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Freshnicity
03-04-2009, 09:25 PM
Specificly, and older Toyota Truck, like a Toyota 4x4.

Not anytime soon, but in the near future when i start building the GT, ill need a DD. What do you guys think about the older Toyota Trucks?

Like an 86 4x4. They are cheap to get, but how reliable are they? Anyone own an older Toyota Truck?

Ads28
03-04-2009, 10:17 PM
Reliable ? Toyota? nneevverrr haha... never owned one myself..but many ppl in my town have built up some Yota pickups and i hear nothing but good things from them

burnyd
03-04-2009, 10:42 PM
there very reliable trucks, I would have to disagree on the cheep parts unfortunatly they still sell for a good amount considering the age...

k.beaty
03-04-2009, 10:43 PM
my brother has an 85' pick up. It's dope

grayscale
03-04-2009, 11:32 PM
Like an 86 4x4. They are cheap to get, but how reliable are they?
In my opinion, the most reliable trucks ever built. I like the 90-95 ones myself.

VenomHP
03-05-2009, 02:15 AM
they are great trucks, I had an 86 with rust everywhere, 4x4 and for whatever reason I couldnt make it die, broke the frame a couple times but the drivetrain was always ready to go

Freshnicity
03-05-2009, 05:31 AM
Sounds like Toyota makes great trucks

Was looking into some 90-96 trucks, and just didnt seem to find any i liked, that i could actually afford. If i could find a new older one, that was kept in good condition i'd buy it.

Trying to look up some parts to see how much parts go for

85gtsblackman
03-05-2009, 05:51 AM
of course its reliable its got a 22r or 22re or 22rte in em.

now my 1st truck was a 87 2wd 22r 5speed, it sat in a parking lot for 10 years. a nw ful pump, 3 gallons of gas, carb cleaner and a battery later she fired right up. i put a few thousand miles on it and added a webber 34/34, it out ran a 96 v6 2wd explorer sport.

50 dollar truck

day it chugged home
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/IMG_0038-1.jpg

cleaned up
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/IMG_0070-1.jpg

evil webber that got 26mpg
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/newcarbandstuff014.jpg

sr5 gauge cluster
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/061.jpg

85 celica gts seats and 6x9s in the doors
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/063-1.jpg

my current truck is also a 87 2wd 22r carbed with 4speed auto

800 dollar truck
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/truck%20nubmer%202/002.jpg

its currently has a fugged engine but the previous owner didnt tighten the timing cover bolts right and the result was loss of oil, but the truck still runs and ive made several trips with it even with it runing like udder crap, im not dickin around this time, i went and got a spare engine i plan to rebuild and make a pretty mean and fast street truck


id say if you dont mind the less rounded body go with the 84-88 style truck because they are cheaper compared to the 89-95 truck

Freshnicity
03-05-2009, 05:54 AM
of course its reliable its got a 22r or 22re or 22rte in em.

now my 1st truck was a 87 2wd 22r 5speed, it sat in a parking lot for 10 years. a nw ful pump, 3 gallons of gas, carb cleaner and a battery later she fired right up. i put a few thousand miles on it and added a webber 34/34, it out ran a 96 v6 2wd explorer sport.

50 dollar truck

day it chugged home
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/IMG_0038-1.jpg

cleaned up
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/IMG_0070-1.jpg

evil webber that got 26mpg
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/newcarbandstuff014.jpg

sr5 gauge cluster
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/061.jpg

85 celica gts seats and 6x9s in the doors
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/061.jpg

my current truck is also a 87 2wd 22r carbed with 4speed auto

800 dollar truck
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p158/Joe_1985/BUBS%2087%20toy%20truck/IMG_0070-1.jpg

its currently has a fugged engine but the previous owner didnt tighten the timing cover bolts right and the result was loss of oil, but the truck still runs and ive made several trips with it even with it runing like udder crap, im not dickin around this time, i went and got a spare engine i plan to rebuild and make a pretty mean and fast street truck


id say if you dont mind the less rounded body go with the 84-88 style truck because they are cheaper compared to the 89-95 truck

Wow, good info.

Think im sold

alltracman78
03-06-2009, 02:47 AM
They're as bulletproof a small truck as you'll find.
I've got a 85 2WD auto 4 cyl [22R], 89 4WD manual V6 and 91 4WD manual V6.

Some random general info for you [only applies up to 04].

V6s all have timing belts, meaning they have to be changed.

4cyl all have timing chains, but less power [makes a difference on the road in a 4WD, no matter what anyone says].

autos are very reliable, but if you have problems, you can be screwed, a manual will always work unless it's utterly destroyed.

22R/RE [84 - 95] have a timing chain guide problem. The guides are just plastic, and DO break at some point. Once they break the chain eats into the water pump and destroys the engine. The fix is either replace the guides every 100k or so [or when they break, you can hear it], or get aftermarket metal backed guides. The 96^ [different engine] come with metal backed guides. By this point many of the ones left on the road most likely have metal backed guides already.

The strongest 4WD drivetrain is the 4 cyl with the locking hubs. 4s Came with a gear driven transfer case, 6s have a chain driven one, and locking hubs are stronger than the sleeves on the newer ones. Probalby won't make a difference unless you get heavy into offroad stuff.

Rust can be a problem, though in CA it probably isnt much of a factor. It doesn't necessarily effect how reliable the vehicle is, but when you have to replace a shock with a rusted hump for a nut, or a rusted brake line, ect, it gets to be a PITA.

The 95 - 04 have a rust problem with the frame. Toyota has a recall involving this. 95 - 00 they buy the truck back [if you owned it before May 08 they pay 150% of the good value, regardless of actual condition], 01 - 04 they are replacing the frames or coating the frames, depending on condition. This is only a 15 year window though, meaning a 95 is up next year in 2010. A 96 would be up the following year, ect. Not necessarily a big problem in most of the country, but up here in New England there are buttloads of these trucks going away [shame really]. There were dealers with literally hundreds of them at once waiting to be towed away and crushed.

All in all a good vehicle to get, but the resale value reflects this, especially with the 4WDs.

85gtsblackman
03-06-2009, 09:19 AM
fixed my previous picture in the previous post

well on the engine debate

well the 3vz-e, if the head gaskets and bottom end hasnt been replaced and its after 150,000 miles your on borrowed time. plus the 3vz-e is makes crap power, i outran one today with the corolla and i have a 22re short block in the trunk. be ready to invest in a 5vz if u get a v6 truck with the 3.slo :brick: :evfinger:

but the 22r/e in order to do the timing chain u gotta remove the head :eek4:

85gtsblackman
03-06-2009, 09:24 AM
btw im still waiting for toyota to build a truck that wont rust out within 10 years

Blackcloud
03-06-2009, 01:30 PM
duramax >*