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A Survivor 1981 Toyota 4x4 Pickup

Time Capsule 4x4

Our buddy and two-time Ultimate Adventure attendee Rob Bonney is many things. Mainly, he's known for being one hell of a fabricator. He'll work on Jeeps, or anything really, but he will tell anyone who listens that he is not "a Jeep guy," and that's fine with us.

The truth is we like Jeeps and basically any other 4x4; the older, the more unique, the better. And that is something we, Rob, and those of us at Four Wheeler, can all agree on. If Rob isn't a Jeep guy, he could be accused of being a Dodge guy—he has an M37 and has built a few Dodges—or maybe he's a Toyota guy as he owns and has built a few of those, too.

He's also had a Chevy or two, a Ford what else. One way or another, Rob may be hard to classify, but it doesn't really matter. He is an off-road enthusiast with an eye for anything 4x4 and old. Recently, Rob received this super clean survivor of a 1981 Toyota 4x4 truck in trade for some fabrication work he did for a customer. We saw the truck on social media and had to go have a closer look at it ourselves. Its incredible. It's a time capsule. The thing is basically as it would have rolled off the new car lot in 1980 or 1981 despite having survived, nay, earned 164,000 miles (a paltry number to any Toyota 4x4).

A closer look at a classic Toyota 4x4

Anyways, Rob's shop, Rob Bonney Fabrication, is close to our workspace, so we grabbed a camera and headed over to check out the classic Toyota 4x4. It was everything we expected and more. The truck is powered by a carbureted 22R (1981 was the first year for this engine, which has quite a reputation in the 4x4 world); it has a 4-speed transmission, two-speed transfer case, solid front and rear Toyota axles with disc brakes up front, and drums out back. The original white paint is in pretty good shape for nearly 40-year-old truck. The interior is clean, though the door panels and the driver's seat need a little repair or restoration. We absolutely love the wing windows and the functioning A/C, which sure looks factory. Check out the photos and video. And if you want to know more about the Toyota or what Rob is fabricating, check out http://robbonneyfab.com/