"Prius Hunter"
  1985 was the only year Toyota produced a small truck (Hilux) with both fuel injection and
  a solid front axle. Available in short bed, long bed, extra cab and 4runner. The durability of
  these small trucks has become legendary, as chronicled on Top Gear (Episode 1, Episode 2).
  Although the number imported to the US was quite high, rust and reverse exporting has made
  them hard to find. Many opt to convert a later model (86-88) to SFA as they're more widely avail-
  able. This truck was the result of a a 1/2  year search, purchased from the original owner who
  took delivery in Southern CA then moved to GA. Plenty of dents but no rust. Originally a "Gold
  "Package" truck, it has gone a complete nut and bolt frame-off restoration. All moving parts have
  been replaced, repainted or rebuilt. Upgrades include front and rear electric lockers with 4.56
  gearing, full Old Man Emu suspension and bull bar, rear disc brake conversion, upgraded master
  cylinder and booster, vented front rotors, transfer case mounted parking brake, Nitro axles,
  gusseted and reinforced axle housings with rock guards, power windows, air conditioning,
  cruise, clin-o-meter, and all other options available that year. The 22RE engine is getting a small
  bump in compression, match ported head and modified intake, mild cam, bigger valves, Eagle
  rods, LCE header and a custom 2.25" exhaust.
“Toyota’s pickup trucks have a worldwide reputation for quality and toughness.  Forget the high school boys bouncing around in Tacomas over here, the Toyota Hi-Lux is the third word’s favorite beast of burden.  In parts of the globe so remote they barely qualify as being on the globe, Toyota trucks cross rugged trails overloaded with farm equipment, goods, soldiers, mining gear…anything and everything.  There probably isn’t a vehicle on Earth more abused than the Toyota pickup.” (source: edmunds)

Humble beginnings
with a Southern CA Chassis found in Atlanta after a year+ search

Front bed panel replaced with a "more perfect" one. Bed sandblasted, painted, rhino lined including BEHIND the side panels.




Vintage Brahma camper shell found in Roanoke, VA. Frames removed for paint, frames refinished, screens replaced, painted to match. Internal frame fabricated to support canoe rack feet, lighting, speakers, etc.


Dual diaphragm booster (late 4runner), FJ80 master (not shown), LPSV delete with adjustable bias valve, custom s/s brake lines, transfer case mounted parking brake. Front: Early FJ40/60 vented rotors, IFS calipers. Rear: Disc conversion with stock front calipers, stock front solid rotors.

Toyota 4.56 E-Lockers, TG diff protection plates F&R, lower knuckle gussets, e-locker motor guards, nitro axles, all new bearings/gaskets/seals. E-lockers require an enlarged mounting flange, new threaded holes and a few other items clearanced when used in '85 housings. Hardware and components chemically cleaned, glass peened, painted, plated, etc. Locker wiring are the two large cables with the code plugs.

Drive Line

The beginning or the end of the intake restriction
The red circle shows why later intakes are favored, they don't have this egr tub blocking half the air passage. A larger throttle body won't mitigate this, but a grinder will. Pic 2, removed. Pic 3, diversion plate to direct egr gasses away from the back of the throttle plate. Pic 4, welded in and glass peened. Next, port matching at intake runner side and throttle body, removing the egr port plug for a thorough cleaning, glass peening, prep and paint.

Intake Runners:
Pic 1, opportunities for some gasket matching, pic 2 done. Glass peen, prep, paint.

Valve Cover
Baffle plate removed , holes tapped, cleaned/glass peened/painted. Baffle cover is now bolted in and modified for rocker clearance.

Bottom End
Bored to 1st over with torque plate, eagle rods w/ARP studs, new crank, block decked for tight quench.

Cylinder Head
New casting, big s/s valves, upgraded valve springs, retainers and stem seals, 268 cam, new Toyota rockers/shafts/adjusters. Match ported on intake and exhaust sides, but most of the porting was under the valve seats, an area that's significantly smaller than even the stock valves. New timing components and adjustable cam gear to compensate for having the block decked.

