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2001 Taco Long Travel Re-Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by BigMac85, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Aug 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM
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    BigMac85

    BigMac85 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    unknown long travel kit, lower ball joint setup, Glassworks fenders on all four corners, sketchy fab work in the bed cage, King Coilovers up front, racerunner coils in the rear.
    New to the Taco world as of Saturday... I found this RCSB 2001 Tacoma for such a good price I couldn't pass it up. Hopefully you guys can help me get started in the right direction.

    I have a 73' Bronco I have built with a vintage Hal Sealund race suspension from the 70's. (Still rides better than my friends LT 04' Ranger) and I'm in the middle of a long travel build for my 05' Silverado.

    2001 Tacoma
    307 Oldsmobile V8/Turbo 350 trans
    Unknown long travel suspension - wide as heck
    10" King Coilovers up front
    10" Race-Runner Coilovers in the rear (mounted in conjunction of long ass Chevy leafs)
    Sketchy bed cage with remote fuel cell
    What I believe to be Glassworks fiberglass

    How I'm going to fix this...

    Bodywise, all the truck needs is windshield, windows, back glass, hood and grill
    -Engine runs but I'm swapping it out for a Vortec 350 we have in the
    shop
    -I plan on running a complete cage
    -re-doing the entire rear bedcage
    -removing the body lift
    -possibly replacing the UCA/LCA's with my own fabbed arms or just
    replacing the balljoints with uniballs

    Any thoughts on what suspension and fiberglass I have would be appreciated. I'll get better pics of the suspension later.

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  2. Aug 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM
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    D SPAID

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  3. Aug 6, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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    VirginiaBound

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    Lets get a video of it running.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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  5. Aug 6, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    alot of metal, small engine, decent travel.
    caged, camburg long travel, 50t leafpack (soon to be installed) light rack over cab, 5pt harnesses etc
    gonna be alot of work to make it right! good luck
     
  6. Aug 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM
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    VirginiaBound

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    If it were me, I'd just run the piss out of it and enjoy it.

    I don't understand why someone felt the need for a body lift though. :der:
     
  7. Aug 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    BigMac85

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    I really need to fix the cage and tubing, more for safety reasons than anything. I heard the guy before did the body lift so his cage would clear without cutting into the cab... Not so sure of that though. Half the tubing work is only welded 3/4's around. :smh:
     
  8. Aug 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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    BigMac85

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    Well, finally got the truck to the shop. Further investigation shows that the entire front end suspension mounts and engine mounts need to be ground out and re-welded. The 307 is up on the chopping block so we're getting the Vortec 350 ready. Once we get the new engine mounts made and the 350 in, the firewall is getting chopped to clear the engine/trans and the body lift is coming off.

    The entire bed cage is being chopped out if anyone is interested in it, I'll be back-halving the truck as well.
     
  9. Aug 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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    alot of metal, small engine, decent travel.
    caged, camburg long travel, 50t leafpack (soon to be installed) light rack over cab, 5pt harnesses etc
    holey shit!! how far did you drive with it like that? i would be shitting bricks the entire ride.

    glad your fixing all that shit
     
  10. Aug 20, 2012 at 12:45 PM
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    It was about an hour and a half drive home, didn't move a bit and was very secure. The rear end was held down with a winch cable, chains and a 2" ratchet strap - it wasn't going anywhere without a fight.
     
  11. Aug 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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  12. Aug 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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    I'm thinking I would like to have a full one piece on the front instead of sinking money into a hood and grill. Thoughts?
     
  13. Aug 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    It's wide enough. I say do it! But I would worry about getting the truck in working order before worrying about cosmetics. Just my .02
     
  14. Aug 22, 2012 at 7:43 AM
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    I need some rebuild kits for the shocks - 2 are Race Runners(rears) and 2 are Kings (fronts). Anyone have any hookups on some rebuild kits? I think I can do it myself, just need the parts.

    Now that I'm mostly moved in to my new house I'll start to tear into this thing. I'll be chopping the rear bed cage off and getting the engine running good first.
     
  16. Sep 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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    Well this sucks, but due to life happening I'll be forced to sell the truck.

    $2500 as is with title in hand.
     
  17. Sep 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM
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    does it run?
     
  18. Sep 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    BigMac85

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    No, and I haven't really had a chance to look at it. Pretty sure it just needs plug wires and the intake/carb cleaned good. The shock towers need to be reworked to clear the exhaust.
     
  19. Sep 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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  20. Sep 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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    I'll try to get some this week. Its just a pair of race runner threaded body shocks with some long chevy leafs tied into the rear cage.
     
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