- Nov 28, 2015
- Scottsdale, AZ
It should start and run without a radiator.
@FJ60LC what rust????? Seriously, my 60 has head-sized holes in a couple spots. If the frame’s good, get the mechanicals going and then address the small rust spots. If you won’t get to them for a year or more, wire wheel and cost them with primer.
That lower black stripe doesn’t seem to be original though - is it hiding something? Use a magnet and see if there’s bondo under the paint. Take the rear cargo panels off (and buy some CNC-cut ABS ones from me!) and look down inside to see what THAT looks like.
Tail lights can still be had new OEM. Same for the rubber end caps to your bumper (at least that side is missing in the photo).
I’m relatively new to older vehicles as well but I jumped in with both feet - I sold my 2002 Tacoma for this 60 as a daily driver. I’ve had to figure out how to make it go. And I’m no expert. I don’t even comment on Mud a lot because there are so many people with such a wealth of knowledge that I don’t have a lot to offer. Except this thread - I really feel where you’re at haha.
Anyway, the point of the paint stripe is this: why did they paint it? Bedliner, regular paint, whatever. Why? Usually people don’t go to that length for 100% cosmetic reasons. Most of the time it’s because it needed paint. Why did it need paint? Rust or body damage. Maybe it was purely a cosmetic endeavor, but typically not. That said, your truck is fine. Not trying to cause you anxiety. I’ll attach a picture of anxiety at the bottom.
As for the cargo panels, use a flathead screwdriver abs gently pry the plastic pop rivets out from the perimeter. The panel is made of Masonite and has a tendency to rip, tear, and bend. PM me about my panels. I don’t really have a “business” so much as I made a set for myself and then got a few requests. Now I’ve had them drawn in CAD so I can get them cut on a CNC machine. I was using a template and a table router before, very labor intensive. Several folks around here make panels too - one guy makes them out of cabinet grade plywood I think. Mine are basic and sturdy and take abuse because I abuse the cargo area of my truck. View attachment 2760326
Thanks, I’ll get a hold of himGive my buddy at Fro's Garage a call. Hes near Reno. He will work on anything with an engine and wheels or tracks. Hes very good and reasonable. He very well might get this thing running for low cost. Find him on instagram @frosgarage
Mac sent you
Thanks. Yes I know I’ve picked up a radiator, hoses, clamps. And have the fan shroud. This is going to be quite the projectIn fact those A/C lines are attached to the hard lines coming from the evap core for the A/C system under the dash.
The soft lines (both high and low) are indeed hard to find, but not impossible by any stretch.
You've got many other issues than A/C to chase down though...radiator et al