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Gatorgrl's Grand Gen2 4Runner makeover

Discussion in '2nd Gen 4Runners (1990-1995)' started by Fourtoad, May 3, 2019.

  1. Jun 2, 2019 at 3:03 PM
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    Ok, it took about 50 ft of heat wrap. He is still fabricating the added heat shield for the passenger side. Here are some closer pictures of the headers for you.
    insideheader.jpg outsideheader.jpg

    And we also discovered the a/c line runs way too close to the header.

    headerac.jpg

    So out came the header and additional heat wrap was added to that particular spot. We also removed the rubber from the a/c line and wrapped it with heat wrap. We are also going to move the O2 sensor port as it is in a bad spot at the O2 sensor won't reach. We have not reinstalled the pass side yet as he is still busy making the heat shield. I was busy re-installing the fuel injectors and managed to break not one, but two studs! UGH! Now I have to wait on hardware. :(
     
  2. Jun 2, 2019 at 5:45 PM
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    OK, heat shield fabrication is complete on the passanger side.

    newshield.jpg

    And a view from the bottom, showing how it is now shielding the lines that run right across the top of the header down tube.

    shieldview.jpg

    So hopefully with the combination of the heat wrap and the new heat shield, we should hopefully keep those lines from roasting.
     
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  3. Jun 2, 2019 at 7:31 PM
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    This is the totally wrapped exhaust on the Corvette Race car...patiently waiting for its next adventure.
     
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  4. Jun 3, 2019 at 7:18 AM
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    I've heard that flange thickness was an issue on the cheaper headers but those look great. Thanks for all the pictures, it's looking great.
     
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  5. Jun 3, 2019 at 6:36 PM
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    Ok, so today we focused on getting that new exhaust in place along with those custom heat shields.
    newheatshield.jpg
    This is the shield he made from an old BMW heat shield. Cut and hammered into shape.

    brakelinecover.jpg


    A bit more of the BMW shield now protecting the all important brake lines.

    newexhaust.jpg

    And here is the new exhaust in place. This is not a take out of the box and install type of system. We had to cut down both primaries and intermediate pipe in order to get them to fit nice and tucked away.

    It was hotter than hell today so I was rather unproductive. Did manage to go back to my favorite junk yard for 2 replacement studs that I broke yesterday and managed to leave with ZERO relays! Its a record!

     
  6. Jun 4, 2019 at 4:22 AM
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    looking awesome!!!
     
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  7. Jun 4, 2019 at 4:36 PM
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    Ok, today we started assembling the top of the engine. Got the timing all set and got stalled with the new headers and fabricating a new tube for the ERG cause the new headers have a different attachment than the original lines. I did what I could and put some of my left over heat shield on the underside of the hood...just because.

    almost done.jpg


    He had to come home to get his pipe flaring tool and dropped me off since I have to return to my J.O.B. tomorrow. :( These headers are great but not for the faint of heart or shy of skills. The tubes had to be cut down and modified, the O2 sensor had to be moved and the ERG tube had to be fabricated since the tubes it came with are not long enough, nor will they bend into position. I had to go get 10' of flexible copper tubing so he could create a new ERG tube.
     
  8. Jun 4, 2019 at 7:10 PM
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    I'm ok with all that, I did the egr delete and I'm a fabricator.
     
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  9. Jun 4, 2019 at 8:53 PM
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    Very cool
     
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  10. Jun 6, 2019 at 3:49 AM
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    Ok, here's the progress so far:

    The fabricated ERG tube in place.
    reroutedERG.jpg

    And the rerouted O2 sensor.

    reroutedo2sensor.jpg

    He welded and clamped the exhaust in place late last night and will finish up the throttle body today! :bananadance::burnrubber:

     
  11. Jun 7, 2019 at 5:16 AM
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    Well he fired her up yesterday while I was at work and said she is still stuttering when idling. Time to investigate. Wonder if the distributor is wonky?
     
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  12. Jun 7, 2019 at 5:20 AM
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    We didn't change the distributor, the alternator or fuel pump. On the plus side...we have A/C now! :headbang:
     
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  13. Jun 7, 2019 at 7:29 PM
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    So here is the finished product. Still fine tuning things, but she is much better than before.

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  14. Jun 7, 2019 at 8:12 PM
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    Very nice work. Hopefully the fine tuning goes well.
     
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  15. Jun 8, 2019 at 5:37 AM
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    Well she was stalling and stumbling on the check out ride, especially with the a/c on. Biggest issue was she wouldn't do it consistently. We changed the fuel filter with a Toyota filter, and she ran good the whole way back home. Will be doing the cap and rotors too. Whoever monkeyed with the fuel filter last, really butchered the fuel lines. :annoyed: Just take the crossmember down damnit!
     
