Have you ever wanted that feeling of looking at the gauge cluster in front of you and knowing you’ll never explore the right hemisphere of either one? Of course not! But now you can! Making slightly more sense than the the TDI-swapped C3 Corvette we featured way back in October or the Supra-powered 4Runner (also in October) is this 4×4 Toyota 4Runner with a 1.9-liter turbo-diesel engine from a 1996 Jetta mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It’s ready for anything… except 80 mph. Find this TDI-swapped 1988 Toyota 4Runner for sale in Medford, OR for $6,500 via craigslist.
Any Hilux-based Toyota truck has instant off-road cred. Butch styling, a solid axle in the front (until 1986), leaf springs in the back, and a sturdy yet uninspiring 22R four-cylinder in most models. Now with Vee-Dub oil-burning power, the seller has coaxed 30 mpg from the 2,700-pound truck, up from its EPA ratings of 17 on the highway. You don’t sacrifice much power; horsepower drops from 116 to 90, with torque increasing from 140 lb-ft to about 155. It’s titled in Oregon, but isn’t expected to pass smog inspection in California.
Upgraded front and rear bumpers and new tires promise real off-roading capability. The truck also comes with a new battery and windshield, plus a 3-year-old paint job in Seasonal Depression Grayscale. The interior seems to have a seat cover zip-tied to the seat. Must be an off-road thing. Or, evidence of the 4Runner’s 270,000 miles.
The interior also sports a rhino-lined interior, useful for washing out bugs and earthy “flower child” girls named Skye, both of which you’re sure to attract with the removable top. With a clean, gutted interior, you’re ready to fill the cargo area with a gun safe and a big tank for veggie fuel. Boom, instant zombie apocalypse tank.
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