1985 Toyota Hilux Pickup SR5 22R 4x4 Lifted 85k Miles Rust Free Rock Crawler

Price: - Item location: Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • Make: Toyota
  • Model: Hilux
  • Type: Standard Cab Pickup
  • Year: 1985
  • Mileage: 85,800
  • VIN: JT4RN60RXF5068506
  • Color: ALMOND
  • Engine size: 22R
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: AWD
  • Interior color: Brown
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: 4-Wheel Drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1985 Toyota Hilux

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THE HILUX:Super clean rare rust free classic 1985 Toyota Hilux 4x4 regular cab pickup truck runs & drives as good as it looks with only 85,880 miles from an original owner family in Southern California.HISTORY:This amazing truck was born in 1984 in a factory in Hamura, Japan by some of the finest and most dedicated automotive workers in the World. Itwas the very last year that Toyota offered a live front straight axle mini truck in North America.Itwas transported from Japan on a huge freighter to Long Beach, California in 1985 and then delivered to a So Cal dealership who sold it to a gentleman from Santa Ana. He drove it sparingly and wound up deeding it to his son when he passed who then put it into storage.
MECHANICALS:This truck features power steering, power brakes, a 5 inch suspension lift with 35 inch tall tires andhas been professionally gone through stem to stern. Anything mechanical that needed attention got it. The stock carburetor had an almost impossible to fix leak from the main shaft bushing plus the timing chain guides had enough wear that within the last 300 miles this truck had professionally installed:
New Weber 32/36 Progressive Carburetor.New timing chain and guides.New timing chain cover.Newly refurbished cylinder head.New head gasket.New head bolts.New valve cover gasket.New front crank seal.New Dayco belts.New exhaust manifold gasket.New carb base gasket.New electric choke.New air filter.New fuel filter.New Denso spark plugs.New plug wires.New distributor cap & rotor.New distributor cap oil seal o-ring.New Denso V6 aluminum radiator.New fan shroud.New thermostat.New coolant.New power steering pump.New 10w40 motor oil & filter.New gear oil in all 4 cases.New clutch disc, pressure plate, pilot bearing and throw out bearing.Newly machined flywheel.New rear main seal.New fuel pump.New front brake pads.Newly adjusted rear brakes.New Pro-Comp Long Travel shocks on all 4 corners.New Pro-Comp dual steering stabilizer dampners.New battery.
Comes with receipts documenting most everything which is still under warranty.
22R (2.4L) 4 CylinderThis legendarily reliable numbers matching 22R runs like an industrial sewing machine.Starts every time with a click of key. No smoke, no knocks, no issues and absolutely no fluid leaks.Excellent oil pressure. Runs cool. Temp gauge never climbs past 40% even on hot Arizona summer days with AC blowing cold.That's because the new Denso V6 aluminum radiator has 50% more cooling capacity than the stock radiator.Engine builders have long admired howthese 22R blocks are famous for being hardened with more nickle content than old American muscle cars.
These carbureted 22R engines are particularly desirable for Preppers worldwide because they are immune to the electro magnetic pulses of nuclear war.
Note that just 2 of those new parts on the long list above, the timing chain and the clutch disc, call for just under 18 hours of labor per AllData, never mind the cost of the parts. Call your local repair shop and ask them how much 18 hours of labor costs? Then consider all the other parts and labor. For example the new wheels and tires cost $1400. The suspension lift with shocks cost $1000 installed. The new Weber carb was $450 installed. To add up the list is staggering.
5 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION & GEAR DRIVEN TRANSFER CASE:Transmission shifts tight and smooth. Starting in 1984 Toyota improved their 5 speeds making them more robust with bigger bearings.
2 speed gear driven transfer case, one of the strongest humans have ever invented, operates precisely as designed.
Factory Aisin manual lockout hubs, definitely the strongest humans have ever built, bar none, as every authority agrees, plus all the 4x4 components work smoothly as designed. This is a Toyota after all. Their 4x4 reliability is legend.
