Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's 1984 PPI Toyota SR5 restoration

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Nice job Rory! We went all vinyl on our new seat because in the Funco it was easier to wash and better sealed against funny smells.
 

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After getting the Mastercraft seats in the mail the other day, I went back out into the garage to start working on the rear hubs. I bought the races and bearings a while back so i was ready for business. The only dilemma I had was that I didn't have the right tool to seat the races into the hubs. I found an old 1/8" round scrap metal that a buddy had made from his plasma cutter a few years ago and he gave me a few in different sizes. I found one that was close and used the bench sander to make it fit the race and inside the hub perfectly...

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Then used the socket to tap it into place in the hub...

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I placed the races in the freezer for about an hour and THEN tapped them into place and they went in with no problem....repeat X3...

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From there I packed the bearings with grease and then mounted the passengers side hub up first...

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Keep in mind the hubs still need to be cleaned up a little more but mostly cosmetic but I need the truck to be a roller so I can easily transport it up to Las Vegas next month. After I finished up the hubs I figured all that was left to make it a complete roller was to get the necessary hardware, put in the steering box and slide the torsion bars into place so it can hold its own weight. I stood back and looked at the truck, but not 100% happy with what I was looking at. So, I spend the next hour mocking up the old body with clamps, wood and vice grips so I could get a little motivation on what the 001 is going to look like....

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I had to admit, the multi colored race truck is a far cry from what it once was but the 001 is showing some progress and is starting to show its true colors. The rear view isn't that bad either....

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I've got a long way to go but all the little stuff that has been going on over the past 6 months is getting us to see the bigger picture and give us a preview of whats to come. I'm now working on a set of used tires so i can mount them to the Centerline wheels so this will be a true roller. The steering box needs to be cleaned up and put back together and i will most likely tackle that early next week, along with the torsion bars.
 

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This truck definitely got into the right set of hands. I can only imagine what it's going to feel like when you test for the first time and hit those first set of whoops and find out its capabilities. Awesome job so far.
 

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the interest in the truck. I made a trip down to Long Beach this past week and finally picked up the donor truck for the 001 Toyota. The front PPI clip is in GREAT shape for being made 20+ years ago. It will need some massaging but not too much. I arrived at Richards shop around 11am and started putting some braces on the inside of the front clip to keep it somewhat rigid for the transport home. The hood was never mounted to the Toyota so I had no way of securing it to the truck so in the back of my Ford it went....

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The truck was then loaded onto the trailer and we were ready to head back to Arizona...

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A highlight for me was meeting Larry Wood. The name might not sound familiar but I'm sure EVERYONE here knows his work. Larry is one of the lead designers at Hot Wheels. Larry also designed the body for the 010 Toyota back in the early 90's. Here's the original body of the 010 truck when it was built...

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And here's a picture of the 010 after Larry designed the new body...

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It was a pleasure meeting him as he showed me his "man cave" located a couple doors down from Richards shop. Larry likes to tinker on old cars too and has a nice collection of cars.....and a few Hot Wheels diecasts floating around...

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I couldn't wait to get home and put the front clip on the Toyota. Once I put it on the truck I noticed a few small tubes need to be cut off because the previous owner added them for the new updated body they were planning on putting on the truck. Getting this piece of fiberglass is HUGE for the restoration because i don't know of any more fiberglass that exists for this truck ANYWHERE. The lines line up really well although it doesn't look like it here in this photo, but it slides into place almost perfectly...

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I will cut the fenders from the hood so it will be back to an original 3 piece front end and the fiberglass located where the front grill is will be cut out and be replaced with the 1987 Toyota grill.

I'd also like to thank Ed Wong from Philadelphia for sending me an old TRD catalog that has part numbers for old TRD motors. It might come in real handy when looking for parts for the motor or just searching for certain parts and pieces........THANKS ED!

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I will be mounting some old BFG race tires to the Centerlines in a week so I can get this thing back on it's wheels for the first time in almost 15 years (from what I was told). I'm working on the steering box right now and hope to have that in the truck early next week.......then hopefully off to Collins Motorsports for the front end work.
 

