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    • Your 20R engine has a double chain timing system and a much better head flow. Indestructible. Your block is the same as the 22r just not bored out as much. Some do an upgrade and put the 20r head on an early 22r block for more horsepower. Google it

      Linda S

    • Hello, friends! 

      I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, and certainly haven't given up. :)

      From the start, I've planned on this being a multi-year project. Mostly because I'm keeping and working on it in Ohio...and I live in Colorado. However, my timeline is still pretty much the same as it was in my initial post, and thus plan on having it drive-ready by September so that I can drive it back to Colorado and finish my work on it there. 

      It's been tarped since I dropped it off here in November, and the few trips home I've made have been spent building schematics. Not blueprints, per se, but certainly getting accurate measurements of everything, making copious notations, and study. 

      My uncle (the certified Toyota mechanic) has been doing some work, and other than repairing the known issues, has only recommended swapping the 20R with the 22R, which apparently was a better engine? He has, however, given the truck chassis his stamp of approval, so that's good. 

      Some specific updates: 

      1. The white smoke was indeed from a coolant leak, not an engine issue. Whew!

      2. I decided to go with a product I found on Amazon for the roof. Honestly? Cost was the main factor. Trying to keep this on a strict budget.

      3. The rot inside wasn't nearly as extensive as I'd thought, but there is certainly a lot to replace. The beauty of the Micro Mini, though, is that it's already tiny, so any repair work is subsequently tiny as well. ;)

      4. I've decided to keep all of the cabinetry intact, and simply paint the interior. Not really any justifiable reason to completely gut the interior. 

      5. I am, however, going to go ahead and redo the galley altogether. I just don't need a 4-range stove and oven. I'm going to replace it with a 2-range stove, and convert the space where the oven was to storage. While I'm at it, I'm going to replace the sink basin with a twofer. 

      6. As of right now, I've pulled off all of the cabinetry doors, hardware, and fixtures. I've pulled the ceiling off and removed all of the older fiberglass insulation. I'm ready for a sunny day to pull off the roof and replace it, which I plan to do within the next month. 

      7. The flooring and interior ceiling will be next, along with painting the whole of the interior and replacing the cabinet hardware.

      Here's an update video, if anyone's interested...

    • I didn't think anyone still rebuilt Insta-matic cooling units but this place does. Yours is probably the IM4


      I wouldn't do it unless the rest of your fridge still looks good. No rust, broken shelves. That kind of thing

      Linda S


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