1981 Pick-up Build

Discussion in 'GA- Georgia Cruisers' started by tgreco, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Also looking for misc t-case parts:

    tcase mounts
    Shifter base etc (I've got a shifter)
    Drive shafts
    Top shift tcase (if the price is right such that I can build my own doubler)
     
    Pacer likes this.
  2. TeddyBoy

    TeddyBoy Knighted by the King of MUD himself

    Messages:
    5,435
    Likes Received:
    714
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    Cumming, Ga.
    Side shift case is easy to convert for $0 if you cant find a top shift.

    I'm running the RA Design unit and like it a lot, daves look nice too but always seems to be out of stock. FWIW, the only reason im running it is for my 3rd case, the shifters would be way to far back without it.

    For dual cases just twin stick it, not worth the $$ and better off putting toward otjer things.
     
    Pacer likes this.
  3. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Well, it was a great day to be out under the truck doing some pre-wheeling trip looking around. While I knew it was probably time, I've created a project with too little time to complete.

    So this is what I noticed:
    IMG_2378.JPG

    So I got to drawing
    IMG_2377.JPG

    And damn, plasma cutters kick ass
    IMG_2379.JPG

    And stopped here. Trying to decide if I should wrap it around the sides. The end result should gain me at least a few inches more than how it was mounted before.
    IMG_2380.JPG
     
    Pacer and FJCRAWLER like this.
  4. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
  5. TeddyBoy

    TeddyBoy Knighted by the King of MUD himself

    Messages:
    5,435
    Likes Received:
    714
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    Cumming, Ga.
    whutcha got there buddy????? :smokin::smokin::smokin: you are moving the 4.7 gears to rear case correct?
     
    Pacer likes this.
  6. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Yep. Got a lot of stuff to get done before the March ride - doubler install, modify tcase crossmember, driveshafts, finish rear bumper, add springs to front spring pack, and diff guards.
     
    Pacer likes this.
  7. AuburnFJsexy

    AuburnFJsexy

    Messages:
    1,496
    Likes Received:
    71
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Location:
    Dacula, GA
    What about twin sticks for the dual cases?
     
  8. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    That's on the to-do list as well - those arrived in the mail this week as well. Hopefully that'll be an easy item to cross off.
     
    Pacer likes this.
  9. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Made a little progress today. Just got to figure out how to mark and drill the holes for the rear tcase mount.

    IMG_2408.JPG

    Hoping that my addition to the crossmember holds up. It's 1/4 inch but there's not a great way to reinforce the butt weld without hanging a bunch of metal off the bottom which I don't want to do. I tried to add a couple of metal coupons across the joint to help - we'll see.

    IMG_2410.JPG
     
    FJCRAWLER likes this.
  10. jynx

    jynx Turd Herder SILVER Star

    Messages:
    7,272
    Likes Received:
    3,023
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2010
    Location:
    Eagleville, TN
    Could you add a 1" +/- vertical rib along each side, basically under the tall part of the mounts? Welded perpendicular to the flat plate. Did you bevel both sides to get a good penetration weld on it. I mean typically the weld is stronger than the base material, but having that extra weight hanging off could bend even a solid piece of plate. Adding even a single rib will dramatically increase the overall strength of the crewmember.
     
  11. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    That's a good idea. I beveled the joint but I'm also worried about the weight. I'll get the tcases mocked up and see where I can add some bracing.
     
  12. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Here's how it finished up. Used some 1" square tube to brace. It's not very symmetric but it should do the job.

    IMG_2412.JPG
     
    Pacer, FJCRAWLER and jynx like this.
  13. FJCRAWLER

    FJCRAWLER

    Messages:
    1,765
    Likes Received:
    396
    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2011
    Location:
    Chapel Hill ,TN
    Looks good.
     
  14. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Well this is probably why I had vibrations at ~ 40 mph.

    IMG_2414.JPG

    So I cut the yoke at the weld and then 6" out of the driveshaft to fit with the duals.

    IMG_2415.JPG

    It was a good tight fit back in the tube and then welded. Do you think it'll hold up? It won't see speeds > 40 mph and primarily trails.

    IMG_2416.JPG
     
  15. TeddyBoy

    TeddyBoy Knighted by the King of MUD himself

    Messages:
    5,435
    Likes Received:
    714
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    Cumming, Ga.

    It'll I hold fine but who the hell drives their crawler 40 mph?
     
    tgreco likes this.
  16. jynx

    jynx Turd Herder SILVER Star

    Messages:
    7,272
    Likes Received:
    3,023
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2010
    Location:
    Eagleville, TN
    If you were looking for road gear I would probably see about having it balanced and make sure the joints were in phase, but just for bumming around from trail to trail, I'd say you will be fine.
     
  17. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    This may be the set of mods that finally gets it off the road. Still have to deal with Windrock though.
     
  18. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Thanks. The joints are in phase but it ain't getting balanced :hillbilly:.
     
    Pacer and jynx like this.
  19. Sputnik40

    Sputnik40

    Messages:
    2,425
    Likes Received:
    134
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2005
    Possible parts truck for you ://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/d/1979-toyota-hilux-tacoma-pick/6506902078.html
     
  20. tgreco

    tgreco

    Messages:
    508
    Likes Received:
    144
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2012
    Location:
    Athens, GA
    Thanks for the link and while I would love an excuse to go to Miami, that’s a little steep for my needs right now. There are actually 3 first gens being parted near me but I couldn’t justify another rust bucket in the driveway.

    Sounds like you’re out for GSMTR this year but maybe we’ll get to catch up in ‘19 :beer:
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.