Rogue Fabrication 4Runner
This is the OFFICIAL build thread on the Rogue Fabrication 4Runner!
Here is the start of the project. This photo is from 2005!!!
This is a 1988 4Runner SR5. Someone way back in the day really wanted the nicest one on the block. This one has power windows, power door locks, and a factory moon roof! It had the original wheels on it still, and no modifications. Sadly, the 31s on it were nearly new (they weren't worth much when I sold them). It is a 5 speed with AC. Back in the 80s, every 4runner was 4WD, so this is of course a 4WD one. Everything worked. Picked it up for under $1000.
This was the day my tires showed up! I had them shipped to an offroad shop. A long time ago a company called USA 6x6 made steel double beadlocks in house and sold tons of military surplus tires. These are 46" Michelin XLs. They actually measure close to 47", so they are pretty big. The wheels are 20x10 and have little Mercedes logos in them as a nod to the axles that will be under this rig.
These are the HF jack stands BEFORE they fell apart and killed people (I think).
And here is the IFS (independant front suspension for non car guys/gals) coming off. I wasn't saving much that was coming off the frame, so I used a torch on most of it. I did watch out for the fuel and brake lines of course!
Look at that nasty fender rust. This car was in Minnesota early in it's life. The rest of the rig is pretty rust free, but the tops of the outer fenders are really messed up. Hopefully the fender cut we do will be above the rust.
love seeing how this project came along.
Here is a better shot of it cleaned up. Time to spill the beans... Engine is coming from a TURBO TOYOTA SUPRA! It will be getting a full rebuild.
It's like a blank canvas to a painter...
IFS brackets cut off. Brake lines and other stuff mostly gone. Still need to torch the spring hangers and such off. This rig won't be running leaf springs.
One cool thing about toyota R series transmissions is that a lot of the parts interchange. I am building a hybrid trans from an R150 and a R154. The 150 have the T case output I need, and the 154 has the huge supra clutch and correct bellhousign to mate to the 7MGTE. This is 100% nuts a bolts and requires zero fabrication.