To be honest the van i bought used with 70K miles on it, it was purchased for less than 3k dollars due to someone backing over the front clip with a truck. Which destroyed the upper radiator support, ...
To be honest the van i bought used with 70K miles on it, it was purchased for less than 3k dollars due to someone backing over the front clip with a truck. Which destroyed the upper radiator support, radiator, headlights, grill, hood, and two fenders, as well as liners and wheels.. The Van did run, but i didn't test drive it, and i ended up buying it to fix it, and use it as a daily driver.. I sourced all the parts from salvage yards, Sienna Van parts are very cheap, and i ended up replacing the parts.. the previous owner was a mechanic, the vehicle was very well taken care of, and while crushed, the airbags didn't deploy.. After a full repair, it was left in six different colors, so i painted the van with a rattle can in flat black.. this made the thing look like a stealth bomber, i ended up reaching out to some graffiti artists (5pointz) and having a pin-up girl painted on the side to resemble the WW2 series bombers, it sat to high, and getting lowering springs for a sienna proved to be impossible, so a torch later and some hot springs i got it to sag, to a lowered height, sourced some steel wheels from the breaker, and painted them red, grinded some used BF Goodwrich raised white letter tires to a smooth wide white wall and ended up making the sienna one of a kind.. This was easily IMO the coolest sienna to roam NY. This van was driven for work, play, and to shows... it ended up doing an additional 300+K miles.. to a 390K mile death when the steering rack went bad, and i traded it in.. actually got 6K for the trade, which is more than i paid, with all the modifications, honestly think the guy just thought the bomber look was really cool.
I would love to do this to another one.. it was really a fun project..
Things to NOTE:
Engine sluding does happen in the 1mzfe. This does not happen if the oil was changed every 3K miles or 5K miles and full synthetic was used.. If the vehicle was abused and not maintained.. this will ruin these engines.. Make sure you get a scope light and check in the valve cover (cam cover) for sludge.. otherwise you will have to take a lot of the engine apart to clean it up..