I have a fj40 build going on ih8mud for quite a while now but it is my baby (mall crawler) and along the way I have been developing an itch!!! I am not new to this I started my yota life with a 1980, 81, 83, etc. etc. bobbed off yota that I had built for wheeling. I oakie rebuilt the motor and eventually threw a cam, a pinto carb, brutal port and polished 20r head, header, etc. at it. It was a very fun vehicle and was my life for several years until I bought a house and changed my focus. Since then things have calmed down other than my almost 3 year old son and he absolutely loves "mud trucks". That is all the excuse I need to throw down....... but honey its for him... I have had so much help along the way with my fj40 by having a build thread and sharing that I thought hey what the heck lets do it again. PLEASE dont hesitate to drop some constructive help!! If you are a purist I understand but i should warn you now you HATE ME. As of right now the direction is: I have purchased a 4.3 vortec V6 98ish so it doesnt have the balancer shaft and it has the 2 barrel intake. I have purchased a R150F v6 tranny and plan to run the chain case for now keeping my gear drive as a spare. I do want to double case it and I admit I do not fully understand my options such as gear only or can i mix the chain drive in there and ya ya chain drive I understand and dont care the yota ones so far have proven to be fairly strong (not trying to be a jerk just trying to get that out there upfront) Today I pickup up some 96 chevy half ton springs that are 3 leaf plus overload measuring 63"s. My yota is a long bed at the moment and I plan to hang my front hanger about 17" forward resulting in moving the back hanger approx. 2" forward and the axle 8". Then that will free up my rear springs to swap up front pushing my front end 2" forward which I hope to redrill the perches to steal another inch forward I have already picked up an IFS box and a homemade copy of SKY's box mounting kit along with an ALLPRO highsteer kit with a SKY's flat pitman arm. I also have a Marlin top truss here that I will be slapping on along with knuckle ball gussets that someday might show up in the mail along with my inner seals..... But I am still exploring the E-locker options for the front end. Here is some terrible pics of my old yota along with my current beater.... And last but not least what is a "mud truck" as he calls it without a co-pilot??