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Old 03-01-2008, 09:56 AM   #101 (permalink)
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Got the FJ Cruiser grille welded and ground.

Thanks to PDC_RNR for coping my windshield support tubes and chassis to frame tubes.
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:59 PM   #102 (permalink)
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Pretty sweet grill
One thing to consider is keep the mount tubes to the Chassis high, I've caught mine a couple times already and they are at the top of the frame.
It's lookin pretty good
Keep the pics comin
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Old 03-02-2008, 01:45 AM   #103 (permalink)
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:30 AM   #104 (permalink)
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That grill is going to look SWEEET when its done! How close is it to your steering box? Looks tight. Glad to see you're working on it again.


I just remembered you talking about using a saginaw box, so scratch my question.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:29 AM   #105 (permalink)
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Actually, planning on the Toy box, but thinking of using a Saginaw pump. After reading a couple of the threads in the Toy Pickup/4Runner forum, I'm really sure I'll at least go Sag pump.

I got the steering box mounted and plated this morning, and a winch mocked up. Off to a club meeting--I'll post pics tonight.
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:33 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Steering box mount plated, winch mocked up.
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:34 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Also started welding in the spring mounts. Got a set of 87 Rears lined up for my front main/second leaves. This will all get plated in.
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I like the grill...(and the rest) ..
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Old 03-05-2008, 03:52 PM   #109 (permalink)
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Thanks Dave--there's a pile of parts from Davez ready to go into this rig. Need to get my axles torn apart, trussed, and cleaned, and get the knuckle rebuild kits, discs, etc. installed. Any word on the next run on your twinstick design?
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:42 PM   #110 (permalink)
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Rig looks good bro. That front grill is really nice. Keep it up.
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:17 PM   #111 (permalink)
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Things are finally looking better...hopefully here real soon..
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:52 AM   #112 (permalink)
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Budget update:

Budget: $8,000

Chassis: $1,199
Shipping: $490
Frame(s): Free from sponsor
22RE: Free--traded for Toy parts from friend
Getting it rebuilt...will have ~$400 in parts, labor free
W56: Free--junkyard clearance
Donor cases: Free--junkyard clearance
84 front: $100
90 rear: Free from sponsor
Used 5.29 e-locker built by Zuk: $550
2nd e-locker $225
Gears/kit: $230 (Davez)
Install: barter--trade for 90 R151
Long hub gears: $130
30-spl longs--used from M1: $550
IFS Box: Free
Tapped: Barter--trade for 4Runner doors
Surplus Center assist: $115
Davez arms: $129
Blackbirds TRE inserts: $26
1.5" DOM TRE: $60
3/4T Chev rod ends: $80
FJ40 Discs: $60
IFS Calipers: Free from sponsor 1990
Steering wheel: Free--was on 1990 xtracab
Steering wheel QD: $30
Square drivelines: Free--using xtracab shafts for donor joints
36" Iroks: $700
4.7 TG case gear: bartered for Toy parts
TG rock ring knuckle felt protectors: bartered for Toy parts
Brake lines, traction bar ends, ubolts, gusset kits, twinstick: bartered for Toy parts


Total in so far: $5,074

Remaining:
Marlin MC07-R10: $400
Homemade beadlocks: $150
Misc. wiring: $200
Misc. Hardware: $500
Plus a buncha other shiat I haven't thought of yet.
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Things are lookin' good man. Nice work on the grill and beadlock designs. The steering box mount looks real clean.

Only suggestion I have is to take that awesome front bumper off the 4Runner and work it into the FToy somehow.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:18 AM   #114 (permalink)
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Umm....yeah...about that bumper...I'm actually headed over to a buddy's house to bend up some more 2x0.120 for the Runner's replacement!

Haven't done much on the FToy lately. I busted ass on it in Dec and Jan, then remembered I wanted to get the Runner back on the trail. Got the 5-speed/duals/gears/hydro assist done and on the Trail in February, and have had it out 1-2x/month since then. You'll love duals and gears...Get 'R Done!!

