Project: "Turboyota" (Tur-BRO-yota would probably be more accurate)

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Mar 29, 2017
So how do you guys connect the line? Is Turdblo really just holding the rubber end to it?
For mockup, yes—I hit the fitting with a quick blast of shop air to squeeze the caliper. It pretty much stays in place because o-rings and pad spacers as mentioned above.

For welding I do this:

Pressurize caliper, then heavy tack the ends.

Full kill 300Amps. Deep penetration—cervical bruise style.

Made a snout dust seal cap from some 1/8” 4130 scrap.

Kept it pretty classy for a Thursday evening.
These high-brow beverages were accentuated by the soothing melodies of Megadeth.

Fully welded passenger-side UCA pivot tabs:

Time: 3 hours
Beers: 1 tallboy of King Cobra, 5 Naturdays
Tools: Tig finger chingadera, bandsaw, disc sander, tig welder
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Senior Member
Mar 29, 2017
Time: 2.5 hours
Beverages: 3X Naturday
Materials: 1/8” 4130 plate
Tools: cardboard, scissors, bandsaw, vise brake, 4.5” grinder, DA sander, Lincoln metal melter

Opted to gusset the steering tabs sooner than later.

Other side:

Spindles are now 100% complete. I may even paint them—with the Seymour(Butts) stainless steel paint from putozone.

Remind me to list total hours for spindle fab on Monday. Shoot, I should be able to list total hours for the entire front end Monday if I finish the tierods as planned this weekend.
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Senior Member
Mar 29, 2017
Spindle Upright Fab time: 35 hours
Spindle Upright weight: 13 lbs

Total time spent to date on the new front suspension: 163 hours

In other news, I finished the frame plating over the weekend. If I’d mig welded that shit it would have taken 1.5 hours. Instead, I tigged them on there, burned my hands multiple times, got a couple neck cramps, and rolled a nut squeezing the pedal with my thighs. And it took an extra hour. Sigh.



Played shop tetris and got this badboy all situated. I think I’ll direct the exhaust directly outside through the shop wall.


Senior Member
Jul 16, 2003
Looks so good! I’m excited to see this thing back in the dirt.

Would you mind posting the front suspension specs if you have them handy? Camber/caster/toe at droop/bump/ride height? Track width too?

I would just like to compare to a front end I built on a 85 Toyota 2wd chassis.
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Nov 9, 2008
Carolina South
Fuck yeah man! Those arms and spindles look like $50k escort and not the $20 trailer park crack whore toyota suspension seen other places.
Your killing it brother! Keep up the metal and alcoholica additude! You are truly an inspiration to everyone out there trying to build on their own vs. buying and bolting on!

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