Blog / Archive / Apr 2012

Toyota T100 Refresh

Posted April 30, 2012

Robert recently purchased this 1993 Toyota T100 pickup to use as a camping vehicle for his frequent trips down to Mexico. The truck is set up with surfboard racks and a cot in the back and should prove to be a very capable exploration vehicle. Robert brought the truck in to refresh the steering and suspension in the truck to better handle the miles of washboard roads down there. He spent about 2 days on the lift replacing all the steering components, axle shafts, brakes, u-joints and fluids. While it was in the air we came up with a good plan on how to get some more clearance under the truck without negatively affecting any of its road manners. Check out some photos of this teardown.


Modern American Muscle

Posted April 20, 2012

This 2001 Ford Mustang GT Convertible is a beautiful example a modern American muscle car. Ford did away with the classic 5.0 motor a little while back and has now switched to a much improved 4.6L. The owner decided that wasn’t enough and slapped on a Vortech centrifugal supercharger to add a whole lot more muscle. The car is in fantastic shape and must pull some pretty impressive numbers on the drag strip.


Dodge Ram 1500 Suspension

Posted April 19, 2012

This 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 was the victim of what must have been a bomb crater sized pothole in San Diego. The truck limped into the shop with two blown ball joints, destroyed control arm bushings and something ive never seen before. The front right coil spring had shattered in two places! Phil got to work tearing the front end down and after a good bit of work had the the truck all apart. Unfortunately the lower control arm on the truck decided to fight us in our efforts to press out the control arm bushings and the ball joint. Fortunately for us a local shop had just the right press cup which was all that was needed. After a good bit of sweat and cursing Phil got the truck back together and drove out with a practically brand new suspension. He saved himself over $500 from the dealership quote for the job!