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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. Dec 14, 2020 at 7:56 AM
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    All 3 first gens I've owned have been between 190-194. Two of them had brand new radiators and thermostats. I think PHM just has a special deal with the radiator cooling karma gods.
     
  2. Dec 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM
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    My truck runs 188 if its really cold out but normally I see 190-192 cruising.
     
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  3. Dec 14, 2020 at 2:14 PM
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    I’m wondering if the Lower Temp Mojo is in the Prestone Flush? All things considered this is the only thing different I’ve done compared to everyone here (unless you guys have and didn’t say I wouldn’t know). I never did one before so have no baseline comparison.

    Reviewers stated higher Heater/Blower Temps and lower rad temps with the oils and light rust being removed. Some reviewers said did not do a thing. I’ll take a freebie when I can get it. Like I said I thought 195-200° was normal.

    ***Edit: Nothing was wrong with the old radiator. I even cut into it for inspection. Looked brand new inside on the section that was cut up.
     
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  4. Dec 14, 2020 at 5:06 PM
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    Ran some errands today and even got the truck washed! Im loving this snow-less December here in Wisconsin...
    Anywho, I did notice the overflow tank was pretty much dry this morning, so I bought a gallon of Zerex 50/50 and filled it to the line. I wonder if my radiator was a little low? Driving around the temps stayed around 184-186, but did venture up near 190 as well.

    I don't know.... I'm calling it good...:thumbsup:
     
  5. Dec 15, 2020 at 8:41 AM
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    I didn't do the prestone flush on either of my radiator replacements so maybe that is what did it. (I still think it's the cooling gods you gained favor with)
     
  6. Dec 15, 2020 at 8:45 AM
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    Yes. And everyones ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ for a cooler globe are helping. I feel bad for all those years of having a hot radiator. I think the Horned Chick Pea Harvest will be better this year.
     
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  7. Dec 17, 2020 at 8:29 PM
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    Wow that was an interesting read and impressive work! I don't have those skills and applaud you.

    In one post you mentioned converting the interior lights to LED, I just bought a 2003 Limited 4x4 StepSide and the lights in the center stack are really dim even with the brightness at full, might even have a few dead so I would like to fix that and would go LED when I crack it open.

    If you did this LED conversion do you have any details about the bulb sizes needed? Where you got them? Any help really would be appreciated. If not no worries, I will use the search tool and am sure to find something here.

    Again, good work!
     
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  8. Dec 18, 2020 at 5:26 AM
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    Thanks much. With the onset of winter here in Wisconsin, I've decided to forgo swapping the interior lights until next spring. I will be posting the work here in my thread, but there are a number of really good threads that discuss interior LED swaps already.

    Search and ye shall find...
     
  9. Dec 23, 2020 at 6:01 AM
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    Short update here.
    I had a headlight burn out, so I picked up some LEDs for the Tundra. I'm very Happy with the output. They do a great job of illuminating the road and the beam seems to sit low, so I'm not blinding drivers in front of me:thumbsup:

    here's a couple pics I grabbed last night taking the trash can out...

    You can see where the beam cuts off on the tree.

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    This next shot is not the best photo, as this makes them look much brighter than they are.

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  10. Dec 23, 2020 at 7:07 AM
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    Which LED Headlight bulbs did you go with?
     
  11. Dec 23, 2020 at 8:02 AM
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  12. Dec 23, 2020 at 8:46 AM
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    Thank you! Merry Christmas!
     
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  13. Jan 12, 2021 at 1:22 PM
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    Time for a mid-winter update... the trucks been running great. About a week ago, I noticed a slight oil smell while driving.

    You guessed it. Valve covers started seeping. I figured I'd just tighten the bolts a little and buy myself some time.

    The first bolt I started snugging up snapped right off...:frusty:

    At that point I knew I was going to replace the gaskets, so I figured I'd remove the VCs and get ready for the inbound parts.
    I ended up snapping a total of 8 bolt heads off while removing the covers...:annoyed: I was able to use an easy out on 2 of them to remove the remaining bolt, but the other 6 I had to drill out and re-tap. Unbelievable.

    It took me most of yesterday to drill out the bolt remnants and tap the holes. Working in a 35 degree garage was not fun, but I made the best of it.

    I slopped some paint on the covers just to freshen them up and ended up replacing the worst of the hardware for the coils and Valve covers.

    This morning I installed my newly acquired Tonneau Cover the Festivus Trolls left me, and went for a shake down run. Got home and had no drips, no leaks and no smells..:thumbsup:

    On to the pictures.....

    This was after snapping the heads off on the first few bolts on the driver side.
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    After getting the cover off, it was time to repair... Tapping the holes...
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    And yet another hole that needed drilling and tapping. I saw those markings on the intake cam, and was wondering what they referenced? Any thoughts?
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    Here it is all back together.
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    The bed cover was a breeze to install, and it looks pretty good on there.
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    Here's to many more months of enjoyment!:cheers:
     

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