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Old 11-06-2015, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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90 4runner build

Picked this thing up a couple years ago and have been slowly working on it as a long term project and hopefully long term wheeler. It's the 3rd in my stable of toyota crawlers so only really gets attention when I'm not wrenching on the other two. Anyway on to the pictures and progress.

Bought it wrecked and muddy but running 22re for $600.





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Old 11-06-2015, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pulled front sheet metal



And engine



And more



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Old 11-06-2015, 10:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Started collecting parts



Got a 9.5" 14bolt rear for free so decided to use that.



Paid $900 for a front dana 60



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Old 11-06-2015, 10:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Attempted to cut the brackets off the rear frame



But it was much easier to do this.

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Held together with self tapping screws here

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Waiting for new welder to show up, built some link tabs from an old rusty cactus



And then the new arrival.

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Old 11-06-2015, 11:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Work space can be kind of cramped at times



And sometimes any sort of motivation helps the build along



Fuel door was long gone.



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About 2 inches from the top of headrest to the glass.

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Old 11-06-2015, 11:21 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Welder and played rear spiders



Regained access to axle c-clips





5:13 gears. First time attempting to set up a ring and pinion. What I ended up with and went with. Should be fine for a trail rig.



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More rear axle work. Went with ruffstuff horizontal mount axle link bracket. My first attempt at a link suspension as well.









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Old 11-06-2015, 06:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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More plates tonight. Waiting for a Bluetorch Fab weld together diff cover to show up to replace the super thin factory piece.

Cardboard





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Old 11-07-2015, 05:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Looks like a solid start. Nice job on the sheet metal work.
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Old 11-07-2015, 11:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
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x2 nice job on the sheet metal work. I'm anxious to see how the sf 14-bolt holds up. keep up the good work!
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Looks killer!
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Old 11-07-2015, 02:23 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone. Hopefully it should hold up alright. Probably going to only run 39.5's. Haven't committed to an engine yet, but leaning towards a 4.3 since i just recently did that swap in my other crawler and really like it. But right now any engine is an option, just waiting for the right deal at the right time. Actually, other than axles, I'm kinda wingin' it here as to what drive train parts I am going to use.

Anyways. Dropped the frame from the body. Not starting out with much here anymore, and time to buy more Jack stands.

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Little bit of mockup. Just kinda laying stuff out where ever it looks like it should go at this point.




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Plastic links



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Old 11-24-2015, 09:16 AM   #18 (permalink)
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More pics of little bit of progress





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Lookin good!
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:33 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Squared the bent frame up and added the front section.






Left frame rail was bent in towards the right. Used hi-lift and a come-a-long to get it back in place.

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Old 11-26-2015, 08:39 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Been thinking about what I will do for the front suspension on this thing. Right now I'm leaving towards going with a spring under set up with full hydro steering. This should keep everything nice and low and stable. Shackle will be in the rear where they should be
I think the ride is nicer with them in the rear and they always look too vulnerable sticking out in front of the frame.
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Been thinking about what I will do for the front suspension on this thing. Right now I'm leaving towards going with a spring under set up with full hydro steering. This should keep everything nice and low and stable. Shackle will be in the rear where they should be
I think the ride is nicer with them in the rear and they always look too vulnerable sticking out in front of the frame.
OH look another person basing their front shackle experience off of a stock jeep or something

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Old 11-26-2015, 11:08 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I have no experience with stock jeep shackles, I know I've bashed my front spring mounts off plenty of rocks. I can imagine the shackles getting pretty beat up sticking out front like that. Not trying to start any sort of shackle location debate. There are plenty of threads just for that. if they work good for you, rock em
... But I still think they are pretty
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Not quite as as a semifloat 14b.....

Sorry, I couldn't resist.
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