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irbis
07-22-2008, 08:49 PM
We are building a 1966 FJ40 for a customer. We are not going to do a lot of body work except replacing the floor. The main idea for the conversion is 3.4 engine, R150 5 speed transmission, T-case with outputs front on the right and rear center. FJ60 axles, FJ62 brake booster, steering column, steering box. Power steering pump original with a 3.4. Lift spring FJ60. That's the plan. Let's see what we come up with.

irbis
07-22-2008, 09:03 PM
Continued progress. Engine motor mounts built, transmission cross-member done. We replaced the piece of firewall, cut off from FJ60. That's going to give us exact boltup pattern for brake booster, clutch slave cylinder, and steering column.

subzali
07-22-2008, 09:09 PM
Sweet project! Like to see it when it's done!

irbis
07-22-2008, 09:11 PM
Here are several more pictures of the conversion.

irbis
07-22-2008, 09:15 PM
Here is the rest of the firewall, front axle pre-fit, new axle mounts built and steering box.

theboomboom
07-22-2008, 09:17 PM
http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/images/smilies/popc1.gif

irbis
07-22-2008, 09:18 PM
Last picture for the day. More pictures coming soon...

Romer
07-22-2008, 10:05 PM
I have seen this and it's going to be sweet

Hulk
07-23-2008, 01:17 AM
The main idea for the conversion is 3.4 engine, R150 5 speed transmission, T-case with outputs front on the right and rear center.

So is that mostly 3rd gen 4Runner running gear? This looks really cool!

Beater
07-23-2008, 07:58 AM
I am falling in love more every day with my 3.4 I am beginning to realize its a great motor that needs nothing out of the box.

j

Tch2fly
07-23-2008, 08:07 AM
Wow I've got to follow this.....
weird coincidence because I've been thinking about a new project and this was almost exactly what I had in mind.

now...figure out how add to add my 80 axles w/coils springs and I'm an owner :D

MDH33
07-23-2008, 08:23 AM
Looks really cool Oleg!

This is my friend Doug's 40. His uncle owned it since new in Arizona. He passed away last year and Doug wanted to get it running again.

Talk him into Painting that thing too Oleg! :thumb:

Red_Chili
07-23-2008, 08:46 AM
The 3.4 is to V6s as the 22RE is to I4s. It is indeed a wonderful motor. Gonna blow it?

I will say that I was unhappy with the stock PS pump with the 3.4 though. It is a weak point. Just a thought.

Maddmatt
07-23-2008, 09:26 AM
Oleg,
Take careful notes....:D

I bought the '96 runner that you sold to Nakman, still runs perfectly (although the power antenna broke last week - the only thing that doesn't work perfectly after 12 years and 191k miles ;) ) so I've become a huge fan of the 3.4. My plan was to make a decision at 200k, put "fun" money into the runner (lift, bumpers, etc...) or find a new toy, but if I get rear ended by a bus or something I'll be very interested in putting this engine into some other project. I was thinking a 1st gen runner, but I could be swayed to a 40.

Anyway, I'm sure the final build will be great, post up a lot of pictures so us dreamers can dream!
-Matt

Rezarf
07-23-2008, 10:48 AM
Looks great! This will be cool to see come together.

Drew

Rock Dog
07-23-2008, 12:27 PM
What are you planning to do for the wiring harness, computer, and what sensors are you planning on running ? will you splice into the stock harness to make the stock gauges work, or do you have other plans for the gauges ?

Looks Great so Far! i would never have thought to drop a 3.4 into an FJ40....

MDH33
07-23-2008, 12:40 PM
What are you planning to do for the wiring harness, computer, and what sensors are you planning on running ? will you splice into the stock harness to make the stock gauges work, or do you have other plans for the gauges ?

Looks Great so Far! i would never have thought to drop a 3.4 into an FJ40....

There was almost no wiring left in this rig. Notice the black spray paint on everything including lights? (Stealth):cool: The owner had cut out most of the wiring and the instrument cluster was smashed.

Cool that this old rig is getting another chance. :thumb:

irbis
07-23-2008, 08:57 PM
This vehicle is not going to be built for hard core off-roading. The owner doesn't even want to go to the bigger tires. And of course I would like to finish the body work and paint on that vehicle, but not at this time. The drive train on it is going to be completely Toyota 4 Runner or Tacoma but what I like about this is that all of the parts we use are original Toyota. Right now the vehicle doesn't have any existing wiring and we are going to build a completely new harness using the donor vehicle's computer and wires. I would like to work faster but I'm still not strong enough to work at full speed. Here are some more pictures. Enjoy

irbis
07-23-2008, 08:58 PM
Here are some more pictures.

lfd270ben
07-24-2008, 06:10 AM
Are the floors coming from that blue 66 I hauled over there at the beginning of the summer?

irbis
07-25-2008, 08:58 PM
Front end completely done with spring mounts, reinforced frame for steering box and steering box installed. Here are the pictures.

