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Project 36 Chambers

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by xtotalanarcoix, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:07 PM
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    Awhile ago I re-bagged the front of this truck for a customer and just recently started re doing the back for him, its a tacoma so i figured I would post it up. enjoy.

    Here is a picture of the truck, it looks great on the outside but like many minis has lots of hidden problems.
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  2. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:07 PM
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    I needed to fix the front because there was a lot of rattling noises and he kept popping bags. Once I took things apart it became apparent that the reason for the bags popping was rubbing from the upper ball joint and the bolts that held it in place. The reason for the rattling was much scarier. The entire suspension had been taken apart for paint and none of the parts that come factory with thread locker on them had it replaced. The bolts for the rotor, control arm and others were all finger tight or part way backed out already. As you can see the bolts used were with the exception of the one stock bolt of inferior quality as well.

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  3. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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    I replaced the tube that was just held in by pressure with a plate welded directly to the frame. It is an affordable way to get the proper position and lift from the bag. I also cut off the pipe that was booger welded to the lower arm, shortened, repositioned and properly welded it in place.

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  4. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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  5. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:09 PM
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    here it is all reassembled with a ball joint flip done with proper hardware. He has been driving on this setup for quite a few months now, still working great. No more rattling or rubbing and now it lifts a good deal higher.

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    now on to the backside of the truck. It is hard to tell in the pictures but the flames and toyota logo look pretty bad in person, they were done free hand with a plasma. Much worse looking are the mountains of non penetrating welds that are all over the backside of the truck. Those however are for the most part cosmetic problems. The reason the truck was brought in was to fix a few real problems, the driveline would make a terrible sound at certain heights, the 2 forward 2 rear link setup was causing a number of problems, and the axle was off center causing one tire to burn through the paint on the bedside when driven too low.

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  7. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    other rear end related problems, the notch was cracked completely around on both sides and the bag plates on the axle, well the pictures speak for themselves. Yes that is a sheared off bolt in the bag plate. The last pic was supposed to be a battery box I think.

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  8. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:11 PM
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    the customer wanted bag job that kept bags over axle and his stock gas tank in a short amount of time. Since I wasnt given the go-ahead to chop the rear of the frame off I started by grinding down the notch so that it could all be re-welded.

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    Jump forward a bit and we have ourselves a properly centered axle with a good pinion angle held in place with a pretty new wishbone link. Other things to notice are no more ugly cross member on the passenger side, cleaned up and capped gas tank cross member, and a bit of frame boxing by the gas tank cross member. Oh and no more hideous flames!

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  10. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:12 PM
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    Next I decided I didn't want to deal with grinding all the giant welds off the notch bars while still trying to keep them looking round as well as trying to re-weld the to the frame so I just decided to cut them off and replace them. You can also see where I boxed the passenger side of the frame and moved the exhaust mount.
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  11. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:13 PM
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    new notch bars on, and..... ONE OFF WU-TANG BAG BRACKETS!!!! What more needs to be said, straight fire!

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  12. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:14 PM
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    in house made axle brackets, and pics of them mounted with bags attached.

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  13. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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    He wanted me to make a clean and simple shock setup, here is what i came up with, GIANT SPIKES hahaha. Thats the progress for now stay tuned and let me know what you think

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    took it out for a few test drives, everything worked great so tore it all down to get it ready for paint. Then a nice layer of hi build primer.

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    Then the frame was shot with a white base, and over that a house of kolor hot pink pearl. This color looks crazy in person, the pictures dont even begin to do it justice!

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  16. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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    next it was time to show the Wu-Tang plates some love so they got a heaping pile of silver flake.

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  17. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:18 PM
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    a few other parts also got the white base and pink peal treatment, while the axle and gas tank are being completely flaked, Hopefully there will be some pictures of it all back together in a few days.

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    some pictures of all the parts painted and assembled.

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  19. Apr 12, 2010 at 10:20 PM
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    FIRST PLACE MINI TRUCK MILD!!!!!!!

    Put the truck back together so it could be driven up to the Bring the Noize 2010 show, which had a great turn out. It took first in its class against some steep competition.

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