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4Runner Resto Advice Sought

Discussion in '2nd Gen 4Runners (1990-1995)' started by kingroon, Aug 4, 2022.

  1. Aug 4, 2022 at 7:18 AM
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    kingroon

    kingroon [OP] New Member

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    Hi All,

    I'm about to drop off my '94 4Runner to have a Body Off Restoration, and would like to hear opinion s on what to do about my Suspension..

    It all looks very orange underneath, and whilst the Ladder Chassis can be repaired, galvanised & painted etc., I'm a little concerned that it might be easier / cheaper / better for peace of mind to simply scrap all the Suspension components and fit new parts..

    What do you think..?

    I have attached a few photos of the OSF as an example, and one of the Rear Axle which I also think just needs replacing.

    Has anyone here had the same decision to make, and done the same..?

    All thoughts welcome.. Also, I think I'm going to need a comprehensive list of Parts for everything between the Chassis and the Hub, so if anyone has that, it would be much appreciated..

     
  2. Aug 4, 2022 at 9:28 AM
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    Wow, that is some serious rust. Good luck on the restoration. I would replace all that you can especially if you are going thru all the trouble of a body off frame restoration.
     
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  3. Aug 5, 2022 at 6:53 AM
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    2ndGen22re Goldie, my 1st love & my new kid…

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    One-at-this-price stripper. Bought new 32yrs ago, a $13K leftover. Added Detroit TruTrac and 1”rear spring spacer. Factory AC kit and roof rack bought at dealer cost at time of purchase, still blows ice cold 32yrs later. 2022 AG ORP all stock.
    No offense, but I would look for another truck with less rust to throw money at.
     
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  4. Aug 5, 2022 at 6:59 AM
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    None taken, and you're probably right from a financial point of view.. But I love this Truck..
     
  5. Aug 5, 2022 at 12:42 PM
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    Find a better rig. This is going to cost you an absolute fortune and no one is going to replace all that rust properly.
     
  6. Aug 5, 2022 at 4:44 PM
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    2ndGen22re Goldie, my 1st love & my new kid…

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    One-at-this-price stripper. Bought new 32yrs ago, a $13K leftover. Added Detroit TruTrac and 1”rear spring spacer. Factory AC kit and roof rack bought at dealer cost at time of purchase, still blows ice cold 32yrs later. 2022 AG ORP all stock.
    I grew up in rusty upstate NY.
    I live in the Nevada high desert now and forget about the rust carnage back there and your pics bring back memories……not good ones. Good luck.
     
  7. Aug 5, 2022 at 7:06 PM
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    Similar story. I'm an Upstate NY transplant to NC. I have dealt with restoring rusty cars and it's not worth it. Total money pits. Starting with a solid car saves you tens of thousands of dollars in body work and parts.

    An off frame resto for this rig is going to be at least $40k. Any less, and whoever is doing it, is going to tear it apart and abandon it quickly. Everything under that car will need to be replaced. Fuel, brakes, suspension.

    But hey, I've been in this guy's place and had to learn the hard way too :)
     
  8. Aug 5, 2022 at 9:05 PM
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    2ndGen22re

    2ndGen22re Goldie, my 1st love & my new kid…

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    One-at-this-price stripper. Bought new 32yrs ago, a $13K leftover. Added Detroit TruTrac and 1”rear spring spacer. Factory AC kit and roof rack bought at dealer cost at time of purchase, still blows ice cold 32yrs later. 2022 AG ORP all stock.
    I saw a show, I think it was on Hagerty, a old car salvage guy who puts together a car or two said he gets solid bodies from the SW an interiors from the N, the less sun/UV beating make the N interiors weather better and the bodies die before the interior.
     
  9. Aug 8, 2022 at 4:09 AM
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    Thanks for the Replies guys, although I think I was expecting something more encouraging.. :rofl:

    I have priced up all the replacement Suspension parts from RoughTrax 4X4, and it tips the scales at £900.. Not including all the labour to fit them of course, but I shall be doing most of that once the Ladder Chassis is ready for it..

    No hard and fast decisions have been made as yet, I think I need to see what state things are in when the Body & Chassis are separated, and then make the big decisions..

    I'm not expecting to make money along the way, that's for sure, but I am committed to making sure my Truck stays on the road for a good few years yet.. :)
     
  10. Aug 9, 2022 at 7:05 AM
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    2ndGen22re Goldie, my 1st love & my new kid…

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    One-at-this-price stripper. Bought new 32yrs ago, a $13K leftover. Added Detroit TruTrac and 1”rear spring spacer. Factory AC kit and roof rack bought at dealer cost at time of purchase, still blows ice cold 32yrs later. 2022 AG ORP all stock.
    Sorry, I didn’t mean to be a downer but that looks like a lot of work/money when blown up V6s body shells are pretty easy to find. At the same time I kinda understand as I would have a difficult time parting with Goldie.
     
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