Good looking truck mate. This is my FAVORITE Tacoma generation by far. They were still actualy "compact trucks" versus what they've become (the new Taco being the size of the T100 and the first gen Tundra... ) Anyway, I really love these trucks. Congrats on being back in the best brand of 4x4rxfar (always thought that saying was wasted on Rovers ) and on having a new project. You've got a great starting point aye.
I keep thinking about replacing the 4Runner with something more... "practical"??? I think a 4dr. Taco would be best and this gen. is my personal favorite. With a band that's traveling to play more and more It'd be really nice to have something with more power to cruise comfortably and pull the long grades aroud these parts plus enough of a bed to haul all the gear (or most of it) and still have seating for 5 if need be. Currently the 4Runner is a 2-seater as I've removed the bottom cushions and haver the back "flat-beded" as it were. It's great for Whit and I, but it's a pain when you need to take anyone else. I'd personaly leave the canopy on cause it covers up the gear in back.
So a few questions:
What kind of milage are you seeing??? (this truck is a 3.4V6 right???) And... coming from previously owning a 4Runner, how do you like being in a pick-up versus a wagon??? Do you miss the "pass through"?? Any issues in terms of personal driver comfort (I'm guessing it's less noticable being a quad cab with all that room back there versus a standard cab or even an older X-cab aye)??? Oh and something broader: You could get these gen. trucks in a Manual tranny right (thought the old Expeditions West Truck was a manual)??? And could you get the holly grail combo: Stick, Locker and 3.4V6 with a lever-op T-case??? I think either a 4dr Taco like this or a Cruiser Wagon is in my future... don't tell the 4Runner, she just won't understand.
*EMS/Fire/Rescue/Winderness EMS guy... it comes in handy from time to time.*
- 95 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Limited: Project "4Rescue2" underway
*1KZ-TE Diesel, SAS, OME Rear Leaf suspension conversion, Custom Armor... I'm going grey faster then this truck is getting finished.
- 89 Toyota 4Runner dubbed "Project 4Rescue": Rafting/Exploration rig, Rescue rig, daily driver, Home away from home...
*22RE 5spd. OME suspension, 33x10.50 BFG At's, Marlin Armor, 389K miles