1986 Toyota Pickup Truck runs then stalls out and won't sta

Tiny
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  • 1986 TOYOTA PICKUP
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1986 Toyota Pickup 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual 145000+ miles

This is my husband's truck and it starts and runs, then stalls and won't run well upon restart(it starts enough usually to get it home to park it). Truck began doing this about a year and 1/2 ago, but it wasn't really bad and it was looked at by a family member who knows a little about autos(thought it was the distributor cap-replaced it). We don't use the truck much because it isn't reliable (don't want to be stranded somewhere), but used it over the summer to help someone in our family move. It was doing really great. Started up good, stayed running. Everything seemed fine. Then one day as we were driving it just stalled out (as it's done in the past), but this time it just wouldn't start again at all (it's done that one other time only a few hundred feet from our house and we had to push/pull it). This time we tried over and over to start it and finally had to get a ride to get our car and my brother so that he could help us push it. We pushed it back to my MIL house as that's where we had been so it wasn't too far from it. The next day we drove over there to get it and it started up perfectly fine. We would appreciate any ideas. Thanks so much.
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 AT 12:19 PM

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Tiny
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Get a helper disconnect a sparkplug wire or 2 and ground it to the engine atleast 3/16 away from ground-have helper crank engine over-do you have a snapping blue spark? If so-you have a fuel related problem, Do you hear the fuel pump come On when you turn key on? If not check fuel pump fuse and fuel pump relay if so, check the fuel pressure to rule out the fuel filter/fuel pump/pressure regulator and listen to the injector/s are they pulsing or hook up a noid light. No snapping blue spark continue to troubleshoot the ignition system-power input to the coil/coil packs, coil's resistances, cap and rotor, distributor pick-up coil, ignition control module, cam and crank sensors and computer Note: If it doesn't apply disregard it and keep testing
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 AT 1:57 PM
Tiny
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We think it could be the battery. I remembered that it started doing this when we got a stereo system (got the CD/Stereo part free) and hooked it up (it's hooked up wrong as the kid that gave us the CD/Stereo didn't hook up the right wire so it resets itself every time the truck is off). This is why I'm thinking it's the battery. The stereo is too much for it to handle. The battery has never been changed since my husband got this truck back when he was 16/17 (4/5 years ago) and unsure if the guy he bought it from had changed it or what (the guy was in a nursing home and hadn't used the truck in a while). We were thinking of unhooking the stereo and changing the battery.
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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 12:00 PM
Tiny
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Disconnect the stereo and replace the battery-
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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 AT 3:21 PM

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