First Generation Toy Pick up as a DD

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I like the original styling of the first generation PU's. I want to start looking into one for DD purposes. I checked the FAQ and its mostly about getting it off road ready. Is there a certain thread you guys could point me too about what to look for in getting one. I was also wondering what MPG a close to stock PU will get? Thanks for the help and I will be keeping my eyes peeled for one.

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The "best year mini" thread by Landpimp has a lot of good info, but in short, the 79s had a 20r and 4speed, the 80s had 20r or 22r and a 4 speed. 81s had a 22r and a kinda crappy 5speed. 82-83 had a better 5 speed with the 22r but they lost the round head lights. If you run 29 inch tires or 235/75s, it will make an excellent DD, and I got 20 mpg a couple times with that set up, but I wasn't really worried about gas mileage when it only cost 1.37....

Edit: heres the link https://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=36925&highlight=year+mini
 
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Thanks for the link I was just checking that out. I saw about 2 diesel minis in Florida since I've been here. Where they sold in the u.s. or were both of them imports?

So after reading that thread it seems like I am after a 1983 p/u. but still love the looks of the round fenders and lights. I hope I can find a clean one, Florida normally has some fairly clean trucks with great frames and if they are rusted its around window seals. If I luck out GA would be the place to get one becuase of very low rust.....I guess the search is on...

Thanks for the help. I will strive to keep in tune enough to get 20 and above mpg.
 
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So after reading that thread it seems like I am after a 1983 p/u. but still love the looks of the round fenders and lights.



The 82-83s still had the round fenders, but with square lights. The biggest problem with these rigs is keeping all the 20 odd year old vacuum stuff working. I know that the 4wd minis with diesels are very hard to find, but you could look for one with a bad motor and swap in the 22r-TE engine for a bit better mileage, or even do a diesel swap with a volkswagen engine, Jeep liberty CRD or see about importing a toyota engine.
 
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The 82-83s still had the round fenders, but with square lights. The biggest problem with these rigs is keeping all the 20 odd year old vacuum stuff working. I know that the 4wd minis with diesels are very hard to find, but you could look for one with a bad motor and swap in the 22r-TE engine for a bit better mileage, or even do a diesel swap with a volkswagen engine, Jeep liberty CRD or see about importing a toyota engine.

How bad is it to keep the vac systems working? is it much worse than the 40ft found under a fj60 hood? Thanks for the info again.
 
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I had an 83 with a 5 speed transmission, long bed 4x4 etc. It Barely had 100,000 miles on it! I put 31x10.5's on it and it was still fine on mileage and power. Was probably the best daily driver I have ever owned! Be patient when looking, sometimes you can find a gem and its worth it. Wish I hadnt sold mine, but then I wouldnt have my 40!
 
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My 22r in my 84 doesnt have near the amount of crap under the hood that my 60 USED to have. My 80 pickup with a 20r had a lot more vacuum stuff if I remember right. I'd find an 80 pickup with a blown motor (trust me you'll get it cheap!), and put a 22r in it. It will bolt right in, and 22r's are a dime a dozen and cheap, atleast around here. For dd I'd get a 2wd and put a downey lift or something on it, prerunner style.
 
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The "best year mini" thread by Landpimp has a lot of good info, but in short, the 79s had a 20r and 4speed, the 80s had 20r or 22r and a 4 speed. 81s had a 22r and a kinda crappy 5speed. 82-83 had a better 5 speed with the 22r but they lost the round head lights. If you run 29 inch tires or 235/75s, it will make an excellent DD, and I got 20 mpg a couple times with that set up, but I wasn't really worried about gas mileage when it only cost 1.37....

Edit: heres the link https://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=36925&highlight=year+mini
1.37???For A Gallon Of Gas? Are You Serious? Here In Roy Utah Its Up To 2.93 Right Now!
 
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Found a sweet diesel one for sale in the for sale section but the guy doesnt want to hold it for me til the end of the summer. But, I am going to check out a 1980 tomorrow with hardly any rust. And if its true Ill be getting it on the spot, Its an older lady selling it original owner they put a 5 speed in it last year got a new truck this year and doesnt drive it any more. She said she would hold it for me til I got rid of my other cruiser. ( I dont have room for 3 vehicles)

I really wanted a diesel but if its really rust free I rather get this and swap in a diesel later. There is a guy in Florida that only imports diesels and can get his hands on a few diesel motors from toyota...

Ill post up some pictures if I end up getting lucky..

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ummm not to sound stupid or anything but what exactly is a 1st generation p/u?
i have a 1990, what would that be considered?
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