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Well I finally got around to tearing the 4Runner apart starting with the inside. I figured since I don't know much about wrenching I'd start doing stuff I know how to do. Like disasembling the interior. I don't know if I mentioned it, but it smells bad in my 4Runner. I think I found out why tonight. I managed to manhandle the back seat out and when I lifted it up...this dropped out.



The poor bastard is still juicy, not to mention a gigantic mouse nest fell out of the back bench seat. And while I had my face up close and personal trying to get the bolts out, it smelled like the back seat was used as a toilet. I went to move onto the front seats but ran into a giant snag. The passenger side bolts are frozen and I can't torque down on them enough to break the bolts free without putting myself in some major pain...elbow. :mad: Plus the driver side seat has a bolt I just can't get out. The nut is snapped off the front mount so the bolt just spins in place. I tried getting at it with a pair of pliers but just couldn't get the fuckers locked on. I think I might just end up busting out the :saw:

Anyways, this is what she looks like so far:



I'm so glad I bought an iPhone after not wanting to for so long. The music kept me entertained, plus I was able to take half decent shots of my progress in the dark. :)

Even with the frustration from the bolts I had fun doing this tonight. It was nice to get out of the house for once. Hopefully the weather holds out until tomorrow, and the PB Blaster does it's job to those frozen bolts.
 

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Sweet Progress Bruce.
I know what you mean by hating rust, just ask Dave, he knows.
I am sure tons of PB blaster, a breaker bar and some slight feness and you should get it out.
 

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I had the same thing happen with my front seat bolt, I ended up tack welding the nut to hold it in place then was able to remove it and weld it up. Keep up the progress. What is your date for trail ready?
 

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I had the same thing happen with my front seat bolt, I ended up tack welding the nut to hold it in place then was able to remove it and weld it up. Keep up the progress. What is your date for trail ready?
Well, if I had the brakes working I could technically take it out whenever as it does run and there are no major problems. However, there is the fact that it smokes like crazy. So if I went, I'd have to be in the back of the group or you guys will be choking on the exhaust. I also have to get a tow bar and tow lights yet.

I'm going to be ordering quite a few things from Trail-Gear shortly.

Brake lines front and rear
Wheel Spacers
Histeer kit

And I think a couple other parts. I'd like to order everything all at once, dual case adapter, dual tcase crossmember, etc, but I have to wait until I can get help to rip the tcase apart before I order that, as I'm still not sure if I truely have the 23 spline tcase or not.

As long as the weather holds out and I don't procrastinate, I should have her all cleaned up inside and out, and my buddy from work is going to come over and get her painted up. I'm still deciding on the interior. I'm either going to rattlecan it with PlastiDip flat black paint, or get that garage floor epoxy/enamel to do the interior.

That should be done in the next two weeks if not sooner. Unfortunately I don't have a garage to work in, so the weather has to cooperate with me. Last night was perfect. It was cold enough that I couldn't sit still for too long which motivated me to keep moving, but it wasn't too cold that I was like F this, I'm going inside. :D

As for a true trail date, I'm hoping it's completed by Takeover. Although I hope it's done before then so I can get some time with the truck and make sure everything is working good.
 

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Update:

Got the interior gutted. With the help of my dad and some frustration we got the two front seats out.





We managed to brake the passenger seat. And the bolt with the broken nut on the driver side literally ripped right out of the mounting hole. :) Now I have a bed full of scrap interior parts and nowhere to go with them. The pictures don't show it, but the all the interior panels are off. The only thing left is the dash and the head liner.

I should be cleaning tomorrow...rain or shine.
 

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Well today was nice so I got my ass in gear and started prepping the interior for Operation Pressure Wash.

Removed the ECU
Waterproofed all loose wiring harnesses
Taped plastic to the windshield to keep the dash from getting hosed down

Here's what it looked like before:





Here's what it looks like now:





Looks like I buffed the inside out don't it? Never knew it would look that nice and shiny after seeing all the shit that was built up inside. I also managed to pressure wash the undercarriage and suspension. The frame doesn't look all that bad now that I blasted most of the surface rust off. In fact, the body is in worse shape than the frame. :)

I sprayed greased lightning over everything inside and out. I'll be hosing her down again tomorrow. Once everything dries the insides getting painted. Then I'll move onto the outside.

