View Full Version : Trying to find my old truck.

05-18-2009, 03:32 PM
This is my first post here and I look forward to checking out this board some more. As soon as I can either get my old truck back or get another Toy I was thinking of joining the club.

But anyways here is my predicament.

I have been trying to find my old 1987 Toyota Turbo Truck. I made the mistake of selling it in late 2004. I was home on leave and figured I would find it a new owner cause I couldn't take it to Japan while I was stationed there. One of my friends thought he saw it last month around Conifer. When He told me this I started trying to track it down. Well so far no luck. If anyone has seen it can you email me at allittlebear@hotmail.com

I restored this truck. It had some pretty severe rust issues with the bed as is the case with most of these trucks. I had to fab all of the panels to fix the rust. I threw some extra metal flake in to the paint when we re-sprayed it. I also had the engine rebuilt and I installed a turbo upgrade from T.E.C. Engineering in Golden.

It is a 1987 Grey Regular cab 4x4 with Black wheels. It does not say "TOYOTA" across the tailgate and it has a Double tube rear bumper with a drop hitch. The door handles, windshield surround, front bumper and the grill are chrome. The windows are tinted pretty dark from what I remember. I know I have just described a lot of trucks out there but I want my truck if I can get it or just find it.

If you cant see the pics try this link: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/768673


05-18-2009, 05:34 PM
pics would help out. also, if he saw it near conifer, you might check at colorado toyota specialists....joe might know of it.

05-18-2009, 05:52 PM
I live in Conifer. If you can describe the truck further (red, shortbed, extra cab, etc) I will keep an eye out for it. Plenty of yotas up here.

05-18-2009, 05:55 PM
Can you guys not see the pics that I have posted?

05-18-2009, 05:59 PM
If you can't see the pics I have posted try the links below. Hope this helps.


05-18-2009, 06:03 PM
They are there. photobucket is being blocked on their end.

05-18-2009, 06:46 PM
Welcome to the forum. I'm up near Conifer as well. I'll keep my eyes open for it. :thumb:

So, how difficult was it to weld up the bed? Just curious as I have an '82 truck with some holes beginning. :o


05-18-2009, 07:18 PM
I can see the pics just fine. Looks like a sweet truck! I'll keep an eye out.

A word of caution: you may be depressed to see the condition of your truck 5 years later if the current owner has not been a gentle and conscientious owner.

If you know someone who is a cop, he might be able to trace it by VIN.

05-18-2009, 08:29 PM
The bed project was a pain in the ass. It took me 2 weeks of my Lunches and after work for everything to be absolutely straight.

I don't care what it looks like. I just want it back. I vaguely remember the new owner saying how he always took care of his vehicles. I just don't remember the guys name or his face.

I do know a guy that is a sheriff but I haven't been able to get in touch with him.

05-19-2009, 10:26 AM
I think the DMV can get the registered address for the VIN, but they might not give out the info to you. It's worth a shot.

05-19-2009, 10:37 AM
Sorry man, I misunderstood your post. I haven't seen the dark gray truck, but I'm keeping an eye out for it. I'll post up if I see it.

05-19-2009, 12:46 PM
Thanks guys. My friend that saw the truck was heading towards Denver. He was just coming up on Windy point. Just past of the gas station that is east of Aspen Park.

I can't find any of the paperwork with the VIN, so I am just going to go by the old license plate.

I am wondering if the DMV still keeps track of all of the vehicles you have owned and sold. I used to know someone that worked at the DMV and they told me about this. I guess it was to keep track of people that were selling more vehicles each year than the State allowed without a dealers license. I called the DMV and they said they didn't know anything about this. Then again the person I talked to was struggling with speaking English.

I still didn't get anywhere with finding my truck through the DMV anyways.

05-19-2009, 05:54 PM
Do you have any old car insurance paperwork? That would have your VIN.

05-19-2009, 08:52 PM
I can't find any of the old paperwork including the old insurance cards. It sat for a year before I sold it and I have moved to three different Countries and stations. My family has moved twice since then as well. So I haven't seen the Paperwork since I sold it.

But I am not going to give up hope. I know I will get a break and someone will see it or know what happened to it.

05-19-2009, 11:19 PM
ok, so doesn't this creep anyone out just a little?????

