Odyssey 4x4 Posted September 3, 2018 Share Posted September 3, 2018 (edited) As some may have seen on the general discussion forum, I purchased the 1990 (the same year that I was born!!!) Toyota Odyssey Leisure 4x4 v6 that recently popped up in my home state of Florida. I've been on the hunt for a new project for well over a year. My last rig was a 1987 Toyota Escaper which I built and documented on this forum years ago. I missed it the minute I sold it but it gave me the experience to know what I wanted/ needed next, 4WD and more power! I considered everything from doing a full custom built camper on a Ford F-350 7.3 chassis, to a Stewart and Stevenson M1078 LMTV, to a simple sprinter van (2wd) and I just kept waiting out because none of them really checked all of the boxes for me. I hunted craigslist/ Ebay like a hawk daily for any deals that pop up. We all know that the really great ones sell pretty much instantly. Come last Wednesday, I saw the Toyota Odyssey 4x4 in my home state. I couldn't believe it. I inspected every single photo for every possibly detail I could get about the vehicle. I google searched for every speck and bite of info about the Odyssey that I could find. Being 6'2", interior height is always my initial concern. I was relieved to see that the Odyssey was one of the tallest interior height Toyota campers made, just like my Escaper, weird!!! I called the dealer pretty much instantly and felt the situation out. From what I could see the truck was pretty decent, or at least a start to something with great potential. I was guaranteed a clean running truck reliable and ready to drive, that was the majority of my concern so that I could get it home safely. The dealer assured me it would make the 200 mile drive home as that was basically my only concern since I knew I'd be rebuilding basically every aspect of this thing. The pics looked decent, the mileage was low, I took the bite. I threw a deposit down on it and had to wait out an entire week before I could get the time off from school to go pick it up. I drove to Ft. Lauderdale on Friday evening with plans of getting the rig Saturday morning and beginning the journey home with my dad and my girlfriend in the chase vehicle full of tools, batteries, fuel and whatever else we could possible think of for side of the road repairs. I had insurance paid and legal, I purchased a AAA premier RV membership that included (coincidentally) a 200 miles tow (the dealer was 196 miles from my house), and we left eager for Saturday. (I took this photo within the first 5 minute of me seeing the truck) I prepared myself for the worst (a standard precaution when inspecting vehicles considerable for purchase) and I set everything up prepared to deal with a flat tire or a full on engine failure on the route home. Once in person viewing the truck I began my typical visual tear down. Crawling underneath the rig like an animal inspecting every component and mechanism I could get my eyes on. There is minor surface rust throughout the vehicle, although nothing bad enough to deter me away. We drove it around a very busy city with what seemed like police sirens flying by at 90 mph every 5 seconds, not the best place to be test driving a 1990 motorhome. The truck actually ran great, no signs of concern. Temps were low, all gauges worked, shifts were healthy, suspension and steering were tight, I was surprised. The interior of the camper was original but "modified" by previous tenants which included an outdoors man, rats, and a multitude of unidentified insect species. (look at how happy she is!) With the paperwork complete we checked over the systems and began the 5 hours journey home. The only issues encountered were a single stall out at a gas station after 2 hours of driving, and a leaking gas filler hose that only allowed 3/4 of a tank worth of fuel. Thankfully we made it home without having to utilize my 200 mile AAA tow, a fire extinguisher, or a single tool from the chase vehicle. The plans for the truck consist of a full interior scrap considering the current smelly carpets, faux wood, and rat poop under every cabinet. The engine runs great so I'm going to plan on just tuning it up and driving it around and getting to know it. I believe the stall issue may have been a result of a vapor lock, that will tell in time. For now the priorities are having the vehicle be good and reliable for daily driving. As of today (day 2) I have already fixed the fuel filler hose with a $25 NAPA hose, yes that's right a 1' foot length of rubber hose that could have been a NY Strip steak dinner for me. I've checked all fluids, new windshield wipers, and tomorrow it will get new headlights in as the currents are full of water and put out NO light, I mean a dangerous amount of light. I installed some new exterior door locks (fuel cap door, battery compartment, propane door, etc.) for good smooth use as the old ones were oxidized and STUCK. My next plan of action consists of the beginning of the interior demolition. We will be stripping it down and doing a full build retaining most of the original interior layout design. I need to make a decision on a set of tires for it as the currents are mismatched and slightly dry rotted, I'll likely go with the BF All Terrains as they have always treated me well. I will also be stripping the braking system apart and rebuilding as I hear brakes are pretty important. I am unsure if I could keep my entire build inside of this post? I think that makes the most sense. My girlfriend and I will likely also be starting a youtube channel/ instagram and our own website to document our build and travels. Once done with the build we will be heading Northwest to Alaska (leaving from Florida) and traveling for some time. I have been waiting for this build for a long time and I am beyond excited and prepared to build one hell of a Comvee (Wild Thornberries reference!). Edited September 3, 2018 by Odyssey 4x4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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