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Nathan's Long Travel Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds' started by Conman117, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Apr 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    Conman117

    Conman117 [OP] AWESOME MEMBER

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    Hey guys, thanks for visiting.

    Updated Aug 24, 2014

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    All of the design and metalwork I did myself. Thanks to the people that told me how to do it right.

    Specs:
    1998 Tacoma Ext Cab
    3.4L V6
    4x4
    5-Speed Manual Transmission

    Mods:
    Suspension:
    Front:
    Total Chaos LT kit
    Tundra axles
    King PR series 2.5x8" remote res coilovers

    Rear:
    Tundra Axle
    Engage 50T leaf packs
    King PR series 2.5x18" smoothies

    Glass:
    Glassworks 7" rear / 6.5" front

    Wheels: Procomp 16x8
    Tires: 285/75/16 Hankook Dynapro MT's

    Metalwork:
    Full 1.75" DOM cab cage
    1.75" DOM bedcage tied into cab cage
    Front tube bumper
    Rear tube bumper/tire carrier
    Boxed rear frame
    Plated rear frame on the outside
    Both rear crossmembers replaced with square tube
    Coil bucket gussets
    Cam tab gussets
    Spindle gussets

    Other:
    Magnaflow muffler
    Deckplate mod
    Fuelsafe 22 gal Fuel cell
    Full JL Audio sound system: 360W 4-channel amp, speakers, 500W mono amp, 2 10" subs
    Sound deadened cab

    History:
    Here's where it started. I bought it in Dec 2010. Here's a pic, stock as you can get, except the plasti-derped grill and bumpers.
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    Then, like any good boy, I put in a revtek spacer lift.
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    And built myself a rear plate bumper in the summer of 2011.
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    And I drove that around until I joined TW and saw some LT trucks on here.
    May 2012 I made an order to Baja North Motorsports for some goodies.
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    And started tearing things down.
    Right down to the frame.
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    Lots of rust in the rear C-channel.
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    So I sandblasted it and started welding. Gussets, crossmembers and then some gussets.
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    Cam tab gussets.
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    Rear outside plate.
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    Coilbucket gussets.
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    Boxed rear frame and crossmembers.
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    Painted the frame.
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    Assembling suspension.
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    My fuel tank was rusted to a flaky blob around the plates, and attempts to clean it resulted in chunks coming off.
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    So I decided a new stock tank was too expensive for just a stock tank, and used tanks in my area would have the same issues as mine.
    So I ordered a 22 gal. Fuelsafe cell.
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    Meanwhile, things progressed on the truck. Got the engine and cab back on.
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    How much the wheel sticks out over stock.
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    Somewhere in here I did a projector retrofit.
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    My Giant shackles were hitting the leafs in a weird place.
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    So I built new beef ones.
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    Then I chopped up my bed and started fitting a bedcage.
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    Front and rear bumpers were next.
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    Attached the fiberglass and that's how it was until May.
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    Took a trip down to SoCal at the end of April 2013.
    Got my rear hydro bumps installed and got a 50T leaf pack.

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    Fall of 2013 I pulled it off the road again to start more building.

    Stripped out the cab for caging

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    Bought some tube, bought a bender and started fitting

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    Put sound deadening in the ceiling, in the doors, on the floor, in the side panels, basically everywhere.

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    Got the carpet back in, sound system, and most of the interior pieces back in.

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    And rebuilt the bedcage

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    Last edited: Aug 24, 2014
  2. Jun 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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    Conman117

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    Update time.
    I pulled everything off my frame and am starting from there because there are some rusty parts, so I figured I may as well go through and replace/refinish everything that is rusty.
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    I have the TC coil bucket gussets, cam tab gussets and am making rear frame gussets. I want to weld on everything I need before I re-coat my frame so that I don't have to grind off my new finish.
    If anyone thinks of anything I should be welding onto my frame let me know. Maybe limit strap tabs?
     
  3. Jun 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    i wouldnt worry about limit strap tabs just yet because you dont know if its going to interfere with anything else suspension wise once everything is back on there.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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    precoma

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    subbed for a epic build :popcorn:
     
  5. Jun 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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    austinramsay

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    Get some pics up man! Looks like itll be good! :cool:
     
  6. Jun 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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    Conman117

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    Aight. I'll hold off for now. Thanks.

    Heres some pics of the rust.
    Its mostly in the rear C channel. The frame is still solid but I stuck my finger through these parts.

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    So I have some work to do:D

    Just to add some color, heres my LED swap.

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  7. Jun 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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    Conman117

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    Hey guys, got a question.
    I'm going to be putting on a new bumper when I put my truck back together, and my frame looks different from the other trucks with the style of bumper I want.
    Should I just cut the ends off my frame to match?
    Here's mine.

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    And here are others with the type of bumper I want.

    Looks like the cross member is kept in this one.

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    And this one is cut off right back to the stock bumper mounts.

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    Can I just chop the end of my frame off and cap it?
     
  8. Jun 26, 2012 at 8:51 PM
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    D SPAID

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  9. Jun 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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    for the bumper id wait till everything is on the truck as well, cause you wont know how it needs to be/ where to be cut at untill everything is on the truck. id work on cleaning up all the rust, boxing your whole frame, and coating it so it doesnt rust worse.
     
  10. Jun 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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    Conman117

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    The rear of the frame all cleaned out.

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    Hopefully I'll be sandblasting it tomorrow if the weather holds.

    I noticed when guys were boxing their frames that they just boxed over the existing brackets. Should I bother putting mine back in if I'm boxing the rear? I already have some replacements cut, so it wouldn't be that hard to weld them in before I box it.
    Here's one.

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    Is it worth installing the new brackets?
     
  11. Jul 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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    So my frame is sandblasted. Now I just have to weld everything on, but I need help with spring mount placement. After reading, the magic number seems to be 52.5" but I don't know where to put the mounts on my frame because I have nothing to reference off of. Can someone help me with the measurements on the frame?
     
  12. Jul 3, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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    whitetoblack

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    Hey man nice job i like where this is going haha. Since your are upgrading to a tundra axle anyway as well as wanting to run wanting to run 18s have you thought about just going with giants 64" kit instead and mounting it outside the frame rails? I have two friends running them on their rangers and they work really well just havent seen one in person on a taco yet.
     
  13. Jul 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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    Conman117

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    Never thought of that, a little late now... :D

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    got a very nice shipment yesterday^
     
  14. Jul 4, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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    Nice congrats man!
     
  15. Jul 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM
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    Jealous you have it down to the frame. That makes everything 100x easier. :popcorn:
     
  16. Jul 6, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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    So I finally made some decent progress on my frame.
    I only have cellphone pics, but I'll take some decent ones later when the frame comes home.

    boxed

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    rear gussets

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    cam tabs

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    coil bucket gussets

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    also sandblasted frame is really nice^

    and leaf mounts (big thanks to battlescars and cr1250jumper for all the advice and helpful pics)

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    So I just need to put some new cross members in the rear and I can paint and put things back together.
     
  17. Jul 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM
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  19. Jul 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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    Out with the old, in with the new.

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    :D
     
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