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post Jan 31, 2018 - 4:45 PM
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My 1994 Celica's 7A-FE engine is in the machine shop and when it comes back, I am certain I am going to have problems putting everything back together. Already do, in fact. So, I need to ask someone that has 'been there' some questions from time to time. Some of the questions I have are just not covered in the BGB. Maybe I could use this topic to ask questions? Anybody have a better idea, please feel free to tell me. Ok, let me start by asking a couple:

1) Besides rebuilding the Power Steering pump and gear, I decided to take out the windshield wiper motor and transmission assembly for cleaning, which I have done. This activity led me into troubles I had never dealt with before:

a) There was rust on the wiper arms that I got off by soaking in vinegar, then working with wire brushes. Now I need to paint them back to their original black color. What paint should I use and where can I buy it? Spray paint in a can, or brush-on paint, is my limit as I do not have an air compressor that can sustain spray painting, well, for anything large.

b) The wiper transmission assembly has 'ball-joint'-like connections that seem to me need to be lubricated. When I took the assembly out, it seems to have collected a whole bunch of dirty/oily stuff on the joints. What kind of grease should I use and how do I get it inside the protective rubber that covers these joints?

c) When removing the black rubbery cowl louver thingy that runs across just below the windshield and covers the access holes to get at the wiper transmission assembly, I didn't know how, so broke off three of the black plastic 'teats' on the under the louver that snap down into the plastic 'spacer' thingys that are sandwiched between the glass and metal. I bought replacement spacer thingys from the Toyota dealer to replace the ones that also broke, but do not know exactly how to slip them back under the glass. Also, I am wondering if it is possible to make teats on the under of the louver so it can again snap into the spacers like they should. Or, is there another way to get the louver reinstalled? Btw: this louver is one of the two parts that I have needed so far on this Celica that are 'out of production' at Toyota.

2) While cleaning up the engine bay, I removed a number of items, e.g., the EVAP charcoal canister and the fuel filter bracket. One bolt broke (snapped off) when taking off the fuel filter bracket, and I would like to replace both bolts. Where should I go to get Toyota good (quality) bolts to do this? Example: the one bolt seems to me to be M10 1.0 x 20 mm metric flanged hex head. I try to avoid purchasing everything from the local Toyota dealer because they are expensive, so I buy a lot from Rock Auto, etc. Where is the best place to go to buy nuts and bolts that are of the same quality as the original Toyota ones? Let's just say that I have already 'snapped' a few bolts already, and an 'assortment' would be very nice, if not too expensive.


Ok, that will serve as a starting poing. . . like I said at the beginning, I am looking for someone who has had experience doing this kind of stuff who would not feel too put upon if I got information from them. TIA
post Jan 31, 2018 - 7:34 PM
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As far as the wiper arms go I'd use epoxy paint since it's used on bare metal, so no primer and it doesn't need clearcoat, that and it's super tough and will probably look pretty close to stock. Rustoleum makes a nice epoxy paint in aerosol cans.

As far as grease goes I'd use some chromoly grease, and you'll need a grease gun or small syringe to get it into the joint.

With the clips can't say, been years since I owned mine so hopefully someone else can say.

Just find some grade 8 bolts at your local Ace, parts house, or nut and bolt store.


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post Jan 31, 2018 - 10:20 PM
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QUOTE (Box @ Jan 31, 2018 - 7:34 PM) *
As far as the wiper arms go I'd use epoxy paint since it's used on bare metal, so no primer and it doesn't need clearcoat, that and it's super tough and will probably look pretty close to stock. Rustoleum makes a nice epoxy paint in aerosol cans.

As far as grease goes I'd use some chromoly grease, and you'll need a grease gun or small syringe to get it into the joint.

With the clips can't say, been years since I owned mine so hopefully someone else can say.

Just find some grade 8 bolts at your local Ace, parts house, or nut and bolt store.


Thanks, Box, that is very helpful.

Does the epoxy paint come in satin, glossy, flat, like most house paints? I will go look for some tomorrow. Oh, do you think there might be a specific TOYOTA black that matches, like the white I got for the engine bay? I found that at O'Reillys, based on the paint type '040' that I got from decoding the VIN. Like your suggestion to use epoxy paint because it would be so tough.

I used a shiny black I picked up from a local Import Car Parts place near the Duke Campus (Durham, NC) on the middle front-to-back cross-member of the frame below the engine. Stopped and chatted with them because I knew they provide a lot of auto paints, and sure enough, one of the older guys hurried over to a rack and pulled off '62213 BLACK' made by SEM PRODUCTS, Inc (USA). Claimed 'Direct to Metal EzCOAT. . . matches OEM e-coat to quickly restore factory appearance'. It did the job nicely, but the vapors were deadly. I was thinking that the glossy look would not be so good for the wipers.

Also like your suggestion on the grease. I have a decent syringe that I bet will work just fine.

Stopped off this afternoon at O'Reillys and was able to find good quality bolts for the two I currently need that I am sure will be fine, so your advice is correct. I was thinking maybe somewhere I might be able to find an assortment of similar quality metric bolts that I could just have in the garage so I could turn to it instead of going out each time I have another bolt need. I will keep my eyes open.

Thanks so much, Box! Now I just need someone to advise on the cowl louver problems.
post Jan 31, 2018 - 11:41 PM
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Most of the epoxy paints I've seen are gloss, though a few meant for roll bars and chassis are more satin. There's also epoxy primer which would be flat or matte. Though I want to say most wiper arms I've seen are more on the satin or matte side. What's nice about epoxy primer is that it's not permeable to water like regular primer, which is why it's so popular on vehicle restorations these days or hot rods where they want the old school primer look without the risk of the metal rusting underneath.


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