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Project PETT (Reg Cab Hooptie)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds' started by SandStorm, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Jan 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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    SandStorm

    SandStorm [OP] New Member

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    "PETT" = People for the Ethical Treatment of Toyotas

    New to the site, stumbled onto it after some searching when I picked up another 1st gen Taco (after regrettably selling the first one a few years back). Here's a crappy picture before I get to the story:

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    An acquaintance of mine had this '97 reg cab for sale for some months. It was his son's. It was beat to hell and I'm assuming this is why it didn't sell. Being the faithful Toyota pickup enthusiast I am, I picked it up from him in hopes that I can build it into my new DD rig. I know it needs a ton of work, mechanically and aesthetically, but am willing to put in the time, effort, and $$$. I want to give this thing a good home! A list of issues with it is in the works - and it's a long ass one. I'm hoping I can document all my work here, get some opinions, and keep my motivation up. I need to get out of my v8 GM SUV and back into something more enjoyable to drive.
     
  2. Jan 2, 2012 at 8:10 PM
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    SandStorm

    SandStorm [OP] New Member

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    My original budget for getting this thing on the road is $1,100. 5 years registration and title transfer brings me down to $1,000. I also forgot to mention some of the specifics:

    1997 Tacoma 4x4
    Regular Cab - Base Model
    2nd Generation (Twin Coil Pack) 2.7L 3RZ-FE
    W59 5 Speed Manual Trans
    162xxx Miles


    Most pertinent concerns for getting it on the road are as follows:

    P/S Pump & Bracket Missing
    Cracked Exhaust Manifold
    Engine Oil Pan Leaking
    Ghetto Rigged Intake
    Ghetto Rigged and Leaking Flowmaster Muffler
    Front Shocks Trashed
    Interior Very Dirty
    Ridiculous Hurst Shift Knob Installed on Trans
    CV Boots Trashed
    Want to replace all fluids & tune up…
     
  3. Jan 5, 2012 at 5:11 AM
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    SandStorm

    SandStorm [OP] New Member

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    After some research about getting a replacement P/S pump bracket, pulley, etc I decided my best chance would be the junkyard. I went by one of the local ones and found a 98 2wd ‘Runner with a 3RZ. Snagged the whole pump assy off it and got out the door at $65! I was stoked considering the just the core charge on this thing is around $100, not counting trying to find a bracket, reservoir, pulley, etc.

    The only thing it didn’t have was a cap which I’m assuming someone else snagged before I got to it. Cleaned it up and there was minimal dirt/grime in the pump even though the cap was off and the sand blows pretty good in the wind here in Arizona. I stole the cap off my ’83 pickup project until I can get a new factory one.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2012 at 5:25 AM
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    Taco Dan

    Taco Dan Well-Known Member

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    Door sil protectors, rubber bed mat, trimmed mud flaps, WeatherTechs, diff breather relocate, locking gas cap, lighted 4x4 switch, stock radio AUX adapt, eibach with 5100@0 with toytech top plate combo (2.5") suspension lift, arm rests re-upholstered, relentless fab bed bars, hidden cb radio set up, debadged, Total Chaos UCAs
    :popcorn: awesome thread. cant wait to see more pics!
     
  5. Mar 7, 2012 at 12:10 AM
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    Denim Dan

    Denim Dan Confusion

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    me and you are almost in the same boat lol.
     
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