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OnlyHereForTheTires
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Just because I'm having a hard time keeping up with the slow progression of my truck, I figured I might as well start up a thread and document as I go. We've got big plans with a small budget, but only time will tell how soon we'll get it done. Lots of photos, though slow progress.

1989 Toyota 4Runner as purchased -

22RE, 209K Miles, Automatic Trans, 4:30, Open/Open, 29" Street Treads, Base Model w/ Vinyl Interior, Lots of Rust, and Lots of issues. $1K seemed like a good deal in the ATL area with a running engine and decent interior - especially since I was looking for an automatic (don't ask!)

When I brought it home: 9/2008




topless :) the entire reason i wanted a first gen!!

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The first task was to get the engine tuned up, and fix the small issues that kept it from being a smooth ride on the road.

Replaced the Brake Booster, Fluid changes, and a "pimp my ride" style tear down and clean up.





 

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we took the next weekend to fix up the exterior, including the rust that had taken over the fenders and quarter panels over the wheel wells.

I came up with a cheap, but effective fix.... we cut out the rust, and welded in some sheet metal we got at lowes and cut to fit the holes, creating a crude patch work.

rust fix kit :D






cut out:



because it was mostly just the outer side that was rusted, we were careful not to cut into the inner fender... i sanded and painted over any rust that had spread into the inner fender.



welded and sanded down:



wash, rinse, repeat :D on each of the other rusted areas.... you get the point.

 

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i knew i'd want more than just the stock 29"s on there, so while we had the fenders in pieces, we decided to trim them back a little to clear a larger tire (had a set of tires ready to go)

Now let me say ... if you're going to trim fenders just a little, i'd HIGHLY reccommend doing it this way, it was easy, and created a CLEAN line ... and it didnt require a saws-all! Also, it doesnt leave that horrible sharp rough edge to cut into your tires that a lot of people have problems with after trimming fenders.

What we did was cut little tabs into the fender, and used a piece of wood to bend the tabs back, creating a clean folded edge along the fender.

tabs:



bending them back:

 

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10/2008

now that the rust was gone and covered, I decided a cheap fix for the metal patches would be to cover them up with bedliner/paint. I went with hurculiner because it seemed to have the "gritiest" texture, and I wanted to cover the seams and welds from our patch work.

prepping (make sure you SAND IT WELL or the stuff won't stick!!)



my hood was horribly faded and scratched, so I figured I might as well cover it too!



btw - sometime around here, i got the 32s put on some steelies i picked up from another ttora members.



the bedliner turned out pretty good IMO -- i like the black/grey contrast, especially with the black removable cap.





covered up the patch work metal pretty well:

 

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11/2008

about this time, i took it on my first run into north carolina .. and had to get dragged all over the trail w/out a locker. open/open and v-ditches don't work out very well :rofl:



but it looked good :)



oh yeah, and I got stuck on a log and broke my stock bumper... darn.

 

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at this point, it was time to stop doing maintenance, and add on some extras....

started with some home made sliders and a rear bumper:











i also took this opportunity to rid my truck of some of that chrome :p

before:



after:

 

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12/2008

Christmas came and I got me some new tires! 33x10.50x15 KM2s!!!






cheesy poser shot w/my truck :)

 

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winter 2008 into 2009 ...

some minor upgrades, we did the timing chain, cover, water pump, oil pump, etc and found most of the plastic guides to be worn/broken. Also, having the timing correct made a big difference in engine performance.



3/2009


took a trip to Windrock/Coal Creek (farthest I have driven a vehicle alone ~5hrs).

had a great time on the "baby trails" and the truck did ok!





apparently, I got a little too much mud in the truck, and two weeks after windrock, my alternator gave up on me AS I WAS DRIVING THROUGH DOWNTOWN ATLANTA!

my truck died, and i attempted to coast off the road and broke down, in all places, near a horrible part of town and down the road from the homeless shelter (dont ya just love atlanta?) ... called up a friend and put a new battery in that gave me just enough juice to get it home.... installed a new alternator, and we were good to go.
 

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not a lot of progress happened over the summer, unfortunately. Colin and I went on tooooo many trips and didn't stay home much to work on the trucks!

