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96 Tacoma Owner...mini restoration in progress

Discussion in 'New Members' started by chethewitt, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Jun 20, 2011 at 9:39 PM
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    chethewitt

    chethewitt [OP] Member

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    Built Motor, Otherwise Stock
    I recently acquired a 96 Tacoma with 178k miles on it. Thought I'd post my progress in bringing this truck back to acceptable condition.

    When I purchased it, the truck had just received a newly built motor/new clutch along with misc other engine modifications. The list includes an aftermarket header, cold air intake and electric fans.

    It ran, but the timing was off and thats how I got it. Paid 2,000 for the truck in the condition you see below.

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    Paint was oxidized and severely neglected, sitting on stock FJ wheels/bfg's.

    I then attacked the paint to bring back some shine.

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    Adding a product which restores the plastic.

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    Added a Curt Tow Hitch along with brake controller for my trailer.
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    Purchased some OEM 17inch 4runner wheels to replace the fj steelies.
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    I wasn't happy with the look, so I negotiated a deal to swap my wheels/tires for 15's with 31inch bridgestones.

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    I will post interior updates/modifications shortly...along with a few more exterior changes.
     
  2. Jun 20, 2011 at 9:44 PM
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    PcBuilder14

    PcBuilder14 Well-Known Member

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    Wow the paint itself looks amazing compared to when you got it! Great job
     
  3. Jun 20, 2011 at 9:59 PM
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    chethewitt

    chethewitt [OP] Member

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    I'm pretty happy with this truck so far.

    I've owned an 02 Tundra, 84 4x4 Pickup, 91 2wd extended cab and now this one.

    So far, this is my favorite although I do miss the room my Tundra offered. (I don't miss the 14mpg though)
     
  4. Jun 20, 2011 at 10:00 PM
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    chethewitt

    chethewitt [OP] Member

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    Also, added a new bumper and painted the mud flaps.

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  5. Jun 21, 2011 at 1:36 AM
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    RLDTACO

    RLDTACO Well-Known Member

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    Debadged,Tailgate theft mod,Extra D-rings,OEM bed mat,TRD exhaust, 5100 Billys@ 4 corners set@ 0 with Eibach springs, rear TSB springs.N-Fab tube Steps. TRD FJ SE wheels and Michelin LTX A/T 2's
    The truck looks good! :thumbsup: Keep us posted.
     
  6. Jun 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM
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    Racerboy221

    Racerboy221 Well-Known Member

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    18" Wheels & Tires, Airshocks, CB Radio
    Nice resurrection!! Welcome to TW from AZ!
     
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