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frame repair( rebuild)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by gershum, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. Jun 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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    gershum

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    Now that I have pleaded to toyota about my rusted frame,I now have no choice but attempt a repair, has anybody done this, the frame was good 12 mons ago now has holes near the front spring hangers anybody got pics of their repair and how they did it you know the do's and don'ts
     
  2. Jun 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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    I'd look for a new one and swap it out.

    Are you an experienced fabricator? If not I'd highly recommend to do a swap. Your trusting your life on those welds
     
  3. Jun 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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    Then box it in/reinforce it. POR-15 it or bed line it immediately after your completed and keep an eye on it weekly/monthly as to keep up on it as you obviously live in a rusty area
     
  4. Jun 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM
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    good with a welder what is por-15,bed line mean
     
  5. Jun 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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    1/4 inch plate, or 3/16 or whatever you feel comfortable with. Weld the shit out of it

    por15 is a rust inhibitor/ convertor. My dad used it on his van, good shit

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  6. Jun 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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    Bedliner isn't such a good idea. If there is a crack in the bedliner moisture will be able to get in and rust will begin again.
    por-15 is a paint used to stop rust. Trusso24 meant "bed line" like spray on bedliner: linex, rustoleum, duplicolor, etc.
     
  7. Jul 1, 2015 at 2:56 AM
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    Here are some before and after pictures of my 2001 Tacoma frame rebuild. I had severe perferoration around the driver's side front spring mount which required a patch of about 18 inches by 4 inches. The rest of the frame, trailer hitch mounts, and back two cross members were rusted pretty severely and only required a few small patches and a good cleaning and treating. I used a DA grinder with a wire wheel or sanding flap wheel for most of the clean up, then treated and coated the parts and frame rails all of the way up to the front tires with POR-15. Then I top coated that with VHT Roll Bar and Chassis paint. Let me know what you think! I estimate that I put at least 120 hours into the job, and my friends added about 16 hours of welding and helping me reassemble the truck. I used as much new hardware as I could find and cleaned up and reused the rest. Besides the patched-in metal, I bought a new spare tire carrier and reel assembly. Everything else was reused. image.jpg image.jpg
     
  8. Jul 1, 2015 at 11:34 AM
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    If you have anyone local who can bend 1/8" or 3/16" I have special pieces bent that cover top and side .

    I have fixed quite a few when mine gets to the point it needs work I plan to be build a new rear frame section .

    You can for the most still buy all the weld on pieces from the dealer.

    I was not about to give up my paid for truck just because a little frame issue.

    I use to stretch over the road truck frames making these simple.
     
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  9. Jul 1, 2015 at 12:27 PM
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    ruggedT

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    Thought about fixing mine, ended up selling. Wasnt worth me losing all the resale value over a patch job on the frame, and if I kept it I would have to keep patching rusty spots as they came up.
     
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  10. Jul 2, 2015 at 3:14 PM
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    I used KBS Rust Seal to coat my frame, its the same as POR but cheaper.
     
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