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Title: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: H2O MAN on October 19, 2017, 06:15:42 am
I had been looking for one locally since the first of the year, and all of them were asking over $12K. Well, I didn't want to spend that much before making the desired changes. Anyway, I had basically given up when one popped-up on Craig's list about 75 miles north of me - asking price was $5900. I was the first in line to see it... I negotiated the best deal that I could and wrote the nice lady selling it a check...

So I purchased this 2007 RCSB for less than $5K about a month ago, and it had about 270,000 on it when I drove it home. I am the 4th owner, of this Georgia only farm / work truck. My goal is to make it as pavement friendly as possible, so I am lowering the rear to match the stock height of the front. New OEM coil springs, New Alcan leaf springs, new Bilstein shocks, new OEM alloys, new Michelins, and a TRD sway bar will make the truck handle & ride the way I want it to.

All of the required maintenance & service have been brought up to date, so I am now focused on cleaning up the interior & exterior. I have removed the badges, PDR is scheduled for next week, I will be replacing headlight housings with new OEM housings, then the interior & exterior will be detailed, After that, I'll be adding Wet Okole seat covers... I installed new FOCAL 6x9 co-ax door speakers last week, the original head unit is working fine for now.

Body armor: I found a new BLEM Ranch Hand brush bar for $275, I had it sprayed with Line-X before installation when the bed is sprayed. The original chrome bumpers are in decent shape, I'll leave them as-is for now... This build is not intended to be a show truck, it's meant to be a fun, reliable daily driver / road trip kind of truck. An unassuming sleeper if you will... as for engine performance, I am considering D.A.P. Tune, but nothing more.

The rear end will be lowered today.

Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: Mikee5star on October 19, 2017, 10:59:20 am
Tundra's are nice trucks. I have only ridden in a few, but the were all very comfortable. 
Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: luke213(adamsholsters) on October 19, 2017, 11:21:29 am
Looks good;) I always liked Toyota's whether it was their cars or trucks ran them for years and years. They are the Honda of the 4 wheeler and bike world in my mind, just good solid vehicles. Strangely enough I don't really like Honda cars, don't share enough with their wheelers;) But if Toyota made a 4 wheeler I'd be willing to give it a shot;)

Luke
Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: coelacanth on October 19, 2017, 12:43:25 pm
Looking good.  We've been happy with our Tundra so far.   Hope yours lives for another 250,000 miles.   :thumbup1
Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: booksmart on October 19, 2017, 05:26:46 pm
Any chance I could talk to you about the old springs? Looking for blade stock...
Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: H2O MAN on October 20, 2017, 08:04:43 am
Any chance I could talk to you about the old springs? Looking for blade stock...

The original leaf springs are toast, they were overloaded often.
The original coils aren't much better, though none are broken.


Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: booksmart on October 20, 2017, 09:09:56 am
That's what angle grinders are for.

I'm not looking to make swords.... yet.
Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: sqlbullet on October 20, 2017, 10:42:58 am
Just buy some O1 tool steel on Amazon.  Known quantity when it comes time to harden.

And probably the cheaper option.  You will spend more than the cost of 18" of a known alloy on belts, gas, electricity figuring out how to get a workable heat treat from mystery metal.

3/16" O1 in 18" length runs $30 -$50 on Amazon depending on the width.  And that is enough for two blades.
Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: booksmart on October 20, 2017, 12:43:33 pm
Yeah, but then I don't have an excuse to take a roadtrip back to Athens, hit Kellie's Jamaican for some jerk chicken, meet a forum member, and maybe go shooting...
Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: sqlbullet on October 20, 2017, 12:44:16 pm
Yeah, but then I don't have an excuse to take a roadtrip back to Athens, hit Kellie's Jamaican for some jerk chicken, meet a forum member, and maybe go shooting...

That will be one expensive blade when you are done!  ;)
Title: Re: Budget Resto-Mod Tundra
Post by: booksmart on October 20, 2017, 01:11:26 pm
A whole set of leaf springs and coils? You kidding? I'd be set for steel for yeeeeaaaaarrrs... Spread the cost out, and I'm golden...

But I appreciate the heads up on buying stock from Amazon... There isn't much you can't buy off there, is there?

Also, Kellie's Jamaican is worth the trip... there's a *LOT* of good food in Athens.