ARB snorkel, LC intake tube kit, big throttle body, paper filter. The snorkel is a nice piece and fits the chassis well but is designed for a low-revving diesel. The restriction is where the plastic tube necks down as it enters the engine bay (about 2.25" ID), but cutting this off leaves you a 3" OD flange. To get from this point to the airbox is an "opportunity," the easiest solution I found was a piece of 3" silocone brake duct hose with wire reinforcement. Waterproof, heat proof, easy to route. The next issu is the airbox itself, there are two styles. One with the air inlet on the front, the other with it on the side. To maintain the 3" size going in a piece of 3" tight bend steel tube was welded in (shown). From here the air goes through the AFM, the outlet diameter is maintained with the LCE intake tube, and finally the air reaches the enlarged throttle body, then the intake without the egr tube blocking it, through the port matched plenum and intake, through the ported head and past the big valves.

LCE stainless/ceramaic header, Flowmaster HP2 center resonator, Magnaflow rear muffler, custom bent 2.25" pipes
In order to have the exhaust ready for the new engine, a dummy block and head were installed briefly.

AGM battery, GM alternator conversion, upgraded alternator wiring, upgraded/additional ground, Blue Sea aux fuse box powered from factoy engine bay fuse link box.


  1985 Toyota SR5 4Runner
  A stock truck with a unique factory color was only made available because the owner was being
  taxed on his "collection" which was discovered by satellite photo. Not to fear, the rest were to be
  camoflaged by green tarps in the summer and brown tarps in the winter. After running off the
  mice the only rust was on the fender lips due to the dealer added chrome trim which held water
  and dirt. Rear lips were replaced with metal from a donor truck, front fenders were replaced, then
  off to paint. A mild suspension lift, vented front brakes, 4.88 gearing, custom exhaust, and a
  fresh 22RE with higher compression, mild cam, and head intake port work complete the
  package. The SR5 models came with full instrumentation, factory cruise and power windows,
  A/C, sunroof, and of course the SR5 logo interior.
  The soft top is an aftermarket unit (long out of production) that utilizes the stock rear glass.

  1987 Toyota FJ60
  Considered the last "field serviceable" Toyota, this rust free example received many upgrades for
  street and off-road use.  A non-US market H55F transmission added a 5th gear that allows cruising at
  highway speeds (the stock 4 speed limited cruising  speed to around 55mph).  A 2" suspension lift
  with Old Man Emu components provides better articulation, and an FJ62 rear sway bar helps with
  street manners and towing.  Inside, custom brackets allowed fitment of  "Vader" seats from a 1996
  BMW M3. Another fabrication project allows the spare tire to be relocated to the cargo area for ground
  clearance. Sliders and an ARB Bull Bar add protection for off road use. 

  1988 BMW M3
  Don't let a quick lube place change the oil on your M3. If you do, don't
  assume you can make it to work with the oil light on. OK, go ahead,
  we'll just take it and build a 2.5l stroker engine with Schrick cam,
  BMW Motorsport crank and pistons, head and throttle porting, ceramic
  header, lightened rods, lightweight wrist pins, ceramic coated header
  and a few other goodies yielding 235hp and LOTS of torque. Suspension
  pick up points have all be reinforced, camber and toe eccentrics added
  in the rear for adjustability, BMW M bushings. H&R springs, Bilstein
  Sport shocks, ST sway bars and a strut brace control the power put
  down by the 4.27/75% limited slip diff and factory 16" Evo wheels.
  Factory Evo 3 front splitter and rear spoiler with Gurney flap have been
  added since these photos, along with a custom sound system and
  new skins for the seats.


  1988 BMW M5
  At its launch, the E28 M5 was the fastest production sedan in the world.  This example
  is one of only 1340 produced for the U.S. market. This low mileage survivor wears mostly original
  paint and interior, but there are changes underneath. The S38 power plant has been stroked to
  3.6 liters, ported head, Motorsport valve springs, Schrick cam, cam gear, ported throttle bodies,
  and Euro spec header. Exhaust exits via a custom center resonator and B&B stainless exhaust.
  As delivered, the M5 had a top speed of 150MPH with 256 HP. With modifications, this engine
  produces 330HP on the dyno and still idles smoothly. New top speed has yet to be determined.

