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Old April 5th, 2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default Project 1985 Toyota V8 Swap

Well i got a good deal on a 85 Toyota Pickup and decided to swap it.

Motor- SBC 350, Header's, 4BL Intake, QuadraJUNK Carb. Your basic small block!

Drive line- Turbo350 with shift kit, NP205 TCase, Stock Toyota axles, The axles are getting swapped out later on in the year.

Suspension- IFS front, Coil Rear, Getting 1/4 or 1/2 ton suspesion with lift when i swap out the axles.

Cab- Stock Toyota Cab will have cut fenders, and a 5" body lift to sit level with the motor.

Right now is just trial and error with stuff then the full on swap is gonna be twards the middle or end of summer.

All input is welcome would like some tips on this build it is my first actual build ive done completely myself, from tear down to finish. Ive been having alot of fun with this so far and hope to have just as much fun playing in it.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 10:57 PM   #2
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Looks like fun! That's got to be an 86 tho. 85's were still solid axle trucks..
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Old April 5th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #3
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Ifs/coil rear? 4runner? I thought 85's were solid f/r with leaf. And 5" body lift seems like a lot. A v8 ought to be a blast, these trucks are like go karts. Good luck and more importantly have fun with it.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 11:02 PM   #4
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Thats my mess up. The cab is a 85, And the chassis and suspension are 4runner. 5" Might be a little big but i had to raise the motor 6"s to get the headers to clear inside the frame rails.
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Old April 8th, 2011, 06:27 AM   #5
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Well I fired up the motor yestderday, i think i have the timing a little off. Today's parts list consist of, New spark plugs, New wires, and hopefully my buddy still has his edelbrock so i can take this quadra junk off. She is in progress thoe motor mounts are dont for the most part just a couple more braces and welds and motor mounts will be done then on to tranny, tcase and cab mounts.
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5" body lift is a bad Idea. If you are only lifting the motor to clear headers buy the proper headers that fit without jacking it up. I'm assuming though you are lifting to avoid ifs mounts and diff which you would require a new oil pan or modification of your current one. Mixing the body lift, double the power and a truck that is notorious for under body and frame rust is a ticket to cab-frame seperation likely at high speed.
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Yah motor was lifted to clear the whole setup underneath due to the front axle. The body lift im not a hundred percent on that height just a rough guess this isnt gonna be a dd just trail/mud toy.
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I forgot to mention, not a lick of rust on this frame just a little surface in the rear! But i did take what you said into consideration.
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First fire up of the small block swap in the toyota. I can most likely have this truck done tomorrow if everything goes as planned, 90% of the time it doesnt but i have faith! Motor is tuned with the help of a good friend. He also use to build drag cars and tune motors for a living!A+++ So tomorrow im putting the trans, tcase, and making my brackets for the mounts on the tcase taking my axles to my buddys dad and getting them cut, re welded, and balanced.
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Good Luck with your build, and dont kill yourself or anyone else with that rocket.
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Good Luck with your build, and dont kill yourself or anyone else with that rocket.
Thanks and i will be carefull, My friend i was talking about in the previous post he thinks there has been head work and a cam put in. But i will deff be carefull in it. Next winter is the initial tear down for the straight axle swap sand blasting and painting.
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Cab is mounted and bolted down, motor and tcase are bolted down, need to fab up a longer steering stem, then hook everything up little bit of metal work on the interior to make it look alright, then need to have drive shaft.
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No rims and tires installed yet just sitting on some steelies.
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