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Fully Restored, Generation One, 1986 Toyota 4Runner

(Sorry, dog NOT included!)

Welcome to 4RunnerRestoration.com


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July 31, 2021


A Fully Restored

1 Owner Original Toyota 4Runner!!


1986 Toyota 4Runner,

Charlotte, NC



January, 2021 UPDATE -The FULL and complete restoration of our 1986 Toyota 4Runner is now FINALLY finished! Its been a long process (over 22 months) but we are proud of the finished results. This original, Generation One 4Runner never looked (or ran) so good!


The pictures below illustrate the finished results. The truck is running GRRREAT, and its ready for a new owner and a new second life!


Details of this restoration project have been added below. Additional pictures are available upon request, including extensive detailed pictures of the restoration process itself and each of its phases.


If you have any questions regarding our 1986 Toyota 4Runner Restoration Project please send us a message through the link on the Contact Us page or email us directly at: Admin@4RunnerRestoration.com 


4Runner Restoration Project Administrator 





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Pictured below are the newly installed fiberglass and steel side step-ups with the matching anodized blue reflective striping.

In the pictures below, you can see how the Deep Sea Blue pearls in the dip, glisten under the bright sunlight.

Interior Pictures - Updated August, 2020

The interior of the 4Runner has been completely redone as well. This included updated new carpeting, new interior LED overhead and accent lighting, anodized blue metal look mats, and newly updated memory foam front seats with matching anodized looking seat covers. The new seats are incredibly comfortable!

A new customized raised center console and padded arm rest/storage unit (pictured above) was also installed on top of the original center storage pocket door, for a raised and more comfortable center arm rest. Both storage pockets are available for use, and the original center unit is unaltered. The newly installed top unit is perfect for storing CDs or other important items.

Pictured below are the original rear seats, before we covered them with the new custom anodized cool-blue, metallic looking seat covers. The rear seats had been covered in the dealer's original plastic since the truck was first purchased back in 1986, and had been folded down, and covered with a custom back cover to protect the back of the seats, and were also covered over by the rear cargo rug.

As a result, the original seats were pretty much perfectly preserved over the years, and today are in excellent condition!

We custom covered them, so as to keep them protected and to give the seats a more modern, updated look, which matches the overall anodized metallic cool-blue look of the vehicle, both inside and out! The green tabs are the newly installed seat unlock & pull-out tabs.

The interior also has remote controlled, color changable accent lighting as shown in these pictures.

New front memory foam seats just installed.

New dash updates include a new Jensen MP3/CD Audio Sound System with remote and with a hide-away (and/or removable) faceplate that securely rotates and 'hides' when the vehicle is turned off. Also a digital dash temperature gauge was installed which displays interior and exterior temps and audio alarms when freezing road conditions are occurring. And a lighted pocket storage area (that can be turned on or off) and a switchable map light. Also four new 12v outlets are available in the center dash, to power all your needed electronics. 

All interior lighting has been updated with new, modern LED lighting, for each of the three sections of the 4Runner.

The interior is now bright and nicely lit with very nice looking, pure white balanced LED lighting.

New bright LED lighting was added to the cargo area as well, and this can be turned on and off from either the rear cargo area or from the drivers seat, as originally designed by Toyota. 

Pictured below, each door has been fitted with a Toyota logo projection courtesy light, that displays the Toyota logo on the ground when you open the door, to illuminate the area just below the door when you are stepping in and out of the 4Runner.

Pretty nifty, eh?

'B' pillers and window trims were updated in a carbon-fiber wrap and new Toyota 4Runner B-pillar logos were installed.

(Sorry, but the dog IS NOT included in the sale of this restored 4Runner!)

The cargo area is fully padded with a thick, insulating foam padding, which also provides for excellent sound insulation. A new Stain Master, stain resistant cargo area carpet was also installed for all your furry friends that will be riding in the back!


Previous Pictures 

(taken during the restoration process and before the installation of the carbon-fiber fender flares.)


The dip/paint color that was used for this Gen-1, 1986 Toyota 4Runner restoration project, is a very unique, Anodized Deep Sea Blue Pearl color, which is a color/hue shifting dip. It will appear slightly lighter or darker, depending on the current light conditions, and the blue pearls in the dip/paint really glisten in the bright sunlight. 

Pictured above and below, the original 4Runner rear fender rock guards, re-done in carbon-fiber.

The carbon-fiber fender flares shown here, prior to painting them a ceramic satin black and clear coated.

Pictured below, the new flares painted, clear coated, installed and sealed.

Added Safety ...

Since the (NOW) required 3rd brake light, was not a requirement back in 1986, this 4Runner never had one. So we installed a new LED 3rd brake light onto the tailgate and added a new, above bumper, (under the tailgate) brake and turn signal LED strip light as well.

