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1993 Toyota 4Runner - Family 4Runner

A NorCal mini done right

Brian Goude
Feb 4, 2015
Photographers: Brian Goude
The Toyota 4Runner is one of the most capable off-road SUVs ever made. They are made to climb and conquer the most difficult terrains around the globe. Joey Aguilar’s vision of difficult terrains is a bit different than that of Toyota. He built this gorgeous 4Runner for one thing and one thing only, to be a badass daily driven show truck.
Joey wanted something just a bit different from the mini-trucks he has built in the past so he went on the hunt for a 4Runner that had a custom frame under it already. This would save him a ton of time, as he wanted to get on the road as soon as possible. After searching high and low, going on a few wild goose chases and false leads he finally decided to get an untouched one. He wasted no time and got the truck down to GP Fabrication in his hometown of Petaluma, California. GP Fabrication also wasted no time and got to work building a brand-new chassis complete with Can Do upper arms and drop spindles. Joey wanted to keep the clutter to a minimum so the guys at GP used the frame as the air tank.
Photo 2/6   |   1993 Toyota 4runner Rear Side View
Once GP was done with the stellar chassis work it was time for Joey to tackle the rest. You could say the bodywork and paint was a family affair, as Joey called upon some of his club members from Forbidden Fantasy to help with this painstaking process. Louie Guerrero of Guerrero Brothers Auto Body in Lakeport, California, got the truck all smooth and ready for Bubba and Dave Prater. PPG Synergy Green was the go-to color, and we can all agree this truck stands out in a crowd. The truck was then taken down to Kal Koncepts, where custom airbrushing was applied down the sides.
Joey wanted to keep the interior as useful as possible. He wanted plenty of room for his friends and more importantly his daughter Joelle, who has already staked her claim on the ’Runner once she is old enough to drive. Michael’s Upholstery in Lindsay, California, wrapped everything in gray suede while Joey and Bubba smoothed out the rest and painted it to match the exterior. With the upholstery completed, the stereo was installed just in time for the truck’s show debut. The MTX speakers powered by MTX amplifiers throughout the cabin provide more than enough sound for everyone to enjoy. Finally, 20-inch Foose Speed wheels wrapped in 225/30R20 Falken tires round out Joey’s daily driven masterpiece.
Joey would like to thank GP Fabrication for the chassis work, Bubba Castaneda of Kutting Edge Auto Refinishing, Dave Prater and Louie Guerrero for the bodywork and paint, and Kal Koncepts for the airbrushing. He would like to also thank his club Forbidden Fantasy for all the support and consistent trash talking that keeps his morale so high, and a huge special thanks to his daughter, Joelle. She will make sure he doesn’t sell this one, as it will be her 16th birthday gift.
Photo 3/6   |   1993 Toyota 4runner Dashboard
Inside the Build
Owner and City/State: Joeseph Aguilar
Year/Make/Model: 1993 Toyota 4Runner
Club Affiliation: Forbidden Fantasy
Type: Stock V-6, detailed
Rearend: ’80s Totota
Front Suspension: Cando control arms, Slam RE-6 ’bags
Rear Suspension: 2x3 tube chassis and linked rear suspension by GP Fabrications
Mods: Body dropped, gas filler in taillight, shaved roof, molded roll pan, PPG Synergy Green with graphics by Kal Koncepts
Interior: Smooth and painted dash and plastics, gray leather and suede
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, MTX Amps, separates and subs in painted fiberglass enclosures
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8.5 Foose Stealth
Tires: 235/30R20 Hankook



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