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Old 11-12-2004, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Marlin Crawler Formula Toyota

Our Formula Toyota project is oficially under way. Our DOM chassis from www.hendrixmotorsports.com is on order. The buildup will be based on a Feburary of 1985 EFI short bed pickup previously owned by Shawn Hoskins. The truck was rolled a couple of times and then purchased as scrap by Marlin. Every project starts somewhere, so here is the first photo:



We have cleared a spot in front of our building and moved the truck into position. Yesterday the cab and bed were removed.

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Sweet! Thats my truck.
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Old 11-12-2004, 01:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you planning on running the Marlin springs, or something else?

And good choice on deciding to stick with the EFI.
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I know a place up in Fresno where you can get Tcase gears and a few other things
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Are you planning on running the Marlin springs, or something else?

And good choice on deciding to stick with the EFI.
We will be running modified Marlin Crawler springs front and rear. Up front, we will be removing one leaf. In the rear we will be removing two leaves.
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I know a place up in Fresno where you can get Tcase gears and a few other things
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Old 11-12-2004, 01:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I know a place up in Fresno where you can get Tcase gears and a few other things
We figure we have about 2/3 of what we need in the back yard and on the shelf.
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Old 11-12-2004, 02:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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We figure we have about 2/3 of what we need in the back yard and on the shelf.
And anything else you can find on the shelf and in the back yard!!


Cool. Any other specs on what's in store.?
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Old 11-12-2004, 02:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Uh, I've seen Marlin drive... , who's gonna wheel it? Cause I know he'll be welding some other competitors junk and miss his start time.

Great idea, BTW, and has to be good for your shop and the sport in general.

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Ya, i've seen him wheel too, and if it doesn't have the wheel base of a limo he's totaly lost.
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Cool, look forward to the buildup, I'm sure it will be top notch. Awesome idea for a shop formula rig!
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Uh, I've seen Marlin drive... , who's gonna wheel it? Cause I know he'll be welding some other competitors junk and miss his start time.

Great idea, BTW, and has to be good for your shop and the sport in general.

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Marlin would rather fix other toys than drive. If we had the cash we would get marlin an 18 wheeler and have him set up his own repair shop at the events! Look for Marlin to be at the events this year with wrenches in hand. He will be doing his best to keep all the Formula Toys running well.

I'll be doing most of the compitition driving. If we can get this together before the first event of the year, we are going to give Lisa some compitition!
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I think your job falls under the "Dream Job" category. Damn I am jealous.
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ya i was wondering if yall were going to do one. now where's the all pro offroad one????? they do say they are the "toyota rock crawling specialst"
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ya i was wondering if yall were going to do one. now where's the all pro offroad one????? they do say they are the "toyota rock crawling specialst"

If your refering to the one i won at the jambo last year. Troy at cal-mini is now the new owner. I needed a daily driver more than another rock crawler. But its not going to be formulized. (3.4 Taco V6)
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ya i was wondering if yall were going to do one. now where's the all pro offroad one????? they do say they are the "toyota rock crawling specialst"
I don't think Profields are going to be up to the task, but they might be ok for stock tires! I'll be running Bellfield joints thank-you!
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I don't think Profields are going to be up to the task, but they might be ok for stock tires! I'll be running Bellfield joints thank-you!

Looks good its a start good to see another one out their, NEED any birfs let me know HA. HA.
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The rules state 4.10 gears must be used. We just happen to have a couple of factory new R&P gear sets that were removed from electric locked diffs sitting on the shelf. The front set came out of an 8" FJ80 and is reverse cut. The rear set came out of a new TRD 8" rear Tacoma diff. The interesting thing about these electric style gears is they use a larger 30 spline shaft and flange. Normal 8" gears use a smaller 27 spline shaft and flange. This is not a major failure point but is an interesting difference. FYI if you use these electric gears in a non electric housing, make sure to use the matching electric style flange!

Here is a close up of the spline...

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Good to see you guys joining the mix and it will be good to see Marlin out more.

Quick hi-jack, I installed the 4.70 gears I got from you guys a couple of weeks ago, in my rear case last weekend. It was a piece of cake with your new instructions. Installed the Tcase today had to do the obligatory walk along side and steer, doing this the whole time.
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Hey Chris.. so if this is the case... I use to have a Tacoma with w. E-locker (stock 4.10s as you stated) and went to 4.88s, how come it didnt need the a older flange? or visa-virsa..I still have these "30" spindle gears..so they wouldnt just fit into and run in an older 8" housing??
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Hey Chris.. so if this is the case... I use to have a Tacoma with w. E-locker (stock 4.10s as you stated) and went to 4.88s, how come it didnt need the a older flange? or visa-virsa..I still have these "30" spindle gears..so they wouldnt just fit into and run in an older 8" housing??
If you order 4.88 or 5.29 gears for a Tacoma rear 8" diff, the gear set should have the larger pinion, thus it will fit your existing, larger electric style flange.

The "extra" 4.10 gears you have will fit the older style housings. That's exactly what we are doing. We are installing the later electric gears in to non electric housings. I prefer Detroits but for this application we will be using ARB's. I believe the ARB's will give the best ability to turn.

I like the electric lockers I have front and rear on my FJ80 but the ARB's lock and unlock faster than the electrics do.
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what if I want to replace my older (85' 4.10s) with the newer 4.10s???
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what if I want to replace my older (85' 4.10s) with the newer 4.10s???
Just use the larger electric style flange and the gears will work fine.
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