I'm officially addicted. I just bought my 12th toyota and I don't know how to stop. LOL
For the past few months I've been keeping my eye out for something to beat up in the mountains for cheap. I love the tacoma but mrs.gotrocks isn't to keen on me taking that up wheeling sometimes because she doesn't want me denting it up and I don't blame her. We talked about selling it but after talking about it more and more we decided that it was nice having a DDable truck that had A/C and cruise and was comfortable to drive. Besides she wants to have her own rig to wheel and I don't mind that at all. So selling it at the moment wasn't really an option.
To make this matter worse, my buddy just bought a 80 shortbed a few weeks ago. He's wanting to build it up on a tight budget and have something that you wouldn't be worried about bumping trees with or putting a little rockrash on. This led me into looking for parts for him. BAD IDEA. I knew a guy who had a transfercase that he needed for dual cases. So after a bit of talking to this guy I found out he had just got set of axles with 5.71 gears, homebrew crossover, that was welded and spooled for cheap. This was bad for me because I have a weakness for toyota parts. Then I found out what truck they had been under and how much the truck was being sold for.
In all I'm buying a shortbed frame with a 85 ex. cab and bobbed/chopped bed to match with a EFI. Its the exact setup that I've wanted for years. A shortbed frame with a ex cab on it. All the work has been done so all I need to do is build bumpers and do a little DC FAB suspension work along with a cage.
Pictures will come tomorrow when I get it home. I'm really excited about this truck because it is the perfect mountain rig for me and I won't mind putting a scratch on it.
Plans for the build are:
Lower the truck (it has a 3" body lift) it had 39.5's and 5" skyjackers
Find leaf springs
DC FAB Interior cage
DC FAB Bumpers
DC FAB rear tire mount
New paint job
Possible upgrades down the road:
linked with bed cage