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Buying '04 Tacoma, Need opinion on frame rust

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Adoboy, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. Apr 29, 2013 at 8:08 PM
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    Hey all,
    If anyone could provide insight on how bad the frame rust is on this truck I would greatly appreciate it. This is the frame of an '04 Tacoma that I am thinking about buying but I do not know if this amount of rust would be a deal breaker. These are only on one side of the truck but the other side is better than this one. Thanks for your time.


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  2. Apr 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM
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    it looks like mainly surface rust to me, but I don't know much about the whole frame rust deal. My truck stays in the south.
     
  3. Apr 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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    Thanks! Would a dealership be able to blast it off or atleast cover it?
     
  4. Apr 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM
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    ehh.. I don't know about that. You would have to ask around. Maybe a paint shop would sand it down for you and paint it.
     
  5. Apr 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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    Agreed, surface and mainly superficial. You're going to really see some nasty road salt like we do here in NH. If you're looking for a long term solution in a truck you'll keep forever than you should do a frame-off resto; media blast it clean, and powdercoat it. But you know as well as anybody that our winters are nasty and rust happens. You could also try a rust converter. http://www.theruststore.com/Rust-Converter-FAQs-W48C2.aspx
     
  6. Apr 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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    Awesome thanks for the input guys! I'd like to keep it for awhile, I've been craving an '04 for awhile, finally saved up enough money to buy one, only took a damn deployment haha.
     
  7. Apr 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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    I haven't heard much good about gen 2. After my 2nd deployment I sold my 95 and bought a 2011, so I never had the pleasure.
     
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    Frame doesn't look rotten ,,only surface rust that could be cleaned up by (as said already) sand/media blasting.

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    Having lost two trucks to the repurchase program, and one which underwent a frame replacement, that rust looks superficial. If you buy it, take to to Toyota for a frame inspection. My 2001 passed the first inspection after I bought it in 2010, but failed last fall and they replaced the frame ( and many subassemblies). If it were not of the dents and scratches, it would be like a new truck. It's now for sale since I bought an '03 last week. All in all, Toyota been very very good to me.
     
  10. Apr 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM
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    Not a bad idea to purchase a truck still within the 15 year extended frame warranty. My 95 developed rust at year 16, so I cut it out and patched in new material. My brothers 02 Tundra got a brand new frame and it was a whole new truck after that.
     
  11. Apr 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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  12. May 2, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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    Don't forget to check the inner side of the frame too. I just lost my 4Runner to frame rust. it was a fully boxed frame and looked great from the outside, just some minor stuff. I was underneath one day and saw holes on the inside near the rear control arm. It came from the inside out! I wanted to get into a pickup so I traded it in for a 2007 Tacoma Double Cab TRD. I am going to stay on top of any rust with a rust neutralizer.
     
  13. May 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM
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    Thats exactly what my 95 did. I'm pretty sure the mud and road salt build up in there and hold moisture. And then one day *poof* big ass gaping holes in the frame.
     
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    Once you get the rust/corrosion taken care of, make sure you get your frame olong with the bottom of your truck UNDER COATED!!! That way you will not have the same problem come back.
    Also, make sure you don't put anything over any corrosion. It will just trap it and make it worse faster.
     
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