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Old 03-26-2009, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My '82 First Gen Project: The Dirt Squirrel

Ok gentlemen, here we go. I am going to post my build on PBB so I can get some honest feedback. This is my first build of any kind so please tell me if I am doing anything wrong or seriously unsafe. This truck will see trails only and mostly muddy ones at that. Maybe one day I will be mature enough for the rocks, but not today. Anyways, here are the specs with pics to follow:

Up to date specs as of 11/8/2011

One genuine 1982 Toyota Longbed Pickup SR5 Package bobbed 16'', Round headlight Conversion, 2x4 .120 wall sliders

Engine: 1993 4.3L Vortec CPI on switches, snorkled inside the cab, rear mounted radiator & fuel cell in bed w/ Walbro pickups, FJ80 Master Cylinder, Ford Taurus E-Fan

Trans: Th350 w/ Downey Adapter, Lokar shifter, rear mounted trans cooler

T-case: Marlin 4.7s, single case, Longfield Output, flat Bud-Built crossmember

Axles: Fully rebuilt '82 front with all new seals, bearings, 4:37s, spool, 2'' wheel spacers, land cruiser vented discs, V6 calipers, IFS Hubs, 30-spline Longfields w/ chromo hub gears, lexus ARP wheel studs.

Stock '87 4-runner IFS rear w/ 4:37's and welded, Davez rear disc brackets, residual & proportioning valves, all SA toyota disc swap, 2" spacers.

Steering: Marlin arms, Full Hydro w/ Surplus Center Single ended 6" ram, eaton orbital, semi truck reservoir

Tires: 37x13.50x17 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Comps
Rims: 17x8 Cragar Soft 8's w/ 4.5'' backspacing

Suspension: Front: Stock '82 RUF doubled and cut down with a second set from another '82. 12'' Fox Emulsions
Rear: Stock 2005 toyota rear leafs (2+overload) 57'' long, 15'' Poly Performance BBCS, Ballistic Mounts

Front Hanger: Sky's with boomerang shackles

Rear Hanger: Sky's chevy hangers and shackles


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A 4 hour drive later, and I was the proud new owner of basically a cab and frame for $200. Great price from a great guy. Thanks again Eric. The truck had a rust free frame, and only had a quarter size hole in the driver's side floor. Overall, very straight.

The day I picked it up:
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A few weeks later, I was driving some backroads and came across an '82 sitting in a field in pretty bad shape. Rust everywhere, kids kicked the shit out of it, but it was mainly complete. I talked to the guy and for $40 he said I could take anything off of the truck i wanted. So....

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1. Front axle w. original BFG A/Ts
2. both drive shafts
3. top shift transfer case w/ shifters
4. All four stock steel wheels for rollers
5. Misc interior pieces
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40$, what a steal
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After several weeks of sanding, painting, and collecting parts, I got the rear frame and top of the cab all painted. I picked up a 2wd longbed near Dallas for $50 with tailgate, and ZERO thru rust. I then bobbed it 16'' (not welded up yet). Alot harder than I thought, but i have made some progress on the bed. I also made a call to Sky Manufacturing and ordered their front and rear leaf spring hangers and shackles. I mounted the rear hanger 5.5 inches forward of the stock hangers, and moved the front up somewhere around 1.75 inches to get the front axle out of the firewall.
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Next came the dirty part. I rebuilt my front axle. I have never taken apart a toy front axle before, and I think I went thru 7 rolls of paper towels. I bought a rebuild kit from Marlin, ansd replaced all the seals, and bearings. I rebuilt the hubs, removed all of the unecessary bracketry, sanded and painted. While it was apart, I upgraded to the landcruiser vented front discs and added 2'' wheel spacers. I also upgraded the steering with a mixture of Marlin arms with All Pro tie-rod and drag link. This was by far the nastiest shit I have ever messed with. 20+ years of mud, grease and rust. But I think It came out pretty good. THANK GOD for the FAQ at the top of the forum. It saved my life.

