I had a 1992 Toyota ext cab 4x4, V6, standard SR5 and I put 300,000 on it before I got rid of it. Since then, I've had a couple of big GMC trucks, the last a 2500 HD with the 8100 Vortec engine. When gas prices got bad, I solid it, bought a Sequoia for the wife (V8) and a diesel Jetta for myself.
I've been wanting a Toyota again for a while now, a 4x4 truck, a hunting/fishing truck, not a daily driver.
On Tuesday night, a guy posted this truck for sale on Columbia MO craigslist. The pictures he posted made it look solid, nice, his description was what I was looking for. I figured it wouldn't last long so committed to buying it.
Wed morning I left at 10:30 am, rented a car, drove 410 miles via a long route and at 6 pm met the guy. Kinda dark, rainy ........ heck I was already committed at that point so I did buy it.
Here is what I got.
1992 Toyota ext cab 4x4
stock except for the rims best I can tell
clear and clean title
It drives nice and straight, handles very well I thought for what it is. I drove it 350 miles back, so I got a bit comfortable with it
Transmission sounds nice, a bit "hard" when it shifts out of OD but other than that sounds nice. Every now and then it idles a bit rough, then cleans up just as quickly? Once, when I tried starting it, it growled at me, and I turned the key back and forward again and it started fine (bad place on flywheel/starter?)
Its not a strong engine, maybe I'm just spoiled on the big V8's? A few little things needs to be done, like the radio sucks, and the speakers ... I need new seats. Rear glass clip broke, windshield washer pump motor is not working. The gear stick is loose.
Paint is faded bad on hood/top. No rust, only 2 small dings on the whole outside body. Inside the bed is banged up, but very little rust there. Rear bumper banged up some. 4 WD works find, like I said truck drives pretty dang nice. I think the idle issue might be as simple as plugs or fuel filter?
I am NOT a mechanic. However, I do have an interest in trying to fix this truck up. I paid $2500 for it, and it wasn't as nice as I'd expected, however it drives and handles pretty good, other than the cosmetics and little things did I get hurt bad on this deal?[/
I have papers showing in the past 12 months this work being done
timing belt component kit
crankshaft pulley/washer/TCK seal
front crankshaft seal
new ignition cables
V/C gasket replaced
IF I keep it, my plan would be to replace the seats, fix all the little things I can, Durabak the whole exterior and maybe even the interior ( http://www.durabakcompany.com/index.htm
) find a nice rear bumper and front with recievers for a winch .... keep it pretty much stock, maybe add a bit of a lift and bigger tires but I'm thinking for the price I aint in it too bad and could have some fun with it.