River Tam is a complicated 17 year old. Those of you who are fans of or have watched the Firefly/Serenity series know what I am talking about. In Firefly River Tam is an extremely gifted young girl who has an IQ higher than some zip codes. She is an expert in logic and thanks to some shady government types, can now read minds as well. This causes her much trouble through the series and her personality was very... quirky, one of my favorite lines she said in the show was "The human body can be drained of blood in 8.6 seconds given adequate vacuuming systems" and, while this seems disturbingly creepy, if you have seen it it makes perfect sense and is quite funny. A personality like this is what I feel my 4Runner (or FWhoreRunner) has, She works fine on some days and then for no apparent reason, stops working. She is very high-maintenance but not like a supercar high-maintenance, more of a "I don't want to go faster right now just because you push the gas" or a "I'm going to let my clutch slip a few times to scare you" type high-maintenance.
Not to say I haven't had my fun with Riverit's just that sometimes I feel like I'm always fixing something, then something else, and then something else, yet nothing is ever getting fixed. Anyways, back to the history lesson. After I sold Alicia, I was in need of a vehicle, I was looking at Audi A4's and VW Cabriolets but I could never find one I liked. I had not really considered another 4Runner as my dad had one and I had owned 2 before and while I did like them, I was not looking to get back into one. After I left Florida I started looking for 4Runners in my hometown, my only requirements were that it had to be under $2700, running, and a 5 speed. I really wanted one with a spare tire on the back and was more looking for the 22r 4 cylinder instead of the V6 but that was not very important (I honestly have never seen a 22r 4Runner in person) I wanted a sunroof and my color preference was gray but again it diddn't matter. When I first saw the craigslist ad for River I knew I found the truck I wanted. It was gray, it had the spare tire, it ran, and it was a 5 speed! I ended up getting her for $1800!
When I first got her she had these crappy turbo stickers on the side that were promptly removed (the paint job underneath came with them too) and no running boards, so I started looking for a set of running boards. The truck also had a cracked sunroof (it ended up that the entire assembly was bad, but that was remedied in a previous post) and a few other little things (which ended up being a lot of little things). The easiest route to take for me would be to find a person parting out their 4Runner and strip it, and I found just that. It was my luck that someone rolled a 95 4Runner and then blew a headgasket in it and decided to part it out, I went to go get the running boards for $50 and ended up getting the whole truck for $200 title and all!
As you can see the interior was trashed, but it had a good amount of parts on it! I swapped tires to get the best tires on my truck and then matched the rim on the back so instead of this:
Engine wise the truck is pretty good, I have an 02 sensor and I am having trouble getting a bolt off but once that is done she should be good to go, there is a power steering fluid leak out of the steering box (just a seal) and the radiator cap needs to be replaced (way easy) other than that she runs good. She is down on power but I do believe that is the 02 sensor, if she still acts up I may have a vacuum leak somewhere I have to find.
This picture reminds me, I also need an antenna for my truck, I ripped mine out because it was bent and did not work. For some reason I love this body style of 4Runner, I would add some steel bumpers and a brush guard with tube steps and a safari rack to get the look I want however.