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The F-Toy section doesn't have much traffic so I'm cross posting my build here It's all Toyota so it fits.

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

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyota-formula-toy-forum/1030496-co-formula4-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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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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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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Nice, always loved the keep it simple idea of F-toys.

Now I'm having thoughts of yanking the body off my 4rnr though. :flipoff2:
 

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Awesome!! I dug your 4runner as well, I watch your youtube channel evreyone in a while when I get the wheeling urge and I cant go.
 

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Been working on this quite a bit just haven't uploaded any updates on it.

Went to KOH and got super motivated to get my buggy done.

Ordered some new front seats
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Going to be a PITA to build a sheetmetal tunnel between the seats and the t-cases. Not a lot of clearance

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Finally got the drivetrain mounted where the front seats will fit and the t-cases and tranny pushed up almost flat

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Wanted to run full hydro but the budget isn't there so it's back to a steering box and hydro assist for now

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This was as low as I could get the engine without hacking the stock frame rails. It looks high but it's almost 3" lower than how this engine would sit in a 5VZ swapped truck or 4Runner. Optical illusion since the buggy fender bars are really low on an FToy
 

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Nice, always loved the keep it simple idea of F-toys.

Now I'm having thoughts of yanking the body off my 4rnr though. :flipoff2:
I had the same thoughts for 15 years. I kept breaking stuff and I felt like it was due to the weight. Loosing the body will help keep parts together, at least that's the hope :D

good to see you getting it done hope to see you on the trail this summer!
I'm stoked you got your Lizard built! I hope to have this thing done in the next month or so

Love f toy builds.
Any chance you could snap a few pics of how the peddles are done? I need some ideas for my build
Let me grab a couple. I'm reworking them too

Awesome!! I dug your 4runner as well, I watch your youtube channel evreyone in a while when I get the wheeling urge and I cant go.
Thanks, I have 1000's of hours of footage and just don't have enough time to edit all the footage and get it all posted. But thanks for the complement!
 

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Working on getting the radiator mounted and shroud built with the fan installed



This is the space I've got available to stick this thing

Building a 1" frame to hold the fan and shroud




Also started to try and figure out all the shifters and mounting locations. I think I'm going to end up ditching this factory auto shifter
 

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Working on trying to get this thing wired. Trying to tie the factory 5VZ auto engine harness, the existing buggy harness and the stand alone harness all together




10 gal Jaz poly cell with a hydramat in it. Holley is damn proud of those hydramats for the price they charge for them. Hope it's a kickass pickup for this buggy



Also picked up some goodies for the buggy! Used set of 39" Red's and a rear D70 that's narrowed to the same width as an IFS rear axle (58"). Not sure if they will make it on the buggy this season but we'll see!
 

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It's tucked up above the bottom of the frame rails. Only thing sticking down is the drain plug.
I’m in the same boat. I can’t go any higher with out some serious modifications to the floor and seats. I will be adding some 1”x2” rectangle tubing the the bottom of my frame rails soon.
 

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I wouldn't get super fixated on a perfectly flat belly. The big advantage comes from having a full skid, even if it's a little lower in the middle.

I actually know someone who had a flat belly and said that they felt like it turtled to easily since it was such a large area.
 

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Mounted fuel pump and fuel filter




Starting to take some more shape and look like a buggy









Radiator mounted. Wanted to sink it lower in the chassis but the drag link would have hit the bottom of the radiator.



View from the front seat
 

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Cutting all the 4 link brackets off the Dana 70. I didn't have time to link it this season so it will stay on inboarded rear leaf springs.
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Can't believe the size difference between this and a Toyota 8" rear end. I'm going to be hung up rear diff all the time now



Sitting at ride height. 27.5" belly and 73.75" to the roof






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Finally found a lower radiator hose that will work. Took way too long and way too many hoses to figure that out.
 

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Wanted to paint it something different than black so I'm using this grey. Frame and axles are staying black and skins and roof will be Kubota orange like my 4Runner
 
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