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Well... it's not a Ranger... hell, it's not even a Ford

But I've always wanted one, and for $400... I couldn't pass it up. I just couldn't bring myself to start chopping up my Ranger, I need it to be reliable and get me to work/play.

It's a 1982 Toyota 4x4 (my favorite body style).... 167k miles, 5 speed, starts, runs and shifts well... 4x4 works great, hubs turn easily and click in very nicely. It's just that it's a bit... well... rusty :D

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And here it is after a bit of an interior cleanup (it was disgusting)... and half a dozen cutting wheels...

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Got a FREEBIE bumper from a friend who makes prototypes for Mopar...

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Love the old toyota trucks. Cut some holes in that rear crossmember b/t the leafs to mount the lights in. Zip ties won't last, trust me.
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Cant beat that deal, what motor?
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Love the old toyota trucks. Cut some holes in that rear crossmember b/t the leafs to mount the lights in. Zip ties won't last, trust me.
I'm planning on a flatbed kit from All-Pro Offroad, like this...



the zip ties were just so I could bomb around the neighborhood a bit and offend my neighbors :D
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Cant beat that deal, what motor?
The legendary 22R
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that flat bed kit would be sweet, and a very strong motor
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holy rust batman! thats gonna be sick when youre done with it though. thats flatbed will be sweet!
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I had a 94 Yota 4x4 before I got my Ranger... bought it with 85k miles on it, sold it 5 years later with 185k on it. The guy just recently sold it, running strong as ever, with 225k on it.

Plan for the '82:
All-Pro Flat Bed Kit
All-Pro 4" rear leaf springs/shackles/etc
Fiberglass front fenders, new hood, Warn Winch
4-5 cans of OD Green spray paint (cab/hood/doors/fenders will be green, everything else will be black)
Black steel wheels
Beat on it until it breaks and then upgrade :)
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2JZ swap would be badass in this.
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should look pretty cool!
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Jealous!
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well, its gonna be a project to get rid of all that rust... it looks like the entire cab is rusted out.
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Cool man. Looks like a good trail rig!
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ya that flatbed will look awesome
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lol don't slam the door to hard it might fall off...lol good find
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2JZ swap would be badass in this.
mmmmmmmm 2jz swap......
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You've inspired me to go buy something like this now. LOL
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ugh, all that rust makes me cringe....
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I think.. if the body was literally falling to pieces - that frame is in TERRIBLE condition - you going to be plating it? Strengthen it up a bit before you thrash around in it :-D
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I think.. if the body was literally falling to pieces - that frame is in TERRIBLE condition - you going to be plating it? Strengthen it up a bit before you thrash around in it :-D
eh....frame flex ftw
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Just a little update... I managed to find brand new, stamped steel replacement fenders and a hood... for $200!

The bed is pretty much totally removed and getting prepped for the flatbed kit. Gonna take the original hood and fenders off this week and start the paint prep.
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hows the frame?
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what about the frame??
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FTOY! haha

nice score man, i woulda done it too.
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