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So I found a guy who's got a 1989 4x4 Toyota Long bed pickup that he wants to trade me for my '74 VW Bus. He says a new clutch was put in less than 2K ago, and that the 22re block and head have less than 30K on them. He sent me some pics, looks like it's in pretty good shape. It'll have new 31" tires on it, looks to me like it's lifted a bit.
I know my way more or less around an old VW, but don't know as much about these 'newer' cars. Is there anything in particular I should look out for, potential problem signs, etc.?
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So I found a guy who's got a 1989 4x4 Toyota Long bed pickup that he wants to trade me for my '74 VW Bus. He says a new clutch was put in less than 2K ago, and that the 22re block and head have less than 30K on them. He sent me some pics, looks like it's in pretty good shape. It'll have new 31" tires on it, looks to me like it's lifted a bit.
I know my way more or less around an old VW, but don't know as much about these 'newer' cars. Is there anything in particular I should look out for, potential problem signs, etc.?
Thanks!
look around for rust and leaks. i'd take it to a mechanic for his take on things. the timing chain is the first thing i'd have checked out. push every button and switch and make sure things work.

then the usual test drive to find odd things.
 

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Check for leaks! Ask the owner if the truck has done steering rod recall. If you have the VIN, you can also call Toyota to check.
 

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when was the timing chain done? Was it replaced with the head and block?
Other things that go...
alternator
water pump
starter solenoid contacts (inside the starter)
Fuel pump
fuel filter is a bugger to replace
radiators tend to go bad after awhile.
Check the doors, cab corners,wheel wells, and frame for rust
Make sure the windows work ok- they like to sieze up and need greasing after a bit
Check the e-brake
make sure the fan speeds work- not a hard fix but the part is $40
make sure the antenna mast isn't broken- they tend to break inside the wheel well and rattle around

Check the hubs- they should switch in and out of 4wd easily

that's all I can think of at the moment.

hope you find that it's ok
 
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