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1997 Tacoma build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by Jake283618, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Nov 10, 2011 at 8:16 PM
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    Jake283618

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    Hey everybody been snooping on here for a few months figured I'd start posting about my build. I bought my 1997 Tacoma 2.7l, 5 speed extended cab with 189,000 miles back in June. It still gets over 25 mpg. I bought it for my DD and for my trail truck. My Silverado is just to big for most of the trails I want to go on and the 10 mpg is a little bit annoying. I picked the Tacoma up for 2k it was a work truck that was used mostly for service calls and estimates. It sustained some hail damage and had a few scratches here and there so I figured I would fix them before I painted it. Well enough typing here's some pics of how it sits now.

    First things first have to get the work decals off. A little heat and a plastic scraper worked just fine.
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    Next time to fix the body damage.
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    There was some rust in the bed but instead of fixing it the right way they just put a mesh screen and some bondo to fix it. So I cut out the old and welded in a piece of metal. A lot stronger then mesh and bondo.
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    No more crease going down the bed side
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    Onto the front.
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    To much damage on the hood it was easier just to get a new one.
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    This one was a little more difficult to get just right took me a while to pull it out to get it where I liked it.
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    You can kind of see the new hood here.
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    Its in paint right now. Should be done some time this week. Nothing fancy just went with Black after all its my daily driver and trail truck.

    Future plans include:
    OME Lift
    265/75R16 BFG's
    ARB winch bumper
    some sort of rear tire carrier bumper
    Sliders
    Snorkel
    ETC ETC ETC.

    All in All I'm calling this Project "mini me" I'm going to make it similar looking to my Silverado.
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  2. Nov 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM
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    HomerTaco

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    Core-Hurst short throw shifter & T-handle / Carbon Fiber Interior / custom console light / De-badged / leather interior / Heated Front seats / Red Line Hood Struts / Painted speaker grills /one-off TRD Satoshi Grill/ Pioneer AVIC-X920BT HU / Scangauge II / Black LED Tails / Dash Mount for iPad / Safari Snorkel / Illuminated 4x4 switch / Leer 100XQ Cap / 4x Innovations sliders / Rear Diff Breather Mod / front windows tinted to 35% / Brute Force Fab Hybrid Front Bumper / BAMF Rear Diff Skid / Budbuilt Skids / CBI Trail Master 2.0 rear hybrid bumper / Fox rr coils/ TC UCA's/ TC spindle gussets/ TC Cam Tab gussets / Dakar leafs / Defined Engineering shackles / All pro U bolt flip / Timbren Rear Bumpstops / BAMF LCA skids / Exhaust Dump / Fog Light anytime Mod / LowRange Off Road extended rear brake lines / ATO Shackle Flip / sectioned Bushwhacker flares / re-geared to 4.56 / ARB Front & Rear Locking Diff / ARB CKMA12 compressor / PrInSu full rack system / 1" body lift
    Good looking body work there!

    Welcome!:D
     
  3. Nov 10, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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    Jake283618

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    Thanks it was my first time tackling body work so a lot of it was trial and error but in the end I'm happy with the it.
     
  4. Nov 10, 2011 at 8:29 PM
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    awesome awesome awesome. welcome btw. and u made it look easy, makes me consider sanding down my truck and going with cash in hopes for a cheaper paint job. what kind of BFG's u thinkin? A/T's or M/T's?
     
  5. Nov 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM
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    Jake283618

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    It really wasn't that hard to do. I was about to pay some one to do it cause it seemed a little to hard to do. But just take your time and it will be good. I got the Stud gun, puller, and studs from harbor freight for about a 100 bucks and all the other stuff for about the same. I'll probably go with A/T's I have them on my Silverado and love them but have been wanting to try out the M/t's but heard they don't do as well in the snow.
     
  6. Nov 10, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    Good job with the body work, your silverado looks good to
     
  7. Nov 10, 2011 at 9:52 PM
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    Thank You
     
  8. Nov 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM
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    Denim Dan

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    Please tell me how you get 25mpgs cause I barely get like 20-22. Oh and btw nice truck!
     
  9. Nov 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM
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    livel0veryde

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    the body turned good. nice work man
     
  10. Nov 11, 2011 at 3:46 AM
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    Just a little light footed I guess but it has been getting 25 mpg since I bought it.

    Thanks hopefully my body work doesn't show through the paint job. hahaha
     
  11. Nov 15, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    Ok got it back from paint today. It looks like a totally different truck, I'm happy with the results for it being a Maaco paint job.

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    Time to start deciding what goodies I want now.
     
  12. Nov 15, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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    looks good man. i wish my truck had the grey interior
     
  13. Nov 15, 2011 at 8:16 PM
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    HomerTaco

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    :eek: Great Job! +1
     
  14. Nov 15, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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    damn dude. nice body work!
     
  15. Nov 15, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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    if you don't mind me asking, how much did that paint job run you?
     
  16. Nov 15, 2011 at 9:09 PM
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    After taxes it was 984. I had them do the door jams so that was an extra 100 and then since it was a truck/suv that was a i think 200. It wasnt their cheapest paint job but it wasnt the most expensive. Its my DD/trail truck so it should hold up just fine for what i plan on using it for.
     
  17. Nov 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM
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    With the body work i did and supplies, the hood and the paint im at about 1200 bucks all and all I'd say not to shabby :)
     
  18. Nov 19, 2011 at 11:41 AM
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    So I went down to Ohio this past weekend to pick up the Yota and grab some other things and my ATV. I gotta say I am truly impressed with this truck. For a 2.7l and about 700lbs loaded in the truck (ATV + gear) It handled and drove great couldn't even tell there was anything in the truck and I still averaged 21 mpg. This is going to be a great Expedition Vehicle :)
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  19. Dec 23, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    Look what Santa just brought me :) Can't wait to see these on my truck. This build is moving slower then I would hope but at least it's moving haha.

    Now should I paint them Gloss black? Maybe a different color? Or leave them how they are? I kind of like them how they are but I also like the idea of painting them a different accent color. what's ya'lls opinion?

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  20. Dec 23, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    Dang dude I can't wait to see these on the truck. I love your truck especially after that new paint job. I really need to get a new paint job on mine except more mods keep getting in the way. Anyways I would probably paint them gloss black but its your truck.
     
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