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Hello everyone,
I drove Mr. White this evening for the first time since picking it up from Ed's place in Poulsbo on the 19th of July, so I it seems like good day to begin my Phoenix Build Thread. For those of you who didn't catch the recent posts about my Red RS being totaled a while back, I was lucky enough to pick up a white 89 RS from EdMc. to ease my pain. ( Thanks again for the great RS, Ed ! Amy and I enjoyed meeting you and your daughter too. )

I'm not planning to turn Mr White into a monster trail truck or anything like that, but plan on building a combination daily driver / expedition rig by improving on everything learned from working on Mr. Red over the years.

Anyway...on with the thread ! :lol: :drunken:

I drove the new truck down to my friend Curtis's place the day after we got back from Poulsbo, and parked it nose to nose with the old one so they could meet each other before the heart transplant began. Mr. Red was already prepped for the operation, so I jumped into getting Mr. White ready to receive the donor engine. I was pleased to see that the new rig didn't have AC, since I was planning on deleting mine anyway, and I decided to take advantage of the swap to delete the smog pump and related items and test my idea for plugging the air rail holes.

I guess the accident loosened up some bolts on Mr. Red, 'cause the engine / transmission bolts came out without any fight.
Mr. White wasn't willing to let go so easily, but I was able to get all the bolts out by holding my mouth just right.
The fact that the upper e/t bolts that hold the rear cooling line were missing didn't exactly break my heart, either...

One thing I'll say about this job...LOAD LEVELERs ROCK !
That thing made the process of pulling both engines and sliding my newer engine into Mr. White 10,000% easier than my previous experience putting the engine in Mr. Red a few years back without the leveler. I'll never do this kind of work without one again !

Everything went together quickly and easily once the engine was bolted to the transmission and the motor mounts were in.
My buddy tapped the air rail base fittings to receive some nice allen head bolts, so I threaded them in with some anti seize ( to seal the threads, but make them easy to remove in the event leakage, chirping, or the need to re-install the smog system if the new exhaust that I'm also swapping over from Red doesn't get me through DEQ )

The only thing left to do was make a soup can patch for the exhaust (I had to cut the exhaust between the collector and the flex pipe because the flange bolts had become one with the flange. No biggie...like I said, the exhaust I just put in Red will be in White this week.

After putting in the oil and coolant, I went through my start-up check list, cracked a beer, lit a smoke, and fired 'er up.
The engine wouldn't catch a decent idle at first, but I adjusted the timing to settle things out to a steady 900rpm and she warmed right up to the idea of running again.

A cruise around the neighborhood helped things settle out even more, and I had no trouble getting the air to burp out of the cooling system.
The allen head / air rail base fitting combo worked like a charm, though the exhaust noise might be drowning out any chirping under load. I wasn't able to hear any chirping whistling at idle though. My plan for tomorrow morning is to drive it over to my friend's shop to degrease the engine and under carriage so I can make sure that there are no leaks or other unsavory things happening under there.

That's it for now, but keep an eye out for coming attractions, such as:
• The removal of the transmission, 4.77s, and whatever else I can take from Mr. Red and maintain a rolling chassis for the flatbed.
• Further installments to this thread as I move forward with other upgrades, repairs, and the other fun stuff I have in mind for Mr. White.
• Whatever else seems fitting to add

Red-and-White.1.jpg

I have a ton of other pics to sort and re-size, so I'll be posting them as I move forward.

Peace, and thanks for your thoughts !
 

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Oh yes, a load leveler can eliminate quite a few of the normal French words that usually get emitted during that process.

My brother pulled the 428 out of his Mach One quite a few years ago without that tool. One of those would have came in handy, I just picked one of those up last Saturday at Harbor Freight for the future pull on the 88 I still need to get done.
 

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Good to see the accident didn't dampen your Isuzu addiction! I will be watching.
 

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Mark, I can't believe I missed your Phoenix build thread, I've got it earmarked now! :oops:

Glad to see Mr. Red and his new cousin (brother?) Mr. White getting along so well. Mighty nice of Mr. Red to become an Organ Donor!!! :twisted:

I see a nice rack on Mr. White and a purty set of Snowflakes, looking good!

