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Thread: TLC Special: 1987 4x4 Van Wagon + extra engine. In Fort Collins, CO

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    TLC Special: 1987 4x4 Van Wagon + extra engine. In Fort Collins, CO

    Vin: JT4YR34V5H0000586
    Manual Transmission; 4x4
    $2500 for van + younger engine

    I am the 2nd owner of this van. Bought it from a friend who had managed a Firestone dealership when he got it, so it was well maintained from the beginning. His #1 mechanic was a friend from high school, and when I bought it in 2005, I kept the mechanic. As components aged, I've done my best to replace them with Toyota parts, or their equivalent, with an eye to keeping the van forever.
    TLC so far:
    Idler Puller Bearing, shocks 2005
    Rebuild Transmission 2007
    Replaced exhaust system. 2008 - 2015
    Power Steering service 2015
    Rebuild Cooling System. 2015

    Next in line would be the gaskets and engine interior, but unfortunately the head gasket blew before I could get to it. Mechanic suggested a younger engine, which we acquired, but then the mechanic lost most of his shop to bad health, and hasn't been able to go forward. My health, too has taken some serious hits, so we are looking for a new home for my baby.
    The van was in Northern Colorado since 1987, with a 5 year spell in Hawaii, which contributed to some rust. It was stolen for about a week (and recovered!) in 2010, and the rear door was damaged in the theft. As I've re-rigged it, the door can only be opened from inside.
    So. The old engine has 360,000 mies on it, the younger one is at 140,000.
    Everything was solid until that gasket went. It might just need a gasket replacement, and will continue fine, but the rest of the engine is 33 years old. No doubt the younger engine will be better...

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    Last edited by Old Paint; 07-21-2020 at 03:39 PM. Reason: forgot the price!

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    Re: TLC Special: 1987 4x4 Van Wagon + extra engine. In Fort Collins, CO

    Any chance you still have that younger engine still laying around?

    Thanks,
    -Steve

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    Re: TLC Special: 1987 4x4 Van Wagon + extra engine. In Fort Collins, CO

    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleSquatch View Post
    Any chance you still have that younger engine still laying around?

    Thanks,
    -Steve
    Yes, thanks for asking. I'm still hoping the mechanic will get it in, but about to give up.
    Try again about mid July, sorry. It'll be right around $900 OBO, if it goes. Al

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    Re: TLC Special: 1987 4x4 Van Wagon + extra engine. In Fort Collins, CO

    I'll mark my calendar! If you decide to let it go earlier, give me a call. I'll send a pm with my phone number!
    Thanks!
    -Steve

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