Cummins RePowered 1985 Toyota pickup. Turn key R2.8 rig.



Listing this here to see if anyone is interested.

1985 RePowerToy

Well the time has come to move the 1985 Toyota Pickup nicknamed RePowerToy to a new home to start the next project. Many of you know it has been used on many Cummins Inc promotional ads as well as in 4-Wheeler magazine last year online and will be in print in a month or two. I have flyers, signs, and a plaque with the print of 4Wheeler Magazine that will all go with the truck.

The Specs

1985 Toyota Xtracab SR5 4x4 with AC

Beta Test Cummins R2.8l engine replaced the 22RE

Axis LS style engine adapter

AA bellhousing conversion on a remanufactured W56 5 speed manual transmission

Axis Motor mounts which are a Toyota mount

Marlin Crawler doubler transfer case (stock front ratio, 4.7 rear ratio)

CV drive shafts front and rear

Champion Radiator and will come with a stock if you don’t like how far the aftermarket one hangs down

CX racing intercooler and pipe

Mechanical F17” flex fan with adapter

De-airation cooling system

1 year old Red top battery

Custom Skid plate/ cross member from ¼” plate

IFS width rear axle with stock 4.10 gears, Grizzly locker, new bearings and brakes, skid, and 1.5” spacers

‘85 front axle with IFS hubs and V6 brakes, High pinion third, Grizzly locker, 4.10 gears, truss, skid, new bearings and seals throughout, 1.5” spacers to match.

(5 total) Pro comp Steel wheels with 90% 35”x12.5”x15” Goodyear MTR’s

Trail gear leaf springs with added leaf up front, Bilstein 5100 Shocks

Rear floating air bags

Frame slightly modified up front to clear AC but otherwise Untouched and NO rust at all

Tub is very straight but does have the normal wear and tear that a 30 year old vehicle has, no rust at all on the tub either

Front bumper is custom built with a 9500 lb winch, synthetic line, and a pair of LED lights

Rock sliders just finished to act as a step and slider from 2” tube and 1.5” round tube

Rear bumper is a Marlin Crawler that is bolted and stitched to the frame, Custom tire carrier on heims for easy operation, holds the spare and a jerry can nicely.

Bed is very clean inside, with very little damage but it’s a truck and has been used as such.

Bed has AC condenser mounted in it but that can be moved underneath easily

Cab is in outstanding shape and the carpet has dynamat underneath inside

Corbeau Seats that are in great shape

Dash is completely stock other than the Murphy gauge for the engine and a dash mat

Pioneer head unit with 7 speakers including a 12” sub behind driversseat, Pioneer amp

Center console is mostly there but could use a bit of TLC from years of abuse

Minor items as a full disclosure, horn doesn’t work due to clock spring (I will try to address this week), trim around windscreen is missing sides and top, speedo is about 10MPH slow due to gears and tire size. Will continue to address these small issues but being I have looked for parts for months not sure they can be done before sale. It’s a 1985 I’m sure I have missed something small...


This pickup has been around the shop for about 7 years now and was owned by a good friend of mine who is an active duty Army Ranger. About 2 years ago he took the truck on a trip to AZ where the 22RE let go, truck was towed back and sat for about a year. We heard there was an opportunity for a Cummins R2.8 as a beta test engine and this became a shoe-in for a fast build to get it on road and see what the little engine would do. Also the Toyota has one of the smaller engine bays of any 4x4 trucks.

We picked up our engines at Expo West and at this point the Toyota was already torn down. The total build was maybe a month but half of that was waiting on the custom parts.

The truck was finished and was taken to CO on its maiden trip, it performed excellent but with any new build we found some small things to change. The miles of driving continued in town, on hwy and offroad until a Hot test trip to NV where we tested the limits of the little truck. It towed a 5,000 lb trailer up Davis Dam and the next day the trans gave up the goat, with 314k miles. Once back to NM a remanufactured W56 was installed and has been there since. It has over 5,000 miles on it as of now and no issues.

Gets 16-17mpg towing a 2,000 lb trailer and 20-22mpg on the highway depending on how you drive it, 20’s all day in town.

Overall it has been an outstanding test truck and shop truck, I don’t really want to sell it but with most shop projects they fund the next build so it’s time to go.

By no means is this a show truck and it is not without its flaws, however it runs down the highway better than any older Toyota that I know of. I know some people will say it’s just an 85 Toyota, but it is THE RePowerToy, one of one.

Will come with the Instagram account, email account, sign from Cummins. Indicates 319K miles and going up as It is still used as a shop truck.

Asking $22,500 OBO for the truck with a clean NM title and it is located in ABQ, NM. Fly in and drive away.

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Thanks! It has been fun. Have 2 more engines in the shop going into projects right now. It’s a great engine


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I haven’t seen a hint of a final sale. Is this machine still available? A person with considerable interest from the NE!

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For those unfamiliar with the Cummins R 2.8 conversion cost you are basic lot getting the truck for almost nothing. Trust me I know since I’m just finishing up the brute project. This is a good deal and a great package to build your overland rig. The engine is a lot of fun and performs well


Thanks! I have seen your truck and love it so thanks for the bump.

Also SOLD!
It’s off to a new home, now to build a new toy