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    Saving the panda

    My buddy mostly built this years ago. Started as a 2wd 2nd gen pickup. 22r/5spd. For the time being it has a single case, eventually I'll get duals. He built it until it was drivable, then beat it relentlessly for a couple years, blew the front end up one last time, and walked away and bought a quad. It sat derelict in the woods behind another friend's place for a few years before I finally said "you're not doing shit with it, let me love it." And dragged it into my shop.

    This is what I started with. At least it had some good stickers.
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    Awesome saving an old wheeler. I wish I could find my first 85.

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      So I stripped a TON of old janky wires out. Smashed rocklights, electric fan with no fuse, relay, etc. Pulled the busted ass doors, got a new hood, pulled off the old half a box, random wires to and from nowhere, with marretts for connections. I pulled the dash and put a new heater core in, the old one leaked so he just bypassed it and lived with the foggy windows.
      pulled the front diff, which was tack welded, and the welds were all broken. Swapped in a welded 4.56.
      Bought a FROR style tcase mount and did a flatbelly.

      I've got an old flatdeck from a buddy's old farm truck to go onto it too. I'll have to chop it down some, but it'll work.

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      The general plan for this is that it will be a badass hunting truck. My wheeling these days is to access places, not just driving over stuff for the sake of it.
      Last edited by Squamch; 05-20-2020, 10:15 AM.

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        Did a little more poking at this unit the other night. Pulled the steering box, which never had frame plates, and started chopping some out of an old excavator hatch I harvested off an old logging road.
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        Then chopped a foot out of the old flatdeck. I also got it to crank over, so it's not seized, which is good. The trans wasn't shifting, so I pulled the shifter and plate, and reinstalled it correctly.

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          #5
          Cool resurrection.

          Very similar to the '79 I'm bringing back from the dead right now.

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            #6
            # yota lives matter
            83, 22re,w56,ultimate duals,4:10 \31" arbs.
            hopes to grow up someday

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              #7
              Really thought D.c. woulda been in here once someone said "TOYOTA"
              When's last time we saw his h8in azz
              83, 22re,w56,ultimate duals,4:10 \31" arbs.
              hopes to grow up someday

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                #8
                Originally posted by Clb View Post
                Really thought D.c. woulda been in here once someone said "TOYOTA"
                When's last time we saw his h8in azz
                Do you really miss all the talk about dicks, buttholes and homosexual tendencies?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Clb View Post
                  Really thought D.c. woulda been in here once someone said "TOYOTA"
                  When's last time we saw his h8in azz
                  He'll be along shortly to extol the virtues of unibodies powered by nazi diesels.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Aisin View Post

                    Do you really miss all the talk about dicks, buttholes and homosexual tendencies?
                    Fawkno!
                    kinda nice around here latley, besides the trolls.
                    83, 22re,w56,ultimate duals,4:10 \31" arbs.
                    hopes to grow up someday

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                      #11
                      Got the hint from the wife today the third time she said "you don't have to hang around here all day." And headed to the shop.
                      Got the shortened flatdeck glued back together, started bucking extraneous chunks of metal off the frame (like the old box mounts, shock mounts, etc). Pulled the 14" shocks, started cutting the hoops off (killed my last Sawzall blade and abandoned the project).
                      While I was hacking and slashing out back, my buddy, and partner on this build, was gluing in the steering box plates. He's a ticketed welder, does all kinds of highstakes shit like submarines, so I generously let him handle the welding.
                      Gotta punch through the frame and run the sleeves through still. If ya spray paint it while it's still hot, it's pretty much like powder coating.
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ID:	229475 I love grinding. Also holy shit toyota factory welds look like aero bars when you start grinding em.

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                          Didn't get any pics, but the steering plate is all dialed. Gotta get some bolts for it and we can get that back in place and start to reassemble the front of the truck, and build a bumper. Gotta find a winch too. I have one, but it's destined for my Ford...I think. The runva 12,000 is pretty appealing for that though.
                          Flatdeck is tacked in place, needs some chop cut rebuild for tire clearance, Clarence, but it's progress. The shop is on a buddy's property, 25 minutes from my house. I usually head out there after getting my 3 year old into rhe bath and handing the parenting reins over to his mother, get maybe 2.5hrs progress, and that's it. Picking away!
                          the division of labour is as follows- I do the knowing what the fuck we're doing, and 95% of the cutting and grinding. I also own all the tools, hoard all the rusty steel and toyota parts.
                          guy welding- my best friend for the last 25 years or so, welds and talks shit about my steel fitting work. Drinks beer.
                          Guy on the right drinking beer- drinks beer, talks shit, owns the property the shop is on. Borrows tools, sometimes tells me.
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                              Put in a good day today. Used exactly 1 bed frames worth of angle iron to build the rest of the wheel wells Click image for larger version
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