4Runner Build


Produced between 1984 and 1989, the First Generation Toyota 4Runner is a classic 4x4 that is respected by many as one of the best off-road vehicles ever made.

We were searching for a capable, reliable, and classic vehicle that could take us down the Baja Peninsula with no problems.

We found a mechanically-sound '86 4Runner DLX while we were still traveling around in our bus. The build has begun and we are looking forward to the challenge of finishing this truck by Christmas, when we leave for Baja!

Overlanding Drawer Setup

Suspension Rebuild

The old and tired suspension was replaced with Bilstein shocks, 4Crawler BJ Spacers and Old Man Emu springs.

Overland Cargo Area

To support full-time living we installed a fridge, dual batteries, a storage platform, and a roof top tent.

Maintenance Repairs

All systems of the truck are being checked, replaced, and fluids changed as needed. New CV axles, clutch, engine seals, and all fluids were changed.


Current Status: In Storage Awaiting an Engine

The 4Runner is waiting patiently in storage for us to purchase a motor and swap it in.

What's Next?

We are currently working on building a budget toy hauler skoolie to load up our 4Runner. Once we have a way to haul it around, we will have our 4Runner out on more adventures!

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