1990 4Runner Build/Rescue

yotadude520

Mini-Truck Enthusiast
Joined
Jul 12, 2013
Messages
1,587
Location
Tucson, Arizona
Well I finally did it - I finally owned an FJ40. Check that off the list.

Or as I previously joked what is left of one. Over the course of the short period owning it though I realized something - as much as I love the FJ40's and as long as I've wanted one I'm just not an FJ40 guy. There's something about the 4Runners and mini-trucks that makes me love them more. How practical they are, their size, nimbleness, reliability and most importantly cost - they're cheap & parts are cheap!

And it is for that reason why my FJ40 is being sold this Saturday. It is time for it to be passed on to someone who can take it to the next level. It was fun, but now I've found myself in a project that I'm super motivated to get going.

Last night my brother and I purchased a 1990 4Runner. It's a little rough, but it has great bones & potential. It has 210k miles, seller states motor was rebuilt & the head gasket recall was done.

Rats chewed through the wiring harness and the vehicle has been sitting for 4 years. It's going to take a little bit of work to get it going again, but nothing I can't handle.

The best part about the truck is - it's got a SAS with lockers F&R, 4.88 gears, an ARB bumper & All-Pro leaf springs. SAS looks like it was done really well. The interior is completely intact, no major rips other than some cracks in the dash and the body is in good shape. I'm looking forward to bringing the paint back. Here's some pics from the CL ad.





Immediate plans:

-Swap engine harness
-Clean gas tank & re-fill, install new fuel pump & filter
-Replace clutch master cylinder
-Bleed brakes & clutch
-Change oil & coolant
-New battery
-Cross fingers and hope it starts

Down the road:

-Install rear shocks
-Tires
-Change all fluids
-Find a new hood
-Rear window motor
-Fix A/C
-Swing out tire carrier
-Roof rack
-Rebuild TC & Install Gear Reduction Set
-Warn winch (has no-name broken one on now)
-3.4L swap??

WHEEL IT!

Getting it towed to the house this weekend, where I'll drop the tank and see what's in there. Much much more to come - stay tuned!
 
Joined
Oct 3, 2016
Messages
144
Location
Washington
Nice find, looks like all the hard work is done. I really like the looks of the ARB bumpers on the 90's frontends, I'd like to find nice used one someday for my 91 pickup if I can, missed out on one for $500 while back. 3.4 swap would be sweet in that rig!...look forward to the updates!
 

D21FJ60

Daydreaming
 
Joined
Apr 19, 2009
Messages
1,073
Location
Fauquier, VA
In all seriousness I am eager to see waht you do. I have a 94 t4r in the garage with a bad motor that I need to figure out what to do with.
 

yotadude520

Mini-Truck Enthusiast
Joined
Jul 12, 2013
Messages
1,587
Location
Tucson, Arizona
Got to tinker on the truck a little bit last weekend. Was busy with house stuff so didn't get to drop the tank but I did pull my engine harness enough to get the part # and ordered it from Yota Yard in Denver. I wasn't aware of this but apparently Toyota changed the engine harness connectors in 92 so the only harnesses that would work would be from a 89-91. Probably due to the fact they changed the speedometer from being run by a cable to being run electronically - that'd be my guess.

I also charged a battery I had lying around and put it in. I was tickled to find out that 3 out of the 4 power windows worked & the rear window still went up and down. The lights and everything worked too minus the fan switch. The fuel gauge read empty, so I'm really hoping that's the case. It will make dropping it a LOT easier. I'll pull the little cover off the top of the tank tonight and take a peek!
 
Top Bottom