8/2009


minor victory :: replaced the interior ac/heat control panel :)

it pleases me greatly to have a clean interior!



and the lights even work!



btw-- what are those white things in the air vents you ask? CHEAP TRICK! they're rolled up pieces of dryer sheet folded over the vent clip... cheap air freshener that isn't overwhelming... the truck had a very musty/moldy smell when i bought it, and a couple weeks of these in there and it cleared up eventually. (they work great in the winter when the heat blows thru the vents, i like my dryer sheets, so i thnk its great :p )
 

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8/2009

the chick truck spent most of the summer topless, as the a/c doesn't work (yet) ...

i got bored looking at her, and gave rustoleum bedliner a try on the rocker panels... I would not recommend this brand, stick with the hurculiner. The rustoleum is pretty much just black paint with hardly any texture to it.





pimpin' the GA-TTORA sticker:



grey pos w/ the white pos :)

 

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10/2009

not much more progress since the summer, but i did break my front bumper pushing people around at Mossyrocks house on halloween :)



(((really this was just an excuse to build a front bumper sooner!!)))
 

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11/2009

don't forget to grease your U-Joints!!! When the truck starts click/squealing and shaking ... check them out!!

if you dont grease them ... you'll open then up and find out that ALL of the needle bearings have turned to dust!

 

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p.s. pink skid plates are the shhhhtt! sliders and bumpers will follow soon with a new coat of "watermelon" paint!

I'm tired of people telling Colin they like his truck, or asking me about "your boyfriends truck" !

It's mine dammit!!

 

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so far .... this is what i can remember...

outside/general maintenance:
  • 33x10.50x15 BFG M/T KM2s
  • black steelies from ttora member
  • sliders + rear bumper
  • rust fix - cut, weld, herculiner -fenders, quarter panels, hood, gas door - and rocker panels with rustoleum bedliner
  • painted chrome front bumper/grill
  • new tail light lenses
  • additional leaf added to each pack
  • new rotors, calipers, pads
  • newish brake booster + master cylinder
  • replaced/changed fluids
  • new battery, cables, terminals
  • replaced belts, etc
  • replaced coil wire
  • adjusted mafs (finally got the idle down)
  • Timing chain and cover replaced, as well as the water pump and oil pump
  • New U-Joints and greased the drive shaft
  • new distributor cap (and inside thingy)
  • pink skid plate :)
inside:
  • gut & clean down to bare metal!
  • new seat covers, floor mats
  • CB & radio, installed rear speakers
  • fill rear panels with insulation to kill road noise (it worked too!)
  • new headliner in hard top
  • removed rear seats (they smell!)
  • fixed rear window + new interior switch (still need to fix door rear lock/switch to roll window down)
  • interior clean up, including a/c-heat panel replaced, etc
etc etc etc! its a never ending battle!


wants:

  • I need to diagnose my other engine/trans/mechanical issues (trans slipping, not down shifting, fuel sending unit not reading properly, etc)
  • front bumper + winch
  • Underside protection, skids, etc
  • new gearing (5.29s!?)
  • front/rear air locker? maybe a taco rear axle w/locker or elocked 80 rear
  • Would like to have all seats recovered with grey vinyl or custom grey/black cloth
  • second hard top to cut up for summer use & summer time half doors
  • 35's or better:D
 

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so my truck disappeared yesterday ... (ok not really, Colin took it)

and this is the only evidence i have of it so far. looks like somebody got motivated to finally finish my rear bumper for me :) flush mounting a hitch reciever in there.

 

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fyi ... i didnt get stuck at Ed's. :)

 

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22re still kickin'

 

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So I've been having some transmission issues lately, intermittently though... yep, apparently thats what I get for wanting an automatic. :eek:

Symptoms: It won't downshift when coming to a stop, therefore when I'm ready to pull away from a red light or stop sign ... the trans is stuck in 3rd gear!

I have to manually downshift into 'L' and then when the rpm's are up, i put it in '2' which is actually shifting into third gear! All the while the "Over Drive Off" light is blinking like crazy.

anyway, after lots of searching I found how to read the codes that are being indicated by the OD Light Flashing. There is a transmission diagnostic terminal on the drivers side near the ignition coil ... ground out the plug and the OD Off light will flash a set number of times to reveal the codes...

unlike what the FSM tells you, THIS is the way to do it, jumping wires in the other terminal on the passenger side DOES NOT WORK on the OD OFF light



This is what the flashing lights mean:



SO ... my codes read 42, 61, 62, & 63

but everything i have read (here, yotatech, & pirate) say to start with the solenoids and go from there. If you're reading this and having the same problem ... HERE is where I am buying the solenoids from.

We should be doing the repair over the 2/19-20 weekend, so I will update when we get done! We will also be removing the timing cover and re-sealing/seating it because its leaking since i replacing the timing chain about a year ago. As well as replaced the worn out lower ball joints because i need an alignment!

maybe after that I will get something "fun" done on the truck ... all this maintenance is getting old! :rofl:
 
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