05-19-2009, 11:30 PM
ok, so doesn't this creep anyone out just a little?????

:Insert mini truck joke here: :D

05-20-2009, 12:58 AM
ok, so doesn't this creep anyone out just a little?????

Not really...If I could find my '82 SR5 Pickup, and it was anywhere near the condition it was in when I sold it 20 some odd years ago, I'd buy it back in a heartbeat...Something tells me though that the last 20 years have not been kind to my old truck :o

05-20-2009, 08:50 AM
ok, so doesn't this creep anyone out just a little?????

I often wonder where my old '73 FJ40 ended up. I actually had one of the original owners of my FJ60 PM me on MUD when he recognized it. He didn't want to buy it back, but he gave some history about it. :)

Ron Helmuth
05-21-2009, 12:42 PM
glad to see you over here Regular Person

We'll keep an eye out. I told you this club is most helpful.

One of us will spot it. Rest easy, your baby is coming back.

05-21-2009, 12:46 PM
What if the person doesn't want to sell it back?

05-21-2009, 02:39 PM
Holy crap.

That looks SOOO much like my brothers truck, your buddy probably thought it was the same truck. 1987, grey, turbo, single cab, tinted, chrome handles, front bumper (different now), same rear bumper, and it used to have a hitch on the back, but we took it off. Right down to the tool box with the antenna mount in the bed. Also, had black wheels when we bought it, still does, but the tires have been upgraded.

Our parents live in Bailey, so we drive up and down 285 all the time.

However, I doubt this is your truck. The motor was garbage when we got it, as the headgasket had not been done properly, since the previous owner said it'd been rebuilt. We took care of that, so it now has a brand new motor in it, complete reman from Jasper engines. Also, no way this bed has been redone like yours was with new panels and whatnot, unless I missed it and you redid this many years ago. This been hella bondo'd, and it rusting through like crazy.

Heres the one pic I've got on hand:


05-21-2009, 04:51 PM
Looks like twins :)

Does your brother want to sell his truck? He might have a buyer :)

05-21-2009, 08:27 PM
nope. he just dumped a bunch into it.

05-26-2009, 04:51 AM
That is my old truck. I recognize a lot of little details on it that could only exist on that truck. I sold it for $500. I told the guy that bought it that the guy that had rebuilt it was a lame piece of S%*t and I just couldn't afford to take it with me in the condition it was in. Little did I know that within a year I would be making almost $50K a year.

I did fix the bed like 9 years ago. It was my first time I had ever done something like that. It looked beautiful at first, then as I improved my skills I started to doubt myself. So I am not surprised about the bed. At the time that body filler was the best stuff you could get and it should still be warrantied for life in the case of an accident. It is actually better because it doesn't shrink like bondo does. If I remember right it is call "Premium". I think?

It's a shame I couldn't buy it back. But it's cool though, I got a new truck cause you said your brother didn't want to sell it. I got a 1990 Reg. cab 4x4 with the 22re and a 5 speed. It has been lifted 4 inches and is sitting on 33's. And has a new paint job. I do have a lead on a complete running turbo engine with ECU, wiring harness, exhaust, Trans and Transfer case. I just have to go to Wisconsin to get it from a friend I served in the Navy with.

Thanks everybody. I am just glad to see that is on the road and wasn't scrapped like my 1959 Willy's wagon was. The guy I sold it to told his son that he could have it if he graduated High School. And if he didn't he would scrap it. Well guess what his son didn't do?


05-26-2009, 08:21 AM
Nice rig man!

Naw, this truck is definetely not getting scrapped. It just got lifted, and the entire steering system replaced.

The bed thing makes total sense if you re did it nine years ago. These things rusted out from the factory in nine years or less, so its no surprise that it has more rust now.

My brother loves that truck. His plans are to fix it up really nicely. He's just short on the fundage, LOL. So it went to a good home!


Ron Helmuth
05-26-2009, 08:28 AM
nice to see a happy ending for everyone.

05-26-2009, 11:42 AM
I thought we had a winner with your bro's truck Isaac, but I thought you'd had it around a bit longer than 2004.


05-26-2009, 01:47 PM
No. We got it in 05, IIRC.