thanks man!I love your bed, as a Texan transplanted to Tennessee I feel this.
using clay after washing removes stuck on contaminates that embed into the paint or that are more stuck on than normal washing can remove. things like pieces of metal or glass stuck in the clear coat, tar or overspray stuck to the paint, etc. this keeps you from picking up those things up in your compounding and polishing pads, where they can scratch the clear coat.Nice job. Sorry your not still here in NV, you could have coached be on waxing. What is the clay for?
haha thanks man! i really need to get back out and do some wheeling and camping. i've been missing dirt roads and campfires.Shirlee is a sweetheart for sure. Tip of the hat to your build. Damn, your dad could be my brother.
You are an Overlander after my own heart! I like to think things out, and come up with a build plan. Your thread reminds me of mine: 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Build You mentioned wanting to gain new skills in the garage, but from what I've seen so far you're pretty handy with a wrench! The t-chain is one that scares off lots of folks, but you jumped right in and got it done. I guess you're already back in Austin, but before it looked like you were hitting the Tahoe NF a lot, which is one of my favorite places to be. I'm sure Austin has plenty to offer within a few hours as well.Hey guys!
I just moved to Reno a couple of months ago from Austin.
I'm looking forward to having access to some great places to wheel, as well as mountain-bike, hike, camp, ski, fish, etc etc etc.
Now on to the truck!
This is Shirlee. She's a 91 Toyota Pickup. Pretty much stock except for a sub and head unit the PO installed.
Single cab short bed DLX
4 wheel drive
125000 miles at time of purchase, 128, 5xx now (3/1/18)
And now a couple more pictures.
The crispy clean interior on this truck was a huge reason I bought it.
All these were taken just a few days after I bought it and brought it home on the fourth of July.
My goal for this truck is to eventually build a capable rig that can handle trails, some crawling, and some desert bombing that's built for limited or lightweight overland/expo outings. I also want it to have enough road manners, power, reliability, comfort, economy, and novel modularity to be a potential daily when needed.
I want to use this project to gain new skills (in the garage and behind the wheel) and test out engineering and product ideas and concepts.
This will take some real time to get through and build it like I want. I don't cut corners and I do my best to do things right the first time.
I have a rough outline of how I want it to go, in phases.
Phase 1: Road worthy
- reinstall smog stuff
- NV plates and whatnot
- new battery, big 3 or 4 upgrade
- finish fluids replacement, all redline stuff
- basic tune up stuff (plugs, wires, belts, rotor and cap, filters, etc.)
- pads and rotors, shoes and drums if needed
- brake and clutch bleeds
- new 22re sticker
- wheels and tires
- shift bushings
- diff and t-case breathers
- pait bed/clear bedliner
- lots of odds and ends
Phase 1.5: comfy/less slowly but still Shirlee
- sound system upgrade from "just a little bump" to delicious sound quality
- bed storage and organization system
- in cab organization
- soft topper or something similar, or custom
- new seats
- bearings, bushings, engine and cab mounts
- any retroactive replacement/upgrade opportunities
- performance upgrades for the motor, but small stuff (cleaned out injectors, headers and exhaust, intake side swap, etc.)
- new side graphics and tailgate logo
- headlights, side markers, etc. in a slightly different configuration
Phase 2: trail rated
- i'll have to flesh this out later
- includes rtt, suspension upgrades, rear discs and upgrades all around, lockers, bumpers, winch, armor, etc.
- lots of fun ideas for this one
Phase 3: go faster
- diesel swap (edit: no diesel swaps in reno or vegas apparently :( )
- looks like a 3.4, or a 7mgte swap instead - that's ok. i'll get fun spool-y and wastegate flutter sounds either way
----Slowly but surely it will get there and get me there----
Thanks for the kind words!!You are an Overlander after my own heart! I like to t... Texas? Maybe a RB2.8?