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Sugar's V8 4runner Build (picture heavy)
10-11-2013, 05:33 PM (This post was last modified: 10-11-2013 05:42 PM by sugartits.)
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Sugar's V8 4runner Build (picture heavy)
So the old 4runner had been rusting away quite badly for some reason, I suspect electrolysis had its part in most of the cancer.

So I decided rather then fix up the panels only to have them rust through again I was going to buy some 2nd hand. I found I bloke around here that wrecks 4runner and he had all the panels I needed but I noticed he had an entire Gen1 4runner shell in near perfect condition. (panel wise)

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The interior is absolutely gutted, not a single thing left so I took all the dash parts from my red 4runner and bought some new carpet which will go in last.

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I only ever intended to just bolt on the new body on and away I went, but as most of you know, it's never that easy.
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I decided now was as good a time as any to start on the dash and wiring harness. It wasn't all that hard, just time consuming.. I did it in about 4 hours but after sat back and cracked a beer to celebrate (drown my sorrows) the beginnings of something expensive and fun, I realised I hadn't plugged in the cable driven speedo into the back of the dash! F##K!

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After tossing the old body I gave the chassis a clean down and it still look like crap not to mention some suspicious rust spots showing so I sanded it back to bare metal and hit it with a 3 step rust penetrator and chassis paint.

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The old leaf springs had seen better days so considering this was an unexpected semi-restoration, cost was always going to be an issue, so I sent them away for a 5 inch reset, and with any luck they will sit about 4 inches in about 12 months time.

I decided to go Automatic as it already has a 304 in it and the standard G52 is quite weak, the diesels even blow them up so i got myself an Auto off a mate which meant I needed to get a transfer case adaptor.

After I received the kit I had to put the new output shaft in and noticed a fair bit of damage to the input drum so it went off to the trans shop to get rebuilt. The mechanic advised me that I should get a decent trans cooler so I ordered a PWR cooler which should do the job just fine.

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Now, as some hilux owners know if you opt for a Holden trans you usually need some sort of B&M shifter or a standard Holden gear surround/ centre console to see what gears you're selecting and personally (just my opinion) I think the B&M's look ghetto and the centre consoles are too wide for the hilux transmission tunnel , so I found this little beauty on an American website which is basically an LED display for the gear box, it has a control box that the shift bar is linked to and it senses what gear has been selected externally, it doesn't however detect kick down within a gear.

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It means you can use the factory centre console and in my case the factory gear stick boot. Im not sure if I will have the machined ring or just remove the LED and have that somewhere. I will be using the standard Holden goose neck.



I hit the axle housings with a flapy sanding disk and hit it with the left over chassis paint, I'm undecided if I will put a gusset in the front but I can always do it at a later stage.

I removed the knuckles for a rebuild and I'm yet to do them but the parts are here.

The engine bay copped a bit of 2pack paint and a few other bits and pieces.

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I bought a High Steer kit for my truck too, I found it on yet another American site and as many 4runner/hiulx owner know, the steering arms are the first to cop a hit from a rock as it sit's infront of the axles and under the leaf pack, this places it all above the leafs.

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I had had enough of the Rancho 9000's and wouldn't recommend them to anyone, so I bought BILSTEIN 14's and 11's from the USA also, and some random things like fuel pumps, head lights and tail lights, a snorkel and other bits and pieces I haven't taken pics of yet.

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at the guts of a gearbox if it wasn't for him lol. Cheer mate!

The engine copped some left over paint and I recon it looks alight, although I'm not a Bulldogs fan Smile

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The engineer asked for some better mounts then the last ones I made so I cut off 2 body mounts off and old hilux/4runner chassis and used those.

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So now for the redneck tree hoist. (pic's not included )

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I am yet to start on the inside, but once I sort out all the wiring, it shouldn't take long.

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I'll post more pics as it comes along, but this is pretty much where I'm up to at the moment.

Oh and a special thanks to Alfie for the long distance help. I'd still be looking at the guts of a gearbox if it wasn't for him. Cheers mate Smile

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10-11-2013, 08:35 PM (This post was last modified: 10-11-2013 08:36 PM by AlfieNorks.)
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RE: Sugar's V8 4runner Build (picture heavy)
mate now I can see the box the only thing is I would opt for a bigger cooler and del the radiator altogether ? say 30cm square . and that's an old 4L60E with a governor so be careful of cable travel to the kick down as it is also a PREASURE cable . if u don't use it as kick down then fine but make sure the pressure is well up (ask the tranny dude where you went )


cheers mate looks bloody good

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10-11-2013, 09:34 PM
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RE: Sugar's V8 4runner Build (picture heavy)
I was actually going to call you about the kick down cable the other day when I hooked it up. Should be easy enough to set right with a bit of tinkering.

But its a T700, (although physically identical) the 4L60E came out in the V6's and are electronically controlled by the ECU also, this one can run off the 5 speed ECU, and the box came married up to the V8 inside the truck at the moment. (VQ Statesman)

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10-12-2013, 10:32 PM
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RE: Sugar's V8 4runner Build (picture heavy)
You're a clever bloke candytits Smile.

good luck with it all mate.

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11-12-2013, 08:57 AM
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RE: Sugar's V8 4runner Build (picture heavy)
I'm not a car guy but I am impressed with the effort you have put in. A lot of time and money to get to where you are. Fantastic job. Keep up the hard work

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11-12-2013, 01:52 PM
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RE: Sugar's V8 4runner Build (picture heavy)
mate if electrolysis is a rust problem invest in an ANODE same as they put in boats its because there are too many diff metals in 1 place ? alloy, iron , lead , etc etc

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