1st Gen Body on 3rd Gen 4Runner Chassis? (1 Viewer)

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Who's completed swapping an 84-89 1st Gen Body onto to a 96-02 4Runner chassis? I love the running gear of that generation Tacoma / 4Runner but don't love the 4-door enclosed steel shell of the 3rd Gen 4 Runner.

With how lazy Toyota is with making changes to their trucks, I can't image it's that hard to swap one over. Heck, I saw an episode of hot rod garage where Lucky and Tony swapped an F100 body onto a Crown Vic chassis (yeah, that one was not *easy*). If they can do that swap, somebody's got to have done a 1st to 3rd gen body to frame swap.

I found a post about a shop / person called Irbis doing a swap back around 2008, but the website is down that links to it and there is no other info I can find. Surprised this swap is so rare.

Pictures and links please.
 
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Just swapping in the 3.4 is much easier, however,... you get more modern suspension with the 3rd Gen chassis (coil over front suspension, coil rear, rack and pinion steering :cool: , plus all the wear parts are a decade+ newer. There's nothing wrong with Rack and Pinion that I know of and coil suspension is superior to torsion bar (all modern vehicles use coil based suspension, none that I know use torsion bar).
 
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Weaker frame, more prone to rust.

To each their own. The suspension is very limited travel wise and eats itself when lifted.
 

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