1st Gen Tundra Repair/Prep

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SByota

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Sliced out the majority of the smashed up crossmember. I was able to leave 2 of the 3 factory rack mounts. I only have to make a few tabs of the center bolt that runs vertically, should be relatively simple. Made some plates using CAD and threw a piece of 1.75 DOM in there.

Really impressed with this Diablo sawzall blades. They were pretty cheap and the used one had made like 20 cuts through tubing and plate steel and still has all its teeth. I ran that fucker wide open too.
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the bodj

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The diablo blades are the best from what I've found. When I initially got my Hackzall, I did a test and bought a regular pack of milwaukee blades, the milwaukee torch blades, and the diablo. Diablo blows them both out of the water
 
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SByota

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Jul 16, 2003
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Got some 9/16 bolts from McMaster Carr to mount up the upper control arms with the new double shear plates. Put in a filler plate to replace the metal I cut out.

Took the old rack apart, what a fucking mess. Power steering fluid everywhere. The tie rod extensions did not want to come off the old tie rods!!

Fixed up the knuckle gussets too.Whoever put them on, MIG welded them way too cold. So much filler just sitting on top, also no penetration. I TIG them with 312 filler at about 170 amps. Not the prettiest, but they are actually welded on now.
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