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Old 01-21-2007, 10:25 AM   #61
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i still pretty much have open headers on her. Exhaust is still on the list of things to finish. The local auto repair place does custom The motor smokes more than it should, especially when it's cold. The truck itself was on the way to the scrap yard when i intercepted it. MIleage is over 200K, but the truck got a brand new trans just before the kid smashed into another car.

an optima can't charge up side down eh? I didn't know that.

We were originally going to use that hose that's hanging down to connect the radiator to the engine, but decided to upgrade to a larger ID instead. So long story short, that's an extra piece of hose that i forgot to remove at the time the photos were taken.
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:10 PM   #62
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here's a photo of the rear chain drive while we were working on the project. I've since taken out another half link in each chain.



Cutting round tube/pipe to fit together is not an easy task....especially if you don't have the proper tube cutter gizmo.

A hole saw that is the same diameter as the outside of the round tubing. Using a vice and a drill you can make cuts that look like this:






which allows you to join the two pieces nicely.



here's another photo from early in the construction project. It shows where the rear shocks should be, instead of the square tube that is living there temporarily.




Debating right now between air bags or air shocks. Bags would last longer i think, but air shocks would pretty much just bolt right in with only slight modification to the attachment points.

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Old 01-24-2007, 10:55 AM   #63
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the cheapest air bags i can find are just over $100 per bag...that's too rich for this project

i purchased a pair of monroe air shocks, installed them, and......nothing. Apparently the rear end of the truck has more weight than the air shocks have lift. GRRRR! They're rated for 150 psi, and i pumped them up to 250 psi and still nothing. I have some 3 or 4" bore hydraulic cylinders laying around. I can fill those with enough air pressure to lift the truck i'm sure....if i can get them to fit on the truck. There isn't much clearance between the shock mount on the lower control arm and the cv shaft.

I've been having coolant system problems too. I'm a slow learner. I blew a hole in 3 different lower radiator hoses right where they connect to the motor. I eventually decided my thermostat wouldn't open and the steam pressure inside the motor coupled with the coolant pump that doesn't allow liquids to flow backwards was enough to pop the hose. I removed the thermostat for now....IT was supposed to be a quick half hour project, mounting the radiator and filling with coolant.

somedays it's like i'm just beating my head against the wall.

right now the truck is at the local auto repair place getting a new exhaust...
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Haha I figured a truck like that wouldn't have any exhaust, is there an issue with being under water or something I am not thinking of?
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Old 01-24-2007, 11:39 AM   #65
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nope, the local 4x4 park requires a muffler.

As far as submersion i think that not having a muffler would be preferred. One problem with my old muffler is that it would sometimes fill with water. The steam would continue to pour out of the muffler once i started driving her around again and would make it nearly impossible for anyone to see me. Kind of like a smoke screen. IT would last for severl minutes sometimes.

It's just too loud and obnoxious without a muffler.

here are some photo's of the making of the custom drive shaft. Had to machine a piece of 3" od 3/4" wall tubing to fit inside of the driveshaft. This allowed us to attach the tubing to the driveshaft on one side, and adapt down to a solid 1" shaft on the other end.








WE also have some hotties helping us with the project...too bad it's not summer. The girlies have to wear too many layers of clothing this time of year!



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That looks like so much fun!!!


You could turn the leftovers you cut off into a trailer too ;)


BTW it looks like some kind of Demonic Off-Road Tractor after you cut the exess frame off

Id name it Demon Tractor
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Old 01-24-2007, 02:20 PM   #67
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I just hope you didn't bring any Canadians back with you. They look American enough.

Where are they routing the exhuast up? It might be to your benefit to have an upturn somewhere in there to get it up to the level of your butt in the seat. That way you will know pretty quick if the water is too deep. Anyone who has ever had to try starting a vehicle with a submerged exhaust pipe knows that it's best just to keep that thing up and out of the drink.

I'm not sure how much clearance you have around those shocks (I know you said it's tight), but you might want to try a set of those cheesy overload springs that they make. I had a set on my truck before I did my suspension to control uptravel in the rear to match it out a little with the front. I can't find a picture right now, but I will do the best I can to describe them. They came as a kit for like $25 with two springs and what kinda looked like some muffler clamps. What you did is you took the muffler clamp things (they were like the halfmoon steel part, not the u-bolt) and put them on the top of the shock and bolted them in place. Then you slid the spring on and used the other ones on the bottom half. I preloaded mine a little using two bar clamps....that was scary business. They claimed a 1500 lbs increase in load capacity. I don't know if there's any truth to that, but my ride height went up 1.5 inches in the back with them and they did noticably make the rear end stiffer.
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You could fill the hydraulic cylinders with nitrogen if your compressor doesn't build enough pressure to lift the truck, some oil in the ccylinders would probably be a good idea to lubricate the seals and bearings, be sure to install a filter on the rod side of the cylinder to keep contaminants out. I'm thinking a stone type fuel filter.
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Doetsch Tech (I think I spelled that right) is mighty popular amongst the Toyota crowd as well. I think a set of their coilovers designed for the rear of a Gen II 4Runner might be just about perfect both in size and valving and their price is very reasonable.
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Did you look on ebay for airbags? some of the aftermarket stuff is reasonable,The double convoluted airbag used to raise tag axles ar right at $ 100. ea and available at just about any truck parts house as a stogk item. I used rolling sleeve bags on my jeep to get 14" of adjustable travel @ all four corners, but they run about $140 ea.and have to be ordered, so far they have been very durable and problem free, but I still worry about puncturing one so I keep a spare on hand.
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