Well I finally picked one of these up, and kind of silly how it happened.
Quickly After selling my 85 4Runner, I realized that I missed having the capability to load up the family and go on an adventure. I tried to justify keeping my 91 reg cab pickup, but the fact that I was never able to drive it or fit my family in it pretty much sealed the deal.
So....I had been trying to sell my Regular Cab 91 for some time, and had no luck. All the while, I kept finding quite a few 3rd gens for great prices that I kept missing out on. I really was pretty dead set on picking up one that was equipped with the Factory E-locker, and some basic amenities.
Weeks went by and there was the typical low ball offers on my 91 and then people not coming through with showing up to look at it. However......Yesterday everything changed. Friday night, I got a call from a guy down in Kansas City, KS that wanted to look at it. I agreed to meed him half way in Mound City, MO for him to check it out. Well needless to say.. he was happy, and I was happy driving back with Cash in my Pocket. Now I had not checked Craigslist, or really looked for another 4Runner for about a week. I just simply decided to wait until I was able to make an actual decision.
Well.....after I got back, I just decided to look and see if there were any new ads up in the last few days. Much to my surprise, there was a 99 Limited 4Runner that went up Friday. I immediately called the guy and asked if it had the E-locker. He was not sure what I was referring to, but I walked him through were to find the button and he confirmed that is was in fact equipped with it. So after chatting for a few minutes he informed me that it had 167,000 miles on it and recently had a timing kit, and intake gaskets also. So... needless to say, I asked the wife if I could leave again to check it out. Of course she already knows I have been a Toyota addict for longer than we have been together, so she was understanding. Haha!
I met up with the guy and everything was confirmed. Not only did he have receipts for the recent work, he also had receipts for work done dating back when he first purchased it, and also had all the factory owners manuals, and everything.
I was very happy and surprised by how clean it was inside and out. There are some blemishes and dents in the body here and there. Looks like the rear passenger door was repainted at one time, but the frame is solid, there is no rot on the body, it runs and shifts smooth, and did I mention....It has the E-LOCKER!!!! so Happy I found one of these. Now the family and I can go on little expeditions and explore the back country again!
Here is the first time I saw it.
Confirmed the Locker
Some Interior shots
First night in its new home.
And THIS is why I got it!!
Here is a quick list of some Modifications I want to do first.
OME 2.5-3" lift
Bigger Tires, Maybe 285's or see if my 15x8 steels will fit
Remove the Running Boards and possibly Make some Sliders
Make some Front and rear bumpers. Rear tire carrier bumper for sure.
But the First order of Business is take it to work tomorrow, Throw it up on the hoist and go over everything.
So Excited about this.