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Built by a 14 year old (with some help from my dad)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by jwarr, Aug 17, 2021.

  1. Aug 17, 2021 at 5:47 AM
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    jwarr

    jwarr [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hello Tacomaworld,

    Yes, I am 14 years old and I convinced my dad to let me buy a Tacoma to work on that will be my DD once I get my license. I have been saving for a long time for a truck and my dad offered to match anything that I made or saved.

    After a long search, we bought this 2008 Access Cab 4WD TRD Off Road.
    upload_2021-8-17_8-47-3.jpg

    We got it pretty cheap because the owner had missed the frame recall and it had a few areas that were rotten though. Mileage was not bad at 130,000 and it had a manual transmission, which I wanted. It also included alot of extras that I figured I could sell to bring down the cost even more (wheels and tires, soft topper, BAMF sliders, BAMF Front Bumper).

    Build Plan:

    Body:
    Bushwacker or Jungle Flares
    Raptor lined exterior in super white
    DIY Front and rear tube bumpers
    2012+ hood/grill/headlight conversion
    TRD Pro Grill
    Cab mount chop
    Pinch weld clearance

    Front Suspension:
    ~3" lift, SPC UCA
    Welded cam gussets
    Spindle Gussets
    URD front diff sleeve

    Rear Suspension:
    SOA with Icon RXT leafs
    BAMF shock relocation
    DIY rear shackle reinforcement
    1.5" wheel spacers

    Interior:
    Repair drivers side front seat bolster that is worn through

    Brakes:
    4Runner caliper/rotor upgrade
    Tundra master/booster upgrade

    Wheels & Tires:
    33-34" Tire (not sure which yet)
    17" Method NV

    Exhaust:
    DIY Stainless Y-Pipe and CAT back, dumped at rear axle

    Gears:
    Probably should, but we will wait for now due to the cost...

    Mods:
    Clutch Accumulator delete
    Locker Anytime

    We are building for New England Trails, not desert racing. So, most interested in improving wheel travel.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2022
  2. Aug 17, 2021 at 5:51 AM
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    koditten

    koditten Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! That's the same program my dad and I used when I was getting ready to drive.

    I bought a wreck with low miles and he bought the same car with no drive train. I removed the good drive train from the wreck and installed it in the un wrecked car.

    I still buy and rebuild my daily driver Toyota vehicles to this day.

    Congrats on getting your hands dirty and saving loads of money!
     
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  3. Aug 17, 2021 at 5:55 AM
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    Tacotsubo

    Tacotsubo Mediocre at best

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    Congratulations and welcome to Tacoma World. You'll find a ton of information that will help you in this journey. You'll have a great time wrenching and making memories with your dad !
     
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  4. Aug 18, 2021 at 5:07 AM
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    jwarr

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    Thanks. I am looking forward to turning it into a great truck. We have already sold the wheels and tires, the softopper and the factory front bumper. The frame isn't that bad and we were going to repair it, but then this brand new frame popped up local.
    upload_2021-8-18_7-59-52.jpg
    It was a still a roller, with front and rear diffs and suspension when we got it. The story is that this truck just got its frame replaced, then had an interior fire. This guy bought it and parted out everything else, then just wanted this out of his yard, so the price was pretty good. We already sold the rear axle from it and still have almost new leaf springs, front diff, and front suspension to sell.

    Here it is with a fresh coat of POR-15:
    upload_2021-8-23_11-45-52.jpg

    Only issue is that this is from a double cab. We took very careful measurements of our frame with a plumb bob before buying this and we think the only differences are the rear cab mounts and the front bed mounts. The plan is to cut them off of our frame and move them over. They are discontinued from toyota.
     

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  5. Aug 18, 2021 at 11:12 AM
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    woods_24

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    Love the story and drive. And bike. Best of luck, I'll be following along! Sub'd.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2021 at 11:15 AM
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    RedWings44

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    Looking forward to seeing more of this build/adventure.
     
  7. Aug 23, 2021 at 5:50 AM
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    The bed removed:
    upload_2021-8-23_8-50-5.jpg
     
  8. Aug 23, 2021 at 5:54 AM
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    For the cab, we used 2 material handlers that are both rated to lift 1000 lbs. We barely cleared the engine when we rolled the frame out from under it.
    upload_2021-8-23_8-53-58.jpg
     
  9. Aug 23, 2021 at 5:58 AM
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    We made this dolly for the cab to ride on while it is off.
    upload_2021-8-23_8-57-55.jpg
     
  10. Aug 23, 2021 at 6:01 AM
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    Sasquatch3153

    Sasquatch3153 Sassy Squatch

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    This is gonna be good :popcorn:
     
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  11. Aug 23, 2021 at 6:07 AM
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    jwarr

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    And here is the rolling chassis:
    upload_2021-8-23_9-6-58.jpg
     
  12. Aug 23, 2021 at 7:25 AM
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    ovrlndkull

    ovrlndkull STUKASFK - HC4LIFE

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    Hell yeah kid don't let anyone discourage you. Great work so far!!!
     
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  13. Aug 23, 2021 at 7:39 AM
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    Damn... VERY cool!
     
  14. Aug 23, 2021 at 7:41 AM
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    Tacospike

    Tacospike Semi-Unknown Custodial Member

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    This is awesome!
     
  15. Aug 23, 2021 at 7:46 AM
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    A Florida Man

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    Keep up the great work and keep us posted, please.
     
  16. Aug 24, 2021 at 5:24 AM
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    jwarr

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    We made these engine lift plates instead of buying the toyota ones to save money:
    upload_2021-8-24_8-20-57.jpg

    The bolt onto each side of the engine for lifting:
    upload_2021-8-24_8-21-59.jpg

    We lifted out the engine and transmission together with a home made spreader bar so that we were not putting side load into the lift plates:
    upload_2021-8-24_8-24-28.jpg
     
  17. Aug 24, 2021 at 5:28 AM
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    jwarr

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    Here is some of the rust, not too bad, but since the new frame was available, we are replacing this one:
    upload_2021-8-24_8-27-9.jpg

    upload_2021-8-24_8-27-54.jpg
    upload_2021-8-24_8-28-55.jpg
     
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  18. Aug 24, 2021 at 5:31 AM
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    Tacos4ever15

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    Awesome !!! Great project for you and your Dad, the knowledge you’ll get doing this will last you a lifetime, keep up the good work !
     
  19. Aug 24, 2021 at 3:27 PM
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    ill ay

    ill ay I DO MAN STUFF

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    :anonymous: When I was 14, I was struggling just to change my bike tire. This is very impressive and I can't wait to see the end result.
     
  20. Aug 24, 2021 at 3:42 PM
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    Littles

    Littles Stupid is as stupid does.

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    Congratulations on the purchase and welcome to TW. Looking forward to watching your build progress from what looks like a pretty untouched 2nd gen. You've clearly done your research and know where you want to go with the build which is going to save you some headaches and mistakes down the road :thumbsup: Super cool father/son project.
     

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