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So this build started off as kinda unusual. I had a 98 4runner 3.4 5speed 4x4 that i did some body work to because i just decided i was going to keep it for a few more years.
https://i.postimg.cc/MGmzGFxC/IMG-20161105-170027076-HDR.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/pdH2RHNQ/IMG-20161105-170348424.jpg
I had just fixed the rockers and door dings and my Friend was going to plastidip the truck to make all one color.
right at this point my friends cars engine blew up (Honda accord jumped timing and bent all the valves). so i threw him the keys and 2 days later he hit a deer.
https://i.postimg.cc/gk1zthNT/IMG-20161111-064840962.jpghttps://postimg.cc/QHkZHFLQ
https://i.postimg.cc/pr6WH5xy/IMG-20161111-064854556.jpghttps://postimg.cc/v4YF9GMp

The damage went as far as bending both front fenders in along with the whole front core support. Also the Radiator was leaking, ac hoses torn, headlight brackets blew apart.
I looked around at newer Trucks and suv and really didnt find anything i wanted more than my old truck back.
So i looked for another 4runner and found this.

https://i.postimg.cc/kG4JzF0k/IMG-20161112-154418491-HDR.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/QN4x5w5s/IMG-20161112-154423176.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/vBPMrx4X/IMG-20161113-110646578.jpg

a 2000 2.7 auto 2wd 4runner with 270k on it for $1000

The plan was drive it through winter and transfer that front fenders and other parts onto the old 4runner
Under further inspection the frame for the 2wd is the same as the 4wd and the new 4runner was in better shape (better by a lot than my old truck).
It Even drove better. So it became a job of turn 2 into 1.
At this point i decided to sell my another car and make one offroad 4runner that i always wanted.
So I started collecting parts while working on the old truck.

take the 98 4runner 220k v6 4x4 manual parts
https://i.postimg.cc/Hs8HMxd4/IMG-20170414-105832095-TOP.jpg

and and 270k Better body and frame.
https://i.postimg.cc/k4V9yXWm/IMG-20170511-183028139.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/B6d379C1/IMG-20170511-183037487.jpg

At this point i decided to sell my another car and make one offroad 4runner that i always wanted.
So I started collecting parts while working on the old truck.


First things First... Disassemble and reseal the engine and replace the Clutch.
https://i.postimg.cc/P5GHQjqG/IMG-20170414-105839360.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/vZWsPN14/IMG-20170417-200305464.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/6qLdyC06/IMG_20170417_203333366.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/25rfg7v2/IMG-20170417-200309029.jpg

weight is 624 lbs for all assembled engine with trans and wiring harness(with starter and all)
https://i.postimg.cc/mrvMjmp2/IMG_20170429_151355454.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/6qLdyC06/IMG_20170417_203333366.jpg
The Clutch was just about done. It had all the marks of being original at 220k

https://i.postimg.cc/W14M1FJj/IMG_20170424_193038363.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/VkHXrfjt/IMG_20170424_193033724.jpg

I pulled the valve covers and gaskets https://i.postimg.cc/jdcHTQ2Z/IMG_20170424_184630023.jpg
Installed a gm 140 amp alternator to keep the battery happy when winching
https://i.postimg.cc/50pzJfNj/IMG_20170607_174819746.jpg

Next was extracting the 4wd parts and front knuckles
https://i.postimg.cc/qMKVR5x1/IMG-20170429-151404234.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/90jSqWp1/IMG-20170607-190106482.jpg

and rear axle
https://i.postimg.cc/KzWwcPkX/IMG-20170507-152213749.jpg

I installed a Assie-locker in the rear
https://i.postimg.cc/JzgPwcYS/IMG_20170509_164448311.jpg
some winter pics
https://i.postimg.cc/c1Yhpnfb/IMG_20170314_183748860.jpg

