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Old 11-05-2011, 02:04 PM   #126 (permalink)
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Awesome! Love to hear that other people are building on this platform.

Think I've already posted pictures that pretty much cover what you're asking about? The rocker tubes are welded to a 2x3" crossmember that spans the framerails at the B-pillar, and there are a multitude of tubes that are tie the rocker into the A-pillars. Not sure how helpful it might be to you, but can ask the owner how he would feel about me sharing some of the CAD files?

Just curious, why would you ditch these axles?
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:07 PM   #127 (permalink)
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Awesome! Love to hear that other people are building on this platform.

Just curious, why would you ditch these axles?
He's not ditching the Cruiser axles, he has a 4skinner!
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:07 AM   #128 (permalink)
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Ah, missed that. Started with a 3rd ten 4Runner the 1st time too, but that project never really got off the ground.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:53 AM   #129 (permalink)
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well not to hijack but this is where i am at right now. now sure wheather i should just hack the whole rocker structure off or just run tube through it with a hole saw. but ill admit i havent got much of a plan, other than i'd love to get it to try and look similar to what you've got going on. how did you determine where to start your measurements? would it be a good idea to get the axles under the truck before i do too much else also?
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:43 AM   #130 (permalink)
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Personally, would cut away all that sheet metal. At least back to the seam in the floorpan where it transitions from the floorpan to the rockers. Look where we cut the FJ. Will make the chassis narrower (where you don't need the width anyway) and will make fabrication easier. When it comes to taking measurements, have found the most important things to be, 1) level the chassis. 2) create a zero-point, and make all measurements relative to that zero-point (or at least use the zero-point to verify measurements). 3) create a center-line (easiest to use something like a laser-level to do this). For more information about taking measurements, take a look at this thread. Axles under the truck? Yes! Would absolutely be the first thing I'd work on. Get the axles in there, figure out the suspension linkage, and think about where the shock mounts will need to be located. Then cycle the suspension to figure out what kind of dimensions you're working with, as far as clearance for things like wheels/tires, etc. That is what should drive the chassis design/layout as far as I'm concerned. You know, instead of building something, and then adding things like shock mounts and shit like that as an afterthought.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:08 PM   #131 (permalink)
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And then???
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:19 PM   #132 (permalink)
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And then???
It's still sitting in the machine shop in exactly the same state as the last update.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:10 PM   #134 (permalink)
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No, not really. Ran into the owner a while ago and he's been busy racing motorcycles.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:26 AM   #135 (permalink)
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Stopped by pacfab earlier this week and the FJ80 is back in the shop! Guess the owner decided that he wanted to finish it up and take it down to KOH. Only snapped a couple quick pics on my cellphone, but Kyle had finished the seat mounts and was working on mounting the fuel tank mounts, and it looks like they'be been working through a lot of the lingering little details, like capping those front shock mounts and all that fun stuff.



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Old 01-26-2013, 08:50 AM   #136 (permalink)
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Well it's official, I am going to do basically the same thing you did here. I'm currently sitting with a rig on tons and a firewall and not really knowing how I wanted to set it up until I read through this build, I like it nice build dude.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:27 PM   #137 (permalink)
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As of Thursday it runs and drives. All 4 seat mounts and harness mounts are in and Jason mounted the air tank and ARB compressor. Lots of finish work to go, going to be tight getting it wheelable for KOH.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:15 PM   #138 (permalink)
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no good pics of the progress but I did pull it out into the parking lot on friday to get a side by side shot of a stocker. Nice little before and after.
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The pacfab guys are all up at the Rubicon right now, so the owner decided to take the rig over to his shop, where he's going to do some wiring and sort-out some of the smaller details over the weekend.

Can someone at the shop show the owner how to properly tie down a rig so this sweet project doesn't end up tumbling down the freeway
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:18 PM   #140 (permalink)
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Was such a short tow we could have pushed it there. Literally around the corner.
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Was such a short tow we could have pushed it there. Literally around the corner.
Yeah what he said. I'll post a picture of it strapped down behind my motorhome on the way to koh.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #142 (permalink)
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Ok got super busy trying to get it to a point to drive it around at KOH. But heres some pics from the week leading up to KOH.
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A few more.
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Was camped next to the 80 buggy at koh. Its cool. Well executed. Just needs a 3 link in front....
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:02 PM   #146 (permalink)
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Yeah, that was the next thing on the list (3-link). Just stoked to see that thing out of the shop!
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:21 AM   #148 (permalink)
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This was such a cool project. Had told the owner to give me a call if he ever wanted to sell it...

...and now it's sitting in my driveway! He'd been too busy with other things to do much with it, so we made a deal, and now I'm finally going to have a chance to finish it. Already up to my ass in other projects, but couldn't be any more excited. Have a things I need to wrap-up, then I'm going to put this thing back on the road. That just means finishing up a few details, like adding a windshield, lights, mudflaps, smog equipment, etc. Then it'll get stripped, sandblasted, and painted.

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Old 04-07-2014, 10:37 AM   #149 (permalink)
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Always liked this build. can't wait to see more on it.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:08 AM   #150 (permalink)
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I wondered where he was going to store that thing considering the building changes. I guess that was an option I hadn't considered, get rid of it
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