Thoughts on these pics? It's a 94

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Had an out of state friend look at a cruiser for me. He has no knowledge of cruisers and I have very little.

Cosmetically, the 80 is fine. It drives fine, no noticable clicking from birfs. Steering has a little play though. Tranny shows no sign of slipping. It has over 100k miles on it.

It also has the diff lock switch on the dash.

Can you guys give me your thoughts on the following pics... all under carriage shots:

http://members.cox.net/desertcruiser/15.jpg

http://members.cox.net/desertcruiser/16.jpg

http://members.cox.net/desertcruiser/17.jpg

http://members.cox.net/desertcruiser/18.jpg

http://members.cox.net/desertcruiser/19.jpg

I cant see a sign of the actuators for the diff locks... perhaps the pics were taken from the wrong side? There is some obvious excess oil under there. Rear main leak?

What do you guys think... scary looking or typical for a vehicle this old and this many miles?
 
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Pic 19 looks to have it but it is hard to tell. Have your friend see if there is 2 plugs and a vacuum hose going to the diff, the part where the driveshaft goes into. If there is it has lockers. He also can lock the switch and see if the light on dash for diff locks flash, then have him drive slowly till the lights stay on. When they stop flashing, they are locked. This is done in LOW Range.

As for rear main, most likely it is the pan that leaks at the retainer that holds the rear main. Removing both pans and sealing them will fix the leak unless it is the rear main. Not a big job. Replacing rear main... I did mine twice and I have no clue what I am doing, so if I can do it, all can do it! Its a big job.

The tranny looks to be leaking too. Most likely it is the seal, I used a aftermarket cork seal from dealer, others say to use Toyota sealant (FPIG). Good time to change the tranny oil and clean the screen/filter. Not a big job.

Tie rods, not a big job. Just replace them.

This sounds like a normal 80 to me, I had all the same problems that you show.
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It does look la bit leaky under there. They aren't all like that though at this age. My '94 with 130k+ drips less than one drop per week and the underside is nice and dry.

On pic #17 it looks like you can see the difflock actuator slightly back behind the shaft. That is just me though...
 
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IF the tranny was serviced as it should, there wouldn't be a leaking pan.
The leaking retainer is a VERY slow leak. Oil puddles where the sealant makes a lip from excess sealant. So when you turn off the motor only a eye dropper amount of oil will leak out. At least that is how mine was.
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