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|