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Old 25th August 2016, 13:58   #16
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Inspiring thread Vigsom.
The grit you had to get this car back on the road is amazing. Your thread portrays steps in an easy manner but I'm sure this was a herculean task!
Although I'm not a big fan of the Etios siblings, the way the car held even after 8 months of idle is amazing. That and the anti corrosion treatment done at manufacturing level shows the kind of quality Toyota must be using.

Great account! Wish you many happy miles with your car.
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Congrats on the restoration. I too did the same thing (almost similar) to a petrol car. You are lucky to get a flood damaged but running car. Toyota and Honda have such an engineering team and design so that no parts fail that restoring those car is a piece of cake (no offense). You just have to clean the whole car and get it working. For me, with Hyundai, the ECU bust out and the electrics too were not so well. I had to sort out the wiring, clean all the connectors as well as some relays. I had to get a new speedo too. My efforts are posted here.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/techni...ndai-getz.html (Buying & restoring a Chennai flood-damaged Hyundai Getz!)

One simple question: You have posted that you spent close to 4 lakhs to restore it. Does it include the cost of purchase. I simply cannot understand why it was so expensive.
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Top read and great work sir. Take a bow. Respect for Toyota increased by more notches!!
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By the way , I managed to get a tow hook so my project is now officially 100% complete.


Saw a 2014 Amaze AT , 2014 Swift vxi AT , 2012 Innova GX , 2014 Eon Magna plus , all in operation post flood.The Swift floorpan was also quite clean.Attachment 1546899
Glad that you finally sourced a tow hook. Is it possible to order the towhook from Toyota? The complete tool kit is availabke in order. Not sure about just the tow hook.

How about the floor pans of Amaze and Eon?
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Thank You adneeraj, aveemashfaq and coolmel.

I got into this project like a man possessed , and my focus was restoration to my standards. It wasn't easy as I had to inspect every sq.cm of the car.

Bringing these new gen cars back to pre flood state can be quite a nightmare.

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The complete tool kit is availabke in order. Not sure about just the tow hook.

How about the floor pans of Amaze and Eon?
You are right , Sankar.The tool kit can be ordered from Toyota but I was quite confident of sourcing the stuff from outside .

Couldn't see the floor pans of the Eon and the Amaze as the carpets were well fixed ; will keep the forum posted as I get to see 'em.
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I read your report with utter fascination Vigsom, your efforts in restoring a flood hit car are laudable, and as you mention, the quality of metal work and engineering on the Toyota really shine through.

A couple of questions (newbie, please excuse):
1. The seats, seat covers all tend to retain water - did you not have any issues with moisture / smell from these? Or did they just dry out once the car was out of the water?
2. Water tends to seep into cabling connector joints, hydraulics and some ball joints in the suspension when the vehicle is immersed stays in the water. Remarkably you have mentioned that the ECU connectors and the ABS connectors were clean and undamaged. Again, was it a result of the water drying out once the vehicle was out of the water (and possibly kept without starting / being used) for a long time?

Thanks in advance!
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^^ Thank You unbound

The seats were dry but as a sample, I had covers in the front two bottom parts removed , inspected the seats for moisture and dirt.Those covers were chaffed so discarded them.No smell in the seats.

The axles were free of water.The ABS module and the ECU couplers are designed to be water free.They have a gasket kind of arrangement with a snap buckle .That possibly keeps the water away.

Hydraulics - unaffected.

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Have you done the brakes? If not i would suggest flushing the brake lines completely and filling up with fresh fluid. As you may already know brake fluid is hygroscopic and the car being submerged will let some amount of moisture to seep in through the seals. This may not pose an immediate problem but in the long run the moisture in the circuit will cause corrosion internally.
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Have you done the brakes?
Changed the brake fluid on Day2 of restoration , Sankar.

Used one liter of DOT4 and ensured that all the old fluid was out from all the brake lines plus the clutch line.
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Changed the brake fluid on Day2 of restoration , Sankar.

Used one liter of DOT4 and ensured that all the old fluid was out from all the brake lines plus the clutch line.
I missed it as it was not in the opening post along with the list. But never mind I found it now in post #5
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That's a great job there! After watching the below video, am kind of sure your Toyota wasn't all that difficult to be "re-started". (Please watch from 1:50 onwards).

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Great job. Thanks for pointing me to it.

Folks, he had done a great job at fixing the AC Compressor on his Corolla AT. I am happy in having diagnosed the issue almost at the outset.
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The last bit viz.engine oil was changed today.

I could have let the old oil go on for another 3000kms but finally decided to let the engine enjoy some fresh brew.

The new oil is Shell Helix HX5 15w40 API CH-4 which is a way higher spec than the recommended API CF.

Here is a shot of the old oil which was in the car even when it was water affected - not a drop of water in it.
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