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Love the 79-83 Toys.
I'm all for early Toyota of this era, but is there any way you can keep this and your 4runner? You've done so much to it, it seems a shame. All those pictures in the first post are excellent though.
I like this idea!!! swap the cases and everything over to the truck man. make a stockish 4runner to sell.
We used to just run a tractor light on the headache rack facing backward. That was awesome for winter time chores.
Many of you may remember the 1980 pickup I snagged a few years ago.....That thing has been far and away the favorite vehicle I have ever owned. Since then I have wheeled the heck out of it, camped with it, daily driven it, drag raced it, road tripped it, herded cows with it, towed mules with it, hauled most of our firewood for the last 8 years, towed trailers, skidded logs, brought home whole dead cows, rescued multiple other vehicles with it, built a house with it. Danged thing will start at -20 F, and colder if you start a fire under it. Broke all the plastic pieces off it twice over. 35s fit with only 1.5" of lift.I got in the habit of hauling large square bales of alfalfa, weighing in at about 1,500lbs, then strapping the bale to a tree and driving out from under them dumping the clutch to unload. This finished off what was left of the all ready hammered bed.The 20r is all original and now leaks so much out of every orifice that we quit driving it on the road and now we just haul water with it, about 1,670 lbs a load.All this time I have never been stranded in it. Sometimes I have limped it home on duck tape, bailing wire and pieces of ball point pen.If all goes as planned it can do work, trail and DD duty on some 33s and just barely fit some 36" Iroks or whatever fat meats for some big snow on the weekends.So begins the super-sleeper 1st gen build!
Yeah this truck has been one of those good ones that all the hype was based on .
I want one of those someday... Who made them?
you just have to keep buying them until you get a good one. the good ones for cheap are usually side of the road stuff (he got Rexy for 250 bux) and not on craigslist. you might get lucky on craigslist if you get a fresh listing but if the truck has been listed for 3 months or so, be weary. if it was worthwhile someone would have nabbed it, and they saw something you might not.
This truck gets used for a lot of muddy work duty where the stock low range would be useful.
I wanted to get the spindles weather proof again with the precipitation showing up. The rotors on the '80 were pretty rough from lots of mud and worn out pads. I dig through my shed and way in the back in a milk crate I found a set of rotors on wheel bearing hubs that had been turned years ago but were kind of rusty from sitting on whatever front end I got them off of.I found some wheel bearing hub seals from Napa that were Japan instead of China and $4 instead of $12. They are from their "ATM" line which seems to be mostly Japan sourced. PN 221 7203I scrapped off most of the rust and cleaned up the wheel bearings with some gas and carb cleaner. After the bearings dried up I packed them with fresh grease and put it all together.That's what I did before the sun came up
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