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Likely totaled truck...i want the damn tailgate though!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by el dudarino, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    el dudarino

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    I was going through an intersection and some lady heading in the opposite direction thought it would be a good idea to turn left in front of me at the last minute. Well...my truck is probably going to be totaled and I'm going tomorrow to get my stuff out of it and want the tailgate to hang in my barn. What tools do I need to remove that? The shitty thing is I almost had it payed off. I walked away though with a fractured thumb (don't ask me how the fuck that happened) and a sprained neck.

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  2. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM
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    IndigoTac07

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    Sorry to hear, glad your mainly ok
     
  3. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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    stupid bitch! hope shes buying you another taco!
     
  4. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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    TAKE IT FROM ME, GO TO A GOOD LAWYER, AND DOCTOR.
    I HAVE NEVER CAUSED A WRECK, BUT BEEN IN TWO AND BEING NICE DOES NOT MATTER.
     
  5. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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  6. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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    The tailgates on the 2nd gen just pop right off. Is the 1st gen the same?

    That being said, before I'd remove any parts, make sure it's cool with the insurance company. Sure have been a lot of crashes and totalled trucks lately :(
     
  7. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    el dudarino

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    yeah...no shit. I wanted to choke a bitch. I haven't even hit 100 posts lol I don't know if I'm going to get another taco or a 4 door Rubicon. Help me tacoma world! :turtleride:
     
  8. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    first gens have 2 bolts holding the tailgate on..think there either a 13 or 15mm..Then pop the cables off
     
  9. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    BLASHPHEMY! :eek:
     
  10. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM
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    Yeah...me and my wife were discussing that tonight. I don't want to get rich, but I also don't want this to cost me anything other than my time. I will be calling a lawyer on monday. They had me in the ambulance the whole time and asked if I wanted them to take me to the hospital. I said yes...the lady and her passenger both declined medical treatment.
     
  11. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM
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    I did ask for help :D
     
  12. Feb 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM
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    funny i did the same thing when i wrecked my first toyota pick up. i know its held on with two bolts... dont know the size.. somewhere near 1/2in... but in metic.. then two phillips screws on the cable...

    i had actually taken my tail gate off and had a bed net own when i wrecked it... so i didnt have to ask the insurace company about keeping it... i let my buddy barrow the tail gate then... and he left it in his parents house.. think it got thrown in a dumpster...
     
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    If you like driving on the Highway stick with the Taco. Jeeps are fun, but highway performance sucks.
     
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    I will make this short, I am now 48 and have been driving since i was 15, alot since 16, but was helping a now ex friend in 2001 and he pulled right out in front of a car doing 45 and the police wrote him 2 tickets. Now he had the airbag and was not hurt, and the van was totaled, but I only had the belt, and had 12 bruised ribs. I could not walk or breath for 3 days, and sneezing was a new experice in pain, and I tried to be nice, and deal with state farm, but it took 4 YEARS, GETTING A LAWYER AND SUEING MY FRIEND JUST TO GET THEM TO PAY FOR MY HOSPITAL BILL. The police called the ambulance and all state farm would ask, was why did you use a ampulance? they wanted to settle for 1000.00 and the hospital bill was 7800.00. It was bullshit.
    20/20 did a special on how they will dick you around on things just to try to get you to go away.
     
  15. Feb 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM
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    the tailgate bolts are 14mm's one on each side
     
  16. Feb 16, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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    Snowman

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    Im not going to comment on the legal issues with insurance companies etc, but to get the tail gate off you dont need any tools. Open it and unhook the side cables, the hold it about half open and you can lift one side up of the hinge, then the other side will slide out. Its pretty easy and you shouldnt have an issue understanding once you look at it.
     
  17. Feb 16, 2012 at 7:24 PM
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    Probably because you had your thumb wrapped around the steering wheel and the airbag went off? I heard somewhere we're supposed to retrain ourselves to leave our thumbs on the outside of the wheel for that reason.

    Glad you are mostly okay.
     
  18. Feb 16, 2012 at 7:25 PM
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    i am starting to think we need a separate section for "Totaled Tacos." i think this is like the tenth totaled taco in like a week.

    OP, glad you are OK - relatively speaking. sorry about your truck. hope you stick with another taco, but rubicons are great. i traded one in to get my taco, but i do miss it.
     
  19. Feb 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    I hope I never need the front bumper guard but I'm glad it's there. At least it's something.

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  20. Feb 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM
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