♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

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♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby Alexmillatime » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:29 am

First Writeup ever, My apologies if it looks like crap...

This past weekend I went to the Memorial Offroad Rally in Dresser, WI with Hitchings and Barth. I think I caught some of their japanese germs because now I own a Yota.
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This puppy comes with a lot of features:

solid front axle
22R carburated motor
5 speed manual gearbox
custom fabricated box and chase rack WITH wait for it...
1/4 elliptical rear suspension
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*Pics taken from craigslist ad, yet to see this in person

Needs:
New battery
Brake work
Rear Driveshaft
Gas Tank installed
Tires
Box finished and painted
Rear Taillights

Special thanks to Dustin for picking this baby up... and blowing a driveshaft during the process.

I've got a lot of plans in store for this. First things first, get that 4 banger purring. Look to see her up in the Keweenaw this fall.
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby xj_man_646 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:19 pm

Looks like a decent little rig. I'm not sure what those links are made of but I might consider beefing up the lowers at minimum. Unless looks are deceiving me in this case.

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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby xj_man_646 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:21 pm

You may also want to add a nut to the DS upper link at the axle end. I know you said these are CL pics so I really hope it's there now. Lol.
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby ToddACimer » Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:48 am

Is the first picture from the side of the road where Dustin broke down?
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby Alexmillatime » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:20 am

xj_man_646 wrote:You may also want to add a nut to the DS upper link at the axle end. I know you said these are CL pics so I really hope it's there now. Lol.


Yeah it looks like none of the rear suspension components, have nuts in them. So I'll have to find and install some
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby Yooperyota » Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:15 pm

The links are pretty beefy, I wouldn't be concerned about it until maybe one gets bent. And Todd, that picture was taken a few miles before my truck broke down :mrgreen:

Not to derail, but for the bronco in your sig it should probably say 4.56/3.73... Saying 4.56s is deceiving :pirate4x4:
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby xj_man_646 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:38 am

They look like 1.5" 1/4" wall. What size is the tubing in reality?
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby larboc » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:10 am

xj_man_646 wrote:They look like 1.5" 1/4" wall. What size is the tubing in reality?


Judging by the galvanized waterpipe the rest of the things is built from, I'm guessing 1.25" schedule 40 HREW natural gas black pipe.
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby HCT » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:12 am

larboc wrote:
xj_man_646 wrote:They look like 1.5" 1/4" wall. What size is the tubing in reality?


Judging by the galvanized waterpipe the rest of the things is built from, I'm guessing 1.25" schedule 40 HREW natural gas black pipe.


LOL, I was thinking the same thing...............
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby NISSAN » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:45 am

1/4 elliptical... I haven't seen a setup like that in ages.
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Re: ♪Big Guy in a Little Truck♪ (1985 Toyota Build)

Postby Alexmillatime » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:20 pm

IT RUNS AND DRIVES, AND STOPS (sort of)

Drove down to Sloshkosh this weekend to pick wrench on it to the point we could drive it onto a trailer. We were successful! Started out Friday night with sanding and spraying the bed with some rust reformer, since it was supposed to rain in the morning. Side note: painting in the dark is not recommended.
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But cleaned it up the next day and it came out pretty well.
Before:
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After:
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Tried to jump the battery but had no luck.
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Also discovered how the previous owner achieved 3 inches of body lift, good ole hockey pucks.
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The front shocks and suspension were in rough shape too, who needs shocks anyway? [Passenger/Driver]
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The next morning I ran to fleet farm for a new battery, picked up a Hi-lift for $60 as well (on sale till the end of this week if you need one). Brought it back and hooked it up. Got the starter to turn the crank. Things were looking up. Changed the plugs, drained the oil, and changed the filter. Filled it up with oil and added coolant to the radiator, it was pretty much dry. Radiator held coolant. Time to fire it up! With me sitting in the cab and Dustin with the starting fluid at the carb, I turned the key and it turned over almost immediately!

I then got to cleaning the interior while Dustin fiddled around with plumbing the gas tank. The interior on this thing is mint! Just very dirty and smells of old barn. I guess this thing sat for close to 7 years.
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Figured out the truck was also red originally, thinking about bringing it back. There are also PVC fittings to what looks like the start of a snorkel, might come in handy! Also the RADIO WORKS, and so do the air vents, and the headlights/turn signals, and there's a sunroof! I think this might be too nice to wheel.
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Dustin's contraption to pump fuel directly out of the 5 gallon fuel can.
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After messing around with the fuel lines and running the starter for quite a long time, we were able to get it to start and run on its own. At this point it wouldn't idle without dying out. We then proceeded to test different vacuum lines to find if there was a leak. Eventually determined that we had one of the fuel lines hooked up incorrectly and tried again. It started up and would idle, adjusted a few things and it sounded fantastic.
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Ran some actual line to the gas tank, emptied out the bad gas and filled it with some good gas. Ratchet strap for maximum support.
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The last 2 things to do were to remove the rear driveshaft, and get some brakes working.
Ran to Advanced for some brake fittings and fluid. Plugged the fittings for the rear with some weld, since it doesn't make much sense to run brake lines to the rear with how much droop this has, and that the lines were cut.
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Started it up, drove it off the trailer, and took it for a spin! This things got FLEX
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At least in the rear haha. Also does great FWD burnouts

Next Steps:
Power Steering (Completely Shot)
Rear Drive Shaft
Rear Brake Lights
Build-A-Bed
Bigger Tires
WHEELIN'
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