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Updated on May 06, 2012
Hey, My Name is Jay and this is my Cardomain.*Note, I am currently re-vamping my cardomain page. Pages will seem a little unorganazed but I hope to be done in a few weeks. I can't find the time!*This domain is obviously dedicated to my truck. It's a 1991 Toyota pickup. It has a 3vze, 5sp, 4wd and is an SR5. My truck is named "Wingnut". I have loads of fun with this truck, and I wanted to share it with everyone. Enjoy! Page Contents:Page 1: History, general info and future modsPage 2: Early modsPage 3: More recent modificationsPage 4: General pictures Page 5: Off road funPage 6: LinksPage 7: My mountain bike (the other money pit)Wignut is my first vehicle! I got it on Febuary 5th 2007. It was purchased for $1000 from my dad. It had a snapped timing belt and had been sitting for almost a year, many small problems, needed a face lift, but the frame and drivetrain was pretty damn good. Here is a picture right after it was running again.I had alot of stuff to fix, but I love this truck! The problems I was facing included:- Rusted out exhaust- Snapped e-brake- Reverse and 5th gear did not work- Bad wheel bearings- Bad steering componants (idler, TRE, Wheel bearings)- Front flares with no rear flares- Many missing interior parts/fasners- leaky radiator- Worn shocks- Worn leafs- Worn tires- It was WAY past service dates on many parts. - Tailgate rattled around- drivers side door lock did not work- headlights sucked- crappy speakers- leaking intake- crossthreaded number 6 cyl spark plug- bad paint- tweaked frameSo, I had the truck. After giving it a tune up with NGK plugs, rotor and cap and changed the oil with my oil of choice at the time, Penzoil 10w-30 dino. Since the truck had been sitting it had to be smogged before I was able to insure it. Since my rusted out exhaust had no muffler I had to do something about that. So I got a 2 day permit and went and did my first mod!Exhaust: I decided on replacing the worn out cat with a Magnaflow High-flow cat. The size, 2.25". This was followed by 2.25" piping into a Flowtech 'Redhot' Glasspack. It was routed similar to stock, out the stock exit. This would be changed later on. I got the truck smogged literally 20 mins after picking up the truck from the muffler shop. It passed great! The exhaust was nice. I felt a seat in the pants difference, and I liked the sound. It sure is loud! Here are some pictures of the exhaust.
So I got it running and legal. Sweet! I worked very little so I obviously could not afford many mods that often.So fastforward a few months of fun driving. I get in an accident. I end up hitting a concrete barrier. It was either slide into the car beside me or take it into the barrier, for insurance perpuses I chose the latter. Total rundown of damage was not too bad, it included:- Bent passenger side fender- Bend bumper and lower valance- Broken headlight bezel- Side marker was ripped out and lost- Core support was a little tweaked aswellThe frame was good, hood was fine, tracked fine. I removed the fender flares at this time, the passenger side one took some damage and looked pretty bad. I was looking for an excuse to remove the anyways... Who wants just two flares? I also removed the silly bug deflector, got $40 for it on craigslist.Here are some pictures of the damage.
So I drove the truck as is for about a month or so and then I started gathering parts.I sourced a new CAPA certified fender and a new lower valance from Corey at www.toyotafiberglass.com. I got a used bumper and complete grill from a local on www.bc4x4.com. I also returned to the site and I found my side marker light. It had popped out with very little damage! Here are some pictures of the parts:
As for the actual repair, it went pretty smoothly. It was my first real repair so I was a little nervious but I still enjoyed it. Here are some pictures of the repair.
bumper+valance removed together
Grille+ remaining side marker taken off.
New fender put on. Had to bend the core support and inner fender back in a little. Its pretty damn close.
Grill put together with the used headlight bezels and my original center peice.
Grill installed + side markers
It took me about 4 hours start to finish, and that was going at a very slow pace. I had obviously left the parts unpainted, I would eventually paint them on a later date.
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still lookin good man likin the mods anything new
Hey friend could you please tell me what all went into lifting the truck. I read your page and it says a 3 inch body lift but what about the front? BJ spacers? Also could you tell me the size of the rims and the backspacing. your toyota is an inspiration for mine and its what i want mine to look like! I gave you five stars for the killer work you have done. I think I've seen you on the boards at yotatech dot com. Appreciate the help-Blake
yeahh...bro...very hard and very good job on ur truck....5*s 4 ur ride, keep warn us of future modify...please check my ChamucoBaja� trick truck and comment....salu2.
your truck is amazing. how much did you end up putting into it?
You did nice work! *****
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