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Long story short. Needed a DD to keep miles off the V, haul my mountain bike, take hunting etc, ya know. All stuff I felt really bad to do in the Cadillac. Went to Charlotte to get a 90 Jeep Comanche, dude flaked and wouldn't meet up after I made the trip down. All he had to do was give me 15 minutes of his time but I guess sleeping til 5pm and twisting his meat was more important than getting paid. I sent him a picture of the stack of cash I brought for him that he was missing out on. Even that didnt get a response.

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Came back up to Durham with the girlfriend for the weekend and ended up going yesterday to put the deposit on this thing yesterday afternoon. Its an automatic (fail, not my first choice)...but the price was beyond right. I'll slowly collect parts for a 5spd swap later on when it becomes an issue. Pretty fresh 22re. Sounds like it needs a valve adjustment, or ive just forgotten how noisy the top end of a 22re is. Some hideous teal plaid seatcovers, bumpin newish Kenwood system lol. 4 big ol hellas on a tree hittin style bumper and some spare parts I'll just sell off to recoup some of the purchase price.

It was an eastern NC truck its entire life so its in pretty good shape. Only a few small rust bubbles in the fenders, usual old Toyota stuff, that I will just trim out. The back window actually works like it should. No AC. Just a bare bones beater DD that I will more than likely eventually hack the ever living crap out of like I have every other Toyota Ive owned. I can't have nice stuff.

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I have a w56 you can get. It needs a front bearing. The insides look great though... Fwiw..

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Ya know, my auto has held up pretty well for the past 5 years! Don't change the fluid .... And if it does start acting up, the usual culprit is the shift solenoid which are about $100? for the set.

It's not a race car, so as long as you understand that, it'll be ok ... Still trying to teach Colin that fact!

The 5.29s I have in mine really is a good match for the auto trans and 33s. The OD is pretty 'tall' so often I'll just turn the OD off and not have to worry about it shifting in and out randomly on the highway. And you could always stick a gate shifter in there (radesigns- wired to the solenoid) and have a mock manual trans ;)
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Ya know, my auto has held up pretty well for the past 5 years! Don't change the fluid .... And if it does start acting up, the usual culprit is the shift solenoid which are about $100? for the set.

It's not a race car, so as long as you understand that, it'll be ok ... Still trying to teach Colin that fact!

The 5.29s I have in mine really is a good match for the auto trans and 33s. The OD is pretty 'tall' so often I'll just turn the OD off and not have to worry about it shifting in and out randomly on the highway. And you could always stick a gate shifter in there (radesigns- wired to the solenoid) and have a mock manual trans ;)


Good to know. I really have never looked into the Autos very much but they seem to last a long time. I have no idea on total mileage on this one but the chassis has 304k and the trans shifts very well.

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nice rig chris. if ya ever want to get rid of the front
bumper thingy let me know. big brian still needs
front and rear bumpers (and sliders).

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DAWGTOY wrote:
nice rig chris. if ya ever want to get rid of the front
bumper thingy let me know. big brian still needs
front and rear bumpers (and sliders).


Dawg...I will make him a deal on that thing. I just need to make sure it was bolted on rather than welded. Its actually not a complete POS, just not my style. I already planned to take it off and build the same thing I put on the Xtra Cab.

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Will it dig?

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Will it dig?


Find me some ditch witch tires and lets find out. lol.

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DAWGTOY wrote:
nice rig chris. if ya ever want to get rid of the front
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front and rear bumpers (and sliders).


I'm still wanting to get rid of mine, it's just figuring out the logistics to get them to you!
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DAWGTOY wrote:
nice rig chris. if ya ever want to get rid of the front
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front and rear bumpers (and sliders).


I'm still wanting to get rid of mine, it's just figuring out the logistics to get them to you!


I live closer and already need to take parts to him. Nasty LOL

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The 4Runner got delivered last night. I raced home after work to really give it a once over and get some pictures for you guys.

Runs good, trans shifts good, 4wd works properly. The important stuff ya know...

Stuff I need to address:
-Rear Brakes are shot and the pedal is wicked low
-Muffler splitting at the seams
-Rear springs are completely flat and the shocks are done.
-Track down all the random wires under the dash that have been used for lights, radio, cb etc over the years and clean up the unnecessary stuff.













