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Old 04-16-2019, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ive gotten so much off pirate over the years I decided I should give a little something back.

Build specs
2003 2wd ext cab taco
1992 SC400 1UZ motor
AX15/NP231/Dana 300
FJ80 front, 4.10 Elocker with hellfire steering
Tacoma rear, 4.10 ARB with full float conversion
4WU 3 link or radius arm front (TBD), 63” chevs out back
1979 F150 reverse swing steering box
Dual batteries in rear underbed storage
OBA electric pump(s)
Underbed water storage (40 litres ish) with coolant heat exchanger for showers etc.

It will be my daily driver. I do a fair bit of exploring, camping and occasionally harder trails. I will be driving it down to moab etc once she is done.

Original plan was some 34x10.5 ATs for DD, and 37s for wheelin but i really like snow wheelin so i jumped on a set of 39.5 iroks with internal beadlocks. So now im going to have 3 sets of tires. Keeping it as low as possible with 39.5 so it doesnt look retared with 34s. I might have to lower the bumpstops when i put on the 39.5s to accomplish this

Unfortunately i don't have a shop of my own so im using a friends shop and i have to work around its availability. My truck is currently sitting in storage but i still have plenty of prep work i can do without having truck in shop.

I bought the axles about a year or so before i found the right truck for swap and started working on getting axles etc ready. I already have a bunch of pics from build, so pics will come fast until the thread is up to speed.


Picked up front axle from a wreckers


Rear axle. When i built the diff cover i massaged the factory cover to help with clearance for my cover, hence using playdoh to check for clearance


Still plenty more pics, but thats it for today

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Old 04-16-2019, 09:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old Yesterday, 11:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had more time than money initially and winter is pretty boring, so i built a lot parts rather than buying.

Im going to run chev bump stops in these cans, but they will fit air bumps when i can upgrade

I prefabbed the shackles before i was sure of the length so they were left blank for awhile. Rear shackle hangers are going on top of the frame

I made U bolt eliminator perches because im expecting a lot of trial and error dialling in the leaf pack. Im using the chevy main leaf and a bunch of thinner leaves for the rest of pack and its just makes sense imo to use grade 8 bolts rather than u bolts.

When i did the diff cover/shave, i used a string line referenced to the pumpkin to keep track of any movement. It didnt move as far as i can tell. I am planning to check it with alignment bar eventually though. The 3rd member flange did warp a bit on front and rear axle but it shouldn't be too difficult to fix

Im relocating the crossmembers and putting a box in place of the spare tire. The box will house dual batteries, air compressors and water storage pump. I will be cutting a hole in the bed and the cut out will become the lid of the box so it will look pretty factory and be water tight. Going to use a barrel lock and some gas charged shocks to push the lid open. Ive got all the details worked out for lid sealing/gaskets, but too much work to describe so wait and see. So much welding on that box, in hindsight i wish i had half welded everything and used seam sealer

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Old Today, 10:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Frame all cleaned up. I used sawzall as much as possible, it beats eating sparks. Diablo carbide blades are great.

Mocking up the motor. Massaged the firewall a bit and pushed the motor as far back as possible. Had to notch the valve cover to clear brake booster so i can get the up travel i want. Shooting for 24” frame height on 37s with 5” uptravel. I realized the SC400 pan isnt gonna work, even if i modified the steel lower pan. The aluminum base is just too wide https://imgur.com/a/FhMVa5k

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