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Phoenix's Ride   (7 pics)
(currently undergoing redesign process)
 
 
 
 
This is where it began!!       
 
(A set of fog lamps was added to the bumper, and some
minor work under the skin is taking place)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Complete with crappy flatbed!!    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After a misfortune of a moron backing into the front.
The bumper was replaced.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A coat of paint, new tires, some engine work, a replaced
sunroof, some doodads, and a custom interior brings us here.
 
(xm radio, mp3, CD, am/fm, CB, UHF, GPS)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A complete custom interior gives the inside a touch of class,
not to mention ends the monotiny of a monochromatic color.
 
(it's amazing what you can accomplish with 3 months of patience,
a donor truck, a hot glue gun, a needle, some thread,
and a stapler)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Granted, this bed is in rough shape......
But, it's a step in the right direction. Later, the bed sides
will be stripped off to make way for fiberglass ones.
Beneath, the chassis was even redone and replaced.
 
(In addition, a roll bar with lights was bolted in)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A new radiator, new alternator, new hydraulic system,
a complete rewiring, some selective split looming,
some touch up paint, minor adjustments, and a tune up
brings out the beast hidden within this small truck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With the bed removed, measurements of the mounts are
noted. The wiring is removed, lines detached, and
driveshaft is unbolted. This rear half of the chassis will
never see the road ever again.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After everthing is removed, the original fuel
tank is unbolted and lowered out of the truck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At this point, the frame has been cut and removed.
There's no turning back now. This is just an initial
alignment for the new rear segment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The new segment is squared, and measurements
are taken. It's at this point an idea of how it will
look has been achieved.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was estabolished that the frame is too long,
and needs to have final trimming. It's nearly ready
to make permanent. As he is cutting, I am making
reference points to install the mounts onto the new
rear segment. These are extremely critical.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now it's all trimmed and aligned to it's final
position. All the bed mounts are transfered to
the new half, and the frame is now one piece.
It's at this point where it is freestanding on it's
own.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Due to the suspension design, the original
fuel tank cannot be reused. So, the 4runner
tank makes a new debut. Some modifications
are required to make it work, but at this point
what doesn't need modifications?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the left, is the original plug for the sending
unit. The right, the one required to estabolish
how much fuel is in the tank. This is the
department where I accel over the others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next issue to resolve, the 4runner's fuel
lines were routed slightly different. My lines
are a hair too short. Some extending shouldn't
take too long. Just a minor set back.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I found that a great length of the steel line
was severely deteriorated. So, rubber fuel line
was ran from the nearest coupling. This should
alleviate any future headaches caused by leaking
fuel lines. IMPORTANT: BE SURE TO LABEL
YOUR RETURN AND VENT LINES. OTHERWISE
YOU WILL NEED TO TRACE YOUR ENTIRE
FUEL LINE TO THE ENGINE. MINE WERE TIED
BACK AND LABELED AWAY FROM THE CUT. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After swapping in the new chassis and tank, a solution
for the fill tube had to be devised. This set-up had to
be made to accomidate the filler neck in the bed, and
the alternate location and angle of the fill on the tank
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Repositioning the bed back on to the truck is
a chore by yourself. This is a pre-stage so I can
paint the frame to cover the welds.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A pair of cable clamps, and some cutters
make for a working parking brake. The excess
old lines are later removed and replaced. The frame
will be painted after they are removed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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