Hi everyone. New member here.
I have been a long time fan and owner of toyota pickups as it is extremely difficult to find a small domestic pickup with the features i want in my area, (single cab, short box, manual transmission, and 4x4). But i have now started looking beyond my state lines in hopes of finding a 2nd gen dakota with these features as i am a bit over the little toyota pickups and want something that does not feel like a car when i sit in it, plus i think the 2nd gen dakota are bad a** looking!
Any way, I think i may have finally found "the one". It is a 99 with all the features listed above, and a 318 to boot! It was hard enough finding a single cab, short box, 4x4 with a 3.9 and a 5 speed, so you can imagine the smile on my face when i saw this one with the 5.2!
Now i know the 318 is a proven power plant, and i know about the problematic intake manifold gasket, so i am not here to ask another stupid question about how reliable the 318 is (i have been hoovering around the forum as a guest for a while and see those threads all the time). What i am here to ask is did these dakotas suffer from frame rust like most toyotas did? The one i found is in Texas, I saw it on craigslist first, and now on ebay, so i took that as sign
So since i live in Minnesota, it is kinda hard for me to look at the structural integrity of the truck. It did spend a good chunk of it's like in West Virginia where they use 1/2 of the world's suply of salt on their roads in the winter (we use the other 1/2 here in MN
) so any input on that would be great!
If you would like to see what i am looking at, here is a link.........