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Old July 10th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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I'm new to the 4x4 scene. I'm going to buy a used pickup and turn it into a "whatever" truck. I want one that I can do 70mph down the hi-way and if need arises I want to be able to stop and go x-country and be able to handle whatever. Hence, the "whatever truck". My question is, is there a particular make and model that would work for this? I do like a long-bed and a 4 door but I have the feeling that this would be too big.? Nothing is set in concrete though. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 11:20 AM   #2
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You need a Grand Wagoneer. 4 doors, fits on many trails, good running gear.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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Grand wagoneer. Is that made by jeep?
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I will sell you mine. 4" lift, 32's, 360 v8. $5k
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I'm not a Toyota guy at all, but it sounds like a Tacoma would fulfill your needs.
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Sounds like a good deal. But, I'm having to piece mine together as I go. Just don't have that kind of cash on hand right now. So, I figure if I build it as I go since I'm not in a big hurry I can afford to buy quality equipment and build a fine machine. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying yours isn't quality. I'm just saying that I have to this piece by piece.
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I would go with a hover craft or a Suzuki Samuri or even better a hover craft towed on a trailer by a Samuri.
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Now that's the ticket! :)
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Old July 10th, 2012, 12:56 PM   #10
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I'm not a Toyota guy at all, but it sounds like a Tacoma would fulfill your needs.

I am a toyota guy and I agree.

Find a solid first gen tacoma, mild lift, 33's, pair of lockers, some armor and you will have a rig capable of wheeling all day, carrying all your gear, cruising 70+ in comfort, ect ect.

Have owned two built like this and they were the best trucks I ever owned...i wish I could have found a way to keep the second one.
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Around what year of mfg would I need to look for, for a first generation?
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Depends on how much you want to spend....they were built from 96-04. 96-97 were the same....the issue with these years is the rear springs are shorter than later years which makes it tough to find replacements. 98-00 got a mild sheetmetal makeover and the longer rear springs. 01-04 got a more significant sheetmetal makeover...also saw the availibility of the 4 doors. Mechanically they are all moreless the same from 96-04.

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Check the frame good...like most toyotas there were rust issues on some
Get a v-6....more power than 4cyl, same gas mileage
I would buy the newest one you can afford.
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Old July 10th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #13
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If you find the tacomas out of your price range, the early 90's toyota pickups were great too but they are no where near as to ride in or drive for long periods of time due to lack of refinement and power.
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Solid front axle swapped 88-94 chevy silverado. Will handle 70 on the highway just fine. These style trucks are easy to find, and solid axles are somewhat easy to come by. Aftermarket parts are also everywhere.
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Thanks for the info Taco. I"ll start shaking the bushes tomorrow. As far as price goes, it"s not so much the price as much as how well I like it. Thanks again.
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Solid front axle swapped 88-94 chevy silverado. Will handle 70 on the highway just fine. These style trucks are easy to find, and solid axles are somewhat easy to come by. Aftermarket parts are also everywhere.
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You can find a first gen TBI GM truck that is 4wd for less then 4k with a rebuilt engine (and maybe auto trans) if your patient enough. The maintenance cost on these trucks is very low compared to newer trucks. If you know how to do body work(it is really not hard). Or simply have a willingness to spend the time cutting, welding, grinding, and priming you can have a very dependable good running truck that will go into most reasonable situations in stock form.

But, finding one that is a 4 door is a different story. If you can get away with only 2 doors then these trucks are dang near perfect. If you need 4 doors for kids or just drunk buddies that you don't want freezing in the winter then consider a suv. Most people that have weekend warriors don't really use more of the trucks beds space then they would with a suv. For those rare occasions you can borrow or rent a small trailer unless your planning on taking this thing into the woods a few times a month kind of deal.
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I appreciate everyone's input. As I stated before, I am new to this. So, Cerial don't think I'm dumb when I ask "what the heck is a TBI truck?
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Old July 11th, 2012, 06:27 PM   #18
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I appreciate everyone's input. As I stated before, I am new to this. So, Cerial don't think I'm dumb when I ask "what the heck is a TBI truck?
i wouldnt say dumb. but maybe not capable of building a whatever truck
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i wouldnt say dumb. but maybe not capable of building a whatever truck

Tbi=throttle body ( to large injectors) ...tbi is a simple carb style setup but using fuel injection ...carb....tbi...then mpfi ( multi port injection one injector per cylinder most efficient of the 3 style)
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Everyone knows that econoshitboxes are the way to go for severe off road duty.
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