This is the beginning of a long and labour intensive journey that I am undertaking; to combine a classic 4x4 chassis with a unique German body! I am going to swap my Rabbit pickup body onto this beauty of a truck I saved from becoming a bush-mobile! For maximum VW, 4x4 goodness!
Youre looking at a 1982 Toyota Pickup, 22R motor, 4 speed transmission w/4x4. Solid axle front end!
- just truck
Its actually a really clean cab, dirty but not rotten anyways. But the interior is incomplete and a rats nest of wiring so its all gotta go! Stay tuned for a minty cab for sale if anyone needs one! The whole thing is painted in like rocker guard or something though :S
Engine is minty too! Its the 22R, has about 220,00kms on it or so; does need a bit of TLC but runs really smooth! Ill be using this engine in the beginning to get around while I save for V8 goodies
- rear end
Rear end has all new seals, newish shocks as well.
- front end
Same deal in the front end, new seals, shocks, i think draglink and a few other pieces under there.
- transfer case
The truck used to have a 5 speed in it but it was shredded so the previous owner swapped in a 4speed with this transfer case! It all shifts beautifully
Tires are like brand new! Tons of life left on them so im super happy about that, I actually really like those old rims too!
Overall super happy with my donor truck, its going to be a tough build but itll be worth it all in the end i have no doubt!
My current list of known things to tackle:
1) The wheel base on the VW is 104", the wheel base on the toyota is 110" from hub center to hub center. So obviously thats 6" too long, and with the VW already having small fenders, it would look dumb. I im likely gonna have to shorten the frame 6" as well as the driveshaft. Im not too concerned about this as i already have to do a bit of welding on the frame where the previous owner tried to repair rust. The driveshaft isnt too bad of an expense either, a few hundred bucks at most.
2) *Edited* The unibody on the VW isnt completely as flat as i thought it was, and there is a reduction in box depth that should be sufficient to clear the rear frame arches of the Toyota. Before further inspection this looked like it would be an issue but doesnt seem to be anymore.
3) *Edited* Turns out my coolant leak was a head gasket issue pushing coolant out of my reservoir tank!
4) Wiring: Luckily for me both trucks are quite old and neither had any bells or whistles. The diesel currently in the VW is a true 1 wire diesel so theres no wiring issues there. As far as interior goes, theres about a dozen wires that ill have to provide power to and its done!
5) Steering: Currently unsure of what the angle or length of the steering column will need to be. But I forsee it being a slight pain in the butt and will update on that later on.
6) Tunnel and mounts: With the VW being FWD it has virtually no transmission tunnel, just a tiny exhaust one. So once i figure out the situation with having to raise the front end or not, I will have to cut out the firewall of the VW and make myself a tunnel to fit the transmission and properly place the shifters.
PS. I mentioned V8 goodies, its common for people to swap small block chevy or ford engines into toyota pickups. Adapter kits are about $1000CDN after shipping and exchange and SBCs can be had out of lots of cars for relatively cheap. Thats next years project.