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i was hoping for some pointers. i called tonite about a 84 yota for sale, the paper said $1000. so i thought it was a rust bucket. well the owner says the truck is in great shape for a 84 but his son rolled it on its roof, a couple months ago.
is there anything special i should keep an eye out for when looking at this truck?
anything to watch out for b/c of the rollover?
thanks for any advice,
Brent
 

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Hmmm...keep an eye out for a smashed roof <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">
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who cares everybody rolls at some point, why buy one for more money to avoid damage youll probably do yourself, but one thing to look at is if you plan on driving in the winter, check the windshield posts, after #2 mine were jacked and #3 made them worse, so that i had to cut them off and start over
 

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If your intentions are to part it out - that price is double what I generaly give for one.

If you intend to build it - sounds about right...
 

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There are a few things that I have been told to look at. I have been looking for the right new wrecked 4Runner for awhile. A guy I work with has a Salvage license, he buys wrecks to fix at Ins. Auctions.

He says the things to be aware of are:

1) How long it has been upside down and how long the engine ran while upside down.

2) How hard of a roll was it? Engine / trans could crack or the frame twisted.

How much work would it take to repair vs. buying one with no damage.

Hope this gives you a few ideas.
 

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My buddy bought one of these last winter- save tons of money, if you can get over the dents in the roof it's great.

if you intend to just high-lift the roof out and wheel it take a look at the door pillars carefully- if it's reeeeally tweaked it's a giant pain to get the doors to open and close.

if it's not rusty its possible to section on a new roof allthough this ruins the "absolutely no fear of rollover" factor.

this truck was smashed flat when we got it, roof nearly touching the steering wheel. I think he has about $1500 into it now, including the lift, tires and price of the rolled truck. <IMG width=500 height=375 SRC="http://www.pirate4x4.com/ubb/uploads/84toyyy.JPG">
 

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I was amazed at how well my 79 took my multi roll. The body was toast but buggyable. All the mechanicals were good. Only tore one motor mount. The frame was only tweaked in one place. So it became my parts truck for my SAS on my runner.
 

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First thing that you want to do is to take a hammer with you and start smacking on the frame at the rear of the cab and look right next to the gas tank. I am guessing that you will sink the hammer right through the frame. Frame plating SUCKS! You can always throw a different cab on, but Plating the frame SUCKS!!! Did I mention that Plating the frame SUCKS!!!
P.S. I know how the weather is there, I went to school at Slippery Rock U. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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Thanks for the good advice guys!
i just got back from looking at it and the roof is smashed down in the front only. the reaer slider is still intact. the truck would need a new roof and front pillars.
the pillars are bent back, what kinda problems woul this cause?
i think i could cut the roof off and then bend them back into place, then weld on the new roof, sound good?
the rool over didnt look too bad, only damage to the roof and doors.
the frame and body are amazingly solid for this year of truck, at least around PA that is <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> .
thanks again
Brent
 

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if you are gonna replace the roof, yank the windshield and rear glass and cut wherever there is the LEAST metal to repair....
 

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check the engine. make sure it runs okay. then just chop the top and put a roll cage in there and a big arse lift and so huge tires and dual transfer cases and lockers have a blast! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 
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