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95-97 Satoshi Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MapleMoose, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Feb 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    MapleMoose

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    95-97 Tacoma Satoshi Write-up

    I havent seem too many 95-97 satoshi grilles on here so i decided to give it a shot and make a write up. I wanted a color matched look so i painted it white.

    Material List:


    95-97 Painted grille - $30-$100
    Toyota Landcruiser Emblem - $50 (PART NUMBER: #75311-90K00)
    Perforated steel with round holes - $20
    Color matched paint (2-3) - $30-$45
    Black Gloss - $15
    Clear Coat - $15
    Epoxy - $5
    Bondo and fiberglass - (had some laying around)

    I also borrowed a dremel kit from a friend.


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    PART NUMBER: #75311-90K00

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    I started off by buying a new grille so i could take my time with it. I went with a painted style so i wouldnt have to deal with the chrome. Made it way easier to sand and prep the grille.

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    I cut out the horizontal and vertical members with a cutting disc on a dremel. I made sure it was as flush as possible without damaging it too much.

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    I sanded everything down with 120 grit sand paper and wiped it with a wet cloth. I then prepped the side parts for fiberglass. First time using this stuff and it was messy!

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    Left it overnight to harden and then applied the bondo. Again this was the first time using bondo so it was messy.

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    While the bondo was hardening, i traced the shape of the grille onto a piece of cardboard. I then transferred that onto my perforated steel. I cut the steel with a grinder and began sanding it down with 120 grit. I should have been using 400 grit too but i didnt have any. After sanding was done i sprayed it with brakleen to get rid of any rust or oils before painting.

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    I did a couple coats of etching primer and couple coats of gloss black paint.

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  2. Feb 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    MapleMoose

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    Now back to the grille. I Sanded down the bondo after it dried until it was as smooth as could be. I then had to sand the edges down so the mesh would sit flush. I had to bring some parts of the edge up higher so it would make a straight line. I used a file.

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    After that it was priming time. A couple coats of primer and a quick sand.

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    Painting time!

    I couldnt find the exact paint match for my truck so i had to color guess. i ended up getting Nissan Super White for my mine. Worked out pretty well cause it matched up good.

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    Finished it with a couple coats of Laquer clear coat. Test fitted the grille behind and it looked great!

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  3. Feb 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    MapleMoose

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    Now one of the hardest parts was painting the headlight surround area. Taping it was not fun and i couldnt seem to prevent black paint from getting onto the my white grille. After a couple fails i finally got it.

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    After it was completely dry, i flipped it over and worked on the pieces that will secure the mesh to the grille. I bought some little zip tie things to epoxy to the inside grille.

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    Left it overnight to harden. I then cut up the small mesh pieces for the side vent parts of the grille. Primed and painted them and secured them using zip ties.

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    All Done!

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  4. Feb 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    TACOMABOSS

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    very nice :thumbsup:
     
  5. Feb 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM
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    nice write up, might have to do this one day.....
     
  6. Feb 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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    Nice! Looks good!
     
  7. Feb 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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    Konaborne

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    looks good!
     
  8. Feb 2, 2012 at 9:56 PM
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    MapleMoose

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    :wave:
     
  9. Feb 2, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    nice write up sir.
     
  10. Feb 2, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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    nice!
     
  11. Feb 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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    looks great. looking to getting a 4wd grille to replace my 2wd grille that is currently on the tacoma now.
     
  12. Feb 4, 2012 at 2:10 AM
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    MapleMoose

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    Thanks guys! I ordered a Landcruiser emblem today, should make it complete
     
  13. Feb 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM
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    Bad ass bro! Very inspiring! I think ill do this this summer :cool: Lucky for me..the grill you bought already looks color matched to my truck so no painting for me :D haha...sept corner lights..

    :thumbsup: Job well done!
     
  14. Feb 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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    I'd like to pull a "Danielson" and wax on and wax off to your truck.
     
  16. Feb 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM
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    Awesome!

    Where did you get your steel mesh from?
     
  17. Feb 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM
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    MapleMoose

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    Local welding shop. Its called "perforated sheet metal"
     
  18. Feb 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM
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    MapleMoose

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    Not sure what to say to that.... but thanks!
     
  19. Feb 13, 2012 at 8:03 PM
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    You said enough :eek:

    I admit I have an unnatural boner for 95-97 front ends and yours with the color matched grille and satoshi makes me wanna maul myself.
     
  20. Feb 14, 2012 at 7:38 AM
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    Nice man! You've encouraged me! I'll be doing this next!
     
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