A word to the reader of this blog: my intention was to present the story of rehabbing a 1985 720 King Cab by a person with no real experience in doing such a thing. I continued the thread until I finished the truck, twenty some odd pages from here. I intended it to be a little inspiration and a little information, encouraging others to do the same because these trucks are great little beasts and because darn it, people like them. To those readers who are following in my footsteps, I hope your experience is as positive and successful as mine was. I make mistakes here, but Ratsun forum contributors helped me out all along the way. They will help you, too.
I decided that If I am going to post about the slow renovation of my 1985 720, I might as well be in the right section. (I had been posting in the astories section while I figured out how to upload photos.
Anyway, here is my truck as she sits tonight.
I have finished up the head gasket replacement and she runs great, but I plan to get another engine and transmission to rebuilt to zero time. She is unbelievably common, it turns out, because I have run into four of them still operating in the Olympia area. All the same metalic cinnamon brown, with the same oversized mirrors.
When I bought it, the motor was a mess but the body was relatively straight and rust free. And the odometer reading was just over 60,000 miles. That was about 2,000 trouble free miles ago.
So things are generally just not too worn out with this vehicle. In some ways, it is almost a barn find. I Weberized her over the winter, as I put the engine back together. I replace the entire exhaust, traded out a bunch of cheap tune up parts for good OEM ones and have begun moving into the cab. This last week, I added a rehabbed console out of an 89 Hardbody, replaced the sun visors, rehabbed the speedo and lubed everything underneath. The next chore is to loosen the rear bumper to level it back up.
Tomorrow, after I get done with some business in Seattle, I will stop by the Tacoma yard for replacement kick panels.
The body isn’t perfect, however. There is a good sized dent on the side of the bed, near the back on both sides. Somebody said I could pop them out with a plunger, but I doubt it. I haven’t figured out how to get inside there just yet. Any thoughts?