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    Hello I just recently finished up my build, or rather got it to a drive-able point.

    Never been wheeling, i just have a habbit of letting projects get carried away.

    anyway heres pics of my build up hope to see you around



    started out with an 85 toyota off craigslist.


    Came with 38x15.5x15 tire, with 1.5" wheel spacers and longer shackles and a synthetic deck material bed that was attached with woodscrews to the frame. Other than that completely stock, gears, steering, engine, everything.









    when i bought it, it ran rather poorly. Got it home, found a lot of vacum leaks and it only had ~70psi in each cylinder. Pulled off head turns out when previous owner rebuilt, used pistons for and 85+ 22r when it was and 84 22r block and head.



    rebuilt the top and bottom end of the motor with correct parts:



    cab floor had some rot in all the usual places, cut it out and burnt in some new sheet metal





    then truck bed linered the cab




    moved to the back, pulled the "bed" off found more rot and just all around mess.

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    from here got the axles out and rebuilt



    snagged some arb's with 5.29's off pirate



    picked up a wider IFS truck rear end from yoda jims, did ifs hubs up front to match width:







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    then made new bed







    painted bed




    moved to the front built a bumper also picked up some new fenders:




    picked up a ramsey 9500UT winch from co4x4.org

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    beadlocks from DIYBEADLOCKS.com

    and finally painted the whole frame with por15 and picked up a 3/8 synth line from master pull:





    and how she sits today:






    still need to do a few things, spare tire carrier, plumb some auxilary air lines for tools/tires, need to do something about gas tank, relocating it caused it to hang to low. also build a cage.


    about 50 other misc crap but i feel shes close enough now to share thanks for looking, comments crits welcome, hope to see you around

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    Quite a laundry list of things i want to do:
    spare tire mount
    incab cage
    steering stabilizer or hydro assist
    tire balance*balancing beadlocks is a pita*
    also still breaking in the motor.

    but would not mind hitting a trail some time soon

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    I found these big big piles of frozen gravel in a parking lot close to my house, and was able to play on them a bit last night. was actually alot of fun. diff lockers are freaking awesome! cant wait to finally get my front drive shaft, hopefully will be here soon.

    will probably start bending up a cage today, will update with pics if so.

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    Very nice work! Was that Trex decking for the bed????

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    lateralj previously posted:
    "but would not mind hitting a trail some time soon"

    Kick up some dust in the Trail Run Planning forum and I'm sure you'll get interest!!

    I've enjoyed watching your process (and the welding humor)...

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    Patrolman previously posted:
    "Very nice work! Was that Trex decking for the bed????"


    yea that was attached to the frame with wood screws :( it was not ideal, good idea just not executed all that well.

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    Very nice build hope to see you out there soon

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    started up on the cage.

    rear main hoop:





    she fits:



    trying to get it in, i did this :(







    also i had a front main seal leak problem, this was one i replaced after already having a leak and it was still leaking.

    I pop-ed off the crank pulley and this is what the seal looked like, i had not tried to pull it out or touch it yet this was what i saw when i got the crank pulley off:




    i think maybee something fell behind the dust sheild and just went to town on the seal, not sure. Anyway, the seal has been replaced and has been leak free for ~1500 miles.

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    Damn that sucks! Kind of weird it ate the front main so bad! Watching this build it has convinced me to buy that bender!

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    Your crank must be grooved to be able to eat the seal like that. I have never seen one that bad. I believe they make crank sleeve kits.

    Nice work on the cage, but too bad for the windshield. If you are really going to wheel it, I guess it was going to crack sooner or later anyways.

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    Patrolman previously posted:
    "Your crank must be grooved to be able to eat the seal like that. I have never seen one that bad. I believe they make crank sleeve kits.

    Nice work on the cage, but too bad for the windshield. If you are really going to wheel it, I guess it was going to crack sooner or later anyways."


    yea that seal came out with a speedi sleeve already on, still not sure what happened

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    I wonder if maybe the front of the crank is bent slightly? Wouldn't be unheard of. In any case, it is a lot of work to fix correctly. Probably easier to replace the occasional seal.

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    Fordboy77 previously posted:
    "Damn that sucks! Kind of weird it ate the front main so bad! Watching this build it has convinced me to buy that bender!"

    Honestly Joe at rogue fab has been amazing, if there is something i want to buy, that will be the first place i check to see if they sell something that will do it, really i cant speak highly enough of them.


    Patrolman previously posted:
    "I wonder if maybe the front of the crank is bent slightly? Wouldn't be unheard of. In any case, it is a lot of work to fix correctly. Probably easier to replace the occasional seal."



    I had the crank checked when i had the block apart, heres hoping i did not bend it in the mean time! Also, I'm hoping maybe i just got a bad seal or a fluke series of events, i don't want to spray oil all over the trail :(

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    Good news and bad news, good first.

    Got some more work done on the cage today, the first main hoop I bent did not fit tight enough into the cab as i would have liked it, so i bent a new one that fits like a glove:




    started on the side supports:







    quick test fit before notching to check bend angles:

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    Bad news.

    i use a lot of oil when bending to keep things lubed up (way to much honestly) so after finished up the side supports i wanted to clean up the oil spots i made, but was out of kitty litter so i jumped in the truck and headed to the store, then someone decided to turn right in front of me, i looked right into the guys eyes and he just kept turning in. everyone was ok which is all that matters, just really bumed right now:







    hit hard enough it sheered the turn stops off the knuckle:





    again everyone was ok which is all that matters, and on the plus side it really built some confidence in my welds, the front hanger i put on and the bumper look like nothing happened other than paint so thats a plus

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    Glad everyone was OK. Sad that some idiot would turn like that. It's a sinking feeling when it happens. I had that happen at night, turning on a left turn arrow & a guy ran the light, then pulled into a parking lot. I followed him into the lot, he floored his car & disappeared. Even with the license # he was never found.

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    CS79bronco previously posted:
    "Glad everyone was OK. Sad that some idiot would turn like that. It's a sinking feeling when it happens. I had that happen at night, turning on a left turn arrow & a guy ran the light, then pulled into a parking lot. I followed him into the lot, he floored his car & disappeared. Even with the license # he was never found."

    yea its frustrating when people don't pay attention when driving considering we are all piloting around 3500 lb missles.

    but accidents do happen and as far as that goes, this one could not have turned out better since no one got hurt.

    I sure am glad i decide to not be lazy and i put the seat belt back in the truck after test fitting the cage to run to the store though!

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