Out with the old, in with the Tacoma ute...

Lumberjack

Adventurer
Hey Tyler... lookin good, I'm thinkin on the same lines if I can get my Jeep sold. A full size regular with a high top shell, an elevated bed platform so I can put my old ARB fridge underneath and still be able to sit up without hitting my head. What are your plans for the inside?

How's that welder working for you? Sure do miss it:( I've heard working with aluminum is tricky...
 

Youngunner

Adventurer
Best thing I have ever bought! I have made a roof rack, rear bumper/tire carrier, light bar, rock sliders, modified suspension, subframe connectors and suspension parts for my 69 Plymouth...the list goes on and on! Now I have the spoolgun working for this project. The aluminum is very tricky. Some welds are excellent, some need grinding and re-doing!
 

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Youngunner

Adventurer
Added a 1x2" aluminum support for the extra roof load:
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Cut down the side doors and added side windows with vents:
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Youngunner

Adventurer
Cut down the side doors by removing the outer skin, modifying the frame and re-placing the skin:
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I added reinforcements to the roof and fabricated mounts for an FJ Cruiser Bajarack:
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jagular7

Adventurer
You have some great ideas and matching skills with using a welder for multiple metals.

For your topper, have you thought of integrating the RTT into the top of the topper to make an adlib flip-pac? That way you won't have to 'exit' the sleep area to get back into your topper, nor have to reach through the vent.

I've got a commercial topper as well, though its an enclosed 1pc fiberglass unit. I'm planning out the tilt pop-top for it and will be looking into adding a fold out RTT style sleep area off that. Need the standing room inside, then the 'sleep loft' for when I need extra sleeping space or camping base shelf space.
 
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Youngunner

Adventurer
1" Foam insulation. Kept the shell temperate in almost every condition except Vegas mid-summer.
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Inner skin and front and rear windows added:
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chasespeed

Explorer
Keep it up man! I'm itching to mess with mine.....

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Youngunner

Adventurer
Rear brake lights, backup lamps and red/white dome lights installed:
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****I stripped off the old black, sticky sealant from ALL panels and edge mouldings and re-sealed with 3m 4000 UV made for RVs/boats. Has been fantastic!


PAINTING! PPG/Omni epoxy primer topped with silver to match the Tacoma. You can see the mounting pads for the roof rack and the RV escape hatch I installed. Works great for ventilation and access to the roof top tent.
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