Discussion in 'Transportation' started by crewhead05, Dec 31, 2018.
She arrived today with a rebuilt engine. Hoping she is a diamond in the rough. Will update as I go.
I want a small truck in a bad way! Something like that is exactly what I’m looking for. Realistically I’ll probably end up with a ranger....
I just saw a mint one of these at the Wendy's yesterday. They have a lot of potential. One of my favorite trucks
The new Ranger's aren't all that small anymore! It looks cool as hell, but it sure is a far cry from the 85 Danger Ranger I had... was a good truck though.
I think Toyota's are the best base to build a good woods truck, congratulations! It will be great to see what happens to it as you go. Mine is a 94.
Them thangs is tough as a pine knot. Hope it gives ya good service young fellar. joe
Can’t beat these old Yota’s. I’ve got an ‘86 4Runner I’ve had for over 20 years. What motor and tranny?
22RE, 5 speed manual
Allpro offroad in bitterroot valley and yotatech forum are useful...solid front axle, lockers, and flatbed would be my moves.
Love it! keep us posted
I wish I could claim I was mechanic enough to take this project on myself but I know my (current) limits.
I took the truck to a mechanic buddy of mine. After a couple of hours of going through he had a list of mechanical suggestions. Gaskets, hoses, bushing, ball joints, etc that have age and wear on them need to be replaced but the truck is a strong runner. He is going to take care of those things.
I spent the evening scavenging the internet for seats, floor liners, trim, door panels, radio, headliner, lights and several hundred $$$ of other items for an interior update.
After that is taken care of im looking at a gray equipment paint for a paint job, and ill have my buddy build a grill guard and headache rack. This truck is going to see lots of miles on deer infested roads over the next couple of years and im setting up for that.
No new pictures yet, im sure the next ones will be of it in pieces in the shop.
Looks like it is going to be a great truck! Them older Toyotas are getting harder and harder to find. I believe 86 is when Toyota made the swap from SAS to IFS.
I can’t wait to see how this turns out.
My next moves on mine are bench seat out, buckets in, emissions control crap off.
How many miles and what about the body and frame condition? It appears to be in really good shape. If you keep the maintenance up on the oil/filter and air filter the only other area for concern is the timing chain as far as the motor goes. If it hasn’t been replaced in the last 80,000 to 100,000 miles buy the kit with the water pump and have it done. As the chain gets slack and the plastic guides age they break and let the chain contact the sides. If it wears a hole in the side you have a big problem. I recommend the kit that has the metal backed drivers side guide. https://www.yotashop.com/ is an excellent place for quality and selection of parts. As stated above https://www.yotatech.com/forums/ is an excellent resource for info. Lots of forums for these trucks but this is the best one in my opinion. Make sure to change your rear ends, transfer case and transmission fluid as well.....it’s untelling how log it’s been in there. Use GL4 fluid and not GL5 in the transmission, it will shift better and it’s better on the brass synchros, the trans will last forever if not overly abused and fluid is flushed every 25,000 miles. https://www.marlincrawler.com/ is a long time and highly respected Toyota company geared toward off road. They have a transmission shifter seat and socket that is easily replaced for not much $$$ that will improve the shifting that surely has wear after 30+ years. You can get new rubber boots for it and the transfer case as well. These age and crack and that’s where you get the contamination in these...cheap insurance. A little elbow grease and this will serve you a lifetime.
Lots of good info. Thank you
Second what Dreamin stated. I drive Toyotas in africa in the most harshest conditions in stock configuration, sometimes a winch. Depending where you are and the persons financial standing I've seen oil changes consist of adding a new filter, drain the oil through a big sponge acting as a filter, and then re-use the oil and top off the difference with fresh oil.
Drove my 94 for 20 years - Original clutch, replaced rear / front wheeel bearings, one universal joint, radiator, and timing chain. I'm the only one who drove it, hence the original clutch.
I sometimes find myself going down the wishlist of all the cool stuff to add, $$$$, and not always necessary. Spend that money on driver training.
