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Thread: 1995 Toyota Tacoma

  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by arandall View Post
    Matteh99:
    I've always thought that a nice hemi V8 out of a Toyota, or Nissan truck would be a really nice engine for a hot-rod/street-rod. The traditional small block chevy guys would have their noses out of joint, but that would be half the fun of it, aside from having a very sweet running ride.
    It would probably be a bit more work because there are so many parts out there for domestic stuff. Started customizing my old BMW motorcycle for the same reason. Everyone does Harley's.

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  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by arandall View Post
    Matteh99:
    I've always thought that a nice hemi V8 out of a Toyota, or Nissan truck would be a really nice engine for a hot-rod/street-rod. The traditional small block chevy guys would have their noses out of joint, but that would be half the fun of it, aside from having a very sweet running ride.
    If they can't like it for what it is... well, you know.

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    if the frames not too bad off you could media blast it and and hit it with a coating
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  4. #14
    The frame behind the rear axle is pretty bad so I am going to have to fix it. I banged around with a chipping hammer and the places were it didn't just go right through it made dents pretty easily.

    I haven't done any work on it yet because I don't have another vehicle on the road. I have a little car and a motorcycle but they are both parked until the snow goes away.

    Maybe I could lower it and put in one of those 1UZ engines.. I wouldn't do it now because I need my truck to be a truck.

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  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by matteh99 View Post
    The frame behind the rear axle is pretty bad so I am going to have to fix it. I banged around with a chipping hammer and the places were it didn't just go right through it made dents pretty easily.
    My first car had the same problem. '79 Z-28. Was taking a rubber mallet down the side of the car to see where I had to start on the body. about a foot behind the rear wheel, it sank in all the way to the handle.

    Maybe I could lower it and put in one of those 1UZ engines.. I wouldn't do it now because I need my truck to be a truck.
    For the Taco, I'd just keep it a cheap reliable 4cyl driver. Save your money for what you really want, you'll never get it back out of most projects with wheels.

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    That has a full frame ladder system to the back so if you were to take a needle scaler at the rust you would clean it up a great deal and it would show you how bad it is, not to worry getting a back end at a recycler would be easy to splice in the parts.I was taught to do full frame splices 60/40, and leave the weld proud.Back their you should be able to butt the peices in straight up and down.
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  7. #17
    Nick,
    I don't plan on customising the truck at all. I have never been a fan of custom trucks. Trucks are more for practical stuff in my mind. Cars and motorcycles are more fun.

    I will post pictures once I start really tearing it apart. I am looking forward to motorcycle weather so I have an alternate vehicle

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  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by matteh99 View Post
    Nick,
    I don't plan on customising the truck at all. I have never been a fan of custom trucks. Trucks are more for practical stuff in my mind. Cars and motorcycles are more fun.

    I will post pictures once I start really tearing it apart. I am looking forward to motorcycle weather so I have an alternate vehicle

    Eric
    I'm not at all against modding vehicles given the right outlook. I'll agree with you on the average "it's just a truck" trucks. If I were going to play with one it'd have to be 50's/60's.

    I know too many people with tens of thousands tied up in projects that wind up owning them in place of the other way around. ie - Local buddy with 10k+ worth of body work on a 2dr civic that got a nasty shock when he wound up losing something like 14k when he decided to finally sell.

    I'm not immune though, still looking at 7-10k to round out one of my own in terms of parts. (Way down the road....)

    Ditto on bike season, though I may sell this year. Need to get her cleaned up and ready.

    Looking forward to seeing your teardown. These guys can funnel a few centuries worth of experience your way when it comes time to important decisions.

  9. #19
    Repaired a few frames on these. As long as you are at it check around and behind the steering box as well they liked to rust there once in a while.
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    Clean looking truck. Any updates on it yet?
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