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Frame restoration - did it myself

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SeNate, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Nov 15, 2018 at 1:37 PM
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    did you have it inspected for the frame replacement before you put in all this work?
     
  2. Nov 16, 2018 at 3:16 AM
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    It's a 1998 that I bought at the beginning of this year, so I think the PO (my brother) probably missed the clock in 2013! :)

    While it's probably a $5,000 truck now with the repairs I've done to it so far, I totally agree that it's not worth it, even still. The only reason I put the work in was some sentimental value (my brothers' and my old work truck, first date and bench seats ...). Still. I just wanted to advise anyone else who may be thinking of the job as to the amount of work and level of 'uncomfortableness'. I tend to do projects just to fill spare time, but this one ended up becoming full-time! :)
     
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  3. Nov 16, 2018 at 10:10 AM
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    good job man. that blows about no coverage. but I can dig how you did it. looks good
     
  4. Feb 2, 2019 at 1:27 PM
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    Sub'd.....doing this over the next few months. Not going to take the bed off. I'll just get to what I can with the needler and treat/foam brush POR-15 everything I can reach.
     
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  5. Feb 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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    Get that steel wire brush kit from harbor freight for cheap for the super tight cramped spaces inside the c channel frame by the fuel tank and catalytic converter. It helps to brush the loose rust off and get it good enough for the por 15. That's what I did
     
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  6. Feb 2, 2019 at 1:39 PM
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    Awesome. Will do for sure. Thanks to everyone and the original poster for this very handy DIY. Appreciate the effort guys!
     
  7. Feb 2, 2019 at 8:22 PM
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    Don't skimp on the Ospho metal treatment. Apply it generously. It stops the rust chemically which is the most important part. Covering with the Por-15 will prevent new rust from starting.
     
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  8. Feb 3, 2019 at 11:29 AM
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    Roger that! :thumbsup::bikewheelie:
     
  9. Apr 18, 2019 at 2:30 PM
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    I’m sorry if this has already been asked but I promise I looked at least a little bit. Did OP mention how much POR-15 he used for this project?
     
  10. Apr 18, 2019 at 11:34 PM
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    I applied two good coats on full frame, LCA, tow hitch. I used no more than 8 ounces.
    I would recommend the smallest cans you can find. Because it's hard to preserve the larger can before it goes bad or lid gets stuck. Also, put at least two layers of plastic on the can before closing the lid.
     
  11. May 3, 2019 at 10:52 AM
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    I used a wire wheel and flat black paint. Seems to be working well so far. But I might try this method!
     
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    I know I'm late by many years but felt like the point should be made. My truck is twenty years old and has outlasted many relatives' trucks, no new transmission, no new engine. She has purred on for many years now.
     
  13. Oct 15, 2019 at 8:01 AM
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    this is a lot to ponder!
     
  14. Oct 28, 2019 at 11:46 AM
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    Hey! So finally bought my first tacoma, been looking for one for a month and finally got a double cab long bed 2011 trd sport with 150k km. The frame is in almost perfect condition, there is a tiny amount of surface rust here and there where there are welded joints etc, a little bit next to the engine, looking good next to the cats. I want to do some preventative maintenance, so what I was thinking is to go at the existing rust spots with the por 15 kit removing any loose rust, and then when that's dry hit everything with fluid film. Any recommendations or reasons why painting only parts of the frame is not a good idea ?
    Thanks!
     
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  15. Nov 29, 2019 at 8:56 AM
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    how is this holding up after almost 5 years?

    how much of a hammer did you take to it?
     
  16. Feb 20, 2020 at 10:30 AM
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    Wow, now that's labor intensive. Well done you.
     
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  17. Feb 20, 2020 at 11:27 AM
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    what does that kit look like?
    might be what i need to clean inside my old box frame before using the eastwood internal stuff
    i have a wireless borescope all prepped and ready to stick in there and film, once the weather gets more above freezing
    .....

    also, this POR-15 seems to be a major headache PITA to use with all the prep work only to see it fail down the line and have to redo, do you know how i mean
    there must be a similar yet perhaps better product out there

    ...

    where is the OP, wanted to know how this was holding up and no reply at all
     
  18. Feb 20, 2020 at 11:40 AM
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    the wirebrush kit is just long handled brushes, good for the C portion of the frame to get behind the hard brake lines, fuel tank, etc. For the inside of the box frame I just used hot water, pressure, and a shop vac on blow to blow out/dry as much as possible.

    POR 15 is a hassle and would like to know the same
     
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  19. Feb 20, 2020 at 11:42 AM
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    i bot some engine detail brush kit from them but i assume you are talking something else?
    current plans for me is to remove the fuel tank to totally clean that spot to the bare, quite a bit of soft frame paint in that area from a minor finger tap inspection
     
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  20. Feb 20, 2020 at 11:51 AM
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    probably the same exact thing I was talking about lol but I think that engine detail brush kit is actually a bit easier with the grip. It was the only thing I could find that would let me scrub in those spots.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/detail-brush-set-6-pc-69526.html
     
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