it seems to be completely unmarked and all there. The paint is even still shiny.
      Based on the distributor lying loose, I suspect this one was a victim of a failed camshaft or timing chain. But there are people around here who would pay $1000 for that shell as it sits.

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      I would be first in line. I need those rear corners for my 74.

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    They were good looking, I miss them too. The good news is Wink Mirrors are making a comeback.

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      Good lord. I had a Wink in my A1 Scirocco. The good news? Fabulous 360° visibility. The not so good news? I got so used to it that I once almost punted a Gold Wing off the Golden Gate bridge. I was driving a different car (coincidentally, my Mom’s louver-equipped RX7), glanced at the spot on the headliner where the mirror for that lane was in my car, saw nothing, and proceeded to change lanes. Fortunately, the rider was smarter than I was, had seen it coming, and got out of the way.

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    M 1

    I had an ’80 GT that had an ST rear grafted on when it was rear-ended (it was nearly new when it was hit and the owner, who was later my first boss, had paid cash and couldn’t bear to simply junk it). It was never fast, but it was fun to drive and it handled great. I paid $88 for it, and I sold it three times (and repo’d it twice).
    It did not, however, have a cheese-grater over the rear window.

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    John Fritz

    Wow. I had forgotten about those stock Japanese radios with the volume/tuning knobs swapped around.

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    I remember the louvres well.  They were very popular add-ons.  We had one on our 1979 Supra.  The trouble with them was cleaning the rear window when washing the car.  Ours had a little key that basically functioned as a screwdriver to remove two screws on each lower corner.  Then, the hinges at the top allowed you to prop up the louvres so that you could get at the window.  Really, a pain.  But, they actually looked OK.  A family member also had a ’77 Celica at the time.  The 20R was solid but gutless and noisy.  This one also developed an annoying clutch pedal squeak.  Reliable, economical and good-looking. 

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    Let’s not forget the privacy that louvers afforded to kidnappers, molesters, stoners, and amateur teen detectives when attached to the rear windows of their Ford Econoline or Dodge Prospector van. 

    Wasn’t the Mystery Machine louvered-up?

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    Dan R

    You can see where Chevy got the inspiration for the rear styling of present Camaro.

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    Man, that’s waaay too clean to be in a junkyard. Damn shame.

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    My 1978 Plymouth Arrow had side louvers.  Years later when I found a relatively unmolested one again (early 2000’s) I was pleasantly surprised to find that the louvers in tact.  That, along with cars that had the pop-out side vent windows are small details that I kind of miss on cars today!

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    alfred p. sloan

    Deffiantly dig the Monochromatic look with the body color louvers

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    I had a 76 Celica with louvers just like that. Had it for years and never had a problem despite it being a high mileage car. Worst thing about it was the windshield was sandblasted by desert dust and driving into the sun was tough.

    Can’t remember why we sold it. It probably had another 150k miles in it with reasonable care.

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    Wow, indeed a totally straight junker in terms of the body. Paint isn’t bad at all and it may even have a bit of a shine to it still.

    That interior though is totally shot and would need it all replaced I would think, along with a new top for the dash, otherwise it looks to be all there.

    Sadly, it looks like the motor perhaps got the better of this poor beast.

    I remember the louvers and usually saw them on fastbacks like the 80’s era Camaros and the like due to their supposed ability to cut the sun’s rays into the car to help keep it cooler. My best friend once owned a used SAAB 1980 900 Turbo and it had the black louvers on the rear glass (his was the 2 door hatch variant) and the car was black with the red/orange stripping. A sweet ride for the times.

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    I love these old Celicas!  Occasionally you can find one restored for a really good price… I would love to snap one up some day.

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    3305 lb GVWR.   That’s lower than the curb weight of just about all RWD coupes today.

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    Jerry Sutherland

    That’s too bad-the hardest  70s Celica to find is one that isn’t a pile of reddish colored dust. This one should have been saved…

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    Exhaust manifold cracked— check

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