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The Getaway...Crom's build and adventures

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by Crom, Feb 11, 2015.

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  1. Feb 10, 2017 at 4:04 PM
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    G.T.

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    I don't know about that. I think they were simply designed to be annoying.

    I asked at the factory tour and that is what they told me. I'm glad my 2011 has them as they are good stash spots for rolls of tissue.
     
  2. Feb 10, 2017 at 4:28 PM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    You got a tour! How cool! Good question to ask! THx
     
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    LMAO! Seriously I think they are cool, but it makes sense since they are just a hole. It would be more useful if they included a little door like the other ones. Better would be like the Ram trucks that have the locking bed side compartments. This reminds me that I need to open up the back seat compartments.
     
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  4. Feb 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM
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    Hecho en Mexico! Maybe Trump will shut down the plant there? That is if its still going now?
     
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  5. Feb 10, 2017 at 6:14 PM
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    Phoosa I never saw nothing.

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    Been creeping this thread for a while. You post a ton of info which is awesome for those like me.

    Hoping to file my own query with your Bank of Wisdom and Guidance.

    The L-track you went crazy with.
    How flexible is it?
    I'm thinking of using it as a backing plate, on the interior roof of my ARE MX shell, for my soon to be installed Yakima tracks.
    Haven't dealt with it personally but obviously you have.

    -Phoosa
     
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  6. Feb 10, 2017 at 7:22 PM
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    Hey I program convertor systems for automotive plants like that (not robots). Haven't been to Toyota yet though
     
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  7. Feb 10, 2017 at 8:45 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Thanks
    Welcome

    The L track is extruded aluminum. Extremely rigid and durable. Easy to cut and drill too. It would be great for your intended purpose. I've thought of retrofitting my shell interior like that, but not enough time. I recently cut a 4' piece into 4 x12' to lay down some more. Hope to do that quite soon.

    Awesomeness! :)
     
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  8. Feb 10, 2017 at 8:48 PM
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    Thanks.
    Time to order some L-track and drill holes.
     
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  9. Feb 11, 2017 at 6:37 AM
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    Rolls of tissue! I've been wondering what to stick in there..... That's a good idea!
     
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  10. Feb 11, 2017 at 7:14 AM
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    Fits and stays dry. Can't take credit for the idea as my wife is the one who slipped it in there.
     
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    Woodrow F Call Kindling crackles and the smoke curls up...

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    I'll probably stick a roll in a Ziploc bag, but it'll be there when needed.
     
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  12. Feb 11, 2017 at 10:21 AM
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    There are lots of uses for those cubbies. My drivers side has a plug recepticle for my camper power. I'm surprised they got rid of them as far as function goes. Damned robots.
     
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  13. Feb 13, 2017 at 8:12 AM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    All the talk of cubbies has made me want to cut some holes in my bedsides and install them on the outside of the truck. Get some little weather proof doors and it would be awesome! :D
     
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    I like that idea.
     
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  15. Feb 13, 2017 at 8:45 AM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Stardate 71161.10 Captian's log

    Ship has been docked for 10 days for minor maintenance and ships upgrades. :rolleyes:

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    • Main observation deck received new genuine starfleet issue EPDM wiper blade inserts, part no. B525 pass, and G550 driver.

    [​IMG]

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    The cargo deck received the following upgrades:
    • New L-Track installed in forward bulkhead, 2 x 12" and 1 x 6"
    • New L-Track installed in main deck flooring 1 x 12" and 1 x 6"
    • Old L-Track relocated to wheel well hump 1 x 2"
    [​IMG]

    In the air/hydroponics bay, the new On-Board Water (OBW) system was assembled from Vulcan, Klingon and Stafleet components. Once the system was activated, six year old Ensign K, began to randomly water all plants until the water source was exhausted.

    Installation of OBW tank on cargo deck will happen over the next few days. Ensign K remarked that with the new OBW system, water could be dispensed in locations all over the ship!

    Oh shit! warp core breach!

     
  16. Feb 13, 2017 at 10:41 AM
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    Most Super Awesome Tool (MSAT) :rolleyes: :stirthepot:

    I decided to one-up myself while working on the Tacoma. I wanted to bolt up some new L-Track on forward section of the bed to optimally secure my cargo since I've changed how I load the truck. In the past when doing this, I've used rivet nuts for plastics for that part of the composite bed. To date, I've never had one fail and they have held a lot of weight. However I wanted to try and do one better. I wanted to use fender washers and nylock nuts like I've done for the bed floor installs.

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    Nylock nuts epoxied to fender washers vs. Rivet nut for plastics

    To make this work, I first glued the washers to the Nylock nuts. I used household superglue or 2-part epoxy. Both worked equally well.

    Then I built the most super awesome tool (MSAT) :rolleyes: You can't go buy the MSAT, you have to assemble it in your lab. I mean garage. Aluminum flat bar 3/4" x 1/8" x 36", duct tape, and 11 mm wrench. :eek:

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    Assembled glued fastener, Built
    MSAT, ratchet with extension and Phillips bit

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    Open end of box wrench and miracle product "duck tape" holds fastener to wrench. :)

    Using the 36" long handled MSAT with taped on fastener, and reaching from the side of the truck, I was able to easily reach between the bed and cab and find the protruding 1/4"-20 x 3/4" flat head machine screws. Because I have a shell, I had to reach through the window to access the bed with the 1/4" drive ratchet and extension. All in all, it was a simple job of tightening everything up. The tool allowed me to do the job solo. :bananadance:

    It worked better than I could have possibly imaged. The aluminum bar is rigid and long and great for helping torque faster, yet flexible enough to bend into place.

    MSAT also works great for reaching in between gas tank and composite bed floor. :)

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    Example: my old L-Track bits bolted to forward section of composite bed.

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. Feb 13, 2017 at 11:07 AM
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    Nice - duct tape makes great custom tools!
     
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    I want to see what your are doing for the mud flaps. I bought a couple of tractor trailer mudflaps the other day and have cut them to size. Now I need to bolt them in. I'm thinking the factory hardware will work, but I'll need to add one screw where there is a support for the inner fender.

    BTW, I did the TP Cubbie Mod this weekend. I figure I'm ready for anything at this point.
     
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  19. Feb 13, 2017 at 12:29 PM
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    Crom [OP] 2/3 way thru. I'll be back OCT 23, 2021

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    Awesome! Yeah every rig should have some. :D

    I've done one test fit of the 18-wheeler mud flap, and I"ll be doing essentially the same thing, except I'll drill 2-3 holes in the BFF steel bumper, and use standard hardware to attach, might to rivet nuts too.
    If I am super lucky I'll get it done before Friday, if not then next week at the soonest. :turtleride:
     
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  20. Feb 13, 2017 at 6:19 PM
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    The one in my old ford looked similar to this one.

    IMG_3145.jpg
     
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