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Do you remember the replica of this truck Off Road magazine built in 1988? If i'm not mistaken, PPI donated the fiberglass for their project..I remember seeing it parked down town near the '88 Mint contingency area..Looked pretty cool for a street legal truck in that era..Wonder what happened to it and it's fiberglass?
 

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Bad ass. I love this truck. I really like the 1st body u showed in the last post. That would be sweet to have. Awsome write up
 

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Really good work Rory! You are doing it right regardless of the extra effort.


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Rory, you do such great work and have a amazing ability to fine the correct vintage pieces !!!


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Now that i have possession of the fiberglass it is now time to have it mounted. Since I have never mounted glass before i didn't want to practice on the 001 so i figured I would have a professional do it. Darryl Putman who put the cab on the chassis for us will be mounting the fiberglass. The plan is to take it up to him within the next 3 weeks and have him mount the rear bed sides, front clip and the brackets for the front bumper and grill. I'm hoping to order the bumper and grill/headlight rings and side markers this week and mock them into place. Hopefully this will make it easier for Darryl to mount the front clip.

The rear fiber glass has been taken to my buddy Jason Tilley here in town and we started filling in the holes from the old Dzus fasteners. The rear glass is in decent shape but they definitely need some attention. With all the cracks and holes filled in will give Darryl a clean canvas to mount how he wants. The plan is to make new rear fiberglass panels out of the molds that I have but possibly use these panels to run at the NORRA race. The new panels will be used for display purposes only.

Here's Jason prepping the panels for fiberglass. The holes cleaned up and material removed to the existing glass so the new glass will stick to it. There is ALOT of bondo on these panels, they sure got every ounce of use out of these things that's for sure...

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As you can see these panels have had quite a few different colors on them over the years. It looks like you can actually see the original red in some of the photos...

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Jason then started sanding down parts of the panels that needed to be massaged...

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It was now time to mix the resin for the fiberglass...

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And apply it to the fenders...

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First phase of the glass work is complete, now it will sit for a couple days and we will jump back on it. When I say "we" I mean Jason. This is his line of expertise but I'm very eager to learn the craft. I've never really done fiberglass work but Jason was more than happy to show me. He could most likely have this done in 2 days but is taking his time to show me some stuff and I appreciate that. Ok, here's a pic from the finish of stage 1, lots more to do to get these fenders back in shape...

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Big THANKS to my good friend Dave "Modelman" Baldwin for sending me this "SIC" poster from 1986. I've been looking for this poster for a year now and Dave said he had one but needed to find it. Turns out it was hanging in his pops garage behind 2 other posters! It is not safe and sound sitting in my office awaiting a frame so I can hang it in my office...

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The truck was originally going to head to Collins Motorsports to have the front suspension worked on but they are about 6 weeks out so I'm trying to fit stuff in between to speed up the process.
 

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Back in the shop and now working on the steering box. Luckily for me the steering box was still with the truck and in very good condition. If there was no steering box I would have been in BIG trouble because redesigning and reproducing it would have cost several thousand dollars. I was told Mike Schoffstall was the one who did all the work on it and started with a solid block of billet aluminum. If the name sounds familiar, after leaving PPI Mike moved on to co-ride/prep Rob MacCachrens class 8 truck...

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And then went to co-ride/prep Jimmy Smith's Ultra Wheels Trophy Truck...

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The only issue we found was the pinion was cracked and could only be used as a last effort spare, and even then it's questionable. A new pinion will be made later but for right now I just need this thing to steer as we get ready for the truck to be shipped to Vegas and we need it as a roller. Here's the pinion....and of course it's a one off so no running to Butchs speed shop or McKenzies, this has to be cu$tom made....

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So, now it's time to put this beast back together. Collins Motorsports had already magnafluxed all the parts so everything (besides the pinion) is in good shape...

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I had to order up some brush material to help keep debris out of the inside of the steering box because the old stuff was pretty hammered...

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Here's an inside look into the steering box. This is the passenger side and you can see the "rack" hidden inside the channel. The bolt you are looking it is where the tie rod bolts up to...

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Here's a look at the drivers side complete with the brushes in place...

