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Old 08-12-2008, 09:08 AM
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:10 AM
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The part about the 85's that bill brought up is a good point.

You will likely want to redo the front hangars, put on highsteer, and rework the rear suspension. It costs as much as a SAS on an IFS truck.

Stock minitruck SA steering is horrid.
It can be fixed, and reliably, but this involves changing the steering box to an IFS unit, and modifying the frame to accept it. And OBTW you want an IFS rear axle for the track width. So you see where the money goes... the SA truck does give you a frame capable of more up travel though. Not huge, but something.
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:09 PM
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This is interesting stuff; you just don't seem to hear as much about mini truck these days, and I had no idea.
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:25 PM
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If you ask on this forum, Bill, Isaac and Dave will give you pretty much all you need to know about minitrucks! I learn things I didn't really want to know about them just from being around those guys! But I will say I love my little red truck as a DD, and though it doesn't share the extra gearbox and axle shafts as its 4x4 brethren, the 22RE, in all its bulletproof wonder, has me impressed almost every day.

The alternator is a serious PITA, on my truck I don't know of a way to do it without removing the distributor and power steering pump, and the p/s pump has six bolts on two axes that you have to get threaded, and two of them you can't see.

IMO, once you've done the timing chain once it's not so bad after that. The head gasket, though, I would probably never do again myself.

I would definitely spring for a '86-'97 4runner or pickup/Tacoma with a 4cyl and 5 spd manual in a second if only I wasn't so hung up on getting a diesel Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser just has more appeal to me. But I love my pickup, I love my sister's '97 Taco 4x4, I'm jealous of my friend who bought a '99 Taco 4cyl with the TRD package. Toyotas are just intuitive to me.
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:42 PM
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alternator was easy, just go in from the bottom. You have to drain the radiator and remove the lower hose and then you can just work away in there... Takes me about an hour and a half.
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and I am a crappy mechanic...
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alternator was easy, just go in from the bottom. You have to drain the radiator and remove the lower hose and then you can just work away in there... Takes me about an hour and a half.
The manual says you have to do that, but I figured out a way you don't have to. You do have to unfasten the fan shroud and cut it (fix the cut with duct tape - it works), but you don't have to remove the lower radiator hose using that method. It's still a PITA, but more like 45 minutes instead of 1.5 hours plus coolant. The 22RE was certainly a learning experience for my daughter and I compared to Land Cruisers though. She's a good wrench too; when we rebuilt her rear differential all I had to do was hand her tools and offer advice :-)
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:31 PM
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She's a good wrench too; when we rebuilt her rear differential all I had to do was hand her tools and offer advice :-)
Sweet! Woman who wrench are awesome! So...how old is she and what's she do now? Just kidding...kinda!
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Sweet! Woman who wrench are awesome! So...how old is she and what's she do now? Just kidding...kinda!
She's 24 and works at Outback Steakhouse near SW Plaza. Unfortunately she drives a Sebering now :-(
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:49 PM
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She's 24 and works at Outback Steakhouse near SW Plaza. Unfortunately she drives a Sebering now :-(
That's just sad... Did you cry when she stopped driving Toyota's?

And do you want to have a M&G at her work...next time she is working??
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