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Old 07-05-2010, 05:55 AM   #76 (permalink)
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From the center of the frame to the ground... You remember what size tires it came with stock?
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Old 07-05-2010, 04:14 PM   #77 (permalink)
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From the center of the frame to the ground... You remember what size tires it came with stock?
No, but I've still got the stock spare mounted, I'll check when I get home tonite and measure the frame.
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Thanks, I am restoring a 1st gen and I am pretty sure there is a small lift (1-2") on the truck. I am just trying to figure out how much. It's nice to see a rig that is not all cut up....keep it nice!
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OK, measured from the bottom of the frame to the ground at a spot below the door handle- 19". Stock tire is a HR78/15, measures 28" in diameter. My approx. half worn 31's are actually 30" in diameter. hope this helps.
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I just bought one of these two days ago. I thought it was kind of rare to have power steering, tach, ac. Mine even has a factory cb! Its got a lot of rust being from Minnesota. Ill post up some pics and try to find the build number.
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OK boys, where are those pics??
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in 79 the 1089 series all dealers received one of these trucks, they were orangish red, A/C, tilt wheel, power steering, chrome grille, tach, carpeting, tinted windows etc. along with a dash plague and fender emblem. all of these models were identical, unless the dealer added something to them.

now if it had been a corona pickup well shoot how about 80,000 min restored.


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i don't have any pics of them, i just worked for toyota for a few years won't mention how many. but i have seen number 172 back about 20 years ago, got it logged in my build book.
I'm talking to circleking, let's see pics of that #1
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ya i want to see that #1 as well. personally i think hes full of shit. really what are the chances of getting #1? at least lets see the dash plaque.

just read the whole history lesson here and its really interesting. kinda surprised they had all those options back then. sweet truck for sure. that would never leave my garage thats for sure.
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Nice truck. $8k wasn't all that much in 79, my dad paid 8K for his 77 Chevy K20 brand new.
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12 grand?! Damn. Wonder what that makes mine worth?
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I bought a 79 SR5 off of an original owner in NJ a couple years ago. It was totally rotted out, but he swore it was one of the first 500 4x4's in the country. Funny story he told me was when he originally talked to a salesman about the truck obviously none were on the lot. The salesman told him about the particulars and showed him pics using the pamphlets dealers had available. He decided to buy it going off the pics, but only on the agreed upon price. The salesman said no problem, but when it arrived he told him it would be $1000 more than the price. The buyer said he was pissed, but the salesman said he'd give hime his deposit back, and told him he had a list longer than his arm of people who would buy it. 4Wheeler mag apparently really boosted sales on the truck comparing it to the Chevy Luv which wasn't even in the same league.

Anyway, the truck was yellow with the same stripe kit pictured in the $12k post. It didn't have a plaque on the dash (guess it wasn't a LE). I bought it as a parts truck, but I still have the window sticker. Can anyone tell the build date by the vin#? I'll get it next week. It's at my fathers bodyshop.
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they can't make what you want for $10k, they are the biz of profit, not loss
I have a good friend who has been working on Lexus' since they came out. He was bored a few years ago and him and a parts guy tried to find out what it would cost to build a LS430 using OEM parts. He said they gave up when they got to $300,000. He said it would have been way more.
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Can anyone tell the build date by the vin#? I'll get it next week. It's at my fathers bodyshop.
Doubt if it was one of the first 500 but I'd like to know the VIN.
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Doubt if it was one of the first 500 but I'd like to know the VIN.
I don't think he had any reason to lie considering I bought the truck for $300. I def. believe the part about the dealer driving up the price. May have been misinformed?? I'll get the window sticker next week.
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I don't think he had any reason to lie considering I bought the truck for $300. I def. believe the part about the dealer driving up the price. May have been misinformed?? I'll get the window sticker next week.
I didn't say he was lying. there'd be no reason for that, I just think he was mistaken.
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Sorry it took so long, needed to get a new battery...#1 plate included...going to make a movie about restoring the truck then taking it on adventure TBD...movie will be called 4WD...will be available at www.ThrottleTV.com some day...need to find the connections to restore the car and sponsorship for the movie....in the meantime, enjoy the pictures which bring the proof[IMG][/IMG]
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Sorry it took so long, needed to get a new battery...#1 plate included...going to make a movie about restoring the truck then taking it on adventure TBD...movie will be called 4WD...will be available at www.ThrottleTV.com some day...need to find the connections to restore the car and sponsorship for the movie....in the meantime, enjoy the pictures which bring the proof[IMG][/IMG]
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nice red "x's"
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By god that one's gen-u-wine! Congrats. Amazing that the plaque's still with it. You got a keeper. Curious 'bout the VIN. Do you mind PMing me with it? I'll tell you the reason once I see yours. And more info please. 20R? 4 speed? Tryin' to control my enthusiasm. Been lookin' for a LONG time for 'nother LE. Started this thread 4 1/2 years ago. And you're only 400 miles or so from me!
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#1 79 Toyota 4x4

Yup 20R, 4 speed, 119,095 miles, bought it in Mission Viejo a week ago, took the guy a few days to produce the plate. Not sure what you mean by PMing the VIN, give me a heads up on that. Needs parts and rust repair, paint ect...needs new dash and bucket seats...any direction on where to find parts would be helpful. Making movie about this truck.
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PM=Personal Message. If you click on my username you can send me a message only I can see. thought you might not want the VIN out there for everybody
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Such a lucky find!!! Wow!! You are a very lucky person. Way too fuckin' cool. I would never in a million years have guessed #1 was still out there.
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