I got a little bit of an update, but nothing too exciting. Saturday a buddy came over and helped me pull the t-case and install Sumo 4.7 low range gears and FROR twin stick. Unfortunately, I was really greasy so I didn't get many pictures. Hopefully this week I can throw some 90w in it and have everything work. LOL!
I finally got a little bit of time to start working on my back bumper. The main body of it is almost done, then I'm going to trim up the back and sides of the bed. After that it will just be figuring out how to attach it to the frame. A picture is worth 1000 words, so here you go:
I'm really just making it up as I go along, but I think it is working out nicely.
Well Cruisin' the Woods is this weekend and I didn't get quite as much done on the truck as I hoped. But, it is as good as it is going to get!
I had a few buddies come over for a long Saturday to help me with the front bumper. Everything is cut and ready to be welded up, but I ran out of shielding gas. Luckily we were able to get the center winch mount finished, so I painted it up, mounted the winch, trimmed the grill to make it fit, and called it good enough:
All in all, I'm super stoked how it came out. The wings are super bad ass, but you will have to wait to see that. I am very grateful for good friends that were willing to help me with figuring everything out!
So yeah, Cruisin' the Woods this weekend out in Tillamook State Forest. Pre-registration is closed, but you can still sign up day of. If you are in the PNW, I really hope to see you up there! Here are all the details: Cruisin' the Woods 2019 - Kickin it Old Skool
Quick update: Cruisin the Woods was awesome as usually. If you haven't been, it definitely needs to be to be on your radar for next year. The truck worked great except for breaking a birf on the Friday run. When I bought the truck, I was told the front axle was fully built with RCV's. Not only did it not have RCV's (just stock birfs / shafts), it also had no grease... Or inner axle seal. I really would like to kick the PO in the shin, but what's done is done...
Starting October 1st I started my own insurance agency, so I have been super busy! I will also be super broke for a while, so I'm not sure when I will be able to fix the truck. Jerod (@2ndGenToyotaFan) was awesome enough to help me with the trail repair and offer up his used stock shaft and birf! I really want to get some RCVs in there, but I may have to go the stock route for now and do everything twice... I guess we will see what happens.
Well the Rover sold, so I will be getting some 30-spline chromoly shafts and birfs. I know RCV's can't be beat with the 300m star and warrenty, but I'm really tempted to save a couple hundred and get Marlin's made by Empi... They are on sale right now for stupid cheap.
This truck will never be on anything bigger than 37's, so I think I can get by with the Marlins. What do you guys think?
Dig the simplicity of the front and rear bumpers. My rear bumper has been sitting on sawhorses for 3 weeks as I've been trying to figure out mounting to the frame...weld or bolt on. I think seeing yours I'm going to go simple and weld on. Congrats and good luck on the new business.
I got the front end rebuilt with all new bearings and seals. She also got 30-spline RCV's! The best part of the whole thing was my 10yo daughter wanted to help me with reassembly. It was pretty special having her out there working with me.