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1982 Toyota SR5 Truck - Tanner’s Toy Truck

Posted in Features on December 1, 2012
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We've seen a lot of cool Toy trucks. Many are cookie-cutter rigs. They work well and get you down the trail. However, every once in a while we run across a clean build with some unique style built in. Witness here the '82 Toyota truck owned by Tanner Lamb.

Tanner bought the '82 SR5 in bone-stock condition over a decade ago while in college. His original intent was for the truck to serve as a daily driver and work truck, but what followed was an evolving process of engine changes, numerous tire combinations and suspension setups, dented body panels, and broken parts. It was both an experimental process and a chance to do a lot 'wheeling.

Over the years Tanner developed a goal for the truck. He wanted to find a combination of parts and fabrication that would lead to assembling a reliable trail rig that he could use to explore the backcountry, but also be capable of highway travel to his favorite Arizona trails. Upgrading to a fuel-injected Tacoma V-6 and adding low gears and a beefy drivetrain go a long way to vastly increasing the capabilities of this Toyota.

About four years ago, Tanner turned his hobby and passion into a small fabrication and vehicle restoration shop, LambFab. Tanner spends nights and weekends working on his own truck, and gets out 'wheeling when he can. Tanner has done almost all the work on the truck himself, but thanks friends, Kenny and Kerry, for their help on the build, along with his fiancée, Jenni, for her support and understanding during those long build nights.

Vehicle: 1982 Toyota SR5 Truck
Owner/Hometown: Tanner Lamb / Gilbert, Arizona
Engine: Toyota Tacoma 3.4L V-6
Induction: Fuel injection, custom intake, throttle body spacer
Transmission: Aisin R150F V-6 five-speed manual
Transfer case: Toyota Marlin Crawler dual cases, 2.28:1 front, 4.7:1 rear
Front end: Dodge Dana 60
Rear end: Ford Dana 70U
Ring and Pinion: 6.17:1
Front Differential: ARB Air Locker
Rear Differential: Eaton Detroit locker
Suspension: Deaver-built leaf springs on custom mounts at all four corners, Fox 2.0 remote reservoir shocks, Fox 2.0 air bumps
Tires: 41x14.5-17 Super Swamper IROK Radials
Wheels: 17x9 TrailReady beadlocks
Extras: Mastercraft seats, custom bumpers/tire carrier, 30-gallon fuel tank, Warn M8000 winch, PIAA driving lights

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