• Jul 18, 2007
What is it about the front-loaded form factor introduced by the Ford Ranchero in 1957 that the compulsion to modify other cars in its image is so great? Witness this first-generation Toyota Tercel - it's got a "needs to be fixed" list, but the bodywork looks darn good. It's hard to discern from the fuzzy pictures whether the claim of a professional conversion is bogus, or if this is one of those bondo buckets that waves back at you when you sight down the quarter panel. Nevertheless, you could have a lot of fun with this stubby trucklet. It'd be a cheap way to have fun at car shows, and we can't imagine a much less expensive vehicle to maintain. The color scheme looks rather handsome, actually, and the Cadillac taillights look pretty slick in this application. This appears to be a vehicle that was done up a while ago and then put away for some time. Older restorations can be hoary little chestnuts, so if you're going to bid, find a buddy in York, PA who can go take a look.

Thanks to tipster Matt!


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Note to Toyota: Get rid of your xP concept and approve the 1980 Tercel pickup for production instead!
      • 7 Years Ago
      that's actually pretty cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would have to see it in person but really, it is cool. It would be a fun car er truck to play with. Will a later engine fit? Rememeber, the first gen terc's were NOT transverse lay out. If your just swaping a more powerful engine onto the original tranny i'm wondering if there is room. I cant remember how much room there was between the front of the engine and the radiator.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm in York, PA 17404 if anyone needs me to take a look!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, the later engines fit without much issue.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope this isn't a duplicate message, so if it is, I apologize.

      I can't see the pictures due to the content filter at work blocking *.ebay.com, but the description above reminds me of the "El Tercelino" that I spotted on my way to a job site. I put a picture up on my blog at http://ziggysbranch.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!28DE98877FE04968!518.entry
      • 7 Years Ago
      well, i'm sure it will get good mileage, but as a truck, its pretty much useless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw the picture and I was like, I WANT THAT!

      Then I read it was a Tercel, and went... Nevermind.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not just restore a Dodge Arrow or a D-50?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Never ask WHY when it comes to creativity. Makes your head hurt.
        ...- Not at all useless as a truck. looks like a dandy way to haul small stuff you don't want INSIDE a car, like lawnmowers, gas cans, the recycling, I could go on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw a second gen. red RX-7 that someone had done this to. They showed up at a nissan show to show their car off though... personally I think doing this is rather weak, but hey, I guess someone's gotta like it?