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Looking at a 1985 4runner, what to look for?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Max-4_Yota, May 7, 2012.

  1. May 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM
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    Max-4_Yota

    Max-4_Yota [OP] The Welfare Cadilac

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    I've been looking for a beater/hunting truck and eventually turn into a trail rig aka money pit. Found this 4runner on CL and i'm going to look at it tomorrow. He says it runs pretty good and shifts fine, 4x4 works. But the engine has a small skip, he thinks its a injector.

    Any pointers on what else to look for or watch out for?

    http://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/2978307185.html
     
  2. May 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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    Pop the hood. Look for fluid leaks... You can see weeps or leaks with dirt build up. Check all levels and quality... Oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering, etc. Ask a lot of questions on maintenance - where maintained and what type of materials/fluids used.

    Get under the truck and look for leaks in the diffs, tranny, transfer. Drive the truck hard, test the brakes, get a good feel on how it handles.

    Keep us posted! Pics... We want pics! Good luck.
     
  3. May 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    Will do, gonna go about lunch time tomorrow. He also has a 85 truck with alot done to it but wants a little more for it. Gonna take a look at both. :spy:
     
  4. May 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    Also, small skip when in 4x4? Not sure that'd be an injector... You'd feel that in 2wd also.

    I forget if the older 4 runners have a removable rear cap. You might want to check how well that's sealed also.
     
  5. May 7, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    No, he said the engine has a small skip.
     
  6. May 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM
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    Turns out it skipped pretty bad, everything else was in good shape. Worried me a little too much though. Gonna hold off and keep looking.
     
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