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Superfly
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So someone asked me why there is no build thread for my Toyota on BC4x4. Well I didn't have a good answer so here it is finally. It's been an 8 year project and I still really enjoy driving it. Working on it is a completely different matter.

When I bought it:



How it is today:



Bought this '87 Toyota longbox in 2002 off of someone on this board. I haven't seen Jamie on the board for a long time so maybe he is out of wheeling. The truck had a blown motor and a totally rotten bed. I bought it because it had a good frame and the cab was in very good shape. The timing chain guides had broken and the chain had chewed through the timing cover. Antifreeze + oil = milkshake.

First step was going to be to rebuild the motor.
2nd step was to build a new bed.
3rd step was to do a straight axle swap with Toyota front diff.

My immediate plan at the time was to get it ready for Island Rock Crawl 2002. I bought this rig with about 4 months of room to get it ready. I guess I overestimated my motivation because I pulled the motor, took it completely apart and left it on a work bench in pieces for over a year. So much for getting it ready for Rock Crawl. Luckily Lars' mother is very understanding because she had this rust bucket sitting in her backyard for over a year.
 

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Superfly
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After letting the motor sit in pieces on a bench for a year I got to work rebuilding it. When I had taken the head off I had snapped a head bolt off flush with the block. This turned out to be a real pain in the butt because I couldn't get it out by myself. When I took the block to the machine shop to build the bottom end they got it out but I tried just about everything possible and couldn't get it out.

Here is what was left of the plastic timing chain guides:



Here is a technical shot of a complex motor rebuilding techniques I was using. Pls don't ask for advice on what I'm doing here because it will be far too complex to understand.



Somehow after being in pieces for over a year I remembered how to put it back together. I was really, really happy with how the rebuild turned out. For the 22R carb'd motor I highly recommend the Schneider camshaft. Great cam for the carb'd motor. Their grind for the 22RE is a whole different story, not a cam I would put in an injected motor. This was a strong 22R motor. I have seen quite a few 22R rebuilds that resulted in a poor motor. Eventually traded this motor for a Turbo 350 tranny years down the road.

 

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Next step was to replace the stock box which was totally rusted. I was originally thinking about finding a Rebco loggers box but my old boss Richard built this one for his Toyota (which is owned by Toygasm now) and I really like the design so I pretty much ripped it off with a few modifications. I liked that it allowed stuff to be carried in the back without falling out unlike most flat decks. It's also proven to be rather indestructable. This was my first attempt at building a box and I ended up putting way too much steel into it and probably making it more complex than necessary. I like the box but wouldn't build another one because it was way too much work and too much material.

Here is the box design I used for inspiration:



Here it is about 2/3 of the way done:





Finished product:

 

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Superfly
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Before starting the SAS swap we painted the rig with Aervoe Military paint. This is the sand colour. You get in spray cans and it is super durable.

The old clear coat was falling off, got most of it off by power washing the truck:



Primer, no dents!:



Nothing to do with the buildup, just two hot girls from SEMA 2003 for your enjoyment. Unfortunately I have been unable to find any porn that they might have made. I have really tried though. Likely they are off being yummy mummies somewhere now:



Final result:

 

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Superfly
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awesome truck you got there wil, do you drive it on the streets?
Thanks!
I mostly trailer now but I will on occasion drive it on the street. I'm mostly too lazy to put the fender flares on the front to drive on the street now. Crazy thing is after you look at it for a while the tires don't seem that big, they just seem normal to me in a bizarro kind of way.
 

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what do you have for axles under it now?
Well that is the next chapter. When I bought this I was going to put Toyota axles under it. My previous '81 Toy was a great truck and I did a lot of trails from South Dakota to Vancouver Island with that truck on 33's, dual tcase and ARB's. I think I saw maybe 37's on this rig. But then it happened, I got a call from Wayne "Fozzy" Foster over on the Island one day and he said, I have a guy here trying to sell a Ford kingpin 60 front diff for $500.00. I said offer $400 and see what happens. Well the guy took the $400 and that is how this SAS started.

This is what I got and yes they are stupid heavy and yes EVERYTHING had to be redone in this diff:



Bought this 60 rear diff off the board:



So that is how the project really started was finding a D60 front for a good deal.

As it turned out this rig was the inspiration for my truck as it sits now:



Little history for you young'uns. In the late '90's I started hanging out with guys from the SNORT club down in Walker Valley area. Jason Conover was building these Toyotas with SBC conversions, doing crazy things like putting Jeep Wagoneer springs into them and full width Dana 60 conversions, buggy leaves , at the time it was pretty mind blowing, cutting edge stuff. Nowadays this is just ho-hum stuff that you see on Pirate all day long but back then-wowee. Kinda blew my mind what he was doing. So that is how the inspiration for my rig came about, only trouble was by the time I built mine they had already moved onto buggies as the next step and I was 3 steps behind again! :laugh Jason eventually went on to own S&N Fab but he is out of it now but I'm lucky enough to bug him everyonce in a while for some ideas.
 

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So after collecting a LOT of parts the drivetrain conversion/SAS started.

Neale Mullen cut out all the IFS, I still can't get over how quickly he did it.



Then came the grinding:



Removed all this garbage:



And replaced it with this:

 

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Little things along the way that eat up huge amounts of time:

New shock mounts:



Changed out to a Jeep TJ gas tank and chopped the frame in the back and put in new rear crossmember:



Found some rot in the frame that had to be fixed:



Went from Toyota 59" width to 64" wide axles so had to widen out the box to make it street legal:



Just before I covered it with sheet metal:

 

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Nice wil, kinda got lost after the chick pics, but back with the build now. cool to see how you're rig transformed.
 

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right on.. you read my mind after you posted in my thread....i actually looked for ur build thread. excited too see more.....yo!
 

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Superfly
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less toyota. more sema chicks :finger_1:
I've been to 7 SEMA shows, that's a lot of chicks and car show perving Sonny. I will need a note from your doctor stating that viewing these pics won't give you a jammer :finger_1:
 

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right on.. you read my mind after you posted in my thread....i actually looked for ur build thread. excited too see more.....yo!
Cool! Funny your broken ubolt plate stud reminded me of this broken head bolt and got me going on this build thread. Drilled through and used ezouts and just couldn't get it out. What a pain in the butt.

 

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Rad lets see more boobies..............................er truck pics...............................no more Boobies
 

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Before starting the SAS swap we painted the rig with Aervoe Military paint. This is the sand colour. You get in spray cans and it is super durable.

Final result:


How has the paint been holding up? I've often contemplated doing something similar to my 4Runner....
 

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How has the paint been holding up? I've often contemplated doing something similar to my 4Runner....
It definitely fades but it's super tough and very easy to touch up. Spray can a bit over top and it looks the same again. I would use the Aervoe stuff again.
 
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