Should look very Retro with the round-eye conversion, be sure to post more pics as you get 'em.

BTW I load-levelers are cool, I sure could have used one when I did my 3.4 swap!

And likewise, it was a beautiful day for Mr. White to get a new home, and nice to have met you and your wife!

Cheers........ed
 

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Glad you found the thread, Ed.
I should've included a link in one of my e-mails. :oops:

Mr White is sporting some fancy new duds, and the round-eyes should be done tomorrow ( I'll post an update with pics ).
I'm gearing up to pull the remaining drive line out of Mr Red this week, and the last things to remove will be salvageable body panels, glass, and interior.
With the room full of parts I've already removed, there won't be much left for the ol' bone yard...

Hope your building projects are coming together, and that you're enjoying remains of summer !
 

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Hope your building projects are coming together, and that you're enjoying remains of summer !
Things are moving right along, I'll have a roof on the new addition, come Monday! :D
 

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Hey everyone -
I finally found some time to sort pictures, so here comes an update.

Projects completed so far this month:
• Swapped the 2.6 from Red into White
Red.White.Toyota.1.jpg


• Deleted the Smog Pump System
Air-Rail-Plugs.Sans-Air-Pump.jpg


• Swapped Superwinch Hubs for Aisins - ( Selling Superwinch hubs for $60 )
• Swapped over the Snowflakes and Tires
• Swapped over the large Rodeo Mirrors
• Removed Stock Mud Flaps
• Continued Dismantling Red and storing parts...should be ready to scrap soon.

• Swapped over the Round Eyes this morning
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Satin-Paint-and-Liquid-Tape.jpg

Round-Eyes.jpg


Upcoming Projects:
• Getting Fuel Gauge to Function
• Swapping Ball Joints and Steering Components
• Fixing Oil Leak :roll:
• Taking Care of Surface Rust on White
• Swapping as many incandescent bulbs for LEDs as possible

Thanks for looking, and I'll post more as I finish new projects.
 

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Oregon RS said:
Hello everyone,
I drove Mr. White this evening for the first time since picking it up from Ed's place in Poulsbo on the 19th of July, so I it seems like good day to begin my Phoenix Build Thread. For those of you who didn't catch the recent posts about my Red RS being totaled a while back, I was lucky enough to pick up a white 89 RS from EdMc. to ease my pain. ( Thanks again for the great RS, Ed ! Amy and I enjoyed meeting you and your daughter too. )

I'm not planning to turn Mr White into a monster trail truck or anything like that, but plan on building a combination daily driver / expedition rig by improving on everything learned from working on Mr. Red over the years.

Anyway...on with the thread ! :lol: :drunken:

I drove the new truck down to my friend Curtis's place the day after we got back from Poulsbo, and parked it nose to nose with the old one so they could meet each other before the heart transplant began. Mr. Red was already prepped for the operation, so I jumped into getting Mr. White ready to receive the donor engine. I was pleased to see that the new rig didn't have AC, since I was planning on deleting mine anyway, and I decided to take advantage of the swap to delete the smog pump and related items and test my idea for plugging the air rail holes.

I guess the accident loosened up some bolts on Mr. Red, 'cause the engine / transmission bolts came out without any fight.
Mr. White wasn't willing to let go so easily, but I was able to get all the bolts out by holding my mouth just right.
The fact that the upper e/t bolts that hold the rear cooling line were missing didn't exactly break my heart, either...

One thing I'll say about this job...LOAD LEVELERs ROCK !
That thing made the process of pulling both engines and sliding my newer engine into Mr. White 10,000% easier than my previous experience putting the engine in Mr. Red a few years back without the leveler. I'll never do this kind of work without one again !

Everything went together quickly and easily once the engine was bolted to the transmission and the motor mounts were in.
My buddy tapped the air rail base fittings to receive some nice allen head bolts, so I threaded them in with some anti seize ( to seal the threads, but make them easy to remove in the event leakage, chirping, or the need to re-install the smog system if the new exhaust that I'm also swapping over from Red doesn't get me through DEQ )

The only thing left to do was make a soup can patch for the exhaust (I had to cut the exhaust between the collector and the flex pipe because the flange bolts had become one with the flange. No biggie...like I said, the exhaust I just put in Red will be in White this week.

