This is a new project for me and wanted to document my journey.
My first Toyota was a 2001 Tacoma. I sold it after I put a 100,000 miles on it. Purchased a 2007 Honda Ridgeline and eventually got rid of it.
After thinking back on it I really missed my Tacoma and started to wish that I hadn't sold it. The new Tacoma's don't appeal to me, to big and bulky. I started looking for a used 2001 Tacoma and had a very difficult time trying to finding one. I eventually started looking for older models. In the process I started researching the history of the Tacoma and how the truck had evolved. As soon as I saw the 79-83 model year I new that I wanted to purchase one.
My search started local with no luck. I started to expand my search to other states. Once in a while I would find something. I would call only to discover that it had been sold. After searching for six months I decided to become more aggressive. I started searching every night hoping to find something that had just been posted hoping that no one had called yet. I started to get people telling me that the truck was still available. When I would tell them I was from another state and needed them to hold the truck for me they didn't have any interest in selling to me.
So finally I found a guy with a truck in Oregon and offer to wire him some money to hold the truck. To my luck he decided to help me out. Two weeks later I was able to fly to Oregon and purchase the truck. I had it shipped to me via a national auto transport company and received it three weeks later. Here are some pictures the day I purchased it.
I will continue the post as I will need help during the restoration.
Very little rust underneath.
Rear diff. is leaking.
Front leaf springs are flat.
Engine is leaking oil from every place it can.
Odometer quite at a little over 200,000 not sure how many miles are on it.
Interior needs to be completely restored.
Damage to front passenger fender.
Very little rust on the exterior.
Bed is in pretty good shape.
Bumper needs to be replaced.
Front needs to be rebuilt.
Over all very excited to start restoring to original.
So my plans are to turn this truck into an SR5 even though the VIN number would indicate that it was originally a Deluxe model. The colors I am going to paint the truck with were only used on the 1982 SR5 model. The paint scheme was gloss black on the bed and beige on the front. I've got the paint codes for these two colors but have no idea of how I am going to get the strip decals. The strip decal, I believe, was Gold and Silver with gloss Black and Beige pin stripes. Maybe someone has a suggestion. Here are photo's of the truck with the color scheme I would like to use.