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Old 08-31-2016, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All Toyota - 4 Seat Tube Buggy w/Locktup Fab

This project began with the idea of taking a clean 2nd 4runner doing a 5VZ-FE swap and making a linked Road worthy, but trail dominant rig. I started with a clean 92 Runner w/a blown 3.0.. I quickly acquired a Ruffstuff front housing and set out to find a 5VZ donor. Shortly after I found a wrecked 98' 4runner. The runner had been rolled and the front end was badly smashed but the engine, rear end and trans looked to be fine.. So I took a chance and drug it home.. As soon as I got home a hooked up a battery to the donor and turned the key.. cranked over 3 times and started right up! Yes now the fun begins!!!.. I now set out to complete the rest of my drivetrain and purchased a set of double t-cases complete with a marlin 4.7 XD gear set.

--- This is where it all changes ---

On a slow weekend I decided to pull the 3.4 out of the donor.. It was sometime between then and looking at the IFS on the 92' when I realized how much work it was going to be to do what I wanted; 3.4 swap, SAS - Linked front/rear impossible no.... However in the end I'd still be worried about body panels being crunched, glass breaking on the trail - Fuel cell fitment etc... It was then I explored the idea of building a Buggy... not just any buggy but a 100% Toyota buggy.. That's where Jason at Locktup comes in.. I good friend, and master fabricator.. it's time to take this idea and turn it into a reality.. I gathered the entire drivetrain.. now time to buy tube!

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-3.4 5vZ V6/ A340
-Doublers with Marlin XD 4.7 in the rear case (I know a doubler setup is overkill with an Auto but I already had it)
- +5 Width RuffStuff Front Housing, Yukon Zip Locker, 5.29 gears, TG Studdless Hubs, Frontrange Keyed Knuckles/Arms,
-3rd Gen Rear Housing, (from 98' Runner) 5.29 gears and 8' Spool
-4 - Link Front & Rear
-PSC Full Hydro
-115" Wheel Base
- 20" Belly Height
-4 - Seater (Rear Bench Seat for my Girl)
-22 Gal Fuel Cell
-39" BFG Reds
-RAD Designs Triple Sticks
-RAD Designs Winters/Shifter


Here's the concept drawn in bend tech... Stay tuned for more details and updates..



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Sub frame is .188 wall 1-3/4" DOM the remainder will be .120 wall.





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Positioning the Drivetrain. Forgot the mention I was originally gonna go with the 5speed... till my buddies convinced me to go with the auto.. The Auto has since had a complete rebuild.





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We rolled some tube and started locating the width and arm bar height.. Using some Empi xWide seat seats for mockup, also found a used Jeep fold and tumble seat on Craigslist..









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Just a preview of what it will look like

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Some awesome design work Jason did on the fuel cell mount:



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Harvesting the rear housing... cleaned it up.. Lots of grinding.. Some mods I did on the rear housing.. shaved drain plug, added armor to the bottom side.. Saved and sealed the ABS sensor ports, modded so I could bolt up Sky's Disc brake conversion... Booger Welds.. good thing nobody will see em :clap2:









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Rollin Tube and the Lockup Shop



Establishing the A/B and Roof line..



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The new buggy will replace his truck. If anyone is looking for a crawler take a look.

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/vehic...-bed-look.html

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Rear of the Roofline Mocked up



Hood Line mocked up






Rolling more Tube

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Hood line mocked up, Remainder of the roofline done complete with brow bar and rear halo bar.. A,B,C,D,E,F,G Pillars Tacked.. Jason is a Wizard and Master Fabricator!







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Build looks sweet.. I need to get me a tube roller.....

I had the auto/manual debate when I did my 3.4 swap. I ended up going with the manual and doubles with 4.7 in the rear. I was 50/50.... I hope I don't regret it haha....

Sometimes I wish I had done the same thing instead of building a truggy out of an 85 extra cab and putting a rear seat in it.... However, my only big negative with a full blown buggy is I couldn't make it street legal really.



BTW, what thickness and size is his frame table - 1/2" 5'x10'

I'm looking at doing something similar. Just looking for ideas.
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BTW, what thickness and size is his frame table - 1/2" 5'x10'

I'm looking at doing something similar. Just looking for ideas.
It's a 3"x4"X.5" frame with adjustable feet and the top is 5'x10'x.5".

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Rear seat set in and my girl trying it out!



Lower fuel cell mount, by Lockup!





Custom Switch Panel from 12volt Guy!

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Front End Mocked up and Done











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is 12volt guy back in business?
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If I was you I would consider using an FJ80 Knuckled housing. 39" Krawlers will break the strongest mini truck birfields available.
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is 12volt guy back in business?
I'm not sure what the story is... I ordered the switch panel back in January and received it in Feb with no problems.. I've read posts about poor customer service and no response but I didn't have any problems.
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If I was you I would consider using an FJ80 Knuckled housing. 39" Krawlers will break the strongest mini truck birfields available.
Seems to be much debate on this issue.. I've read lots of posts saying one or the other.. I've already got the axle.. I'm gonna run it. We shall see... I do know the buggy will be pretty light when it's done.. and I'm not a throttle jockey..
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Seems to be much debate on this issue.. I've read lots of posts saying one or the other.. I've already got the axle.. I'm gonna run it. We shall see... I do know the buggy will be pretty light when it's done.. and I'm not a throttle jockey..
I've broken more r&p's than birfs with my stickies. Just try not to get to bound up.
Buggy is looking sweet. I love the swoopy look you get with rolled tubes.
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