While looking for a factory 4.10 e-locker for the 4Runner, I inadvertently ended up joining the Carolina 4Runner Off Road Group on Facebook. In less than a week, these guys have either helped me source, or sold to me the locker, a donor axle assembly with links, replacement front seats (96/97 cloth), replacement steering wheel (also correct for 96/97), rear cargo cover, and factory cargo net.

In addition, I’ve picked up replacement carpet, cargo area side panels (from an ’01 for the larger storage bin), cup-holder console (from the ’01), and conversion parts to make the passenger window auto/express. I believe I’ll add the 2001 rear seat backs and bases (I’ll reupholster with the 96 cloth), replacement power antenna, and replacement exhaust to the list of used/salvage items that the truck is getting over the next few weeks.

Having access to a local network of enthusiastic, like-minded folks is invaluable, in case you didn’t know.


taking a basic Blueprint reading class 

– because I’ve caused some confusion during machining when my self-taught printmaking allows interpretation 

3 errors in the textbook so far (1/3 in)