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I'm looking at an 1981 toyota short box 4x4... Is there anything I can watch out for on this truck when buying? Is there any places that rust that are hiddin other than the floor boards? Thanks Greg!

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Yup, above the spring hangers for the rear leafs.
The frame will rust out there and the springs get pushed into the frame.
Eventually the frame break's in half!


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usually you can grab the frame in the middle and on the back side you will put your fingers through the back. my truck that is for sale has a mint frame with 0 rust on it
 

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Hey greg how did arpad's truck to up at shawnigan? I was supposed to go but the other Greg couldn't get a hold of me. Just look at his truck and you should have a pretty good idea of what to look for.

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Originally posted by Mrdiesel:
Hey greg how did arpad's truck to up at shawnigan? I was supposed to go but the other Greg couldn't get a hold of me. Just look at his truck and you should have a pretty good idea of what to look for.

It did okay! His tires are bit too bald though! When did greg crash? Do you have a wire feed welder?


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Originally posted by ZukiGreg:
I'm looking at an 1981 toyota short box 4x4... Is there anything I can watch out for on this truck when buying? Is there any places that rust that are hiddin other than the floor boards? Thanks Greg!
Dont forget to check the floors. When they rot real bad the cab mounts will push right through the floors.
 

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hit the frame with a hammer and screwdriver all over the back half don't miss a CM. especially where the frame curves down right behind the rear wheels along the bottem in the corner of the frame (1_) right where that gap is. Check for clutch slipping and grinding going into gears. Also check the compression and timing chain noise, check for bondo with a magnet too. Also check the pinnion for play my friend blew his this summer. if you can put it up an a hoist

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