Toyota Integra TDI

dennis1a4

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Toyota Integra TDI
Hello everyone,
First off I'd like to say thanks for all the information on this site. I use it all the time. I've been lurking on this site for a while now, gathering information for my build. I'm at a point now where I would like to share what I've completed so far. My build is more then just a engine conversion, it's more like a complete vehicle build. Because of this it doesn't fit perfectly on any one forum so I decided to make my own site to document the build.
Toyota Integra TDI
Here's a photo chop to get an idea what it will look like.

The basics of what I'm doing is building a car using a Toyota 4Runner frame with a TDI engine and an Acura Integra body. The goal is to make a car that gets good fuel mileage for commuting while still being off-road capable. Check out my site for lots of build description and hundreds of high resolution photos. There's even a forum if you want to ask questions or have suggestions. Or you can just post here. I'll be updating this thread when ever I update my site.
I welcome any questions or suggestions. Here are a couple of photos to get you interested.



I've enjoyed reading the builds on this site. I hope you can enjoy reading mine.
-Dennis
 

G60ING

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One of the ODDEST swaps in this forum EVER. I liked looking at your build page. Please post up here where there are new updates to view :)
 

Jethro

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I agree. VERY odd swap. Very interested to see it as it progresses.
I am pondering swapping a 4BT into my 1500 Ram. But that's super 'common' compared.
 

Scott_DeWitt

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Because a 4Runner has the aerodynamics of a brick and I'm trying to build something that will get good highway fuel mileage. That and I like to be different :)
Different is better but I doubt 35 inch tires will be more aerodynamic with an Acura body.
 

bogievw

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'02 Jetta Wagon- why yes, it is silver. How'd you know?
Wwjd

The Golgotha decal on the door is REALLY a nice touch.

WWJD - What Would Jesus Drive?
 

Conan

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2003 GLS TDI
I've never heard of putting a uni-body on a frame. I can't imagine how you'd fab the body mounts. A truck is designed to take the entire weight of the body and engine on a few, very strong points. A unibody is totally different.

Way back I got inspired to put a Volvo 544 body on a Jeep chassis (exact same wheelbase), but came to my senses. At least that was a body/frame to body/frame swap, but it still would have been a "challenge".

Good luck!

Edit to add: I didn't realize you were well into this project, and had already gotten past the frame challenge. Looks like you are quite the fab guru!
 
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gforce1108

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When I first read your post I though this was purely in the planning stages. I see a lot of those here with no follow-though. Then I saw your build pages... very nice. Now that the Saturn TDI is pretty much wrapped up elsewhere here, this is my favorite conversion!
 

rockwood

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I've never heard of putting a uni-body on a frame. I can't imagine how you'd fab the body mounts. A truck is designed to take the entire weight of the body and engine on a few, very strong points. A unibody is totally different.

Way back I got inspired to put a Volvo 544 body on a Jeep chassis (exact same wheelbase), but came to my senses. At least that was a body/frame to body/frame swap, but it still would have been a "challenge".

Good luck!

Edit to add: I didn't realize you were well into this project, and had already gotten past the frame challenge. Looks like you are quite the fab guru!
Yep. A unibody, properly beefed at the mounting points (or using the stock front and rear subframe mounts) would be stronger than the body on a truck, which back in the day was primarily designed to keep you out of the wind and dry.
 

CFM

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1995 Saturn with a 1997 TDI drivetrain.
Pretty cool! Reminds me of the '72 Cadillac a friend of mine put on a Suburban chassis/diesel drivetrain years ago. He sold it before he got it fully sorted out, but it was a pretty neat ride!
 

G60ING

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Any Updates that you care to post here?
 

dennis1a4

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Toyota Integra TDI
Not too much. I'm still trying to get the IP primed. I don't know what the problem is, I just don't get any fuel out of the injectors. But I've got a CAT 2 micron filter set up to install and a seal kit for the IP so I'm thinking one of those will fix it. Just need time to install them. Summer is a busy time :)

I also got some new rubber on it. 33x12.5x15" Goodyear DuraTrac. Gives the car a more aggressive look while setting my gearing to where I want it. I'll see if I can some new pics up soon.
 

G60ING

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Try using a small jug or funnel of fuel with the return line dumping into the top.
 

LukeWilson

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I had huge problems priming my pump as well and eventually just bought a hand vacuum pump. Just pull a vacuum on the return line and crack the lines and crank as you normally would. I think i had my truck running in less than 10 minutes opposed to the hours i spent trying to prime it before.
 

dennis1a4

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Toyota Integra TDI
Don't worry, I've got a hand vacuum pump and pulled fuel through the pump and in to the return line. Even after this I can't get any fuel out of the cracked injectors. I've cranked the engine over more then I should have to. The engine ran fine before I pulled it a year ago.

I'm thinking either the fuel filter got clogged from sitting around dry or the seals in my pump dried out.

I'm just waiting on a A4 fuel tee and then I can install my CAT 2 micron filter setup. If that doesn't fix it I'm pulling the pump apart to install the new seals I have.

One way or another I will get this thing running :)
 

LukeWilson

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I had some issues blowing fuses when i was first starting my truck. I could crank all day but there was no fuel being injected. Just another thing to check as i know the feeling.

Luke
 

dennis1a4

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Toyota Integra TDI
I've got 12 volts at the fuel cut off solenoid when I'm cranking. And when I jump 12 volts to it I can hear it click to I assume it's working. I haven't taken it apart to confirm it yet.

Thanks for the help guys. If you've got more suggestions let me know. There's a chance I've missed something obvious.
 

rackaracka

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Just remove the plunger from the stop solenoid all together if you want a surefire way to make sure that's not causing any issues.
 

dennis1a4

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Toyota Integra TDI
It looks even better with the new 33" DuraTracs I've got on it now :D I'll see if I can get some pics up soon.

The timing belt is done. Injector pump seals (3 common ones) replaced. And Cat 2 micron fuel filter installed.

This weekend I'm installing BMK23 Amsoil bypass oil system.

@NarfBLAST, embed as many pictures as you want, I've got unlimited bandwidth with Go Daddy

And thanks for the complements everyone :)
 
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