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Cost to Fix??? Is it worth it??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by wrangler223, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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    wrangler223

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    Hello All! New here and I have a question for those of you more experienced than me with regards to "fixing-up" these trucks and costs associated: I have an opportunity to get a hold of this truck for a real good price (free from my in-laws). It was rolled on it's side and then on its top when it lost control on a snowy road and slid into the snow embankment on the sides of the road. Wasn't too high speed, but probably 30-40mph. It starts up (with a jump because it's been sitting for a couple years) and hasn't leaked a drop of any fluid all the times it's been sitting in the owners yard for the past couple years. I don't believe anything happened to the frame and other than body work, i believe it's a strong truck underneath. It's a 2005 with about 28k miles on it...auto trans. I don't believe I could do much of the work myself..... finding parts myself and taking it down to the frame, would probably be about the extent (if that) of what my current mechanical skills would feel comfortable with. So......My question is this: HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST ME (worst case & best case) TO FIX IT UP IF I WAS ABLE TO SCROUNGE AROUND FOR CABS/BODY PANELS FROM JUNK YARDS MYSELF,AND ASSUMING MOTOR AND DRIVETRAIN NEEDED NO WORK? AND IS IT WORTH IT WITH THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE SHOWN?
    All comments welcome.
    I just want to see if I'm getting the deal of the century or if it would be more of a pain than it is worth?
    Thanks in advance! I look forward to the forum....with this truck, hopefully in a near day, as my avatar. :)

    -Wrangler223

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  2. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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    jdtemple

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    If the frame is straight, it might be fun to do the work. There is a reason it is totaled, I would want to see an estimate for repairs that included the parts prices. Since your labor is free to you, that will be your call to fix it.
     
  3. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    Doc.SS

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    I'd work on it.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:23 PM
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    lawnrevenge

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    I would walk away from that "deal" unless you want to buy it for spares. The body is gone, the interior is probably not too good considering the tarp. look up crabtree autowrecking they are in your part of Utah (kind of) and list available parts and prices online. I know the owners and they are honest folks.
     
  5. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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    desertdude59

    desertdude59 CRAZY 4WHEELER

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    Thats a hard one. The body looks pretty thrashed. If the frame is bent then Id just sell the truck for parts
     
  6. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:31 PM
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    kcbmx

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    I did it, mine was a bit more beat up, car-parts.com helped, mine rolled in snow too. Go for it! Go lt while your at it, swapping a cab is chapter than paying to fix one. The cap is going to be the pricy part 1-2k
     
  7. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:34 PM
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    bjmoose

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    Swapping out a cab is a huge amount of work.

    Even at free labor, you won't be able to do a cost effective repair using new parts. You'll have to source everything from the wrecking yard.

    Kinda hard to find a replacement cab, since most "totalled" trucks have pretty severe damage.

    But if you're not in a hurry, very resourceful both in locating parts and in fabbing things up, have lots of time to spend on it, and keep your expectations low, could be a fun project.
     
  8. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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    Using certifit parts and assuming chassis is good and u swap most of the parts, 2-3k. Plus paint
     
  9. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    Swapping a cap is easy if u have a forklift available.
     
  10. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:41 PM
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    roof might be a pain, sell it to me ! jk good luck
     
  11. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:41 PM
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    The only drive train damage or chassis mine had after being rolled was bent leaf springs and hangars.
     
  12. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:43 PM
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    KCBMX: Really??? That's all you are thinking?? I had a budget of $5k - $8k....just a rough ballpark I would be willing to pay. But you say you've done it and got away with it for around that price???

    Found this website: www.carfrom.net What do you think of this route for parts??
    They look like they have some potential parts there....with some trucks being rear-ended and cabs in GREAT shape. But yes....was thinking the cab-swap route.

    I'm getting mixed responses.....go for it, and others say no-way. I gotta believe there would be lots of work involved and hours....but if I could spend in the $5k - $8k neighborhood and have a nice rig, I would think that's worth it.....wouldn't everyone else?? Or am I not seeing the whole pciture??

    Thanks!
     
  13. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:45 PM
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    Would make a really cool offroad truck if you were really into that but as a daily driver, id either wait for the new gen tacomas or wait till the new gens come out n buy a 2nd gen. Maybe the price will drop. It seems like way to much work to be completely honest.
     
  14. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:04 PM
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    Also....what years could I look at for replacement cabs/beds/parts for this 2005? Didn't they remain the same from 2005 - 2007, or around there? This info would be helpful as well.

    Thanks guys! Really! For all the honest feedback thus far! PLease keep comments/suggestions coming. It would really help in this decision.

    BTW....it would be my hunting rig for the most part, maybe an occasional road trip of 200-300 miles.
     
  15. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:11 PM
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    I'd fix it and make it a trail rig only. You can't get full coverage on a totaled vehicle thats been repaired so no use for a daily just in case if you get in a wreck and its your fault. It will become a money pit at that point Thats my .02
     
  16. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:16 PM
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    why not find a second gen with a blown motor and swap engine and tranny into it. i would think its cheaper and easier than swapping everything from frame up
     
  17. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:21 PM
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    MY50cal I think I'm getting the Fear.

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    I would agree with getting it and then parting it out. You could take that and put towards a newer one.

    just from TW i bet half that truck would be gone very quick... I know I would take a few parts off you :D
     
  18. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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    rmb_crew

    rmb_crew My other ride has 18,400HP!!!!!!

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    I would make it a trail rig. just cut the roof off and make it a soft top and lineX the interior. If your just making it a trail rig you can go crazy with it and not spend much money. As long as the motor is good than its fine.
     
  19. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    if it's free, why not have a little fun?
     
  20. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:43 PM
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    I would take this in a heart beat. Yeah it could turn out to be a lot more work and money to fix it but since it's free there is no question. Checking on craigslist and junkyards you could probably fix most of the little things for fairly cheap.
     
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