I decided to start my build thread in the yota section rather than in the pop-up camper section due to other modifications that will happen after the first can-o-worms is sealed up.
Current state of vehicle:
Nothing special... yet
1989 4runner 3.0 cargo version----->(no back seats or useable side panels).
1.5 BJ spacers and upgraded torsion bars in the front.
Zuk mod in the rear with 12" 125lbs helper springs in the rear.
Some one cut stole my catalytic converter in broad day light so now I have, temporarily, a straight pipe to cherry bomb.
Cheap cold air intake.
4.88 gears and lockers front and back.
moveable winch mounts and winch
longtravel IFS and deaver leafs springs in the rear.
upgraded disk brakes
3.4 V6 conversion
Flip-pac camper shell(currently in process)
custom barn doors
Swing out tire carrier
Bumper and floor mod to fold out into steps
This is in Joushua tree over a year ago but still pretty much what it looks like
The 4runner at my buddy's shop with Flip-pac placed on top.
The Flip-pac rails curve down just on top of the runner rails. Looks nice and I think with the way we are planning on mounting everything together we should have a nice seal and decent look.
Our plan is to run thick walled 1" square aluminum down the rails. We are thinking that riveting 2" flat, sandwiching the flippac camper rail between the flat and the square will hold up. Oh and after sandwiching this all together using resin and fiberglass to for more strength and a better finish. Attaching aluminum L brackets to correspond with the factory holes, and notching out the flippac rails will give me access to bolt the flip-pac down. Below is a picture of my softtoper rail in place where the custom rail will go for reference.
Just a dry fit with aluminum spacers and camper flipped over.
I took a template of the original camper and cut out the shape from the front wall of the flip-pac.
When the flip-pac is sitting flush on the 4runner, this hole will actually be straddling about 1/4 of the highest area of the cab. We plan on retaining the original camper shell's front mounting system into the Flip-pac mounting system. Using a clip system and bolts, as well as fiberglass we will make the transition a nice one.
Progress might be a little slow on this build due to work and my buddy's shop is 1.5 hours away from me, thats with no traffic...
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He does some real nice work in southern cali.
Please feel free to comment or ask questions.