What a great read!
The LEAF is definitely the primary car, but I still have my end-of-high-school project 1985 4runner.
These days, it's mostly for mowing and plowing, but it gets into the mountains twice/year for little 4wd runs with the youth ham radio club.
It's fun to drive every once in a while, but it gets tiring fast--solid axles, leaf springs, and manual everything (well, it's got a little vac brake assist).
I wish I valued originality more back then. Other than a few helpful changes (like the engine rebuild, new clutch, and suspension), I wish it was more like it was when I got it, including the beige paint with 80's brown and gold stripes. Ah well.