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    1985 Toyota Sunrader 4x4
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  1. I would love that! It was a definite bummer we couldn’t meet up back then. We’ll be up in your neck of the woods this spring so hopefully we can make that happen and we’ll have our new home on wheels too! The taco was a way for us to get back on the road while we looked for a more permanent solution. It was amazing and we truly love that truck. MAK worked on it almost full time for those 9 months which was the main reason we aren’t STILL working on it. As for MAK’s dad (ha, glad you asked. Unsung hero), he’s been keeping busy in the shop making cutting boards and knives. They also bought a new boat and he’s been able to dive deep into his passion for fishing with all this new free time.
  2. Thanks a ton for the offer and what a deal! All this axle stuff is way over my head and it still very much is. Seeing the helpful responses here I can’t help but wonder “what if”. I’m glad to know that there are more options out their for people rebuilding than we originally thought. All this info is super useful and I think I’ll be passing it on to the new owners too. They bought it knowing there was work to do on the handling and all this could be immensely helpful.
  3. The power system was absolutely perfect. That is what I miss the most about it (although I could be a bit biased). We were never wanting for power and I LOVED that battery monitor and how could look at everything from my phone. Water was also good. The water pump we got was so much more quiet than the one the Sunrader came with. In hindsight I would have gotten a smaller water tank because the one we got barely fit in that space and it made running the water lines a little bit of a hassle. The extra breathing room would have been nice. We did have front and rear sway bars. In hindsight I would have stayed dually. The most important thing for us was changing the axle. We didn't want to put all this work in just for it to fail. I guess that would mean sourcing an old full float but I don't recall if the gear ratio is the same. We talked to a few people that managed this conversion to single wheel without the handling issues we experienced. So in an alternate hindsight universe I would have tried to drive it somewhere that might have some experience with that type of stuff. No one in Orlando had any idea what I was talking about.
  4. Excited to see how this turns out. You guys are doing awesome so far. It took me 8 months to finish editing video from our rebuild... 🤦‍♂️
  5. So as you may or may not know, we did end up selling Amelia, our 4x4 Sunrader. It's a long story that begins with the infamous axle. We converted to the full float in order to have all the wheels keep the same bolt pattern so that we would only need to carry one spare. We also did this so that the gear ratio of the rear axle would be the same as the front for the sake of 4WD. When this swap happened things never quite felt right again. She was really tippy. We took her to a shop that specialized in suspensions for large vehicles and had new leaf springs, bushings, and shocks put in. They also said that adding a timbren could help as well. Once we got her back with the new suspension she was significantly better but it still wasn't what we were hoping for. After a lot of debate we ultimately decided that we would put her up for sale. It was not the ending we had hoped for but in the end we grew and learned so much from this that we have no regrets. Our final video on Amelia goes into this a little bit more. If you guys have any more questions about the build PLEASE don't hesitate to ask. We are an open book and we really want to help as much as we possibly can. Thank you for following along through the process and hopefully we'll see you out on the road.
  6. Now on to the final reveal! As I said up there, we're super proud of how it turned out (and frankly, that we finished it). It took way longer than we had hoped but good things take time. We'll start with the interior. Then on to the exterior! If you want to see more about it and hear MAK speak about the final product you can watch it here:
  7. You can also see the whole build in video format at our youtube channel. Here's a link to the whole playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp6o3lmSj5tQ5XS7u64OTcH2gR1RCjxa1
  8. For those interested in nerding out over the electrical system, I wrote an in depth post about it. It covers everything from solar panel to battery monitor. http://www.boundfornowhere.com/blog2/2018/its-electric I also cover a lot of the same stuff in video format here:
  9. After the water tank was installed I set out to get the water pump in. Success! MAK being the artist that she is, was tasked with painting the curtains. She had done research online and found a way to add what's called a "resist" to the fabric so that she could achieve perfect stripes but also have a hand painted feel. With the curtains done, things were really coming together. Next we moved into finishing off the drawers by adding faces to the front with latches to lock them into place. MAK and her father finished up the driver side counter. I ran the propane line to our stove from the regulator. We then worked on adding new sensors to our grey water tank, sensors to our new fresh water tank, and installing a panel to keep track of them. This panel also is the home of the power switch for the water pump. At this point we had a few areas of exposed fiberglass on the interior still. We had been dreading tackling these areas as they weren't super straight forward. Eventually we powered through with a lot of help from MAK's father. After the finishing work was done on those bits of the ceiling we moved into the home stretch. We added a pelican storage box on top, some sand ladders below, another bookshelf, and a housing for USB outlets. Last but not least, we had some decals made to rep the 4x4 and our blog.
