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1988 Toyota Pickup: Synergy

Left Front Downhill
Phil Howell | Writer
Posted May 1, 2011

A Toyota Pickup That is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

This 1988 Toyota Pickup project called out to Chad Hughes. The original owner decided to sell the project after doing much of the work, such as installing the 2003 Toyota V-6, All-Pro flatbed kit, Dodge Dana 60 frontend, and GM 14-Bolt rearend. Chad couldn’t resist and purchased the truck, then went to work finishing the project.

It turned out well. We call the truck Synergy because, while the parts are excellent, it truly is greater than the sum of those parts. This old-school pickup works great on the trail, sometimes even surprising buggy owners on the rocks.

And old-school it is. Beyond the engine swap, dash swap, and super-beefy front and rear ends, the truck is clean and simple with a double transfer case from Marlin Crawler, All-Pro Off-Road leaf springs, front bumper, rocker guards, and flatbed kit.

Chad has since made other modifications to this truck that have decreased its appeal (the addition of an exo cage), but, when we shot these photos, it was an outstanding mix of strength and ability.

Specifications
Vehicle: 1988 Toyota Extra Cab Pickup
Owner/Hometown: Chad Hughes/ Washington, Utah
Engine: 2003 Toyota 3.4L V-6
Induction: MPFI
Transmission: Toyota R151F turbo pickup five-speed manual
Transfer case/low range ratio: Toyota OE/2.28:1; Marlin Crawler/4.7:1
Front end: Dodge Dana 60
Rear end: GM 14-Bolt
Ring and Pinion: 5.38 Yukon
Front Differential: ARB Air Locker
Rear Differential: ARB Air Locker
Suspension: All-Pro Off-Road 4-inch leaf packs
Tires: 37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2
Wheels/Backspacing: American Eagle 17x8.5/4.5 inches

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