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Author Topic: Trd4life87's Turbo 4runner build  (Read 6423 times)
trd4life87
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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2018, 05:28:42 AM »

ReelDeal, Thanks for the compliment!!!

Its been a while since the last post with the holiday sucking up a lot of time, but I was also able to squeeze in quite a bit of work. Once I got the valance dialed in I went back to the throttle body side intercooler piping to finalize it I really didnt like the routing of it and it rode on the inner fender and ac lines. ordered up a couple more u bends and waaalaa!! got the pipe all welded up and ready for bypass valve and MAF sensor placement!!

While I was rolling around under the truck checking clearances on the intercooler piping, I realized how low my oil filter setup actually hung below the frame. I took some 12GA plate that I had left over at work and bent up and dimple died a skid plate for the oil filters to protect them from future chaos.

This is the piece prior to install.

here it is installed on the truck.

I have a tendency to bounce from project to project and decided to take some time and finish the air inlet in the bumper. I wanted something that wouldn't be noticeable to the average joe so I whipped up a bezel that sits inside the factory blinker hole and tapers out to the full 3" air inlet, I wanted max volume to enter the air filter as smooth as possible.


I toyed with the idea of taking the same mesh that I used to protect the intercooler as a screen to keep the big debris out of the air intake but did not like the idea of it looking obvious that it was not a blinker. With the old lense sitting on the bench next to the drill, it hit me why not drill a ton of holes in the factory lense!! with the stock one being cracked I figured it'd be a great test piece. Heres the result!! I think by the time its done itll have enough flow and still fool the eye! Let me know what you guys think!!


With parts trickling in I started mocking up the air filter and inlet tube. Again cant finish this one until I finish up my cowl induction hood so that I can build the box to match the shape of the hood.


Once I had the the throttle body finalized I started on the trottle cable. the stock one looked out of place on the sleek new intake and the cable end was the wrong style to attach to the mustang throttle body. I snagged a universal lokar throttle cable and started fabbin away!!

Started by calculating the swing arc length of the throttle blade from closed to WOT in order to come up the length it needed to be from the center of the blade to the pivot point, after that I moved to mounting the cable end on the intake manifold. I didn't want to use the bulky stock bracket so I fabbed up a sleeker on out of some 12GA that was laying around.

I finalized the cable by building a plate to fill the stock hole and mount the pedal end of the cable. What isn't pictured is the delrin washer that I built that retains the bead on the pedal similar to how the stock cable was ran.


The last two goodies to the puzzle that showed up recently is my megasquirt MS3 pro unit and the turbo smart blow off valve!!



Tomorrow I will be working on my hood so hopefully I can upload some pictures tomorrow of the progress I have so far with it!!
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« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2018, 04:36:33 PM »

Been slowly working on the hood for the few months, its been slow going but haven't had to redo anything yet!! haha! I started with a second hood that I picked up locally and stripped the ten layers of paint that it had on it. Once all the paint was off  I began by splitting the seam that holds the skin to the inner structure. The thought was is that I could modify the skin first and keep the inner structure in place in order to maintain the shape of the hood. With the skin detached from the inner structure I made a template of the center raised portion of the hood. once I had the template I transferred it to 20Ga sheet metal and cut the skin to the rough size. Starting with the english wheel I rolled some crown into the metal and then bent the forward edge of it to match the profile of the front of the hood. once the basic shape was established I moved on to forming the sides of the hood that will transfer down into the stock hood using a pullmax metal forming power hammer at work.
Heres what Ive got so far!!
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the cowl portion is approximately 1" taller than the stock bulge on the hood!

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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2018, 04:15:45 PM »

been slowly pecking away at the hood. I've been limited to Fridays at work since I don't have shop key and working 4-10's gives me friday off. Last friday I was able to shape the pass side of the hood transition and the front edge of the hood and get it fitting pretty decent. Drug all of it home and slapped it on the truck and stood back to see what it'll look like. Heres what I have as of today, Let me know what you guys think!!!






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« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2018, 03:40:14 AM »

Amazing  work! Guys like you make me crazy!
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2018, 08:17:35 PM »

Thanks ReelDeal !!!

Been slow going but little progress is better than no progress. So far about half the cowl induction portion of the hood is ironed out got the pass. side done and need to get the driver side finished before grafting into the skin.






heres a shot of the front corner and how it all transitions into the stock skin


After building the intercooler tubing up to the intake and with the much larger throttle body than what it had originally I had an issue with the upper radiator hose running into the intercooler piping so the next best solution was to fab up a new upper stainless hose!!





Got it to where it clears the intake with a good 1/4" to spare!!!


That's all Ive got for now!!

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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2019, 05:12:46 AM »

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!









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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2019, 03:28:29 AM »

Wow!!! Stuff like this just amazes me! You have incredible talent!

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« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2019, 05:17:18 AM »

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!
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« Reply #23 on: March 20, 2019, 04:20:07 AM »

Hey all!!!
I've been diligently working away on it!
I left ya off with the fan shroud that I was building. I was able to weld all the corners up on it sand it down and grain it. I'm not sure if ill leave it grained or paint it black. What do you guys think?!



After working on the shroud I bounced over to the air box. I checked the area that the box fit into and decided that I could fab the box up without having the inner structure of the hood completed. I started with the typical beer box template and ended up with this.


Since I had the skin of the hood off It made it a breeze to contour the top edge to the inner structure of the hood.


final result of the air box. Its mounted off of the dryer mounting stud on the core support, ties into the lower rear original air box mount and a spare mounting hole on the inner fender. The top has a 3/4" wide flange that will hold the camper foam to seal to the hood. Prior to welding the flange onto the top the air box was cut down 1/4" to allow for the camper foam to compress and seal against the hood.


I stitch welded the inside of the air box to prevent any cracking down the road from vibration.


Once the box was built, I moved on to making mounting rings for the air intake tube. I took two pieces of 1/4" flat plate aluminum and cut rings out using the rotary table on the manual mill at work and laid out a symmetrical bolt pattern while I was at it to allow ease of installation.
Heres the ring material I didn't get much of the machining process but the end result is kinda self explanatory.
 


Rings all finished up and mounted on the air box.




Once the rings were built it was on to finishing the air intake tube and welding the flange to the tube. Heres the finished result. I went through after welding and spot faced the weld where the bolts were so that the bolts would seat flush.



I have a tendency to bounce around so I hopped back onto the hood and started the rear flange of the inner structure. I took a scrap piece of 20ga sheet metal and shrunk the edge of it to match the desired curve of the hood structure.


I did some small sections to transfer from the original hood down the the cowl section of the hood and welded them together before welding the flange to the inner structure.


I have more pics to come!!
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