I'm certainly no import truck guy, proven by a long-documented life history but I did like my son Mike's old Toyota. It had a manual tranny and the 22 RE. It was an indestructible beater truck that I used to use down here in P'town to hunt and trap some deep woods spots that would have pinestriped my other trucks.
I am currently running a short line for coyote and I miss being able to get back in where I'd like to be for line checks before it gets dark.
Chris, one thing about the V-6, is that it could grunt its way through some really bad stuff. There is a road here below (I think I marked the right one) that is killer on vehicles when it's wet. I made it through easily, but would be hesitant in the 4 cylinder I have now (which is geared too high).
Bob, That is true. The V6 did have that low end torque, but not the longevity of the 22RE. The 4cyl was a screamer. You had to turn some RPMs to get them through the gnarly spots. My 95 was bone stock. My 87 had 5:29 gears and the 22RE I built for it had a boat load of goodies from LC Engineering, Thorley long tube header, MSD ignition, Weber carb and a tune done by Kenny Dean. It dynoed at just under 200hp. One of the few trucks I never had to get a yank out of a bad spot in the pines. My Colorado was the worst, it has not left the driveway since the night you and Erik came to my rescue. That indecent ended the trucks life.
I don't anticipate ever going back to 4 cyl cars. I need that V6. But I had a 91 four cylinder camry with over 200K on it. It served me well. Now, they put turbos on 4 cylinders. I don't like that idea. Seems like a tax on the engine and more things to go wrong.
This sentence is confusing Jersey Girl: "What 10 yr old toyota powerplant in a vehicle I can roadtrip and camp in would you recommend besides the Highlander or 4-Runner?" Are you saying what other toyota vehicle is good? Did you look into the RAV4? They were very highly rated back then.
My friend bought a Ford F 150 with a 300 I6.
I asked him why he didn't get the V-8 engine.
He said UPS uses 300 I6 in their trucks and when was the last time you saw a broken down UPS truck?
I had a 79 F100 with a 300 in it. I feel it was one of the top engines Ford ever made. It had quite a few industrial applications as well. The same engine was in the brush chipper I had while I was doing tree work back then. I stocked up on oil filters when on sale
Buy it; you only go around once
What else did they have there? Looks like a Falcon tail light.