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Old 04-01-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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85 4Runner: Attempted Build

As much as I loved my FJ, it just did not suit my needs anymore. So, I sold it to my uncle and in the same week purchased a 1985 Toyota 4Runner. The P/O had all the original paperwork, including sales receipts and maintenance receipts dating back to the 80's. I knew a chance like this was one in a life time considering all the paperwork and the condition, considering it is a 23 year old truck. Now on to the good stuff

How she currently looks...



The day I picked it up


It came with the original fenders, which are pretty rusty. I also received the A/C unit in pieces, but who needs A/C when the topper comes off? The truck also came with a ton of really cool little things, but I will get to those later . Drove it 5 hours back from Raleigh without a hiccup. I did stop a few times to check for leaks and why the check engine light kept coming on, but as it turns out it comes on any time I go 60+ mph

Drivetrain
1985 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x4
22RE EFI
215,XXX original miles
W56 5 speed, top shift transmission w/ 21 spline output
Solid front axle
LC Engineering Header
Flowmaster Exhaust
Spartan Locker (rear)

Suspension
Ironman 4x4 2" lift kit

Wheels and Tires
32x11.50x15 Dunlop Radials (sold to my neighbor)
33x12.50x15 BF Goodrich KM2s
OE 15" Toyota Wheels

Armor
Addicted Offroad front bumper w/ all the goodies
Addicted Offroad 73" sliders
Trail Gear Rock Assault rear bumper w/ additional supports
Budbuilt t-case crossmember w/ 4xInnovations HD transfer case mounts

Communication
Uniden Pro 520XL

Recovery
TJM 9,000 winch w/ wireless controller (installed but not wired up ))
Hi-Lift
Wheeler's Offroad Recovery Strap (3"x30')
Cellphone

Miscellaneous
Low Range Offroad housing breather kit x 2
Half-Doors w/ door handles and cup holders

On with the pictures!

I have not messed with the sunroof too much, but I was told it still works.







Some problem areas.






And a fully working back glass, it goes/down up via key lock on the tail gate or the switch in the cab.


On to some interior shots.







And here are some of my favorite things about this 4Runner.

Here is a shot of the original owners info.

Original owners manual.

And the original owners guide.

Also in there was some old registration receipts the oldest one I found dated back to 1992.
And the stack of receipts.


What is in the little black pouch?! I bet it has something to do with this:


It is a small lamp that hangs from the hood!


And it still works!


In the back cubbies I found some more goodies


And in the green pouch are....

Actual Toyota tools. Everything but the green and red handled screwdrivers have "Toyota" stamped on them.


Mods Completed
LC Engineering header (4/30/13)
Flowmaster exhaust (4/30/13)
CB setup (5/24/13)
Spartan Locker (3/2714)
Half-Doors (4/11/14)

Wish List:
Duals (currently piecing together)
RUF w/ Chevy's (currently piecing together)
5.29's
Soft top
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Modifications

4/30/13

I got the exhaust buttoned up today. I caved and ended up taking it to a shop because I don't have the time or the proper tools to finish what I started. The guys did great work though, I am really impressed.




5/23/13

Trail Gear Rock Defense bumper installed with the frame support kit.




5/24/13

CB setup installed.





9/1/13

Addicted Offroad front bumper and Addicted Offroad sliders installed.



12/1/13

BF Goodrich 33x12.5x15" tires installed.




3/1/14

I got tired of having to move the CB every time I needed to move the seat so I shoved it (literally) into where the ash tray used to be. It works pretty good but it isn't permeant yet so it has fallen out once or twice.



4/2/14

I relocated my rear differential breather today. I ordered two from Low Range, but they only sent me one


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Posing and Shizz

3/2/14
I went wheeling some some local guys in Whittier. It was fun and it got pretty off camber in a few spots as you can see in this picture.



4/12/14
Some pictures I took this weekend at URE. I stole most of them











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3/27/14

Today I installed my Spartan locker with a local friend who owns a sweet Suzuki Samurai. Anyway, on with the process.

First, chalk the front wheels and break the lug nuts before you jack up the back end. Jack up the back end and remove the e-brake cable on both sides and loosen the brake lines. Also remove the nuts and washers what hold the axles in place. There are four on each side.




Next unbolt the drive shaft from the flange. We didn't pull them all the way out, just far enough to pull them out of the gears. After that unbolt the 3rd member and pull it out.




Now for the fun stuff. Once you have pulled you're third out, bend back the clips holding that are holding the ring gear bolts into place. Once those are bent far enough back, start removing the bolts; there are 10 total.