Wouldn't be an old Toyota without a trucker sized CB hiding in the rear cargo area with a 12mm wrench.






"Creative" way to fix the parking brake linkage


Worst of the rust

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Clean engine. Looks like a great foundation.

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Dont those autos have a built in transfer case? I thinking they are a hydro case. If the engine shuts down they automatically kick out of 4wd.

Looks like a pretty nice score... So us that your DD now? What kind of mileage is that going to get? 18-20?

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Yeah Daylon. It's the A340H trans/case combo. Some crazy hydraulic mess going on under there but whatever lol. It works for now. I'm grabbing the full 5 speed swap from my parts truck though just for good measure. I have no clue on how many miles are on this auto trans. If it gets 18-20 on these tires I'll be happy. The V gets a little better on the highway but takes the high dollar fuel.

Haul bikes, go to the beach and bomb around the back roads where I hunt near Crozet blah blah...I'll probably end up cutting this one up as usual. I'm not going to Vegas for work in April now so I am going to probably bring it to Harlan.

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Pick up an auxiliary trans cooler and stick it on there, it really helps, since the stock cooler is run through the bottom of the radiator. Also, make sure you radiator is in good shape because any leaks between the trans cooler and the regular coolant is bad bad bad.
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Ps I would pay you tens of dimes for those grey door arm rests if they aren't cracked, I'll even send you mine to swap. They are the only thing I haven't found in good shape in my restor-interior project,
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I'll definitely check that radiator! The auxiliary trans cooler is a good idea too. I might have to rob the one that I have sitting on the shelf that I was going to use as a power steering cooler for the V.

I will take a look at those arm rests too. If they are in decent shape we can work something out. I'm not too concerned with how nice the interior is on this one lol.

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I'm not too concerned with how nice the interior is on this one lol.


It wont be long till it dosent have a straight body panel on it anyways.

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I'm not too concerned with how nice the interior is on this one lol.


It wont be long till it dosent have a straight body panel on it anyways.


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*darcy* wrote:
Ps I would pay you tens of dimes for those grey door arm rests if they aren't cracked, I'll even send you mine to swap. They are the only thing I haven't found in good shape in my restor-interior project,


Not in good condition. They would clean up ok, but there are chunks of foam missing from underneath in a few places.

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StretchASU wrote:
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Ps I would pay you tens of dimes for those grey door arm rests if they aren't cracked, I'll even send you mine to swap. They are the only thing I haven't found in good shape in my restor-interior project,


Not in good condition. They would clean up ok, but there are chunks of foam missing from underneath in a few places.


Sounds about like mine, thanks for checking!
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*darcy* wrote:
Pick up an auxiliary trans cooler and stick it on there, it really helps, since the stock cooler is run through the bottom of the radiator. Also, make sure you radiator is in good shape because any leaks between the trans cooler and the regular coolant is bad bad bad.


This was a good piece of advice. Its not leaking between there is some sign that the feed line from the transmission is occasionally leaking around the hose that goes into the radiator. I will go ahead and get some new hoses, clamps and put my Derale 13502 Cooler in there.

Nice thing about the truck being so clean for its age underneath is the fact that I am able to find leaks and not wonder where the eff they are coming from. Add a rear pinion seal to the list of stuff to do.

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People that annoy me...those that use "waterproof" wire nuts and a ton of dielectric grease rather than crimping or soldering and shrinkwrapping wire connections. Whoever built the bumper and put the Hella's on did an exemplary job of doing sh&%t I would have considered acceptable...on the DesertEagle. Rolling Eyes Found the same stuff on the rather nice LED turn signals and LED license plate light.

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StretchASU wrote:
People that annoy me...those that use "waterproof" wire nuts and a ton of dielectric grease rather than crimping or soldering and shrinkwrapping wire connections. Whoever built the bumper and put the Hella's on did an exemplary job of doing sh&%t I would have considered acceptable...on the DesertEagle. Rolling Eyes Found the same stuff on the rather nice LED turn signals and LED license plate light.


Crimp it baby!

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