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Going to look at an 89 Toyota Pick-up, 2wd, 22RE with a 4-speed, under 100k miles. Body is clean and the seller says the frame/floors are clean aside from the typical light surface rust we get here in the midwest.

What are things I should look at specifically with these trucks?

I'd post this in the Toyota forum, but a lot of the 'holier than thou' guys will get sand in their snatch. Thanks in advance.
 

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Hacked up wiring is the biggest issue I see, along with frame rust on the inside of the frame around the rear spring hangers
 

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Hes right on the frame rust. Look for any wet oil spots on the engine or drive train and test everything, check fluids etc. This is something that your going to own, go over it with a fine tooth comb.
 

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I'm assuming 4x4? 4 speed? My 89 has a 5 speed. They're solid trucks. Abuse seems to be the biggest problem with the old pick ups. If it looks like it was maintained it'll most likely only need the normal high milage maintainence like timing chain and guides. Anything that old will need oil leaks repaired. Nothing bad on the 22re if your handy enough.

How much are they going for in your neck of the woods?
 

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2wd. It says 4-speed in the ad whice I assumed was maybe offered in the 2wd trucks...But I'm guessing that was just a typo.

Thanks for the info..
 

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Hell, in that case i would just plan on putting in a used 5speed transmission :laughing:
 

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Yep, it's a 4-speed. The truck is very clean for being from the midwest. Two spots on the body where the paint is bubbling, and some spots here and there on the fram where it's getting some scale. I'm going to try and sand/paint those spots underneath with a good enamel or something.

As for the body, if it starts to bubble more, I'm going to rhino line or por-15 the rockers and wheel well lips, etc.
 

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looks like a solid truck if he will let you though pull the valve cover off and look at the timing chain guides do it cause thats proboly one of the biggest problems with these trucks other than that make sure there isnt any gettofab wiring
 

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I already bought it. Wiring is all factory aside from a crappy little sub-box/amp he added behind the seat.

Motor runs great. I don't hear any valvetrain noises or anything, but I'll check and replace the timing chain if need be. I'm going to drive it though the winter and then likely do a motor/trans swap for an LS-based 5.3 this spring.

Thanks for the help/info everyone...
 
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