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1st Gen Pseudo Satoshi Grille Assembly

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 747, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Jul 8, 2010 at 7:21 PM
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    747

    747 [OP] function > form

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    Total Anticipated Cost: (+/-) $150

    Investment to date:
    Time: 12.5 hours [through 08/17/2010]
    Cash: $106.87

    Purchased to date:
    07/15/2010 (TW Member: trdracing5)
    Hella Supertone Horns: <undisclosed>

    XX/XX/2008: (ebay)
    Perforated Aluminium Sheet: $20.00

    06/29/2010: (partsgeek)
    Grille Assembly: $34.84

    06/30/2010: (menard's)
    Respirator: $4.47 -- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; the fiberglass resin is no bullsh!t.
    Bondo Fiberglass Repair Kit: $10.88
    Bondo Body Filler Kit: $5.54
    3-pk. Spreader: $1.95
    3-pc. Brush Set: $1.29
    400 Grit Sandpaper: $1.99
    150/100/60 Grit Sandpaper: $1.78
    Dremel Cutting Wheel: $5.77
    Sandable Primer (RO): $3.62
    Self Etching Primer (RO): $4.05
    Semi Gloss Auto Paint (RO): $4.22
    Mineral Spirits: $5.48
    Tack Cloth: $.99

    Materials photo...
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    Fins removed photo...
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    First layer of fiberglass - lower (photo 1)...
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    Fiberglass - lower (photo 2)...
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    Fiberglass - lower, sanded (photo 1)...
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    Fiberglass - lower, sanded (photo 2)...
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    Fiberglass - upper, sanded...[grateful for bondo]
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    Bondo'd and sanded...[sorry for the photo quality; very humid here today]
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    Anticipated Addt'l. Investment:
    Time: :censored:
    Cash: (+/-) $45.00

    Anticipated Addt'l. Purchases:
    Screws & Nuts: (+/-) $3.00

    Credits:
    Thanks to:
    TW Member, Tallyman89 - "T" Emblem
    TW Member, trdracing5 - Supertones
    TW Member, KPT - http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/98465-hella-supertones-horns-install-guide.html
    TN Member, lwyattl - http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2414825&posted=1
     
  2. Jul 8, 2010 at 9:55 PM
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    Digiratus

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    Looks like fun :popcorn:
     
  3. Jul 8, 2010 at 9:58 PM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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  4. Jul 8, 2010 at 10:02 PM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    fine!
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    I'll stick to my chinese food
     
  5. Jul 11, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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    This thing is a real pain in the a$$...I'm done 'til next weekend.
     
  6. Jul 11, 2010 at 7:41 PM
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    Do you have any final pics of the build
     
  9. Jul 12, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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  10. Jul 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM
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  11. Jul 12, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    Not yet...I'll get back to it this weekend...the top of the thing (see last photo) really pissed me off, so I wanted to take a break and not screw it up.
     
  12. Jul 30, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    ill have an order of what this guy is eatin. dam that looks good
     
  13. Aug 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    it's so close to being done. it should be complete by the end of this weekend.
     
  14. Aug 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM
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    I sure hope so.... Been waiting a long time too see this thing.... :D
     
  15. Aug 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    you and me both...1 more 600 grit sanding, 1 more coat of paint, trim the perforated aluminium, clear coat over grille assembly and aluminium, attach aluminium to grille assembly, and install (if everything goes according to plan).;)

    100th post [sort of]....
     
  16. Aug 18, 2010 at 6:06 PM
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    How do you attach the aluminum to the grille?
     
  17. Aug 18, 2010 at 6:10 PM
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    wtbthree

    wtbthree Give 'er

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    ^^^ Hope you dont mind, I don;t mean to thread jack, but I have a quick question on sanding... I was at the hardware store today and picked up materials for a satoshi project (just waiting for the grill to come in). As far as sandpaper goes, I have 320, 400, 600, and 1500. Are those levels acceptable for the prepwork I'll need to do before painting ( I have a grill surround to do as well as the bondo'ed portion of the satoshi)? Or do I need some 800, 1000, and 2000 to do the job right?

    Thanks
     
  18. Aug 18, 2010 at 6:24 PM
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    747

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    I "plan" to bond (epoxy) nuts around the inner lip of the grille assembly (engine compartment diagram [:eek:] below), then attach the aluminium to the grille assembly with screws (again, from the engine compartment side of the grille assembly)...

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  19. Aug 18, 2010 at 6:32 PM
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    first, I'm using this to edit my previous post of 08/18/10, as follows: 1 more 1200 (or 1300...I forget) grit sanding to go on the grille assembly.

    reply to wtbthree's question: I went from 100 grit, to 150 grit, to finer and finer (don't remember...I'll edit this later), down to 1200. imo, you'll be good w/320, 400, 600, and 1500...but you may want to start w/100 or 150 depending on how generous you are with the bondo. this was my first time using the stuff, and i recommend using it sparingly as it's just going to take more time to sand it down if you use too much initially (i.e., if you lay it on too thick initially, you'll be sanding it off/down for awhile)...the 100/150 cuts into the bondo much quicker than the less coarse grits.
     
  20. Aug 18, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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