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Looks good so far. Going to have to get started on my 82 here before too long.
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I put the stock tacoma rears on the IFS axle i picked up from Steve here on the board and used the spare rims i had to roll it into position under the rear of the truck. I didnt have to move the rear spring hanger back any and like stated earlier, i moved the front up 5.5 inches. I got the rear springs for free. They are real soft, and I will just see how they work out. If not, I guess I will move on to the F150's in the future.

Its starting to take shape.
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make sure to clean all the rust and paint off the frame before welding the spring hanger on
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And now for the good stuff, I got all the hangers welded on by a friend of mine, who welds for a living. He did a damn good job too. a few weeks earlier, I bought a set of near new 37'' Baja Claws for $400 and mounted them on set of cragar soft 8's i ordered from Summit. A couple days ago, i startied putting it all together when i got off of work. The truck sits a little to tall for my tastes. Its 29'' from the frame to the ground. The truck came with a 3'' body lift when i picked it up. I may keep it so i dont have to cut up the floor when I put the engine in. I am going to take out the blocks in the rear to try to get it a little lower. Once the engine is in, hopefully it will sit lower in the front to as well. I think my shackle angle look pretty good considering alot of the weight is not yet in the truck.

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make sure to clean all the rust and paint off the frame before welding the spring hanger on
Dont worry, I grinded it smooth before it was welded on. It was fully welded on the sides and stitched welded across the front and back. Hopefully, its not going anywhere.
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Looking good man I love the 1st gens wish I still had one. looking forward to seeing it done
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long beds are not my fav. but you have done a really nice job on this truck lets see this bad boy in action and with all one color
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Looking good - I give you props for finding such good deals
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Your truck's off to a great start. I'd have to agree with you on the height though. It looks a little tall in the front, but there's no motor yet...However as much as I don't like body lifts, I think I like cut up fenders even less. Keep it full-bodied and it'll look awesome.
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long beds are not my fav. but you have done a really nice job on this truck lets see this bad boy in action and with all one color
Definitely, paint and body work are on the list, but a ways down the page. I neeed a set of front fenders, if anybody has any just laying around.

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Thanks, I just have been lucky i guess. But i have a feeling the engine swap wont be so cheap.

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Your truck's off to a great start. I'd have to agree with you on the height though. It looks a little tall in the front, but there's no motor yet...However as much as I don't like body lifts, I think I like cut up fenders even less. Keep it full-bodied and it'll look awesome.
I agree, Im going to try to keep the body there. Im not a big fan of flat beds so the bed is staying for sure, but I am going to open the rear fenders up some.
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I like it. First gens are always my favorite
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Looking good man!!! Glad to see it went to a good home and it will be brought back to life soon.
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Whats your budget?
I wouldnt call this a budget build. I want to do it right the first time, so if that means spending more $$ up front then so be it. I am spending money as I save it up, and with whatever the wife lets me.

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Looking good man!!! Glad to see it went to a good home and it will be brought back to life soon.
Slowly but surely its getting there. Brake upgrades are next.
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Hey shadow,

I love the build, lookin good!

This would be a perfect canidate for a 4.3 running a stock harness and PCM, with a used, Marine port injected intake.

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I wouldnt call this a budget build. I want to do it right the first time, so if that means spending more $$ up front then so be it. I am spending money as I save it up
I hear ya. Since I started my first build, I've put thousands of dollars into tools and setting the shop up. I also wanted to do it right the first time Theres always room for upgrades, though.

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This would be a perfect canidate for a 4.3 running a stock harness and PCM, with a used, Marine port injected intake.

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x2 It'd be sick
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I hear ya. Since I started my first build, I've put thousands of dollars into tools and setting the shop up. I also wanted to do it right the first time Theres always room for upgrades, though.


x2 It'd be sick
Hmmm, looks familiar. Glad someone noticed!
Here's the build thread: http://www.yotatech.com/f163/swap-to...-chevy-156022/

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Hey shadow,

I love the build, lookin good!

This would be a perfect canidate for a 4.3 running a stock harness and PCM, with a used, Marine port injected intake.

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Buy a new intake it's cheaper!!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mercr...ssoriesQ5fGear
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