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Reviving a neglected rav4

Hello everyone, I've been wanting a 1st gen rav4 for a while to use as a beater. I may be purchasing a 1997 with 135K. I plan on doing timing belt, water pump, cam, crank seals, oil pump seals, etc as well as replacing ball joints and other worn suspension components as soon as i get it. Does anyone have any recommendations on what else I should replace while im doing the timing belt and seals? Oil pump as well? I've never had to replace an oil pump on any of my cars but I'm a do it right the first time kind of guy.

My list so far is
Timing belt and all associated timing parts like the spring, etc
Water pump
Cam/Crank seal
Thermostat
Valve cover gaskets
Spark plugs
Oil pump seal

Any other seals or parts im missing?

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Might not need all that, at least right away. How does it start and drive? Have the maintenance records?

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Before buying check thoroughly for rust, in particular on the front suspension A-arms. They are a bear to replace.
And I agree with LugNut, unless you are looking for a feel-good project run it as-is for now.

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It starts and drives fine but the owner has had it for 8 years with no real maintenance records except brakes and a oil change here and there. its long overdue for a timing belt job so I was thinking about doing all the oil seals and anything else that may potentially go bad in the future while i'm in that area.
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Going by your intended use as a "beater" you may not want to do too much until the timing belt (non-interference) goes. Sometimes you can open a can of worms unnecessarily.
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The brake fluid should be changed if it hasn't been changed within the past 2-3 years.

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Look under the car on the driver's side (if a left hand drive car) take off the plastic panel covering the brake and fuel lines, inspect them for corrosion. Mine were corroded to the breaking point. Check the transaxle cooling lines, if badly rusted, replace them, I have a link on how to make your own lines with higher quality parts than OEM and save a lot of money.

You can get a timing belt kit that includes the water pump, see Amazon.com.

You may want to remove and clean the throttle body, not hard to do, easier than a timing belt job. Take photos as you take things apart and label the hoses so you know where they go when you put it back together.

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