“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m not going to lie to you, some people might not find this post interesting.  Sad face.  For the rest of you out there who are interested in exhaust pipes, gauges, and fiberglass fenders this post is for you!  The next build post should be about the 22RE engine install so stay tuned!  We hit the road in 40 days!

Exhaust Install

I would have preferred to have a Doug Thorley Tri-Y header to 2.25″ exhaust, but the budget wasn’t having any of it. I replaced the front pipe with a Walker stock replacement pipe and adapted that to a 2.25″ custom catback. All it took was a 10″ offset (two 30 degree bends) in a length of 2.25″ exhaust pipe to connect the cat to the muffler. I’m running a short length of straight pipe out the back, but will need a small bend in it to clear the rear bumper that will eventually get built and installed.

For $210 we’ve got a new exhaust system that will flow better (and sound better) than stock. The truck is nice and quiet until you get on the wood.  We’ll definitely get some video happening soon so you can hear what it sounds like!



Gauge Install

I had to cut out the bottom of the ashtray to mount the gauges here, but this really was the only option for a relatively clean install. I’ll connect the gauges when I install the new motor.


Fender Install

  • Toyota Fiberglass High Clearance Fenders

Corey from Toyota Fiberglass shipped us these High-Clearance fiberglass fenders on a rush so we could install them on the truck this weekend. I cleaned up the edges and the seam from where the molds come together and then drilled some holes to fit to mount these badboys. There was enough material left on the back edge of the fenders to massage the gaps just right. These fenders seem to fit much better than repro stamped steel pieces I’ve used in the past!



Painting the fenders was pretty far down my priority list so I was pretty stoked when my sister sent this photo to me.  Apparently my Dad thought the fenders looked a little ghetto, so he did a quick sand and paint job.  Looks wicked now!


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