I was checking out my neighbors backyard. Looks like there is a nice trail to screw around on back there. A couple of minor obstacles. Should be good enough to get the feel of driving manual.

I really wish I had a garage and new what the heck I was doing. I just want to tear the thing apart and start rebuilding it. Hell if I had the garage part I'd at least try it.:D
 

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Looks good man. Almost like new. If I keep pluging away at mine ill be able to give you a had soon. Before you paint the inside scuff it with an SOS pad, it will help with the paint staying in a few years. We'll get yeah running. :D
 

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Looking good, doesn't look like you had the sound deadening material on your floor, that stuff was a pain to remove on mine. Keep it up.
 

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Well I took the advice of my coworker (Same guy who's gonna spray the outside for me) and bought some POR15 for the inside. I got a quart of the paint and a bottle of the metal prep for 65$. I think I'm going to do the frame as well.

After helping someone else on here paint his frame, I'm sure a quart will be plenty to do the inside and the frame. I figured I'd probably spend just as much for spray paint and this stuff is supposed to be a lot more durable. Not to mention it'll help keep what's left of my cab in one piece. Well hopefully.
 

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I was supervising.... that should be enough.... Oh yeah thanks again for painting my frame along with Amy.
You don't have to thank me. It's my way of thanking you!

Anyways, I forgot to mention that my coworker is also going to let me borrow his Mig welder along with a grinder/cut off wheel. I'm going to attempt to fix the rust hole in the driver side floorboard.

I need to know two things:

1) Are there any fuel lines underneath the driver side up towards the body mount?

2) What gauge sheet metal should I buy to patch the hole with?

I figure I have to learn how to weld sooner or later, why not try it with something that won't be supporting any weight?
 

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Nope nothing under the drivers side. I had to fix mine as well. I just used whatever metal I had laying around, I ended up using the metal from the front facia air dam thing from the front of the 4 Runner actually. Used it for all the body work on the truck, worked well.
 

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Cool. I found out last night, thanks to Jordan that I have to be super careful cutting around the steering column mount. Appartently there is a hard line mounted behind it for the clutch. The not so big hole on the driver's side is a lot worse than I originally thought. Half the floorboard and most of the area underneath the pedals needs to come out if I'm going to get it done right. As long as I can get a piece of metal tacked in solidly, everything will be OK! If there are any gaps that I can't fill due to lack of experience, I will plug with sound dampening material I have left over from my Tacoma.
 

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Wow, that much replacement, okay I only had a small amount compared. Just take your time and tack everything. FYI, there is some sound deadening fiber type material up in the dash, it is FLAMABLE, ask me how I know :D Maybe yours won't have it being an 85.
 

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Wow, that much replacement, okay I only had a small amount compared. Just take your time and tack everything. FYI, there is some sound deadening fiber type material up in the dash, it is FLAMABLE, ask me how I know :D Maybe yours won't have it being an 85.
Oh I got sound deadening fiber up there alright. Same stuff they used in my new Tacoma. Luckily most of it is peeling right off the sheetmetal. Hopefully it won't be a PITA to completely remove.
 

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I came up with a name for my 4Runner last night. Before you read the name, think South Park, and what I look like.

DAYWALKER

I had Jordan crying last night, that's how hard he was laughing. :lmao:
Haha nice! That is a great name :rofl:
 

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I have sheet metal that you can use...:flipoff4:
Sweet! I'll start laying down the metal prep stuff tonight. Hopefully the weather holds out and the 4Runner will be dry thanks to your squirl fan tomorrow. If it is, she'll be painted inside. Well all except for the hole in the floorboard. I don't want to do what you did. Paint the frame and then have to grind it down to bare metal to weld. :flipoff4:
 
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