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Well, with some time off from classes for a few weeks, it's time to get workin on this thing! It's my daily driver right now and will remain that way for awhile but that's not stoppin me from goin big! It will be my first build of my own, I've helped on a couple of other Toyotas, but so far everything that's been done to it has been done by myself and I will try to keep it that way. Though I am thinking about taking it to Off Road Solutions to get the holes drilled and welded for the shackles on the front just because that's one of the more vital pieces to the safety and quality of the SAS. Since I'm in college and don't have a fat wallet, I'm going with what's proven and what's simple, hence the '85 solid front axle and the leaf springs. I'm a freak about details when it comes to my truck so hopefully that pays off in the the end to give me a nice solid truck to wheel for a long time. Anyways, here's the outline that I've brainstormed :saw: :welder:

The specs:
1995 Xtra Cab truck
3.slow V6
5 speed
107k miles

What's already done:
Bobbed bed 11"
CB mounted to the roof
Started front bumper

What I have:
TrailGear SAS kit w/4" springs
Marlin Crawler Rear Lift kit w/4" springs
1985 Toyota front axle
Knuckle Rebuild kit
2003 Tacoma grey bucket seats
Lots of other misc. stuff to put on

The plan:
SAS
Rear lift
37x12.50 Iroks on 16 or 17" alloys
Fab front bumper
Fab rear bumper
Install Tacoma seats
Fab a bed bar/spare tire holder
Metal fill bed seam and paint
Fab new dash/center console if there's time
Figure out a way to carry mtn. bike
New speakers, amp, and sub

I am going to try to document this build as best I can so you all can get a good idea of the before and after.

Here's the before:
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951967216
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951967135
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951967046
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951967012
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951966932
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951966813
The goods:
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951966738
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951966651
Bike that needs to fit in bed:
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951966491

Where I drew my inspiration from:
http://www.imagestation.com/8369180/3951966549
 

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good luck man... once you go solid axle you never go back, until you run out of funds... :D

later, Derek
 

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looks like a good plan to me. Get to :saw: :welder:
 

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Just doin what's done to it already has been fun, I can't imagine the smile I'll have after it's done... :D

How do i post the pictures right on the forum rather than linking them like I did? That would make it alot easier for everyone. I can't figure that part out. I'm using imagestation right now, do I need to use photobucket or something?
 

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Just doin what's done to it already has been fun, I can't imagine the smile I'll have after it's done... :D

How do i post the pictures right on the forum rather than linking them like I did? That would make it alot easier for everyone. I can't figure that part out. I'm using imagestation right now, do I need to use photobucket or something?
Youve gotta wrap them in tags...

 

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Hell, I don't know what's wrong with the damn picture thing, maybe it's me... :rolleyes:

Anyways, got the stinger cut off the front today. I had it on for awhile now because I started it awhile ago but I think I'm gonna try a different design now, maybe something with some prerunner style in it, though stout enough for 'crawlin. Also got one side of the axle put together but realized once I was gonna start the other that I forgot to knock out the old bearing races from the kingpin bearings. Now I've got to take it all back apart and put the new ones in. I will have to paint the knuckle as well so i guess I did myself a favor really, just gotta wait until it's somewhere near nice weather so the dang paint will stick, this freezing weather sucks to work in!! :mad:

Also got some good news today, I've got a shop to work in when I start the SAS. Really nice too because they have a plasma cutter and a 230v miller :welder: :D
 

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let me know if you need any help


i live in the Fort
 

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pimptoy said:
let me know if you need any help


i live in the Fort
Sick, thanks! It's at my parents' house right now down south of Denver but I could definitely use some help with some shit, apprectiate the offer!

As you've seen Pimptoy, the weather sucks ass today for working on a truck...bout 2 1/2 feet here at my parents house and my truck is buried :mad: This puts the whole thing on hold until the sun comes out and melts some of this mess. I guess I can't complain too much because they have a quad that I've been doin donuts in the cul de sac with :D

Maybe I'll start ordering some more parts :eek: !!
 

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Yakima and Pyramid both make quick release type brackets you can mount on the front/top rail of the bed. Just a skewer setup- holds bikes great and can get keylock, padlock, or nonlock varieties.
 

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Sick, thanks! It's at my parents' house right now down south of Denver but I could definitely use some help with some shit, apprectiate the offer!

As you've seen Pimptoy, the weather sucks ass today for working on a truck...bout 2 1/2 feet here at my parents house and my truck is buried :mad: This puts the whole thing on hold until the sun comes out and melts some of this mess. I guess I can't complain too much because they have a quad that I've been doin donuts in the cul de sac with :D

Maybe I'll start ordering some more parts :eek: !!


i'm lovein being the only one who can get around :cool: .... i've been snow bashing all over town i found one street on south sheilds that had tons (up to my bumper i.e. 4'+) of snow i got so stuck i had to winch off a lamp post!!!!!! :lmao:

SNOW WHEELING IN THE FORT!!!!! HAHAHAHA its fuckin fun
 

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Yakima and Pyramid both make quick release type brackets you can mount on the front/top rail of the bed. Just a skewer setup- holds bikes great and can get keylock, padlock, or nonlock varieties.
I've seen those somewhere but if I remember correctly they were made of aluminum. I want to mount it to the bed bar type thing I'm making but I can't TIG weld and that means I would have to figure out some kind of bolt system.

I think I'll steal the basic design and make my own somehow, hopefully with a lock too.

i got so stuck i had to winch off a lamp post!!!!!!
that brings back memories of when i took out a neighbors lamp post in my XJ back in '03 :eek:
 

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Welp, here's a little look at what went down here. Officially 31 inches here at my parents' house and even more out west in Parker. I've had my fair share of shoveling and plowing to last me awhile. Had to plow about every 2 hours to stay on top of it but still ended up with about 2 feet Thursday morning to take care of. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get something done, maybe finish the axle or something.

The Start:


About 8 hours after it started


There's an Audi under that big pile somewhere...


And the reason why nothing is getting done!


Find the Audi in the snow...




We found it!
 

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Alright...I've had enough!
If it snows anymore here I'm going to find a way to get my truck into the storage room so I can do something to it! :mad:
Just when it looked like things were starting to melt yesterday, we get another 6 inches tonight! Ya ya, I guess I'm thankful that it's a white (and cold) christmas but seriously? Is this a sign that I shouldn't SAS my truck!?!?!? It really needs to stop snowing or I'll be broke by the time I touch the truck from all the parts I've been ordering while sittin inside!

Whatever, I'm over it. I'll be doin some :saw: and :welder: Tuesday no matter what the weather! Everyone here's my witness!

I put in another order to Marlin for some axle parts. Guess in the break down process I lost a few washers/nuts/seals etc. tho I thought that I kept everything organized and in place. :confused: They'll probably show up sooner or later and then I'll have some spares. Also ordered the 54mm spindle nut socket because no one in a 20mile radius carries one or a 2 1/8th that would fit. Don't expect it to ship until at least tuesday tho :(
 

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the snow is good it will be paying for my sas i have be working none stop, so i have had to hire some one to spend my money for me lol
 

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the snow is good it will be paying for my sas i have be working none stop, so i have had to hire some one to spend my money for me lol
eh, can't argue with that!
 
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