The bumper strip lighting is a hidden black tinted strip, which only shows up when the brakes are depressed, and the normal brake lights come on. Now the back of the truck has plenty of noticeable brake lighting.

After all, we don't want any distracted drivers running into the back of our newly restored 4Runner, now do we?

The rear license plate light bar was redone in a more modern-looking carbon fiber wrap as was the top of the rear tailgate, for wear and scratch protection. The original Toyota rear bumper had been changed to a much more heavy duty, all steel towing-rated bumper.

Pictures taken during the restoration process.

The fiberglass roof before and after painting (above and below) and before the addition of a clear coat (below.)

The rear fiberglass roof was sanded, primed and re-painted in an automotive acrylic-enamel black satin base coat, and then sprayed in an automotive acrylic clear coat.

We installed a brand new 22RE crate engine, with a higher performance cam and matching crank shaft. The factory reman'd-to-new crate engine was built from the ground up using ALL completely new components, including an original NOS stock Toyota 22R block (that was discovered sitting in old inventory at a Toyota dealer and engine re-builder in Washington state.) The engine reman'd-to-new building process included a new, higher performance crank and matching cam, and all new internal bearings, rods, pistons and rings, new timing chain and sprockets, a new harmonic balancer and a new oil and water pump.

A completely brand new, cast-aluminum head (including a new higher performance cam) was then built by a Japanese engine remanufacturing facility in upstate New York, who also completed the final block and head assembly. The engine was then shipped to an engine installer in Pittsburgh, PA, where the engine was installed.

In the picture above, the new EFI unit and the valve cover are custom high-temp, multi-colored, baked ceramic powder coated, which protects these engine elements with a rock hard, beautiful glossy coating that will virtually last forever! Nothing sticks to it, and it will never rust or corrode (and it is oh sooooo easy to keep clean and looks fantastic!)

Now is this engine a work of art or what?

She's a beauty and runs as good as she looks!

ALL of the components under the hood were either replaced with new parts or where reman'd to new, including the front A/C condenser, dryer bottle, a new radiator and new headlight surrounds. All engine related component accessories were replaced with new parts.

Above picture showing newly rebuilt front suspension components, including new front rotors, ceramic powder-coated calipers, new front pads, new front locking hubs with new center caps and new annodized blue security keyed wheel lugs (pictured below.)

Newly installed center front locking hubs and anodized blue, security locking lugs. A pair of security keys are included with the truck.

Even the original Toyota Towing Mirrors (part of the optional Toyota Towing Package) was trimmed in a modern carbon-fiber wrap.

Pictured below, the newly installed carbon-fiber wrapped window trims, 'B' pillar trim and Toyota 4Runner logo plate.


Every single square inch and every single component of this 4Runner was completely refurbished or restored, from bumper to bumper.

Below, the frame and undercarriage was media blasted, acid prime sealed, paint primed, and then finish painted and top coated with a ceramic black coating.  It is now well protected from road salts and corrosion and should last for many more years to come.

Undercarriage - Front to back (above) and back to front (below.)

The picture above, illustrates how the pearls in the dip coating react to various light conditions. 


Custom Designed Lexan Polycarbonate Headlight Lens Shields with Wrap-Around Side Marker Protections.

These are custom made MPC Lexan Polycarbonate Headlight Shields that provide protection for the headlights and side marker lights.

The blue lines in the shields will heatup when the headlights are on to keep snow and ice from accumulating on the headlight protectors. 

Custom designed reflective original OEM Toyota mudflaps, front and rear. Embossed with reflective stainless steel.

New powder coated steel wheels and rear brake drums. Pretty classy, eh?

Above picture showing newly installed s.steel exhaust system, new shocks, new helper springs, including new Add-A-Leaf springs, and new powder-coated rear brake drums. New brake shoes, emergency brake shoes and new rear wheel cylinders were also installed.

And of course, we equipped the 4Runner with a set of brand new GT Steel Belted 31 x 10.5 R15 Adventuro AT3 LT Tires, mounted on newly powder coated, original Toyota 4Runner steel wheels with custom painted Toyota OEM center hubs.

Both the full Experian AutoCheck and CarFax Reports are available upon request.

This vehicle received the highest possible AutoCheck rating (a perfect 60) for this classic vehicle! 

If you would like additional information on this vehicle restoration, then please let us know by using the form on our Contact Us page or by emailing us directly at: Admin@4RunnerRestoration.com 


We have extensively logged with pictures and full documentation, each and every step in this restoration project and we have available upon request additional 'behind-the-scenes' pictures of each phase of the restoration. If you are interested in seeing these, please let us know!


And thanks for looking!


4Runner Restoration Project Administrator




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