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    My son is working with me again this summer. He's always sniffing after my '90 Toyota pickup(Hilux). Somehow it suits his vision of manhood, curious lad he is. I ask him to keep it under 50mph because the type really sacrifices nothing in the name of crash safety.

    But at this point I reckon he warrants a proper little pickup of his own. So I've been waiting on a well kept, low mileage, stick shift, first gen (before they started growing) Tacoma.

    Found one! Now if he can wrestle the keys from my grip.

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    Lucky son!

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    could you find me a clean low mileage previous generation toyota 2wd extracab 22r/5speed
    preferably blue or white
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Lucky son!
    Dad's not doing too bad himself in the luck department!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    could you find me a clean low mileage previous generation toyota 2wd extracab 22r/5speed
    preferably blue or white
    ordinarily i would snort derisively at extra cab--the whole point is that it's small!--but i know you're oversized so i'll allow it.

    lemme just go feed my unicorn and i'll start looking for your mythical creature.

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    it ain't much of an extracab, i don't even know why they actually offered a regular cab version in america
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    Dad's not doing too bad himself in the luck department!
    Don't tell me , its the vintage bike collection next is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    it ain't much of an extracab, i don't even know why they actually offered a regular cab version in america
    Thanks for making me search that out, Paul.



    I did not know they continued to offer the external tie-down hooks after '82!

    As to the cab question, the bed is longer and the cab-to-axle distance is greater on the regular cab, thus it will take more weight and more length before the steering starts to feel 'floaty'.
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    I should probably surrender my man card. I don't like pickups.

    That said, that's a very well kept car (post #1) and it looks to be in great shape. I'm impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    Thanks for making me search that out, Paul.



    I did not know they continued to offer the external tie-down hooks after '82!

    As to the cab question, the bed is longer and the cab-to-axle distance is greater on the regular cab, thus it will take more weight and more length before the steering starts to feel 'floaty'.
    I had one of those, a 12R but with an alloy tray back. Does anyone in the US use dropside trays on utes ?

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    A proper 1 ton dually



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    I miss small trucks like that. The other day I was behind an brand new F350 superduty. The top of the tailgate came up to eye level on me.. and I was driving my Land Rover! How do you get anything into the backs of those trucks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Haberland View Post
    How do you get anything into the backs of those trucks?
    the new dodges pneumatically lower themselves for loading and unloading
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    Nice little truck. Hope he enjoys it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Don't tell me , its the vintage bike collection next is it?
    nup. next is selling some stuff. situation is getting critical.

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    I bought my son a 84 toyoto when he was in high school for 300 bucks.

    He used to jump in it on fridays with his buddy, drive to the steens to go hunting, drove around hunting then drive back to the coast.

    In tribute to his dad he blacked out the letters so it said YO.

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    No 4wd?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    I had one of those, a 12R but with an alloy tray back. Does anyone in the US use dropside trays on utes ?

    Like this .
    Anyone? Bodies like the OP ute have "well bodies", here we prefer dropside tray backs.
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    the only place you see drop side beds like that are for purely commercial uses. Home Depot uses them for the trucks they will rent you to get your lumber home, but aside from that, it is rare to see one.

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    Thanks Art, they're the norm here.
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    What a cool dad.

    those things are scarce as hen's teeth here on the East Coast, or they have a new frame, 220K miles, asking price $11K

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Anyone? Bodies like the OP ute have "well bodies", here we prefer dropside tray backs.
    I wish they were available here - hugely useful.

    Nice find on the truck Mr. Baxter! As far as the tie-down hooks go - around here they mostly sped up the dissolution by rust of the bed.

    To those not lucky enough to deal with salty roads - here's why we ooh & ahh over trucks like yours. 106,000 miles (& note that the bed isn't even on it any more!):

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    could you find me a clean low mileage previous generation toyota 2wd extracab 22r/5speed
    preferably blue or white
    While I too hold fondness for those 4th-generation xtracabs, it's probably a better idea at this point to get a 5th-gen or newer and just weld some coathooks along the side of the bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post

    To those not lucky enough to deal with salty roads - here's why we ooh & ahh over trucks like yours. 106,000 miles (& note that the bed isn't even on it any more!)
    at the end of its life i jacked up my previous truck and the rear wheels stayed on the ground
    the rear spring perches had rusted away
    thank god for gravity
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianW View Post
    No 4wd?
    It's a nice feature, I suppose, but most of them are extracabs, and condition/mileage similar to this one would be triple the price, as I suspect you know. Probably over $20k for a 20 year old truck.

    As it is, 4wd extracabs with a quarter million miles and a torn up interior are asking $10k. The only thing more ridiculous is new truck prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    The only thing more ridiculous is new truck prices.
    try shopping for an old jeep scrambler sometime. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by earling2 View Post
    What a cool dad.

    those things are scarce as hen's teeth here on the East Coast, or they have a new frame, 220K miles, asking price $11K
    Thank you kindly. Truth is, I'm not all bad.

    And you should see the undercarriage of this truck. Spotless. Practically indistinguishable from new.

    And the all original paint? Not so much as a rock chip. Guy I bought it from had waxed it a quarter inch deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    try shopping for an old jeep scrambler sometime. . .
    Or a pre-1980 Bronco? I am regularly seeing rebuilt vintage Broncos now for $40k plus. Somebody must be buying them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    Or a pre-1980 Bronco? I am regularly seeing rebuilt vintage Broncos now for $40k plus. Somebody must be buying them.
    Or non-rusty Land Cruisers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    I had one of those, a 12R but with an alloy tray back. Does anyone in the US use dropside trays on utes ?

    Like this .
    Not common, but everything imaginable has been done to old Toyota pickups.

    Do you have any of these in Australia? My paternal grandfolks had a Sundowner like this they drove all over the country.

    Craziness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    It's a nice feature, I suppose, but most of them are extracabs, and condition/mileage similar to this one would be triple the price, as I suspect you know. Probably over $20k for a 20 year old truck.

    As it is, 4wd extracabs with a quarter million miles and a torn up interior are asking $10k. The only thing more ridiculous is new truck prices.
    it's because new truck prices are through the roof that used trucks command such a high price. I really have an issue with buying a vehicle that a 1/3 the value of my home. There are places here in the US where you can buy a decent home for less than a fully kitted out Ford Superduty
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    For a long long time now you could by entire suspension kits for broncos, jeeps, land rovers, and toyota landcruisers; then it came about that mail order firms started offering both stock and custom chassis for all the above vehicles, either in component form or fully welded and even assembled with springs and shocks and axles and steering gear. Now, you can buy an aftermarket steel, aluminium, or fglass body for each of the above vehicles.

    I know when Garret gets done restoring his big Phillip Rhodes sailboat he's gonna want to tackle one of these. . .

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    Rhodes? You meant Seaborn, right?

    Anyway - what I've wanted for years is a modern pickup chassis with a 38 or so Chevy cab & small flatbed. The flatbed would be removable so I could put on a mini-5th wheel & have my flatbed attach so it all looks like a mini-semi.

    There's no doubt a new LC would be fun. Lotta great memories from the ones I've had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Rhodes? You meant Seaborn, right?
    did my post need a winking emoticon?
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