First things first - thank you Expo for the wealth of knowledge and the awesome attitudes here. This is the coolest crowd around, and I learn something new everyday reading here.
In the fall of 2009 we relocated from Nashville, TN to Louisville, KY, and in the process I ended up parting out the rock crawling project I had been working on for the last few years. A few months passed, and I wanted another project but decided my direction had changed. In February of 2010, after searching around my immediate vicinity, I found a 1985 4Runner in Salt Lake City that was in great shape and priced right. As many of us know, 1985 was the first year that Toyota introduced fuel injection for the 4Runners/Trucks and the last that they offered a solid front axle. I'm a die hard Toyota guy and missed my old Tacoma so this combination seemed like a great platform for my next build. I bought a plane ticket and flew out to SLC later that month to buy the truck and drove it home 1600 miles to KY.
Here's a pic just outside of SLC. Other than the bald tires this rig was in great shape.