Thanks for all the quick replies! All these problems are minimal and can fixed easily unlike the 2nd gen wheel bearings and front diff bearing.
Its funny you menion the clock. I noticed that when I was driving my dads 04. I had to move and duck down to see the clock past the steering wheel heh.
Here is a growing thread about lots of common 1st gen mods and maint. that may help you, too:
On some 2001s (and perhaps later, but not sure), there was a lower ball joint recall. This is an important fix; if it comes apart at speed, it could be really bad for you. You can run the VIN at toyotaownersonline.com or call a dealership and give them a VIN, and they will tell you if it has been done. If not, they wil do it free and will align it for free, too.