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24racer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted March 08, 2004 09:38 PM  
I have done several searches on the net for Toyota Racer Pages and havent found a whole lot. I am currently in the process of building an 87 Toyota Pickup, for a small dirt track and wanted to know if anyone would care to chat back and forth about the does and donts they have learned.
I have also started a website for our truck and another with some info that may help you out. Check them out, let me know what you think, and if you would like to share info. Maybe if we can get together we can all help each other out.
http://www.okracing.homestead.com/minitruck.html http://www.okracing.homestead.com/techinfo.html


Xtrem4U
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 144
posted March 09, 2004 06:09 AM  
Thought about building a Toyota Pkup! But I think they way too heavy- like -3500lbs @ the start! I'd go with a Chev.S10 & Toyota engine.

cobb
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted March 09, 2004 10:43 AM  
well good luck,i have a 93 that i drive everyday. they're not that heavy though. mine weighs 2500 with me it it and a tool box thats full of stuff(i haul off a lot s**** metal)

24racer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted March 09, 2004 07:33 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by Xtrem4U:
Thought about building a Toyota Pkup! But I think they way too heavy- like -3500lbs @ the start! I'd go with a Chev.S10 & Toyota engine.

3500 pounds sounds a little steep for a mini truck. A few years ago I raced a full size Chevy Pu and it only weighed 3600 pds with me in it. The thing I like about the Toyota is its Torsion bar front end. The motors are a little pricey to build, But I bet you can make em scream. I guess only time will tell. Very few racers around here run Toyotas, so I dont really have anybody locally to talk with. I am hoping to find a few guys on here who like to talk Toyota! Ive got 1 reply so far, Cmon guys I know there is more of you out there.

cajunracer88
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 180
posted March 10, 2004 09:11 PM  
hey email me we race toyota and nissan i have a nissan truck for sell. cajunracer88@yahoo.com

Xtrem4U
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 144
posted March 11, 2004 06:25 AM  
Look on the inside of your drivers door or the inside drivers door pillar. It will show you the weight of your Toyota. I could be mistaken- but I remember they are really heavy.

cobb
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted March 11, 2004 03:38 PM  
thats the weight rating..... thats the max vehicle+cargo or vehicle+trailer weight

Xtrem4U
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 144
posted March 13, 2004 08:13 AM  
GVW- gross vehicle weight!

outlaw76x
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted March 15, 2004 08:12 PM  
I have a 88 toyota and I just went to the dump last weekend and their scales said 2600 something.With me in the thing. (240)

ministock43
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted March 15, 2004 08:45 PM  
78 celica hatch back 2325 with me in it 230lbs

bigcityracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 431
posted March 16, 2004 03:57 PM  
1986 Corolla 2330 with me 270lbs and 240lbs of added weight in rear for handling. Car only weights 1820

mini14
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted March 16, 2004 05:56 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by 24racer:
I have done several searches on the net for Toyota Racer Pages and havent found a whole lot. I am currently in the process of building an 87 Toyota Pickup, for a small dirt track and wanted to know if anyone would care to chat back and forth about the does and donts they have learned.
I have also started a website for our truck and another with some info that may help you out. Check them out, let me know what you think, and if you would like to share info. Maybe if we can get together we can all help each other out.
http://www.okracing.homestead.com/minitruck.html http://www.okracing.homestead.com/techinfo.html


82 Celica, 22R 2180lbs

dhsrcjh
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 59
posted March 16, 2004 08:18 PM  
85 Celica 22R with driver, 2180#
The 22R will really go.

24racer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted March 16, 2004 08:58 PM  
hey dhsrcjh,

Thanks for the reply and email. Interesting how you used the EFI head. I thought everyone used the 20R head on a 22R block. Which way do you think is better? My motor internals are alot like yours only we are going to try a bigger cam. I think the cam is too big, but my machine shop wanted it so I got it.

USAUS Racing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted March 17, 2004 07:03 AM  
Several years back I ran a 77 Liftback Celica in rallies. I found that the 18R engine ran harder and better than the 20 or 22R did. Its only problem was a timing chanin system that that threw a chain AS SOON AS YOU LOST Pressure- which can happen on some tight corners. I'm looking for the data on the mod I did to fix that and will post it when I find it.

bigcityracer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 431
posted March 17, 2004 04:48 PM  
Sound like the chain was stretched out due to ware. My 3tc broke the lower gear and the second time the chain. When I bought the new chain and gear set I reallize how bad they were.

USAUS Racing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted March 18, 2004 07:45 AM  
Nope brand new chain. The problem is the tensoner system only uses the oil pressure to supply tension - no locking in place. Drop of pressure, drop in tension oops no chain or chain cover. I modified the tensioner but cannot recall what I did. The data is, I think, still sitting in my parents garage back in australia. The $64 question - which box??

USAUS Racing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted March 18, 2004 08:05 AM  
The first time it did it the engine had just been rebuilt (from ground up), the second time was a brand new engine straight Toyota. I seem to recall we used parts fromanother Toyota engine to fix the problem but dont know which one.

dhsrcjh
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 59
posted March 18, 2004 02:11 PM  
1984 and older blocks can run the 20r head. 1985 and up does better with the 22R head.
1984 and older have domed pistons and 1985 and up have dished pistons. We cut the EFI head .120 and used the dished pistons.
The 18R engine will run great, but, we have a weight rule. Have to weigh 2750. The 18R won't touch the 22R at that weight. Neither will the 20R. Have tried the 20R and 22R. Ran against some 20R engines in our class and they could not run with us anywhere.

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