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Old 09-21-2001, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I own a toyota and use to own a samurai. I have been thinking about getting a sammy body and frame and putting my engine/tranny/t-case and axles under a samurai. I know tons of peopel that have put the axles under, but I am wondering about putting the engine and tranny in. Has anyone done this? How much space did it leave you in the engine compartment and for the rear driveline? How hard was it to wire up the block? I run a carbed 22R . . .
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Old 09-21-2001, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Next your going to want to extend the wheel base, then your back to having a Toyota. Why all the work?
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Old 09-21-2001, 01:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, I liked driving a samurai more, because of the following;

1) Shorter wheelbase
2) Better turning radius
3) Better visibility
4) Jeep body style
5) Lighter weight
6) And I just darn like Samurais

I knoew I would have to lengthen the wheelbase a bit, but would it realy be that much? I thought about the possibility of only having to slide the rear axle back about 3-4" or so . . which would just mean I would build a bigger bumper and put the shackle hangers on it.

I dunno, I just wanted to seeif anyone's done it yet. When I did a rough measurement from the front of my motor to the rear flange on the t-case, it looked to be only a few inches longer than the sammy setup ( my neighbor has one).
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I can take a measurment this afternoon, we have a 85' with the cab off sitting at the shop. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
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THat would be kewl! I am guessing it is almost the same, since there is a driveline between the sammy tranny and the t-case, and there isn't one on the toy. Shortening the rear driveline no more than 2-3 inches isn't bad, but I won't go beyond 3". So, if the length was about 7" off total, I could slide the rear axle back 4", shorten the driveline 3" and be set. I have just invested so much damn money in my toy drivetrain, I don't want to have to start over with a 1.3 again . .
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I measured around 75", thats from the fan to the flange on the t-case. Now take about 6.5" out that because it has a double stack. If that's any help.
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Al Berikoff runs toyota running gear in his sami ( now " jeep " ) basically kiss goodbye to the inner fenderwells and prepare to cut and replace the trans tunnel, replace the <IMG SRC="smilies/rainbow.gif" border="0"> tube front crossmember with something a little more substantial ( and further forward) and run x-over steering ( or go Over The Top... <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> ) and ditch the stock steering box for a toy IFS P/S unit.....( Al runs a full hydraulic setup...)

Al's truck with 35" boggers on it was one kick ass machine....and with the wheelbase extended and the stability of the wider axles he could attempt some pretty krazy shiot......you won't be sorry if you do this........Ben
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fatDRM, the 75" measurement is for the toy setup right? Anyone want to measure a samurai length for me?
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yup, thats with a double stack. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
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Yea, I won't be running a double stack, too long! Although dual marlins rule. Cutting of the inside of the fender wells makes sense since the block is a bit wider. I wonder how much of the trans tunnel needs to be cut though. Not that it would be hard to get some sheet metal and make it wider. WIsh someone had some pics . . . .
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