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Project: Dead Lined Taco
« on: Dec 28, 2007, 09:18:42 AM »
I guess Ill start from the begining . . .
I met SWAINBULIT http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=553236 on the Ultimate Adventure this year and he schooled my ass on Toyota stuff (and how to break it  :driving:). Between him, all the Homegrown guys http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=603296, Got Propane buggy, JRT, and all the other big-ass-tire Toyota wheelers, I got motovated to try to run 39.5" IROKS on all Yota stuff. The problem was that I still had my POS that I took on the UA this year http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=548960

Lady luck found a way though: Ben was selling the truck that I wanted as a DD AND had the truck that I wanted to build AND wanted to trade his two Tacos for my Acura SUV AND it gave me an excuse to make a sweetass road trip to the Rockies. So New Years weekend me and a Heep buddy of mine are taking a 2,652 mile road trip to Colorado. 1,326 will be driving the Acura up there and then 1,326 miles will be driving the '98 3.4L, 5 spd, 4x4 Taco towing the '96 2.4l, 5 spd, 4x4 Taco on a dolly.

The story on the '96 is that a guy ran mud in the front diff instead of oil and it blew up, broke the drive shaft, which then flopped around and tore out the brake lines, busted the slave cylinder, and busted a hole in the side of the bellhousing. It will drive, but you cant shift gears or use the brakes. Sounds perfect to me  :qtip:

Plans:
-Stock 2.7l motor with T-100 oil pan stuff
-W59 bellhousing
-W56 tranny
-Ultimate duals with 23 spline coupler and chromo output
-leafs all the way around
-'85 front end with HP 3rd, 4.10s, 30 spline chromos, hub gears, knuckle studs, and hub stud upgrades, High steer with hydro assist
-stock "8.4" rear
-2.5" backspacing, 17" MRW wheels  :bling:
-39.5" IROKs
-Warn 9.5 XP
-half internal-half external roll cage
-A/C  :beerchug:
-Get ride of the Burble paint
-Stauns and Chromo rears when $$$ allows. I have two complete Taco rear axles if anything should let loose before then.

Ive got the front end pretty much built, the winch, leaf springs, wheels, and duals already. I just ordered the 39.5"s on fri. I called 4Wheelparts to see how long the 10% off and free shipping sale would be going on, and after he told me next week, I decided to wait on the tires BUT THEN he threw in the FREE Smittybuilt air compressor Before you order anything online, be sure to call them and harass them a little, it will be worth big $$$  :ha_ha:

I sent my Longfields back as they were popping a lot. Theyve been in three different trucks over the two years and were swapped no questions asked  The chromo output will be mailed back with the new birfs.

On my last truck, I was breaking rear ends more than I really wanted too, so Im upgrading the strength or the front and rear 3rd members and going higher in the ring gear. The plan is that the chromo output on the t-case and the 23 spline coupler will minimise breakage there. We shall see.

Im sticking with leafs this time as the coilovers were more prone to catastrophic failure than I liked. One loose jam nut can let the rear diff rotate up 90degrees, break the drive shaft, bend the output flange, bend two coilover shafts, smash the gas tank, and overall cause a :pokinit:ty day on the trail. I take my two boys riding with me, and I just want something a little more dependable: factory motor, leaf springs, and all parts that I have spares of  :biggthumpup: Oh yeah, and it has A/C.

If I get bored with this truck after a while and think that I am really driving it to its full potentail, I might link the front, but not right now.


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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #1 on: Dec 28, 2007, 09:20:06 AM »
Well, got mapquest (1,325.64 miles :yesnod:), a road atlas, case of Mt Dew :coffee:, a camera, tow dolly, and a tank of gas. Just waiting untill my copilots gets off work at 5:30 and the TacoRecoveryTeam takes off.

Should I take some extra blinker fliud for the Acura :gap:
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #2 on: Dec 28, 2007, 09:40:53 AM »
Sounds like you'll have a hell of a nice project there.

