aaronlee133 wrote:Haha, I have the same hoist and stand from harbor freight - i know the feeling!
The pistons appears to have more than just carbon build-up; looks more like oil... prolly from the headgasket and perhaps oil seeping into the cylinders from the top?
The rust on the passage ways def isn't 'normal'. If you have a machine shop or engine shop in mind I would send them those pics to get their thoughts on whether they can restore or save.
Either way, with the block out now, you might as well do everything else! Just get yourself a proper AW11 manual rack + T3 bushing + MK3 intermediate shaft, new fuel filter, clean up that booster or delete it all together... perhaps some new subframe bolts? - can't tell if that's surface rust but looks to be in pretty needy shape esp if you think about the load those bolts are under. I picked up some new ones from the Toyota dealer just last year so I know they're still avail.
Other than rusty bolts and brackets; frame and firewall seem to be in good shape!
Aaron, thank you for your insight. please forgive me as i am still trying to learn the acronyms for these cars. aw11, t3, mk3 intermediate shaft........can you help me understand? i have a driveshaft with a link in middle uninstalled and a lsd diff that is rusty uninstalled. on the car there is a complete sr5 rear end but no drive shaft attached. so i need to find gts rear axles with hub and disc brakes. i already have the t50 transmission.
also i plan on eliminating the egr system with that kit you had the link for. i was planning on using power steering since i still have that rack down there but it's routed off and the power steering pump was removed from engine but i wanted to put ac back in so it may be easier to have power steering since frim what i can tell they use the same belt? thanks again