I am newbie and thank you for letting join your forum. I am receiving a 1991 Toyota EXT cab 4x4 truck (6 cyl.) with 51,000 original miles on it.
The truck is owned by my 81 year old mother-in-law who (honest to gawd!) only used it to go to the grocery store or to church in inclement weather (Northern Indiana). In fact, I've used the truck more than she has used it over the years do to small home projects that I've needed her truck.
Therefore, I know the whole history of the truck (late father-in law bought it in 1992 with 5,000 miles on it). The truck has always been garaged and meticulously maintained such as regular synthetic oil changes and most recently a new timing belt, charged the A/C system, and all new brake work and lines. The engine is strong. The interior shows hardly any signs of wear and there are no cracks or tears in the seats or dash. She has had the truck professionally detailed every year that she has owned it.
One of the best items about the truck other that what is noted above is that it has side vent windows on it. Boy I sure miss those things on the newer vehicles. By the way, Ive seen 1989-1991 Toyota pickups without side vent windows. Why is it that those pickups don't have side vent windows on them but my 1991 pick up has them?
The paint looks pretty new on it but the problem is that there is a lot of rust bubbling on the bed fender sides, numerous areas on the bottom sides of the bed and at least one small area on the lower part of the cab. I have not checked underneath the bed frame as of yet, but I suspect there could be areas of concern under the bed frame. Again, since I live in Northern Indiana salt usage is a concern. The steel wheels have some surface rust on them, (I painted them about 3-4 years ago) but I would like to find some stock aluminum wheels to fit the truck to upgrade it. Can some one tell me what bolt pattern these wheels would have on them?
I might have to get a new bed for it due to all the bubbling rust. Where could I get one? I'm sure that all the salvage yards up here would just have worse beds that I have already. Does someone make new beds or is that cost prohibitive?
I would use the truck as a daily driver probably putting on 50 miles per week. Whatever I end up doing with the bed of the truck, I am sure I'll have to get the whole truck painted since it'll be pretty had to match new paint with 20+ year old paint that's already on the truck due to fading and etc. Any rough Idea on what a new decent paint job would cost?
I'm not looking for this truck to be a "show" truck, but I'd like it to be at least a "head turner". Am I " nuts" to put money into this 20+ truck or not. I'd appreciate any and all input from you.
Thank you again and glad to be part of this forum.