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I guess its that time of the year were you try to find something to do over the winter. I have been playing with the idea of making the sawzall into more of a buggy ditching the leafs in the front and going with a 3 link and cutting the cab out of the truck. I guess if you have a few beers with some buddies and you are in your new shop and there is a sawzall around this is what happens.

The plan is to cut out all of the cab. Build a firewall. Added some more tubing to the exo, now buggy frame. The great thing about when we built the exo we keep everything close to the cab. I always said if I cut the cab out of the sawzall it will still look like a Toyota. Well I guess it was time to find out right...lol. After I get all of the tube work done I am going to ditch the leafs and build a 3link panhard with fox shocks in the front.

link to the first build
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=239484&highlight=sawzall

a before pic

after 6 months of hard work


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Why beer and buddies go well with offroading: Gets shit done.
I have to admit I liked it with a body, but like you said it's still Toyota even with the sheetmetal gone. Can't wait to see where this project heads.
 

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I also liked it with the body on it. But after thinking about it, and all the weight I can get rid of will help me down the road. I still plan on leaving the front how it is. Going to have to make some tabs for the fenders and hood, and enclose the rest of the cab area with sheet metal or plastic. I have some ideas and just have to work through them.

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You decided to keep the firewall? All in all it's definately cleaner and safer to keep it. I'm looking forward to see how you link the front, keep us posted.
 

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You decided to keep the firewall? All in all it's definately cleaner and safer to keep it. I'm looking forward to see how you link the front, keep us posted.

i am going to get rid of the rest of the cab. just havent had time to finish getting it all out.

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Kyron said:
gona be cool.......

Are you still using the stock hood hindge and latch?

right no i am using the hood latch as it sets. yes i still plan on using the hood hindge and latch. i have a few ideas to make this work. aslo going to make the cowel (sp) work with the tubing and hood.

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pr0ject42 said:
What is your rear suspension setup? Do you like it?

Buggying it out is going to be dope dood, if you pay as much attention to tubing the rest of it out as you did to the front grill, the sh-t is going to be tight!

the rear suspension is a mazda/toyota leaf pack. i have to say i love the way the ass end works for me. the fronts are the rancho 404404 or what ever the hell you want to call them. i do not like the way they work at all. they are bent and i havent even pulled a leaf out of the pack yet. so this is the main reason i am getting rid of the front leafs. the sad thing is i built some beefy ass front spring mounts that know have to be cut off.

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update. i finally had some time to myself to work on the sawzall. got the rest of the cab out. now its time to plan for the firewall and pedals and dash.

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Lookin' kinda naked. Gotta love hackin' at body panels!
What's the plan for the floor? Diamond plate? Sheet? Expanded? You gonna add some viewing areas anywhere or are you doing a complete floor?
 

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Lookin' kinda naked. Gotta love hackin' at body panels!
What's the plan for the floor? Diamond plate? Sheet? Expanded? You gonna add some viewing areas anywhere or are you doing a complete floor?
i plan on building a firewall with some viewing areas in it. the floor will be all expanded steel. at least that is the plan for now.

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update: got some tubing in finaly. this will finish off the tubing for the back of the cab. hopefully this weekend i will get the front of the cab started.

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Something tells me that gusset doesn't do much to add strength, but it sure makes a nice bling bottle opener!
On the two diagonal braces behind the "cab", are you going to continue them down in an X shape below in front of the fuel cell?

Lookin' good!
 

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Something tells me that gusset doesn't do much to add strength, but it sure makes a nice bling bottle opener!
On the two diagonal braces behind the "cab", are you going to continue them down in an X shape below in front of the fuel cell?

Lookin' good!

yea i will be finishing the X in the rear.
 
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