For those who have been in the 4x4 hobby for a fair amount of time, you’ve probably learned that it isn’t always easy on the wallet. The investment in time, resources, and money into any given rig can be tremendous—even though the same could be said for almost all automotive hobbies. With most vehicle-centric hobbies, two sayings often ring very true. One, you rarely (if ever) get back the money that you put into a rig. Two, it’s always cheaper to buy rather than build.
The second saying is one that divides plenty of core enthusiasts. For many in this hobby, part of the fun is building your own rig. Spending those late nights in the garage with your buddies, and using little more than your imagination and toolset to craft a vehicle that is uniquely your own is something that becomes a part of the off-road lifestyle. On the other side of the coin, not everyone has the skillset or time to wrench away their weekends and holidays. For Brian Gallus of Nashville, Tennessee, he’s experienced being both the builder and buyer. So, when the All-Pro Off-Road 2004 Toyota Tacoma came up for sale on a local forum, he not only knew it was a good deal, but saw the potential to tinker and make it his own.
The 2004 Toyota Tacoma you see here today was originally used by the Toyota specialists at All-Pro Off-Road to develop some of the company’s products, most notably, its solid axle conversion. As it goes with prototype and show vehicles of its nature, the Tacoma did some light wheeling and made its rounds at events to showcase its wares. Once the rig was no longer needed, it changed hands a couple of times. Gallus purchased the Tacoma a couple of years ago and has steadily worked to modify and improve it to fit his needs. Currently, the rig serves as both his wheeler and daily driver. We caught up with the 2004 Toyota Tacoma in the backwoods of Tennessee to see how the old development truck was blending in with the southern backdrop. While Gallus say’s there is still more tuning he would like to do, for now, the late-model Tacoma appears to be getting along just fine.
At A Glance
Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Tacoma
Owner: Brian Gallus
Stomping grounds: Nashville, Tennessee
Build time: N/A
Engine: 3.4L V-6, TRD Supercharger
Transmission: A340F automatic
Transfer case(s): Stock w/Marlin Crawler MC09 TacoBox
Low range ratio(s): 2.28:1, 2.57:1, 5.85:1
Crawl ratio(s): 33.82:1, 38.12:1, 86.77:1
Front axle/differential: Toyota/60 hybrid, FJ80 high-pinion third member, Dana 60 4340 chromoly axleshafts, Currie Enterprises modified F-450 unit bearings, Warn hubs/Detroit Locker, 5.29 gears
Rear axle/differential: Full-float Diamond Axle/TRD E-Locker, 5.29 gears
Front: All-Pro Off-Road 3-link SAS conversion w/12-in-travel Walker Evans 2.0 coilovers w/compression adjusters
Rear: All-Pro Off-Road 3-in-lift leaf springs, 2-in-lift shackles, Walker Evans 2.0 shocks w/compression adjusters
Steering: All-Pro Off-Road Hy-Steer drag link and tie rod, PSC Motorsports hydro-assist
Tires: 37x12.50R17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM
Wheels: 17x9 Walker Evans beadlock
Armor: Modified All-Pro Off-Road bumpers, sliders, and skidplates
Cool stuff: Bed bobbed 10 inches, Trail-Gear frame boxing plates, Warn XD9000 winch, Viking winch rope, Auto Meter gauges, Split Second piggyback module, TRD 7th injector kit, MagnaFlow exhaust