4x4 STRAIGHT AXLE SUSPENSION, WHEELS & TIRES:5 inch suspension lift. No Blocks. All Spring. Aftermarket drop drag link. 35 x 12.5 x 15 BFG Mud Terrain Radials with over 90% tread mounted on 15 x 10 black aluminum rims. 4 new Long Travel Pro Comp shocks. Dual Pro Comp steering stabilizers. Brakes were gone through on all 4 corners. Truck is tight with no rattles. Steering is tight with no slop or wander. Mud tire noise does transmit through the cab some.
DIFFERENTIALS:Both 8 inch factory differentials are stock with 4.10 gears, open carriers and no leaks. The 8 inch differentials are exceptionally strong. They routinely hold up to V8 power when owners complete bigger engine swaps. These Toyotas are one of the only 4x4's ever made with interchangeable front and rear differentials. It was a design copied from the Dodge 4x4 trucks of WWII which allowed soldiers with broken rear ends to swap them around in the field.
INTERIOR:The interior is clean. Original 32 year old seats are not in bad shape but have some older covers on them that fit well but show signs of age. Everything works.The only things missing are the factory radio deck and the small brittle lens cover for dome light (but it still hasthe factory radio wiring).
SR5 gauges feature tachometer, oil pressure gauge, temp gauge and volts. The heater blows hot. There's a slick new Venitian blind-style sun shade installed. A Grant GT steering wheel was installed along the way. It has a great feel but there is no horn button. The factory carpet is in tact but has some wear on the driver's floor which is hidden by new thick rubber floor mats. I would presume there is some heat cracking of the stock plastic dash underneath the dash carpet but never pulled it up to check because I didn't want to separate the velcro and prefer the look of the dash carpet.
This truck did not come equipped with AC. Vintage Air sells a retro kit designed for this truck for about a grand.
Original rust free AZ truck has no rot or bondo. The only rust is on the muffler which is quiet. The stock catalytic converter is in place. Truck's never been wrecked or even wheeled off road in any significant way. It didn't come with vent windows from the factory so the original owner swapped out the doors from a model that featured the vent window option which is nice for cockpit air flow. It was professionally re-painted once to the factory color and looks gorgeous. The black dot on the left front fender is the keyway to an old school alarm lock that is no longer installed. Original owner added a roll bar in the bed, a tube bumper in the rear and a pair of rock slider step rails along the way.
INSURANCE:This truck is eligible for historic plates in any State. That also mean it's eligible for Collector Car insurance from outfits like Grundy Worldwide or Haggerty which only costs $12 per month for a $10,000 full coverage policy. That's right, a full coverage policy is only $12 per month and emissions are forever waived. I repeat. Collector Car Insurance means no more emissions and a cheap monthly nut on full coverage insurance.
There's several reasons that these Toyota trucks are so legendary worldwide. It's no accident that no matter what part of the world you look at whenever you see news footage of a guerrilla fighter soldier with an AK47 in the back of a pickup it's always a Toyota. That's because Toyota truck reliability is 2nd to none. It's what soldiers count on. That's why Toyota is the only import vehicle ever allowed to compete in NASCAR racing.
Unlike American, French, British or Korean vehicles, every Toyota truck from this era comes with a fully boxed steel frame. Not only is the frame boxed, meaning super strong, but also every nut, bolt and fastener is fine machine threaded. So while virtually every American vehicle has coarse threads throughout and a C-channel frame with only the engine and transmissions having fine machine threads - bottom line is except for some exceptional rare American vehicles, like Early Ford Broncos and some Jeeps with fully boxed frames, nobody in the USA constructed 4x4's with as much engineering integrity as the Japanese back in the day, and no wonder since after being bombed into surrender by Uncle Sam after WW2 they had things to prove as a National mission so they built Toyota trucks with an integrity 2nd to none.
Clean and clear California title is ready to go.
INVESTMENT:These Toyota Hilux, especially the 1985, only go up in value even while you drive them, providing one of the best investments in the automotive world today. Fact is there will never be another made like them. They are 1 off legends and there's not another truck like this on the planet except maybe in some museum or fancy private collection. If not now then soon it will be a bargain at twice the price.
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