One Ton 2nd gen Tacoma Build

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  1. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    Picked up a pop up to mount to my gooseneck this morning. @upnover cam by and got some of my junk. Good to see you Chip.

    Been working on my drag link this afternoon. Had to do some odd bends and notch it out for my idler pulley, but got it to clear everything.

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  2. upnover

    upnover Grumpy, decrepit Old Man Moderator

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    Was good to see you again also! Thanks for the "Junk"
     
  3. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    I need to get this thing on the trails...
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  4. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    Ordered a splined unjoint thingy to adapt A shaft I picked up at the junk yard to my steering column.
    It’s was a 5/8-36 Spline to 3/4 ROUND SMOOTH WELD ON
    I was told this was the right size. It wouldn’t quite fit. Had to grind out the splines on the column with some old dentist attachments...
    worked great.

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    extended my shaft.

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    Steering is complete.

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    Plated the inside of the frame. It is really hard to get to to weld but two sticks of 3/8 flat stock should keep it together.

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  5. hurt4x4

    hurt4x4 Well-Known Member

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    You gonna weld the rest of that flat bar on the inside of the frame?
     
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  6. Wesling Ducos

    Wesling Ducos Member

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    Looks good. Any plans to plate in the opening?
     
  7. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    I may. :flipoff2:


    Yeah. I’ll probably knock it out tomorrow. Just left it open to get the inside welded up.
     
  8. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    Plates made.

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  9. Wesling Ducos

    Wesling Ducos Member

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  10. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt @ Rev Limit Fab

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    Flexes which way?
     
  11. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    If I put jack stands under the front crossmember and lower it down onto the stands the front flexes up.
    Jack is under t case crossmember
     
  12. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt @ Rev Limit Fab

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    Need to add vertical height back to the frame, that cardboard piece should help some.
     
  13. paradisePWoffrd

    paradisePWoffrd Recovering Project Junkie

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    You could also stiffen with tube, by building a grill hoop and triangulating it back to the frame/firewall/A-pillar.
     
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  14. BigSouth

    BigSouth Doesn't play well with others!

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    I don’t think you’re plating enough frame to compensate for the chunk you removed. I’m used to seeing a plate run from the door jam all the way to the frame horn. I’m also not a metallurgical expert, but I’d be weary of how much heat you’ve put into that one section of frame rail.
     
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  15. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    Yeah I just can’t go up higher on the outside cause of the steering box. I can go higher on the inside of the frame where that cardboard is.


    Yeah I’m adding shock hoops soon. I’ll try to tie those into the grill hoop/bumper I’m building, but there isn’t much room on these newer trucks.
     
  16. Wesling Ducos

    Wesling Ducos Member

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    These newer trucks usually get the whole front frame section plated up on both driver and passenger to prevent flex, whether linked or on leafs as far as I have seen. The front frames are quite thin on them. I would do the whole thing on both sides personally.
     
  17. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    That’s what I’m leaning towards. Why not right? lol

    @Chris_Keziah what if I added a taller plate rather than just where I had the cardboard cut out?
    I have room on that side behind the box.
    How thick of plate should I use? 3/16 is what I‘ve been using but if I go right behind the current plate on top of the frame I could use a thicker one.

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  18. Wesling Ducos

    Wesling Ducos Member

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    I would say so lol. It’s why the Toyota frame plate aftermarket has so many options. Wish I would have sold you the set I had with the truck but my buddy needed them. Haha
     
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  19. Chris_Keziah

    Chris_Keziah Joe Dirt @ Rev Limit Fab

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    If you just moved that steering box to the work bench you'd have plenty of room for an orbital. I'd try to build a box spine on top as tall and wide within reason. Really hard to tell but doesn't look like a terrible amount of room.
     
  20. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    Can’t do full hydro... airbag clocking ring in column will break and I’ll loose all controls on the column. Cruise, horn, blinker, etc.
    Not much room under the box on outside of frame. Inside, it can extend up more.
     
  21. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    What about a tube underneath it?

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  22. StretchASU

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    Brace the framerail to the radiator support with a big gusset?
     
  23. skyhighZJ

    skyhighZJ Thanks for your taxes

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    I was thinking something like this with a heavy wall DOM. Only thing is keeping it tight enough to frame may hamper getting the pitman arm off without removing the steering box??
     
  24. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    So I looked a little harder and it’s actually not flexing where the notch is. It right behind the plates where the frame is bare. So I guess I’ll be plating the rest of the frame like @Wesling Ducos was saying. And still adding more to the notched section.
     
  25. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    Plates are done around the notch. Still flexes where the frame is stock. Gonna plate the whole front I guess.

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