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Another first gen with a crusher date

Sad day today. While working on the truck a month or so ago found a nasty little spot of really bad rust eating its way from the inside out of the passenger side rear frame by the front leaf spring perch shock mount area. Cleaned it up and slopped por 15 in there to try and slow the cancer but noticed a blister forming on the outside not to long ago. Made an appt with the local dealer ship because the blister was a real thin spot could push my finger nail through it. They told me it qualifies for the buy back and the paperwork has been started. Not sure what there going to give me but my plan is to find an 01-04 same truck as I have and swap all of my parts onto it. The exception being my wheels and tires I will have to sell because they are 15". I am slightly entertaining the idea of a double cab but am not a fan of the short bed and auto trans, but a kid is not to far off. Also my cap would not fit a double. So the saga continues and any input is appreciated. What a shame you guys know how clean and well maintained my truck is too. Hopefully they cut me a fat check.

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You'll get 1.5 kbb excellent so probably around 12k. If you can get the replacement vehicle ahead of time to simply swap parts between the two truck, that would be the easiest. Have a little party and we could get things swapped over in no time.

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I'm surprised its being bought back. I've seen a few recently that had frames swapped under them.

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They only swap frames on the 01-04 tacos. Ill report back on how it works out. I am in the process of searching for a clean 01-04 hopefully from somewhere down south.

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you guys with rusty frames scare the shit out of me!, iv been under my truck twice now looking for rust but cant find any, my first 82 had the rear shock bar rust out completely, i replaced it with one from my parts frame reinforced it and caped the ends where it goes through the frame, but you guys still scare the shit outa me, hope you have good luck with the buy back. iv heard stories both good and bad.

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Well after the boss (wife- pregnant) found out about the news it looks like a double cab is going to be my next taco. How do the auto transmissions hold up? I like to shift gears not to stoked for an auto what should i expect with a double cab compared to my truck with gearing etc.?

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Your wheels and tires should fit. Might just need to grind the calipers some

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I liked the auto in my last tacoma 100x better than the 5speed in my current one. They are a very good trans. Mine 230k + on it when I totaled it and it was still in great working order.

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Well after the boss (wife- pregnant) found out about the news it looks like a double cab is going to be my next taco. How do the auto transmissions hold up? I like to shift gears not to stoked for an auto what should i expect with a double cab compared to my truck with gearing etc.?
in my 5 years as a tech at a toyota dealer i may have seen 1 or 2 of those transmissions bad and most likely that was because of lack of service.. dont be scaredof those autos they are great transmissions..but i am like you i would rather a 5 speed also.. d-cabs look sweet lifted too

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Your wheels and tires should fit. Might just need to grind the calipers some
yeah your probably right i had 16" wheels on my old taco with the tundra brake upgrade with the bigger post TSB calipers too and i didnt have to grind at all to fit them

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Do yourself a favor. Get some crusher parts. Like a old toy axle and junk wheels and tires. Have a list of aftermarket parts your keeping and make sure it's ok to keep em. Keep the front diff driveshaft rear axle(say you regeard them) locker wire harnes bumpers wheels and tires rear shocks fender flares lift stuff. I also kept my cvs manual hubs tail lights optima battery radio airbox gas tank skid and swaybar.

Find a place for working and storing parts until you sell or use them.

Don't rule out a 96-02 4runner either. If you like them that is. Most of your stuff will swap to them.

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Ouch, sucks to hear Joe.

Wonder if they're going to give me a hard time when mine rust through, since I boxed in the frame??

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Ouch, sucks to hear Joe.

Wonder if they're going to give me a hard time when mine rust through, since I boxed in the frame??
I wonder if they will give you a hard time about the missing IFS

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I wonder if they will give you a hard time about the missing IFS
Doubt it since they had no issue doing the buy back from Eric up in New England. He had a leaf spring Dana 44 setup under his.

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The guy at the dealorship had me list EVERYTHING I added to the truck down to the seat covers, floor mats, and hurst shifter. He said the price wil be negotiated with the aftermarket stuff figured in. He then said I will be able to keep anything i want off of the truck. My friends garage is less than a mile from the dealorship so I will certainaly canibalize the hell out of the truck and drag or tow whats left to the dealor. Thanks for the input on the auto, no more fried clutch smell on the trail at least.

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Fishbone, you should have no problem getting them to buy it back the spot that is rusted through is litterally a millimeter sized fingernail hole. They want these trucks off the road.

