I have done plenty of entries on my Evolutions and all the modifications and events that they have had, but my daily driver is a 1992 Toyota Pickup truck that I’ve owned for ten years. This truck has provided me with regular transportation and the ability to go to a home and garden center and load up with just about anything. It has even carried a half a ton of gravel that was spread under my deck. It gets about 26 miles per gallon around town and has received a lot of TLC from me in terms of maintenance.
I have replaced the ball joints and tie rod ends. The front brakes have been done at least three times and the rear drums once. The master cylinder has been replaced a couple of times and the brake system is flushed every year. Along with regular oil changes I have put on two sets of shocks on the truck. The first were Tokico and just a couple of months ago they were replaced by a set of Bilsteins.
The original vinyl seat was cracked and sagging so for a little over $400 I had the seat recovered and built up again. The steering wheel was replaced by a Grant GT.
This truck was built in December of 1991 and sold to its first owner in New Orleans shortly there after. It was the absolute base model truck with no options except for air conditioning.
That means no power steering, which is a shock to those that I let borrow it.
The original gauge cluster just had a speedometer so I switched it out for a used cluster that had a tachometer and real gauges, not just idiot lights. I had to run a wire to the coil for the tach and replace the oil pressure switch with an oil pressure sensor.
There was no right hand mirror on the passenger side so I found one to match the drivers side. The inside rear view mirror wasn’t a day/night so I picked up one from a salvage yard.
The rear window was replaced by one with a slider so that it would have flow through ventilation.
The exhaust system has been replaced twice.
Due to the loads I was carrying at times I put in a set of helper springs to assist the rear leaf springs.
The radio and speakers are a set that I bought for $100 from Crutchfield.
The second owner was my sister who was looking to trade in the truck back in 2000, but couldn’t get much for it so I traded her a used laptop computer for it and both of us were happy.
Now the original paint has faded and I have bitten the bullet and decided to have the truck repainted.
It will cost a lot more than the truck is worth, but a lot cheaper than buying a replacement. I am having the work done by a place in Raleigh called B-Macs that normally does frame-off restorations.
Not that I’m have the truck restored, no, I just want a good job done and these are the guys to do it.
Here are some “before” photos. I’ll let you know how it comes out.