Wall-E the 1991 Toyota Hilux


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Wall-E is a 1991 Toyota Pickup that had a 2.4l 2L-TE turbo diesel swapped into it, making the truck nearly identical to the Toyota Hilux available outside of North America. After traveling North America for two years in “Bruce” the F-250, I was ready for something a bit smaller, especially with our plans of wanting to head South down the Pan American Highway. I found Wall-E for sale on Expedition Portal, the previous owner also had plans of taking it down the Pan American Highway but never started the journey. When I purchased the truck, he had already done a few modifications, some of which I kept, while others were removed or altered to make the truck what I wanted.

  • Toyota 2L-TE 4cyl turbo diesel
  • 2nd gen 2L-TE head (the original heads are prone to cracking)
  • Evans Waterless coolant
  • Tridon high flow 89°c thermostat
  • Custom 3-row oversized radiator
  • Rebuilt turbo
  • Manual boost controller
  • Airspeed controller to fool ECU boost readings
  • Fuel screw adjusted up 1/4 turn
  • Top mount intercooler, hood scoop, and 8” electric fan
  • 2.5” turbo-back exhaust
  • 70 amp alternator
  • EGT, water temp, and boost gauges
  • R150 5 speed manual transmission
  • Single mass 3L flywheel conversion
  • VF1A chain-driven manual transfer case
  • Factory independent front suspension
  • AISIN manual front hubs
  • Factory 8” rear axle
  • Re-Geared to 4.88’s
  • ARB Air lockers front and rear
  • Yokohama 285/70R17 Geolandar F rated G015 AT tires
  • 17x9 -12mm American Racing AR172 steel wheels
  • FOX 2.0 aluminum shocks with remote reservoirs and adjusters
  • Old Man Emu HD torsion bars
  • 1.5” ball joint spacers
  • Old Man Emu Dakar HD leaf springs and hangers
  • Hellwig Bigwig airbags
  • Front and rear sway bars
  • Old Man Emu steering stabilizer
  • Full Throttle batteries
  • Switch-Pros 9100
  • Kenwood TM-710 2M radio
  • WeBoost drive reach cell phone booster
  • Custom wiring by Off-Grid Engineering
  • Upgraded Kenwood sound system with 10” sub
  • Light Force Venom LED lights
  • Light Force ROK9 underbody LED lights
  • Light Force ROK20 ultra flood LED lights
  • Wireless backup camera in place of OEM rearview mirror
  • Garmin Overlander navigation system
  • XP Camper tray
  • eBay Snorkel
  • ARB front bumper
  • Extended front fender flares and mud flaps
  • Custom rock sliders
  • Warn M8000 winch
  • Master Pull superline XD synthetic winch line
  • Master Pull HD Recovery kit
  • Maxtrax MKII + XTREME’s
  • Four-Wheel Camper Fleet Flatbed (weighs 1,420lbs dry)
  • Indoor/outdoor shower
  • Dometic Flush mount sink/stove
  • Dometic propane Furnace
  • Dometic CFX55IM fridge
  • Dometic 6 gallon water heater
  • King Size bed upgrade
  • 20-gallon fresh water tank
  • Thermal pack
  • Silver Spur exterior
  • Custom surfboard roof racks
  • Custom wiring by Off-Grid Engineering
  • Full River 224ah 6v batteries
  • REDARC Manager 30
  • ACUVA UV LED water filtration system
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Seeing how you've been in both a full sized truck with a hard sided camper and a mid sized truck with a pop up camper, can you talk about the pros and cons of the vehicles and campers. I'm a surfer too, so if any of your decisions were directly related to surfing, you can mention those too. Thanks!


Looking for an update also. I would be interested to hear what kind of mileage and egt temperatures you are getting? How many miles have you put on the 2nd gen heads?

Such a great rig. My luck wasn't as good with the L engine, i brought one in for myself in 2004 and though it was a sweet engine I was getting the milkshake in my oil pan in the first summer.


Expedition Leader
If you follow him on IG you can see everything hes done to it. He's replaced all sorts of engine parts.

I've met Basil a few times and live up the street from where he is living/parked. Such an awesome rig! I miss seeing big ol bruce cruising around our small beach town tho.


Expedition Leader
Saw on his IG that he took off for his long trip and he was in Denver and decided he does not want Wall-E anymore because oh hot little and under powered it is and he is selling it and looking for a Tundra.