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i am looking for a truck to start a new project. so how bad is a carb offroad?? and i dont need it for street use.

now i know in 85 they had efi and straight axles, but it is hard enough just to find a toyota truck, let alone a specific year. i already have a complete 84 front axle that i was going to put in my 94 v6 toy, but i want to keep that one nice for a while. so switching from ifs is not a big problem.

but should i even look at carb trucks, or i am gonna be kicking myself later when i want efi.


when i searched i found that most hate their carbs and a lot of people are doing efi swaps. what does the cost usually come to for most of you??
 

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If you have the axle and the know how to do a sas. do that. its way easier to find a good efi ifs rig. not beat to shit, i waited for the 85, extra cab. efi. sr5 and i only owned it for 3 months. toooooo many problems being that old. now i got a 93 thats way better and i am going to sas that.
 

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I would look for a 88 or newer. If you can SAS it youself you already have the ps box, wider rear axle, probably fewer miles (younger truck) and plusher seats. I have 85 4runner and 88SAS p-up. Both EFI. The 88 has more power. I think they changed the system in later trucks. I live in California and dont like to deal with smog for engine swaps either. my2cents
 

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yeah i see what you guys are saying, but how bad is the carb offroad at different angles?? that is my main concern when going with an older truck. i want to stay cheap as well, i am going to be cutting most of the sheetmetal off and some of the frame. all i really need is for the engine to be in good condition. i still havent decided on a toy or a sami, so obviously power is not a big deal, but i have heard that the sami carb can run at pretty much any angle, is this also the case with a toy carb???? there is an 84 toy truck in the paper right now for $1250, he says it runs really good, i dont really want to spend more than $2000 just for the vehicle.
 

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i paid $1000 for my 83 carbed pickup so yes you can find yotas cheap... i have climbed hills up to probably 25*-30* with no stalling problems.... ive also had it bouncing around a lot in mud pits, rocks etc.... i think its a matter of tuning... if your carb is cleaned and the motor is tuned correctly you shouldnt have a problem in most situations... just my .02
 
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