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Old 06-26-2006, 07:21 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. A friend just gave me a 1983 Toyota Mini Cruiser. She's been sitting for a long time. I got a good look at her today and found the wood in the camper area is ALL rotted. the motor has only 64,000 miles. Is she worth fixing or should I waste the body and make some kind of custom truck out of her?
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi everyone. A friend just gave me a 1983 Toyota Mini Cruiser. She's been sitting for a long time. I got a good look at her today and found the wood in the camper area is ALL rotted. the motor has only 64,000 miles. Is she worth fixing or should I waste the body and make some kind of custom truck out of her?
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Cactus Jack
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Old 06-27-2006, 12:17 AM   #3
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Cactus Jack, welcome to iRV2.com. I am not sure as to wheather to congratulate you or not on getting the Mini Cruiser. If it is as bad as you say it would not be feasible to try to rebuild. You could however make a good stake body truck or something out of it. Good luck and enjoy the project. Keep us informed as to the progress and if you would like to post any pictures of the job, please do so. You may even find a market for the appliances and things in our classified section.
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Cactus Jack, welcome to irv2
And congrats on your Mini Cruiser
If you could post some pics in our photo section we could see what a challenge we and you might have. Have done some rebuilding but need to know whats up.
Mean while enjoy the forums and post often.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by CactusJack:
Hi everyone. A friend just gave me a 1983 Toyota Mini Cruiser. She's been sitting for a long time. I got a good look at her today and found the wood in the camper area is ALL rotted. the motor has only 64,000 miles. Is she worth fixing or should I waste the body and make some kind of custom truck out of her?
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Cactus Jack </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You may want to check the axle. I think some of the earlier ones had a different axle that they quit using in the late 80's. Now about the motor Good grief My son has a Toyota pick up with 375,000 miles on it. not uncommon for a toyota. He just recently bought an 88 or 89 toyota motorhome. Its cool!
I would think with that engine it would definately be worth re doing it.
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Welcome sallygoodin to irv2
Thanks for your post about the axle info and yes those Toyota trucks just seem to roll on.
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CactusJack, Welcome to the IRV2 website, if it was me I'd try to make some kind of custom truck out of what you have, I would't worry about the engine they are normally bullet proof, the last Toyota I owned, I had 150,000 miles on it and still was in top mechanical shape. Ed.S
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by "007":
Welcome sallygoodin to irv2
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thanks 007 I like these forums It is an escape for me just like if I ever get to live in a motorhome! I am buying a vintage one tomorrow only 20 foot but it is my first and I may not ever have to (get to) live in it but I am looking forward to fixing it up.
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