After putting in the oil and coolant, I went through my start-up check list, cracked a beer, lit a smoke, and fired 'er up.
The engine wouldn't catch a decent idle at first, but I adjusted the timing to settle things out to a steady 900rpm and she warmed right up to the idea of running again.

A cruise around the neighborhood helped things settle out even more, and I had no trouble getting the air to burp out of the cooling system.
The allen head / air rail base fitting combo worked like a charm, though the exhaust noise might be drowning out any chirping under load. I wasn't able to hear any chirping whistling at idle though. My plan for tomorrow morning is to drive it over to my friend's shop to degrease the engine and under carriage so I can make sure that there are no leaks or other unsavory things happening under there.

That's it for now, but keep an eye out for coming attractions, such as:
• The removal of the transmission, 4.77s, and whatever else I can take from Mr. Red and maintain a rolling chassis for the flatbed.
• Further installments to this thread as I move forward with other upgrades, repairs, and the other fun stuff I have in mind for Mr. White.
• Whatever else seems fitting to add


I have a ton of other pics to sort and re-size, so I'll be posting them as I move forward.

Peace, and thanks for your thoughts !
:D wow you have two rs troopers.awesome 8) recon
 

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:D wow you have two rs troopers.awesome 8) recon
You ain't seen the other side of Mr. Red yet! :shock: :crybaby: :sad2: :sad3:
 

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:D wow you have two rs troopers.awesome 8) recon
Ha ha...well, yes, technically I suppose, but not quite in the way you're thinking...

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or the way I'd hoped to have them...

:roll:

Anyway...thanks for watching the show, everyone, and for your input on this ongoing project.

Now that I'm back to Round Eyes, I'm thinking of converting to HID lights.
(http://www.amazon.com/Rampage-5089925-H ... B001OMPJGS)

or

http://www.amazon.com/HELLA-002395801-H ... roduct_top

Anyone have any long term use/performance reports on either of these set-ups ?
They've both received great reviews, put out a LOT more light than sealed beams, and spare bulbs will take up less space in my road box.
One review of the Rampage Lights states that the vented lenses (?) allow mud and water to get inside. The price is low enough that I might give 'em a shot and figure out a way to protect the vents from the elements while letting them do their thing.
 

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Wow, that must have been quite an impact! :shock:

Jonathan
Yeah, brother, you could say that !

When I lost a CV near the top of a hill climb along the Power Line Trail at Brown's Camp, the truck started to go sideways on the slope.
Fearing a barrel roll down the hill through the forest, I got it straightened out and focused my attention on controlling the backward slide down the slippery clay slope and trying to get three spinning tires to grab hold of something as long as I could before the bouncing and an unfortunately placed curve in the trail sent the passenger side rear corner of the truck into a tree at the bottom of the steepest part of the slope.

I remember hearing myself say, "oh ****, this is gonna hurt", as we picked up speed down the hill.
Next I remember a sudden stop and a big crunch as my seat folded backward and i went flying into the back of the truck.
The weirdest part was watching my truck keys sail over my head and bounce off the cargo door in slow motion as sparkling chunks of broken glass from the small cargo door and passenger's rear slider flew in the opposite direction...

I have no memory of exiting the truck, but both myself and my friend walked away. His back hurt for a few days, but he's fine now.
I finally went to the doctor after my left hip wouldn't stop aching. They I figure that it was dislocated when my boot got hung up between the steering wheel and the seat as I flew into the back of the truck. They also surmised that the impact of my body against the cargo door 're-located' my hip on the spot. :shock:

In all of my years of wheeling, I've never experienced anything like the backward luge ride we took down the hill that day.
Totally unexpected, impossible to stop once it started, and over in seconds.
I went back to the scene last week to look around, and am still amazed that I kept the truck from rolling sideways and that we walked away with minor injuries.

Crazy days at Brown's Camp
 
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