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1983 Toyota Pickup Restoration

Old 06-16-2019, 12:15 PM
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1983 Toyota Pickup Restoration

Meet the Onion:

The Onion comes home.

A little rough but, it's all there.

Where can I find these "shift pads"?

Cleaned up a bit. The original cassette player still works.

New knuckles, new KO2's, new old school rims. Passed smog after carb rebuild. Not bad for only 148k original miles.

What rust?

Grinded and all rust cut out and metal patched.

Frame to be painted.

I've got better speaker covers. But these door panels were redone perfectly.

Seats rebuilt and reupholstered.

I will post more pics as I progress.
Kay "The Sensei" Yamamoto at FUJI Auto in La Puente, CA.
Audon Acosta at Acosta Auto Body in Baldwin Park, CA.
and of course,
Pooh and Vicky.

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Another awesome 1st Generation Truck that is getting the love it deserves!

I can see a lot of work has gone into the restoration already.

It is nice to see that the radio bezel had not been cut up, and has the factory radio / cassette player too!

How did you come up with the name Onion?

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First layer back on The Onion

Front first layer.

Interior came out pretty good.

My buddy Joe who helped me initially get the truck running said, "This truck has several layers to restore, almost like an Onion".
Well, several layers later, it's still has more to go.
A guy a work had this truck parked for a long time. After bugging him for several years, he sold it to a co-worker. The co-worker decided it had too many layers and sold it to me a couple of weeks later.

This is the 5th Toyota truck I've owned. I've regretted selling everyone of them. I'm currently running a '17 TRD Sport. But, even with all the creature comforts, I found this truck is more fun to drive.
Further to follow!
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Door panels

Who or where did you have your door panels done at? They look awesome and I am looking to redo mine that are the same color scheme.
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The guy who did the interior is out in Baldwin Park, CA. I'll get the info from my paint guy tomorrow. They did a great job on rebuilding and reupholstering the seats. I was impressed with quality of headliner and carpet as well. I will take more detailed pics and list a breakdown.
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