Old blue 85 extra cab 22re shop truck build

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After selling the 13 Tacoma I had my mind set on finding another 1st or second gen pickup to build as a shop truck for ozark overland outfitters. This 85 feel in my lap and I fell in love with it inspite of its issues and automatic trans
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So we got it home and gave it a once over btw the 30 min drive home was a blast and brought back old memories of the other mini trucks that I’ve enjoyed before the long stint of nothing but Land cruisers in my life
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Damn! That before and after reminds of the '80s era commercials where the dude polishes a car in the junkyard. She looks great!

What are you plans for the truck?
I have mixed feelings the truck is good enough to do a restoration on and just use it for light use and shop truck duties. Then the old mini truck guy in me wants to do dual cases 35s but keep it low as I can and build it for running trails. Whatever I do it’s going to be high quality parts and done we’re it’s super nice and fun to use. The bed either way will end up a flat bed or tube bed the po put on a 3rd gen bed years ago after a reverse accident
 
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My Xtra cab started in a similar place - good enough to restore, didn't have the O.E. bed and I kinda wanted a flatbed anyway. Old Blue definitely looks like a solid candidate for a restoration/build.
 

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I’ve been following your build it’s awesome
My Xtra cab started in a similar place - good enough to restore, didn't have the O.E. bed and I kinda wanted a flatbed anyway. Old Blue definitely looks like a solid candidate for a restoration/
My Xtra cab started in a similar place - good enough to restore, didn't have the O.E. bed and I kinda wanted a flatbed anyway. Old Blue definitely looks like a solid candidate for a restoration/build.
 

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This is the suspension that is on its way. We do 100 percent Dobinsons suspensions on all our land cruiser builds at ozark overland outfitters and seen it needed to try out the mini truck suspension on this little work horse and should smooth out the ride those old 30 something year old springs and shocks have lost miles ago
 

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I like the looks of this u bolt flip kit with the built in bump stop pads from low range Offroad so we are going to give them a try
 

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It is a 2 inch lift I picked light load it will give a nice ride and be a great reliable system. I’ve done marlin long travel in past but I don’t want to cut and weld all new brackets on and my experience the bushings are junk and constantly had to replace and there lowest lift gives way to much lift for what I want. If you want to switch give me a holler I will hook you up with a great price
 
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That Dobinson system sounds perfect. I'll definitely give you a holler when it's time to swap the suspension.

I'd hoped that the bumper up front and all that steel on the rear would bring her down a bit. Nope. If I stand on the flatbed and jump up and down, I get about 3/4" of movement.

In a perfect world Patty would be an 1" lower with a LOT more squish.
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That Dobinson system sounds perfect. I'll definitely give you a holler when it's time to swap the suspension.

I'd hoped that the bumper up front and all that steel on the rear would bring her down a bit. Nope. If I stand on the flatbed and jump up and down, I get about 3/4" of movement.

In a perfect world Patty would be an 1" lower with a LOT more squish.
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Part of the 5.29 gear swap came in today. Plan is 5.29 with high pinion 80 series front diff arb air lockers
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