  10. Before diving into the drawers, we make some small bookshelves for the back wall. Then it was all hands on deck for getting the drawers for the lower cabinets done. At this time we also installed the faucet. The fridge got 150lb over travel sliders. That way it could come all the way out of its space so that it would be easier to open it. That was a big job. There were lots of little details in everything. It was a huge relief to finally have those in. During that whole process MAK also finished the back table and we installed our water tank.
  11. On to wheels and tires! Picked up some new 15" wheels and some beefier tires. We opted to go with 15"s to make things as easy on the engine as possible. In hindsight, maybe the 16"s would have been better because there are more options for heavier duty tires. The next task was painting some of the accessories black. That included the sideview mirrors (seen above), and the table leg holder. Next was a random smattering of smaller projects. This included finishing the back seats, adding a backsplash to the kitchen, making a paper towel holder, installing the hydraulic arms for the cabinets, and getting a mattress. We also focused on adding some trim work around the camper.
  12. Starting this one off with some work not done by us. Since we created a permanent bed structure we had some exposed plywood hanging out right over our heads. That wasn't going to cut it so we took the car to a professional upholsterer to take care of that and the wall at the front windows. Added bonus was that inside the cab the new fabric would allow us to stick our patch collection to it. We also installed the front wall panels on either side of the bed. Back to the kitchen. MAK finished the countertop with some poly and it looked fantastic. We installed the frame into the camper and started the final assembly. I continued to work on the electrical system by installing the components inside the back seat and doing some of the connecting. I also replaced both starter battery terminals as they were badly corroded and I suspected it was the cause of some weak starting. With our slightly altered design of the back seats we also needed some new cushions. We got some foam from Amazon and then cut them to the right size. Then we sent them off to an upholsterer to get a fresh new look.
  13. First up in this installment is insulating the floors and adding in our new cork floors. After the floors were in, we went to work on the rest of the walls in the back half of the camper. This was done in the same way as the back wall, so we added studs, insulation, cut the wall piece out, painted, and then installed. Next up: Working on the propane system. This began with installing a new regulator since we dropped down to one propane tank. When we installed the new regulator the old propane tank wouldn't fit (doh!). We decided it was about time to upgrade the tank anyway. Initially we went to West Marine and bought a tank that would fit but soon realized that it wasn't meant to lay on it's side so we returned that one and ended up ordering one online that was specifically for laying horizontally ($$$). Unfortunately, we don't have pictures of the new tank until the whole thing is done so you'll have to wait on those for now. Once all that was figured out we were able to install the box that would house the propane. Moving back inside, work commenced on the passenger side lower cabinets. This would be home to our stove top, sink, trash, and more storage. Also inside, I began some work on the electrical system. A little bit of planning goes a long way with this stuff and I did a LOT of planning. I also used this time to wire some lights that would illuminate the counter tops. Lastly for this post, MAK sewed up some insulated covers for the insides of the upper cabinets. She used a thick quilted fabric as well as more thinsulate. It was then adhered to the wall with velcro so that we could remove them to access wiring if we ever needed to.
  14. Back to the top cabinets! We moved into installing the doors and button latches. The doors are attached to the cabinet frame with piano hinges. The button latches ensure that they don't open up while we're driving. Once everything was put together it was time to install them! Don't worry we insulate that wall in the back of the cabinets (still to come). Back to the back seats. For these we also used piano hinges and hydraulic arms to hold them up. This made it way easier to access the storage underneath them. We added finger holes so that they could be easily lifted and painted them white. We also took this time to drill pilot holes for some of electrical pieces that would be mounted on the inside of them. Then we switched our attention to our outdoor kitchen setup. The plan was for one of the exterior boxes to have a camp stove on some heavy duty sliders and somehow it all worked out as we planned (woohoo!). Then we took some time to celebrate these small steps that would eventually lead us to our goal.
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