Transmission: 5-Spd Manual
My wife and I have been searching for a clean-ish 1st gen 4Runner to turn into a full-time travel rig for several years and we finally found what we were looking for. We discovered a love for vehicle based travel while exploring most of the Western US this summer (April-October) in our short bus conversion. You can see all of our posts about that trip and rig on www.okienomads.com, our blog where we post about places and our vehicles. We also have a YouTube Channel that we are working on and will be posting videos there as we progress.
While we were in rural Montana, my father-in-law did us a huge favor and went to check out a 4Runner local to him. He brought it home because it matched all of our criteria for a rig: it was mechanically sound, hadn't been abused too much, and had little rust. He spent much less than most 4Runners in our area are going for on Craigslist and Facebook. These are the photos that we got while we were 1000 miles away:
There are some obvious issues like the yellow accents all over, the bedlinered fenders/quarters, the 100lb. front bumper, and the block-lifted rear end. All of that will be resolved sooner rather than later.
We are home from our 6-months on the road in our Skoolie and now the build for the 4Runner can begin. We will park our school bus for a while and eventually turn it into a tiny house cabin in the woods somewhere. Until then it will rest in the in-laws field for a while. This build will take place over a short period of time as some of the changes have to be done in order to get to Overland Expo East in November and the rest will have to be done before January 1 in order to make the trip to seasonal jobs in LaPaz. I will update this thread with a plan, but as your can see it will need some work, but we are pumped and ready to get into it. First thing is first, remove the bedliner from the fender and quarter panel!