I have an addiction. There, I said it. I like these old Toyotas. What’s not to like about old trucks? Lack of power, poor fuel efficiency, no creature comforts… hey, that was supposed to be a rhetorical question.
Our trip has taught me to love the simplicity in all things. When it comes to vehicles, that means something that I can work on with a basic tool set, manual windows, manual seats, no A/C, and no parking assist. Apparently some people don’t want to park the car themselves…
We landed back in Canada after parking Little Red in Costa Rica and we needed wheels. Sure, transit is great to get to work and back, but what about when we need to get into the wilderness and away from the city? We obviously needed a Canadian adventure mobile that was capable, simple, and not too expensive since we do need to save money for the South American leg of our journey. After chatting with Ryan at Disturbed Industries over the past few weeks about what trucks he knew of that were for sale, I ended up buying one of his. Ryan had build the 22RE for Red as well as did the final prep on the truck before driving south. I knew I could trust a truck that he built for himself.
This whole scenario reminded us of when people buy a puppy to replace a dog that died. In this case we were replacing a truck that was being stored in Costa Rica… with a younger one of the same model.
Compared to our other rig this thing is a powerhouse. I think that’s saying something about how slow Red is when loaded down with fuel, water, gear, and oversized tires without regearing the diffs. The 3.0L has a totally different powerband than the 22RE and loves to rev. It works really well with the 5.29s and 35s. Driving a truck that’s completely empty instead of packed with all of our junk is definitely a nice treat.
At this point we don’t have many plans for the truck beyond cleaning it up and enjoying it, but we are missing our CVT Tents roof top tent already… sleeping in the canopy is a great second option.
1993 Toyota Pickup – The Green Machine
3.0L V6 (0.040 over with Proline parts, LCE head gaskets, intake/exhaust ports are gasket matched, smog delete with LCE EGR plates)
5 Speed w/ Aisin clutch
5.29s with Lock Rite locker in front and Supra LSD in rear
35×12.50R15 Pro Comp Xterrains
Pro Comp Wheels Rock Crawler Series 52 Black Monster Mod Wheel; Size 15×8
Pro Comp K5054B 4″ Stage I Lift Kit with Bracket, Block and ES3000 Shocks for Toyota Pick-Up/4Runner ’86-’95
Greaseable shackles, combo of mixed stock spring leafs, and 1” block in rear
2.25” Exhaust with Flowmaster 40 Series Muffler – 2.25″
Trail Gear Rear Bumper 120110-1-KIT
Trail Gear Rock Defense Low Profile Front Bumper 120189-1-KIT
HELLA 500 Series 55W Driving Lamp Kit
Toyota Fiberglass front fenders