As much as I loved my '87 4Runner, it just wasn't cutting it for a family of 4. Not enough interior space and not really enjoyable to drive around town, but it was a beast offroad. Decided it was time to move on to something more family friendly so I sold the 4Runner last month and started looking for an 80 series Landcruiser. I briefly considered a Land Rover Discovery II but reliability seemed to be an issue so I stuck with the Landcruiser, which is what I really wanted.
I started looking for a '95-'97 with factory lockers and preferably under 200k on the clock. Mileage wasn't a huge concern as the 1FZ-FE motors are fairly reliable. Finally came across one I really liked on Friday and was able to talk the price down to what I was comfortable paying.
The new rig: bone stock 1997 Landcruiser, 205k miles & factory lockers, leather, and 3rd row seats.
It has a few minor mechanical problems but runs super smooth and drives very nice. It looks like it has the typical oil pump cover leak which I've already ordered OEM parts to repair. The airbag light is on, a scan indicated that it's the clockspring so I'll be ordering one of those as well. I used to do airbag work so changing it out won't be a problem.
I spend yesterday giving it a once over and tune-up, front brakes, a good interior cleaning, and replacing a few burnt out bulbs.
Immediate plans are used 285/75-16 tires from Joe (Zukrider) and drive it. This winter I plan on removing the running boards, building sliders, front winch bumper, and possibly a rear bumper. As soon as money allows I'll pick up an Old Man Emu 2" lift.