Wow, I kind of thought my rust was bad, but it left me enough to work with to get some patches in (still need to do) but my welder friend Todd says no problem. Your rust was the opposite of mine, my passenger side was rust free and the driver's side toast from a leaky windshield seal.
Corey is right, might be better off to find a new cab. But with what you have been thinking on your engine conversion maybe you would need to modify your firewall anyway...Seems like once you get ahead on one part of a project, something else slams you back to reality.
Last Edit: Feb 19, 2008 9:01:33 GMT -8 by b4runner
i looked at it pretty well last night and the firewall is still solid. rust just seems to be on the surface. although i dont imagine it would have taken much longer and it would have started eating through. the only holes in it are the factory ones (besides the gash that caused all of this!). robb is right though. if i need to modify the firewall at all now for the engine conversion i will be much more likely to do so right now i am just planning on wire brushing everything, cutting the small area out in the passenger side floor and welding in the same piece from the 4runner. por15'ing the whole bottom inside the cab. then painting it the factory color. yes, this truck has definitely been a test of patience so far
it has been a little while since the last post, but i have made some progress. received the aussie locker for the rear end
packaged everything up last night and shipped it to ken at gearinstalls.com to put the locker in and rebuild the 3rd with cryo treated bearings. also have cryo treated wheels bearings and seals coming from him as well.
i found this monday (i love craigs list!!) it is in much better shape then my existing one. no rust in the floors or on the firewall. (that tan stuff is dirt) all for $100. now the cab shuffling begins i am not sure about the total weight of the cab in this state, but 2 full grown guys do not have much problem moving it around when it is all stripped down.
Like Corey said, nice find...looks like that little bit of a ding over the right windshield should buff out it will be a lot of work switching everything over, but well worth the effort and satisfying too. At least you got to practice cutting out the other rear firewall so this one should be a cinch...
Did it come with a title? I always wondered how something like that would work out as far as the legal end of things. Does it become an 'assembled vehicle'? you may have a 2008 Long Bed 1st Gen Trekker...
hi robb, yep. it came with the title as well. so it will end up being a 1983 trekker. yes, it does have a place over the passenger side near the windshield that has to be fixed. but it will take a lot less time fixing that then fixing the floors and firewall. as for switching everything over... the other cab was stripped down to the same state this one is in. so one of them was going to get put back together either way. just picking the better one. yes. the sawzall is ready to cut another rear cab out i might be decent at this by the time this is over with! the guy i bought this one from said this was a running driving vehicle 3 weeks ago when he decided to part it out instead of selling it as a running driving truck. he has made almost 3 times as much as he could have sold it for by parting it out! it has been pretty well picked clean.
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2008 8:17:25 GMT -8 by msrwerks
sand blasting rear end related parts to por15 them getting ready for its return. ken at gearinstalls.com is going to send me a link to his rebuild of my rear 3rd. i will post it when i have it. not surprisingly, he ran into some issues with the ring and pinion gears (had to replace those as well )
i think i have hit the bottom as far as finding things wrong with this truck as everything now has been replaced body wise except for the frame, and i probably would have replaced that if i had found one instead of fixing it by the gas tank.
received the 3" springs from downey front and rears. took off the existing helper springs i already had in the rear and have them cleaned up. going to por 15 them when i finish the rest of the rear end stuff. the guy at downey said the helper springs were a must have with the aux fuel tank and rear bumper / tire carrier i will be making for it. (WAY down the list )