1996 Toyota 4-Runner- Floor-Runner
When people form relationships, oftentimes, they take on the other person’s hobbies and enjoyments at the same time. That’s how Amanda Guillory of Lafayette, Louisiana, got introduced to the truck life. During 2013, she met and fell in love with her now-husband Nick Guillory. At the time, Nick had been heavily involved in the show scene and was driving a custom Lexus. Most of their dates weren’t dinner and movies, it was going to car and truck shows. Amanda began to love the scene and wanted to participate at these shows, instead of just being a spectator.
One year later, Amanda and Nick were married, and they began the search for their husband and wife trucks. Nick, a Toyota man through and through who refuses to drive or purchase anything that isn’t a Toyota, found a good deal on a pickup in California. The pickup’s owner Brian Arnold sold his Toyota Tacoma to Nick and used the cash to purchase a ’96 Toyota 4Runner for himself. Amanda thought a 4Runner would be perfect to use with their kids, and she and Nick could travel to shows in matching Toyota trucks. Nick contacted Brian again and made a second deal to get the ’96 4Runner, essentially buying both of Brian’s trucks within the same year.
The custom Toyota was already pretty far along but still had a way to go to perfection. Her Toyota arrived in Louisiana just a couple days before a big show in Mississippi. Nick, with Amanda helping, worked late nights making sure the electrical system, engine, and air conditioner were working for the four-hour drive. On the way to the show, the brake line broke, but they were able temporarily fix it. The SUV placed first in its category at the show and gave her determination to go even further with the build.
On the way back home, one of the air bags blew and the SUV had to be towed back to the house. Amanda called their good friend and suspension master Chad Louque to come and take a look. According to Chad, the entire system had to be overhauled. It was required maintenance. The original air-management system was out of date, so Chad updated it with the VU4 Accuair Switch Speed and installed all-new bags.
The Toyota stayed at Chad’s house during the makeover. Once he told her it was finished, she made arrangements to pick it up. Amanda was unable to pick up her newly done truck on the date she had planned. It was actually a lucky thing because Louisiana suffered what was later called “the 100-year flood.” Amanda and Nick’s house was damaged, and their front driveway and garage were completely under water. “Keeping her truck at Chad’s house turned out to be a blessing,” Amanda says. “It would have been a complete loss.” Their immediate focus turned to remodeling their damaged home, and Amanda wasn’t able to put her focus back on the Four Runner until months later.
Floor Runner has now become a part of the family and allows Amanda to bring their kids to shows alongside husband Nick in his Tacoma. She wishes to thank her husband for all his support and making her dream happen. She owes her gratitude to Chad Louque for not only remaking this Four Runner into a masterpiece, but for also having a safe location for it during the Louisiana flood. She values all the friends and Sunset club family she is a part of.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 1996 Toyota 4Runner
Owner and City/State: Amanda Guillory; Lafayette, Louisiana
Club Affiliation: Sunset
Front Suspension: Accuair Switchspeed, VU4 manifold, airlift bags by Chad Louque, Toyota Tacoma five-lug front clip
Rear Suspension: Toyota Supra IRS, 2-inch drop spindles by Chassis Tech, two Viair 480 stealth black compressors, 7-gallon aluminum tank
Engine: 3.4 V6 K&N cold-air intake, Spectre filter, chrome plenum, upgraded alternator, XS Power D3400 battery
Body/Paint: 3-inch stock floor bodydrop, Mazda RX-8 Winning Blue and House of Kolor Lavender paint by Eddie Black in Marietta, Georgia, shaved handles, roof rack, license plate box, one-off hood with SR-5 hood scoop, tubbed rear doorjambs, ’01 4Runner front fascia, ’01 4Runner taillights
Interior: Bucket seats in silver and blue suede with silver leather inserts, smoothed and painted dashboard, smoothed and painted door panels, Graphite Gray carpeting, blue suede headliner, 15-inch Turbine steering wheel from Kustom Kreations
Stereo: Kenwood DDX 8017 head unit, 12-inch DD subwoofer built in fiberglass enclosure, DD amplifiers
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 18x7; Hot Rods by Boyd Turbine
Tires: 215/35R18; Noble Sport
Special Thanks From Owner: Nick Guillory, my Family and friends, Chad Louque, Alex Holder, my Sunset family, and Jaret “JJ” Guidry for their support.