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Re: ST185 Project 2013

Postby sinerasis » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:05 pm

Your truck shouldn't have any problems jump starting it.

Unless it's contaminated (obviously something in the oil) there isn't any way to tell if the oil is good/bad just by looking. The color of the oil doesn't in fact tell you anything (even though everyone will tell you they can tell). If you buy it, change the oil before driving it regularly.

If there is water/coolant in oil it'll look milky. You might not be able to tell that just from the dipstick though, you'd have to actually drain it and look in the pan.
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Re: ST185 Project 2013

Postby Tecker185 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:21 pm

The main spots to check for rust are the rocker panels, front sway bar mounts, behind the rear wheels on bottom of the quarter panel, and the rear sub-frame mounts.

The cars arnt too costly if you utilize the forums and do alot of the work your self. Also buying a service manual will help alot. I DD an 02 Tacoma and have my Alltrac as a secondary car. If there's a problem with it i park it. Alot of the parts can be found here on the forum used or cheap from people who give up on them.

Rebuilding it is unnecessary, considering how many low mileage jdm engines there is out there. You can buy an engine and trans combo off ebay for $1500. Buy a gasket set reseal the engine and your back to driving.

Most common problem with these cars is wheel bearings, syncros in the trans(age & abuse), clutch, leaks, and rust.

Bottom line if its isnt a rusty shit box buy it, you will not regret it.
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Re: ST185 Project 2013

Postby cwalther1 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:36 pm

So, what would happen if I test drove the car under 3.5-4k rpm for 10 minutes and their was coolant in the oil? I don't want to cause more headache and if I break it I would have to buy it.

What would be the worst case-senario if I test drove the car and there was coolant in the oil?

Tecker184 wrote:The main spots to check for rust are the rocker panels, front sway bar mounts, behind the rear wheels on bottom of the quarter panel, and the rear sub-frame mounts.


If I found rust in these places, would you walk away? Because rust scares me and I don't know how to deal with rust.
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Re: ST185 Project 2013

Postby underscore » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:50 pm

Check the oil for coolant and the coolant for oil, and ask him to show you where this leak that he speaks of is. If it breaks during a test drive you shouldn't have to buy it, I would be slightly concerned if someone told me that.

As far as rust, I believe many people on here have repaired or had repaired all of those issues Tecker listed, the only one I would see as a major issue would be the rear subframe mounts.
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Re: ST185 Project 2013

Postby cwalther1 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:03 am

So if there is coolant in the oil, or vis versa, then I could run the car but I would have to keep the temp down? I am planning on going down monday and it should be around 50F.

Or should I just not test drive it at all?
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Re: ST185 Project 2013

Postby Tecker185 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:27 am

If there is coolant in the oil do not drive it. you will risk spinnging a bearing and cause internal engine damage. If there is oil in the coolant it will be ok to drive just make sure the coolant is toped off.

As far as rust in concerned, rusty sway bar mounts and rear sub frame mounts are the worse. Body rot as long as you dont plan on winter driving it isnt a big deal. Most body shops can patch holes and make it look like it never happend.

If its leaking coolant by the head and its near the timing belt cover it could be a water pump. Its a farly common wear item will cause a leak that looks like its comming from the head.
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Re: ST185 Project 2013

Postby cwalther1 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:32 am

Man, I really hope it's the water pump then. I could drive it and just have to monitor the temp, right?

Would anyone recommend me going under the car and taking a little oil out from the pan and inspecting it for coolant if I can't find any coolant in the oil via dipstick?
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Re: ST185 Project 2013

Postby underscore » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:48 am

Tecker184 wrote:As far as rust in concerned, rusty sway bar mounts and rear sub frame mounts are the worse.


Sway bar mounts aren't too terrible, as you can drive the car with the swaybar removed if you don't feel like having a replacement section fabbed up.
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