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Old 12-18-2019, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Formula Four Toyota #004 Rebuild

Got the opportunity to purchase a four seater Formula Toyota chassis from a good friend of mine (ColoradoToy91).

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyo...la4-build.html
He took his engine, transmission, t-case, and axles from this F-Toy and is in the process of moving it into a Rock Lizard chassis.

I've been wheeling a 1984 Toyota 4Runner for the last 15 years. Started the build in 2004. Typical 1st gen 4Runner build with Toyota axles. I've been wheeling with buddies with buggies the last 5-6 years and being full bodied has been tough. Especially tough on drivetrain parts. Had my fair share of broken R&P's and twisted t-case outputs.

I haven't babied this 4Runner at all. Its been wheeled everywhere in Colorado, Moab UT, South Dakota, and the Hammers.

Decided to sell the 4Runner to a good friend of mine. Part of the deal was I kept the axles and t-cases. Those will be transplanted into the F-Toy.

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Old 12-18-2019, 02:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Picked up the F-Toy chassis this summer

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Going to suck building a buggy in a small 2 car garage with too much stuff in it already

This what it looked like right before he tore it down
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Old 12-18-2019, 02:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The 4Runner ran before I pulled the engine but it ran poorly. Tons of white smoke out of the tail pipe. Figured it had a blown HG. Pulled the engine apart and got the heads off it. HG didn't seem to have any signs of a HG failure. Decided to have the heads pressure tested and they were both cracked internally.

Picked up another 3.4 from a 99 Tacoma with 180K on it. This motor had a manual 5 speed behind it.
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Looked good inside. Got a new timing belt, water pump, blah blah blah
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Old 12-19-2019, 09:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sweet! I always loved F-Toys and 2 car garage builds.
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Old 12-21-2019, 06:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Very nice. That's going to be a great engine choice.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Had to pull the t-cases apart to get the stock 21 spline input in the front reduction block out. Going behind an auto, it has to be upgraded to 23 spline.

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Before the t-case surgery

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With the auto to gear driven case adapter

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Stand alone 3.4 swap wiring harness that I bought
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Prepping for motor mounts. Thanks for the help guys!!

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Finally getting the engine into the buggy!!

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Joe built some factory style motor mounts for his project and couldn't end up using them. They worked perfectly for my F-Toy

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Engine is in! Pushed back as far as I could.

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Got the t-cases mounted to the transmission and figuring out how to flat belly this thing.

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It's tucked up above the bottom of the frame rails. Only thing sticking down is the drain plug.
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