1st gen adventure build

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Well figured I would share my pain and suffering with others of dealing and building old trucks

My Goal is the have a truck I can use both as a camping vehicle and also be able to take down harder trails with out worry, I was originally going to do this with a HDJ81 I had but decide against it for a few reasons.

I am no stranger to Toyotas in general (have had Landcruiser's, 4runners and pickups/Tacoma's before all 90s or newer) but this is my first time owning a 80s Toyotas.
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So I started this whole process with a blunder of buying a over priced rusted out 82? short bed wheeler ( we will call the sunroof cab) got blinded by my desire to own s***ty Toyotas, and so I bought this and had it towed to my friends house where I do most of my vehicle work,
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the plan was to through on a 2wd diesel cab ( we will call the Blue cab) that my friend had inherited from his grandfather, get the truck street legal and call it a day....well let me tell you that did not happen....

So after take the blue cab off the frame so we could scrap it, it was set up vertical on a pallet in the back yard.

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In the mean time I was going to a full axle service front and back...breaks, bearings seals, the normal things...
but then I remembered I had a set of axles that came out of a driving 85 pickup that were in good shape with newish brakes and everything that I was originally planning into swapping onto my 95 4runner but never did! so decided to swap those in and would do High steer at the same time as the front axle was already set up for it

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this is a very slow build for a few reasons First: I am lazy, 2: I spend as many weekends as I can camping

So in the mean time I bought a fully built 1st gen for cheap to rob for parts; 6 shooters, chromo 30 splines birfs, 5.29 gearing and some other goodies to use down the road,
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this whole time I had been researching and looking at getting a custom aussie style tray/canopy made, so I contacted a "local" fab guy, whose is well known and regarded in my local Toyota community, he had quoted me a pretty penny for a full aluminum flat bed and canopy/camper, but then I got really lucky and him and his lady decided to sell their flat bed and camper that he made for their 3rd gen pick up.
So I manage to grab that for about 1/4th the cost of getting what I wanted made, its not perfect nor exactly what I wanted but I couldn't say no
That said it is about a 11 hour round trip to grab it so that didn't happen right away
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in the mean time I had also pulled the bed off the truck
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just recently I a 82 cab ( AC cab) had popped up for sale with most of the parts for Air Conditioning still intact and a windshield that wasn't cracked so I agreed to buy that.

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so while waiting to pick up the AC cab I decided to get after it and pulled the Sunroof cab off the truck!
 
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also had to quickly throw on the flat bed to check fitment before the cab came off
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Sunroof cab went into storage next the the blue cab to wait to be stripped or sold.
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I picked up the AC cab and got right to stripping it down to nothing, except the filthy carpet and the brake booster
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up next is to get the frame to my buddies shop to get some frame rust dealt with and probably weld in the steering box mount i picked up from Marlin crawler aswell!
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this is when i had just put the front axle in, not bolted in correctly just wanted it to get rolling again
 

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