Project: 4Runner

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  1. Deride
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    Is it done yet?
     
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    lol....getting close. I think I'll try to get the gas tank in today, for good.
     
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    It moved under it's own power today.

    Mounted the gas tank, hooked up the wiring (now using stock fuel pump wiring, as it's in the tank now), hooked up the extended fuel filler, and the high pressure fuel line. Then I poured a few gallons of gas in there. After priming the pump a few times, gas came out of the return. So, since I knew it was hooked up correctly, and pumping, I connected the return line.

    Once it was running, I moved some crap around, and backed the truck out into the daylight. First time it's moved under it's own power in almost 3 years.

    [​IMG]IMG_20120606_191638 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20120606_191646 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    Looks sweet, IMO. Loving that rear bumper in the daylight

    [​IMG]IMG_20120606_191703 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    Set the cowl on it again to get a look at it with the rest of the truck
    [​IMG]IMG_20120606_192432 by Numbchux, on Flickr


    Then after putting it away, I wired in the alternator and a couple other piddly things. Then I painted the cowl black, and set it on there again:
    [​IMG]IMG_20120606_204432 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    I think I'm going to paint the center section of the hood black as well.
     
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    Muffler on (needs another hanger...but close). So I took it for a little test-drive.

    [​IMG]IMG_20120616_135620 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    Not running 100%. Not a lot of power, it bogs down more than a bit, but it does OK. It's got a few vacuum lines that aren't connected, and the 02 sensor isn't connected, so I'll get those issues fixed, and see where it's at then.

    Also, I don't think I'm getting anywhere near full travel out of the throttle plate. Need to look into that.


    But, getting closer still
     
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    Nice Chux, looking forward to some pics of this badboy on the trail one of these days!
     
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    ahh...great update. Chux, once this is done. what can your readers look forward to next?
     
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    Hopefully lots of pictures out wheeling it with my super jeep in the backround
     
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    Brat, XT6, more 4.3Runner, V6 Celica, etc.

    There will always be projects
     
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    BRB Duluth rock crawlin
     
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    So I had some issues with it....turned out my fuel pump strainer rig had fallen off, and there was debris getting in the pump.

    Got that sorted out with a pump designed for the engine, with the correct strainer. No more problems.

    It was hiding in my "garage" for a few days, to try to keep dry while the bedliner dried....


    But it's out now, and better than ever. I'm pretty unimpressed with the "Edge Lock" of the masking tape I used....but whatever. It's a functional paint job.
    [​IMG]2017-07-25_02-29-26 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_20130505_171406 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    I also added a couple radios:
    [​IMG]IMG_20130505_171553 by Numbchux, on Flickr
     
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    BEAST!!!
     
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    Long overdue update...

    A few pictures from a wheeling trip last year:
    [​IMG]972218_10200669034761098_1148223617_n by Numbchux, on Flickr

    [​IMG]969736_10200669039921227_240595646_n by Numbchux, on Flickr

    [​IMG]936714_10200669037681171_93217134_n by Numbchux, on Flickr


    New tires, needed to step to 16" wheels to clear the brakes on the rear axle that I plan to use. 315/75r16 GoodYear Wrangler Duratracs.
    [​IMG]IMG_20130921_121021 by Numbchux, on Flickr




    These are from this last weekend....I was with a pretty large group, but we kept moving most of the day. So really the only pictures I have are from this one obstacle when everyone was out watching....



    [​IMG]IMG_52130963360488 by Numbchux, on Flickr


    [​IMG]IMG_52134495177976 by Numbchux, on Flickr
     
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    oh nice!!! I still can't believe you did all that work on top of dirt.... This thing is awesome. now needs a turbo or super charger!! lol or maybe swap a 1UZFE. lol jk
     
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    Well, long time without update. Didn't do any wheeling in the 4.3Runner this summer. I got married in Alaska in June, we drove the 4.3Runner to our Reception barely into August here in Duluth which was really fun.

    There's a 1/8 mile drag race run on a public street right in the heart of Duluth every year. I put the 4.3Runner in the car show with my buddy's Jeep on 35's. That was pretty fun, and the first time I had the topper off in a couple years.


    Over Labor day weekend, some good friends and I (formerly known as the Ziptie Rally Team) took a mountain biking trip to visit another friend near Breckenridge, Colorado. We spent 2 days riding downhill at Keystone, and then drove out to Moab to ride some cross country. Unfortunately, I took a nasty tumble early in the first day at Keystone, and broke my collar bone. While that took me out of riding for the rest of the trip, I still had a blast. First time in Moab.