  1988 M3 Track
  Originally built and campaigned in BMW CCA Club Racing J-Stock class, this car has been as
  far away as Texas serving as an instructor/instructor mentor car with the BMW CCA, NASA,
  and other groups. The original 2.3L S14 was rebuilt to stock specs, with the addition of oiling
  modifications to the crank and BMW Motorsport oil pan to improve longevity. A larger oil cooler
  helps keep temps down during long sessions. Gruppe G springs, inverted and custom valved
  Bilsteins, and upgraded sway bars help with grip, along with optimized alignment settings and
  corner balancing. Evolution 3 front and rear spoiler are adjustable for different track
  configurations. Exhaust leaves through a ceramic header, VSR catalytic and Borla rear
  The Turner Motorsports cage leaves plenty of room for the driver, and additional protection is
  provided by NASCAR style door bars and footwell kickers.


  1991 BMW E30 M3
  Street car, autocross car, track car, then back to street car. This late airbag M3 also has the
  only option available, heated seats. Rare Brilliantrot red over black, a 4 point custom roll bar
  was installed with a removable X brace for harness moounting when on-track. The original 2.3
  has been upgraded with an Evolution intake cam, exhaust cam gear, BMW Motorsport
  lightened flywheel and Borla exhaust. When used for track duty, brake ducts with custom
  backing plates and Porterfield pads provided stopping power,  and Alpina subframe mounts in an
  adjustable rear subframe kept the back end in line. Aluminum  front   control arms and delrin 
  control arm bushings complimented the H&R race springs,  Bilstein Sport shocks and upgraded
  sway bars. Now retired from track duty, a more compliant suspension has been installed and
  Evo 16" wheels have been fitted.

  1988 M3
  Sometimes the best thing to do with a solid but tired chassis is to repurpose
  it. To create this track-ready roller the sunroof tray was removed and the panel
  welded in place, spare tire well removed, and any non-essential parts were
  stripped. The rear subframe had eccentrics added and was relocated 10mm
  into the body for improved roll center. Ready for cage and drive line of the new
  owner's choice.

  Porsche 944
  Perhaps one of the best balanced cars ever produced, the 944 combines great handling with big
  brakes and a pronounced lack of power.  The red example was mechanically restored for use on
  the track in addition to daily transportation duties. A bolt in harness bar and a set of track tires
  fit in the back, meaning it could be driven to an event, then driven back home with the A/C on.
  The "uniqueness" of the mechanicals make them truly challenging to repair, but done correctly
  they become "bulletproof" cars that easily soak up hard use without complaint.

Diverse things with wheels...

  M416 Military Trailer
  The M416 1/4 ton trailer was designed specifically for use behind U.S Army Jeeps.
  Designed for amphibious use in war zones, these rugged trailers featured shocks,
  greaseable shackles, parking brake, and a lunette type coupler that allows them to
  articulate independently from the tow vehicle. When the Hummer replaced the Jeep,
  thousands of these trailers were sold as surplus. A favorite with off-roaders, good
  examples are becoming rare. 
  The M416 was found languishing in a back yard.  It had been used for hauling tar,
  which was a challenge to remove but probably saved it from rusting away. The tail
  had been crudely cut out, and the lunette ring had been removed in favor of a
  traditional ball type hitch. Sandblasting revealed the original Army designation, and
  after a lot of dent hammering it received a coat of OD green. The lunette was
  extended to make towing easier. Following the pictures the interior was bedlined,
  and the tailgate was hinged for convenience.

  1968 Ford 2000 Tractor
  40 years of non-detergent oil made this more than just a rebuild. Though the block only has 3
  main bearings, the low RPM range keeps it from being an issue. Hardened valve seats to cope
  with unleaded fuel, a bump in compression, and the replacement of all moving parts should give
  this one another 40 years of service.

A sample of supervised projects...

1972 BMW 2002 Tii, MD

1988 BMW M3, VA

1988 BMW M3, FL

1972 BMW 3.0CSi, WA

1972 BMW 3.0CSa, CA

1972 BMW 3.0CSi, S38 Conversion, NC


1985 BMW Euro M635CSi, PA
1972 BMW 2002 Touring, MA
1988 BMW M6, NJ

1987 BMW 635CSi, NJ

1972 BMW 3.0SCSi, NV

1988 BMW E30 M3, VA

1972 BMW 2002 Tii, MA
1988 BMW M5 3.8L, Canada

1987 BMW 325e, NC