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Looking to buy an older truck

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by Dan, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. Dan

    Dan

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    I have been looking at older (Mid to late 80's and early 90's) Chevys, Dodges and Fords. Just want a truck. Like to have 4x4, I know I really dont need it, just want it incase I do need it.

    With gas going up, I have been now looking at Rangers, Nissan and Toyotas. (late 80's to mid 90's)

    It is not going to be an everyday driver, just a toy and a tool mostly.

    Whats your thoughts on older truck manufactures & parts availability?
     
  2. podwich

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    I'd go with a Toyota pickup. The only bad thing about them is that the bed tends to rust out. They do run forever though.
     

  3. CZ-75A

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    Toyota. They seem to have the best reputation, but I'm sure that you'll pay more for one. I'd actually look for a mid 90s one, since vehicles seem to have more problems after 10 years, regardless of mileage, as bushings deteriorate and the body weathers. The 3.0L V-6 was a dog, IMO, so any mid-90s w/ a 3.4L would be a better choice..
     
  4. Kevin108

    Kevin108 THIS IS IN ALL CAPS

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    I think a fullsize Chevy will be the best bang for your buck, but here's what I know:


    1985 is the sweet year for Toyotas. The 4x4s still had solid front axles and added fuel injection.

    1987 was the sweet year for fullsize ½-ton and 3/4-ton Chevy 4x4s. The one-tons, Blazers, and Suburbans were best from 87-91. Don't get anything smaller than 350 (5.7L) V8, the 305s and the smaller are too underpowered.

    If you want a smaller truck, the S-10 4x4s are pretty nice and can be found cheaply. 82-85 were carbed, 86-95 had throttle-body fuel injection, and 96 up were the powerful Vortec motors. 82-87 had really lousy automatic transmissions. Ignore anything without the 4.3L V6. The 4-cylinders and the 2.8L V6s are junk.

    79 and older fullsize Ford 4x4s had solid front axles but stay away from the inverted Y steering setup on 76-77 models. On the Broncos the 78 and 79 are the easiest to find parts for since the 66-77s became one of the most sought-after rigs to build for offroad use and are a whole different game. The downside is the 78 and 79 Broncos all came stock with 400m V8s, which are junk. If a 302/351/460 has been swapped in then you're good to go.

    Ford Rangers/Bronco IIs and Exploders I don't know anything about.
     
  5. streeter69

    streeter69 This is Kewl

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    Hell, I will sell you my 85 F250 extended cab with a 460.
     
  6. Dan

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    Thanks, but too big and I bet way too thristy for what Im looking for.;c
     
  7. Wmarden

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    Those ain't older trucks those are late models. I am looking to get a 48 or so in a month or two.