Junkyard Find: 1984 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Spray-Foam Rust-Repair Edition
Let’s follow up 21st Century Junkyard Find Week and Volkswagen Junkyard Find Week with Rusty Junkyard Find week, shall we? On Tuesday, we saw this ’83 Toyota pickup with not-so-effective fiberglass-and-Bondo cover-up-the-rust-and-hope-it-goes-away repairs, and today we’ll be looking at a thoroughly used-up Corolla with similar squeeze-another-few-months-out-of-this-heap repairs done by someone who knew he or she would be the vehicle’s last owner.
Does this rust mean that important structural components are likely to fail soon? You bet!
So close to that magical 300,000-mile mark, but another 38,868 miles in this hooptie would have been pretty miserable.
Even if the structure held together, there is no quantity or type of air freshener that could cover the stench of the fast-food-detritus-and-bodily-fluids-caked interior of this car.
Plus it’s a real hassle to have a hatchback with a nonfunctional hatch.
This retailer of smoking accessories also gets a shout-out on the Corolla’s rear glass.
You could get a diesel version of this car, but few did. Wikipedia editors believe that the 4A-LC engine was sold only in Australia, Switzerland, and Sweden, but you’ll see plenty of these two-digit-horsepower cockroaches in US-market Corollas.
US-market ads for Corollas and their kin seldom employed the word “sexy.”
San Franciscans— hundreds of them, lining the streets— doubted that the ’84 Corolla sedan could do anything.
John Davidson pitched a special New Zealand version of this car.
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