I need a new ride.
I just landed a job working at a treatment center for adolescents, and the program includes a lot of outdoor activity. Several days a week I’ll take 3 or 4 boys out rock climbing, or mtn biking, or skiing, etc… I never know what I’ll be doing day to day so I need to keep my gear with me, ready to go. My 2-seater 2nd gen single cab Tacoma 4x is impractical for obvious reasons, and I don’t want subject my 80 to the miles and the wear and tear of hauling around a bunch of dirty, sweaty, rowdy teenagers.
I’m looking for something reliable, that can haul bodies and all my gear, and can take some abuse. I’m considering a 60. Bad idea? Not worried about the crappy mileage I've read about, the company pays for fuel. And I’m not afraid of doing maintenance or some repair work. I was actually a Mitsubishi Tech for years while I got through college and graduate school, so I have some skill. I still have all my tools and I even have a lift at home. I keep thinking if I was smart I would pick up a Montero Sport since you can get them used for relatively cheap, and I know them so well. But I bought my first Cruiser a couple of years ago and now… well, I probably don’t have to explain it to you guys.
I became infatuated with the 60 twenty years ago when I went camping with a friend down in Moab. I talked him into running Poison Spider in his bone stock 84. I couldn't believe how well it performed. The exhaust had a little more character when we were done is all. I’ve thought it would be cool to own one ever since.
I’m hesitant because I can’t afford to be stranded, or constantly making repairs right now. I know it has a lot to do with the condition of the truck, but given the age of these things, and the fact that they’re carbureted (I’m child of fuel injection, carburetors cause me anxiety), I’m thinking problems are most likely inherent? I’m looking at an 87 right now with a manual 4-speed, 170k miles, a few dings and scratches, but virtually rust free, interior is in great shape, seems to run well. Got the seller down to $4500. Compared similar priced junk I’ve looked at it seems like a good buy. I think I’m going to do it. Am I making a mistake?
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks fellas.