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Ruby Thunder-the 89 red 4runner v6

Discussion in '4Runner Builds' started by MurphyZ, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. MurphyZ

    MurphyZ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    the day i got her


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    came with 33x12.50r15

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    some body shots to showcase her.

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    love the v6

    only damage i can find on her is the center console

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    this will be a slow build. no money right now.

    some specs
    v6 with valve issues
    4x4
    straight body
    nice rims and tires
    clarion cd player and amp with kicker comp 10"
    3in body lift- will stay on for now

    i have the vehicle history all the way back to jan 2006. 20+k miles ago. the issues with the compression were traced back to 4 months ago when the owner tried to get emissions done on it. it blew 885 ppm when 186 is legal.
    it has a low compression in cyl 2 right now. hoping just valves or rings but may need new heads... we will see.

    no money til next month which is when i am supposed to leave for Saudi Arabia, so this may be dead for some time. but slow by slow it will be a wheeler.

    everyone meet Ruby Thunder the name given to her by my wife.
     
  2. yotarob2005

    yotarob2005 Kiss My IFS

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    Congratulations Murphy, that is a really nice rig you got to work with, Let me know if I can be of any assistance :)
     
  3. desertdude59

    desertdude59 CRAZY 4WHEELER

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    4" lift after market front bumper bed mount lightbar/roll bar (4)6" kc's on the roll bar (2) kc flat back bumper mounts f/r gears for the 33's
    Nice rig!
     
  4. HomerTaco

    HomerTaco That "grill guy" Vendor

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    Nice find! - as memory serves the 3.0L V6's had some issues with head gaskets & such...
    Good luck with it though!:cool:
     
  5. desertdude59

    desertdude59 CRAZY 4WHEELER

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    I believe the 3.4's had some problems too due to graphite head gaskets and the water jacket. I've rebuilt my 3.0 a few times due to a head gasket issue.
     
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    Hoyal Whiskey bent and hell bound.

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    Nice my buddy had one of these in High School and we wheeled it all the time and it did great he had over 400K on it before he sold it.
     
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    This is MURPHYZ under MATTS profile

    rob i will need your help alot here and there. next wrench meet i go to will be the overhaul time. need to clean injectors along with do new hoses like you.

    alien i know. that is why i needed it. my first rig was an 86 and i loved it.

    funny you should say that because the gasket or the valves in cyl2 are stuck so i will be rebuilding it soon. got the haynes manuel.
     
  8. yotarob2005

    yotarob2005 Kiss My IFS

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    I heard he was too scared to post :rolleyes:

    Murphy, hit me up any time man. I am no expert but I will help you get thru it however I can. I'm gonna repost these links for you since they will probably get lost in the BS thread & they where the best sources for info I have found.

    http://yotatech.com/ for info

    http://www.engnbldr.com/ for parts
     
  9. MurphyZ

    MurphyZ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks rob those are a help. Can I buy machine services from you? Sheet metal and the such? I don't have any tools for those jobs.
     
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    yotarob2005 Kiss My IFS

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    I really don't have the right tools either. We are strickly a machine shop, Lathe's & Mill's, no real fab work goes on here. I wish we had a shear & metal brake :(
     
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    MurphyZ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    me too. sheet metal cheap-cutting it-not so cheap.
     
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    Hey guys, to set the record straight... I've just seen what happens to some people that post dumb stuff. They get ripped apart! lol
     
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    When's the next meet btw! I had a blast on the last one. Tacos and beer!! Does it get any better?
     
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    tacos women and beer...
     
  15. blackwatertaco

    blackwatertaco If you ain't stuck, You ain't tryin hard enough.

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    Man Murphy, You got that for dirt cheap...I can't wait to see it in action.
     
  16. MurphyZ

    MurphyZ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    took her out for a drive to try and pin point the problem. while driving it i noticed it was missing, so i took the opportunity to go to oriellys and buy plugs,wires, and a compression tester.

    my question is do i need to take all the plugs off and then test each cylinder by turning the engine over, or can i take one at a time?
     
  17. yotarob2005

    yotarob2005 Kiss My IFS

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    you can do it one at a time if you prefer
     
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    OffroadToy The dog did it...I swear!

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    Your truck sure brings back some great memories! I bought 4X4 4Runner brand new back in 1988...best vehicle I ever owned! I had the removable top and V6. That truck went around 350,000 miles and never had an issue other than some trouble with the elec windows. Never had a clutch problem or issues with the 4WD in all those miles. When I sold it is was running like the day I bought it.
     
  19. MurphyZ

    MurphyZ [OP] Well-Known Member

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    nice^^^ my first rig was an 86 with the 22re. loved it 330k and ran like a squirrel.
    the plugs went in and the wires are on and still has a miss :( its a valve i know it.

    rob ill drive it down if you want to fix it. man i wish i didnt have a job so i could just work on it all day long. hard as hell to get the motivation to tear into a project that you know will take 12+ hours of labor to do, when you only have 45min to a hour after work before you crap out in bed.
     
  20. yotarob2005

    yotarob2005 Kiss My IFS

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    I would be willing to consider fixing it. It would have to be a loose turn around time. 12+ hours is pretty unrealistic IMO, I think it would take a week or 2 depending on what we decide need to be replaced as we go & parts avaliability.

    I know exactlly what you mean by wanting to just throw all of your time into it, but it is a hobby & you still have your normal responsiblities too.
     
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