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...a kink in my build scenario...advice needed...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mikey_d05, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. mikey_d05

    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I was home on a Tuesday for the first time since school started so I decided to go my off road club's meeting...turns out there wasn't one so I dropped by another member's house to see what was up. He's huge into 'Yota's and you could probably build 10 complete trucks (not joking) from all the parts he has around...I mentioned my build plans and figured he'd be happy I was going to a Toyota frame and cab...not so. He basically called it a waste of time and weight if I'm gonna tube most of it and exo it.

    He has an '85 K5 frame in excellent shape that he just wants to get rid of that I can have for free. He suggested I take that and just swap my junk over so I'll have a roller and build from there...no cab, all tube. I'm seriously considering it after he proved to me how f'in heavy a truck cab is, and then demonstrated how light .120 wall tube is in comparison.

    Sooo...after bull****ting with him for a couple three hours I'm seriously considering scrapping the Toy frame, switching my junk over to a clean K5 frame, boxing it, and throwing lots of tube at it...it'd be more buggy than truggy, but a lot easier to initially set the drivetrain in and make a roller out of (very important in my situation). The interior and finish would be more involved however since I'd be making it all from scratch instead of having a cab to start with.

    Any suggestions? :doah:
     
  2. BranndonC

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    wrong forum, lol i've seen chit chat in teh garage, but usualy not the other way around. Good luck with what ever you choose
     
  3. mikey_d05

    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    There really isn't any tech to this...and even though fewer answers are generated in the lounge they're usually thought out instead of off the cuff b.s.
     
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    i would use the k5 frame and the firewall and vin plate of some random truck. that way it can still have a title, and maybe driven on the street from time to time.

    just think its cool to see "street legal" tube monsters.
     
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    I wouldnt bother boxing the frame if you're going to tube it out anyway. The full body tubing will stiffen the frame to the point where it will bend little to not at all. I like the idea of sticking with a fullsize and cutting it down. Starting with a yota or jeep and building it up is usually more expensive.
     
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    I feel
     
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    I feel the same. Build urself a buggy that still has a k5 as its heart and soul
     
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    I dont give a **** what you do aslong as you make up your damn mind and bring it over here when its done:wink1:
     
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    Go K5 frame and tube/cage. I think it will be faster, easier, and cheaper than modding the yota. And you lose some of the VIN issues. If you need some HP call me...I might have deal.
    George
     
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    i eat remotes and build houses out of guitar cases.
     
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    i dont get it.
     
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    Sean has vowed to have the last word in all threads I start from now on. I refuse to give him the satisfaction. :D
     
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    make a decision yet?
     
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    I'll throw a coat of paint on the 'yota frame and put it in the shed like I orignally planned, doesn't take up any space if I throw it under my truck.

    In the long run, I'll probably stick with a K-frame. Strip it, box it, tube it, skin it...hopefully it'll come out fairly light. It's easier to setup for now and if I just tube the whole thing there's no width penalty for sticking with a fullsize frame.

    I still need about $2k in tools though. :doah:
     
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    What kind of tools do you need Mikey............
    George
     
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    mike and tools lol? this kid pays to have everything done :p:
     
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    K5 frame, Chevy pickup cab, tube truggy bed behind the cab, and all the rest of the guts from your current rig.
     
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    i agree with your yota friend.. go with the k5 frame...

    Just my opinion.... but... I hope you put some skins on your buggy... buggies are definataly the way to go.. but i think they look a lot better with some sort of Skins on them be it a from a k5. or yota. or a jeep... etc etc,,,
     

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