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Hi all - Welcome back for the second time this month!

I apologize for the inconvenience of the site being offline. The site was down for technical reasons, but it didn't help that I was of offline for two weeks (camping and travel). Once I got back, it took a while to get things sorted out. That's resolved, and the site is now back up. Huzzah!

Please take a minute and read the Site News thread I've posted in the General section, and feel free to comment. Thanks!


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 on: February 19, 2019, 05:17:18 AM 
Started by trd4life87 - Last post by trd4life87
Thanks ReelDeal! its a super slow build and I know the traffic on the site is slow but I figured I'd share what I've learned and found works so far! I've been lucky with working at a hot rod shop for the past 10yrs, so my experience and knowledge has grown quite a bit since Ive started the project. It has definitely saved me some coin in the process of building it not having to pay someone else to bring my ideas to life lol!

 on: February 18, 2019, 03:28:29 AM 
Started by trd4life87 - Last post by ReelDeal
Wow!!! Stuff like this just amazes me! You have incredible talent!


 on: February 16, 2019, 05:12:46 AM 
Started by trd4life87 - Last post by trd4life87
I know its been since Nam that Ive posted on here but I have made some progress!! I left off working on the hood, Well lets say this was a task that was way more difficult to do than I thought but Im this far in so Im gonna finish it!!!! I currently have the hood skin 90% finished and now need to start on the inner structure!

I spent 8hrs on one of my free fridays just ironing out the highs and lows to make the hood lazer straight

I progressed then to the rear of the cowl and started building the filler between the cowl section and the inner structure. Started with a piece of 16ga steel and shaped it to the top profile of the hood and the base of the skin.

Once I had the basic shape I decided to dimple die the back of it and fill the holes with expanded metal just like the valance and the air intake.

Once the piece was installed I stood back and and checked how it looked turned out pretty decent! very similar looking to the trans am kitt from Knight Rider with the strobing lights in the grille dont know why but when i saw it thats what popped into my head lol!

The progress of the 4runner halted back in November/ December after I blew a head gasket on my daily driver and that took president over the 4runner. gotta make it to work to buy parts for the runner!! I went a little overboard with rebuilding the engine rather than just slapping a head gasket on and going. Ended up building this engine too. Went with oversized stainless valves, dual row timing chain, MLS head gasket, egr delete, header, full 2.25" stainless hand fabbed exhaust, and every bracket, bolt and nut sand blasted and powder coated.

As of today I was able to build the fan shroud for the electric fan and get it placed in the 4runner and man are the clearances tight! got roughly 3/8" all the way around the motor but thats it!

 on: January 22, 2019, 04:37:36 AM 
Started by ReelDeal - Last post by 91mr2sw20
Hey guys i remember chating with a few of you i have been super busy with work buying a house and starting a family still have the 86 turbo turd she needs alot of love maybe ill start a thread soon.

 on: January 15, 2019, 06:34:36 AM 
Started by psychohamster - Last post by ReelDeal
Oh man, that really sucks. I hope it gets resolved. If it had the 22re pistons, I would think your compression would be north of 175psi. The non-turbo head is actually a plusIMO.

Good luck.

 on: January 14, 2019, 09:07:14 PM 
Started by psychohamster - Last post by psychohamster
I contacted Yoda1 Performance today and talked to a technician. He said the cylinder wall damage is extremely unusual. He said it looked more like a burn rather then a hole and it was probably caused by some foreign matter introduced into the engine. Regardless the engine needs to be removed, shipped and disassembled (this will be the second time for this engine to be shipped back). As far as I understand it, at that time a plan of action can only be determined. As I understand it I will be liable for all costs other then possibly parts.
I also mentioned that I was told by the mechanic that the engine was scoped by found it had flat top 22re pistons instead of the dished 22rte slugs. I'm not even sure it has a turbo head on it. I am taking the truck to the mechanic and having it scoped so it can be inspected further, photographed all info forwarded to the builder so they can make a determination of what (if anything) they will do.
It sure is a bitch when your only vehicle goes down.

 on: January 13, 2019, 03:55:27 AM 
Started by psychohamster - Last post by psychohamster
The Builder/Supplier hasn't answered the mechanics Email inquiries about what actions are possible so next week I plan to call them and if needed I will drive the 2+ hours to the location and find out first hand what my options are. The biggest pain for me is that now I am burning a quart of oil every 100 miles and changing #1 plug every 300 - 500, it's progressively getting worse. It's a real bitch to think that with an engine that only has around 5,000 miles you shouldn't have to wonder if everytime you turn the key is that engine could seize on any revolution. I'm really fed up with every time I need to go more then a few miles from home will I get stranded.

 on: December 16, 2018, 05:30:34 PM 
Started by psychohamster - Last post by ReelDeal
Hope you get good news by Christmas!

 on: December 15, 2018, 12:41:33 PM 
Started by psychohamster - Last post by psychohamster
Nothing new as of today. Everything is still being discussed.

 on: December 08, 2018, 02:37:13 AM 
Started by psychohamster - Last post by psychohamster
Not yet, I plan to contact the mechanic sometime next week. He did the work so I figured he would be the best one to deal with it. I'll post with any updates.

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