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Thinking about buying 97 5 lug

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Wahayes, Jun 22, 2022.

  1. Jun 22, 2022 at 9:29 PM
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    Wahayes

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    Looking at buying this 97 taco. She's shedding clear like a ginger kid sheds skin at the beach but is mechanically sound. 2.4 5speed 140k . Guy is asking 3k thinking if I can get it for 2k I may buy it. Always liked the 5 lug 1st gens. I figure repaint it and I can fix it up for my sons first car. Then when he's done with it , I have a new toy / commuter.

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  2. Jun 22, 2022 at 9:42 PM
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    That one extra lug sure adds a lot to the costs of these;):D
    a 2wd truck, is not for me. But, if you don't need 4wd, if its sound, decent. I'm also biased AF to that sweet sweet paradise blue.
     
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  3. Jun 22, 2022 at 9:46 PM
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    Yea I was thinking just respray the oem color to keep cost down. No I don't need 4x4 , I have a 17 tundra on 36s for that :D
    I always like the 5 lugs lowered a little , a street taco if you will lol
     
  4. Jun 23, 2022 at 4:08 AM
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    I say go for it ,father son project :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Jun 23, 2022 at 4:22 AM
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    A repaint will double your cost unless you do the prep and/or the paint.

    If not rusty, leave as is and promote the patina look.

    Or look @ www.monstaliner.com
     
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    I’d easily buy it, seems like you can’t really go wrong at that price.
     
  7. Jun 23, 2022 at 6:41 AM
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    Yea I don't mind it doubling, I'd want it to look nice. When I say to keep cost down I meant as opposed to repaint with a color change. I can do alot of the prep work myself, I've done 2 cars prepped like that before. My idea is once my son is done with it, lowering it and doing an LCE turbo kit , new interior and use it as a commuter. I'm familiar with monstaliner, I did that to a 2 door yukon I had once.
     
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    So after talking to the owner , it does need a new driver door. The current one is fubar. Other odds and ends , nothing major , e brake cable and a maf sensor. No big deal there. Going to look at it today.
     
  9. Jun 23, 2022 at 8:39 AM
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    Clena title and solid frame? If yes, then buy it! Also, is it a stick shift, and does it have A/C?
     
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    I'd pass
     
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    if 5 speed with a/c - yes buy it
     
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    Sounds like a possibility for the right price, particularly since you seem to have some experience with these matters.

    And 5 lugs are awesome. I love mine. :thumbsup:
     
  13. Jun 23, 2022 at 10:12 AM
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    Go for it! I daily'd a 98 Taco 5 lug auto for years, kept her maintained easily. Even drove across the country with it twice, once with a Uhaul and she never failed. I've moved on to something newer, but I'll never get rid of my Taco. Get that truck. As long as the frame is good and it runs, you'll never regret the decision.
     
  14. Jun 23, 2022 at 10:43 AM
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    Clean title and frame, stick with ac
     
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    So I went and looked at it , a bit more than I want to mess with I think. I knew I'd need to replace driver door but the bed was a mess. Rust through bed floor and the rust around driver bed fender in pictures looked like it could be sanded and treated , in person was a cutout and reweld endeavor. Frame was clean but beds are hard to find. Plus the money I'd have In a respray , a bed and driver door outweighs the benefit. The search continues lol
     
  16. Jun 23, 2022 at 10:46 AM
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    Buy it, preserve the paint as-is, install a killer stereo system and backup camera, and enjoy the truck; This thing will last another 25 years easily!
     
  17. Jun 23, 2022 at 12:18 PM
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    Given bed rust damage do you guys think it may still be worth it?
     
  18. Jun 23, 2022 at 6:52 PM
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    Do you have pics of the rust? Kinda depends on how bad it is.
     
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