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1980 4X4 pick-up...keep or part out?

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Old 05-17-2005, 08:01 AM   #1
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1980 4X4 pick-up...keep or part out?

I have a 1980 4X4 standard cab with a 20R, 4 speed. The truck runs OK, but it needs quite a bit of TLC and the body is a bit rough. I bought it awhile back from a towing company selling it for charges. It didn't take much to get it back on the road. I haven't driven it much, but it seems to be an OK rig for a beater.

I have a deal working on a 1986 4X4 pick up that is in much better shape and I will most likely buy it.

Here is the question. I am trying to decide if I would come out better selling the 80 whole or parting it out. As noted above, the body is rough, (mostly the bed) and I doubt it would bring more than $800 - $1000 dollars as a complete truck. What would the solid front axle parts from the 80 be worth? I doubt I could get much for the engine and transmission, but does anybody care to offer a guess about what would be the better way to go?

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Old 05-17-2005, 11:46 AM   #2
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Depends what kinda wheelin you're into. It would be a lot cheaper in the long run to build up the suspension on the 80 Toy vice the IFS Toy...

Also consider that although "rough" that 1980 Toy is a classic

I can tell you from experience that after I sold my 88 4Runner b/c of a bent frame I regretted it later on...It was a classic

Why not have both and build one for rocks and one for mud
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Old 05-17-2005, 06:06 PM   #3
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the beds on almost all the old trucks are rusty, unless they spent their lives in the southwest you don't see a whole lot of '79-83 trucks any more and most of them just get beat to pieces by the guys who own them...
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