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Postby N law » Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:00 am

My wife's brother has had this pickup since before I met her. It is a scary off road rig the he has flipped on the road before. Her grandfather is an old nascar mechanic from the heyday (before all the rules) and he helped him build it. Needless to say, there are a lot of hacked fixes. These trucks came with a load proportioning valve for the rear brakes to change the brake proportioning when there was a load in the bed. I'm not sure how grandpa rigged it up, but you can't have that valve functioning when you are flexing off road. The brakes went down about the time she and I started dating in 2008 and it has sat since. One Christmas, he got brake parts but never got the rears bled with that rigged valve. So it sat some more.

This past fall, I went and picked it up and took it to a buddy who knew he 22R engines pretty well. He got it running by cleaning up all of the fuel line items and then he and I rigged the brakes to bypass the valve all together. Things were looking great for the future of this ugly truck. Then it started running like crap and missing. Compression test showed low compression on rear two cylinders. I pulled the valve cover, expecting to see a broken cam, but instead I found a broken rocker on number 3 with the chunk sitting around number 4. Perfect! I found a used set of rockers for $30 and slapped it back together. No dice! Still sounded like crap.

Fast forward to January when my buddy and I got a shop in a glorified storage unit complex. We tow strapped the yota to our shop and I commenced to pull it back apart. Tapping on each valve spring was perfect, except the intak of #3, where the rocker broke. Bent valve- head had to come off. Pulled the head last Wednesday and got the valve out. Definitely bent! Rock auto had the valve for $7 and the gasket set for $29. Both arrived on Saturday and I got it all buttoned up this evening. It popped off a few times but I couldn't get it to run. Then coolant started dripping! Apparently, I cracked the intake upon reinstalling it... Dang it!

Now my wife is frustrated with the time consuming project but I am really wanting to see this stupid thing run! I'm on the hunt for another intake but haven't located one yet.

I'll post picture tomorrow
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby Von » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:36 am

waiting... I want to see another ugly truck!

That's a pretty cool history on that truck. It's always interesting to see somebody else's halfassed fixes.
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby N law » Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:26 am

Von wrote:waiting... I want to see another ugly truck!

I'll grab pics tonight. I don't have any on my work computer and I couldn't find them last night when I got to writing.

Von wrote:That's a pretty cool history on that truck. It's always interesting to see somebody else's halfassed fixes.


It's a neat truck. There would be a whole lot of head scratching if we sold it without any info with it. The top of the cab has chunks cut out of the reinforcing where it rolled and he cut the pinched metal out, pushed it out and welded some braces over the gaps :shock: It also has a flat bed with a black pipe roll bar (also cut and braces from the same flip).
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby finefettle » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:05 pm

Description is my type of rigg. Now I have to see.. :)
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby N law » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:43 pm

A few pictures as she sits
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby N law » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:45 pm

A couple more
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby N law » Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:49 pm

And some from back in the day when it ran.
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby Von » Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:09 pm

N law wrote:A few pictures as she sits


... :love4:
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby DSUZU » Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:16 am

Hmmmm. "Rode hard, put away wet" comes to mind. On one hand, just get it running and use it the way it is and however you want to without worrying about the paint or body. On the other hand, pull the body off, find a Rodeo with a rusted frame, mod the "Yota frame to fit the wheelbase and make a "Rodeota", or "Toyoteo" out of it. :D. Dennis
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby finefettle » Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:45 am

Nice. VW rack to boot!
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby Von » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:51 am

finefettle wrote:Nice. VW rack to boot!

LOL! Nice rack!

hmmm... I've still got a 700r4/NP208 laying around.. I'll have an extra 350 when I strip that 93 Z71 down. G80 10 bolt but it's a little wide. ooh... And I'll have a divorced NP200 when I put the NP205 in my truck.. 2 rear outputs... 6x6 toyota.. just sayin..
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby N law » Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:27 am

DSUZU wrote:Hmmmm. "Rode hard, put away wet" comes to mind. On one hand, just get it running and use it the way it is and however you want to without worrying about the paint or body. On the other hand, pull the body off, find a Rodeo with a rusted frame, mod the "Yota frame to fit the wheelbase and make a "Rodeota", or "Toyoteo" out of it. :D. Dennis


Rode hard and put away wet is definitely correct! I think the first hand is the way we will go. I don't want to sink any money into this one. I'd rather take the $2,000 or so that I could put towards a Rodeota and just buying a clean toyota pickup and making a nice 4x4 out of it... I'm ready to get this one out of my way and there is no way that I am going to double down on it right now!

finefettle wrote:Nice. VW rack to boot!

Thanks! I've got a bunch of VWs and that is why we renting the shop that this is all in: so we could work on VWs. Now my buddy is frustrated because there is coolant on the floor! Oops. I've got a small side thing going on where I sling parts at VW shows, so this rack is one that will be up for sale here in a few weeks. Brand new, only been on the car to confirm that it fits and to tighten down the last few screws.

Von wrote:LOL! Nice rack!

hmmm... I've still got a 700r4/NP208 laying around.. I'll have an extra 350 when I strip that 93 Z71 down. G80 10 bolt but it's a little wide. ooh... And I'll have a divorced NP200 when I put the NP205 in my truck.. 2 rear outputs... 6x6 toyota.. just sayin..


Again, that sounds like work! I'll live vicariously through your build thread! lol!
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby squatch » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:19 pm

Von wrote:It's always interesting to see somebody else's halfassed fixes.


As long as I don't have to fix them. I've spent most of my life fixing some idiots cobbled BS.

So Nlaw are you bringing this to URE?
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby N law » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:58 pm

squatch wrote:
So Nlaw are you bringing this to URE?


No, I'm not going to drive that 7 or 8 hours (probably more!) and I'm not doing the trailer thing. If I make it out there, it'll be in the new to me rodeo!
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby N law » Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:32 am

I out the new to me intake on tonight. It leaks at the thermostat housing but I can seal it up with a new gasket and permatex. I was having trouble with it firing so I double checked the distributor orientation and it was off. I was supposed to turn the engine to 8.5 BTDC but it looks like I had left it at TDC instead. I pulled it and got it all lined up. It ran off the starter fluid but now I'm battling a fuel delivery issue and a sticking throttle cable. That's the next task. It sounds smooth and strong. I feel like I'm getting close to getting it back to sorta running.
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Re: 1985 Toyota pickup

Postby N law » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:40 pm

I never got this running well. I ended up telling him that the carb was junk since it had so many wood screws in it that it wouldn't adjust. I finally got mad and drug it back to his house and dropped it off not running. Fast forward to last week and it still hasn't moved, so he got an 88 4Runner with SAS. It'll work out better in the long run with his family and he will probably be parting out the truck I worked on and saving a lot for spares.
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