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When I got home yesterday, I had a letter from toyota in my mailbox. It's the one telling me to have my trucks frame checked out at the dealer!!!

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They inspected mine said it was ok and then treated it with the undercoating.

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They inspected mine said it was ok and then treated it with the undercoating.
we are only rust proofing 01 to 04 tacos at this time

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When I got home yesterday, I had a letter from toyota in my mailbox. It's the one telling me to have my trucks frame checked out at the dealer!!!

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your frame is fine.. you would be heart broken to cut your truck up.. i suggest unless you want your truck gone don't take it to the dealer if they find it to be bad there is no stopping the process.. i would patch that shit untill their wasnt a frame left...lol unless you want a new project

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your frame is fine.. you would be heart broken to cut your truck up.. i suggest unless you want your truck gone don't take it to the dealer if they find it to be bad there is no stopping the process.. i would patch that shit untill their wasnt a frame left...lol unless you want a new project
When I did my solid axle I cleaned the entire frame with a wire wheel, primed and painted it. Boxed in the rear section and added new x-members. There was very little surface rust when I did that, so I'm sure it's fine.

But I have this pipe dream of selling it back to toyota and building the 4runner (the 87, not the 03) for a trail truck. I doubt I'll go through with it though, got too much work in the taco at this point.

Maybe I'll offer nostalgia rides in the taco at the TO this year. All of you ex-taco owners can relive days gone by!

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But I have this pipe dream of selling it back to toyota and building the 4runner (the 87, not the 03) for a trail truck. I doubt I'll go through with it though, got too much work in the taco at this point.
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Just got the offer, 13875.50, not to shabby. Anybody want to check out the d cab in Hamburg for me, ill bring ya a case of beer of choice next wheelin trip that I make.

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When I did my solid axle I cleaned the entire frame with a wire wheel, primed and painted it. Boxed in the rear section and added new x-members. There was very little surface rust when I did that, so I'm sure it's fine.

But I have this pipe dream of selling it back to toyota and building the 4runner (the 87, not the 03) for a trail truck. I doubt I'll go through with it though, got too much work in the taco at this point.

Maybe I'll offer nostalgia rides in the taco at the TO this year. All of you ex-taco owners can relive days gone by!
oh yeah i forgot about the 4runner you won't sell to me.. that would be cool but it would be a sad day to see your taco go.. we junked a white 99 trd tacoma just like yours before you went crazy with yours i was going to text you pics but didn't get a chance.. every tacoma that has came into our shop for a frame check that has been 00 or older in the last 2 months has been rotted pretty bad.. these 95-00 tacomas will be extinct soon.. good thing toyota is keeping te 01-04's on the road with new frames.. oh yeah one more thing.. Brad just bought a brand new TRD blower for his tacoma from a guy i work with that bought it new in 2002 and never installed it..lucky fucker got a really good deal too so my old white taco will be blown soon with a URD 7th injector kit

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Just got the offer, 13875.50, not to shabby. Anybody want to check out the d cab in Hamburg for me, ill bring ya a case of beer of choice next wheelin trip that I make.
if i lived closer to hamburg i would go check it out but thats a bit of a drive for me

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Thanks I appreciate it, it was a shot in the dark really. I looked at the truck and it was nice. Might expand my search to 4 runners.

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Just got the offer, 13875.50, not to shabby. Anybody want to check out the d cab in Hamburg for me, ill bring ya a case of beer of choice next wheelin trip that I make.
so when is the partout FS thread going to happen?
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Thanks I appreciate it, it was a shot in the dark really. I looked at the truck and it was nice. Might expand my search to 4 runners.
be carefull with 3rd gen 4runners we have been seeing more and more of those with rotted frames too and toyota isn't fixing those as of now.. i own a 4th gen limited and we love it.. tows a trailer like a champ and gets ok fuel mileage for what it is..

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Mark have you really started seeing 3rd Gen Rot?
Any particular years?
I know my stepdads has some bad rust on the rear diff but that's about it...

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Mark have you really started seeing 3rd Gen Rot?
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I know my stepdads has some bad rust on the rear diff but that's about it...

yes we have seen a few, one of those is a 97 that belongs to another tech in our shop..his is rotted very bad the our FTS came to look at it and open a case on it and said that they have seen about 2 dozen in our region.

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