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I guess I should make a local build thread.. Why not make a few more thread pages to update :rolleyes:

The plan was to build the truck into a heavy trail rig that I can still DD if I want and do stuff around my house and woods similar to what someone would use a mule/rhino for. Keeping it light and fairly stock/reliable performance wise. No ton axles as I think it's pointless with a 22re.. If I go tons ever it will be with a buggy and a 400hp powerhouse.


In the process of doing a 3 link front and a 4 link rear, internal cage, fuel cel, I'm not sure if I'll ditch the bed or use it. I'm afraid that the 4 link will not allow me to use the bed. We shall see..

Have already flat bellied, lifted motor up 1-1.5+ inches, new mounts all the way around with matching bushings.. Front axle is the typical toyota build with longs 6 shooters, marlin crawler 25mm trunion bearings.. bla bla bla.. rear is IFS and stock atm. I have 5.29 HP ARB front third and 5.29 V6 ARB rear third. NIB gathering dust as the build has taken long enough...

I've been debating on a front axle to use and my 3 link geometry. I have good numbers just it's a squeeze on a Mini axle..

here's a link to my pirate build, I'll try to keep this one updated as I progress. I know some of the people off here. Good friends with Mossyrocks so I've probably met most of you at his place or wheeling sometime or another..

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyota-truck-4runner/1102635-85-extra-cab-attempt-build.html
 

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That is the plan.. I didn't want to go tons right now.. Light, simple, and easy to fix and get parts which I hope does not happen :)
 

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So I got started on my gas tank this week. Started out with a rather huge design like this.


Got a little wild and crazy and shrunk it down and cut out a sump


Sump is about 8x10x2.75"








Sides on


The current size gives me 24 gallons including the sump...


I plan on having to make my own fuel pump holder since the tank is taller than the stocker...
 

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I was tiered of the floor looking like this for the past 2 years.



I have been brainstorming and dreading trying to make a tunnel. Myself, sheet metal, old toyota truck sheet metal, and a welder just don't get along very well.

Spent about an entire day cutting, leveling edges, and deciding on what I wanted to do.

Bought some tubing, because I thought I might make a skeleton and throw some 16ga over it. Ended up being too bulky, even the 1/2" and 3/4" tubing for my liking once I got to mocking it up.




Cut out and bent some 16ga I had leftover




Test fitting it in the cab.




Cut out some holes. Made a slot for the tranny/e-brake bolts. Those are a major PITA to get to with a lifted drivetrain



checking fitment.





Sort of the final product, just need to drill all the holes and make the front plates.



Front



Rear, I left this open, even with a HP third my driveshaft is several inches away. It will hit the back portion of the cab before it hits where the tunnel ends. I want to put a little compartment here. Or make some sort of storage thing. secret ya know. Don't tell anyone.

 

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Made a new fuel pump holder since my new tank is about 3-4 inches deeper than the stock tank due to the new sump. Had to throw some new dimple dies in there.





Finished up patching the tranny tunnel. Total PITA.

 

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Well it's been a long time since I've updated my build on here. I mainly stay on pirate. I've decided to throw a 3.4 in along with some spidertrax axles.


The 3.4 fits like a glove. The only thing I am worried about is the way I have my drive train lifted is I will have to move the motor farther forward than I want to get the crossover pipe to fit.



Had a buddy cut out my new fuel tank pump and fuel line piece.







Kind of what clearances I am looking at for the crossover pipe









Cut out my old 22RE engine mounts



That escalated quickly...


 

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Finished up my gas tank. Ended up calculating it at about 22 gallons completely full. This should give me the option of really only running it at half full most of the time and on a longer trip fill her up. All I have to do it get a buddy to tig up the top and throw some AN fittings through the top cap.

Sump and drain, sump holds about 3/4 a gallon. There are baffles in the tank to try and minimize the slosh.


Don't mine the tubing, that's just to help minimize the tank warp during final welding.




Rear is actually on the far side where the fuel pump is, that is so going up hill I don't run out of fuel.
 

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Forward one step, backwards two steps. Just trying to get back to where I can mount the motor and tranny. Cut off the front section of the frame, capped the end and got some 2x3 - 3/16" tubing to use for the front section. 3/16" is probably slightly overkill compared to the stock frame (1/8") however I won't have to plate any of it. This took every level that I have to get it all straight, square, and level.






I left quite a bit of extra up front to work with when I build my front bumper. Easier to cut tubing off than to add to it.



It's been close to a year since I welded anything. I rekon it will do...





I'm going to put some 3/16" plate on the outside of this joint on both sides. Got lucky and the outside edges of the frame were pretty flush with one another. It's hard to realize how these frames are not square like you'd think they would be. There are all sorts of bends and curves in them.



Had to make some new body mounts for the front clip. I will most likely be cutting off the inner fenders so before I do that I wanted to get new front body mounts made so there is no guessing where the clip goes later.




Will have to chop the bottom off just a little bit.


Calling it a night....
 
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