    We did some dispersed camping for a couple nights. Our group was 2 Tacomas, a WJ Grand-Cherokee and a Ford Focus. The Focus had to go real careful getting to our first campsite. The second night, we set up camp closer to town, left the Focus and the bikes, and explored further out. It was a blast, some of the most fun I've ever had offroad. We made our way up along the side of a canyon, and watched the sun set from the top of the pass into the next canyon.

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    This made me realize something. While I love the 4.3Runner, it would have been miserable on the road, and bored on the trail... I could tow it out, but then I'd be stuck setting up camp somewhere, and then making day trips. I'd really like to have more of an expedition rig, and while this rig could do it, I think I'd rather trade some sheer offroad capability for something with better street manners, more seats, more doors, Air-Conditioning, and towing capacity.




    Long story short, I've decided to sell the 4.3Runner, looking at likely getting a Sequoia. Maybe an FJ100 cruiser if I find a deal, but I think I'd rather have the space of the Sequoia than the aftermarket support of the cruiser.

    With that said, I've put together a plan of projects to wrap up some of the issues that have shown up, finish the projects I've started, and get it ready for a new owner. I'll document most of that here this winter, and hopefully be starting a new build thread next spring
     
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    Step one on that list has been wiring. When I did the engine swap, I did what I tell everyone never to do....and that is install it unfinished, and diagnose as I went. This had actually started causing issues (extra wires, poor routing, not sealed, etc.), and because of how tight behind the engine it was routed it was not possible to adequately clean up the wiring, and finalize the install.

    So, I pulled the intake manifold and distributor so I would have room to work, and pulled the GM harness completely back out. I've completely removed everything unused, I've shortened some of the wiring to clean up the install, I'll be using heat shrink fabric tubing to clean up the install and protect the wires. This way I can document exactly how it was done so a future owner doesn't have to reverse engineer what I did before being able to diagnose any issues.

    I also did have an auxiliary fuse panel for some of my extra circuits mounted to the kick panel near the passenger door. I believe do to it's proximity to the door, this panel got some moisture in it, and corroded really badly. So, I've got a much nicer Blue Sea fuse panel that I'll be mounting behind the glove box. In an effort to get better routing for the wiring, I decided I would drill a new hole for the wiring to pass through right behind the A/C evaporator, and since the rest of the A/C system has been deleted, I swapped out the evap box for the duct out of a truck that didn't have A/C (ebay for about $30...):
    [​IMG]NCM_1215 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    This improves the amount of room behind the glove box immensely!! The fuse box will mount to the front side of it, and it leaves enough room above and behind it to mount the GM ECU safely.
     
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    Came here to update Photobucket links....couple I still need to rehost...

    Moved last summer, the 4Runner didn't get moved for a month or so, and the house got robbed while it was empty. Most valuable thing stolen was the wheels and tires off the 4Runner:
    [​IMG]20161006_131241 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    Trailered it out on some stock tires

    [​IMG]2017-07-25_02-33-31 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    Bought some used 33" mud tires on alloy wheels:
    [​IMG]20170518_183037 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    Frame after washing:
    [​IMG]20170708_084932 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    Some time with a wire wheel, marine clean, prep and ready, and then POR15 shot through a $15 Harbor Freight HVLP gun....
    [​IMG]20170708_153237 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    And on a rock in the backyard:
    [​IMG]2017-07-10_10-30-27 by Numbchux, on Flickr
     
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    This thing has never run right. 1 year fuel injection system (first year of the Vortec spider injection, but '93 got the electronic transmission, so things changed again). I've tinkered with so much about the setup, replaced parts, checked wiring, and it all seems kosher, but it just will not run right. It's starts very hard, it randomly stalls, etc. The one thing I can't fix, is the headers interfere with the second knock sensor (also unique to a few years of this setup). My FSM says that if it isn't hooked up, it will throw a DTC, but still run right. But that's the same FSM that had the plug wire diagram mirrored (good work GM). On top of that, I cannot get this transmission to stop leaking, and I've never liked how the 4WD has functioned (transfer case designed for a manual transmission, was a dance to get it shifted between high and low). So, more than a year ago, I threw in the towel. I'm not spending any more time or money on this setup.

    My uncle says I angered the Toyota gods by replacing 2 cams and 5 injectors (cold start), with 1 cam and 1 stupidly-over-engineered-but-still-just-one injector.