Unless you have other plan.........
                        Have fun with it  :yupyup:

And hope you have a nice trip when you go to pick them there TOYs up.
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #3 on: Dec 28, 2007, 09:47:54 AM »
Thanks!! Im pumped!! <---I guess I better be for this roadtrip  :gap:

I hope this build to go semi-fast as I have most of the parts already and get cranky when I have to ride shootgun all the time  :)
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #4 on: Dec 28, 2007, 10:13:13 AM »
(1,325.64 miles :yesnod:)
At least it's a short trip :headscratch:
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #5 on: Dec 28, 2007, 10:53:11 AM »
Well, got mapquest (1,325.64 miles :yesnod

Thats just one-way :gap:
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #6 on: Dec 30, 2007, 12:09:45 PM »
your plans sound pretty much the same as mine when I started it, now there a little different with the same basic concept

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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #7 on: Jan 02, 2008, 12:32:21 PM »
The stupid at computer at work wont let me view your pics  :(

Made it home in one piece  :clap:

I always loved the 3.4 in the Dragon Wagon, but it kicks ass in a tow vehicle too :thumbs:  I got 13 MPGs pulling the Burple Taco on a dolly behind the Black Taco. Ran between 70-80 MPHs the whole way (1,326 miles) at about 2600-2800 RPM and didnt burn a drop of oil or have any issues with a truck that has 190,000 miles on it. I LOVE IT  :beer:

snow wheeling pics with the HGC later

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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #8 on: Jan 03, 2008, 07:04:49 PM »
Not so much tech, but it does have to do with the build  :greengrin:

You dont see this behind a Acura SUV everyday


600 miles into it at 4:00am


the only cool thing in 500 miles of Kansas: seeing a train from end to end at one time :hammerhead:


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only snow wheeling pic  ???hard to work camera with gloves on  :shake_head:
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #9 on: Jan 03, 2008, 07:06:19 PM »
Leaving Slee Offroad



some b*std was tailgating me the WHOLE way  :dunno:


Taco-Tow-Vehicle-Action  :thumbs:


co-pilot being told it was his turn to drive . . . .again


brought some snow home to the kids  :clap:
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #10 on: Jan 03, 2008, 07:07:05 PM »
This showed up today too :grinpimp:


39.5"s---- "Big enough to smoosh a baby!"


Not really a fair comparison becuase the IROK isnt moounted, but a worn out 36" TSl next to a brand new 39.5" IROK :eek:
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #11 on: Jan 03, 2008, 07:07:37 PM »
This is one reason it is the "Dead Lined" Taco
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #12 on: Jan 03, 2008, 07:40:45 PM »
 :thumbs: I will be watching.  How was doing the UA? 

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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #13 on: Jan 03, 2008, 08:05:07 PM »
both extra cabs NICE!

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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #14 on: Jan 03, 2008, 10:18:51 PM »
Glad you had a good trip. Nice looking new TOY you got.


Is this the only problem it had? You could have drove it home instead. Although shifting might have been a problem :cheese:





Oh yeah, so I take it your youngest boy it's quite 39.5" tall yet :yupyup:

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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #15 on: Jan 04, 2008, 05:07:43 AM »
Thanks Guys ;)

The UA was really, really great. Everybody was really cool, got to wheel with a lot of different trucks and in new places, got a lot of cool people's cell phone #s too  :gap:

It was fun to drive it onto the trailer. Put in 4low (which is actually 2low without the driveshaft((wich is acutually 1low with open diffs)), start it up with the clutch cancel button, and flat-foot it in the snow and try to hit the ramps without going over the dolly because the only way to stop with no brake lines is to turn the key off  :qtip: Good times.
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Re: Project: Dead Lined Taco
« Reply #16 on: Jan 04, 2008, 05:09:06 AM »
both extra cabs NICE!

Maybe it will be a 5/6 seater with seats and cage in the bed :gap:
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