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There are a lot of parts to this thing but it's pretty straight forward once you see how it goes together. Here it is complete and this is how it would bolt into the truck with the brushes facing the rear of the truck. The pinion is located on the top of the box in the center...

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Here's the front side of the box, missing the ram that goes in to the aluminum shield but you get the idea. The ram is here, just need to have some new seals put in it...if i can find some that is...

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Soooo, the steering is near complete but good enough to bolt back into the truck and steer the truck as a roller. While working on the #001, the UPS truck showed up with some goodies I ordered...

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And Jason at SBP Motorsports is getting closer to having the rear fenders completed...

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Pretty good week, we'll see what next week brings us.
 

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Jason Tilley at SBP Motorsports is still working on the rear fenders in between doing his real job, should be done today or tomorrow. The fenders had a TON of bondo on them and he had to do a lot of sanding to lighten them back up. He will be shooting one more light coat of primer today....

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The UPS truck showed up again the other day and dropped off the 3 piece front bumper...

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and side markers...

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Now I have the entire front end ready to be mounted...

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Been a little side tracked the last 2 days as I'm getting ready to have Challenger IV prepped for a museum stay to empty out my garage for a while. It will be nice knowing Challenger IV will be sitting in air conditioned bliss for a change, she deserves it.
 

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RW...What museum? Great job BTW on 001.

You probably know now but the GoldStrike Casino in Jean is opening up some spots for some ORMHOF vehicles. Hopefully within the next 2 months a lot of other cars will also be joining them.

Great work Rory. I have to ask, why an '87 grille?

Good question. I guess the answer is personal preference, I think it's a cleaner look than the 1984-86 grill. When doing restorations I sometimes add stuff together from different years. If I don't like the way the sticker were laid out in 1985 maybe I'll pick the way they did it in 1987. We did the same thing with the Mark Stahl Chenowth, it didn't have a Chenowth chrome bumper the last time Mark raced/won the Baja 1000 in 1981 but Jeff Furrier and myself thought the car looked better with it on the car. It had one originally but was demolished in an endo at the 1981 Baja 500 going for the lead (against the Jack Motley Raceco...AKA the 1982 Baja 1000 Mickey Thompson winning Raceco). Thanks for the question, hope that I answered it for you.
 

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History lesson: Race #15....The 1985 Baja 1000.

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The biggest off road race in the world (arguably), The Baja 1000, would once again prove disappointing to the PPI Toyota team as bad luck continued to haunt them. Ivan would draw the #2 starting position along with a field of 17 class 1 unlimiteds as they headed south down the Baja Peninsula. His race would be cut short after he passed the only buggy in front of him (Bud Feldkamp/Ron Gardner). This put Ivan first on the road and leading, which has its disadvantages like sweeping the course of spectators. Ivan would get tangled up with a 3 wheeler (spectator) coming backwards on the race course causing damage to his Toyota. He would continue on only to lose the motor before Valle De Trinidad.

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The #002 of Frank Arciero would have a little better luck but could only manage a 7th place finish in class 2 after problems plagued their Toyota.

Here's the rest of the story with captions from the December 1985 issue of Dusty Times magazine.
Words: Jean Calvin
Photo's: Trackside Photo

Race Specs:
Race distance approx 822 Miles
Car/Truck/motorcycle entries- 211
Finishers- 111
35 hour time limit
45% finished the race

The Biggest story of the race was Steve Sourapas and Dave Richardson winning the race OVERALL in a class 10 buggy! The first and ONLY time a class 10 has won the race OVERALL.

The Cover...
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Class 1 winner...

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Class 2 winner

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Class 1/2 1600 winner...

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**This car is actually for sale if anyone is interested....check out the Link:
TheSamba.com :: VW Classifieds - T Minus 318 days to NORRA 2018 - Be Ready Now!

Class 3 winner...

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Class 4 winner...

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Class 5 1600 winner...

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Class 5 unlimited winner...

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Class 7s and 7 unlimited winners...

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Class 8 winner...

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And the rest of the winners/finishers...

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I saw the mirage in person last year. It is gorgeous and race ready. Thanks for the detailed history lesson Rory. Very well done!


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