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Stop Bringing These Trucks Back From The GRAVE!!

Discussion in '1st Gen 4Runners (1984-1989)' started by flamatap, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Dec 1, 2017 at 4:56 AM
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    flamatap

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    Here is my 85, not the original engine, 3.0 6 cylinder. I bought knowing it had some issues, but the body, frame, everything but the motor is sound. I know I blew a head gasket, not an inexpensive repair. I think I would be miles ahead if I buy a rebuilt with a warranty. People around me keep saying, "Stop raising those trucks from the grave!" They dont get it so I dont run questions like this by them. Any thoughts. I appreciate all responses!!!Murf
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  2. Dec 1, 2017 at 8:02 AM
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    It's not that you're "raising these trucks from the grave", it's that they never die in the first place!
     
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  3. Dec 1, 2017 at 8:20 AM
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    That is a great point!
     
  4. Dec 6, 2017 at 10:06 AM
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    Fix 'er up. Looks like the body is perfectly straight
     
  5. Dec 7, 2017 at 7:58 AM
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    My wife said put a new motor in it and be done with it. At my age, it will part of my will. Your observations are spot on! Perfect! I flushed the cooling system, replaced hoses and thermostat, and put a reputable stop leak product in that yielded a great result. Temp fix until I upgrade the motor. Not sure.if I am going 4 or 6, but either way, I will be good to go. THANKS MURF
     
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  6. Dec 10, 2017 at 4:32 PM
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    i went ahead and took the advice of a former 4th grade student I had early in my teaching career, used a.stop leak product after totally cleaning the ayste n and replacing hoses, clamps, and.thermostat. IT WORKED (at least for now.) I still have the blessing of my wife to go ahead and put a rebuilt back in it. i have a 91 pickup with the same engine, extra parts. Thanks to all who replied, MURF
     
  7. Dec 10, 2017 at 4:57 PM
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    That is a fantastic truck. I vote for Fixer up!
     
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  8. Dec 10, 2017 at 5:57 PM
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    Frame, body, interior everythjng, primo condition / and 115000 plus a one change milage. 91 is in great shape even after hitting 2 deer in one week.

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  9. Dec 11, 2017 at 9:51 AM
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    Have you thought about putting in a 3.4? That would be my favorite choice.
     
  10. Dec 12, 2017 at 2:28 AM
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    no but will check on it. why this one
     
  11. Dec 13, 2017 at 8:21 AM
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    That is an awesome 4Runner! I would love to have one of those. I'm not a 3.0 fan. I would go with a 22re or a 3.4.
     
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