Swapping a VW into a 1st gen IFS 4 runner

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Despite a fuel shortage there was no problem getting diesel these past few weeks. I've been glad I went diesel in my DD, tow rig and even my boat. It's been very warm here so I'm on the water instead of playing with the 4 runner like i want to. I've been sitting on the adapter for a few weeks so I decided to install it. I had to grind some material off the adapter, 3 slits, that hit the oil pan supports. Other than that if fit like it was made for it.

I will be ordering a 3.4 flywheel, good oem replacment clutch and 3.0 throw out bearing so maybe in a week or two I can get her installed into the 4 runner. I still have a ton of wiring to sort but I need the motor in place as she's getting new wiring from brake lights to head lights to dome light.

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I've got a pretty serious fishing boat. I reeled this guy in last weekend. The worm almost swallowed the fish whole but I was able to get it reeled in. You know it's a fighter when you have to put down your coffee and grab a glove to get the hook out.

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So i needed 4.10s so I don't die on Hwy 85. The 4.3s. Will put me a a little high on the rpms at 75mph. Now I think I can hit 85-90 with 33s I'll be running. I also needed a countless list of other small items so i bought a nice runner with working AC. 22re with 5 speed. So now i have more parts to sell to fund this project. Sadly I've not had time to do any work but.. The fishing has been good this year.

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I got the suspension rebuilt, brakes rebuilt, steering rebuilt and master cyl/brake booster upgraded.

Now I just lack the body lift and diff drop spacers.

I'm anxious to toss in the tdi/r150 combo but waiting on a buyer for my 22re/w56 set up.

If anyone in the south east wants a good runner with what looks like a new head come take her off my hands. No tags or insurance...front end not aligned but you can spin it around the neighborhood.

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Lake season is over so time to get back on the 4runner.

I'm having to run power to my garage. Real power in order to run a welder and plasma cutter to repair some frame rot.

I decided on a centerforce dual friction clutch. I modified the pressure plate, cutting off the weights.

The engine is mounted to the trans.

I hope to get the wiring finished up this weekend so I can start pulling the body off the frame.

I'd be further along but the little lady daily drives her discovery 2, this means I get to do tons of stupid repairs on a regular basis that take away my 4 runner play time.

I need a cheap 4l60e/dana 18 set up for her rover so I can ditch that unreliable lump. Getting her a diesel swap would give me time to finish my restomod.
 

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