Curtis Cross' 4 Runner

 

    Curtis is a local DJ who came to me unsure about his purchase of this 87 runner.  The PO has done a decent job on the V8 conversion but had left some things a bit 'unfinished'.  We talked it over and decided on sprucing up the looks a bit with some accessories and  tweaking the V8 to get the best performance out of it.  Curtis is a great guy and simply said " I trust ya".

 

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First off we took out what was originally installed, the fans, the wiring, the radiator and began the mock-up.

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I knew the rear supports were going to be extremely difficult and time consuming to fab up.  I was right!!!

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I got the mock-up on both the front and rear bumpers done and then started to attach things in there final spots.  I made the front mounts for the front bumper to extend down and out to allow room for where I planned the radiator to reside when its fitted.

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You can see the front taking shape as its tacked together.  My plan for the rear was to have a center mounted swing down carrier, Curtis agreed to be my guinea pig and thus was born my first gen. spare tire carrier. 

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Next comes the mount for the tire and the bracing and its weld up time and off to the powder coater.

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While the bumpers were gone I worked on the inside of the truck and tucked away the POs wiring job.  It wasn't too bad but just need a little rethinking.  Additionally I fit the radiator just under the radiator support but on the outside.  With some cutting and welding we made sure the fan would fit as well.  My radiator guys did a special upper tank for me that fit under the hood latch.  The bumper came back and we went to work fitting the lights and winch and the front skid plates I had laser cut for it.

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Notice the touch on the turn signals mounts I made.  You can see how things turned out in the light outside.

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The finished product with the lower skid plate installed.

 

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Friday, March 07, 2008

 

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