2nd Gen Build: "Larry" 91 4Runner Builds

2nd Gen Build: “Larry” 91 4Runner

Owner: Dave

I picked up this thing as an opportunity to flip it. It was a mechanics special, $200. 330k miles on the 22RE. It needed a harmonic balancer, and what I thought was just reverse gear. Seeing as I’m a mechanic, I thought it would be no big deal. Well, I fell in love with it and we named him “Larry” he’s not anything fancy but he gets er done…
I started by replacing the balancer and started driving it. Before I knew it I had 10k miles on it(without reverse) so I decided it was time to fix it and that’s where my love affair really began.

To date the list of the part that has been changed goes:

  • Harmonic balancer
  • First radiator swap
  • Transmission(135k)
  • Clutch and flywheel
  • Rear brake shoes
  • Rear brake spring hardware
  • Rear brake wheel cylinders
  • Front-wheel bearings, races, and seal
  • Front brake pads
  • Rear window motor
  • Rear window/wiper control unit
  • Left rear triangle window
  • All exterior lights
  • Radiator #2(don’t get cheap eBay radiators)
  • Added radiator shroud
  • Fan clutch
  • Fan belt
  • Smitty built twin-tube front bumper
  • Auto feel 42″ 780k lumen light bar on the hood
  • New tires
  • New starter
  • New battery
  • New alternator
  • New belts
  • New shocks
  • Seat covers
  • Stereo and front speakers
  • Heater core
  • Reverse gear sender
  • Added Asian front hub selectors…5mpg gain on highway
  • Added airbags in rear coil springs, ran airline into a cab, and mounted on driver’s seat. Levels rear out and can gain almost 4″ of lift. Great for towing

Will update the list as I go, or if I have forgotten anything. Planning on ordering some lockers this month and start making it a more capable 4×4 before I lift 4″, and gear change for the planned 35 x12.50s I plan to run.

I also have all the parts and a short block for a new motor, including a new head and cam. Just waiting for Larry to get a little more tired, or to start to make some noise.

Sorry for such a long intro but here are some pics of my runner.

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