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Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

This is the start of my Formula Toy build up. I know that this is not an FJ but a couple of forum members have asked about my project so I decided to start a thread. For anyone who is interested here is a website for info on the Formula Toy Formula Toy. This is what a FToy is and pretty close to what I am going to build, except I am going to have 4 bucket seats.

The FToy uses a donor frame and running gear from a 4x4 Toyota. This is my donor truck, a 1987 4runner that I got for $300 in the condition you see it.


I gave away the removable top to a guy from Pirate4x4 and then proceeded to cut the back half off.

I gutted the interior and pulled the computer and wire harness in one piece.

My crawler build thread. https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...rockbuggy.html

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Re: Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

Mark, that's great! You got quite a nice start with $300. The F toys are so awesome. Perfectly sized imho. When are you getting started withe the project? I'll try and make it over sometime this Summer.


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Re: Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

I cut the front inner fenders off and unbolted all of the engine components from the cab.

I cut the top off and cut the remaining cab in half to make it easier to take off of the frame.

The body loaded up on a trailer ready to be recycled.

The green 4runner body is my brothers that you might remember from https://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forum...oree-pics.html
This is what it looks like now.

Here is a couple of pics of the frame with the body stripped off.


That is the start, I will post more later. Let me know what you think.

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Re: Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

thats gonna be awesome!

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That looks like a freakin' blast!

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Re: Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

Nice start Mark, looking forward to following along with the build.


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Re: Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

Do you have plans to upgrade the axle shafts? What size tire are you going to use? Are you going to modify the steering system and/or the brakes? Are you going to change out the ring/pinion sets? Are you going to do a crawl box, and if so, which?

I'm SUPER happy to see your major build project posted from the beginning on this board!

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Re: Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

looks like a lot of work great job

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Re: Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

I got a little more work done Sunday night and tonight. New straight axle.

I will be using a Marlin Crawler dual case adaptor and this is the second transfer case.

My 9 year old helping cut off the body mounts. All of the mounts cut off, now we get to grind all of the welds off.


Driver and front passenger seats.

Rear seats for my kids. I went with 2 buckets because they hold the kids in alot better with the harnesses.

The truck had a blown head gasket so I am replacing that as well.


This is my gas powered golf cart that I need to sell to get parts for the FToy build. Anyone interested PM me.

That is it for tonight I am going out for a quick night cruise with the wife. I have to keep her happy, she is all for me building this project right now!!

I will post more in a couple of days. Thanks for the interest guys.

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Re: Mtrent's FToy build (4runner to rockbuggy)

Very sharp concept and it looks as if you have your concept down. I hesitate to mention it but I'd succumb to the temptation to throw an LS1 engine in it and dump the old Toy motor. I know it's an even more radical approach because literally everything must go if you take it in that direction, but it would be so cool.

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