    After more than a year of research, and watching for the right deal, I picked up a couple pieces. This one a few weeks ago:
    [​IMG]2018-12-10_09-00-43 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    And then last weekend I picked up 4 cams and 9 injectors:
    [​IMG]2019-01-21_08-35-58 by Numbchux, on Flickr

    That's a T100 Transfer case, and 4.0l DOHC all aluminum V8 and A340E automatic transmission from a '94 Lexus LS400. The T100 transfer case is somewhat unique, as it will bolt right to the back of the RWD Lexus transmission and allow 4WD, but have the front driveshaft output on the passenger side like my 4Runner.


    So, Project: Pushrod Delete has begun a slow roll. I'm not going to start tearing it apart until the cold weather breaks a little bit (to keep it mobile, and so I don't have to park outside). But I am going to start tinkering on getting the new setup ready. Getting the harness stripped/marked, I'm going to replace the capacitors in the ECU (they're fairly notorious for leaking and causing all kinds of weird issues).
     
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    I have some extra space in my garage, but not a ton, so I immediately made a crude wooden cart to set the engine/transmission on so I could move it around to work on/around it
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    Modified the throttle body to delete the traction control (ah, the '90s. Traction control was an entirely separate system from the engine control, with a separate butterfly in the throttle body to cut power, but this means it's super easy to delete), and replaced the second TPS with a fitting for the IACV hose.
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    The starter is buried under the intake manifold between the cylinder banks, absolute nightmare to do in the vehicle. Also a good opportunity to replace some gaskets and look for other signs of trouble. I contemplated throwing some brushes in it myself as I've done on other vehicles, but due to the complexity, I opted to have a local shop rebuild it. I'm glad I did, as he said the brushes weren't too terrible, but the bearings were completely cooked and dry.

    Lexus wiring is 80% prepped. I'm going to power it up and run it on the stand, probably next weekend. That way I can check a few things, one is to get a control temperature reading for the exhaust manifolds. I want to try Eastwoods internal ceramic exhaust coating as a DIY heat-reduction option, but I want to get some real-world numbers.
     
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    Video please.:thumbup:
     
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    Yes, a camera (or several) is an important part of my plan to run a V8 with open headers on the stand :frantic:
     
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    Hahahaha
    *headphones beware*
     
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    I'm curious to see how this turns out, I have a soft spot for those 1st gen 4Runners.
     
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    you need a Seqouia (not mine in pic) for an expedition haha.. its huge though... Loving ours.. hope to get the LC going again though too
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    I was like 80% decided to replace this truck with a 1st gen Sequoia (already have a 2 page spreadsheet on upgrade parts, lol, and had this posted for sale in many places) several years ago. 4Runner must have overheard that, and got pissed and left me stranded. Even though it turned out to be a fuse, that was a bit of a wake up call that I needed to get it much better sorted out to maximize it's resale value. And it was THAT project, that made me realize I hated that 4.3, and led to this project.

    Once I finish this, I may put it up for sale again. But since my wife and I have decided not to have a second kid, and our daughter will be big enough to switch to forward-facing in the car, the appeal of the 4-doors of the Sequoia isn't nearly as strong. Also, watching the values of 1st gen 4Runners over the last few years, I think I'll regret it if I sell it now.
     
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    VERY close to being able to run it. Plugged in all the wiring and hooked up a battery over the weekend. ECU powers up (verified with a test light on the CEL, comes on at first, and flashes in diagnostic mode). Fuel pump controller is providing voltage.

    I have to rig up a makeshift fuel system (I don't want to buy a pump, so it'll probably be an in-tank pump dangling in a bucket of fuel....)
     
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    From last weekend...

     
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    Oh man.....
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    Installing a Transgo shift kit, and swapping the shift shaft for a 4WD unit (which has the linkage on the LH side of the trans, instead of the RH. Most people modify the linkage)
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    Some paint:
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    Fuse/relay parts are here. Replacing the stock 4Runner fuse box, and adding many circuits and relays for this engine, radiator fan, high-amp alternator, headlights (stock Toyota are switched ground and notorious for having voltage drop), etc.
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    RWD Lexus transmission, meet a T100 transfer case, I think you'll get along well:
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    Had to drill and tap for the 7th bolt for the transfer case mount, cut down the output shaft, drill out the hole for the Lexus speed sensor to fit in the T100 housing, make a spacer, and drill and tap for a mounting hole.
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    Still have to finish modding the tone wheel for that speed sensor, and then it can get bolted together for good.
     
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