Next was tear down the 2000 4runner for its new drive train.
Last pic of it as a complete 2wd truck
https://i.postimg.cc/KjF0qGpz/IMG_20170507_111703174.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/Hn2BFqFt/IMG_20170507_111710106.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/4Nf8p3h2/IMG_20170507_111710106_TOP.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/0yHHkqjW/IMG_20170507_111715710.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/8kBKFvsr/IMG_20170507_111727638.jpg
Here is my New work truck until the 4runner was done
https://i.postimg.cc/nLBG9qPb/IMG_20170623_164034525.jpg

Lets get into it.
https://i.postimg.cc/4dv59C4T/IMG_20170511_174454575_HDR.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/D02cQCm4/IMG_20170511_174506141.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/L8rBQ4np/IMG_20170511_200420823.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/wjtQkRx2/IMG_20170511_200425634.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/KYPL9n6P/IMG_20170607_170245089_HDR.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/4xhpcCwF/IMG_20170607_170254277_HDR.jpg
401 lbs for the 2.7 no flywheel or transmission otherwise fully dressed.
This is ware We found the first snag The wiring harnesses Had significant differences because of the year differences. All the connectors were different. For 3rd gens the 2000 was the first year of the face lift. So it was a decision of replace all the wiring harnesses or cut and splice. I decided to change the body harness. This was a JOB. All the door harness and window motors where changed along with the door panels. The Rear hatch harness was repaired (power lock wires where broken inside) and replaced with 1998 wires and modules. If i had planed the 2wd to 4wd i would make sure they are the same years but at the time i didn't care as the 2000 was supposed to be a parts truck.
https://i.postimg.cc/tgcG7Qwm/IMG-20170607-164521082.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/1tNhq7ZR/IMG-20170607-164531455.jpg
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The Dash came out along with the heaterbox
https://i.postimg.cc/SKRpyNTM/IMG-20170607-164529282.jpg

Next was Removal of the Rear axle (different axle Ratio)
https://i.postimg.cc/9QNnYPbD/IMG_20170610_125345703.jpg

And then the front suspension
https://i.postimg.cc/MHDsM1XK/IMG_20170610_125352001.jpg
Now the frame was near bare under neath it was time for the new suspension
For the lift i Went with sonoransteel 1.2 Classic kit. Running
Front
Bilstein 5100
trd progressive springs
diff drop
Rear
Land cruiser 80 series front springs
Factory Toyota land cruiser rear shocks

the kit also has new bumpstops with brackets, brake hoses.
I also installed Camburg front upper control arms
https://i.postimg.cc/5y172s4R/IMG_20170611_114209912.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/fLYqsGNd/IMG_20170611_130626102.jpghttps://i.postimg.cc/PrXVGVFL/IMG_20170611_154616391.jpg
The Front diff was next
https://i.postimg.cc/B65pk2Tc/IMG_20170616_171050196.jpg

Rear axle and suspension
https://i.postimg.cc/gkgSGyfg/IMG_20170616_171012441.jpg

Time for the engine and transmission
https://i.postimg.cc/7ZbBhG4w/IMG_20170616_171034420.jpg
Here is were I ran into the 2 big problem. the car was an auto and is going to be a manual. The Slave cylinder for the clutch had to be drilled in the firewall and petal box needed to be swapped. This wasnt really that bad. It took time to install mark remove and drill.
Problem 3 was the transmission cross-member was 8 in to far back to match the 2wd mounts. I ended up grinding out the x-member mounts off the old 4runner and welding into the new 4runner.
https://i.postimg.cc/HxPL3nk0/IMG_20170709_152548071.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/0jMy4vzT/IMG_20170709_154304684.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/C53xT2Dz/IMG-20170709-154318298.jpg

Here are some pics droped down with the engine and tires installed
https://i.postimg.cc/Fz9p41Gt/IMG-20170708-172346370-HDR.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/7hmVYDQ5/IMG_20170708_172330533.jpg
References
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This was an amazing build Dustin Anderson thanks for sharing! Your 4Runner is very impressive out on the trails AND the road!
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I love that 4runner. It's just the right size. It's capable as hell and still very streetable.
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