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    Lightbulb Re: Basic Van knowledge for new owners

    I just bought an '85 Toyota Van, 194K miles. It has no service records, previous owner bought it from someone who had a folder of records which he didn't deem necessary to keep. He told me the seals were done by PO and that he kept up on oil changes while he owned it but otherwise has done zero work. Can I trust him? Who knows, but it drove back to my house just fine. One thing I know from my research on here, it needs a new thermostat.

    1. Oil change (10w30)
    2. I'm going to replace the thermostat (with an OEM) one and maybe an aftermarket gasket.
    3. Flush the radiator - never done this before but I want to remove any blockages.
    4. Going to inspect the hoses and see if they need replacing, anybody have a good active source?

    What else should I do as a new owner of a van with 194k miles that has zero maintenance records?

    I'm putting this here because I barely have basic van knowledge and I'm not sure what needs to be done. I can delete/move to appropriate thread if this isn't fitting.

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    Re: Basic Van knowledge for new owners

    It's mentioned to buy the largest battery possible. What is the largest battery that will fit? I have a 1985. Thanks!

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    Re: Basic Van knowledge for new owners

    Quote Originally Posted by bushcat View Post
    It's mentioned to buy the largest battery possible. What is the largest battery that will fit? I have a 1985. Thanks!
    I just did this: group 27 was perfect fit. You'll need to fashion a new strap down for bigger battery

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    Re: Basic Van knowledge for new owners

    Quote Originally Posted by timsrv View Post
    Always best to replace those washers, but they can be reused in a pinch. Just make sure to check for leaks before putting the engine cover back on. I know the OE Toyota filters come with new copper washers, but not sure about aftermarket ones. You can always buy new copper washers as they should be available at any auto parts store. Just take an old washer and/or your banjo bolt down to help them match it up. Tim

    Also, if you have a butane torch handy, I find it best to anneal them also. Heating up the old copper washers expands them so they will crush when re-used.


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    Re: Basic Van knowledge for new owners

    Quote Originally Posted by PNW vanwagon View Post
    I just did this: group 27 was perfect fit. You'll need to fashion a new strap down for bigger battery
    I have had good luck with this battery as well.
    Napa Legend #7527 Group: 27
    1000 cranking amps
    810 cold cranking amps

    You will need some nylon straps to lower it in/pull it out of the battery bay.

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