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Old 08-05-2012, 07:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking WabFab 1988 4Runner Trail Rig Build

1988 4Runner SR5
3.0 with automatic
Power windows and locks
Moonroof
No door dings
Very clean other than some idiot PO linered the top











3.4 swap with automatic tranny
Dual Cases
All the bells and whistles

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Old 08-05-2012, 07:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Look what I found under the front seat.


Inside view of the gas tank. Taking it to get it fixed as the bottom is full of poorly repaired pin holes.



Stripped out the interior. There was no carpet.


Rear cargo area


Jack and the tool bag is all there too


Door panels still in great shape although you can't see all the butt connectors where a PO tried to make the doors removable. Idiot(s).


Moonroof with cover


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Old 08-05-2012, 07:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Rear quarter panel rust on both sides. Should be easy enough to fix.



Tailgate is very clean and everything works well. But something is missing.


Ah there. Much better.


Don't fix the starter solenoid. Booty fab one in. Gotta love POs.


Taking the gas tank to get it fixed and then going to drive the 3.0 while I fix other small things and then swap in the 3.4 when I get time...or if the 3.0 dies sooner.

Definitely need some smaller tires as these 32s got a lot of tread but they are worn unevenly and one is gashed pretty good.

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Took my gas tank to an old radiator shop in town where I get all my radiators repaired/cleaned

Gas tank had just a few holes in it.


Coated inside


Ready to reinstall


Booty fab from the PO to the driver side door


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Old 08-05-2012, 07:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Swapped out this leaking, popping off pile of crap for an OEM airbox and it runs so much better.





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Sometimes you just need a "me" day to keep your sanity.

Some of today's agenda



ES body mount kit


Vinyl cargo mat was just a moisture holder and rusting the back area. Garbage. No idea WTF that black crap is somebody put down. More crap to clean up/fix.


Body mount kit washers needed to be drilled out as I upgraded my hardware for the body lift to 10.9 larger diameter bolt.


Old OEM bushing and hardware vs new ES body mount bushings


1" body lift and ES body mount bushing kit installed. Took me about 2 hours total not counting goofing off and taking the boys to lunch


We took this to lunch


Worn out OEM stuff


This thing actually works and is in primo condition


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Fuel sending unit for my 1988 V6. There are several so make sure to check your VIN if you replace yours as there are like 11 different gas tanks for 1st gen 4Runners.


R12 to R134a conversion and charge. AC works and blows cold but could stand to be COLD COLD COLD


It was fun to work on my own truck for a change which is the reason I started doing all this stuff in the first place.

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sucker! I cant believe you got one of those drop lights. I have been looking for months for one.
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Lots of good rare stuff in that runner. I see you have the factory sunroof shade cover thingy. It looks kinda yellowed. I've got a nice gray one I've been trying to sell off. You going to do the usual sas blaa blaa.
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Looks good except I don't know how you can close the door with all those stupid connectors in the way.
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Lots of good rare stuff in that runner. I see you have the factory sunroof shade cover thingy. It looks kinda yellowed. I've got a nice gray one I've been trying to sell off. You going to do the usual sas blaa blaa.
It ain't yellowed! It's primo!

SAS and 3.4 swap auto with duals. Going to make it a product showcase vehicle. Custom paint job, the works.

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Looks good except I don't know how you can close the door with all those stupid connectors in the way.
Probably why half the functions on power don't work on the doors. I'm going to replace the harness. Thankfully the other door is unmolested. People are stupid.

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:35 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ordered a Killer Toy Top for this project yesterday.
www.KillerToyTops.com

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Ordered a Killer Toy Top for this project yesterday.
www.KillerToyTops.com

thanks for this link. runner looks great too. cant wait to see the end result with paint.
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Thanks for the link Wab. Hurricane is going west of us. Still a lot of rain n wind. back to work tomorrow.
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Yes..Thanks for that link. Was all the 4runners from that era supposed to have those lights with them? I have never seen one before.
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Yep. If you've got the dash plug you had a light. Only the 2nd one I've ever seen.

Done lots of little things to it lately.

New fuel sending unit works flawlessly.
I don't think you can get aftermarket or I couldn't find one.

Working in driver's door where PO butchered the wiring and hinges.

Also trying to decide on a paint scheme for this winter's task.

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Yep. If you've got the dash plug you had a light. Only the 2nd one I've ever seen.



are you gonna reproduce these items and sell as a kit?

good looking runner.
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are you gonna reproduce these items and sell as a kit?

good looking runner.
I doubt it. Thanks.

After replacing the fuel sending unit and running 3 tanks of gas through it, works great.


Old sending unit was pretty rusty


Yoda approves and is now on board


Tried to lower the rear seats last week to haul something. Awesome. The PO put the "rear" speakers in the way. Another thing to fix.


Went to fill up last week and noticed a puddle under the truck forming fast and it smelled a little like coolant. Oh well, I thought doing the motor swap sooner than later but this little guy was the culprit. $10 later and some hose clamp pliers fixed.


Radiator looks lovely too. I'll be changing that out when I swap the motor.


Well at least they are numbered.


Removing the old door harness, power locks, windows and mirrors.


Power lock plug is hiding back there.


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Bought a used driver harness to replace this one that was supposed to be the same, but it's not. No power mirror but I'll splice it in, solder and heat shrink it. It also has one less plug on the inside that I'll splice in as well to match the body harness.


About a third of these "butthead" connectors aren't even connected or just fell apart when touched. No wonder only the driver side window works. Never do stupid crap like this as it is always stupid crap. Fix it right.


Or stupid crap like this.


Replaced with stock door hinge. I'll have tube doors in the future so it will be a simple bolt on.


Cut the "butthead" connectors out so I could remove the butchered harness.


Two new stock hinges. Much better.


Jon is bringing over his soldering gun and supplies and going to fix the driver door wiring harness like it is supposed to be, stock and not butchered. I am certain this is the reason the power locks and passenger window doesn't work after seeing the POs bootycrap.

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Never do stupid crap like this as it is always stupid crap. Fix it right.
They wherent fixing anything. They where putting in bullet connectors so that they could just lift their doors off on the trail.
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They wherent fixing anything. They where putting in bullet connectors so that they could just lift their doors off on the trail.
I know what they attempted. Considering nothing works but the driver window and a third of these connectors weren't even connected as they fell apart, it's stupid. Take less time to just pop the kick panel and pull the harness loose.

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That would be a good idea if those were actually bullet connectors but i think they are butt connectors.
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That would be a good idea if those were actually bullet connectors but i think they are butt connectors.
Eh a weather pack is really the way to go for doing that. Bullet connectors are half assed, so are spades when theres more than two wires really.

The hitch pins replacing the factory pins happens to work great for yanking doors off without unbolting anything. The trick is to do it nice and open the hinge up to a size that fits properly and not just shove a slopping small pin in the hole.
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Modified wiring harness


Unfortunately this didn't fix the power locks or anything on the passenger door. Time to break out the multimeter and start testing wires.
The driver's window works as do the power mirrors on both sides. The door lights work. The power locks don't work and the driver's lock won't even push down. Passenger window doesn't work on either switch.

Driver's door buttoned up


Old vs new seat cable


New seat cable from the dealer installed




Old seat covers removed. Need to clean these but otherwise they are nice.


Current pic


Flipped over 253k miles today. Who knows if its the original motor but seems to be. The reason for this pic is the numbers on the tripometer present are the only ones not worn off.


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