Operation Stick It

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So it’s time to convert A340F to R150F. Earlier this year I found a donor that was totaled, but still running and took for a test drive (back roads).
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It doesn’t look bad, but miles and frame rot sealed its fate. I want that..
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In the pseudo Hilux since my auto is dying and a new/decent auto would cost the same. But now I can have a compound 1st, and no torque converter!!

The past year has been a punch in the teeth, short version, I’ve been focused on work, a federal grant, and limited time-off, #firstworldproblems

Free-time was focused on the 4Rnr for travel and CO trails.
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And after losing our fury family, we crumbled when one needed a home
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Sum it up, I’m working weekends, free time goes to the Surf, and beastie with puppy-dog eyes...But in the next few weeks my time is going to free-up, and as you’ve heard before “I saved so much money today!” (#Ispentalot!)

Sadly, I still haven’t heard back from Marlin on the Tacobox. I realize they’re surrounded by fire, and crazy busy. Regardless, I still used plastic with many significant figures there for other things, the crawler can go in later I guess.

While I’ve got things apart, it’s a perfect time to address my exhaust leak, replace the exhaust, and get this thing road worthy again. So if you have any free advice, or time, when this gets underway in the next few weeks, please feel free to interject!!

I’ve removed a few things on the donor meanwhile
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So, just a couple of other thoughts...the engine runs/sounds great on the donor. Do I just keep it (frame recall that destroyed many of these engines) to hold on to just-in-case, or get rid of it? If I keep it, why not build it for stupid power? If I sell it, what if mine goes bad?

The bed is next, I'm thinking trailer project. The idea of a matching bed, after painted, it pretty cool, plus it could be used for other crap since it's 6' plus a tailgate, whereas mine is 5'...that's it (tire carrier).
And, Marlin is getting more billet, and potentially the Tacobox is back on the table! :bounce2:

Free advice welcome, I'm making this up as I go, but it's pennies compared to a new Tacoma and I don't want to start over (starting at $40k). Although the new Taco is pretty, they even copied mine and finally added a snorkle!! And I have extra front doors from my donor now too, thinking half-doors (they are mechanical), but I digress. The conversion is near...time I need, thanks for reading.
 
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Yes on the trailer but I’m bias.

I’d say sell the engine. You can always get another they at plentiful. It’s a 3.4 right?

Keep doors just in case but unless your hardcore wheeler trailer queen not sure half doors are worth it.

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How many miles on your Taco, and on this new donor vehicle? That would determine if I would keep the engine.

I like the idea of using the bed for a trailer also.
 
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Yes, 3.4 with 254k, mine has 170k. Keeping the doors, too many times it would have been a plus.

Yeah, getting rid of the engine is logical, guess I was channeling my inner hoarder. So I’ll be asking to borrow a cherry picker, maybe some help, new Minsky’s went in just down the street, have a dedicated fridge for hydration :) and plenty of non-hop fluids.
 
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Caveat, still waiting on Tacobox...

So finally decided to post the engine for sale, and it was more popular than I had anticipated. If anyone is bored this weekend and wants to watch-point-and-laugh, I'm starting on Sat. I'll take pics to start the documentation, and thanks to baby Jesus and Gore for the internet, so I can spread the rising of the forged. Yeah...that was bad, sorry (it's been a really #logarithmic day).
 
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