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keep the 1980 20 80.00%
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Old November 20th, 2009, 03:10 PM   #1
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1980 4x4 short box frame
1987 ex cab
350 t350 trand and np205 tcase with slip yoke
5.29 gears

new plans: moved body down 2'' and back 3''
moved motor, trans, and tcase back 3''
added 1980 front fenders and hood


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Old November 20th, 2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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In my opinion- any time you can retro-fit a newer/older front clip or bed and all the body lines end up looking correct, go fo it!!!! It will give it a unique look and make 1 heck of a conversation piece!!!

I like it!!!!
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Old November 20th, 2009, 03:24 PM   #3
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In my opinion- any time you can retro-fit a newer/older front clip or bed and all the body lines end up looking correct, go fo it!!!! It will give it a unique look and make 1 heck of a conversation piece!!!

I like it!!!!
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I was bored last night.

I had to do something with the front of the fenders because I moved the body back. It gives it that stretched front look. I thought it looked better than the stock fenders.

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Old November 20th, 2009, 03:27 PM   #4
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keep the 80 looks much better
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Old November 20th, 2009, 10:54 PM   #5
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I just came in from working on the yota and I dont think the fenders are going to work. I think they drop down to far in the front. I dont know if I want to put the radiator in the back of the truck. I measured the space I will have and it will leave me with a radiator 19'' tall and 19'' wide. I am going to see if I can find a radiator that will work.

Any ideas of something with a radiator that is about the right size and the outlets will work for a sbc PM me.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 09:55 AM   #6
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I am thinking about ditching the 5.29 gears. I am only going to run 33''-35'' tires now. I am either going to try to swap the 5.29's off for 4.88's or just go back to the stock 4.10's or 4.30's I have. If I keep the 5.29 I will change the trans and tcase to a 700r4 np208 combo.

Back to the radiator issue. I am will go with a rear radiator if I can not find a radiator that will work in the front. I LIKE THE NEW FRONT CLIP.

I went out last night and started measuring for the me body mounts. I am going to wait till I get a billet distibutor to finish mounting the body. I might move it forward a little.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 01:44 PM   #7
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i like the 80 front better, nice looking truck
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Old December 15th, 2009, 02:12 AM   #8
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ok i surrender my body work is lacking ..... well talent ............. gonna just put the old hood on it and cut up the old fenders......





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Old December 15th, 2009, 05:05 AM   #9
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dude - we need pix.



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Old January 17th, 2010, 08:40 PM   #10
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i cut the 1986 hood just after the hinge leaving a little extra of the lower supports underneath. then trimmed the 1980 hood. used part of the 1986 fenders to get the area that the fender, door, windshield and cowl come together to look right. this also gives me a few extra inches of length in hopes of still putting the radiator in front. my welds suck on the sheet metal so i am just trying to attache them enough to remove them to have someone else finish it for me.

and yes i know that a big gap between the fender. i had planned on giving. i started to head in another direction but, ... well i still like the look

the red you see on the hood and fenders is chalk line. all cuts where made by hand with a jig saw

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Old January 19th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #11
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got a little done on the passenger fender tonight. i will try to get pics tomorrow. the passenger fender looks a lot better than the drivers side. i am sure glad i am just gonna flop it on its side eventually.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 11:49 PM   #12
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I like the 1980 front if you can make it look good. Also avoid the rear radiator at all cost in my opinion, not worth the effort unless this is going to be a mud bog only truck. The extra plumbing and headache of getting enough airflow and all of the air out of the system.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 02:44 PM   #13
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i got a quick question. do you by any chance happen to know what the interior width of your toyota would be.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:06 PM   #14
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the dash is about 52 inches. the cab itself is about 54 inches (i measure that behind the seats door to door)


cage kit i looked at but, i think i am going to have one built instead
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Thanks i just sent you a pm about it just before I read this.
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