Classic Car Overview
Open the dictionary to the word reliable, and theyll be a picture of a Toyota pickup under the definition. Or at least there certainly should be. Utilitarian pickups like this 1986 Toyota 4x4 would survive a nuclear holocaust, showing up to work each day right on time, plugging away thanks to the help of the venerable 22R motor under the hood. This particular Yota features 170K original miles (which if youre familiar with these trucks, you know this one is just getting started), an original 2.4L and 5-speed manual drivetrain, and still wears factory colors and an original interior. And if you think the diamond-plate utility bed might a bit too hardcore for your purposes, dont sweat it because the original short-bed is available with the sale and can be switched out, back to stock. If youre familiar with the 4th generation Toyota pickups (called the Hilux pretty much everywhere but the States), then you know how difficult it is to find a really clean one like this. Let alone one with verifiable mileage under 500K, and low, traceable ownership. These trucks were so cheap when new, and then so incredibly durable to the point that you could drop them from the tops of exploding buildings (see the Top Gear experiments on), that their owners really put most of them through the grinder. Finding one virtually unmolested and in great shape is almost impossible, especially a lifelong, warm weather Texas truck like this that has escaped the rust worm. The seller of this 86 4x4 purchased it from the original owner, and hes had it going on 20+ years now, where it was always gently used and properly stored inside a dry garage. And dont let the custom utility bed out back scare you, this truck hasnt just been abused at the work site all its life. Rather than beat up the original bed (as theyre known for rusting very easily and acquiring dents rapidly), the owner had this custom diamond plate flat bed, toolbox, and headache bar built to mount on the back of the frame, and the original bed (which is still in great shape) was stored out of the way. I happen to own one of these Toyota trucks myself, and finding a clean original bed is darn near impossible on a 4th generation Yota, so that extra part is worth its weight in gold. The Code 033 White paint is either an older, faithful respray or an impeccably preserved survivor (it can be difficult to discern on the quick-spray Japanese paint jobs from the 80s), regardless it shows incredibly well as a solid driver-grade finish on the original sheetmetal. That very sheetmetal is about as laser-straight as youll ever find on a 35-year-old truck, with tight lines and precise gaps that only comes from factory precision that hasnt been interrupted from any accidents through the years. A black brush guard up front looks very tough, matching the front bumper, grille, and rear bed set-up in both color and utility, finishing off the trucks blue-collar theme. Inside the originality continues, highlighted with the comfortable bench seat wrapped in original, perforated tan vinyl thats still in solid condition, showing only minor signs of use and age. Original door panels at the flanks match the seat, both in appearance and condition, while the brown vinyl mat covering the floors is durable and cleans up very easily. The original dash is quite a marvel, remarkably without a crack or sun-faded area to report, and all the original gauges are still in place ahead of the driver, just beyond the stock steering wheel thats been wrapped in perforated vinyl. Custom wooden cup holders are the lone changes from stock, while options include an original HVAC system with cold A/C, seatbelts, tilt wheel, an original electric clock, and an original Toyota AM/FM/Cassette player a find so rare and cool Im drooling as I type this because Id kill to have one in my personal Yota 4x4. In America, we used to say that theres no replacement for displacement , but modern technology (including our own) has all but rendered that idiom moot. So, before you bemoan the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine in this pickup, know that its one of the greatest motors to ever be designed for a production vehicle. The Toyota 22R series engines simply go on forever with limited maintenance, producing great low-end torque and a respectable amount of horsepower for this lightweight pickup. Sure, its not going to win you any races, but I can all but guarantee that it will run long enough that your grandkids can enjoy it. So, if you really want a wheezy V6 with its every 60k-mile timing belt change, then youll have to look elsewhere. As you might expect, this one is all-stock and running great, and the engine bay is about as close to factory presentation as Ive ever seen in a Yota. The undercarriage is just as solid with no signs of rust or any other worries for that matter, and the stock exhaust system features a newer muffler and is even still fitted with a catalytic convertor for any potential emissions tests down the road. A 5-speed manual transmission is perfect for a truck that wants to work, and the clutch and gear selections are still crisp and easy, much like they were in the 80s. The 4x4 system works great too, power steering and power front disc brakes improve the ride experience, and a grippy set of 235/75/15 Goodyear radials wrapped around paint-matched steelies that fit the truck perfectly. Offered with its original owners manual and stock keys, this hard-working Japanese bruiser is in incredible shape compared to its siblings. If we continue to preserve these trucks, theyll be around for our grandkids, and clean examples like this 86 4x4 model will lead the way.