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Full Body Swap 2000 Tundra??

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by Prestovie, Oct 12, 2018 at 10:20 AM.

  1. Oct 12, 2018 at 10:20 AM
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    Prestovie

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    Hey guys just wondering how difficult you think it would be to do a full body swap onto my 2000 Tundra's frame?
    Found a donor with 445k miles for a couple grand, the paint is rough but there doesn't seem to be any rust from the pictures, and anything is gonna be in better condition than my rolled body lol.
    I personally don't have the tools with me at school, or the space, to do it myself, so how much do you think someone would charge to do the job?
    This is of course assuming that my frame is still okay, had a pretty good view of it while it was on its side and everything seemed to be in check, but still want to get it checked out by somebody in case I'm missing something.
    Thoughts? I'd rather spend the $2k on the donor truck plus the $2k(?) on the installation than $10k+ on a whole new truck.
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  2. Oct 12, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    There's another member here who did it recently. Took him a couple of weeks. Wish I could find the thread.
     
  3. Oct 12, 2018 at 10:31 AM
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  4. Oct 12, 2018 at 10:52 AM
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  5. Oct 12, 2018 at 10:59 AM
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    i dunno man. sometimes it's better to let it go.
    that's a lot of work plus unable to drive the truck for some time and I will never be the same no matter what.
     
  6. Oct 12, 2018 at 11:26 AM
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    15whtrd

    15whtrd I tried being reasonable, but I didn't like it.

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    How about buy the donor truck, but instead put your suspension on it as well as engine and drivetrain.
     
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  7. Oct 12, 2018 at 12:29 PM
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    Prestovie

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    Oh dang that's awesome, thanks for linking it! Love how that blue turned out, has me drooling
    I'd definitely consider it, but I'm not sure which way is going to be cheaper.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2018 at 12:30 PM
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    I mean I already can't drive the truck right now which is killing me so it wouldn't be that big of a change. I also don't know if I can afford to just let go of it, trying to find the cheapest option to get it back on the road and through this winter. I've got a BMW back in Chicago that I'm trying to prevent having to take out here
     
  9. Oct 12, 2018 at 1:09 PM
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    My RA for my dorm's dad actually owns a shop in town so I just gave him a call, said kinda what I was already expecting that the body swap would be a little cheaper than the power plant swap because I'd have to move over the diff's and axle housings on top of that, quoted around $2k which is in my opinion not that awful, kinda what I was expecting
     
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    What's wrong with the donor?
     
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    I think it would be a fun project. But as I've aged gracefully, life has taught me, sometimes its just better to let it go and start fresh.
     
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  12. Oct 13, 2018 at 12:56 PM
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    Twinky Keep the shinny side up!

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    Yeah, other than the mileage being pretty high. Does the donor still run?

    And a couple grand for a donor, plus the $2k labour for the body swap, seems like you arent that far away from getting an older but still decent truck that runs now.

    A quick google search and based off my area, $5,500 03 prerunner tacoma popped up.
     
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  13. Oct 13, 2018 at 1:23 PM
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    Other than the mileage the frame was never replaced through the recall because Montana doesn't get enough salt to warrant it, seller claims it's still in good condition but that would worry me. He says he's narrowed down a grinding noise to the rear brakes somewhere but never got around to fixing it. No clue when timing was done last because he's only had the truck for two years, but he says the transmission had to have been replaced because it shifts better than his 2004 tundra. Shift lever came off so you have to reach into the column and shift it with some sort of wires(?).
     
  14. Oct 13, 2018 at 1:27 PM
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    Honestly I'd been looking at Tacoma's these past few weeks, and while they're great trucks I could only afford a first gen with higher miles. My goal in all of this is to not have to sell my BMW to fund the new project, but I can get by right now if I do this swap. I'm sitting at a current budget of about $5k without selling the BMW. Figured I've already gotten to know this platform and put a decent amount of money into it, can't see myself just chucking all the parts and work I've put into it recently.
     
  15. Oct 13, 2018 at 2:01 PM
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  16. Oct 13, 2018 at 2:20 PM
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    Ah, I see you're also a man of culture lol, but I've got an 04 330i ZHP. If I didn't live in Montana I would just cut my losses and bring the Bimmer to school. Honestly if I didn't find this donor truck my next step would be buying winter tires IMG_1269 (1).jpg
     
  17. Oct 13, 2018 at 3:03 PM
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    Twinky Keep the shinny side up!

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    I can understand that.
     
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    That grinding from the rear brakes is probably the wheel bearings.
     
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    I’d buy the “doner” swap your nice parts over, keep the rollover for other parts, as drive the piss out of it. You can always do a frame swap later in if you encounter rust issues or feel the need to.
     
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  20. Oct 13, 2018 at 10:51 PM
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    I'm just not sure how much life it has left with 445k on the clock
     
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    Oh that makes sense, won't be bothering me when I just take the body off of that one though lol
     
  22. Oct 14, 2018 at 5:55 AM
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    I guess, but if you have an entire parts truck who cares?
    Do a compression check, make sure everything is in order. That should make your decision.
     
  23. Oct 14, 2018 at 6:47 AM
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    Seems like your truck rolled because you had no spare tire or muffler underneath acting as counterweights.
     
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