Rock Dog
07-25-2008, 09:34 PM
Looks Great Oleg !!!!! thanks for sharing the pictures. Love watching the build progress :D

frontrange
07-25-2008, 10:05 PM
Interesting steering conversion, I haven't seen that configuration before. Did you dream it up, or is it something others are doing now that I just missed?

wesintl
07-25-2008, 10:13 PM
That steering conversion has been around for a long while

On 40's it was first call the scout conversion when folks used scout boxes with a 3 ear mounting.

Now that 60 series steering boxes are fairly cheap and more readily available that's what most folks use since the scout boxes are friggen huge.

Hulk
07-26-2008, 04:17 AM
No shackle reversal? If I had you in there doing all that work, I'd be asking for a shackle reversal at minimum.

Although let's be honest -- I'd be asking you for coils. :D

wesintl
07-26-2008, 09:43 AM
what happened to the chassis swap?

DaveInDenver
07-26-2008, 05:01 PM
No shackle reversal? If I had you in there doing all that work, I'd be asking for a shackle reversal at minimum.

Although let's be honest -- I'd be asking you for coils. :D
Coils not withstanding, yeah. Oleg mentioned that the owner is not going hardcore and that sort of implies that it's for tooling around and lots of roads. Seems like a good candidate for shackle reversal. One of the reason I could see sticking with forward shackles is to keep from jamming the front output on the transfer case, but bouncing down the road isn't a major problem there, right?

irbis
07-29-2008, 09:49 PM
I build what was ordered and I have plenty of 80 axles with E-Lockers and ready for coil set-up. Just give me a call and give me your vehicle and don't forget the checkbook. For body conversions we still do them, here are some pictures.

Hulk
07-30-2008, 01:48 AM
Wrong year for me to spend more cash on Cruisers. But maybe 2009? The Hulk on 80 axles with coil springs and e-lockers sounds pretty sweet. Extend the wheel base... hmmm.... :)

MDH33
07-30-2008, 08:18 AM
Wrong year for me to spend more cash on Cruisers. But maybe 2009? The Hulk on 80 axles with coil springs and e-lockers sounds pretty sweet. Extend the wheel base... hmmm.... :)

The hulk is too clean for that. You should order an aqualu 45 body and drop that on an 80 chassis.

Sorry for the hijack.

Looking great Oleg!

Red_Chili
07-30-2008, 09:15 AM
The hulk is too clean for that. You should order an aqualu 45 body and drop that on an 80 chassis.

Drool.

Wait, did I just drool over a cruiser whatnot? Perish the thought.








Drool.

MDH33
08-28-2008, 10:12 AM
How's this project coming along Oleg? :)

irbis
08-30-2008, 09:34 PM
Come on guys, be patient, I'm working on it. Here are some updates.

Uncle Ben
12-09-2008, 12:05 AM
Updates?

bigbluefj
12-09-2008, 01:29 AM
Wow HMMMM IDEA'S!!!!

subzali
12-09-2008, 09:32 AM
Hey Oleg what did you do to splice the draglink to connect the pitman arm to the steering arm and get the right length?

AlexJet
12-03-2012, 11:34 AM
Old thread, but I hope I can get some info...
I've been following Irbis for some time. Guys having great builds.

Nice build. Do you have any pictures of finished Cruiser?
I'm putting 5VZ-FE into mine. Interested in details and pictures of the clearances for the engine.

MDH33
12-03-2012, 02:19 PM
Old thread, but I hope I can get some info...
I've been following Irbis for some time. Guys having great builds.

Nice build. Do you have any pictures of finished Cruiser?
I'm putting 5VZ-FE into mine. Interested in details and pictures of the clearances for the engine.

This 40 belongs to a good friend of mine. Oleg did not finish this build and did more damage than good. He had the truck for over a year, excepted a large amount in payments over the course of that year, then he bailed and left my friend with an unfinished mess.

This rig has now been sitting at Redline Landcruisers for the past 9 months where we hope the damage Oleg did can be undone...

AlexJet
12-03-2012, 03:46 PM
This 40 belongs to a good friend of mine. Oleg did not finish this build and did more damage than good. He had the truck for over a year, excepted a large amount in payments over the course of that year, then he bailed and left my friend with an unfinished mess.

This rig has now been sitting at Redline Landcruisers for the past 9 months where we hope the damage Oleg did can be undone...

Was it on the engine part or something else?
Sad to hear that vehicle stil in repair. I hope your friend can get it sooner then later and start enjoying the Cruiser.

bigcity25
12-03-2012, 09:15 PM
I completely feel the frustration of losing money on what you thought is a reputable cruiser shop.