1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Stamped TOYOTA tailgate

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by EasyDoesIt, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Apr 1, 2011 at 9:16 AM
    #1
    EasyDoesIt

    EasyDoesIt [OP] Not Mine

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2011
    Member:
    #53816
    Messages:
    134
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Las Vegas, NV
    Vehicle:
    2011 Dbl Cab TRD Offroad
    Icon C/O's
    I'm trying to figure out the best way to mimic the late 70's through early 80's stamped tailgates. So far I feel like the best way would be to buy one from a junk yard, cut out the stamped TOYOTA and weld it into the 2011 tailgate.

    Has anybody tried this?

    Any better ideas?

    I've thought about getting the letters cut out of 1/8" steel and having them welded onto the tailgate but that seams expensive. Anybody know of someone with the capabilitiy to actually stamp/press the letters into the tailgate?

    Yes I know I'm a little bit crazy for doing this to a new truck.

    Something like this...
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Apr 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM
    #2
    paintdiddy

    paintdiddy Machine gun shits

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Member:
    #9924
    Messages:
    10,307
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    shithead
    nj and not from "the jersey shore"
    Vehicle:
    silver bullet
    Your first idea is better. To cut letters and weld them all and do body work with cost a pretty penny.
     
  3. Apr 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM
    #3
    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Member:
    #26726
    Messages:
    19,968
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    In a corn field, OH
    Vehicle:
    1990 Chevy Siveraydo
    245k+ miles, rust, working AC, bald eagles
    that would be a crazy amount of body work and metal forming. If you have the skills and tools (not just a welder and a hammer lol) then it should be possible. Its probably more work than its worth though.
     
  4. Apr 1, 2011 at 9:22 AM
    #4
    pudge151

    pudge151 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Member:
    #34558
    Messages:
    3,388
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Sean
    Connecticut
    Vehicle:
    08 TRD Sport
    5100's @ .85, Custom Grill, Debadged, Bestop Supertop, BHLM, DDM 4500k HID heads, Nokya 2500k fogs, LED interior lights, Weathertech Mats...
    get some decals that have a "3-D" look
     
  5. Apr 1, 2011 at 9:25 AM
    #5
    YFZ_TRD

    YFZ_TRD 4Runner Pilot

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Member:
    #14534
    Messages:
    3,566
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Lee
    Beaverton, OR
    Vehicle:
    2014 4Runner SR5
    That would be the first time I've seen anything like that. Sounds crazy. I would imagine you might have trouble finding the older tailgate with the metal around the letters in good enough shape to mesh with your brand spankin new tailgate. I would tend to lean toward the decal idea as well.

    Also, having the letters cut out and welded to the existing metal would probably be the only way of ensuring a uniform service underneath. The old metal and new metal, like I said, would be a very difficult blending exercise
     
  6. Apr 1, 2011 at 9:27 AM
    #6
    TacoCat

    TacoCat Look away, I'm hideous!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Member:
    #24912
    Messages:
    3,726
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Johnny-5
    Chantilly, VA
    Vehicle:
    Silver 2010 OR
    just get some sockmonkey decals for the tailgate. Unless you're dead set on the raised metal it would be a cheaper alternative.
     
  7. Apr 1, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    #7
    Xshark

    Xshark Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Member:
    #40221
    Messages:
    220
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Michael
    Rogers, AR
    Vehicle:
    08 Taco
    Icon progressive leaf, 3-leaf pack. Bilstein 5100's on all corners, front set at 2.5" Spidertrax wheel spacers Satoshi Grille Mod
    I agree with this.
     
  8. Apr 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    #8
    trd7

    trd7 4wd tacoma

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2010
    Member:
    #38931
    Messages:
    899
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tyler
    Columbia, SC
    Vehicle:
    95.5 Tacoma 4x4 4cyl auto
    AEM air intake
    this^ and you can take them off if you don't like.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    #9
    toojayz

    toojayz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2010
    Member:
    #40643
    Messages:
    294
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jim
    Northern NJ
    Vehicle:
    2011 TRD Sport 4x4 DC MGM SB
    You could go the decal route which would look good too but if I were to do this, I would find someone that is really good at airbrushing and go that route. I have seen so many designs airbrushed that look 3d. Just my .02
     
  10. Apr 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    #10
    Jerez

    Jerez SoCal LED Dash Swap

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Member:
    #30488
    Messages:
    16,379
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rod
    Diamond Bar, CA
    Vehicle:
    08 TRD Sport
    Wong Travur brah
    I had black vinyl for a couple of months saying TOYOTA on my tailgate...I'd rather put that back on than weld....it's gonna be alot of work to get it to do that
     
  11. Apr 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    #11
    spares

    spares Canadian Bacon

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2010
    Member:
    #43710
    Messages:
    313
    Gender:
    Male
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Vehicle:
    06 DCSB TRD Sport
    cool i say go for it if you can find a way, maybe somone in the photoshop thread can show you what it will look like before its done
     
To Top