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Old 02-16-2014, 10:31 AM
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How does such a recent truck have so much rust? Is it a hurricane salvage truck?
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Recent? Matt, that truck is probably 15 years old and has lived in Florida probably its whole life. The earliest Tacoma is now 19 years old and my white truck would have been eligible for classic plates next year... You remember how bad cars looked after a few winters of road salt, now imagine constant exposure to salt water.

But with that much rust and all the scratches on the roof I would suspect something like being dunked or in a nasty storm, too.

Having just gone through rust inspection and stabilization on the Taco (which we sold last month), my guess is that frame is a total disaster from the cab back and probably the sections under the cab and engine aren't far behind. Tacoma frames are a whole bunch thinner than Hilux. A whole lot.

If it's got a bed liner, the floor is probably gone underneath it, too. The reason the tailgate rusts like that is the plastic bumper top rubs the paint on the bottom lip and gives water a place to get a foothold.

Since you probably got it cheap, it's a good candidate I bet for a tube frame and flat bed! You're just buying a title, frame number, windshield and engine subframe.
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Recent? Matt, that truck is probably 15 years old and has lived in Florida probably its whole life.
Whoa. I keep thinking Y2K was a few weeks ago.
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crazyness.

you could french in one of the old yota camper backs and have a neat rig.
not a bad idea.. definitely a different look.. but no, I need my extended cab simply for the leg room when driving


and Dave
the bed is in good shape ( inspected from underneath )
the truck lived its life on the beach. literally.. he had a beach business.. I vacuumed out like 6 lbs. of sand from the interior.. and what I originally thought was stain was just dried sand dust on the plastics.. and wiped right off and looks new now..
there was also about 7 gallons of sand in the bed underneath the toolbox.
the owner stored beach chairs on the roof with out a rack and they would bang and rub on the roof. that's why its rusted.

the frame is rusted in the TSB location between the cab and bed.. there is a hole there. but it doesn't concern me to much as I have had another yoda in the past with the same issue and I fixed it with no welder and little experience. I paied a friend to weld it. now I have lots of experience and tools so its a simple fix to me.
everything that needs replaced due to either neglect, maintence or rust, was going to be removed from the truck and replaced with different parts as long as I keep with my truggy plans..

it I keep the bed on, or keep it IFS (which is stupid ) then there is going to be alot of rust issues..

as for the rust on the roof and windows, if I cant find a easy fix, like replacement panels, or donor panels. then I might make it a convertible (like a Heep).. but then ill loose my need to have the power windows and locks.
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If you need Taco frame repair, Isaac's your uncle. He does his best work in exchange for smoked brisket and beer.

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That's what I do


But this is the direction I'm wanting to go with the truck !
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That truck's got nowhere to carry anything!
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That truck's got nowhere to carry anything!
and !!
if I wanted to haul crap, id get a dodge ram or a suv...
besides I know someone who builds pretty good offroad trailers..
**** I bet he'll even make one out of the existing bed and frame assembly..
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