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Old 03-23-2017, 11:12 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Decided on the name "Tiana"

I start sanding tonight. This thing is going to be a chore. Sanding over rust and dents that should be being fixed is going to be tough. But she's a beater truck and will probably get a new cab one day.
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Old 03-29-2017, 04:03 PM   #27 (permalink)
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One week later and its done. The new color is a nice change and is remotivating. But if I would have realized how much work the prep would be I would have put it off longer haha


The next issue to address before I can really even drive it is the cross member and the mount. Not really sure what the plan of action is though...more to come.

Also, I was presented the opportunity to participate in an off road oriented show on a "major network". A lady from a film co. got ahold of one of the BH4wheelers club members and was asking about guys who daily drove their trucks and use them for more than sitting on a trailer or in a driveway. Well one thing led to another and they are looking at using myself and a group of other guys from our area to do this show. I'm told she cant say what network or anything but it would be Satalite/cable tv big. She also mentioned a friendly competition between cast members. I guessing on a big scale it'll be a TV show like the Alaska Offroad Warriors show and on the lower end it could be a show for brits making fun of dumb americans who drive death traps. Either way I'm going to take the ride and see what comes of it.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:35 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Nice truck man.

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Old 04-05-2017, 10:48 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Fixed up the cross member mount last night. Figured i'd just retap the holes a little bigger, clean it up super good, and Loctite them. My plan is to get more of a skid going on and either build onto my existing cross member or build a new one with more mounts.


Planning on going out Sunday with the truck to smash some rocks...will report back with pics...
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Wheeling a Toyota in the Black Hills, you're living the dream
Agreed. I plan to be there in July for the BH Cruiser Classic. Anyone else going?
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I'd like to get up there at least once this year.
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:05 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Well last week didn't really go as planned. Had a bit of a running issue that was intermittent. But I was able to figure it out pretty easy. Between my sunroof leaking and soaking my seats, my floors having rust holes in them, parking next to a river when its not being driven, and my computer having tape over the holes in it, it was pretty obvious my wires and computer were getting damp. All the screws that are red in the picture had tape over them.


Little wire cum fixed it right up.


Took it out after getting it sealed up and running good again.


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Went out and bounced around this weekend again. No new issues so far.









Planning on making same spare shafts for the pickup this weekend. I have several old shafts that just need shortened to work. I'm really hard on shafts and tend to use them as a fifth wheel for traction sometimes. I have never split one or twisted on but I have bent plenty.
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yeah that's got to be the biggest advantage of links better driveshaft protection.

what thickness tubing are you using? going to a schedule 40 pipe front driveshaft really cut down on the amount of hefty dents and adding a ladder bar alongside also helps a bunch
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I've been running stock shafts from day one. My rear has a cardan on the case side and same for the front. I was thinking of sleeving the new ones but I think I'm just going to make spares. If I were to sleeve some I think I would just run those instead and keep the weaker ones that are on it as spares. It would be nice to be out one the trail and be able to get a little western and not have to worry about limping home if I screw one up. I'm also do for a real skid under there if I plan on attacking more rocks this summer. My cases are kind of vulnerable right now.
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I don't remember off hand, but the stock shafts are only like a .060" wall tube...2.5" sch. 40 pipe is around 0.200" wall and it a pretty dang close fit.

i'd say sleeve it for sure, but for the same amount or less effort, you can just use a much larger tube and it fits pretty good on the yokes so you can reuse your joints.

just something to think about, stock weight spares/street shafts are great for being light weight but they dent, taco and vibrate way too much.
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2.5" sch40 is the ticket. I just built 2 rear one piece shafts for my 85. The first one lasted through 3 years of wheeling. It was about 3.5 in too short to be used when I put the Atlas in. Just make sure your cuts are straight/square on the tubing and that the yokes are ground evenly after you cut the OEM tube off. I experienced very minute vibes (if any) on my previous one and current one.
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I don't remember off hand, but the stock shafts are only like a .060" wall tube...2.5" sch. 40 pipe is around 0.200" wall and it a pretty dang close fit.

i'd say sleeve it for sure, but for the same amount or less effort, you can just use a much larger tube and it fits pretty good on the yokes so you can reuse your joints.

just something to think about, stock weight spares/street shafts are great for being light weight but they dent, taco and vibrate way too much.
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2.5" sch40 is the ticket. I just built 2 rear one piece shafts for my 85. The first one lasted through 3 years of wheeling. It was about 3.5 in too short to be used when I put the Atlas in. Just make sure your cuts are straight/square on the tubing and that the yokes are ground evenly after you cut the OEM tube off. I experienced very minute vibes (if any) on my previous one and current one.
I'm thinking that's a better idea. One less thing to worry about while out on the trail. I've shortened a few shafts so I've had some practice cutting the weld near the yoke and such. I'm going to call about some pipe today and see what it runs. I should probably pick up a sheet of something to start a skid with too. It would be nice to be able to scrape belly and not have to worry really.
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It's pretty cheap around here. I picked up 2- 40" pieces of 2.5" sch 40 for 26 bucks at my local scrap iron yard.
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Agreed. I plan to be there in July for the BH Cruiser Classic. Anyone else going?
Yeah, group of guys from CO are coming up. We went last summer and had a blast!

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Picking this up tonight as a side project. I've decided recently I'm not going to sell anymore of my trucks. I've had to many I still wished I had. Plans for this one is to have a run around truck for the summer so I can park my daily '00 4runner. I like driving junk more than anything so I had to have the truck. It'll make for a fun go-fast project later but for now its going to be a bit of a rat rod pickup. Its a 1977 and I got It for 325$!







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Good deal. My brother is friends with Mike from Bump it Up. We will be there the full week.
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Got out and beat on the truck a little more. I have a buddy that owns his own retired gravel quarry. I imagine i'll be spending a lot of time there this summer. Endless fun to be had out there.



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Badass wheeling spot! Such jealousy haha
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Its an awesome place for sure. We're planning on getting some equipment up there to play with dirt and make some "features". Here are a couple more pics my buddy took. I didn't take many cause I was to busy screwing around.





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Went out and beat up on the truck again this weekend. Thing just flat out works. The guys we went out with had mild builds so I spent a lot of time zipping up and down the creek bed while everyone else was bumping along on the bypass. Super fun day.






I saw dodge guy pull in and knew right away he was in for a hell of a day. I bet he took close to 5k in value off his truck. Was fun to watch!!!


More pics coming. Didn't wanna make a huge post and loose it all...
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This GX was pretty cool too. Never seen one "done up" haha


Stacks rocks...doesn't use them...lol












I'd like to think he had the most fun out of any of us
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I probably took more pics of the dodge than anything haha


Cummins Bronco has Cummins. I don't think he saw more than a thousand RPM all day. Open epen diffs made some of the spots fun for him though.






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And while everyone else was playing nice I was in the creekbed screwing around.






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