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Old 01-25-2020, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default 1995 single cab 2.4l 2X4

Hey guys,


Ive been looking around for a square body pickup for the past few months and I came across a 95 single cab 2.4l 2 wheel drive hardbody yesterday that is listed for $2,000.
The truck only has 65k miles on it and was used by an older man for projects around the house for majority of its life.



I went to take a look at it today and everything works as it should for the most part, all original aside from an aftermarket radio and door speakers. No rust at all from what I could tell, which is pretty normal for this area (memphis area). There is a sizeable dent in the bed of the truck but it should pull out just fine. the owner said the truck had been broken into before and the person that broke in broke the window out and tried to hardwire it to start it but failed. The owner just put it back together and thinks there is a short somewhere because the speedometer works when it wants to. aside from those things its in great condition.



Im wondering if there is anything else I should be looking for or anything I should be aware of? I have never owned a hardbody in the past.


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Old 01-25-2020, 07:11 PM   #2
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Check really closely for frame rust, often fatal rust-throughs.


Ask him for records of the timing chain set, including the guide, being replaced.
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Check really closely for frame rust, often fatal rust-throughs.


Ask him for records of the timing chain set, including the guide, being replaced.

The frame looked great, I laid down on the ground and checked under it.
he didn't mention anything about the timing chain set, but I know everything is all original.
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You'll want to change the timing chain then.
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The whole set, including the guide and adjuster. With a quality brand; stay away from the cheapo sets. Good time to replace the oil pump, hoses, etc. too.
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The whole set, including the guide and adjuster. With a quality brand; stay away from the cheapo sets. Good time to replace the oil pump, hoses, etc. too.
Recomendadtions?

Is it something I can DIY or better to have a shop do it?

Anything else I need to look for or be aware of?
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If you have a decent set of tools and arent afraid of getting dirty, the job isnt too daunting. Just take your time and take plenty of reference pictures. A service manual can be found pretty easily.
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I'm sure the old guy is trustworthy, but a $60 CarFax is cheap insurance and can verify how many owners it has had.

If it were a high mileage truck for cheap, I wouldn't be too worried about it. But someone claiming only 60k miles on a 25 year old truck would make me a tad suspicious.

Give him a refundable deposit while you run the VIN through CarFax.
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If you have a decent set of tools and arent afraid of getting dirty, the job isnt too daunting. Just take your time and take plenty of reference pictures. A service manual can be found pretty easily.
I get dirty for a living lol so that's not an issue, tools shouldn't be an issue either as long as it's no speciality tools.

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I'm sure the old guy is trustworthy, but a $60 CarFax is cheap insurance and can verify how many owners it has had.

If it were a high mileage truck for cheap, I wouldn't be too worried about it. But someone claiming only 60k miles on a 25 year old truck would make me a tad suspicious.

Give him a refundable deposit while you run the VIN through CarFax.
I pulled the carfax while I was standing there looking at it today. Everything checks out.
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The problem with the speedometer only working part of the time is that means the odometer only works part of the time too. It’s likely the mileage is not accurate. That was the case with my son’s truck. Ignoring the mileage, is the truck nice enough to be worth $2k? If so, get it.
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