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Aftermarket Stretch: 1986 Toyota Pickup

This 1986 Toyota pickup is an oddball for sure, with a custom “stretch” conversion performed to give it some extra rear passenger room in lieu of a traditional extended cab. Apparently, it was sold new on dealer lots, but I can’t find much info to support the seller’s claim. Still, this is a nicely preserved Toyota pickup with some added room for friends and gear. Find it here on eBay with bidding over $8,500 and no reserve.

With strong numbers like that this early in the auction, it’s clear that others have a far clearer vision of what this truck is (or what it could be). As was typical with conversions like these, the doors aren’t extended, so you’re still accessing the trunk via the front cabin doors. The space between the bed and the cabin is what grows, with new bodywork and reinforcements added in to support the additional length. The rest of the period Toyota details, from the stripe kit to the tube bumpers, look great.

The stretch conversion also yielded some additional headroom for back passengers, but I question whether that was as much of a priority as was adding space that made it possible to sleep in the ‘Yota while on a camping expedition or other extended road trip. The rear bench does look comfortable in pictures, and you can envision using the bed as your food and camping gear storage while keeping your sleeping space free from the debris of the day.

While the truck has a hefty 234K miles on the chassis, the seller has replaced the engine with a lower-mileage unit showing around 80K. The manual transmission is a plus, and the seats, carpet, and door panels all appear excellent. The upsized wheels and tires are a great look for a truck like this, and the seller’s done a nice job not raiding an offroader’s catalog for parts. With the rise in popularity of vehicles you can sleep in, I’m sure this Toyota will find a new home soon.

Comments

  1. Rob John

    I remember seeing a bunch of these on the Toyota dealership lot while in high school during the 86-89 time frame. 16-18 year old me thought they were pretty cool.

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  2. Jimmy

    It is different and I have never seen one of these back when they were new. Pretty clean truck for the given mileage. The drivers door panel looks like it’s popped out at the door hinge side bottom. Wow he didn’t cover the license plates with his thumb, amazing.

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  3. brettucks

    The mileage doesn’t scare me – Ive got 240K on mine, all original and runs like a top. Makes me wonder what went wrong with the last unit.

    It looks like it might be slightly bowed in the middle.

    I can not imagine making a u-turn in this thing, just circle the block!!

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  4. Howard A Member

    While the added room is a big plus, I bet it leaks like a sieve. Years ago, many semi’s had that kind of seal on the sleeper, and most leaked.

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  5. Gay Car Nut

    Sweet looking Toyota truck conversion. I used to see a few of these back in the day. I was too young at the time to drive, but I loved the stretched cab conversion. You could sleep in the cab if you wanted to. Just put a bag of clothes in the area behind the passenger seat, place a blanket over you and sleep like a baby until morning. Price wise, I think it’s perfect for the condition. I think most people could afford it. :)

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  6. Doug

    I have seen a first series Chevy S-10 here locally with what appears to be the same cab extension -it’s been around for years.

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  7. Rick McKee

    Maybe just because I live in Texas but I still see a fair amount of these on the roads here in the Piney Woods.

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  8. Arthur

    I remember seeing these on a dealer lot at Evan’sToyota in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the mid 80’s. I thought they were cool as the extended cab pickup was a pretty rare feature at that time on any truck. Although this isn’t technically an extended cab (or Xtra cab as I believe Toyota called them) it was a novelty.

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  9. Walter Kimble

    There were basically two companies in the 80s that did them on the compact trucks. Structurally, they were great,as far as leaks etc… the materials and design were also the 80s. One of the best I’ve seen. Fair price IMHO.

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