Note: I had to bend these clips almost all the way back in order to get a socket to fit. They had to go much further back than pictured.



Remove the smaller pin holding the cross pin in place. I used a punch and a hammer. It was a real pain in the ass but if finally popped out. Once that is removed pull out the cross pin in a similar fashion. You can now pull the carrier out of the housing and remove the ring gear and spider gears.





Install the locker.




Then re-install everything in reverse order. Take your time and don't over torque anything, like I did here. Don't forget to reset your backlash, mine is right at .006 which will be perfet.



Also don't forget to bleed you're brake lines once everything has been buttoned up. I knew that awesome dome light thingy would come in handy! It throws way more light than the pictures shows.



And you're done! Thanks again to my buddy James for helping me out and letting me use his tools. I couldn't have done it without him!
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Just got back from Autozone with this:


Lots of great info in here. Well worth the money IMO. Since I have all the A/C parts and no need for A/C, I am thinking about turning it into a air compressor
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Love the color very rare I believe in sr5 trim too that's a beautiful runner!
Haha you are one of the few who have said they like the color. I personally like it too but it might get repainted when I get the rust taken care of. I just can't decide between the current color or a flat FJ Cruiser green.
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Oh what up. Holy shit you got a hood light, and a rear seat heater? This thing is so baller.
Yeah buddy, rollin' like a big shot. I forgot to put this up there, but all those tools minus the green and red handle screwdrivers have "Toyota" stamped into the tools . I can't wait to see your triple sticks. I hope it turns out as good as I am making it sound in my head lol




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Very nice! If I had room on my driveway, I would have scooped that baby up...
I can't wait to wheel it. Hopefully I will be able to get out before works starts picking up.


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that's so badass, it's like a time capsule!
what are your plans for the paint?
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Fer shizzle. The other case is arriving next week and I want to install it the following weekend. I'll give a shout if you want to lend a hand.

Do you have any first upgrades planned besides fixing rust?
Ok so that is two weekends away correct? I should be able to get off work but I will let you know.

My first plans are upgrading the exhaust because it needs to be replaced anyway. I am contemplating upgrading the headers too because there are some other things that need replacing, such as the heat shield. I asked this in your thread but haven't looked yet, have you heard any complaints about the headers they sell? It doesn't look like too bad of a deal.

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that's so badass, it's like a time capsule!
what are your plans for the paint?
Thanks! I am in love I really do not want to change the original color, but I really love the FJ green. But I am thinking if I just get it painted original color and new decals to replace the cracked ones, it will look really good.
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Love it! Kinda wish I would'a got a 4-runner.


Wanna trade?
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Love these 4runners! I wish I could convince my wife to ride in one, haha. I love the 22RE too, I had one in a pickup 12 years ago when I was in high school, best running motor I ever had after getting the head re-built. I had a header on it too, I can't remember what brand, sounded great and made a noticable difference in power too!
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Love it! Kinda wish I would'a got a 4-runner.


Wanna trade?
Haha naaa. I like my EFI if I remember correctly you pretty much stole yours though didn't you?

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Love these 4runners! I wish I could convince my wife to ride in one, haha. I love the 22RE too, I had one in a pickup 12 years ago when I was in high school, best running motor I ever had after getting the head re-built. I had a header on it too, I can't remember what brand, sounded great and made a noticable difference in power too!
Don't worry, my gf thinks it is "horrendous". She will ride it in, but she gets so embarrassed haha city girls

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Awwww shit this gonna get good
I hope so!

Something I just thought about was doing the body work/paint last. Reason being is I still do not have a definite plan for this build. For example, I don't know if I want to run 35"s or bigger. I do know I want to stay as low as possible lift wise, but I don't want to slap on 35"s then wish I went with 37"s. I don't mind doing some body work to make 37"s flush when stuffed if I could be, say 2" lower suspension wise. Don't know if that is possible, but 37"s on a 3-4 inch kit would be ideal if it can be done.

I will probably try to just find some old stock headers off a beater but that may not be any better.
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Very nice. All the goodies that came with it are sweet. Mine had a pile of work history, oil changes and receipts from all the work that was done over the previous 2 owners. Without it I may not have bought it. Insight is always good.

When you upgrade your headers, be very careful removing the bolts and or studs. Helicoils are a pain in the ass. My exhaust manifold is a nightmare.

Keep the OE color. FJ colors are just that. An FJ only wishes it was as cool as this.

I can help with any questions you may have if you need any input.

You can do 37's on 3-4 inches easily. Don't go any taller than that.

Nice Ride and Good luck
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