I haven't updated this in awhile mainly because I haven't got much done on it. Up until now I've been trying to get my other vehicles in good shape. My F150 has had a rear main seal leak. So my neighbor let me use his lift and I put a oil pan gasket, RMS, flywheel, clutch, slave cylinder, and shifter bushing kit in it. The crank had a slight fingernail-catching groove in it from the old seal. I tried pushing the new one in past the groove, and the awesome part about it is after I got it all back together, the new RMS leaks worse than before. So out comes the tranny again......one day.
As for the Toyota progress, this is what I've got done so far.
- Sandblasted and painted rear axle.
I'm still waiting on a rebuild kit so I can throw the shafts back in it. I got some rear disk brackets off a member from YT for IFS calipers, however, I'm going to try and locate calipers with an incorporated e-brake that way I don't have to use a transfer case e-brake. If I can't....no big deal. I'm also going to wait to put gears and a locker in the rear for the time being that way I can get a rolling chassis and get the engine, tranny, etc. mounted. I will just temporarily run one driveshaft if it comes down to it.
- Front axle is modified for front e-locker.
- Gears are currently being set up in the e-locker by a friend.
- Worked on half doors
, however, I'm still toying ideas for an inside door latch. I'm thinking of getting some clutch/brake cable off a bike or motorcycle that way I can put the latch where I want it. I also want to sandblast the inside of the doors that way I can put POR15 on it before putting the rest of the metal on.
I also picked up what I thought was a W56 tranny, only to find out it is a G54. It did come with a transfercase, front driveshaft, and crossmember, though. I'm probably not going to use any of it except the transfer case. So if anyone is interested let me know. For the tranny, I decided I'm going to use the W59 in the tacoma, and get an adapter for the cases from Marlin. I will have spent about the same money to find a W56 to use with the 3rz as I will have spent on Marlin's adapter. Not only that, but heresay says the W59 is stronger than the W56, and it has the same amount of miles on it as the 3rz. Makes sense to me to just use the W59.
I don't have pics of it painted black, but you get the idea.
The latch and bracket came off the parts Tacoma.