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Build Threads / tperkins' 1999 Pajero Exceed
« on: January 18, 2019, 11:41:00 AM »
Hey Gang,

Be forewarned this won't be much of a build thread. Apart from maintenance, I don't have many big plans for it. Maybe some HD springs in rear, crank the torsions a bit more and some 285/75/16's, rock sliders. This is my daily driver / hunting, fishing, towing ATV vehicle so I like to keep weight down, fuel efficiencies up.

I also own an evo 6, and just recently purchased an evo 5 for a project car. If you're interested you can follow along on those on my instagram:

I will start at the start!

Prior to this, I had basically always DD'd Tacomas, but the first gens haven't dropped in price in like 8 years, and I just couldn't justify the cost and then being stuck with rotty frames.

Most recent Tacoma, I had it for 6 years, 160,000km (from 120,000 to 280,000), was a great truck.

Unfortunately, frame rotted out. I did my best to get Toyota Canada to replace it through the recall, but was unsuccessful. Supposedly the recall was two stages, first stage was an anti corrosive spray, second stage was replacing frame if it still rusted following anti corrosion spray. Now, I got it 6 years prior and when I did the frame had been sprayed, unfortunately I had no records of this and Toyota Canada conveniently keeps their records for only 6 years. Even when the service manager and shop foreman signed off that the frame was sprayed, Toyota Canada wouldn't honour the recall. I don't blame them, as it is quoted as like a 60 hour job plus the cost of the new frame, but if that had happened I would have kept the truck forever.

Anyone who has had a first gen Tacoma likely has encountered the same thing, and I would say monthly someone would try and buy it off me at a car wash or gas station, or at least insist I take their number if it was ever for sale. SO, I called my friend who is a welder / fabricator at a performance shop in BC, told him about the frame and the whole story with Toyota Canada, and he flew up the next week and drove it home. He cut out the rot, welded it up and strengthened it probably stronger than new.

That's when I started looking at trying to import a Toyota Hilux, and after losing three at auctions, on a whim I searched for Pajeros, found this one, thought it looked cool, threw out a bid which was 3-4k less than I was bidding on Hiluxes and won it.

Auction sheet:

Auction pictures:

The following week I received pictures from my exporter, of the hundred I uploaded 67 to my old flickr:

Next chapter: After it got off the boat.

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