• Even the mid-80s, 4th-generation Hiluxes are getting rare in clean, stock(ish) condition these days. I had an '86 4×4 for almost 10 years and it appreciated almost 300% in that time. Granted I did rebuild the engine but keeping it clean and unmolested was the main reason it grew in value.

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  • Daily drove two different 1980 trucks at times, a long and short bed. Drove the LWB from MT to MI and back with a little boom box cd player on the bench next to me. I'll have another someday and rebuild it. Such cool little trucks.

  • Daily drove two different 1980 trucks at times, a long and short bed. Drove the LWB from MT to MI and back with a little boom box cd player on the bench next to me. I'll have another someday and rebuild it. Such cool little trucks.

    • Both suffered from the near universal rust along mid bedside seam. Also common to rust out the frame at the front perch of rear Springs.

  • I have a 1987 4runner I'll likely never sell. I've had it long enough I've replaced some of it more than once. It lived a hard life before I bought it for peanuts. I should have bought a better one (12, 14? years ago) but it's well sorted now. Trans is the only original part of the drivetrain…at 240k it's not even leaking (much).

    Central California means that I don't have much in the way of rust issues. Paint is getting very thin on the top surfaces though,…I can't imagine getting a real paint job on the old truck, but I'm going to have to do something in the next…5-10 years 🙂 Maybe I'll get a paint shop to mix me up some spray cans matched to my well oxidized red paint.

    • Surface rust starting to show on the roof and the hood. I don't care so much about the hood, but straight 4runner tubs are getting hard to find and I don't want to let the tin worm have this one.

    • If you're in the central valley, I think you've got another good 30 years of use left in that truck before rust becomes an issue (aside from cosmetic surface rust).

      Where I live in the South Bay LA area we get plenty of salty moist air on overcast days, and I watched as little rust blooms started peeking out of every rock chip on my '86 pickup. I kept it washed and waxed which helped immensely and stopped the growth.

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