View Full Version : My Buildup

06-24-2006, 12:03 AM
Hey guys been reading the forum for a while now and i just thought i would share my build.

Basically i was given two trucks by two seperate people..

the first was an 81 reg cab sb,


Then i was given an 86 ext cab efi,


The frame was totally destroyed on the 86, and the cabmounts on the 81 were totally gone so i decided to put the ext cab on to the 81 frame...

the 81 frame was pretty rusty but i figured since its a bush truck i could plate it all up


once i got the frame all plated up i tore the engine and trans out of the 86..


then i put the engine and trans onto the 81 frame,


after i relocated the transmissin mount i removed and prepped the 86 cab for its new chassis,


i aligned the 81 frame underneath and dropped down the body, its not bolted up because i have to redo the rear cab mounts and slightly modify the front two.


And thats where i'm at so far.. i think i'm doing alright because my only investment so far is welding gas. more to come if you guys wanna see the rest.

06-24-2006, 12:14 AM
Hey Welcome, It sure is coming along nicely. What you big plans?

The fuzz
06-24-2006, 12:31 AM
kickass bro [36][36][36] welcome [cheers] where ya from???

06-24-2006, 12:54 AM
I'm from enderby, its in the okanagan between vernon and salmon arm.

and as for what i'm doing with it i'm putting in 54" chevy leafs in the back and a combo pack made out of stock toy rears for the front, i also have a marlin crawler adapter coming and using the spare tcase from the 81 i should have a decent setup for a bit. i'm building this almost entirely from spare parts by the way, i have a good collection of stuff saved up at the shop where i work.

thanks for the warm welcome

06-24-2006, 01:07 AM
you workin out of yer own shop or they let ya work on it at work? pretty nice to have the full hoist, makes it a helluva lot easier. know what ya mean about the spare parts floatin around [15] been packrattin toyota crap for years

06-24-2006, 01:40 AM
cool. but you shoulda kept the '81 body style

1st gen's rule[36][36]

good lcuk with the build[cheers]

06-24-2006, 02:45 AM
good +looking start to the build, can't wait to see the progress

06-24-2006, 07:11 AM
Ya, keep the pics coming

06-24-2006, 08:40 AM
holy crap thats a lotta work , keep postin the progress

06-24-2006, 08:57 AM
yeah ... good job man ... lost of work .

06-24-2006, 02:06 PM
Good build-up post. Looks like it will be a great 4x4.

06-24-2006, 02:10 PM

06-24-2006, 03:23 PM
ya i'll be bringing it to ktown when i'm done, are there any rock climbs near postil?

06-24-2006, 03:24 PM
we will find ya somthing!

06-24-2006, 03:28 PM
ya i'm sure we could find lots of stuff, the reason i ask is because with a 22re i think the truck is gonna be kinda useless in the mud. i was thinking of going somewhere for july long weekend. if i can get it done, i'm spending about 12 hours a day in the shop and kinda getting burnt out

06-24-2006, 03:39 PM
yeah ... good job man ... lost of work .

hey slacker,

what are a set of front fenders worth for an 86? do you sell them out of your own shop or do you have dealers?

06-24-2006, 04:20 PM
they run $192.00 ea ... and all sold out of my shop .

need a deposit , and delivery right now would be about Aug .

06-25-2006, 07:46 AM
good work man,keep the pics coming

06-25-2006, 08:35 AM
looking good

06-25-2006, 10:27 AM
cool truck good luck with the build up[cheers]

06-27-2006, 10:51 AM
ITS A RUNNER!@#!@$#%^$%

pics this afternoon, hehe

06-27-2006, 11:42 AM
Well its not much, but i managed to get the cab mounted up and the engine wired in, its a runner on the front driveshaft :P


06-27-2006, 12:11 PM
Do you guys think i should take another leaf out of these? they are 54" chevy half ton springs minus the overload.


06-27-2006, 02:10 PM
you should if your looking for some flex and good travel casue its such a lite weight truck but that would be fine to

06-27-2006, 05:38 PM
cool good luck on your build

06-27-2006, 05:39 PM
[QUOTE=shifty5]Well its not much, but i managed to get the cab mounted up and the engine wired in, its a runner on the front driveshaft :P


not much??? thats one of the best point of the build... it runs and goes...
congrats dude, thats a lot of work, p.s. you should be able to take another of those leaves out with no problem, and way better flex[cheers]

06-27-2006, 09:56 PM
for the leafs, depends what ur plans are for the back of the truck, flat deck, yes try taking one out...if yeah want descent flex from my experiance I found that they should have about an inch or so of positive arc to them to get decent flex and still be able to drive with out a lot of body roll

06-27-2006, 09:57 PM
Nice pics , keep em comin

G-rizzle Swank
06-27-2006, 10:52 PM
i would leave those springs for now. i get pretty good flex and i have the overload still in mine, i would try it like that and if you really want more flex then take another out, but then youll most likely have to do some sort of traction bar becaus eof the axle wrap. i had pretty goodf axle wrap with the overload when i had the 4.10 gears but now with 5.29's and 35's its fine

06-27-2006, 10:58 PM
wicked man, yea gregs flexes like mad... leave em

06-28-2006, 11:32 AM
thanks for the input guys, i think i'll run the 3 leaves for now and take one out if its to stiff. i'll post some pics later of my sweet homemade lift kit from spare parts. hehe

06-28-2006, 05:35 PM
dont wait bud ... if ya want the fenders let me know ...

looks like about Sept ish now ...

