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Old 09-13-2002, 09:33 PM   #1
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1983 Toyota 4x4 truck question

Have a chance to buy an 83 4x4 pick up from a guy. It's in great shape -- 22R 4 banger, manual tranny. No luxuries.... my question, are they tough and rugged, or were these the aerly year Toyota's where they might have been "junk"? Any help would be appreciated.
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They were built to last! Awesome trucks. Wish I had one to make stictly into a wheeler. 84 is when they went with square headlights I like them better!
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They aren't junk at all unless they have been neglected. Ask about the timing chain tap on the frame and listen for rust. I know a few guys that have pre '84 trucks and wheel them hard. I have driven some and they are great fun.
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Thanks fellas for the encouraging words. Actually, my older brother wants it more than I do so he is buying it. It's a 1 owner truck -- the paint on the body is sort of that orange'ish, red color with a nice white topper on the bed. The guy is selling it outright and then he is going to buy a new Xterra. :-( But, he sure did take care of it. Everything is still there and it all works! It rides like a lumber truck, but it sure does have a lot of pep. I'm way impressed with that 22R in line 4 cylinder. My brother is giving the guy $2800 for it.

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They were built to last! Awesome trucks. Wish I had one to make stictly into a wheeler. 84 is when they went with square headlights I like them better!
That is not true i have an 83 project truck and they use the same 2b-1 halogen headlights witch are square. these trucks are INDESTRUTABLE. mine fell over on its side this weekend when i took the front axle off and i just rolled it back over. haha i payed 350 for mine.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:50 AM   #6
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i have one and they are tough...........my truck has stock running gear with 33's and wheelin the the truck hard all i have broke was a hub and they hard too break. the 22r has been rebuilt in 05 has a weber carb,bored 20 over,a header as well as a mild cam. my truck i have owned for ten years.......
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I just picked up a 83 truck that was a previous wheeler.Still sorta street legal 20r, weber carb,intake,header,6" lift,35's,5.71 gears, Detroits. Agreed the ride is ruff but i have seats out of a diff truck which should help.Yes still needs a lil lovin the Mrs. shakes her head but I find it a score for 2k all said and done
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My 83 has square headlights also.
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Pre 79 had two round headlights on each side
79-81 had round headlights
82-83 had square headlights with the first gen body
84-88 had square headlights with the next gen squarer body
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