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That vehicle makes an excellent off roader. Taking it camping is what it's meant for. As long as you have confidence in the mechanicals, it should never let you down. I see the after marker front hubs. Very good choice. I hope you get it done soon. That truck needs to be on the road.

p.s. I really like Toyota 4runners.
I agree they are awesome vehicles for camping. This one has way too much time in the paint and body work to run out boonie whacking right now. My bodyman spent way too much time blocking this before paint. The panels are so straight and flat they look wet once the paint was color sanded and buffed. The 22RE is as close to bullet proof as a 4cyl gets. Once it is complete and on the road I will post some more pictures.

BTW, I really like the 1st gen 4Runners as well. I just made an offer on 2 more this morning, but haven't heard back from owner yet.
 

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I agree they are awesome vehicles for camping. This one has way too much time in the paint and body work to run out boonie whacking right now. My bodyman spent way too much time blocking this before paint. The panels are so straight and flat they look wet once the paint was color sanded and buffed. The 22RE is as close to bullet proof as a 4cyl gets. Once it is complete and on the road I will post some more pictures.

BTW, I really like the 1st gen 4Runners as well. I just made an offer on 2 more this morning, but haven't heard back from owner yet.

Bulletproof?

Ask any older Toyota mechanic how many headgaskets they've done.


They're not bad, but they're underpowered and not nearly as bulletproof as the internet would have you believe. They just make so little power it's not possible to tell when they're running shitty...
 

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Bulletproof?

Ask any older Toyota mechanic how many headgaskets they've done.


They're not bad, but they're underpowered and not nearly as bulletproof as the internet would have you believe. They just make so little power it's not possible to tell when they're running shitty...
I have owned a bunch of trucks with 22RE engines and never done a single head gasket. I did do head gaskets every other year on my Duramax though, even after installing studs and O-rings. As for under powered, I have been over the Rubicon trail numerous times with a 22RE truck and watched guys with V8 powered rigs spin tires, roll over and turn tail and go back. The 22RE does exactly what it was designed to do, pull a small truck around.
 
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The night a buddy turned 200000 on his 84 he took it 4 wheeling. Ha came up on a Wagoner stuck to the axles in mud. Pulled it out backing up hill. He never had a problem with the motor. The body fell apart.

I'd love to find a dirt cheap 85-95 4runner 5 speed. Drive train and soft parts of the interior can be junk. Body and frame rust free. Did a complete rebuild on one and the frame disentigrated after 30000 miles. Motor was barely broken in.
 

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The night a buddy turned 200000 on his 84 he took it 4 wheeling. Ha came up on a Wagoner stuck to the axles in mud. Pulled it out backing up hill. He never had a problem with the motor. The body fell apart.

I'd love to find a dirt cheap 85-95 4runner 5 speed. Drive train and soft parts of the interior can be junk. Body and frame rust free. Did a complete rebuild on one and the frame disentigrated after 30000 miles. Motor was barely broken in.
Finding one in VA will be tough. When I lived in the Shenandoah Valley I went to look at a Dodge Raider, it was oddly sagging in the rear. When I looked under it both frame rails were rusted through and failed. I think that might be my next project, a Dodge Raider or 1st gen Montero 2dr.
 
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I have owned a bunch of trucks with 22RE engines and never done a single head gasket. I did do head gaskets every other year on my Duramax though, even after installing studs and O-rings. As for under powered, I have been over the Rubicon trail numerous times with a 22RE truck and watched guys with V8 powered rigs spin tires, roll over and turn tail and go back. The 22RE does exactly what it was designed to do, pull a small truck around.

Never had a head gasket issue either and I put over 150k miles on mine. Gearing is the important thing with the 22RE. They are light in torque and need the RPMs to get into their REAL power band. Go up in tire size and 456 gears are not unrealistic. A gen 1 that isn't a pile of rust is a great off road vehicle. Rust is the cause of most 4runner deaths, not the 22RE.
 

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Never had a head gasket issue either and I put over 150k miles on mine. Gearing is the important thing with the 22RE. They are light in torque and need the RPMs to get into their REAL power band. Go up in tire size and 456 gears are not unrealistic. A gen 1 that isn't a pile of rust is a great off road vehicle. Rust is the cause of most 4runner deaths, not the 22RE.
I know of a few Toyota’s that died because of frame issues with excellent drivetrains still.
The ford 4.9 6 cylinder is a similar motor.
My last one had 390,000 miles when I rid of it.
 
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Finding one in VA will be tough. When I lived in the Shenandoah Valley I went to look at a Dodge Raider, it was oddly sagging in the rear. When I looked under it both frame rails were rusted through and failed. I think that might be my next project, a Dodge Raider or 1st gen Montero 2dr.
It's one of those if I find a deal projects. If I go to our training academy in Norman, Ok again need to search for one and drive out instead of flying. Get paid to pick it up.
 

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Getting motivated to finish this project. It's a 1986 4Runner SR5 that belongs to my son. The color is the new Army green Toyota is putting on their 2020 trucks and 4Runners. Finally time to start putting it back together. He said he wants to try to have it done this summer so he can use it for camping. I told him NFW, if you want to go camping take my Tahoe or my truck. The hard top, step bars and bumpers were done in black Rhino Liner. We have already had a bunch of people that saw it in the shop try to buy it.

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Here in the high desert of sw New Mexico there are tons of rust free gen 1 Tacomas, Tundras, T100s running around town. Im tempted to pick one up.
 

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I have owned a bunch of trucks with 22RE engines and never done a single head gasket. I did do head gaskets every other year on my Duramax though, even after installing studs and O-rings. As for under powered, I have been over the Rubicon trail numerous times with a 22RE truck and watched guys with V8 powered rigs spin tires, roll over and turn tail and go back. The 22RE does exactly what it was designed to do, pull a small truck around.

And yet I've seen more than 1 Duramax make it past 400k with nothing but injectors. What kind of tune was on it?


The 22re is fine, but it's not the most reliable motor out there according to my mechanic buddies who have them stacked up waiting to get fixed.

Toyota has done one hell of a job on marketing. Not sure how they hold their value so well. It's funny, every Toyota guy I talk to has had more work done to their truck than my 20 year old 250k mile Chevy.


Every manufacturer gets a lemon from time to time. I'm just not sold on paying 5x the price for 50hp than what I can buy 300 for.
 
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I've got a 02 Tacoma with 260,00 miles on it. The only work besides oil, filters and fluids is front brakes and struts and right half shaft. My father out law has 2 with 300,000 hard miles. Tacomas are great!
 
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