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Introduction

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Introduction

Jan 13th 2014
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Welcome to my 1993 Toyota T100 build!

I purchased this little gem to get myself and my construction materials around Hawaii.

I was looking around at a few "small" trucks here on Hawaii, they are super popular as the roads into a lot of the beaches are only accessible by 4x4, a lot of people see to run small businesses necessitating a truck, and fuel prices are higher here so there aren't as many "bigger" fullsize trucks around, at least not realtive to the compact pickup segment.

What I did find out in short order however was that truck prices were a lot higher here than what you would find back home. I test-drove a 1993 Ford Ranger 2wd 4cyl 5spd reg cab, 7ft box, which, honestly, in Ontario, would probably be worth about 600$, and the dealer I visited was looking to get 5500$.

I had seen some private sale trucks on craigslist with prices comparable to what you might find back home, but after seeing how clapped out this Ranger (and a few others I test drove) were, and the dealer prices they were asking for them, I assume the private sale ones would likely have been practically undriveable.

Sidebar - I had opted to buy from a dealer because in Hawaii dealer's are required to sell the vehicle to you "ready to drive", in other words, licensed, safetied (lol!), insured, and plated. You literally can't leave the lot without all those things in place.

Getting back to the T100, I had been browsing dealer used vehicle inventories online and spotted another T100 with a lift kit, big wheels/tires, and for "just" $6900, so I went to the dealer to check it out. It was a nice looking truck but it had clearly been abused, one rear spring was cracked and dangling, it started up ok, but the power steering was noisy, it didn't seem to steer very well (I wasn't allowed to drive it myself, only ride along with the salesman). A couple of the tires were decent but a couple were in rough shape. Did I mention that was in "safetied" condition? With the broken spring and everything... anywho... So the salesman showed me this red T100 that had just come in. IT started up beauty, seemed to drive great, and was a lot cleaner under the hood, also it appeared to be mostly stock which I liked. After a bit of negotiation I walked away with this beauty just 6 grand later.

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Under the hood

Time to pop the hood!

At first glance you'll notice how the plastic has eroded away in the washer fluid reservoir, and from these vacuum solenoids. The other T100 I looked at was exactly the same. The only thing I can figure out is that the acid rain on this island (sulphur dioxide from the volcano emissions mixed with condensation/rain) caused the plastic to erode away over time. This is because the most eroded part was directly under the drip line from the hood seam.

Otherwise the under-hood is pretty clean! Yay!

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Issues

I had a CEL lit, so I located the diagnostic port, popped the cover, and then inserted the "dealer mode" tool (anything that conducts electricity) across the required terminals (check your FSM!). Turned the key to the on position with engine off, and read the codes as they blinked away on the dash. Codes 21 and 25, both O2 sensor related codes, so not really my big concern at the moment.

Popped under the truck and noticed that the center support bearing had seized and the driveshaft was pretty much just sitting on the rubber spinning. That's the serpentine belt-like noise I was hearing while driving!

Also noticed the O2 sensor like this. I don't know who the genius was here, but... facepalm. No wonder it is throwing codes. Also you'll notice the catalytic converter is missing and has been replaced by a straight pipe.

The truck wasn't running all that well when I first got it. It was... ok... under about 1500rpm, it would idle smoothly and have a bit of torque, but anything over that and it would start to break up and really couldn't pull at all past 2500 rpm. I think what probably happened was that it started losing performance and the owner took it to the garage, where he was told "oh your cat is plugged" and they straight piped the thing, but then it didn't get any better, and a few miles later probably started showing the CEL after the genius set up the O2 sensor like this. Fearing engine failure he probably traded it in for something new at this point. And all it needed was a tune up!

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As for parts; everything I have needed so far has been in stock at NAPA. - booneylander January 23rd 2014
Cleaner chassis?!?! Is that sarcasm? The thing barely has any surface rust on it, do you remember what the frame of the Dodge looked like (same age truck)? Most of these trucks in snow-country don't exist anymore due to THE FRAME SNAPPING IN TWO from corrosion. Dude. The only rusty thing on the truck is the exhaust. - booneylander January 23rd 2014
oh i see 202xxxm - ripcurl January 23rd 2014
How many KM, Hawaii is metric right? :P looks like only a few issues that should be easily fixed... if you were back home. Whats it like to get parts shipped out there? I cant believe what the rain does to the plastic, surprised the paint holds up! I also thought the chasis would be cleaner for a Hawaiian - ripcurl January 23rd 2014

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