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Just picked up a 1st Gen. V6 auto

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Mcp58, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. Nov 5, 2019 at 9:23 AM
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    Mcp58

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    Hello Tacoma world,

    I’ve owned a few Tacoma’s / pickups in my life mostly when I was in high school and early college.

    I picked up a 1st Gen. 1999 3.4 L V6 automatic with about 226,000 miles on it, has some front end damage but I was able to pull out the front and fit a new radiator in it and get it running again. (few photos in link below) It’s an automatic and ideally I would want a manual transmission but the price was right and I enjoy a good project.

    I’m joining Tacoma world to share the journey of getting this truck back on the road full-time. I’m not sure if I’m gonna keep it or sell it but either way it will be a fun project.

    I had three packages delivered yesterday,
    -Full OEM water pump, timing belt, thermostat kit (eBay $180)
    -New cooling fan as the one with the truck had a couple broken blades, ebay ($30)
    -New to me grill and headlights from a 2000 Tacoma (up-cycled) ($100 shipped from a nice guy on facebook market place)
    -driver side door handle $9.50 (ebay)

    There is a little bit of front end frame damage that I’m hoping it’s not too serious, once I get it up and running on the road I will need some new tires as I live in the mountains of Colorado and there’s traction law in effect for the winter months.

    I have not decided which direction I’m gonna go with a bumper yet. I may do factory or I may do a solid steel ARB or something like that.
    I also picked up some relatively low usage/mileage suspension from a neighbor for $100 cash (stock stuff with 3inch spacer on the front shock / strut)

    I got the truck running just fine once I put the new radiator in. Unfortunately I decided to fill the truck with coolant from the radiator cap instead of filling from the upper radiator hose (filling the block with coolant) and I think I might’ve burned up the water pump? The truck is not overheating but whenever I shut it off it leaks coolant. (Not a ton but enough to warrant an inspection/concern) I believe the leak is coming from behind the timing cover. (any other suggestions welcomed)

    That is why I went ahead and purchased the timing belt water pump kit. The front end is pretty much disassembled so it should be pretty easy to access and get the timing belt / water pump knocked out hopefully this weekend.

    Anyways - excited for the journey ahead!

    I added some photos here - https://www.tacomaworld.com/media/albums/work-in-progress.56721/

    - M
     
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  2. Nov 5, 2019 at 9:32 AM
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    MagtechPA

    MagtechPA Thor

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    Cool project and welcome to TW! :wave:
     
  3. Nov 5, 2019 at 10:18 AM
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    Black DOG Lila

    Black DOG Lila Well-Known Member

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    Stock. EZ pass.Dump pass.Inspection sticker.Convict printed lic.plates.FG cap.
    Welcome aboard
     
  4. Nov 5, 2019 at 12:34 PM
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    irayfz6

    irayfz6 TTC #0249

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    Welcome to TacomaWorld!
     
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  5. Nov 5, 2019 at 5:06 PM
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    buckhuntin-tacoma

    buckhuntin-tacoma Shed hunter

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    Welcome to TW!!
     
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  6. Nov 7, 2019 at 10:03 AM
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    boogie3478

    boogie3478 Tacomaholic & Hollywood

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    Welcome to TW!
     
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