06-28-2006, 09:35 PM
I'd love to buy a set of those fenders but can't justify it right now, i could buy a front aussie locker for the same ammount as two fenders.

06-28-2006, 09:50 PM
yep ... no worries ... just lettin ya know .

08-10-2006, 11:03 AM
Well guys, plans have changed, there will be no more updates to this build thread, unfortunately i have to sell the truck and all my parts i'm moving to hawaii. i don't have enough posts to post this in the for sale, so if anyone is interested PM me.

08-10-2006, 12:55 PM
does that thing have power steering??? what all is left to be done and how much ya lookin for???

08-10-2006, 04:14 PM
Well, i've got the rear chevy springs in now, just need to finish the combo pack for the front. needs a little more welding on the frame, and rear cab mounts cause i had to move them for the springs. it has power steering, also i'm throwin in all my parts for it and the other frame and cab that has a ifs steering box and good rear end. first 1500 takes it all. by the way the motor runs kickass, no smoke and its efi with a header.

08-10-2006, 06:49 PM
Good luck on the Hawaii move!! I'd buy your truck if I didn't already have the same project sitting in my garage right now! :)

08-10-2006, 08:01 PM
what needs welding on the frame?? could you send me some pics of it to kam_bc@hotmail.com, thnaks man

sj-x 500
08-10-2006, 10:59 PM
hey... was the old tranny an L43? if so, do you still have it??

08-11-2006, 10:05 AM
kamloopsyota - what needs welding on the frame?? could you send me some pics of it to kam_bc@hotmail.com, thnaks man

the frame needs to be plated by the front shackles, i welded all the inner frame rails when the cab was off, and the rear body mounts need to be re-welded on. i'm sure there are a few more places but 90% is already done.

sj-x 500 - hey... was the old tranny an L43? if so, do you still have it??

i'm not to sure, all i know is that the running truck has an 86 5 speed, and the 81 had a 4 speed.

I also have the 81 block,trans and t-case, 8 rancho shocks 4 fronts and 4 rears, a nice roll bar with two lights on it, a tube front bumper, 2 rear drive shafts and 1 more front. first 1500 takes it all

08-11-2006, 12:34 PM
would you finish welding for some extra $$$$$, ive got no access to a welder haha

sj-x 500
08-11-2006, 06:32 PM
does it have a removable bell housing?

08-12-2006, 10:01 AM
I don't really have time to work on the truck anymore otherwise i would just finish it, i'm also selling my full size pickup too.

sj-x 500
08-13-2006, 11:07 AM
shifty could you check if the tranny on the 81 had a removable housing? if it does i could really use it

08-13-2006, 05:00 PM
If it was an '81 and it was a 4 speed then it was a L43. I have a L43 sitting in my driveway right now, just dropped it out of my '78 2WD. [1c]

sj-x 500
08-13-2006, 05:12 PM
if it was an 81, it "could" have been a L45 with a non removable bell. but if you are sure you have an L43, wanna sell'er? :D

10-07-2006, 11:06 PM
well i decided to finish this truck after all, heres where i'm at..

if you didn't read the whole post, its an 86 ext cab on an 81 reg cab s.b frame.

does anyone know where i can get a passenger side door and a driver side fender?


10-08-2006, 12:00 AM
thats a nutty build so many ups and down good pics way to go lota's wrk there

10-21-2006, 12:00 AM
nice truck but I like the yellow cuda in the backgraound of that last pic too

10-21-2006, 05:02 AM
actually, its a challenger rt, we bought it off ebay and its for sale.

10-21-2006, 07:14 AM
how much for the girl???????????????

10-21-2006, 10:00 AM
man if i only had 15hundie lying around that would be gone looks pretty good man that was a good build up thread [cheers]

10-21-2006, 08:33 PM
Looks cool with the xtra cab onthe short frame.

10-22-2006, 10:55 AM
hury up and get er done we go wheeling around enderby a few times a year

G-rizzle Swank
10-22-2006, 11:49 AM
looks good dude, keep it up

10-22-2006, 03:48 PM
I also have the 81 block,trans and t-case, 8 rancho shocks 4 fronts and 4 rears, a nice roll bar with two lights on it, a tube front bumper, 2 rear drive shafts and 1 more front. first 1500 takes it all

roll bar, could you send some pictures to s10chevster_87@hotmail.com
and how much do you want for it?

10-23-2006, 12:45 AM
i'm gonna end up using the rollbar now that i'm finishing the truck, i'm workin my ass off to get it done can't wait to just drive the damn thing farther than the tire store with my shop plate. i really need a drivers side fender and a passenger door so i can start the body work.

10-23-2006, 12:46 AM
are you still moving? if not get her done for the kelowna toy run

10-23-2006, 12:23 PM
i'm trying to, what was the date on that again?

by the way, my sister is not for sale.

10-23-2006, 04:31 PM
nov 26th............20

02-13-2007, 12:09 PM
looks like my hosting quit on me for the previous pics, but here are a few newer ones that i found.. this is where its at for now.


02-13-2007, 07:52 PM
looks good dude, looks really good

02-14-2007, 10:22 AM
thanks, its getting a deck in the next couple days should have some pics of that, still lookin for a rim like that though, missing one.

02-14-2007, 05:49 PM
Can you update the pics of your sister too?