What's in Ohio, anyway?
Location: Gold Hill, Oregon
What’s up guys? It’s gnob. Today I will be your author as jess is still recovering from her trip to Ohio. Been a minute since I’ve sat at an actual keyboard. Takes me back to the original build days of the 4runner.
To those that don’t know my background in Toyota, I was bitten by the bug around 1997. “Working” with a guy who just beat the snot out of his 89 xtra cab. I ended up sourcing a donor ‘86 4runner from him (this is still the most disgusting vehicle I’ve ever worked on. That’s saying something after almost 30 years of wrenching.) to convert a ‘79 4wd mini truck to 22RE/5spd.
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The rest is more or less history. The mini truck went through a few iterations before finally being forced into retirement. Having a family warranted some more space and I simply needed moar horsepower. In typical fashion Craigslist found me a cheap donor. After much research and parts chasing, the build began in January 2010. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of the day I dragged it home, but here is a very early build pic vs what she looks like today.
Here is a link to the entire build debacle. Language warning - I’m not PG (or PC).
At this point the 4runner has been through several changes as well. We all know that these rigs are never really “done”. Stay tuned for whatever shenanigans come next.
COLD WEATHER TIP
As winter and cold weather settle in, now is a good time (actually a minute ago was) to check your battery and coolant. Cold takes a toll on your battery and frozen coolant is no joke. Tires also need a look, as temps drop so does tire pressure. Don’t ignore the tire light. Gas and tires are highway robbery these days.(no pun intended)
Alright kids. With that I’m out, need to make sure jess doesn’t need some soup or something. How do you get Ohio off you btw?🤣
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