Hi ya'll. just a little introduction as to why I'm here. A friend nearby who's an old cave crawling buddy has given me his old Toyota pickup, plan to bring it home Monday when I'll be past there with my other relatively recent truck acquisition (a '75 IH 2.5 ton truck I got from a fire station, just pulled the water tank off and bolted some timbers across the frame to haul logs, I will hand winch the toyota onto some planks on the bed to haul it home.) I think he said it was an '86 year model and he's had it since '88. Engine is dead or dismantled or both and he says it has a good bit of rust. I was busy cutting a tree in his yard and didn't do a close inspection so I don't know what the frame is like. Since it's been a local truck all it's life it might be OK, we get very little snow and very little salt used on the roads. If it turns out to be solid I figure to rebuild it and put it back to work as my own mountain farm work truck. I'm currently trying to get by with an old pathfinder and an Isuzu pickup with a diesel engine, both of which have their issues making them somewhat less than ideal for my needs. I need a small truck that has plenty of under clearance, can put serious mud tires on it and a winch, will do good in the serious mud we get, get around the mountain mud bog type roads on my place and the mountainside orchard and gardens, and still run to town for supplies and take loads of produce in for delivery at restaurants or farm markets. And I do not like computerized vehicles at all. The '93 pathfinder seems to have a mind of it's own, quite disgusting, it will sometimes lock itself while sitting there with everything turned off, I've had to force my way into it several times with wedge and rod, pry the door open just enough to slip a rod in and hit the unlock lever. And the Isuzu has too little under clearance, constantly getting hung up in the middle. I rebuilt a 2.6L engine for it then had sensor issues and couldn't figure it out, so pulled the engine and put an old Isuzu diesel in it from a chevette, but it's a real wimp climbing hills not really road compatible as is. I learned mechanics in the 80's working on 60's and 70's vehicles. While I've had very little experience working on toyota I did do some engine work on one once, replaced a head on one for a neighbour. Most of my vehicle mechanix has been with USA vehicles and the old Subaru and Isuzu of the late 70's to mid 80's.