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Ron Alan

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About Ron Alan

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Interests
    Boondocking and restoring this neglected classic.

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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1979 Dolphin (78 truck)
  • Location
    So Cal

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  1. Cover Photo is probably showing a Model 185. My handwriting says Model 300, which I own. I have 2 thin rear windows more, on either side.
  2. Not able to upload pdf booklet file. I did post pdf in Forum. Search "1979 Dolphin Owner's Manual" to find. 1979 Dolphin Owners Manual.pdf
  3. Print out and staple together. Otherwise, you can look at each half page using number at bottom.
  4. Print out and staple together. Otherwise, you can look at each half page using number at bottom.
  5. Print out and staple together. Otherwise, you can look at each half page using number at bottom.
  6. Print out and staple together. Otherwise, you can look at each half page using number at bottom.
  7. Print out and staple together. Otherwise, you can look at each half page using number at bottom.
  8. Print out and staple together. Otherwise, you can look at each half page using number at bottom.
  9. My 1979 Toyota Dolphin 300 has duallys and is a '78 truck with dual headlights (4 total). I had to swap out the rear axle. The 6 lug axles are getting harder and harder to find, and mine was $1200 installed by wrecker. (I was told of 2 broken 5 lug axles, courts & desperate searches). I also picked up a 1976 Toyota Pickup 5 speed cross-member, so I can switch to a 1988 G54 or W56(?) tranny, when able. The 1983 W52 tranny that I bought would have required a lot of welding and a $750 differential change. Thanx for all your help, Linda. Ron Alan I also have a 1979 Dolphin Owner's Manual. I wrote on the cover, and its not all that enlightening, but its complete. Such as it is. 1979 Dolphin Owners Manual.pdf
  10. This is a two week old San Diego OfferUp ad for anyone interested. https://offerup.com/item/detail/710501039/
  11. AtlantaCamper - happy to hear you got your suspension situated, lots of good info by the techies. i found the CS009R model 6-leaf spring on a variety of sites, and one had an application list. listed is every year from 1969 to 2014 for Toys, except for the years '75 thru '83. ... will they work on my '78? Did something change during that period? i ended up with one broken shock mount and 2 missing shackle pins. 40 years of surf and spray has taken its toll. i need to wait on addressing my height issue, but i dig the wheelie casters trick. i might just do that, too.
  12. thanks for your help. its the tranny that i'm most concerned about, the diff can be dealt with later (after testing) i'd rather put the action on pause if there's a tranny problem. i don't want a whiner.
  13. does the 25" tire height throw off your calculations?
  14. AtlantaCamper, wow. great pdf file on used diff's. i never heard of a gear calculator, the on-line ones i found were based on rpm and tire/wheel size. i run les schwab 185R-14-8 thunderer. they're right at 25". i was told the 8 ply makes them taller. mine's an 83 and i'm no where near australia. i just don't want to end up winding out first gear and so on.. thx, agin.
  15. i'm just now about ready to yank my 20R & L43 and put in hybrid and 5 speed. i bought a 1983 22R with a W52 (Australian 2WD SR5 Extra-Cab ). Now, i find that the W52 does not have the proper gear ratios, for my 1979 Dolphin and its driving habits. Plus, the 6 lug axle i bought a while back has a 4:10 rear end. eBay has Revolution Gear & Axle Toyota 7.5" gears for $170, with a 4:56 ratio. is this a do-able upgrade? is there a difference in an automatic tranny rear end 4:56 and a manual tranny rear end 4:56? what vehicle(s) do the 4:56 come out of? is there a website that matches rear ends to vehicle models? is the L43 out of a 1978 long bed use or fit the same 5 speed cross member as a 1983 SR5? I can sell the W52, I'm just not into having the wrong gearing for my Dolphin. i'm in it for the long haul ... i put on a lot of miles, on and off road. thanks for your time, ron alan.
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