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My 2001 TRD Access Cab Repair/Modify Thread

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by N84434, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. Oct 22, 2020 at 7:28 PM
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    Ahhh, that stuff *IS* rubberized, and not generally recommended for protecting frames/underbody coating.

    This is the stuff I originally looked into, the "rust encapsulator" product:
    https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-rust-encapsulator-black-aerosol-15-ounce.html
     
  3. Oct 23, 2020 at 1:25 PM
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    Well, I'm back in business..

    I swapped out the radiator and found the reason the previous one failed. I must have dinged the old radiator either when I removed it, or while it was sitting in my garage when I was replacing the TB. It was leaking from the core (small hole).


    It took about an hour to swap it out, since I cleaned the front of the engine and the skid plate.

    Pics


    Here's the old one. You can see where the coolant was escaping from. It was running down to the bottom and then dripping onto the skid plate.
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    New radiator installed and engine is all cleaned up
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    And I finally finished detailing the engine cover and got it installed.
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    After I finished filling the radiator and overflow tank, I took it for a good long drive and all is well. No leaks, no drips.

    So, I'm at a point where I can enjoy it and start putting some miles on it..:thumbsup:
     
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  4. Oct 26, 2020 at 5:19 PM
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    Absolutely awesome job getting all this done!
     
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  5. Oct 26, 2020 at 7:26 PM
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    Thanks much Mikey
     
  6. Oct 31, 2020 at 5:15 PM
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    Well, I came home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon.

    Probably the worst week of my life (so far, that is...) The operation went well and I can say I'm kidney stone free, but the recovery turned into a real mess. I won't bore everyone with the details, but I'm glad this is almost over.

    I had the Tundra parked inside the garage this week, so my wife could use my car, and it would stay out of her way. Feeling a little better today, so I felt up to walking out to the truck for a few minutes and the first thing I noticed was a puddle of ATF under the engine, and the PS reservoir was empty. Something leaked out of somewhere. I took a very brief glance from the top, and nothing was obvious, so this will require some further trouble shooting... I won't be up for crawling under for at least a week or more, so she's gonna sit for a while...
     
  7. Oct 31, 2020 at 5:22 PM
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    I’m guessing its the hose connection from rez to the backside of the pump. Mine got stretched when pulling the pump off the post. Didn’t realize to disconnect the rez by loosing the nuts at the rez which gives more play until the stretching messed with the Mojo on the spring clamp. Ended up using a SS plumbing clamp for a win.

    Hope you heal fast!
     
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  8. Oct 31, 2020 at 5:58 PM
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    Thanks much Fred. You may be correct about the return hose. I'm not too worried about it right now, or more to the point, my body is telling me "Don't worry about it!"

    I hate just sitting, but I have to heal.
     
  9. Nov 11, 2020 at 3:00 PM
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    Well, I'm finally feeling up to tackling this power steering failure, so I bought a new pump, Reservoir hose and Air Valve. Pump change is Pretty easy on the 2UZ..
    Once I got the pump off, I could see that the front seal on the pump failed and blew ATF all over the place..

    I got everything reinstalled and the only snag was tracking down a new Banjo fitting washer for the Pressure hose coming off the pump. I ended up using copper crush washers from NAPA. They "found" a pair of washers from a supposedly open power steering hose kit....:hattip:

    So, it's finally ready for the road.



    Here's the old pump as I was getting it removed.
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    And the new pump going in...
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    It took some time to bleed all the air out of the system, but after driving it around for a while, it seems to be bubble free and it has quieted down.

    Man, I love this truck.....:thumbsup:
     
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  10. Nov 11, 2020 at 3:47 PM
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    Amazing work.. makes me really miss my 2001. The 1st Gens are the best IMO, great engine, perfect overall size for around town driving.

    Hey, i see you have the 2015 Chevy Volt. How you like? i hear the mpg's in that car are amazing. i've considered one but i've heard a few negatives. seems like they have a cult following
     
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  11. Nov 11, 2020 at 4:07 PM
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    Thanks Navi.. It's been fun rebuilding this thing. Can't believe it's been almost a year!

    yeah, the Volt's been a decent car. I bought it 2 years ago with 19,000 miles and it just hit 92,000 miles. I commute to work, which is about 78 miles each way, so I've been averaging about 37,000 miles a year. The car has been reliable. It gets 40+ miles on the battery, and another 400 miles on gas.
    Not sure what negatives there are, though. It definitely is a car with a cult following. Not a car for everyone. I like the fact that I can use it on my weekends, and not burn any gas, but I don't have the range anxiety you might have with a full EV during my commute.
     
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  12. Nov 11, 2020 at 7:38 PM
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    Glad to see you're up and about, Jim.
    I'll bet your truck hasn't been this happy since it was new!
     
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  13. Nov 11, 2020 at 8:15 PM
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    Thanks Mikey. Yeah it always makes me wonder how someone can spend 26,000-ish dollars on a truck, own it for 19 years, and do little to no maintenance on it. And yet, the truck has survived...

    Time to enjoy it now!
     
  14. Nov 16, 2020 at 8:30 PM
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    Have you been to the land cruiser forums? I have a '99 I picked up from the second owners and it is a total mess.
    So naturally i'm looking for an equally thrashed tundra to compliment it.
    Love seeing these bring back to life threads, good work!!
     
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  15. Nov 18, 2020 at 4:42 AM
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    Thanks much, IV... I was originally looking for a LC or an LX470 when I started looking into a project. I love the LX (as a long time Lexus fanboi) but the initial cost was too prohibitive, and I really needed a truck more than an SUV. So, I got the same powertrain from the LX in a more useable package. Just not as nice...

