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Need some advice on a potential purchase

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Chantheman22, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Mar 21, 2018 at 6:20 AM
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    I’m considering getting a Tacoma for a daily and giving my old fj62 a much needed rest. I’m looking at a Tacoma and need some advice on the frame. I’m not too familiar with Tacoma’s so my question is, do 1st gens have a diamond shape in the frame? Or is this patchwork? Seller says the frame has never had work but it doesn’t look stock.

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  2. Mar 21, 2018 at 6:37 AM
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    That frame looks fine, at least that section, it has very little surface rust. My sons 2001 DC 4x4 has the same diamond painted on it. What does the rest of the frame look like? Check the back close to the leaf spring attach points, and around the spare tire carrier.
     
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  3. Mar 21, 2018 at 6:43 AM
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    Chandler, what area do you live and where does this truck live? Different regions are prone to more rust so that could make a difference.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2018 at 7:46 AM
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    Don't just look, need to give it good solid raps with a hammer. Frames rust from the inside out on these!!
     
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    I’m in Mississippi and the truck is in Eastern Nc.
     
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    Rest of the frame looks the same honestly. Pretty good.
     
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    I think I saw something similar on mine when I was applying the rust treatment... one of the pics :

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    looks like cellulitis lol.. but once you remove that layer is just clean frame, mine I realized was sprayed later on while I was working on it, got more pics but like they said , hammer it since rust grows from inside out on these frames

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  8. Mar 21, 2018 at 8:05 AM
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    Thanks for the quick responses and advice. There is a sale pending on the truck at the moment. When you find one of these with low mileage at a decent price you need to jump in them FAST. Goodness. I’ll find out if the deal falls through but I’m pretty sure my search continues
     
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    That looks like it. I wonder what the diamonds represent. If anything
     
  10. Mar 21, 2018 at 8:06 AM
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    aren't those stickers? or are they actual chunks of metal?
     
  11. Mar 21, 2018 at 8:10 AM
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    Lighter colored paint on the one I looked at today.
     
  12. Mar 21, 2018 at 8:11 AM
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    I think the diamond \romboid shape was on it, the other are just painter tape since I was covering all the wholes to paint the frame internally first
     

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