4runner is doing well

After a little bit of break in and windshield time I feel like the new motor has turned out great! Thanks to 22reperformance.com for an awesome product and good support.

Now it’s time to move in to some other fun stuff. I’d like to work on suspension next, since this thing rides like a 70’s ford station wagon. Plans include keeping the IFS and coil spring rear suspension in stock configuration, but working on raising the ride height a couple inches and getting a nice smooth ride are important to me.

I may want to tackle gears and lockers at the same time, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for good deals. If you have a used 7.5 diff with a locker, let me know, as I’m in the market.


Motor is in and running


The new motor is installed and running, but still in need of some tuning. I’ve gone through and checked all of the vacuum lines and smog equipment, everything looks good there. There was one small coolant leak that I fixed easily, and other than that things are looking really good. The cam break in went well, so now I have to get the thing timed right and break in the rings on the pistons. Hopefully I’ll have some time tomorrow to drive it around a bit!

New motor is almost ready to go in

I made it out to Chico and picked up the motor the other day. It looks real good EXCEPT the threads on the crank are goofed up, so hopefully I can fix them with no problems. I spent a bunch of time cleaning up the engine compartment and all the parts I’m going to reuse, so things should go back together nicely. It’s funny how a shiny clean motor going into a car can make everything around it so dirty.



4runner motor is out!

The time has come, the motor in my 4runner was worn out. Out with the old, in with the new, right?

Yesterday I pulled the old motor out and got everything ready for the new motor to go in. It only took about 5 hours to get it out, which isn’t too bad at all. The rebuilt motor that’s going in is from the guys over at 22reperformance.com, so it should be good to go for a really long time. I’m replacing the clutch, all the hoses, belts, and injectors, as well as resurfacing the flywheel and cleaning up the alternator. We should be good to go after that!