    On a side note, I went back to work yesterday and decided to take the truck. My 158 mile commute averaged 15.3 mpg. I was expecting much worse. Granted I kept it around 63 mph the whole time....:turtleride:
     
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  16. Nov 18, 2020 at 4:56 AM
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    Damn it. I wish I had those skills. It’s the only thing keeping me from driving the Tundra another 10 years. My rot is from the inside of the boxed frame rails behind the front doors eating through the bottom from Toyota’s frame treatment (never again).

    Quote to repair...$2000!

    Great job, BTW.
     
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  17. Nov 18, 2020 at 5:09 AM
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    Thanks Jack. I'm no journeyman welder. At best I'm in line with a farm welder.... My frame around the box sections was pretty bad as well. I bought the frame repair Safe-T-Caps from Autorust.com (480.00) Super nice fit and easy to weld in place.

    It's not too difficult, really. I bought a bunch of sheet steel and started practicing. I haven't welded since the early 90's, so it took a minute to get back into the swing. I picked up a Flux Core welder on Ama-zon for 180 bucks and it did a bang up job. I almost want to find another one and do it again next year, but once is enough for me...
     
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  18. Nov 18, 2020 at 3:02 PM
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    I just checked that autorust.com site for the Safe-T-Caps; looks like they have already have premade sections that would cover the underside of the frame up front. Fantastic find!

    This gives me new hope that I may still be able to salvage the vehicle beyond a few years. I was considering on taking an autobody repair class which included frame cutting/welding, but now I might just be able to pay $450 for the set and pay a welder to do the work (hopefully).

    Just buying new tires recently was a fiasco requiring 2 trips. The first trip to change out the rear tires, me rotating the new tires to the front by jacking the front crossmember, and a return trip to change out the rotated rear tires again. If they had used a lift instead to do it in one shot, I ran the risk of damaging the frame even further with the weight.
     
  19. Nov 18, 2020 at 4:57 PM
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    I was so relieved to find that company. I called out there and spoke with the owner and he was very helpful and answered all my questions. I was more than happy to send my money their way...

    Good call on not putting the truck on a lift just yet.....
     
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  20. Dec 12, 2020 at 4:03 PM
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    Well, I've been driving the truck somewhat regularly for the last month and here are a few observations.

    I'm finding it's not the most comfortable vehicle to ride in while I'm still recovering from my kidney surgery. The seats are in good shape, as far as support, but the handful of times I've driven it down to O'Hare for work, my lower back is relatively sore after the hour or so drive. Some of that still has to do with healing from my surgery last month, so I'm confident that the comfort level will improve.

    I'm pleasantly surprised with the fuel economy. I use Fuelly to track my fuel use and the latest refill shows pretty decent economy. The OBD app I use has shown pretty good results as well.

    Heres a screen shot from my Fuelly app

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    And here's the OBD app screenshot.. I tend to stay in the right lane so my average speed is lower. The tires I have are oversized, so there's a 3-4 mph difference between indicated speed and actual speed.

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    I assumed that I'd be struggling to hit 15 MPG, and my average is well above that. And my instant on the freeway is hovering around 20 MPG..

    Keep in mind my commute is 95% freeway...
     
  21. Dec 12, 2020 at 4:35 PM
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    Awesome on getting better MPG’s than expected. I’m looking at your Coolant Temp of 192° with Intake Air Temp 41°. The Coolant Temp is not bad, but makes me wonder as you have a new Radiator.

    I’m trying to understand these Coolant variations. My old Coolant Temps were 195-201° before a new Radiator and dropped to 183-185° with a New Radiator. My truck hasn’t seen less than 45° Intake Temp and the Coolant maxes at 186° for a few seconds regardless of Ambient Temps 45°-95°.

    Only thing I’ve done differently is added the missing lower Radiator Shroud, added some foam directional damming, and the Prestone Coolant Flush.
     
  22. Dec 12, 2020 at 4:42 PM
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    Honestly, I didn't even think about the temps. It's a 190 degree T-stat, and the temp tends to hover around 190, fluctuating between 190 and 194. There's plenty of airflow Through the rad, so I assumed the temp would be normal.
     
  23. Dec 12, 2020 at 4:49 PM
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    Yeah. My t-stat is the 180° OEM one. Didn’t know they made a higher one.
     
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  24. Dec 12, 2020 at 4:51 PM
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    Hmmmm......Now you've got me wondering... :confused:
     
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    Yep. To be specific, I believe its a 179° open.
     
  26. Dec 12, 2020 at 8:10 PM
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    So, I looked back through my receipts and I bought the OEM t-stat and it's rated 180 degrees...

    Now wondering why my temps are hovering at 190.. Failing temp sensor perhaps?
     
  27. Dec 13, 2020 at 5:07 AM
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    Not sure. When I got my Torque App and started monitoring my temps were 195-200° which I thought normal as another members seemed to be in the same ballpark range. Now with the new everything its nailed at 183-185° tight range (even towing heavy loads).
     
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  28. Dec 13, 2020 at 6:18 AM
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    FWIW the needle is right dead nuts in the center of the gauge when it's warmed up. That gauge is a little ambiguous though..
     
  29. Dec 13, 2020 at 6:22 AM
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    Yeah. My needle is in the same spot as it always has been. That Torque App is pretty specific. I would never have known any better just relying on the truck needle gauge. From what I’ve heard, anything under 210° is not a problem. The cooler the better though. I’m just trying to identify what made my temps go down.
     
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    I'll have to look into it. Not overly worried about it, but as you said, the cooler the better...
     

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