I am moving out to Salt Lake city at the end of february. Coming from Northern NY. Im leaving my 2000 Jetta TDI with 293k on her with a blown VNT actuator(she is sloooow now) and a million more 293k type issues, at my parents house and pursuing my dream of having a toyota pick up.
Out east the poor yotas really dont last long. Usually rusting out before 200k if you have an older one. I have narrowed my search down to a series 1 or 2 tacoma extended cab 4x4 5spd. That is why I joined this site because of the wealth of information about the trucks.
I am not new to toyotas. the only car my dad ever bought new was an 87 22re reg cab 4x4 the year i was born. I pretty much grew up in this truck, learned to drive standard in it at age 10(we had a mile long private dirt road and about 250 acres of woods). My most favorite memory was my dad sneaking me out of the house with out my little brother knowing to go see Jurassic Park at the drive in. We used to knee board and sled behind it in the winter up and down our road for hours. Of course during this whole time the bed was rotting. I took my road test in it when I was 16, the instructors gut was big enough it was resting on the dash board and he passed me with out even doing a parallel park! eventually the bed just about rusted off and my dad replaced it with a step side bed my grandpa had made for a trailer. Added about 300lbs to the truck and needed helper springs but it was cool! short time after that she started running only on 3 cyls. We sold it to some kids from my high school as a logging truck and in 2 days they had blown her totally up..
The next yota my dad got was an 82 FJ60 from FL, it was brown and we named it the fudgesickle. He drove it home to ny with the original motor and immediately proceeded to find a canadian 3B motor to swap in . He spent a few months doing the swap and had a really great increase in fuel mileage http://www.cardomain.com/ride/479659...a-land-cruiser . From I think around 10 up to around 19 with 8lbs of boost. This started our families diesel addiction, Since then we got an 85 bmw 525TD, 2 jetta TDIs, 85 golf diesel, and my dads pride and joy a vw1.6TD powered 1965 Porsche 356SC. I used to drive the FJ to school when my 87 Scirocco wouldnt start. My brother used this truck as his main transpo to high school for 3 years. This too suffered from the terrible north east salty roads and eventually got to the point of no return. We sold it to a guy with a really sweet lifted expedition type fj60 with a louvered hood, he was going to swap the motor into his truck. I dont think we ever heard back from him. Here are some pics for fun of us messing around with it in the snow.
Hahaha if he only knew! Im sure he did..
But anyways that is my story and I hope to add a Taco to my stable at some point in the next month or two! And I appreciate all the info I already have recieved from this site.