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Durham, North Carolina to Buenos Aires, Argentina

February 25, 2009 to February 23, 2010
over 30,000 miles driven

The U.S., Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.


Custom-built for it’s 2009 road trip through the Americas, this first generation Toyota 4Runner was designed to provide access to the most rugged areas, and to provide a comfortable living space while out in the wild. With the full sleeping deck installed, there were two seats and interior sleeping space for two.

1988 Toyota 4Runner
New Engine, new suspension, and new drive train ~80,000 miles
Odometer read ~220,000 miles
Sold for $10,000.00 USD at the end of the trip



Vehicle was equipped with the following:
>> Custom-built, 22RE 150 horsepower Toyota short block engine built by
     D.O.A. Racing
>> Skyjacker off-road suspension - 4” lift front / 6” lift back / 2" body lift
>> Custom-built differentials by East Coast Differentials - (5.29 ratio)
>> Custom-built high-angle, long-travel rear drive shaft
>> 35” x 12.5” R15 Pro Comp Xterrain tires, (including unused full-sized spare)
>> 15” American Racing rims
>> Warn locking hubs with theft prevention sleeve
>> ARB front bumper with bull bars
>> Warn XD9000 winch with roller fairlead and 100' steal rope.
>> ARB on-board air compressor and rear differential air-locker installed by East      Coast Differentials
>> Painless Wiring dual battery management system
>> 2 Optima Yellow-Top 55ah / 750 cca deep-cycle batteries
>> 2 KC short-throw driving floodlights
>> 2 KC long-throw spotlights
>> Newly reconditioned ice-cold air conditioning
>> Custom pillar-mounted gauge array by Glowshift
      - Gauges: Tachometer / Oil Pressure / Volt Meter / Air Pressure
>> Three window Can-Back canvas topper
>> Custom-built, removable, Rhino-lined security cage mounted under canvas topper
>> Yakima Load Warrior roof rack with spare tire carrier and Yakima cargo net
>> Custom-fabricated aluminum diamond-plate center console
     - Center console with CD player, CB radio, and 1,000 watt 110v inverter with two        grounded outlets
>> Premium sound system
     - Two 4” speakers and two 6“ x 9” speakers (by Sony)
     - 500 watt amp powers 10” subwoofer in rear (by Sony)
>> Custom mounted transferable satellite radio
>> Reconfigurable rear or side-mounted awning
>> Custom sectional carpet-covered sleeping platform
     - Allows for easy use of rear seats or full-length sleeping platform
     - Underside of the platform provides ample, secure gear storage area
>> Engel MT17 fridge / freezer mounted mounted in rear for access from tailgate      kitchen
>> Tailgate countertop with built-in cutting board provides an outstanding mobile      kitchen
>> Custom-mounted external cut-proof security door and tailgate locks
>> Cable system for locking hood shut
>> Oversized custom-built securable armrest / console with cup holders
>> Oversized collapsable heavy-duty side-view mirrors with adjustable fish-eye      lenses
>> Limo-tinted driver, passenger and wing windows for privacy and security
>> Custom-installed interior starter-kill switch with removable security key
>> Smittybuilt nerf bars and rear bumper with hitch receiver and tow-package wiring
>> Gorilla alarm system with 2-way pager capability

Spare Parts:
>> Alternator
>> Distributor
>> Full set of spark plug wires
>> Coil
>> Ignitor
>> Mass air flow sensor
>> Spare vacuum hose
>> Fuel filter
>> Spare belts
>> Water pump
>> Oil pump
>> Set of ball joints


>> Two 5-gallon US military issue fuel gerry cans
>> 3 Plastic PBA-free water containers
>> Cable and locks for securing external equipment
>> Dig-out shovel
>> 60” Hi-Lift Extreme jack / come-along / vice
>> Gear storage bins for organizing equipment under sleeping platform
>> Custom-made curtains
>> Custom-made mosquito net for sleeping area

  Driving North Central and South America

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