so after being on here almost a year and a half i decided to make a build thread for my truck. its a 1995 toyota pickup, my first car, and first ever build, so there is a ton of ghetto stuff on it. it has the 2.4L 22re, and i got it for free from my cousin with over 200xxx miles on it.
this was all before i knew anything about prerunners, and i was unsure if i wanted to lift it or lower it (lowering it would have been sooo much cheaper!) but i ultimately decided to lift it. to make it look a little better for the time being, i painted the stock steelies black
the headgasket was gone, so i was loosing a ton of coolant, and i kept overheating every 1/4 mile going south up the grapevine, so my dad and i pulled the motor and tranny and went to town. we did a complete rebuild, all the way down to the block, acid dipping everything we could, and got an enginebuilder rebuild kit with new pistons cam (stock size), gaskets, connecting rods, cleaned the injectors, new clutch... and while we had the tranny out i cleaned it up pretty good.
blue paint to go with my color scheme (blue and black)
new pistons in
and then my brother and i bought another truck just like mine, except it was auto and motor was fried. we paid like 300 or 350 for it and flipped it and sold it to a mexican for i think 750.
then i blacked out my turn signals and moved the bulbs to the corner lamps
i had no luck looking for a decent "lift" for my 2wd truck, but i came across yotatech and a lot of people talking about total chaos longtravel. i read up on it, and read twisted sid's build on toyotanation.com, and that really made me want a prerunner.
then i went spearfishing with a friend a couple years ago in san diego and came across this, and i fell in love.
and so it began. i read on twisted sid's build thread what size wheels and tires would fit stock height, so i ordered up some 15x7 steelies and 235-75-15 yokohama geolanders (like 28.5" tall haha)
next i knew i wanted to do long travel, but didnt have the funds for it, so i started gathering parts. i was told that 2.0x12" shocks would work great for the front end, so i bought some kings and coils thinking it would be good. after a lot of people telling me to run 10s instead, i sold them
to get rid of the terrible tire rubbing i was having, i put on a 2" bodylift from 4crawler offroad. (no pictures, and i know, ugh bodylifts...) and then early december 2010 i found a used total chaos balljoint kit, spindles, heimed steering, and SAW torsion bars for sale on RDC in san diego, and went down there to have them install it. i also bought used ivan dan fenders from the classifieds here, and built my own "prerunner" bumper (i know i suck balls at welding. im using a harbor freight 220 flux welder and still learning haha) (i ran stock shocks for a while)
then i decided i wanted to get some better shocks on so i can use all the travel, and my friend sold me a set of fox 2.0x11" smoothbodies. i thought they were 10s so i could buy one more set and run duals, but screwed myself and didnt bother to measure.
with no real welding skills, i went and bought a 20ft stick of 1.5" 120 wall mild steel (see above picture) and decided to make my own shock hoops. i dont have a bender or a tube notcher, but i was told about chop saw notches. i said "screw it" and went to town! it was pretty time consuming and frustrating, but i had a ton of fun doing it, no matter how bad or weak it is.
i made a crossbrace that goes from the top nub of the drivers side to the top nub of the pass. side, and to mount the shocks, i cut a little piece of tube and put it horizontal between the sides of the hoops, so it looks like an A. then i just mounted tabs off that. im actually really surprised with it. ive jumped it, stuffed the front end, and trashed it, but there are no cracks and its still going good. i know for sure i want to have it redone professionally within the next month or so.
so now with my front "done" for the time being, i went on a little day trip to gorman with my dad and little sister.
going through some simple whoops, my back end was bucking like crazy! so i decided i needed to do something to it. i bought travisfab's chevy 62" junkyard leafpacks with a couple of deavers and nationals thrown in, and his 2.5x14" SAW shocks. i figured id get both since they were perfectly valved for his truck, which is basically my truck haha.
i knew i wanted dual standups, that way i can still load my dirtbike, and so i bought 2 new wheels, and 2, 31" wheel/tire sets from the classifieds here, sold the old wheels off the tires and threw mine on at my shop, and i knew how i wanted my cage to be done. much like matt nielson's red tacoma.
while i was gathering funds to have the bedcage made, i went to gorman with a couple buddies, and strapped teh spares in with a toolbox using a bajillion tie downs
stock rear ahhaha
i wanted to save money and try to build the rear myself. after a lot of thought i realized i suck at fabbing and didnt have the right tools, so after gathering all the parts i decided id pay someone to do it
then just as i was getting ready to have enough cash to get the bedcage work done at Killer Offroad Fab here in moorpark, i ran into some medical issues and had to have surgery on a vericose vein. i was out of work for 2 weeks (it was in my groin area, so no lifting or pushing ANYTHING.) and wasnt going to be able to pay chris the entire amount. he worked with me and let me do payments, taking a big risk on his part, and i really appreciate it. he did a great job on the cage and is a great guy! he did the cagework, made the shackles, and remounted all the hangers for the leafs and shackles.
i can still fit 2 dirtbikes in if i needed to, but one fits great!
i took it to our local, secret testing grounds (haha) with a couple of my buddies to try it out within an hour of getting my truck back. it handles sooo much better now and im extremely pleased with it.
and a better look at my sikky prerunner bumper (i mowed down a bush after not making a corner). miter cuts FTL
so this is where im at with my build. i might be picking up 2 sets of 2.0x10" fox smoothbodies next week, and i bought the TC shock towers a little while ago to run duals, so hopefully this is a good paycheck and i can afford it haha. plans for the near future are to make a set of lift spindles so i can hopefully take off the bodylift and not rub on the 31s, make a new bumper, install the dual 10s and make a simple engine cage/crossbrace, tie the bumper into the engine cage, bumpstops in the front, 31s, new idler arm (mine has too much play, so they cannot get a good reading on the wheel aligner, and my tires are getting worn wayyyy too fast), and possibly bedsides. id eventually like to cage the cab. i was thinking about getting the 4xinnovations cage and frame tie-in kit, not install the dead toobs, and tringulate it and make stronger where it needs to be. also with the extra set of spindles i have now, dirty dangler and i (a much better fabber than myself) are going to try making some lift spindles. maybe 3-4" to help with wheel clearance