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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm looking at a 1987 4x4 Xcab Toyota, 290,000kms, needs a head gasket
and some exhaust work. Buddy will let it go for $1000. The body's in
good shape, a little rust in the wheel wells but overall damn good for
the age and where I am (lots of salt in the winters). My question is,
given that I can buy the truck for a grand, and my estimates for
replacing head gasket and timing belt as well as putting on a new
pipe/muffler come out to around another grand, is this truck worth it
for $2000 canadian?

Is there anything specific I should look for when I go give it a real
close look tomorrow afternoon? I'm thinking if my mechanic can get the
engine going for around the $1000 mark I may as well buy it. I'd do the
work myself but I've no garage to work in and it's starting to snow
here :/

Thanks for any advice,

Isaac
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Really check out the rust around the wheel wells. This vintage is known for bad
undercoating on the truck bed. The first one that I had, the rust that showed
up on the outside was actually coming all the way through the metal from the
underside. In the end, I could poke my finger through the metal in a few
places...

Cappy

"isaac" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I'm looking at a 1987 4x4 Xcab Toyota, 290,000kms, needs a head gasket
> and some exhaust work. Buddy will let it go for $1000. The body's in
> good shape, a little rust in the wheel wells but overall damn good for
> the age and where I am (lots of salt in the winters). My question is,
> given that I can buy the truck for a grand, and my estimates for
> replacing head gasket and timing belt as well as putting on a new
> pipe/muffler come out to around another grand, is this truck worth it
> for $2000 canadian?
>
> Is there anything specific I should look for when I go give it a real
> close look tomorrow afternoon? I'm thinking if my mechanic can get the
> engine going for around the $1000 mark I may as well buy it. I'd do the
> work myself but I've no garage to work in and it's starting to snow
> here :/
>
> Thanks for any advice,
>
> Isaac
>
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
On 4 Dec 2005 23:14:19 -0800, "isaac" <[email protected]> wrote:

>I'm looking at a 1987 4x4 Xcab Toyota, 290,000kms, needs a head gasket
>and some exhaust work. Buddy will let it go for $1000. The body's in
>good shape, a little rust in the wheel wells but overall damn good for
>the age and where I am (lots of salt in the winters). My question is,
>given that I can buy the truck for a grand, and my estimates for
>replacing head gasket and timing belt as well as putting on a new
>pipe/muffler come out to around another grand, is this truck worth it
>for $2000 canadian?
>
>Is there anything specific I should look for when I go give it a real
>close look tomorrow afternoon? I'm thinking if my mechanic can get the
>engine going for around the $1000 mark I may as well buy it. I'd do the
>work myself but I've no garage to work in and it's starting to snow
>here :/
>
>Thanks for any advice,
>
>Isaac



Check how bad the frame rust is. I had one that you could squeeze the
frame between your fingers and feel it give.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
You're thinking body and engine. Good comments about rust. What about the
drive train? How many u-joints? shocks? Brakes? Heater? Radiator? If
you put $4000 in it, you'll still have a rusty old truck. Not terrible, it
just depends on you and what you want to drive. what could you buy for
$5000 needing a bit less work?

"isaac" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I'm looking at a 1987 4x4 Xcab Toyota, 290,000kms, needs a head gasket
> and some exhaust work. Buddy will let it go for $1000. The body's in
> good shape, a little rust in the wheel wells but overall damn good for
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Good points, all of them. After talking to a few mechanics I've come to
the conclusion that if it was really only going to be a head gasket
needed then the guy would do it himself and sell it for twice as much.
I called him on it and his reply was "well I was always going to put in
a new motor."

Seems like something I should avoid :)

The search continues...

Cheers everyone,

Isaac
 
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