Then, in February, I bought a 26' International box truck (ex-UHaul), so I spent most of the spring getting the 'Toterhome' ready for camping season. It's not 100%, but we took it out over the Memorial Day weekend to do a trail project, with the Runner loaded in the back--it worked great!!!!

Now it's time for the FToy to get some love.
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New bumper for the 'runna? Sweet! Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

You gotta post some pics up of the Toterhome. The 4runner actualy fit inside? Or did you tow it behind?

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Old 06-01-2008, 06:21 PM   #116 (permalink)
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You saw the sketch of my plan for the Runner bumper...a year ago! Just finally implementing it.

The Toterhome fit the fullwidth Runner! I'm hoping I can haul the Runner inside and tow the FToy. Fuel is expensive, and it will be great to haul 2 rigs+camper with one tow rig.

...and...Mrs. MT4Runner said she'd be interested in driving the FToy and I'll wheel the Runner. ...we'll see if that actually happens!
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Looking good bro! You got a full plate with all the projects you have going on!

I got a new camping rig too, not as cool as yours but it'll do.
Big Aloha to you and the family!
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:35 PM   #118 (permalink)
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...and...Mrs. MT4Runner said she'd be interested in driving the FToy and I'll wheel the Runner. ...we'll see if that actually happens!
Now send the kids off to school to become mechanics, and you have the pit crew you'll need.

Very envious of that setup.
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Where is the build thread on the toter home?
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Looking good bro! You got a full plate with all the projects you have going on!

I got a new camping rig too, not as cool as yours but it'll do.
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Now send the kids off to school to become mechanics, and you have the pit crew you'll need.

Very envious of that setup.
Younger daughter is very interested in fabbing and mechanics.

....I'm only into it $4,700. I'm hoping to try it out with a single rig on a trailer behind, and then a 2-place behind. If I can get 8mpg with 3 rigs.....

I've got plenty of low end, plenty of rearend, plenty of brakes, and plenty of steering to handle a larger load. I just don't have a lot of gears to get it above ~62mph without revving real high. I need to find a 2-speed rearend.

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Where is the build thread on the toter home?
I didn't take a lot of build pics, and it's only 80% done.

I'll start a thread and get some pics edited in.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:12 PM   #121 (permalink)
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SeaBass44 just sent me this pic of my panel:




I need to get to work on the rig and a place to mount this panel!!!
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I hear you man, you get SOOOO CLOSE to getting done and then

I started with a new company in January and then they wanted me to move about 2 hours south to be closer to work. I ran my mouth about selling my house and in a week it was sold. Within a month I had to find/buy land. Get builders lined up, electricity ran, water meter installed, dirtwork.....blah, blah, blah. Oh well, should start forming up for the shop/apt. tomorrow or Wednesday, do plumbing this weekend and start building next week. Grille looks nice BTW along with Sea Bass' panel for us!!
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:28 PM   #123 (permalink)
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SeaBass44 just sent me this pic of my panel:




I need to get to work on the rig and a place to mount this panel!!!
Nice...that is probably the nicest looking dash panel I've seen.
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:27 AM   #124 (permalink)
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So I'm busy mocking up my firewall with cardboard, and will use 20ga steel to skin it.

I've reviewed the FToy and WE-Rock rules with regard to firewalls. I can do anything from a full side-to-side firewall up to a firewall that wraps the back of the motor and up to the shocks (red doghouse) (or to the outside of the front of the body--blue lines per WE-Rock).



I see a lot of full-circuit comp guys wrapping to the shocks, and leaving the firewall open on the sides (or expanded metal). How much of an advantage is this visibility?? Since I live in snow country, I really want the firewall to cover side-to-side, to keep snow from blowing up into the passenger compartment from the front tires.

Is this a compromise thing comp ability vs. trail-comfort? Is there a happy medium?
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:47 AM   #125 (permalink)
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About time you work on this thing slacker. Say hi to the family from us.
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