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  16. Jun 9, 2019 at 11:43 AM
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    OK, we tested out the mighty Blue Ox on the Runner today, to check for towing fit. It's gonna work!

    towready.jpg

    And here's a look at the connection. We just added a second tow loop to the other side.

    towconnection.jpg

    And this is where it will sit when it's looked to the bus at the bus's ride height.

    towrideheight.jpg

    No base plate needed when you have a strong chassis to hook to. Gotta love Toyota!
     
  17. Jun 9, 2019 at 3:53 PM
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    And she has an intermitting fuel issue. We drove her to dinner and she was doing great, then something clicked and she started to drag, even with the pedal to the floor and then stalled. I am thinking fuel pump or mungus in the fuel tank along with needing a new cap and rotor on the distributor (will be here tuesday). She is getting fuel starved with no rhyme or reason to it and other times is running fantastic....for a 3.slow.
     
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  18. Jun 10, 2019 at 4:15 PM
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    Ok, developing a real love/hate relationship with my 4Runner. On top of her still jumping into limp mode, took her tires to get properly balanced only to find out one of the is broken on the inside and they no longer make those tires. BF Goodrich All Terrain KO's. :annoyed: Then is add insult to injury, we attempt to put the rear wiper back on and now we can't open the rear hatch, can't even unlock it! :frustrated: On and it rained last night and it appears she has a leaking sunroof, that also doesn't function. :crapstorm:

    What's next? :notsure:
     
  19. Jun 10, 2019 at 11:49 PM
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    if it was easy, everyone would do it! Hope it works out.
     
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  20. Jun 11, 2019 at 3:45 AM
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    At this point, just get a new tank with all new pump and while at it replace the lines. Order a new cab through Toyota, they can get that old plant fired up and running again. As for the wiper issue- take it to the dealer :laugh:
     
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  21. Jun 11, 2019 at 5:03 AM
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    After a bit of research, we will now be looking at the ERG and TPS systems as well as looking for a short somewhere.
     
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  22. Jun 11, 2019 at 8:08 AM
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    Fascinating thread OP. This is what passion looks like. Kudos to you guys for taking the time to work through it, frustrating at times, and joyous at times.
     
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  23. Jun 11, 2019 at 9:50 AM
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    Thanks! I do love working on my rides. This is my 5th ride project build. 1994 Harley Sportster, 1980 Camaro RS, 1983 Bluebird Wanderlodge, and 1982 Bluebird Wanderlodge as well as a host of other interesting machinery rehabs and project builds. What can i say? I'm a tinkerer.
     
  24. Jun 11, 2019 at 10:48 AM
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    And the mystery continues! Replaced the cap and rotor with a Toyota cap and rotor and now the damned thing doesn't start! WTF?:angrygirl::censored:
    He has checked all the vacuum lines and all are good, we have good fuel pressure. We drove it into the shop and now it is dead in the water. It turns over but won't crank.
    He called the dealership and chewed them a new one. :argue: This is mystifying bullshit!
     
  25. Jun 11, 2019 at 11:18 AM
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    Ugh...found out one of the issues.....a broken new spark plug wire at the cap. Replaced it and he said it runs 50% better, but still not perfect. Said he needs to take the TPS out and go over it on the bench.
     
  26. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:38 AM
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    In the end you will know so much about this 4runner and it's issues that you will be a lot of help for future owners!!!:)
     
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  27. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:26 AM
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    No doubt. Today I am flying solo and working on removing the headliner to investigate the leaking sunroof. Stuck so far on how to remove the front light assembly where the rear view mirror is attached. got all the other crap removed already. Also ordered vol. 2 of the factory Toyota book for the 1991 4Runner, that covers the body, chassis etc. Already have all the other books. My runner will have it's own library.

    On the tire story. Found a place in Wi that still has a NOS BFG KO in 31x10.5 15R that they sold me, but they called today and said it would cost them $200 to ship it to me in SWFL and they wouldn't do that. :angrygirl: They already charged me $285 for the one tire and now can't ship it. WTF? So my only other option now is to buy 4 new goddamned tires!

    I refuse to ride around on mismatched tires. Really didn't want to continue hemorrhaging $$ into this build, especially for something we weren't planning on replacing because they still appear to be new. Also need to put a radio in it. The only advantage to buying 4 new tires, would be if we lost one on the road, hopefully replacing it would be possible because it is still a relevant tire that's still being produced, unlike our current KO's. The struggle is real.
     
  28. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:31 AM
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    Always check Craigslist or Offer Up for tires, I found a near mint set that a guy just put on his truck before the motor blew and I was able to get all four tires with rims for $250. I used the tires and sold the rims for $50.;)
     
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  29. Jun 12, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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  30. Jun 12, 2019 at 12:36 PM
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    Well at least I was successful in removing that pesky headliner all by my lonesome...without those handy plastic trim removal tools, which I left at home. :rolleyes:

    leakyroof.jpg

    Would appear we have had a leak on the passenger side for some time. Just great. Will drop the sunroof tomorrow when I have my helper, due to it's size and it being glass and all. Time to hit the homestead and shop for friggin tires!
     
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