1985 Toyota 4Runner Sells in Record Time!

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1985 Toyota 4Runner

We love everything about this rock-crawler that surfaced in YotaTech‘s Marketplace. Too bad we missed out on the chance to own it!

Undoubtedly, you’ve sold a few vehicles in your lifetime. And there’s no denying that today, it’s easier to part ways with one than ever. But when you’re trying to sell a highly-specialized build like this 1985 Toyota 4Runner, it isn’t always so easy. That is, unless you’re using the excellent resource that is the YotaTech Marketplace, because it took less than a week for member DHWright to part ways with his killer build. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to talk about how cool it is, regardless.

If you want to build a tough, go anywhere rig, it’s hard to find a better base than a first-gen Toyota 4Runner. This particular project started out earnestly, with nothing more than a stock ‘Runner. The OP then proceeded to rebuild the 22RE, boring out the block in the process. The cam and heads were milled, valves and timing set replaced, and an EGR delete performed. The seller also added a Rock Ripper header for easier breathing.

1985 Toyota 4Runner

Next up was the transmission and transfer case, which received a full rebuild as well. Both differentials received attention, with 5.29 gears up front and a full spool in the rear for some serious rock climbing. A u-bolt flip kit, spring hangers, and new shackles and shocks beef up the suspension and give it some extra lift.

1985 Toyota 4Runner

The exterior of this Toyota 4Runner received a host of custom touches that only add to the open air desert feel. The body itself has been bobbed 13-inches, the front trimmed 3-inches, and rear fender wells tubbed 3-inches. With a cut down hard top and half doors, it’s pretty much our idea of the perfect weekend fun rig. And clearly, we weren’t the only ones who thought so, because this thing went fast!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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