good points Michael , sorry , I didnt mean to put you threw that ..
but I guess at least you know now .. and so do we . great job .
no trouble! i am glad i did it so i could get it all worked out right the first time. then i figured i might as well document it since there seems to be some interest in the rear disk conversion for the trekkers. i hope it saves you guys the time later
thanks zuk! by the way, just to clarify... before taking this truck apart, i only drove it to the gas station to fill the gas tank... that whole oil starvation thing in the rear end was not my doing! it does explain what happens when you ignore that puddle around the rear wheel every time you park and your brakes not stopping the truck very well
spring time in texas is always busy trying to cram everything i have been waiting for warmer weather to do like there is no tomorrow
i got the frame rolled out of the garage after pulling the old engine, transmission and transfer case. that is so easy to do with no cab on! did some spring cleaning in the garage. installed the main fuel tank. the original one from the truck. not the 4runner one i got out of the parts 4runner. the filler was in the wrong spot. and it is almost 4 inches taller then the orig one. (it does fit in the orig spot, and bolts up with all 6 bolts though!) with no extra capacity, i could not see why i would put the work into using it.
i hooked up the aux tank into the orig tank as well. this week i will get the front shock towers cut off along with the bump stops for the front and start cleaning up the front half of the frame. and take some pictures as well! -michael
Last Edit: Apr 15, 2008 4:01:15 GMT -8 by msrwerks
ok. i really am still working on this, just working on the next step, which unfortunately does not involve the trekker at all. i had to find something else to drive so i can pull the engine from the s10 to install in the trekker.
i definitely wanted something that got better MPG then the s10 (which surprisingly enough is in the low 20's!) found a 1987 vw golf on craigs list. i have played with these before, so i wasnt walking into it it totally blind.
it has been sitting for a year (never did get a straight answer as to why except that he was tired of spending $ on it) the body is straight except for a dent in the drivers front fender. the interior is in great shape (after shoveling it out!). i guess he was using it as storage and did not bother taking much out before i came to pick it up. and i will spare you from what was under the front seat
it started and idled when i looked at it, so i bought it. took last friday off work and picked it up.
the more i dug into it of course the more i found i had to fix. not on the same scale as this truck, but at times i was beginning to wonder
after putting new tune up stuff in, cleaning the corroded electrical connections for the fuel injection parts, taking the fuel distributor off and cleaning the plunger, replacing the throttle switches (the idle switch didnt even have its parts in it!) and putting a new engine temperature sensor in (for the computer, not the gauge), it runs like it should. did a compression test on it and it was between 179 - 182 across all 4 cylinders. so i think the engine itself is solid.
then i found the exhaust manifold was cracked top and bottom i really need to get this thing going so i just got it welded. putting that and the intake manifold back on today. new muffler tomorrow and state inspection after that.
i saw cleaner cars at the junk yard saturday! (i was looking for an exhaust manifold but found the complete a/c setup for the golf that i removed from a jetta since the golf never had it, and this is texas!)
after cleaning it out and getting the drivability issues worked out finally, i think it will serve its purpose.
just spent more time getting it to this point then i had wanted to.
Last Edit: Apr 29, 2008 4:53:33 GMT -8 by msrwerks
Hey Michael: Still plugging away on this thing, sell it? just wondering
hi robb, oh yes. i still have it. i have been doing little things to it during the week when i have a chance. nothing big yet. i do have the trekker portion back on the frame and i have been doing body work to the roof of the new cab i bought right before i had to mothball it. it is very frustrating to have the majority of the parts to finish it, but not the time to work on it. it will get done though!
Luv to see more pics if you have any? This is the type of build I would like to do but mine will be more to going offroad and just a toy but maybie one day ill tear it down and do the same. Good job thus far!