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Question on 1981 Hilux Pickup

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by xxaarraa, May 24, 2011.

  1. May 24, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    xxaarraa

    xxaarraa [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I can't help myself. I am looking on craigslist for some early 1980s Toyota Pickups. Question is very specific. Just how good/ordinary/bad were the early 4wd systems? I live in Boston and love my 09's 4WD capabilities. Realize the new fangled stuff like ALSD etc. wasn't available back then, but will it get the job done in mad extreme north east snow and occasional mild off-roading.
     
  2. May 24, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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    YotaDan

    YotaDan Dan Vendor

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    Well depends who you talk to. Spend a little money, and it's hard to beat the early solid axle toyotas. Just check the cab good for rust.
    I Drive an '81, and just recently picked up an '85 that is my future project.
     
  3. May 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    bicklebok

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    I have an 86 4wd and it does very well.
     
  4. May 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    MUCH better 4wd systems on the old trucks than on the new.
     
  5. May 25, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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    kmok

    kmok Plastidipped ma Hootus!

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    You'll have to get out of the truck and lock the hubs before you put it in 4x4 :D
    Check it all over for rust, most importantly the frame. I'd like to pick up a 79-85 one day for fun.
     
  6. May 25, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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    Cvd2312

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    Are you kidding? The old Toyota pickups will go places that today's Toyota's could only dream of.
     
  7. May 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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    T@co_Pr3runn3r

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    I have a pile of leftover parts from my 82.......once you get one.
     
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