I'm looking at purchasing an '86 Hilux SR5 with 22r, 5-speed manual, IFS, dual transfer cases, and about 220k miles. It's in the Pacific Northwest area. The owner says it's been sitting a while and runs rough, and after it's warmed up it has problems starting again until it's cooled off. Apparently the warm starting issue is a somewhat common problem with these that is sometimes a PITA to solve, but usually nothing major....but I'm a little more concerned about the fact that it runs rough when it does start.
I don't mind tracking down gremlins (fuel system, air leaks, coolant, sensors, electrical, etc.) but I really need to make sure this isn't symptomatic of a bigger problem (ie. head gasket or failing engine). What should I look for specifically on this engine to make sure it's not going tits up? Obviously check exhaust smell and color, check coolant for oil and oil for coolant, look for obvious oil or coolant leaks, but beyond the usual stuff, are there any other telltale signs on the 22r specifically that will give me an idea of it's overall health?
Also, any other common catastrophic things I should look out for? I know some of these had issues with rusted frames. What else? I usually get vehicles checked out by a mechanic before purchasing, but every decent shop is INSANELY busy right now, and this is priced such that it's gunna go FAST...so I think I'm on my own for diagnosis. Thanks fellas!