1990 Toyota Hilux Pickup
The N106 Toyota Hilux may as well be the 8th wonder of the world. Indestructible, recognizable, and fiercely capable, these solid-axle trucks seem to withstand anything thrown at them, and our 1990 model sporting 86k verified miles is just getting broken in. For those looking to stand out a bit on our modern highways and byways, we've done away with the drab 90's hue in favor of a more current Toyota Cement (1H5) finish. Set off by a 2" Lift, front skid plate, a fresh spray-in bedliner and 15" aftermarket alloys, this Hilux has all the looks to back up its sinister on and off-road prowess. With a tank-like diesel under the hood, this Japanese Classic Hilux is a pickup that will likely last through the apocalypse.
Toyota appeared to utilize the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" ethos when sculpting the 106's cockpit. The seats are trimmed in an uninspiring yet durable grey tweed, and complementary grey vinyl lines the cockpit and isn't too worse for the wear either, including the low-lying dash which has fortunately resisted any major cracks, peeling, or other miscellaneous UV damage over the years. The center stack houses a fully functional climate control unit, with cold A/C and hot heat on tap, and Sony audio is positioned conveniently below however will need a modern replacement, which your local audio shop should be able to handle in a snap. Toyota diehards will surely love the rare factory field monitor positioned atop the glovebox, and the parameters still display accurately for anyone looking to immediately traverse this one off the beaten path. For such a barebones cabin, drivers will certainly appreciate the inclusion of power locks and mirrors to make daily use more enjoyable, and tried and true crank windows are at all four corners for any buyers yearning for a bit of early 90's nostalgia. This double cab has no issues seating three additional passengers in the rear, and a rear access window niftily slides open if more natural ventilation is required. The headliner and carpets are in good nick, and we've even retained the factory all weather floor mats to protect the factory upholstery underneath. Save for one quarter sized hole on the driver's seat bolster, there isn't much to nitpick with this cabin, and we think it should suit the next owner's needs quite nicely.
While the exterior and interior certainly do a swell job of increasing this truck's curb appeal, any self respecting Toyota enthusiast knows it's what's under the bonnet that counts. In this LN106's case, power is delivered via a naturally-aspirated "3L" diesel inline four. This one cranks over swiftly, care of 2 new 12v batteries, and a bit of additional maintenance was performed while she was up on our lift as well. A 33 year old vehicle certainly needs its fair share of refreshing, but luckily this one only needed the basics. A new engine air filter, fuel filter, and oil and filter service got this one roadworthy in no time, and this happy little diesel has no issues chugging along to highway speeds. While you won't be winning any races with this powerplant, plenty of torque is on standby for the trails and a slick shifting 5 speed manual gearbox helps put power down to all four wheels with ease. A solid front axle is the stuff dreams are made of, and we've installed a new transmission mount to keep unwanted vibrations to a minimum. With 4 Low engaged and the hubs locked, not much stands in this Hilux's way, and we've replaced the rear shocks to shore up the ride quality a bit. The 2" lift provides the ground clearance needed to traverse any rocky terrain to boot! To bridge the gap between pedal and pavement, our last order of business was installing fresh Falken all terrain rubber on all four corners. Not only do they look mean, they greatly reduce any unwanted road noise and should deliver plenty of grip for tens of thousands of miles to come!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.