This is THE best advise I've seen concerning the 22RE motors and it's absolutely true regarding the timing chain guide/tensioner and water pump. If it were me I would replace these immeadiately so I had the peace of mind that your starting out with those in proper working order. That would be very important.
The 85. Second best year after the best year the 84. Haha. No seriously the 85 had the best of everything in that generation except the solid from axle and leaf springs.
Allpro offroad mentioned above has lots of unique items made locally for these.
Lots of offroad components are easy to fabricate for these yourself
86 runner same configuration as yours. I SASd it in a gravel lot with a stick welder and the all pro kit. These are great rigs. I've had a dozen of this gen over the years and absolutely abused them.
LC engineering and DOA racing sell the metal guide timing chain kits and are of good quality from my experience. Avoid anything trail-gear, it's all China junk. Marlin crawler has good parts, great upgrade clutches. East coast gear supply for diffs. There are lots of ways to go super cheap on a build, get on Pirate4x4.com forums and find the toyota mini truck Bible. It has a wealth of knowledge for these trucks.
Good luck with your build, can't wait to see what you come up with!
Nice! That's gone be a fun build man those are some awesome trucks.
Actually the 85 was the last year of the solid front axle, went to ifs in 86. Often the 85 is considered the best for a build due to it being the last year of the straight axle and first year of the fuel injection 22re.
I forgot about the pirate 4x4 bible. Another great thread of info.
This actually used to be my woods buggy. About 10 years ago I fixed her back up.
As she goes.
Probably going to have to go the flatbed route. The bed had some well hidden bondo fixes and unless i spend a bunch on it, it will probably be rusting out in a couple three years. Not too heart broken about it but wasnt my original plan.
I love Toyota trucks my 1990 4wd went to the scrap yard few years ago. I painted the frame a few times but never dropped the fuel tank and showed that spot any love, and thats where the frame broke. So if i did it again i would remove the tank and paint that spot. Enjoy the project.
I've got a buddy who has one of those. 10 years ago he flipped it into a ditch carrying a load of canoes. Big mess. He was fine, but the truck was trashed. The truck isn't street legal anymore since it's missing a door, the frame is a little twisted and there's no glass left, but it still runs like a top. Now it's a dedicated farm truck. Love that thing.
Looking good! What’s the plan on the interior?
Good fun redoing a Toyota truck. I once dismantled an 83 bolt by bolt at a junkyard. Check out UTE BEDS .
Pretty basic. New vinyl flooring, new door panels, aftermarket seats, some new speakers and stereo. Basically just a clean utilitarian look.
Those are pretty slick actually. Thanks for showing them to me.
A friend of mine just restored an 86 and it came out really good. Great machines. Check out the link below. I have that book and many others. I always cruise the used book stores, everything is going digital now.
If you can find an original Toyota service manual it will be worth it’s weight in gold. They are pricey but are very informative and easy to follow. The Chilton and Haynes manuals are no comparison. You can find them on eBay.
Keep finding more bondo. It turns out this thing has been on its top at some point. Nobody tell my wife how much this project is costing
It’s coming along great. What’s the plan on the flat bed? Powder coat, bed liner, POR-15 type stuff, lot of work going in to it to not preserve it long term. And I take it Layla is her name?
Thank you. The plan is to use heavy duty equipment paint on the bed frame and put in stained 2x6’s for the bed floor that can be easily replaced when needed
Nice! I had an 88 that unfortunately got totaled. Put 280K on that truck in 18 years, solid truck and drivetrain.
What did you use to paint the interior pieces?
Rattlecan fabric and vinyl paint. It worked impressively well. In fact I used the same stuff on the vinyl headliner (headliner was removed) and it completely covered old stains and scuffs. Made it almost look brand new.
I'm liking it.
Your going to have a fun little truck when you get it fixed up, can't beat a Toyota, I have a 96 that had 318 thousand before the motor went. Hubby replaced it and I'm still driving it. I also have a 95 and he drives a 86. One problem with Toyota's we've had is they all needed work done to the frame. Thankfully husband is a good mechanic and welds for a living or would have been pricey to have them fixed. Good luck getting your up and running.